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.

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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. 

 

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.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer review.

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Today, Sony released the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Here is my review and thoughts on the preview.

I must confess I wasn’t too excited about this movie until I saw the trailer because i wasn’t the biggest fan of the first movie and the leaked trailer circling YouTube looked corny and too much like a cartoon. This trailer turned me around. I love the way the movie had three villains and yet it looks to be incredibly balanced and not rushed. Garfield looks to be settling in as Peter Parker and Emma Stone looks at home as Gwen Stacy. One positive and one negative stood out to me in trailer.

The big presence of Harry Osborn played by the brilliant Dane DeHaan looked excellently executed by the screenwriters and DeHaan and he seems to be a great match for Garfield’s web slinger. One thing I didn’t like about this trailer though, was Jamie Fox’s Electro. His voice is way too comical and his motives for villainous behaviour are silly. Even though the balance of villains looks to be done well, Electro looks to be there for visuals and not have a main driving force for the story. I think Harry Osborn will move the narrative along more so. I hope I am proven wrong come next year.

Some of the action scenes in the daylight shots look a little unfinished but I’m sure that they will fix them up before the film is released. Apart from that, the visuals look astounding and the money shot at the end looks ground breaking.

Acting looks great apart from Fox, visuals look fantastic and this trailer I believe sets the tone of what Spider-Man movies should be like, the correct balance between comic relief and seriousness.

Looking forward to this movie?

– Logan.

Non-Stop: trailer review.

Non-Stop: trailer review.

The new Liam Neeson movie from the director of ‘Unknown’ looks like Die Hard on a plane.

This fairly lengthy trailer gives a look at the high octane action and suspense in ‘Non-Stop’ set for release in 2014.

The movie stars Liam Neeson and Juliane Moore as two civilians aboard a passenger jet on a non-stop flight from New York to London. On their way, Liam Neeson’s character named Marshall, gets an anonymous text message saying they will kill one person on the flight every twenty minutes.

I think this movie will be a cross between the suspense and mystery of unknown, and the action bonanza of Taken. It looks promising and could be received as well as the first ‘Taken’ was. Neeson looks fitter and in finer form than ever, and it’s always great to see Julianne Moore in a mainstream movie. I think this might be the sleeper hit of next year.

How do you think this movie looks?

– Logan.