September 18, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I haven’t done a review for a while, because I’ve been thinking about my format and how I want it to look, and what I want to say. I suppose being honest is the best way to go.
I saw Prometheus on opening day at the IMAX. I followed all of the marketing for the past two years, leading up to the release, looked at all the pictures, watched the trailers over and over again, and was way over hyped for it. I was looking forward to it. As the film began I remember thinking that I was experiencing something that I had not experienced in many many years. A film was actually delivering on its promises. The cinematography is gorgeous, the 3D is prevalent but not gaudy and in your face. The effects are breathtaking and masterfully rendered, the score is engrossing and meandering, and the acting is honest and for the most part ‘unhammy’. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and by the time Shaw is having the surgery I was wincing and gagging but smiling from ear to ear. This was disgustingly satisfying. And as we all emptied the giant IMAX theater I left thinking that everyone leaving with me had just had one of the great movie going experiences of our lives. Boy was I mistaken.
Much to my surprise the majority of the people hated it. Had I missed something? Did my cinema I.Q. drop sometime between walking into the screening and walking out? How could I have had the exact opposite reaction to a film than seemingly everyone else in the world? And it was not just the general movie going public that I disagreed with, it was critics and cinephiles, and film geeks just like me. Was I wrong? Was the feeling in my heart, that child like feeling that Prometheus had given me, was that somehow wrong? This had never happened to me before. Usually if a movie is bad but I still enjoy it, I will admit that it is not really a good movie, and I can understand the majority of the world hating it, but I still enjoy it for my own personal reasons. But this is not the case with Prometheus. It is technically well made, in every aspect, and the script is clear cut and efficient. No fat, no extraneous storyline or overreaching themes. Its a straight up Science Fiction horror film. Some kind of strange Frankenstein monster in reverse. And I love every minute of it.
This past weekend I showed my girlfriend the movie for the first time. (She dodged it while it was at the theater, she thought it looked too scary for her). But i finally got her to watch it, and she said she really enjoyed it and thought it was scary, which is what I thought she would say. But then she provided some interesting analysis. She said she did not like how Holloway died. She said he should have lived until the end and sacrificed himself to save Shaw. Is this the answer? This tiny bit of subverted story telling? Is having the “love interest”(as sparingly as the love story is utilized in this film) die too early and in an unromantic and quite startlingly abrupt fashion the reason that this film was so criticized and poo pooed as light summer blockbuster fluff? Obviously many people have cited the many many questions raised by the film that go unanswered, to whom I say this is a movie not a text book, either you enjoy it and go for the ride or you don’t. The fact that the storytellers chose not to explicitly define every cryptic moment and spoon feed us every answer to every question should be celebrated, not derided. I suppose my question is if it had ended in this more conventional way, would general audiences have enjoyed the film more? I still think the film is spectacular and looks gorgeous in Blu-Ray, and I marvel at the achievement accomplished by everyone involved. I think history and public opinion will change on this one upon repeat home viewings. FRONTROW
- James Cameron Talks ‘Prometheus’ & ‘The Avengers’ (screenrant.com)
- ‘Aliens’ Director James Cameron Reviews ‘Prometheus,’ Tried To Buy Rights To ‘Jurassic Park’ (slashfilm.com)
- PROMETHEUS – 10 Minutes of Deleted Scenes (geektyrant.com)
- Fox sets early window for ‘Prometheus’ (variety.com)
- ‘Prometheus’ Blu-ray To Feature Nearly 15 Minutes Of Footage Deleted From Ending (slashfilm.com)
- Prometheus, thoughts… (cubicgarden.com)
- Prometheus 2 Is Happening (gizmodo.com.au)
- Prometheus puts the Giger back in Alien (kamikazeearth.com)
- Damon Lindelof On ‘Prometheus’ and Marketing in the Digital Era (screencrave.com)
- ‘Prometheus’ DVD/Blu-ray Deleted Scenes Revealed (screenrant.com)
February 17, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Check out these movie posters. There’s more over at http://www.thepopcornjunkie.com
February 15, 2012 § Leave a Comment
New Spider-Man trailer, with a few new scenes.
February 13, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Could be fun.
- ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER – First Footage from the Film Revealed! (geektyrant.com)
- Seth Grahame-Smith: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2′ is a Possibility (screenrant.com)
- Watch the First Footage from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (dreadcentral.com)
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (quarterquell.wordpress.com)
- Abraham Lincoln Running with his Vampire Hunting Axe (geektyrant.com)
- Take a Look Inside Our Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Image Gallery (dreadcentral.com)
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (disclose.tv)
- ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Images: President with an Axe (screenrant.com)
- ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER – 5 More New Images (geektyrant.com)
- Honest Abe Has An Axe To Grind In These Stills From ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER!! (aintitcool.com)
February 13, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Of course the issue of racism must be brought up when ever talking about The Phantom Menace. There are three main characters in the film that can be seen as racial stereotypes. Watto the junk dealer is supposed to be seen as Jewish, The Neimoidians, whom are the evil Trad Federation are supposed to resemble a caricature of some sort of homogeneous Asian stereotype, and of course Jar Jar represents some sort of minstrel show, Stepin Fetchit African American stereotype. While the characters themselves are terribly written and 1 dimensional, and this should be enough to offend any first year screenplay student, it is the overt similarities to old Hollywood stereotypes that is offensive to the respective nationalities. Some claim that there is no race involved here and that these are just alien creatures with strange accents and have nothing to do with the stereotypes they seem to resemble quite well. You be the judge. Is this racist or just coincidence?
Neimoidians at 3:30
Jar Jar at 2:23
David Chen has a good article about this.
- Simon Pegg on The Phantom Menace of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at)
- Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) See ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D’ (hollywood.com)
- Sweded Phantom Menace Trailer of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at)
- Film Review: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D (filmophilia.com)
- Did ‘Phantom Menace’kill ‘The Matrix’? (popwatch.ew.com)
- ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’: The Reviews Were In! (moviesblog.mtv.com)
- Awesome Fan-Made STAR WARS Art for THE PHANTOM MENACE (geektyrant.com)
- Phantom Menace 3D Review of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at)
- Simon Pegg Hates ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’ (moviesblog.mtv.com)
- New ‘Star Wars’ app: These are the Droids you’re looking for (reviews.cnet.com)
February 13, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Now this looks like something I could get excited about. Surreal.