Belated thoughts and a reflection on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

Interstellar is an incredibly divisive film, with it’s events taking many by surprise, pleasing some and enraging others. Critics have turned on Christopher Nolan a little, he isn’t the untouchable god he once was. So what did i think?

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I couldn’t wait for this movie, it was directed by my favourite director, had an amazing cast and the trailers so far had nearly had me in tears. I was actively counting down the days until i saw this film in 15/70 IMAX at Melbourne Museum.

After the three hours were over and i had experienced Interstellar for the first time, i didn’t know what to think. In some ways i really liked it, it had moments of epic scale and a great score and the big twist ending i never saw coming. But i started to believe the unbelievable: i was disappointed with this movie. I thought they rushed some parts, the editing felt off in some ways and i wasn’t blown away as i’d hoped to be. I went home that night feeling honestly a little flat. How could this be? I’d loved and adored basically all of Nolan’s movies before this, so how could this be different?

But a strange thing happened, the more i thought about the movie and the more time that passed since i saw it, it began to grow on me. It started to dawn on me that it was a very different kind of Christopher Nolan movie than we’re used to. It’s raw, earnest and has a slower quality to it. When i saw the movie in regular digital a second time, the initial flaws i found with the movie melted away and i began to really appreciate what was on screen.

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McConaughey is sublime, one of his most real and heartbreaking performances, there are moments of epic nature that are jaw dropping and the score is soaring. Although these positives i noted on the first viewing. On the second and now third viewings, i’m beginning to appreciate the more quiet moments, the wonder and silence of space, the intimate father and daughter relationships and the deep melancholy the movie makes you feel, and still seem to like it. At first i was irked and confused with Matt Damon’s character, but on subsequent viewings you can really see the pain the character was in, and the madness he portrayed. I also began to love the ending, and how it’s ambiguous. Debating this movie with friends and family is a joyous experience and i love it’s divisive nature.

I admit it’s not perfect, and i was let down perhaps with Hathaway’s performance in particular, but i can now see this is Christopher Nolan’s beautiful, moving, heartwrenching and awe-inspiring love letter to his daughter that i think will be treasured and debated for years to come.

What were your thoughts on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar?

– Logan.

3 reasons why Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar could be the best film of 2014.

I am a Nolanite. I have been since i saw Batman Begins in 2005. In my opinion he has yet to have made a bad movie, and yes i am one of the people who loved 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. When it was announced that he was to direct a sci-fi epic written by him and his brother, i was pumped. After the first teaser was released, people were disappointed because it generally didn’t show any of the movie and was very ambiguous in nature. But, after seeing the latest trailer, the public (myself included) began to see what an epic, grand scale movie Nolan was making and how it, like Gravity, could be a game changer for the movie industry.

Here are three main reasons i am excited, and will be there opening night at IMAX. 

1.) Emotional resonance.

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The biggest criticism of Nolan and his films are often how they are very plot based and don’t have much emotional strength. I beg to differ, citing his first and last Batman movies as evidence, but i agree that Inception was very plot focused. To be a really, really great movie this needs to inspire and to tug on the heart strings. From the looks of the trailer, the father/daughter relationship will be at the emotional core of this movie. Great child actors are very hard to come by, but Nolan looks to have cast a fantastic one in the form of Mackenzie Foy. The dialogue in the trailer between her and McConaughey was chilling and the meaning behind the Murphy’s law and her name makes for a good set up for strong chemistry between the characters of Coop and Murph.

It can still be a good movie and be mainly plot driven, but to really invigorate everyone watching, Nolan needs to make use of his fantastic actors to give emotional, spellbinding performances. 

2.) Space and wormholes.

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From the second trailer, the space shots look absolutely incredible. The curving of the stars and other celestial objects as McConaughey and his ship travel through the galaxy look phenomenal and Nolan has really used some never before seen space imagery that looks amazing and trippy. Even thought much of the trailer is set on earth, it is rumored that roughly two thirds of themovie is set either in space or on a foreign planet and if this is true, then almost nothing has been shown from that standpoint.

What is really exciting is that while space has been done before, many times in film, there has never been such a high profile and sophisticated movie dealing with wormholes, especially by such a gifted director. While Wally Pfister (Nolan’s previous DoP) is not working on Interstellar, Nolan has brought in the talented Hoyte Van Hotema (Her) to give his movie a beautiful and unique look. While the earth moments in the film look fantastic and poignant, it’s the space shots that will really sell the movie to a wide audience.

3.) The Cast.

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A high caliber cast doesn’t begin to describe this ensemble of actors.. McConaughey, Hathaway, Chastain, Bentley, Affleck and Caine aren’t just big names, but incredible actors to boot. What a great few years for Matthew McCounaughey! Films like Mud, The Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike, The Wolf Of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club have really cemented McConaughey as not just a rom-com actor who likes to take his shirt off, but a serious and talented Oscar caliber performer. Smart move by Nolan to cast the up and coming A lister as an ‘everyman.’ While the buzz around Anne Hathaway has died down after her Oscar win for Les Miserables, her talent has not and Interstellar is sure to shoot her back into the spotlight, Nolan must have really liked what he saw with her portrayal of Catwoman in his epic final to the dark knight saga in 2012.

I also firmly believe that Jessica Chastain is the greatest actress working today. She disappears into every role she plays and seems to be so extremely dedicated to her work and to her director’s. In an absolutely flooring performance in Zero Dark Thirty, Chastain was deservedly nominated for an Oscar and while Jennifer Lawrence won for Silver Linings Playbook, Chastain’s performance was superior in my opinion. Here’s hoping she lands more roles like this because her acting chops are phenomenal.

