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Ex Machina

Ex Machina – not the movie you’ll expect from the trailers.

Alex Garland’s stylish sci-fi thriller Ex Machina is out on limited release today (with full general UK release on Friday 23rd).  The film tells the story of a young programmer at the world’s largest internet company who wins a competition to spend a week at the retreat of Nathan, the company’s reclusive CEO.  When he arrives at the remote location he finds he has been chosen to be the human component in a test to evaluate the human qualities of Nathan’s latest experiment, a beautiful female A.I.  The eerie electronic score by composers Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow (of Portishead) was mixed by Rupert Coulson.

In a current ever connected world, with the mega-corps being Apple and the like.. this vision of the future doesn’t feel like it’s too far ahead.

In doing this review we don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet. Which is quite challenging as we so want to to talk about those bits..

The visuals – fairly stunning and as we’ve seen special effects really make this movie work in the current time in a way they couldn’t before.

Our friends at Sharing Our Solutions showed us the holographic avatars are a few years ago and it helps connect the dots.

Twenty minutes before the end – we heard – “come on . When does this end ?” … we stuck with it and glad we did.

Too many overly gratuitous shots .. perhaps .. And do they really add to the story?
If we were to swap the genders of the roles would full frontal male nudity have been as acceptable.

We leave thinking..

Quiet..

This will take time to simmer ..

The ideas will definitely ripple and for those that are interested in the question of reality and authenticity it poses some distinct viewpoints which are refreshing.

As our mum heard her mum say “Don’t believe a sausage by its skin.

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Interstellar 2014 Review

Interstellar 2014 Film Review

FilmBlast™ Ratings

  • Overall: Film Blast Off™
  • Visuals 9/10
  • Audio 8/10
  • Story 8/10
  • Summary: A Movie that will have you thinking about the very nature of time, space and our purpose here.. and maybe .. everywhere.
    If you like Sci-Fi, you’ll love it..
  • Most Like: Gravity, Many Old school Sci-Fi/Anime.

Produced by Christopher Nolan.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Matt Damon.

Interstellar is an epic and profound film with technical miracle and a powerful narrative in which a team of astronauts, led by Matthew McConaughey venture into the cosmos in search of a new home for humanity. The film presents the future now, with the biosphere of earth in the clutch of disease that blights food crops resulting in grey-brown powder drifting acrossthe land into houses, cars and in all spaces on earth resulting in famine.

Can mankind overcome this famine? What is needed to succeed? What is mankind doing that appears to be the right thing but for the wrong reason? In order to make progress, what must we leave behind?

The film explores extraordinary ideas and takes the viewer on an emotional roller coaster. The narrative presents a father following his destiny, leaves his family, including a daughter who is distraught with the decision of the father to honour his destiny to preserve the future of humanity by finding another habitable planet. The story is dramatized with intense plots that keep the viewer completely immersed in the twists and surprises within the story.

There is never a dull moment, humour, suspense, complex decisions, questions relating to love – what does love mean? How do we respond to time and survival? Do we care – Do we care for self or for the whole of humanity? The impact of quantum physics, the wormhole, the fifth dimension, nature of time as non-linear and the function of gravity.

The film presents more questions than answers for example, reflective questions relating to love and quantum physics. The viewer is left with complex ontological questions on the path is destiny as well as the power of commitment to an agreement.

Interstellar is a most accomplished film and I encourage you to view the film and keep the conversations on the future that we want to create active.

Neslyn Watson-Druée | www.Neslyn.com
8 November 2014

Reviewed on behalf of FilmBlast™ and WisdomWorldWide.com

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

This is a very subtle and powerful film.

The quality of acting and care for the stories is very high.

Watch it and understand that this is not a fiction, that people are every day impacted by pharma companies and more.

We live in a world that is free.. and yet.. somehow we are not.

Often trapped by who we were, not who we are.

(Quote care of www.FreedomInternationalNow.com )

 

Summary

Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy with a devil-may-care lifestyle who is blindsided with an H.I.V.-positive diagnosis and given 30 days to live. He quickly finds a lack of approved medications in the U.S. and crosses the border into Mexico where he learns about alternative treatments.

 

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby Review

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The trailer is a wonderful piece of cinema – rich, luscious, enticing and teasing which we’ve come to love and expect from Baz Luhrmann.

