MCU fans assemble! Earlier today at SDCC, Marvel Studios announced its phase four of films and tv shows. Phase four deals with the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame and several prequels that we surely are excited for. Some of these include the reprisal of fan favourite Blade and the possible reprisal of Fantastic Four and X-Men series.
Here are all the films and tv shows in chronological order as they will be coming out in phase four:
Black Widow (May 1st, 2020)
Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Fall 2020)
The Eternals (November 6th, 2020)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (February 12, 2021)
WandaVision (Spring 2021)
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (May 7th, 2021)
Loki (Spring 2021)
What If (Summer 2021)
Hawkeye (Fall 2021) and
Thor: Love and Thunder (November 5th, 2021)
Phase four has some really interesting stories in the box for us. We will see the origin of Black Widow and Hawkeye and the movies will most likely explore their infamous Budapest mission that they keep mentioning!
We will see Anthony Mackey don his Captain America suit and shield in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Shang Chi will introduce the real Mandarin. (Yeah, we want to forget Iron Man 3 too)
Thor: Love and Thunder will give us Jane Foster wielding the Mjolnir as the female Thor.
And What If will be a non-canon animated series that will be an alternate take on the MCU universe. Like, what would happen if Loki had found Thor’s Hammer!
Speaking of Loki, we are getting a Loki TV show! Yay.
We eagerly look forward to Disney’s D23 conference next month
for more information!
TV series usually helps us to waste our time in a productive manner. However, there are a few TV series that we watched while growing up even though we knew that these were not worth our time and energy. Here is a glimpse at such mistakes –
Everyone has been through the Grey’s Anatomy phase during their high school days when watching McDreamy and McSteamy on the screen made them want to join Med school. Weirdly enough, some of us probably even joined med school just for the Grey’s Anatomy experience. But then we grew up, had children, our children went through puberty and are now going through a mid-life crisis but Grey’s Anatomy is still running on tv.
15 seasons of absolute fantasy fiction about the love life of one woman who happens to be a doctor.
We all know that this show wasn’t going anywhere right after the death of most of the major characters. Sadly enough, we are loyal enough fans who have absolutely nothing to do in life than to watch Meredith Grey mess up stories over and over again.
Watching Riverdale was proof of how cool and pop culture aware you are. But that was back in 2015 when the first season of the show was released. The first season was excellent. Totally worthy of the “Netflix and Chill”. But then right after the release of the first episode of the second season, 3 min into the first episode and we all realized that this is a colossal waste of our Netflix subscription. But we refused to let go of the show throughout the black hood tragedy which encouraged the producers to give us a season 3, which was ….. let’s just say the finale of Game of Thrones made more sense than the season 3 of Riverdale
Watching Sam and Dean kill demons and pay a visit to Purgatory every few seconds was fun until Season 5. Then we decided to give them 9 more seasons just so that they can run out of Villans to fight and come up with extremely complicated mythology that makes the plot a giant spider web.
Bojack Horseman, a show about a horse that talks and walks and somedays he feels like he is in love with an owl, somedays he feels like he is in love with a cat and on other days he likes humans and underaged deers. And we have watched this series for 5 whole seasons because somehow we all feel like this horse is a reflection of who we are.
Honorary mention: SplitsVilla
Watching Roadies for an infinite number of seasons can make sense if we imagine ourselves as masochists but even then I can’t make sense as to why we secretly watched 12 seasons of Splitsville.
Bangladesh’s world cup campaign has been a roller-coaster ride. The essence of this ride actually goes back to the year 2015. Before then, winning a single match against any strong test playing nation used to be our criteria for success. And when those wins came around, waves of people would take to the streets in celebration.
The start of a new era
2015 marked the nation’s first-ever quarter-final appearance in world cups. This milestone was only the start. What followed were three consecutive series wins against Pakistan, India and South Africa. Stars like Mustafizur Rahman came on to the scene, who had obliterated the Indian batting with back to back 5 wicket-hauls and was the key to winning the series.
And so, 2015 changed the very criteria of success for Bangladesh. It was finally about victory. The next four years leading up to the ICC World Cup 2019 included test victories against England and Australia, getting agonizingly close to winning the Asia cup in 2018, making it to the semi-final of ICC Champion’s Trophy and registering a series victory overseas against West Indies.
And after becoming the champions of the Tri-Nation series held just before the world cup, the confidence grew and expectations became high. For the first time, Bangladesh entered an ICC Cricket World Cup to actually contest the title.
