The Odysseys 2017: 2017 Retrospective

As we begin to get things underway for our annual awards event, The Odysseys, we’ve created a little something to remind you of just some of the films to grace our cinema screens this year, and also a possible look at films you’ll likely see mentioned in this year’s awards show.

Please feel free to share, leave feedback, and enjoy our 2017 retrospective!

More details about The Odysseys, including public nominations and upload date, will be available soon… 

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Super Bowl 51: Film Trailer Roundup

The Super Bowl is one of my favourite events of the year, and I don’t know the first thing about the NFL. What gets me so excited for this huge sporting event every year is the adverts in between the game. Studios fork out millions of dollars each year to grab a 30 second – 1 minute slot and deliver us a TV Spot, or in some cases a brand spanking new trailer, to get us excited for the year ahead.

Last night’s adverts did not leave film fans disappointed as we were treated to extended TV spots for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’,  ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. Two’, ‘Fate of the Furious’, and ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ along with a handful of other fantastic looking films that we’re looking forward to this year. 

Keep your eyes on JumpCut later this week as writers from our news team take a closer look at these trailers and share their thoughts! 

Here’s a handy roundup of TV spots and trailers that were aired before, during, and after the Super Bowl: 

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Ghost in the Shell Trailer

Scarlett Johansson gives Major attitude in new ‘Ghost In The Shell’ trailer!

The live action remake of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 anime classic has a lot to battle against. Not only has director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsmen) taken on a remake (we know how well those go down), but the production is also already facing accusations of whitewashing, with the lead role of Major (Major Motoko Kusanagi) going to the gorgeous, but distinctly non-Asian, Scarlett Johansson.

The new trailer, which premiered at a dedicated ‘Ghost In The Shell’ event in Tokyo, seems to have removed some of the visionary thinking of the manga and its subsequent anime iterations, and looks worryingly like a mash-up of ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Robocop’ and ‘The Fifth Element’, all set to a distinctly dreary Depeche Mode cover. Ordinarily those would all be excellent reference points, but the defining characteristic of the source material here was its extreme vision of the future, one in which human souls – the ghosts of the title – became so intermeshed with artificial intelligence (the shell) it was impossible to tell them apart. This should be a step beyond ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Westworld’, but the trailer seems to depict a world we have seen before, one which has existed practically since the birth of cinema and Fritz Lang’s monumental ‘Metropolis’.

The trailer does look absolutely beautiful, and there are hints that Kenji Kawai’s mesmerising score for the original anime will be echoed by composer extraordinaire Clint Mansell’s take, so there is hope that this will be elevated above a run of the mill Hollywood robot flick, and will be a suitable step forward.

‘Ghost In The Shell’ will be released March 2017
Written by Abbie Eales