Now Showing – Cinefex 139

by Graham Edwards

Cinefex 139 - From The Editor's Desk

It’s a wrap! Actually, it’s more than a wrap – the new issue of Cinefex is now officially out on general release!

Issue 139 features in-depth articles on the visual effects of Edge of Tomorrow, in which Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of life and death as he tries to unravel the mystery behind a devastating alien invasion. Then there’s Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the smash hit space movie starring the funkiest fellowship of interstellar misfits ever to take to the heavens.

Next comes Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latest film in the rebooted franchise, which delivers not only spectacle but also high emotion, thanks to astonishing ape performances created by a cutting-edge blend of motion capture and animation. Last but not least is X-Men: Days of Future Past, in which Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) plunges back through time to save the world of the future, with the help of earlier incarnations of his familiar mutant allies.

Here’s Cinefex editor-in-chief Jody Duncan with her thoughts about the movies covered in our latest issue:

Jody Duncan – From The Editor’s Desk

What struck me when putting together Cinefex’s 139th issue is how much I enjoyed all of the films it covers.

Take Edge of Tomorrow. I recall sitting in a small screening room near the Warner Bros. lot to see an early screening, and thinking: “Oh, good! We have a winner here!” And I thought Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: Days of Future Past were among the best offerings of those respective franchises.

The biggest surprise, though, was Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m not a comic book gal, generally, nor am I a fan of raccoons, genetically enhanced or not (having often encountered the au naturel type in the middle of the night in my own backyard, where they regularly eat my grapefruit and hiss at my dog). So, when I met Gregg Shay at the Marvel offices on the Disney lot to see an early screening, my expectations were not high.

But, oh, what a time we had! Gregg and I sat in that little screening room, alone except for the editor running the Avid, and we howled! The film had charm, and laughs, and a fresh perspective on the whole “galactic adventurer” genre.

I even loved the raccoon.

Thanks, Jody. Now, please take your seats, set your cell to silent and prepare yourselves for a high definition trip behind the scenes of some of your favourite films of the summer. There’s thrills! There’s spills! Most important of all, there’s the best visual effects coverage you’ll get on this or any planet!

On with the show!

4 thoughts on “Now Showing – Cinefex 139

  1. I have my ipad edition already, just waiting for the hard copy to arrive in the post! It looks like a stonker of an issue.

    But what I really want to know is, how to I get one of those lovely Cinefex pens that I see in the Photo?!! I think you need a Cinefex merchandise store.

    Keep up the great work guys.

    • Thanks, Alex! The Cinefex Pen is, of course, the only one of its kind in existence. It has been used to write every single article in Cinefex’s 35-year history, and its magical properties cannot be reproduced. Still, I suppose replicas could be made …

  2. Has 2014 just had the best summer for fantasy movies since 1982? I think it has.

    The standard has been incredibly high. CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, the X-MEN sequel, EDGE OF TOMORROW, SNOWPIERCER, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, GODZILLA…and best of all, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, which proved that there is an audience for a movie with talking trees, gun-packing raccoons and ’70s bubblegum pop.

    Summer 2015 – you have a lot to live up to…

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