Rounding out the cast is the previously mentioned Mackenzie Foy, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine. Those names are enough to lead a blockbuster movie on talent alone, and here they are supporting one. These actors will bring subtlety, emotional resonance and depth to these characters and their presence could not excite me more. 

So are you excited for Interstellar? What aspects intrigue you?

– Logan.

Why Edge Of Tomorrow deserves to be a box office success.

Edge Of Tomorrow honestly deserves to be a box office success, and in doing so it would encourage Hollywood to make the kind of movies it needs to in order to remain fresh and exciting. Here are my reasons why.

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A few weeks ago, i got to go to the Melbourne premiere of Edge Of Tomorrow at Crown Casino and was naturally very excited about it. After a live video feed from Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and director Doug Liman, the crowd was psyched to see the movie.

It seemed like a fresh, original sci-fi movie with an interesting director and a great cast. Don’t get me wrong, i love the age of superhero movies as much as the next nerd, but it was exciting to go into a movie where the characters were unfamiliar and the story unknown. I expected this movie to be entertaining at very least, but i truly underestimated it.

I was honestly blown away. Apparently the estimates for box office numbers have been disappointing and this is really a bad thing for the movie business. Eventually in god knows how many years, people are going to get tired of superhero movies and sequels. Hollywood needs these movies to succeed to ensure the continuing blockbuster business.

As a film on its own, it honestly deserves to succeed greatly. Tom Cruise is enigmatic, Emily Blunt radiant and Bill Paxton, the action is breathtaking and exhilarating and the story, even though similar things have been done before, feels fresh. A great aspect i loved of it, was that it didn’t always take itself so seriously like many movies in the past few years. Sure, there were dark moments but they were balanced nicely with a refreshing injection of humor into the action. I highly recommend this movie on so many levels. 

Hopefully the estimated numbers are off, and the great reviews push this movie to unseen heights.

Seen Edge Of Tomorrow? What did you think of it?

– Logan. 

 

Why I’m a little concerened about 20th Century Fox’s X-Men universe.

20th Century Fox has been hit and miss with their X-Men universe, they need the next movie to be a hit.

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For most audiences the track record of the X-Men movie goes like this:

The Good: X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: First Class.

The Watchable: The Wolverine.

The Bad: X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

With a patchy track record and usually a moderate success at the box office, everything is riding on the next instalment’s success.

Enter Bryan Singer. Having directed the first two critically and commercially successful X-Men films, Fox has decided to hand the reigns back over to the man that won them that acclaim first. Constructing a massive cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence to name a few, this new film is guaranteed to turn heads, whether in a good way or bad.

The reason I am concerned for this movie is because of one major reason: marketing.

We got a trailer a few months back that everyone enjoyed and appreciated, but that trailer had no money shot or legitimate action depicted. For the studios to draw in large, blockbuster audiences, they need this footage out for the world to see.

And since that trailer, practically nothing has been seen of the film apart from a few stills and a few magazine covers. Competitors such as Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have released many trailers and tv spots already for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 alike. All current attention is focused on these films due to fantastic marketing, and if Fox don’t act fast, their new X-Men picture is going to be forgotten about.

If this happens, the movie might flop or make considerably less. This could lead to the whole franchise being in jeopardy and 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse being on thin ice.

I hope none of this happens, I believe it will be a fantastic movie, but I wish the marketing department would step up their game. Get the trailer out and save the future of their franchise.

What do you think of the marketing of X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

– Logan.

Filming begins on Man Of Steel 2.

Recently, there has been discussion on whether the film dubbed Batman Vs Superman would film within the next month.

Now we can confirm that the Man Of Steel’s production is underway in Michigan thanks to reports from locals describing spotting Henry Cavill around town. He has posed for photos with the public and apparently has been quite open about what he is filming.

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According the comicbookmovie.com , Cavill has revealed the following:

1. Principal Photography has begun on the Man of Steel sequel.

2. Superman is sporting the beard. (Mario-Francisco Robles at Latino-Review assumes this means Superman is in exile)

3. Henry Cavill said he will be filming for the next 10 MONTHS! (Justice League? Anyone?)

4. Henry Cavill is currently on a strict training regime.

Interesting? Maybe the film is indeed filming back-to-back with Justice League?

Let us know what you think of this intriguing news!

– Logan.

 

Interstellar teaser trailer review.

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This truly is a teaser. And while I can see why people are frustrated by the lack of footage, I also love the fact that nothing has been given away while still growing interest for this ambitious movie worldwide.

A spine tingling and ponderous track from the legendary Hans ZImmer in the background provides an excellent base for a trailer which shows previous space and aviation missions with a monologue by McConaughey on how it is our destiny to explore space and how in order to achieve great things, we need to continue to push the boundaries of human travel.

A very poignant trailer which sets up the tone and emphasises the gravity (no pun intended) of this movie’s story.

A great teaser. Shows enough to get is excited but nothing major to do with the characters. A typical Nolan troll.

Can’t wait for November 2014.

– Logan.

Emilia Clarke cast as Sarah Connor.

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She is a good age for it, she has the looks but does she have the acting chops to pull off one of the most bad-ass female roles in cinema history? Emilia Clarke is our new Sarah Connor is Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis.

I’ll give my thoughts in a few hours, working on trying to get the internet increased.

Excited?

– Logan.