The high expectations soared even more as Bangladesh started off by defeating the South African side. What followed was a loss to New Zealand in a very close match. Although the defeat was a bump in the path, the hope was still strong. However in the next match, England had amassed a massive total of 386 runs, and Bangladesh was never really in the game.
Despite the loss, we got a fantastic performance from Shakib Al Hasan who had scored 121 during the chase and became the top scorer of the tournament at that time.
The match against West Indies was the highest point for Bangladesh.
They successfully chased down the huge total of 321 in just 42 overs with 7 wickets in hand. Shakib Al Hasan became the man of the match with 2 wickets and an unbeaten 124 of only 99 balls. The back to back centuries scored by the all-rounder and the dominant victory over Windies once again ignited the hopes of victory. The road to the semi-finals started to look very inviting once more.
What happened afterwards is what the fans of Bangladesh cricket are bitterly familiar with. Playing well till the end but just not well enough to win. Bangladesh fought hard against Australia and India with a bunch of stand-out individual performances. But the strength of those two sides were just too much. Bangladesh’s scores of 333 and 286 while chasing 381 and 314 respectively, left a feeling of “only if we played a little bit better” to every Bangladesh supporter who was watching. The win against Afghanistan only served as a consolation.
Another consolation was Shakib Al Hasan’s fantastic performance. He scored 2 hundreds, 5 fifties and a score of 41 in his 8 matches and became the first-ever to score 600 runs and take 10 wickets in a world cup edition. He was also the first player to achieve 600 runs in the group stages of a world cup.
Despite his exceptional batting performance in every single match, the others weren’t able to support him quite enough.
A few of the young players had performed very well in the likes of Liton Das and Mohammad Saifuddin but the rest of the team left a lot of gap between their performance and the expectations.
Two fielding incidents are at the top of the list of disappointments. In the close game against New Zealand, Mushfiqur Rahim had run Ross Taylor out who was only on 4. However, in the replay, we could see that Mushfiqur had knocked the bails of before catching the ball. The run-out became obsolete. Ross Taylor went on to score 82 runs and was the man of the match.
And in the match against India, Tamim Iqbal dropped a simple catch of Rohit Sharma who was at 9. With a new life, Rohit scored a hundred and just like Taylor, became man of the match. These two missed out wicket opportunities turned out to be match deciders.
While Bangladesh’s world cup ended on a bad note, we shouldn’t forget the achievements and successes of this campaign. Bangladesh had performed far better this time than in any of the previous world cups. We were legitimately contending for a spot in the semis at one point. As fans, our role now is to simply hope our players have learned from the mistakes. Let us move on and look forward to the victories that await us in the future.
From the first Bangladeshi female commentator to trending #1 video on Youtube, we Bangladeshis managed to do it all. Yes, that is right. On Last night’s America’s Got Talent 12-year-old Luke Islam, who is half Bangladeshi by birth, got to perform in AGT Season 14. It ranked #1 on YouTube’s trending list.
Who is Luke Islam?
Luke Islam is a 12-year-old American born Bangladeshi. Last night on Season 14 of America’s Got Talent he got to sing his heart out. Luke Islam, in turn, is a huge fan of the Broadway. He also dreams of becoming a Broadway singer himself. His parents informed that singing is something he has been doing since he learned how to talk and had been watching Broadway shows since he was only 6.
Now apparently his brilliant singing brought Judge Julianne Hough to tears and got him the Golden Buzzer. He performed “She used to be mine” from “The waitress”. Yikes!
The Golden buzzer is a really big deal in AGT. Each judge gets to press it once during the season. Once pressed for, the act that got this will go straight up to the Live shows. Julianne Hough awarded her golden buzzer to the young yet big dreamer Luke Islam.
“I just have to say I’m extremely flattered that you would even look up to my brother and I with a voice like that, with an energy like that, because you have such talent and grace. You have something so special. You have an essence inside of you that has given you a gift.”
“I believe that not only are you going to become a star and get your dream to come true, but I don’t think you need to wait that much longer,”
Bangladesh is home to a huge number of football lovers. Football mania goes into full swing during the world cup season. And we all know how crazy the supporters can get.
There’s a huge portion of football fanatics who follow the clubs of their choice week-in-week-out. The English Premier League is arguably the best league for any professional footballer to play. And it is here we find a certain young English-Bengali starlet by the name of Hamza Choudhury.
This is the story of Hamza Dewan Choudhury’s.
Origin and profile
Hamza Dewan Choudhury is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Leicester City. He was born on the 1st of October 1997, to a Grenadian father and a Bengali mother.
