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.

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.

 

DC Universe news.

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There have been a few tidbits of information from Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Henry Lennix and a VFX supervisor on Batman Vs. Superman.

Affleck (when asked working with Zack Snyder) : “Well, I don’t want to get too far afield and I’m sure I’ll have time to talk about Batman down the road. What I’ll say is that I really like Zack. From what I’ve seen of what’s Zack is doing, it’s made me very excited. One of the nice things about being an actor in that movie is they show you all the stuff before anyone else gets to see it. So all the sort of world-creation, and the take on the character and the other characters is really exciting.”
“And at the end of the day, the truth is it’s really directors that make movies work or not — especially these kinds of movies, where it’s about the whole world, and a rising tide lifts all ships. And if it all has integrity, if it all has a sense of realism, then it works. And if it doesn’t, than it doesn’t really matter what everyone’s doing [on the screen] because they just look like a bunch of Mexican wrestlers in suits.”

Cavill (on Easter eggs in Man Of Steel) : “On the extras on the Blu-ray, we’re going to get the opportunity to see Zack’s references to other aspects of the DC Universe. There’s one obvious one which is now particularly obvious because of our next installment, which is involving Batman as well. We see Bruce Wayne Enterprises on the satellite in space. We also see some references to LexCorp. I actually have no further knowledge of this next story, but there’s a good chance Lex is going to be introduced soon or at some stage.”

“What really intrigued me was Dr. Emil Hamilton’s connection to S.T.A.R. Labs. Cyborg I think would make a wonderful character and an incredible bridge between both superhumans and humanity in a different way to Batman. So I don’t know where he’s going to come in or if he’s going to come in, but that’s one I’m particularly excited about. Other references I’m not too sure on, but we’ll see where those lead. Those with keen eyes will see them.”

Lennix (on announcing the sequel at Comic-Con) : “It was all in real time, and the audience was playing catch-up to the mysterious weight of this reading. Just to be a part of that and to really be going on auto-pilot was just surreal. It was like an out-of-body experience. I couldn’t see anybody out there, just because of the nature of the configuration, but I could feel them. It’s like having sonar. You could feel this wave of energy coming up, the lights black out, and then I went off stage. It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. When’s the next time I’m ever going to be able to say that Batman and Superman are going to be in the same movie. That’s crazy!” Then when asked whether he would be in the sequel Lennix said: “I have some confidence that I’m gonna be in the next installment”

VFX supervisor John Desjardin:
“I was working on Batman-Superman right before this interview, a lengthy discussion with Zack looking at a bunch of drawings he’d made on his whiteboard that charted some iconic representations of… well, of things we’re going to have to try and do. Zack told me two weeks before Comic Con exactly how he was going to present the Batman announcement, and it was exactly the way he did present it. I got chills up my spine. What I want to get out of this movie is helping Zack tell a satisfying version of these characters, a version that nobody has seen on screen yet, but when audiences watch it they’re going to say “That’s what we always wanted to see but we hadn’t seen it yet.” Touch wood, because we have a long way to go, but the course is charted and we’re set to bring those ideas onto the screen, that something we haven’t seen before.”

What do you think of these comments?

– Logan.

Christian Bale discusses his own Batman voice.

In an insightful clip, Christian Bale discusses his Batman audition for Batman Begins and how he altered his voice.

Bale on his audition: “I got there. They put me in Val Kilmer’s suit. It didn’t even fit properly, and I stood in it and I went ‘I feel like an idiot.’ What kind of guy walks around, dressed like a bat? And is then going to go ‘Hello, how are you? Just ignore that I’m dressed as a bat.’ Of course, he’s meant to be doing this,” Bale said. “If you look at the history of the guy and the pain that he went through. I went ‘I can’t do this in a normal voice. I have to become a beast in order to sell this to myself.'”

Bale on the voice: “I went home that evening, and my wife said, ‘How’d it go?’ I went, ‘I kind of did this.’ And I showed her, and she went, ‘Oh, you f—ed that one up, didn’t you?’ ” he said. “Thank God they went for it.”

Personally, i’m glad Bale got the part, without him, Nolan’s trilogy wouldn’t have been the same.

You can watch the clips from comicbookmovie.com. http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=90222

Adam Driver denies being cast as Nightwing in Batman Vs. Superman.

‘Girls’ star Adam Driver has denied being considered or cast as Nightwing in Batman Vs. Superman.

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The rumor, originating from TheWrap, said Driver and two others were being rumored for the part.

These were Drivers comments on the subject: “That’s like intensely flattering as you can imagine. I mean, it’s Batman and Superman, who doesn’t want to be involved in something not only of that scale but of who those characters are. That’s an incredible world to be able to be in for a bit. Like who wouldn’t want to do that?”

Since the Driver rumor is now false, it’s a big possibility that the Nightwing rumor is false also. This would be great news for the movie, which has enough comic book characters as it is. Although i would love to see a Wonder Woman cameo by Jaimie Alexander.

What do you think of Driver’s comments? Do you want to see Nightwing in a movie soon?

– Logan.

 

 

Kevin Smith has seen Ben Affleck in the new Batsuit.

The moderator for the Man Of Steel fan event, Kevin Smith has seen the new Batsuit in the upcoming Batman Vs Superman, and the new Dark Knight himself, Ben Affleck in it.

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Smith said: “”I saw the Batman costume. More than that I saw a picture of [Affleck] in the costume. Now, I don’t want to give anything away ’cause that is up to them and stuff, but I am going to say this, I instantly bear hugged [Snyder]. You have not seen this costume in a movie on film before, and for a comic book fan it was mind bending. I was like ‘Get out of here, only you have enough power to pull this off.’ Because everyone always like does this Matrix/X-Men black armor. It was fantastic. I’m already a flag waver for this movie, but the costume, it blew my mind. I think everyone is just gonna be like, ‘Holy shit!’ It’s its own thing, man. It’s like we haven’t been down this path at all. I was so elated. Even the hardest core “fuck all this” person will be like, ‘Alright, I’m ready.'”

This re-assures me that they will treat Batman with respect and that they are heading in the right direction for the Batman Vs Superman movie. As long as the Nightwing rumors aren’t true, this is my most anticipated movie of the coming years.

Looking forward to the first image of Affleck in the Batsuit? Let me know in the comments.

– Logan.