Articles about movies
So the Ender movie is coming out. That's... well, it's coming out.
This had me thinking about the book series and one thing from there struck me as being more science than fiction nowadays (don't worry, no spoilers):
In the later books of the series Ender has a digital assistant called Jane. Jane takes the shape of small in-ear dongle - a "jewel", which Ender communicates with using voice commands.
Could we create - or at least approximate - Jane using existing consumer technologies today?
My parents have a digital camcorder. A week long vacation with said camcorder, my parents, and their only grandchild produces a fair amount of raw footage. Before we headed back home after the vacation I wisely snapped up all the footage from their camera hoping to eventually run it through iMovie.
Turns out their camcorder stores its clips in MTS/AVCHD format, and I didn't grab all the fluff^Wnecessary files. As a result iMovie '11 cannot import the MTS video clips.
I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind the other day. Not really having heard anything about it, it was pretty much a case of “bah, the movie we really wanted to see isn’t on for another hour, but that one with Jim Carrey is. Let’s see that”. I am glad we did.
ESofSM is a great movie. The story is written by director Michel Gondry (who has made music vidoes for artists like Bjork, Chemical Brothers and Massive Attack) and Charlie Kaufman (who wrote Being John Malkovich), and as you’d expect from Kaufman it revels in blurred reality, plot twists and timeline jumps.
In essence the movie is a love story between Clementine and Joel, who doesn’t really realize how much they appreciate their relationship until both of them decide to erase each other from their memories. Peel the love story layer away and you’re left with a movie that takes on issues of ethics, science, fate, destiny, moral responsibility and free will.
The crude lightning, on-location shots, and very real and in your face atmosphere combined with an intelligent and catching story and all around solid acting is bound to make this a sure hit with movie critics.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind takes you on a delightful trip away from the grand scale, epic battles and conflicts of todays movies and into the single person conflict in Joels mind. Good stuff.
Oi, now that’s what I call a teaser: The first 5 minutes of Shrek 2 is available for viewing. And to no surprise picks up where the first movie left off and follows the same path with the same look, the same splendid humour, and numerous references to movies and even more fairy tales. Good stuff.
Seeing how I am currently playing through Final Fantasy VII to finally finish a game I first played 6 years ago and have restarted playing 6 or 7 times since, the news of a coming Final Fantasy movie are pretty interesting.
The coming full length movie, Final Fantasy VII – Advent Children, apparently picks up where the game ends, and is – like the previous Final Fantasy movie – going to be fully CG animated. The trailers look great and several characters from the game reappear.
Here’s hoping that they manage to make the story vastly more interesting than the one in The Spirits Within, but building on the story from the game should provide a great foundation for making a movie that is more than simply overdimensioned swords and excessive visual effects.
The big news these days is naturally the US capture of Saddam Hussein.
I can’t help it, but seeing the footage of Saddam undergoing medical examination by US doctors remind me of the scientists examining the Brain Bug after it’s capture in Starship Troopers. Weird stuff…
I just finished watching the extended version of the Two Towers, and daaayamn, everything about this DVD is simply fantastic. The 40 minutes of extra footage makes an already amazing movie even better, and it almost makes it feel like you’re watching an entirely new movie.
I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the Gollum/Sm
Pixar strikes again. Finding Nemo is a great movie.
The tale of daddy clownfish travelling through the ocean to find his lost son is catching, the characters are all fittingly fishy in their own unique ways, and the voice acting works very well.
The animators have obviously had tons of fun creating the lush, colorful, underwater enviroments and models and it shows. Each scene is saturated with colors, movement and tiny details that makes the movie a visual joy to see.
And let’s not forget that it’s funny. Sure, it may not exactly be Shrek-style adult humour, but as long as your inner child have not packed its bags and left for greener pastures, you should be able to find several things to send you into minutes of laughter. I know I did.
Grab your tiny nephew, call the local Rent-a-kid, or set up a daycare center – anything works as an excuse to see this movie.
When Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer are among the names behind a movie, you are almost guaranteed 2 hours filled with action, fun and adventures. Pirates of the Carribean fully lives up to this guarantee.
The swordfights and jokes are swift and plenty, the explosions and sea-battles are impressive, and Johnny Depp is great as the fallen pirate, Jack Sparrow.
Pirates of the Carribean is a popcorn-flick and has no intention of being otherwise. It delivers the story and punchlines with a wink and entertains for a full 2 hours.
This addition to the ever-growing family of fast-cutting, wire-action, musicvideo-styled kind of action movies is a waste of time. Not even the cameos or the babe-factor of Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, and Lucy Liu can make up for the incoherent and unexciting storyline.
Take my advice, spend 15 minutes in company with three Google searches while Prodigy blasts from your stereo, sprinkle with random glances to MTV, and you’ll have experienced Charlies Angels: Full Throttle.
And now, for no apparent reason, a list of my DVDs. Anyone know of a good website application for keeping track of such a list?
Damn Jake of 8Bit Joystick.com! To me, Starship Troopers has always been the perfect no-brains-involved movie – perfect for when hung over. I enjoy the way Verhoeven manages to stear clear of every bit of sentimental, emotional substory in the movie.
It is hinted that Dizzy is feeling lonely, but it doesn’t turn into more than a single shot of her not getting any mail.
The shattered relationship between Carmen and Johnny could’ve turned the movie into a sobbing love story, but it doesn’t because Carmen is a bitch and Johnny has Ace
to kick around.
The implications of Carl sending Johnny to his expected death is shrugged off with a
That’s what the Mobile Infantry is good for.
The movie never becomes deeper than “we’re the good guys, we shoot with big guns at everything that has more legs than us”.
Now Jake claims that Starship Troopers is really an
anti-fascist statement. Damn, now I have to set my brain in gear next time I watch the movie.
