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HERE IS AS YET INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR A MEANINGFUL ANSWER. :-)
Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.
The world is disgracefully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain.
Excellent Film - Go See! :-) SPOILERS!
Today we went to see 'Interstellar'. Kip Thorne did not disappoint. Tons of interesting ideas to sort out.
The film itself was serendipitously cast: Casey Affleck (Ben Affleck's younger brother) has a very nice screen presence in a minor role that still makes you sit up and take notice. Matt Damon is excellent in an unexpected role - must be careful not to give out spoilers. Matthew McConnaughey - excellent, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway - all great. Nice seeing Russ Fega getting in some acting chops, albeit teeny-tiny. :)
That said about spoilers - do not read on: SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!
Getting past all the obligatory OTT emotional, human interest scenes (though I admit there was a point to all that, too), the film itself was an interesting tale, well spun imo. I liked all the layers to the story. I particularly liked the use of 'them' being 'us'. I have long had a suspicion - or an idea (hardly know if I am right, of course) - that some UFO stuff is actually events coming to us from the future. This would apply most particularly to the more personal types of UFO encounters.
Space-Time across which gravity is the operative - yes. One thing: with all the high-tech, I am certain that in some not too distant time, audiences watching the use of laptops on a spaceship will be wincing. :cool:
I very much liked the robots - excellent visualization. Makes perfect sense for the robots to be functional at-will moving machines at many levels and not a 'teddy bear' friendly construct.
I like that the film had an actual finish - there was a point when I was fearful we were on the verge of '2001: A Space Odyssey' ground. I would not have been happy. All-in-all, a little bit of everything and put together well. Some great special effects, both on the various planets and in space. Loved the silence of space - finally that has been done well.
A film I will go see again while it's still in the theaters.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Not For The Serious Science Fiction Fan
Huge disappointment. Shallow fare. I realize this is a derivative film - but while the first one of this re-cast was a clever re-spin, factoring in a changed time-line - and hence suggesting intriguing possibilities for all future story-lines - this film is a re-hash, making the past banal. I was bored by the time the dying character appeared on the screen - and that was pretty early on in the film.
All smash-bang with inordinate moments of 'meaningful feeling' - what a waste. Where was the character driven story? This could have been so much better given the outstanding beginning made with the very good 2009 "Star Trek". Even the excellent actor Benedict Cumberbatch fails to animate this nostalgia-drenched turn of the Star Trek franchise.
From Time to Time (2009)
A Lovely Film From Another Time....
This is a film that would easily have been made 40 years ago - that it was made now is remarkable. I never read the book upon which it was based so I came to it on its own merits - and it stood more than just well. This is a film to be savored like a fine wine - it has rich nuances. There is so much that is good about it - from writing and acting to photography and set design.
It is an atmospheric film. Beautifully captured - the two time periods are both portrayed in evocative detail. The mood for 1941 feels iconic but real - like it would have been - in memory - quiet, all in muted wintry grays with the detail of the house and its rooms presented to the eye like paintings. By contrast, 1811 has a warm and vivid lushness like a dream. Fascinating choices.
Beautifully acted - of exceptional note is Maggie Smith. Hugh Bonneville gives a wonderful performance as Captain Oldknow. I found the marital relationship between the Captain and his foreign wife, as acted by Hugh Bonneville and Carice van Houten, as his wife Maria, intriguing. Made me wonder about how that relationship was portrayed in the book. Pauline Collins and Timothy Spall and Dominic West all excellent, as are the actors playing the children. Well done all round.
This film made me curious about the book. In fact, I will likely read the book now.
French Film (2008)
A Thinking Person's Film
Rare in these days that a film of this depth was successfully made - while still being funny, which will throw some people off because they will assume it's just a frothy romantic comedy with a few pertinent things to say. It even gets better with each successive viewing - which makes a DVD purchase a must for those who understand why this film received two awards at Monte Carlo (for Best Actor and Best Screenplay). May be too subtle for some who are looking for a broad stroke - but it is laughing out loud funny in many parts (if you get the complexity) due to the writing, directing and excellent ensemble cast. They all do well but of special note is Hugh Bonneville (who won for Best Actor at Monte Carlo) as the lead character Jed. Douglas Henshall is his best friend Marcus and Anne-Marie Duff and Victoria Hamilton are the girlfriends.