60 posts tagged movies
60 posts tagged movies
Didn’t think it needed rebooting, but is it me or does the trailer for the new Robocopy actually look…good? (via Bleeding Cool).
P.S. I’d still rather see a movie about the movement to build a Robocop statue in Detroit.
Trailer for UNDER THE SKIN - the new sci-film from Sexy Beast (and Radiohead video) director Jonathan Glazer (c/o Ivan Brandon). Love his work, and there hasn’t been a great sci-fi film since Moon? District 9?
Lego Jurassic Park
This could be a real thing if you vote for it at Lego’s CUUSO site.
Matt Damon vs. The Apartheid Robots (2013):
1. Even though this is tumblr, I don’t want to hurl the word “Racist” around, all super-casual, but yo, this movie. Matt Damon plays a Mexican or something? Like he’s Charlton Heston and this is whatever year Touch of Evil got made. The part was plainly written for a Hispanic star but… I guess there ain’t any (?)(there’s got to be somebody), so instead they jammed Matt Damon’s wonderbread-ass in the part…? So it’s basically two hours of wishing America appreciated Michael Pena more (which they should— that dude’s rad). I can’t think of any point in this movie where that wasn’t an extremely noticeable issue. Damon, I think he’s supposed to convey, like, a struggle or a frustration he just has no idea about so…. Just weird. That just made the whole movie weird. I can’t remember a second watching this where that wasn’t at the forefront of the thing for me. I thought Benedict Crabberpatch playing Khan Singh or whatever would be the most ridiculous white-washing I saw in a sci-fi movie this summer but… Actually, that was, totally, but this was still weird.
2. Fantastic designs. Everything in this movie looked so cool to me— I liked it more from a design standpoint than Prometheus or Pacific Rim or any of that shit. (I have liked Pacific Rim less with every day that’s passed; I like Del Toro a lot, but it’s not growing well in my memory of it). Really, really into the production design.
3. I like with Blokamp that he’s at least trying to make real science fiction movies. He’s not trying to make, you know, “I saw an anime once” or whatever Valentine Card bullshit that Tron guy’s doing. I don’t think he’s made a movie that’s been entirely successful yet— I don’t think he pulled this one off, but I at least appreciated the effort here.
4. I enjoyed the action fine. It got a little too “just shake the camera!" late into the movie but on the other hand, I thought the level of gore was pretty sweet. There were a couple bits where he bent the realism more than I thought he had to, but I was worried going in that it’d just be Matt Damon fighting CGI muppets and so I was pretty happy how they avoided that.
5. This movie’s politics were all weird, too. It’s trying to be both about illegal immigration and wealth-distribution simultaneously, and… I think I fall to the right of this movie…? The movie relies on cheap hokey “hey look! little kids! little kids means our argument is right" manipulation tactics, which— first off, man, fuck all those stupid little kids. But … The movie to me just ends up in a muddle. The movie starts with this premise of a world which is filth-ridden because of a broke environment and overpopulation, and then ends by positing that more people should have access to health care…?? It’s a pleasant and perhaps commercial fantasy to think that the problems inherent to a world of limited resources can be resolved purely by class warfare— that’s probable a more entertaining theme than a movie about philosophical shifts towards more rational models of sustainability, or whatever would suit my own sociopolitical agenda. It’s just not one I can subscribe to that enthusiastically.
6. I think part of the problem is that it’s never clear why the rich being on Elysium is holding back the poor people from rethinking their lifestyles, and the suggestion that they do so this movie kinda suggests isn’t even structurally possible. The plot of the movie kinda comes down to “The rich people on Elysium have to suffer so that poor people can keep having illegitimate sick kids out of wedlock and so that people like Matt Damon’s character— a car thief with no education or skills or ability to organize his community or any noticeable charisma— can receive unlimited health care.” I’m a Democrat, but I was still rooting for Jodie Foster’s neoconservative caricature character by the end of all that. That’s further left than I go. I just found this movie kinda half-baked politically, basically, and/or demagoguery-ish. Then again, who cares? Brad Bird’s made a bunch of movies I thought were C-R-A-Z-Y and I still like that dude’s shit plenty. It’s a movie, not a pamphlet.
7. Even still, holy shit, Jodie Foster’s caricature artist take on what a Republican is like is the worst. She is really terrible in this. This was not a movie I enjoyed the acting much, no, other than William Fichtner who is always great.
8. No one can make science fiction movies anymore without smearing Jesus all over them. Enough with the Jesus. It’s strange to me because I read a lot of science fiction as a kid, and I just don’t remember being as inundated with Jesus with those books. I grew up with the cyberpunk guys, though, and that wasn’t any of those guys’s bags, not that I can remember. Rudy Rucker had other shit on his mind. In college, I read a lot of Harlan Ellison, but Ellison was an atheist. Or I read Asimov— I think Jesus maybe shows up in the Foundation series, but he’s like a developmentally disabled hunchback that puts society into Dark Ages which the Foundation has to fight or something…? I just didn’t grow up with a lot of Jesus in my sci-fi but these movies, boy, movie-guys, they like a lot of Jesus in their sci-fi.
9. At one point, Matt Damon goes to the other Hispanic characters he lives around and they have to perform medical operations. But instead of having anything resembled a doctor, they have this ridiculous tatted-up cartoon Hispanic thug guy smoke some weed and be like “Oh shit, bro! I was an extra in Training Day. Oh shit, bro— let’s cyborg-medicine your shit up” or whatever. Why would that be what the medical guy would be like??? Have you ever tried to study medicine or electrical engineering? That stuff’s complicated. You think that guy’d be smarter. I don’t know. This movie and race had a weird, weird relationship.
10. I really like that this guy builds his movies around characters being desperate rather than altruistic. It’s a fun way to build a movie. It’s just hard not to have also seen a better version of the movie in my mind’s eye, I think, the Michael Pena Elysium. Still, I’m interested in seeing what this guy does next…
The friend I saw Elysium with has a really good take on it. Blomkamp’s movies are a little on the nose with their message. Did you really need to set District 9 in South Africa when the movie itself is a metaphor for apartheid? Or have the futuristic illegal immigrants in Elysium all be Mexicans? But…he does real sci-fi, which virtually no one else is doing. And the mech designs…they blow Pacific Rim and what I’ve seen of X-Men: Days of Future past out of the water. Also, maybe some of my favorite grenade scenes ever.
Elysium mech and cyborg designs