Hey readers! AMONymous here.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here – life has been a bit crazy for me these past few months – and I’m aiming to change that in the near future. One thing I couldn’t deprive people of was my annual Summer Blockbuster AMONtage, which has grown in popularity from year to year.
Doing these edits takes me a lot of time, but the fact that I got more messages about it this year than in times past was both humbling and motivating. You can now see the fruits of this year’s labour below. Let me know what you think (and be sure to share if you enjoy it!).
Happy new year readers!
I hope you’ve all had a great holiday season and are ready for the new year. 2016 is going to be HUGE for AMONymous, and a couple big changes are in the works.
Firstly, I am now going to be doing a lot more on-camera content for AMONymous. The website will still be updated, but if you want to be ahead of the game you’ll want to be subscribing to my YouTube channel here. Secondly, the content will be much more varied and regular. In addition to reviews, there will be plenty of features, interviews, competitions and much more!
To that end, here’s my top 10 most anticipated films of 2016. It’s going to be a great year.
With Fast and Furious 7 recently released and Avengers: Age of Ultron just around the corner, this week felt like the perfect time to drop my annual Summer Blockbuster AMONtage. I hope it gets you as excited for summer movie season as I am!
This is just the first part of an AMONymous relaunch of sorts, so stay tuned for a few more updates later this month. For those interested, this post will be updated on the weekend with a little bit more about my process when it comes to making these videos. For now though, sit back, relax and enjoy!
When I sat down with Maika Monroe at a London hotel earlier last month, it quickly struck me that her demeanour was one I wasn’t used to seeing on her – specifically, she was relaxed.
This isn’t to say that Monroe is never like this of course – by all accounts she’s a charming, laid-back individual – but for the characters she plays in 2014 sleeper hit The Guest and new horror flick It Follows, relaxation is not a feeling that’s expressed too often.
When it was announced that Screen One at the Empire Leicester Square was to be taken down, the initial reaction was one of sadness. The venue had played hosts to a number of memorable film events, and this writer can definitely attest to its rich atmosphere. However in its stead comes a new IMAX screen – the 26th in the UK – and HeyUGuys were offered an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the customised installation.
As always, what immediately strikes you upon walking into an IMAX screening room is the sheer size. The 87-foot wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling curved IMAX screen comes in at a substantial 26.5m x 15.6m, and the room has a seating capacity of 727. Speaking of the seats, they’ve been upgraded to a lush leather that ensures a comfortable viewing experience.
On behalf of HeyUGuys I was among a lucky group of journalists who were shown five scenes from the highly anticipated Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, effectively amounting to a 20 minute tease. The footage was introduced by Caesar himself, Andy Serkis (we’ll have our interview with the star up on the site next month), and the performance capture pioneer was also on hand to add context to each clip we were shown. Below is a breakdown of what we saw. Be warned: SPOILERS AHEAD.
To celebrate the release of Brick Mansions earlier this month, on behalf of HeyUGuys I was invited to The Chainstore in London to be taught some parkour. It’s safe to say that in the hours leading up to our training day we were as excited as we were nervous, with the latter feeling growing exponentially after we watched a video featuring some of the world’s best parkourists (this was not a good idea!).
Thankfully our instructors were pros and immediately put us at ease, and after a brisk warm-up we learned some of the simpler manoeuvres before moving onto more difficult exercises. Our biggest challenge was a wall-run without the aid of a ramp, a feat which was eventually accomplished on the fourth try…
Suffice to say, a day parkouring gave us newfound respect for masters of this craft, particularly when our instructors made complex movements look ridiculously easy! We had a great time learning the ropes (although our body suffered the consequences of the brutal workout in the subsequent days!) and would highly recommend the experience to anyone willing to give it a shot.
Click the link below to see the skills on full display!