“Both my parents are Bangladeshi and I have been brought up in an Asian family. But I have Caribbean blood in me as my dad is from Grenada”.
Hamza stated regarding is ethnicity
Hamza began his career at the Leicester City Academy and was reportedly monitored by a number of European clubs. After a two-season loan spell with Burton Albion, he has broken into the Leicester City team in the 2018-19 seasons.
Apart from his iconic hairdo and distinct ethnicity; he stands out amongst his Leicester teammates as part of England’s crop of exciting young footballers.
Only 21, he is part England’s new generation of footballing superstars; alongside Dortmund superstar Jaden Sancho, Chelsea’s Cullum Hudson Odoi and Manchester United recent summer signing Aaron Wan-Basaka.
Although currently playing for Leicester, he is constantly in the sight of premier league heavy-weights Chelsea and Man United.
If Hamza hones his skills and continues to improve his fitness and performance, it is likely he will be appearing for a top-flight club. He is currently playing for England U-21 team and hasn’t made his international debut yet.
Role model for the subcontinental diaspora in England
The sub-continental community of England and Greater Britain is one of its biggest, in term of both population and diversity.
Immigrants from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka among other communities have gradually seeped into most aspects of British life. Professional football is one of the few aspects British citizen originating from the Sub-Continent have failed to break through significantly. Some players of subcontinental origin have featured in the lower leagues and even Premier League; although the numbers are still far and few in between.
Though it is too early to predict the future of young Hamza Chowdhury’s football career, he’s certainly on the right track in representing the Sub-continent, especially Bangladesh in arguably the most competitive league in the world.
So as the new season of the English Premier League is waiting to explode onto the footballing landscape, do keep an eye on the prodigious talent of our very own Hamza Chowdhury and his exploits with Leicester City.
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Spider-man: Far from home takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame where the Avengers re-snapped the universe. So fan expectations were unusually high. Does Peter Parker deservedly carry on the legacy of his mentor Tony Stark?
Far From Home, the sequel to Homecoming, easily bests its predecessor.
Homecoming ignored repetitive things like the death of uncle Ben, the hardship of Aunt May and the origin story of Peter Parker becoming a superhero.
However, Spider-man: Far From Home ups the ante and tries something that has never been done with this character. Peter is on the verge of becoming a responsible individual, only to be hindered by teenage angst and identity crisis. For the first time, a Spider-Man film did not take place entirely in New York.
The world mourns the death of the fallen Avengers, but life goes on and Peter is prepping for a Euro trip with his school buddies. He wants to leave behind his spandex life and spend some quality time with MJ. Unbeknownst to him, aunt May packed his luggage with a suit (which will come in handy later in the film).
Peter plans to ask out MJ in Europe. The high schoolers visit Venice, Paris and other landmarks but the Euro trip goes haywire when a supervillain named the Elementals start destruction in Venice. Peter and his friends were just off a boat. He left his suit in the hotel room. with a pair of web shooters his utmost effort to stop the antagonist was not enough.
That’s when the fan-favourite Mysterio aka Quentin Beck arrives in the scene. He teams up with Peter but almost single-handedly stops the destruction. We see a glimpse of Mysterio in the opening scene of the film, where Nick Fury and Maria Hill acts as a witness.
Fury coerces a reluctant Peter to suit up and go to his secret lair. Peter finds out Quentin Beck is working with Fury to take down the Elementals. Quentin hints of a multiverse, claiming he came from Earth, just not the one Peter lives in. Throughout the movie, other versions of the Elementals make an appearance. These villains were loosely based on old Marvel characters like Hydro-Man and Molten Man, giving fans a scope to replenish some comic book memories.
To be honest, it is hard to write a no spoiler review of Far From Home, without telling enough about the plot. There’s deception, old enemies and loads of surprise to keep you on the edge of your seat. Peter inherits a pair of high tech glasses named Edith (courtesy of Tony Stark), capable of worldwide surveillance and destruction. Edith plays a central role in the movie, putting Peter on the forefront of enemies he must stop.
An entertaining thrill ride
John Watts returns in the director’s chair, and he does a good enough job to give Spider-Man the opportunity to shine as an Avenger when the world is at stake. The brilliant cast is the heart of the show, you will be occupied with laughter, emotional turmoil and gasping for more throughout the movie.
Tom Holland is impressive, but Jake Gyllenhaal’s first outing as Mysterio is something to die for. Samuel L Jackson is as charismatic as he was in the other MCU entries and seems like he’s not leaving the Marvel world anytime soon. Zendaya plays an unconventional MJ, putting a refreshing vibe on the character. Jacob Batalon’ Ned Leeds is the quintessential friend Peter needs by his side. He is super funny and provides some essential jokes to make the audience smile.
