Posts Tagged ‘film’

Chappie Lives

March 10, 2015

I have to say that I didn’t know what to think when I went into the theatre to see this movie, other than a veritable feast for the eyes. Neill Blomkamp is a perfect director when it comes to viaual wow factor, but most people have mixed feelings beyond that. I’m not here to tell you that you should love his films the way I love his films, that’s for you to decide. But I am here to say that Chappie almost tops District 9 as his crowning achievement. I saw many critical reactions to weak story, poor acting, or ideas that never reach their full potential. But all of them agreed on a visual level, or at least most did. But the thing about film is that, if it has you leaving the theatre thinking, still asking questions, or with a general sense of wonder the filmmaker has certainly done their job. Practical effects are one of Blomkamp’s specialties in an age where digital effects reign supreme. He loves using different camera styles throughout the film, and seamlessly mixes genre mainstays into a great mishmash of awesomeness. The story is a bit bare bones, but that is actually what makes the movie shine, because at the core this is a film about what it means to be alive, and as we see the world through Chappie’s eyes, as he learns, we learn, we feel, we question what he questions, we are sad when he is sad, and angry when he is angry. And as far as acting goes, you can’t help but like his creator, and surprisingly find Yolandi (of Die Antwoord) a compelling female lead. And Hugh Jackman portrays the perfect villain because he is so convinced that he is on the side of right, while the big heroes of our story are actually on the “wrong” side of the law. Certainly, if you aren’t a thinking person, most of the themes in this movie won’t appeal. But trying to unlock the secrets of consciousness, this film is as bold as it is fun, as heartwrenching as it is funny, and is disturbing in the exploration of just how far some people will go to get what they want in life. Chappie says it best several times in this film, “Why do you humans act like this?”

More thoughts: The Interview

December 30, 2014

I was overjoyed when Sony decided to change their minds about distributing Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen’s new film, even if it was only to a very very limited number of theatres and some funky online rental dealies. $15 million in weekend sales is pretty impressive considering how limited the once wide release has become. But if yesterday’s foray to Keene yesterday with my partner in awesome for the only place showing it anywhere near us was any indication, it will surely have a wide release fairly soon. The theatre was packed, and the movie itself was beyond even my fairly high expectations. I have never seen a bad film by these guys, and this may have even surpassed this year’s earlier hit, “Neighbors.” I don’t know who hacked, and I really don’t care who hacked it, I’m just glad they didn’t win after all, and that’s all I will say about that. Are there plenty of jokes with North Korea at the butt of them? Certainly. Is the humor majorly focused on Americans anti-world attitudes and a social commentary on American idiocy and arrogance? Of course. Is it stupid? Yes, and No. It’s stupid in the way we have come to expect in Rogen and Franco’s comedic style, but as always it’s also cleverly stupid. But in a lot of ways, as ridiculous as some aspects of this film are, it really breaks the mold and very articulately pokes fingers at the censors, and people like the hackers who need to not take things so seriously. It is certainly a more of a coming of age kind of piece from the guys who have brought us the biggest hits of stoner/slacker comedy films. And the hack, and the publicity surrounding it, the banter between many countries heads of state, and everything else that has come from this movie’s existence truly shows that maybe the world has come a bit further than we have realized in these last few years, with people always blaming all the wrong people for everything that goes on in this world. So what it really comes down to is, if you aren’t a fan of this type of movie, you won’t like it, if you are you will love it, and if you aren’t sure, then it’s probably not for you either. But it is exactly what it is and does what Rogen/Goldberg set out to do all along. So make your choice based on yourself and not anyone else.

“Jobs”

May 17, 2014

So I finally sat myself down to watch the Steve Jobs biopic aptly titled: Jobs, yesterday.  And although not as good as I expected, it is certainly good for what it is.  It doesn’t gloss over the uglier aspects of the man behind Apple Computers, nor does it go into the post-Ipod part of his life which is also okay.  It’s not a film about Steve Jobs having cancer, but a film about how he starts a computer revolution, loses an empire, and then comes back out on top of that same empire, which maneuvered him out.  Ashton Kutcher looks just like the guy too.  It’s definitely boring in parts, but it is what it is.  It’s interesting to see just how hard it was for Steve Jobs in social situations, lots of yelling, and spouting of obscenity when he didn’t absolutely love or agree with something.  You see the genius, you see the monster, and you see the man.  And you see just how smart the guy was, and can barely fathom that only mere decades later, all of his inventions have basically changed the course of history.  So love the guy or hate the guy, or feel indifferent about the guy, this movie really gives a deeper glimpse into the inner workings of the early computer industry, and I just find it remarkable, moreso than any other aspect of the film.  It is good on the whole, but my mind is boggled by this one aspect of it all, and that is incredible.