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Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
The Magic of the Projectionist
This film itself has rather unconvincing characters and although Kunis and Franco are not the best for the roles that is something that is unchangeable at this point so lets look at what this film set out to do, and how well it did it. This is a story that follows the wizard of Oz before he was the wizard and how he came to power. Since most people have seen the original Wizard of Oz we all know that Oz is a phony, a fraud, and also an asshole. I think that although Franco walked around with the swagger of an adolescent child, this was a good way to develop a character that still has a ways to go since there are to be more of these films.
But besides the acting lets look at the important stuff. This movie takes place in the early 1900's where illusionists and magicians were able to make a much better living without all of the bells and whistles that they would need to live in modern day. There were also other people who created a much more astounding type of magic around this time, film and those that project it. They are the kings of the theater and at this time someone who can project a film was a god of sorts. Now this doesn't only speak of innovation in the early 1900's however because when Franco has the (Tinkers?) make his projection machine he creates a few changes that the world had not seen at this time and never would. By using the smoke he was able to give his face a 3rd dimension, yes I am suggesting that this film is speaking directly of the large jump from 2 Dimensional film to 3D or Real D.
The original Wizard of Oz had a strong statement towards the revolutionary change from black and white to color much before color would be prominently used. I think this in a way is also a statement about CGI and its development. Although we can create these astounding worlds it doesn't mean we should, we are the gods that control the complete environment of these films now, but that doesn't mean we need to use it. This film is an extremists view of what CGI and 3D can and will be, and right now people don't really like that. But also think back to the time when black and white was the norm, although people embraced and loved The Wizard of Oz, color films didn't really break out for another decade. These films have one purpose and one purpose only, to show us that the world around us is not always as we perceive it. New technology and discoveries come every day, and by bringing wonder back into my life I thank the creators of this film.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
Bringing to light from the underground
The film hits home on a topic that is not normally addressed in every day life, the underground world of street art. We are impacted every day by the things we hear and see throughout our lives and one of the things that we do not tend to think much about is the occasional train, building, or billboard that is "tagged" by a graffiti artist. Graffiti is one of those taboos in culture that everyone sees and enjoys but do not attempt to try out for themselves because of the legality of said art form. This documentary focuses on those that are not torn away from the underground world of street art because of legality issues but rather submerge themselves within with every ounce of mind, body, and soul.
Before seeing this documentary i believed that it would be a film that focused on the life of Banksy and his struggle as a street artist. But lone behold after a while you realize the focus isn't just on the street artists but rather the man behind the camera. Thierry Guetta also known as Mister Brainwash who can be seen as; either a genius who successfully blends works from different street artists and works of pop culture to create originals or just a madman who follows street artists around with a camera just looking to film anything and everything.
Through this documentary we are able to catch a glimpse of the life we all wish we could live, hopping from town to town making an impact on every single person who walks by your creation. The film is filled with a constant sense of danger and the excitement that comes along with it. This is a documentary that needed to be made for the world to see what we ignorantly close our eyes to throughout our daily lives.
Although he is not a director per say, Banksy does an amazing job putting this film together. He was able to take what Thierry mindlessly filmed and created something great from it. An exposé into his world, the underground world that he thought he would never let anyone see. After giving up his convictions and coming to a realization that this footage could not go to waste, he created something beautiful that teaches us one important lesson about the life of an artist; The life of an artist is a difficult one, however the life of a street artist is damn near impossible without a little bit of company.
The Last Airbender (2010)
Truly not that bad..
The movie itself as far as movies go was pretty bad, but if we look how he actually managed to generally follow the storyline of the first book i was awestruck..
normally if movies are based off of anything they are completely skewed and off point in the details.. however with this movie most of the main points were shown, when i first watched it i honestly thought he was going to try shoving all of the books into one movie which would be impossible but now that i see what he did i am actually quite impressed. i give the movie a 5 but I'm going to add 3 extra points for staying true to the story.