There are two post-credit scenes that might just be the best part of the movie.
Far From Home is the last MCU movie of 2019 and albeit an unmissable one.
Get your tickets from Star Cineplex to watch Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Should we be happy or terrified? Seeing the situation of Bhanga Bangla, a Los Angeles based Bangladeshi mumble rap band managed to strike a deal with Sony music. This is the first ever in Bangladeshi music history. They managed to do something that legendary musicians were not able to do.
Bhanga Bangla started their journey back in 2018 with the infamous “Matha Ta Fatabo”. With “Borof” being their 5th and current one which was released in the Sony Music India Youtube Channel.
Ivory Shakur, 41X and Young Prince started this mumble yet trap rap band. The Bhanga Bangla are mostly known for their idiosyncratic visuals, lyrics that took quite a bit of effort to understand. This is mainly because their songs hold such deep meaning it becomes hard to understand. Even as a Bangladeshi. Also, their usage of the same “Panjabi”s over the course of five videos, indicate that they are a bit in the red. Let’s not forget their commodious usage of auto-tune.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? For all we know, it is definitely not Superman. Now this time around Henry Cavill will take up the role of Sherlock Holmes. Yes, the iconic Sherlock Holmes that was played by Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch, and about 751 more people. Yikes!
Henry Cavil is said to play Sherlock in
Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes. Enola Holmes is the fourteen-year-old sister of
Sherlock and Mycroft. The movie will be
based on Springer’s first book of the series “Missing Marquees”.
Millie Bobbie Brown a.k.a. Eleven from “Stranger Things” will be taking the role of Enola Holmes. This definitely something to look forward to. As, she did not disappoint in her previous works. Helena Bonham Carter is said to play the role of Enola’s mother. Harry Bradbeer is going to direct this movie with a script from Jack Thorne.
It’s going to be quite exciting to see
Cavill and Brown in the same frame.
Cavill had a busy schedule since 2013
playing Superman in Man of Steel, Justice League, Batman V Superman. He
appeared in the last Fallout movie alongside Tom Cruise. As well as finish the
upcoming Witcher TV series on Netflix.
The last Toy Story movie came out 9 years ago which seemingly gave the franchise a decisive ending. But never say never in sequel hungry Hollywood. Pixar just gave us another round of “Talking toys with identity crisis” and surprisingly, it’s a gem.
We rarely see sequels that fulfil our expectations. Thankfully, Toy Story 4 proved to be an exception. With a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it is an unmissable movie.
Toy Story 4 is a refreshing and witty addition to the series.
The animation is stunning, the jokes are laugh out loud material and like other Pixar titles, this one aligns well with a subtle melancholy.
Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) bonds with their colourful crew of toy buddies. The existing characters were fun to watch, but the newer ones are equally charming. After Toy Story 3, what could possibly happen to Sheriff Woody and friends?
You’ve got a friend in me!
Andy is all grown up and his toys are transferred to another kid named Bonnie. Bonnie is very fond of playtimes but for some strange reason, Woody is not among her favourite toys. When Bonnie goes to her orientation day at kindergarten, she struggles to fit in and make new friends. Unbeknownst to her, Woody sneaked into her backpack and decided to give her a morale boost. Bonnie ended up DIY-ing a new toy and named it Forky (Forky is a plastic fork so the name makes sense). Bonnie loves Forky and wants to take him on a road trip with her, but Forky disagrees and tries to escape.
The thing is, Forky is made up of trash bin throwaways. He doesn’t think of himself as a real toy, hence always referring to himself as “trash”. Forky believes he belongs to a wastebasket where he can live a cosy and safe life. But Woody’s samaritan persona incessantly lectures Forky how important it is for him to keep Bonnie happy. Forky opens up existential questions that trouble Woody likewise- What is a toy without the love of a child? Can a lost toy find meaningful life? Is it okay to leave a kid once s/he grows up and move on for further adventures?
A theme that echoes throughout the movie is finding your true self.
In this case, it’s Woody who needs a little push to recalibrate his purpose as a toy. “Nothing lasts forever and you can always find new avenues to start over”. Woody learns this at the end of the movie.
We see flashback scenes, snippets of kid Andy playing with his toys, rescue missions, reunions…what not! One of the paramount reasons we loved this movie is because of its antagonist characters (read: toys). We sort of liked the Huggin’ bear fromToy Story 3, he’s an okay-ish villain. But the one you’ll see in Toy Story 4 is too cute and has sentimental agendas. We don’t want to spoil anything about this movie but you’ll love her for sure.
