Welcome yet again to another Ronon’s Reviews Roundup, the place to come to see what we checked out during the week and all the big breaking or recent news that’s gotten us and hopefully you excited. So please recommend and share us on social media so we can grow even bigger, now let’s get down to it.
Musician and poet.
We kicked things off on Wednesday with Colin’s in-depth review of Xxxtentacion’s debut 17, an album that transcends and flips the hip hop genre on its head. I gave a few tracks a listen and was impressed. Check out the full write up HERE.
We all float down here.
After looking back at the original 90’s IT mini-series last week, Matthew was bouncing off the walls in anticipation of part one the new adaptation. Fortunately for him IT was a great and entertaining film that is worth your time and money, I think I’ll be seeing this soon, before you do read our spoiler free review HERE.
Damn fine TV show.
To finish things off we had my attempt to make some sense out of Twin Peaks: The Return, I didn’t do a great job, but I did make a decent effort in giving people a reason to check it out if they haven’t already. You can read all about that HERE.
‘I swear to god JJ, if you remake Jedi…’
Yep, the massive Star Wars news this week is JJ Abrams will be directing and a co-writing the 9th film. This comes after Lucasfilm and Disney parted ways with Colin Trevorrow over “creative difficulties”. I’m not jumping for joy over this since I’m not a big fan of The Force Awakens, to me it's just a rehash of A New Hope. I just pray Abrams goes for an original plot this time.
Insidious: The Last Key
The next and 4th installment of the Insidious franchise, called The Last Key, will follow the parapsychologist Elise and how a malevolent spirit started haunting her in the family home when she was only a teen. I'm glad to see in the trailer that the film will also be set in the present and we'll see her as an adult, plus the two hilarious assistants Specs and Tucker are back to offer the comic relief I always really enjoy in a horror movie. The Last Key was set to be released October 20th 2017, but it lost it's place to Happy Death Day (never heard about that either) so we have to wait until January 5, 2018.
If you are someone who has more than just a passing interest in music you’ll already know and be waiting for Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of the band Queen, not just Freddie Mercury. It's going to be a long time coming, with a release date of December 25th, 2018, but considering this project has been stop starting for 10 years now, we can survive. Cast confirmed so far are Rami Malek as Freddie, Bryan Singer will direct, Ben Hardy as Taylor (drummer), Gwilym Lee as Brian May (lead guitarist) and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon (bassist). The most recent rumours are Mike Myers will be joining soon. Bohemian Rhapsody will tell the band’s story from their early years through to Mercury’s death in 1991.
Filmception, a film within a film.
The Room (not the one about the chick getting kidnapped) that was dubbed a mix of "Tennessee Williams, Ed Wood, R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet" is getting a movie about the making of the movie. But that's good news and here's why: first of all it's based on the critically acclaimed book/ memoir called The Disaster Artist, plus is directed and co-produced by James Franco, but that's not all. James will be playing Tommy Wiseau, his little brother Dave will channel his inner Greg Sestero and Seth Rogen is of course taking part in the project. That means this time around it will intentionally be a comedy.
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‘Good news everyone’
Some of us are still mourning the passing of Futurama, I personally have thrown myself into the new intelligent animated shows that have spawned recently, like Bojack Horseman and Rick and Morty. But we are getting one last taste of Matt Groening’s future classic in the form of an old school audio episode called ‘Radiorama’. All the cast are back as were the writers, so this is a more or less legit continuation. Check it out and try to hold those tears back.
Will it never end?
It was mentioned a couple of months ago that there will be two more Harry Potter books coming out in October, if this is the first you're hearing about this don’t start losing your shit just yet, they won’t be a continuation nor prequels to the stories you loved. The first one will be called Harry Potter: A History of Magic, The Book of the Exhibition, which will go hand in hand with the exhibition being held at the British Library, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the franchise. The second one is Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic, which will take the reader through the history of the Potter world, with in depth analysis of creatures, spells, wizards and witches. Personally, I think I’ll pass, thanks.
Written by someone who still misses Futurama, Dan
This week's track is an exercise in lyricism by 3 of the best in the game. The Westcoasts Gift of Gab links up with the Eastcoasts A-F-R-O and R.A. The Rugged Man for "Freedom Form Flowing" with a video directed by The Jokerr.