Star wars: Episode IV – A new hope

a-new-hop-posterAmerican sci-fi adventure from 1977.
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Director: George Lucas
Writer: George Lucas
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Reactions

Contemplations

Judgement

Epilogue

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Star wars: Episode IV – A new hope” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

64 movies down. 301 to go.

If you want to get “Star wars: Episode IV – A new hope” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Gran torino”. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

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Star trek

star-trek-posterAmerican sci-fi from 2009.
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Bechdel test: Pass

Exposition

A space ship of unfamiliar design and origin charges Federation ships and changes the whole future. Now the familiar adventures of Spock, Kirk, Bones, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov are changed. This time when they set out to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life-forms and new civilizations; to boldly go where no one has gone before, it is in unfamiliar and unexpected ways.

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This is a difficult film to talk about for an old Star Trek fan. On the one hand, it is a movie with high production values and a brilliant cast, and it is in such ways wonderful compared to some earlier Star Trek movies. On the other hand, seen as just a movie, with the same standard as the rest of the movies I watch this year, the judgement becomes slightly more negative. I will try to write a little about this movie from both points of view.

Contemplations

Visually this movie is mostly quite pleasing and shows the established universe in a modern tone without breaking with it. However the enormous amounts of lens flares are maybe a little unnecessary.

The characters are mostly well portrayed and the actors are well suited for their parts. The exception is Karl Urban as Bones who is unconvincing and stiff.

The audio is just fine, and there are some nice nods to the previous movies and TV shows.

The story is ridiculous and fantastically unbelievable, which is saying a bit for a sci fi movie. A quick googling would probably provide anyone with a summary of the plot wholes and strange choices in the story, and any listing or explanation from me is superfluous.

A worse sin, in my opinion, is the change in feeling of the movie. It is a straight action movie without the moralistic and overbearing attitude of the Federation. There are some more action oriented parts of the Star trek franchise from earlier, but there is also usually more then that.

The saddest lack in this movie is the change in relationship between the central trio in the original TV series; Bones, Kirk and Spock. In the original show Kirk was often dragged between the logic of Spock and the “humanity” of Bones. In this movie the Bones character is on the side, and the relationship between Spock and Kirk is the central idea. I feel like the trio is the main soul of the original series, and missed it here.

Judgement

I am glad to have watched “Star Trek” but it isn’t really worth watching a second time.

Epilogue

I will only recommend “Star Trek” to people who are fans of the franchise or wish to see the later movies in the reboot  and want the beginning of the story.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Star Trek” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

56 movies down. 309 to go.

If you want to get “Star Trek” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “The deer hunter”. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

etrnal-sunshine-of-the-spotless-mind-posterAmerican romantic drama from 2004.
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson
Director: Michel Gondry
Writers: Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Joel falls in love with Clementine and after a few years they break up. But the heartache is to much for them both. However, what if you could forget the other person?

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I have been more bored by other movies, but not many. I only fell asleep once though, so the movie had the ability to entertain me to some extent. The boredom might not have been entirely the fault of the movie though, as I have never really enjoyed romantic movies much.

I have seen this movie before and I had the same reaction then.  Sadly I can still not put my finger on what is wrong with any certainty. Although I will try.

Contemplations

There are several great actors in this movie and they all deliver. What they deliver is however the problem. Joel is portrayed as a quiet and sullen guy, even at his happiest, which means that his broken heart doesn’t make for much of a difference. Clementine is extrovert and seek adventure regardless of how her relationship fairs. When these two characters have broken heart they cry and yell, but do not in any other way change. It seems a little strange.

The visual aspect is nice and there are several beautiful places surrounding the characters.

The story is somehow to simple. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, or for there to be some kind of imagery or metaphor that made this movie more than just the surface, but there was nothing there. Just the shallow surface.

Judgement

I don’t want to watch “Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind” again. I think this one counts as a waste of my time.

Epilogue

I would not recommend this movie to anyone. It is just a bore.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

20 movies down. 345 to go.

If you want to get “Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Cast away“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Inception

Inception-movie-posterAmerican sci-fi action from 2010.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Bechdel test: Pass

Exposition

Cobb is a dream thief who can take subjects into shared dreams and extract their secrets. Together with his team he decides to take on the ultimate challenge and do the reverse; plant an idea.

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I have seen this movie before and enjoyed it. On this second viewing it was better. There were some mathematical flaws in the plot (or my math is off), and that bugged me when I watched it the first time, today I was prepared for this error and relaxed more into the story. That might be the explanation.

Contemplations

The audio is unobtrusive and just fine. It is the second movie in a row with Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en rose”.

Visually this movie is very fun with the various dreams being created and falling apart. Quite fun.

The acting in the movie is very good, even though I didn’t think Leonardo DiCaprio delivered as well as usual. Still good, but I’ve seen him do better, I think.

