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Film that uses continual takes.
(Let me know of other examples please)
Alien: Covenant (2017)
I no longer respect Ridley Scott... The only reason this film was made was to cock block Neill Blomkamp from rebooting the franchise. Seriously, this movie is such a divergent format the original Alien film it insults my intelligence. I truly love Waterston, she is an under utilized actress..however Scott misguidedly uses her to xerox the role of Ripley. This movie is utter bile movement..even when it is good the film is a glorified Lukas xanax redo. Nothing new here.
Cinematography pallet of an 1800's portrait painting. Acting talent featuring world class character actors. Drama driven story with ..Tom Hardy...Oona Chaplin. Oh my! Executive producer Ridley Scott had me immediately engaged. What will keep me watching is seriously amazing period drama with hints of the Pre Columbian and African occult, multinational / continental plot aspects, and established talent portraying the characters.
This is a show that will help continue to redefine television, and how it should be made in the current era of broadcast streaming and high def video screens in everyone's home.
Top Gear: Episode #23.1 (2016)
Poor attempt at the original magic
The new season for 2016 needs to be listed as an entirely new Top Gear show.. it is dreadful. After watching the first three episodes it is incredibly transparent that this is a different show than when Clarkson Hammond and May were on. It's not even close to encompassing the magic and poetry of petrol heads. They will never be able to replace the eloquence of Clarkson. The mystique of prose he used to describe the magic of driving ultimate automotive creations and the synergy that Hammond and May provided along side can never be recreated. The new seasons attempts are poor and derisive....an old fart that is an imbecile and doesn't speak often and when does...LOL...poor attempt to recreate the magic of the original cast.
The Expanse (2015)
What took so long Syfy?!?
Is it possible that the Syfy channel finally produced a space drama that isn't complete garbage? It sure looks like they indeed finally made a good science fiction show that doesn't rhyme with sharknado.
The Expanse has acceptable acting, a great story that appears well scripted for TV and a well deserved budget for special effects. The original book material gives a lot to work with for the TV script. It has been awhile since something close to Battlestar Galactica quality has aired.
I'm really looking forward to continuing this show..and I will keep my fingers crossed that the first two episodes were not a fluke.
Chaos on the Bridge (2014)
I really enjoy having Shatner lead the documentaries for the development of star trek. My only wish is that they had delved into the writers issues developing TNG more... It just, maybe in hind sight, appears obvious to me that the creation of story conflict is easy between the federation values and of its characters against an antagonist. I think there is more to the story of the first two seasons of TNG than they could have dug into..
I'm happy this documentary was made. The interviews with the contributing cast and etc were very I intriguing as both a trekkie and an outsider interested in TV or movie production.
Defying Gravity (2009)
Though I loved Ron Livingston in Office Space...I'm not a Christian... and I find myself having a frustrating time following what could be a very interesting sci-fi show because of all the obvious Christian emphasis within the show. Really, ABC couldn't be more blatant in its ideological support for a specific (and American centric religious) view. I'm mildly entertained and extremely insulted at the same time. Do I watch merely to list reasons to disavow anything associated with Disney and the religious right..., or do I watch to be sick with basic cable and fundamentalist views in America.
The show has nice effects and plenty of nice potential for an excellent science fiction series, but fails as a vehicle for religious dogma and prime-time limp drama.
The Departed (2006)
another Asian remake
With out Siu Fai Mak, this film would never have happened - even from Martin Scorsese. It is evident that Hollywood has completely run dry of new ideas and is seeking great films from Asian nations to make money - e.g. 'The Ring'. After years of great original gangster films from Scorsese, I am disappointed. A setting in Boston, is the only original item of this film. For those unfamiliar with Siu Fai Mak, I deeply encourage you to watch 'Mou Gaan Dou' ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338564/ ) aka 'Infernal Affairs' - the basis for this film. Infernal Affairs contains far more intense drama and (if not better) an equally high quality acting roster than this remake. Although this film was greatly entertaining, it would not have been made if not for the 2002 original from China.
Man yan (2004)
Raw Chinese cinematography at its finest.
An elegantly surprising real life experience via film that is highly character driven and makes excellent use of the camera in portraying a realistic environment throughout Beijing. 'Pirated Copy' - the films English title - uses the Black Market DVD peddlers on the Beijing streets as the films backdrop for the films character driven focus on interactions between people and their passion for film. Primarily, the film focuses on two couples - that term would apply to the second in more of a future sense - amongst the Beijing DVD pirates and their clients. The currently important issue of copyrights infringement/piracy - especially in China - coupled with the cinematographic style convey a startling realistic sense of a documentary. If you liked 'Real Fiction' (2000) (Ki-duk Kim) from Korea, definitely see this more recent film from China.