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A refreshing drink made out of 100% recycled material
OK, so let us talk about Snowpiercer. It was a weird, very weird movie. It felt like a Frankenstein's monster but this one somehow made a point of being the assemblage of misaligned elements.
Let me put that into a perspective. Imagine that you take Luc Besson, feed him some downers, ask him to adapt Mato Lovrak's Train in the Snow while expressing the themes from the Matrix trilogy. And, of course, you ask Tilda Swinton to give her most annoying performance to date. The result is Snowpiercer, a rumble through the frozen mindscape of Joon-ho Bong and the writers of the source graphic novel.
So get your travel sickness pills ready, this is going to be one rough ride.
A definite must watch for lovers of good cinematography
Gravity pulled me back into the world of space stations, astronauts, and dangers of space junk. A world of wonder that I experienced watching recordings from space shuttle missions and Hubble documentaries. And I am happy about it.
The main stars are Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), and they are the only people whose living faces we see throughout the movie. What we see are probably the best space visuals in a movie that have been ever part of a non-documentary. The visuals are crisp and steady. A welcome change from all the shaky-cam that we see in the recent cinema.
An interesting and refreshing point was proper use of the first-person camera. I felt as if I was looking from inside of the space suit. I felt that strange mix of claustrophobia and agoraphobia that is possible to experience only in the vastness of space while being in this insignificant amount of fabric and tech. These shots were few which made them significant and were well established in the relationship to the surrounding so I knew where I was looking at all times. One of the harder things to achieve in the emptiness of space.
The film was perfectly paced for a space movie. Coming into the movie, I was ready for extremely slow space walks, but Cuaróns managed to beat my expectations by introducing welcome highly dynamic scenes to separate off the slower paced ones.
The plot was fairly standard, but here again Cuaróns managed to keep it very fresh by giving us one large surprise mid-film. One major problem with the movie was that it did not make me care for Stone which was essential to sink into the movie. Cuaróns made a strange decision to make her a person without family. Meaning that her only motivation to survive was her own survival instinct. But this decision meant that Stone could explore some topics that are available only to people without stronger survival motivations.
On a more nit-picky note, what was with that in-your-face symbolism of a womb in the middle of the movie. Either I have not noticed other symbols, or in a film with a very few symbols, there is one that is sticking out and heavily disrupting the flow of the story.
Visually Stunning Ode to Theseus
Note: These are my impressions from the movie and not verified facts about how it was made.
A visually beautiful and creative ode to the Gods of the ancient Greece. Each moment of the movie was an animated painting. Carrying the viewer from scene to scene with smooth and innovative transitions. Telling the story of Theseus rising to his destined place.
Unfortunately, to adhere to this extremely visual form of filmmaking, some sacrifices had to be made. The fights were choreographed to be graceful rather than realistic. Storyline was simplified so that it contains as many sceneries as possible rather than large amounts of character development.
The only downside of the visuals was that the golden armor of Gods looked really plastic and behaved like that.
A definite recommendation for anyone seeking visual inspiration.
On the other hand, you want to know about Greek mythology, go read a book and forget abut this movie.
Technotise - Edit i ja (2009)
A superb and highly awaited animation from Serbia
This movie shows that even a small animation studio can do excellent animation and create wonderful full length animated movies.
The only downside of this movie is that it contains many local references. To understand all of the subtle jokes and some more obvious ones, one should be well versed in the culture of Belgrade and contemporary situation.
But even then, there are many timeless topics presented in the movie, quite popular in Sci-Fi genre: do machines have souls, what is life etc.
The concept of the movie is quite simple, but it still managed to surprise even a seasoned Sci-Fi enthusiast with clever plot, good twists and deep vision of the future.
I would recommend this movie to anyone wishing to see something similar to Animatrix or Ghost in the Shell.