Actually, I have always thought Starship Troopers was a bit of a forgotten pearl. The fact that it can be seen as a dark black humour, “kill ’em all” action movie as well as an anti-fascist, “war is bad, mmmkay” statement doesn’t make it one bit less good – quite the opposite.
Yeah yeah, the Matrix horse has been beaten to death by now, noone really knows what is happening and we won’t be able to tell eachother “See? I told you so” until later this year. But after having received my Animatrix DVD and looked a bit at the Enter the Matrix game, I have to applaud the Wachovski brothers – besides, I wanted an excuse to post this picture.
My reasons for applause is that the whole Matrix suite (the movies, the game, the animatrix, the website) seems to be a pretty succesful experiment in creating a symbiotic relationship between different medias and products.
Eeach product adds its own little bit of extra detail and background information to the matrix saga. Each product can still be used seperatly but when seen in the big context it makes the most sense, they supplement eachother very well.
Not only does this most likely give the Wachovski a nice cashcow to milk, it also allows fans to dig deeper into the matrix universe and its philosohies if they so desire. And judging from the amount of comments and blog entries about the events in and behind Matrix Reloaded a huge deal of people do want to dig deeper.
So I saw the movie last night, and I think it rocks. It may not be as philosophical as the first, the plot may be quite a bit confusing and the action may more or less be repeats of things seen in the first Matrix movie, but in total I like the movie.
Right from the start you are shown that this movie has no intention of being any less spectacular than the first. Although it starts slowly, after about 20 minutes of introducing characters and places the action kicks in – and continues kicking you in the entertainment center until the end.
The action scenes are indeed spectacular and if you’re into kung fu fights and fast car chases you can’t go wrong by seeing Matrix Reloaded. I am definatly looking forward to seeing it again.
Warning, spoilers incoming. Do not read further if you haven’t seen the movie
And so it got to be Denmarks turn to experience Matrix Reloaded – well, in a little while it will at least. I managed to get a hold of a ticket to one of the first showings in the country, couldn’t resists the temptation even if I have tickets for the coming friday too :)
Americans suck – they get to see Matrix Reloaded now, while I have to wait a week before it opens in the danish cinemas. Bullocks. I don’t get that decision, why not launch at the same time worldwide? I can’t seem to think of any reason to seperate the openings by a week, but then again, I generally don’t understand the movie BigCos.
A bit of Matrix-related stuff:
The 10 minute movie is a dark and grim depiction of the events that lead to the fall of flesh prior to the events in the first Matrix movie.
We are told the tale of mankinds final desperate battle against the machine army, the torching of the sky, and the treaty signed by man and machine that lead to the building of the first matrix. Very good stuff.
May there be mercy on man and machine for their sins
Let’s see… Vampires, trenchcoats, slowmotion, swordfights, werewolves, gothic cityscapes, steam engines, female butts in tight leather pants, rain – Yup, Underworld looks very promising.
At a dinner during easter my cousins husband-to-be pointed out to me, that the MTV Music Award spoof of the council-scene from Fellowship of the Rings was accessible on the extended version DVD by following some obscure keypresses.
He instructed me to look it up using Google. Behold! Google sent me to DVD Easter Eggs that lists over thousand Easter Eggs. Feel free to call me ignorant, but I never realized that DVDs containing this were this widespread.
With the beginning of a new month comes the next freely availabe installment of the Animatrix: A Detective Story (I would love to link directly, but they are using a frames setup, sorry).
The episode is a very nice piece of Cartoon Noire with plenty of more or less obvious references to the Matrix universe as we know it. In my opinion this is by far the better of the existing Animatrix episodes, with its own unique style and feel, and a decent story going. It even features a method of “debugging” that’s even more gross than the bellybutton method featured in the movie.
March has arrived, as has the next chapter in the Animatrix, called “Program”.
Apart from being a cool little flick, there isn’t really anything interesting or revolutionary about it. Some anime action in a Matrix-setting, shrug, go watch it.
“Biker boyz, we set our own rules” – or perhaps we’ll grab them from another movie.
2 Fast, 2 Furious
Speaking of The Fast and the Furious it seems like the sequel is coming soon; 2 Fast, 2 Furious. Please, I thought spelling words with numbers went out of fashion a couple of years ago. Apart from that, more from the same shelf. Fast vehicles, busty babes and no Vin Diesel (I wonder if his newfound stardom has made him too expensive) – sound familiar?
"We want you to take part in the powerful Internet movie rental experience that Movielink delivers, but it is presently unavailable to users outside of the United States"The above quote is what non US visitors are presented with when they try to access Hollywoods newest online investment, Movielink. Movielink is (as far as I know - I have no way of getting this verified from the site itself) a joint venture between the 5 movie-companies offering selected movies for download for a few dollars each. Despite obvious technical challenges they decided to boldy adventure into an area they have been trying to kill for so long: Digitally copying full movies to the harddrives of individual users. To avoid illegal distribution, they have apparently put their trust into a mechanism that disables the movie after a set amount of time (I wonder how long it will be before that mechanism is cracked open?). The idea itself is great and I regained a little trust in the juggernauts of the movie industry, kudos to them. But then they cut off their non-US customers from even getting info about their service. I realize that the cost of international downloads will probably be too high for them to begin with, but cutting the access before we even get to seeing what movies are available makes no sense. They don't even want to tempt us by showing what this is all about. They don't even give non-US press somewhere to get reliable information about the service. To me, this still makes the movie-companies look like the BigCo's of yesterday, still not quite grasping the possibilities of the Internet. Worst of all, it looks a lot like the ridiculous regional-system they currently use to control the DVD market. They are so close to showing they have balls, and still they fail.