Ex Machina Explained and Reviewed - wherein I blow your mind w/ a fantastic movie for your evening enjoyment. We have Robots. We have Dancing. We have love!
Time Lapse is basically a very simple conceit. Three people, two guys and a gal, who are living together in an apartment, and are maintaining the entire complex, stumble upon a machine. The bottom line for the machine is that it takes polaroids into the future. Exactly 24 hours into the future. Like clockwork the machine points its gaze into the future and tells us what it sees.
Safety Not Guaranteed And My New BromanceI have long loved independent theater. (Theatre?) What have you. Low budget, clever writing, outstanding acting, and interesting casting. I adore it all. Obviously i...
Ok shoot me. I had no idea what "Clouds of Sils Maria" was going in. None. I knew Kristen Stewart was in it and Juliette Binoche. Binoche good, Stewart bad... oh alright, we'll call it even on a slow entertainment night and give it a try. What happened next? I was agog for the entirety of its 124 minute running time.
Oh I know there are weaknesses in this theory. But when you point them out, my answer is invariably going to be, explain to me your theory, and how it has fewer gaping holes in it than mine? Hahah. No, seriously, I've been struggling with this damn movie since I first walked out of the theater. Normally I crank a movie review the night after I see it. But this one wasn't like that at all. I struggled and struggled and struggled with it until I decided my first thought in the movie theater was all that was left.
When I first watched TimeCrimes, I was struggling to understand if the TimeCrimes time travel system was deterministic or if time could actually change as the movie moved forward. A lot of this confusion centered around the young woman... who she was, how many times did she die? Did she die at all? Was Hector's wife killed and then saved? Was she killed at all? Etc. I also wasn't sure how the time machine worked. But seeing as though this was the first time that a "vertibrate had entered" the machine, they didn't understand it either.
Recently I have fallen in love with a completely different kind of movie. It should be said that I was simultaneously falling out of love with a completely different kind of movie... The big big budget bombastic super hero movie. If you've been following me AT ALL you already know this particular point because I haven't shut up about my disappointment in that particular arena. But the one area of movie-dom that has just been rocking my socks off has been these cheap upstarts, with phenomenal scripts, incredible ideas, and terrific acting all the way around.
An individual by the name of Ward Byrkit was the think tank behind this particular movie. I tell you his name because he basically has zero film credits on his resume. He's spent time working for Gore Verbinski in the art department. He also did a voice in Rango. But besides that he is a Hollywood outsider. So Ward is sitting in the art department and he's thinking... hrm. "I wonder what would happen if I created a movie without a crew... and without a script." Literally. (So literally, I just quoted him.) Oh, and by the way, not only that, but can I also shoot the movie for free?
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The Edge of Tomorrow (Live Die Repeat) Time Travel and Ending Explained - the concept is simple, but in practice it is truly complex. The Edge of Tomorrow is a time travel nightmare of nests and perpetual loops that cause one's head to explode if you think about it too long. Join us as we untangle the Tom Cruise's latest blockbuster movie and we explain the definitive unraveling of this fantastic movie.
Alright, you get the idea. This wasn't a movie. It was an event. The story maybe stretched it a teensy bit in stringing one chaotic event after another but, dang. To put this in perspective... the opening shot is 13 minutes long. THIRTEEN MINUTES without a cut.
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