Ex Machina

Oct. 21st, 2016 09:54 pm
So I just watched Ex Machina and I wanted to process a bit. In case you're trying to remember what this movie is, it's the one with Poe Dameron Oscar Isaac and General Hux Domhnall Gleeson and a sexbot and trying to figure out if she passes the Turing test.

Spoilers )

Have y'all seen it, and what do you think?

Mad Max 1

Jun. 8th, 2015 09:09 pm
Watching Mad Max 1 - this’s at least my second time, though it’s been so long I really don’t remember anything, except that I reread the Wikipedia page recently. It’s so interesting seeing the difference in pacing. The movie is a lot of driving, some racing, but not much of gun fights on moving vehicles with blowtorches.

Spoilers obvs, but mostly cut for length )

Bechdel Test: Fail
While there are two named women, Jessie and May, who do talk to each other, it's about Rockatansky and Sprog.

Mako Mori Test: Fail
Jessie's story is about dying while trying (and failing) to protect Sprog. I wouldn't call that a character arc, but even if I did it was about a boy. But even if Sprog were replaced by Sprogette, everything bad that happens to Jessie is direct result of Rockatansky's actions in the line of duty, and everything good that happens to her is about her supporting him in his career.

Final verdict: Eh. It's okay. I'm kinda used to watching the pacing of older stuff due to a stint where T$ and I tried to watch all of Star Trek TOS (we've just got a few episodes left, but they're supposedly pretty bad), but for many modern viewers the pacing will be gruelingly slow. It doesn't stand particularly well on its own, it's really not post-apocalyptic sci-fi like the others, so the only good reason to watch it is to see where everything else came from.

See also my MM4 review.

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Mad Max 4

Jun. 5th, 2015 08:21 pm
Still haven't written that A2 review, and may never do so, but I saw Mad Max: Fury Road (henceforth, MM4) on Wednesday and there's a few thoughts floating around in my head. Lots of spoilers behind the cut tags.

Themes that didn't stand out )

Themes that DID stand out )

A theme I hadn't seen discussed )

Geography and 160 days )

Final rating: Fun. Glad I got the chance to see it in the theaters. I hope they actually continue the series more, b/c honestly I think the worldbuilding's only getting better and I want to see what they do with Mad Max the myth the legend going forward.

See also my MM1 review.

2015 films
2014 films
2013 films

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2015 Films

May. 2nd, 2015 07:33 am
Below is a list of the films I've seen in the theater during 2015, put into categories of how much I liked them.

List and discussion )

7 films so far

2014 films | [no subsequent year]

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"Lucy"

Aug. 3rd, 2014 07:22 am
I saw Lucy yesterday afternoon, and I have lots of thoughts, muchly spoilerific.

10% of the brain myth (non-spoilery) )

Body horror )

Imagery )

Lucy is not a good person and racism )

Unsatisfying ending (really spoileriffic) )

Stealth feminist film? )

Final verdict? Wait for Netflix unless you're really into transhumanist stuff.

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2014 Films

Jan. 19th, 2014 11:57 am
Below is a list of the films I've seen in the theater during 2014, put into categories of how much I liked them.

List and discussion )

10 films total

2013 films | 2015 films

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Frozen

Jan. 19th, 2014 11:08 am
I just saw Frozen yesterday after my quals (which incidentally I think went really well and I'm pretty sure I passed, I'll find out for sure Weds-ish) and I really liked it.

It's loosely based on Hans Christen Anderson's "The Snow Queen," which is already far from the original Disney princess ideal (first wave or something?) in that it isn't about some helpless girl being saved by a deus ex machina handsome prince, but instead is about a girl saving a boy. So it starts off as a quite feminist story, and then Disney makes changes (as they always do), nearly all of which make it even more feminist.

If you've seen the US trailers for it with the snowman and the moose, they don't tell anything about the film other than its humor. I just came cross the UK trailer though, and it's better.



spoilers )

I said spoilers right? seriously, SPOILERS )

In sum: this movie is ALL about girls and girl power, and these are now my favorite Disney princesses (though I guess technically Elsa's a queen). If you liked Brave, I'm sure you'll like this one.

Animation thoughts )

And now it's time to start looking up that Frozen/RotG (Elsa/Jack) fanfic. I'm sure it exists.

My list of 2014 films (only this one so far) is here.

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Thor 2

Nov. 9th, 2013 08:26 pm
Short version: Thor 2 is now my favorite film of the year, complete list of what I've seen here.

Spoilers! )

Okay, I think I'm done gushing for now.

There's both a mid-credits scene, and a post-credits scene, so stick around for both.

This's now firmly at the top of my list of films this year (though Ender's Game had a half life of about a week, so we'll see if this drops in retrospect too - Riddick's half life was like 3 hours though). I would see it in the theater again, which is really rare for me, I see like one movie in the theaters twice every five years, if that.

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2013 Films

Nov. 3rd, 2013 01:46 pm
Below is a list of the films I've seen in the theater during 2013, put into categories of how much I liked them.

List and discussion )

13 films total

[no previous year] | 2014 films

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Watched Star Trek: Into Darkness in a packed theater last night.

The un-spoilery version:
This movie is a lot of fun action, funny one-liners, and also reveals a lot more about the Kirk and Spock characters, giving them more depth than they had before. I'd recommend seeing it in the theaters. I'm torn about whether I liked this or Oblivion better. Oblivion was prettier and more thinky, this was more action and fun.

The spoilery version: )

So yeah, I really enjoyed it. :) Go see it.

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