The story is quite intriguing and kept me interested throughout the movie. And I still wounder a little about what the ending symbolises, if anything. And where do our ideas and inspiration come from? Food for thoughts. Maybe not something that changes the world, but intriguing enough to contemplate in the shower for a few days.

Judgement

I enjoyed the movie with all it’s action and even with all it’s faults. Time well spent.

Epilogue

I would recommend this movie to any adult with some time to kill. I would warn people about some math errors in regards to how much time passes in a dream, and tell them to just ignore the whole time aspect, or at least not think of the time in dreams as something precise.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Inception” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

19 movies down. 346 to go.

If you want to get “Inception” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Blade runner

blade-runner-posterAmerican sci-fi from 1982.
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Philip K. Dick, David Webb Peoples, Hampton Fancher
Bechdel-test: Fail

I would recommend this movie to any adult. For potential viewers who aren’t fans of sci-fi I would probably try to explain that they can try to see more in the story then just the surface action.

Exposition

In the far off year of 2019 a “Blade Runner” (a replicant hunter) must retire four replicants who have come to Earth where they are forbidden.

Reactions

I have seen “Blade runner” before, but a long time ago. It has a very appealing future, visually. In other ways the future is quite dystopian.  And even if the movie is getting up there in years now, the future is still a visual treat. It is a mix of 40’s fashion in clothing and personal grooming, and a more dirty and gritty architecture and cityscape.

Of course it is a little funny that this is supposed to happen in about two years time, and we are nowhere near that development we see in the movie. It rains the whole time, which might be caused by some form of climate change, and while we in reality have put the planet in dire straights, constant rain in San Fransisco, has yet to happen. In the movie we also see or hear about off-world colonies, lab-grown pets, androids that can pass for humans and flying cars. None of which we have. Or maybe we do have androids that can pass for human? (And maybe I should not attempt jokes if this is how bad they are.)

In a few other ways the movie is a little dated. It wasn’t so bad that I had trouble watching it, but it felt old. Mainly the music and the pacing of the storytelling marked the time the movie was made.

Contemplations

The acting is solid by all the actors. A nice movie in that respect as well; good performances in all the roles. Some things are a little over the top, but replicants aren’t supposed to be just as we are, I suppose. Somehow it fits well.

The story is good. It is quite simple on the surface, but has enough layers to keep the viewer interested. The movie is supposedly quite different from the book it is based on; “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” by Philip K. Dick. The story in “Blade runner” had me intrigued enough to want to read the book. (If you should have a similar desire; here’s a link to “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” on amazon.)

Judgement

I would very much like to see this movie again. It is a good example of how a sci-fi setting can enlighten issues for humans today, be it problems in society or on a more personal level. Here we get a bit of both.

Epilogue

I would recommend this movie to any adult. For potential viewers who aren’t fans of sci-fi I would probably try to explain that they can try to see more in the story then just the surface action.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Blade runner” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

11 movies down. 354 to go.

If you want to get “Blade runner” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s already on your shelf?

Tomorrow’s movie is “V for vendetta“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

The Avengers

the-avengers-posterAmerican action movie from 2012
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon, Zak Penn
Bechdel-test: Fail

Exposition

The earth is threatened by the trickster Asgardian Loki and the superheroes of the world must work together to stop him. This assembles the Avengers; Loki’s brother Thor, Iron Man / Tony Stark, Captain America / Steve Rogers, The Hulk / Bruce Banner, Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff and Hawkeye / Clint Barton.

Reactions

A fun filled action movie with snappy lines and nice relationships between the characters. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I was entertained, and it was mostly just that; entertainment.

I have seen the movie before and still had fun seeing it for the second time.

As a Scandinavian I had the usual problems with Marvel’s Asgardians and just how unlike the old Norse gods Thor and Loki are. However, if I manage to divorce myself from the idea that these are in any way related to the Viking beliefs, and just look at the superhero / alien aspect of these characters, it great fun.

Contemplations

The acting, and the sound and visuals are great, and I even enjoyed the action parts, which I don’t always do when watching these types of movies. It seemed like the characters all had their part in the action, and each of them had a task or tasks, and a logic to what they were doing, rather than someone coming up with cool action sequences that they needed to fit into the story.

The story was fun, but a little on the tame side compared to what I expect from Joss Whedon. My ability to connect to the story, the imagery that makes me relate and maybe  also the innovation where I am taken into an exciting, adventurous reality, in short; the qualities I love so much in his other work, is just almost there. It doesn’t quite hit the mark.  (Or maybe I just miss Buffy / Angel / Firefly.)

Judgement

Not a waste of my tame at all, and I would like to see it again someday. No problem.

Epilogue

I think most adults would enjoy the movie, but I would warn Joss Whedon fans that while his quality stamp is clearly there, that little something extra from the TV shows of old, is only almost there. “The Avengers” is a fun couple of hours.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “The Avengers” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

10 movies down. 355 to go.

If you want to get “The Avengers” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s already on your shelf?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Blade runner“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.