So it was with anticipation that we went to the screening.

The movie starts slowly and draws you in, weaving a tapestry of plots and characters that will entice and revolt, delight and surprise.

To avoid too many more spoilers, this is an adult film with adult themes, which touched on many aspects and I’m sure will have people coming back to watch time after time.

The stellar cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire play their roles well and Leonardo is a great Gatsby. For a man who has played his life from the early days in stellar roles and living a Gatsbyesque lifestyle it seems apt.

This is a piece of art produced outside of time and with a heart that comes across.

It has some dark elements, which highlight all the more the good and joyful aspects of the movie.

Our need to fit in, to be perceived as doing right, to earn money, to love and be loved, to trust and be trusted – all these and more are exposed in this movie.

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Star Trek into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness Review

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Last night we went along to the latest update of the Star Trek reboot, some had seen the first reboot some had not, but we are all Sci-fi fans and love the heart of Star Trek.

Overall we had a good night out. One was a raving fan, and the rest of us enjoyed the ride.

The opening sequence is beautifully shot and sets the tone really well. The characters for the most part hold together well and work as new characters and as ripples of their archetypes, and the core question of logic / heart and what is right begins.

The upsides:

  • Great graphics – this is what animation and special effects were dreamt for – big space scenes where you really can forget that not one piece is really floating in space – yes the USS Enterprise is a real ship and we all wish we could fly on her…
  • The physicality of the universe made more sense – a real sense of a human made space ship and engineered world.
  • A few moments that will leave you engaged by the plot and wondering what’s next..
  • A favourite “Sherlock Holmes” playing a baddie.
  • Spock played by Zachary Quinto (from Heroes) played it well and the love interest with Uhura (played by the gorgeous Zoe Saldana)

The downsides:

  • a couple of the characters don’t cut it – McCoy, Scotty, … they are good actors but someone don’t seem to be playing it as straight as the rest and they are comic relief in parts but not in a way that we felt was right. Character choice and ability to play a role convincingly so that we the audience suspend our disbelief is more and more essential and harder and harder to “fake”.
  • a couple of places will have you question the plot and nice hollywood rubber band endings

Overall a movie that you can watch in the cinema or when it reaches home release. It won’t shock your world, but it will leave you having had a fun ride with your friends and after all isn’t that what cinema at least at times is all about.

 

 

 

Horror Movie Night In – Paranormal Activity 3

 

There it was – a scare fest to be noted in the history books as the greatest trilogy of horrors. Unlike action movies, thrillers and science fiction flicks, this is a horror film cliché which, like the villains in the tale, literally refuses to die. It was clearly not initially intended to be made into an annual series, like The Blair Witch Project or Birds, which are movies that attracted mounds of controversy and rank high in many people’s top 10, partly because they stand alone.

Any cheap sequels like Exorcist 2 are either completely disregarded, or the impact that they made simply failed to reach enough people. So when you mention such no-hit-wonders, the reaction is “What Exorcist 2? Never happened!”

The film did feature a good story line with catchy one-liners from the comical male lead (Christopher Smith) who exemplifies the saying ‘ignorance is bliss’. The lead female candy played by Lauren Bittner was vacant and unwitting, a role which to master must mimick real life as the movie was shot with hand held cameras; I think she did a pretty good job.

It threw in a snivelling, anorexic side-kick for a few more laughs, invisible demons, possessed children and there you had it – Paranormal Activity 1. Oh sorry, I mean 3. It was in fact incredibly reminiscent of number 1, apart from the fire which started all the madness; implicated to have been ignited by the spectre. In the original movie the fire held paramount significance, but its failure to appear at all held good stead for PA4 (2012). There was a fire lit at some point, homage possibly?

It also had more dragging across floors, more ostentatious ghost/spectre behaviour, and a lot of appearing and disappearing. There is something spookier about children when they are possessed because all of their integral innocence is gone, maybe not after the 2011 August riots, but it is an age-old and perhaps over-used remedy to a horror.

The film also holds in store some good screams, a few faux monsters jumping out of closets, ghosts locking you in attic rooms, and rapidly moving objects glimpsed through door cracks. Despite it’s somewhat lack of originality, the film was very entertaining and did not let down the previous instalments, I would rate it a 7 out of 10.

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