Greatest animated fanservice (probably)
People who have grown up watching Toy Story will especially like this sequel. It’s emotionally charged, has got fantastic dialogues and the narrative pays off.
The surge of female empowerment in Hollywood movies is evident in recent times, Toy Story 4 also leverages it to put girl toys on the forefront. Little Bo Peep, Gabby Gabby and Jessie get their ‘Power girl’ moments and leaves an inspiring momentum for young girls.
One would be happy to see all the fan favourite characters return after a 9-year hiatus. But when comedian Don Rickles (the voice of Mr Potatohead) passed away in 2017, we were half expecting to see some form of tribute to the moustached Potato we loved. Thanks to Pixar, they rummaged through old recordings of Rickles when he lent his voice for the trilogy and used it as a tribute to the actor. Director Josh Cooley deserves a pat on his back for such an amazing job.
This is one film you don’t wanna miss out. Do yourself a favour and watch it in Cineplex. Stick around till the end credits for bonus surprises.
Let us begin with an analogy. Steven Soderbergh’s latest film High Flying Bird was shot entirely on a smartphone. Referring to this award-winning director, it is like ‘writing script in pencil’. The director replied so to his fellow visionary director, Christopher Nolan, when Nolan challenged him to go back to shooting on film. This thrilling dunk had its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival earlier this year. It received accolades from both the critics and the audiences.
Technology and filmmaking
When it comes to film making, one would surely think of new technological advent in equipment. But in reality, there are a lot of things that will appear with that thinking which may confine the opportunity of becoming a film-maker, when you also have the chance to shoot your dream with just a smartphone. Soderbergh and other directors prove that it’s not about the camera, the best camera you got probably in your pocket to make your vision into reality.
celebrated director Shafayet Mansoor Rana took the idea further and decided to
try his hand at writing his script in the metaphorical pencil and it certainly
worked. He successfully delivered the first ever professional production
completely shot on a smartphone in Bangladesh. The film, Ferar Gaan, was
released last week as the iflix original on this popular streaming platform.
The film has been entirely shot using Samsung flagship smartphone Galaxy
the opening sequence of this short, we see two men looking for an address quite
frantically. When they finally get to their desired destination, the person
gets shell shocked and falls to the ground with awe and the title pops-up on
the screen. The director pushes us back to two months earlier. The film is
starred by rock icon Jon Kabir, popular actor Azmeri Asha and Sayeed Zaman
Shawon. This short is split into three chapters which portrayed the
vicissitudes of the life of Rubab Khan, the famous star played by Jon Kabir.
plot revolves around him, his music, his fame, his losses and how he reclaims
his lost kingdom with the strike of a moment of epiphany. Rubab Khan was very
popular and surrounded by millions of fans, but his ego and snobbishness made
him fall from the sky. On his prime, one day, a diehard fan of Rubab Khan,
played by Sayeed Zaman Shawon, made his way to the backstage despite strict
restrictions and asked for a selfie with his icon. In response, he got a tight
slap and very rude behavior from his icon and later was thrown out by the
guards. The very next morning, Rubab finds out that he has lost his gifted
voice. And eventually, he lost everything including his fascinating career, his
fans, and even his girlfriend, played by Azmeri Asha.
Filmmaking with smartphone
story of Ferar Gaan is penned by Tanvir Chowdhury, the person behind the
operation of the camera is Sumon Sarkar and the uplifting music is composed by
Fuad Al Muktadir. Ferar Gaan was shot entirely with Samsung Galaxy S10+ which
features three rear professional grade cameras consisting of a 12MP wide lens,
12MP telephoto lens, and 16MP Ultra-Wide lens which records 4000 pixels
horizontally video very easily. No additional lenses were being used to shoot
the film. And the director didn’t do much manipulation after shooting, thanks
to Samsung’s ground-breaking innovation.
would love the fact about making a movie with the handiest yet advantageous
device like Samsung S10+ that they can make a very quick decision and perform
creative execution albeit spending very less than shooting with the equipment
screams movie camera. As Soderbergh said, ‘If you want the lens on the wall,
you don’t have to cut a hole in the wall and put the camera behind it. It’s a
creative duo Shafayet Mansoor Rana and Sumon Sarkar carried out an experiment
with a spontaneous style which delivered the audiences a worth-watching
40-minutes story of redemption. That has the merit to revive the viewers with