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Old 04-23-2015, 03:38 PM   #15121 (permalink)
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I wanted to see more Bishop im a little sick of seeing wolverine be the star of everything.

i don't really follow the comics so i don't expect much out of the movies but i do at least expect them to keep their own bullsh*t story together and tie the loose ends.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:48 PM   #15122 (permalink)
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Ex Machina

Let me start off by saying that I’m extremely happy for Alex Garland. I’ve been a fan of his since 28 Days Later. His stories, while flawed at times, always strike me as interesting and unique. His novels and short stories such as The Coma have inspired some of my short story writing that I do independent of this website. I’m a fan. I was excited to hear he had directed a film and even more excited that his film is doing so well. It only means we’ll be seeing more of his mind on screen soon enough.

That being said, I loved the film.

There’s something about tiny films that appeal to me. Alien is a much better horror film than it’s sequel Aliens to me. Why? There’s less space to move around. It all takes place on the ship and deals with one alien. It’s more personal…intimate. Aliens is a fine film, but it’s more of a Terminator 2 type of film where they took what was great about the first film and then turned it up to eleven. Ex Machina is an intimate film. It takes place mainly in one location, the multi million dollar estate of Nathan, the CEO of Bluebook. Bluebook is basically the combination of Facebook and Google so right off the bat you know how rich and smart the man is. Caleb is a programmer working for Bluebook and wins a contest sending him to his boss’s home. There we find out that Nathan has built an AI and that Caleb was brought there to test it.

The first scene of the film is brilliant. It doesn’t meander around who Caleb is or what exactly this company does. We learn that later as the film progresses. We’re given a 30 second dialogue free set up and away we go into the world of this house and it’s inhabitants. I just love how that was done. Garland and his DP really took their time with the aesthetics of this house. It’s obviously a very modernized home with the latest and sometimes one of a kind technology. Garland makes sure to hold the camera at precise points to vaguely foreshadow certain plot twists later in the film. I love films that I can watch a second time and catch new things. I haven’t seen it a 2nd time yet, but I’m going to. There are so many points in the beginning of the film that can be recalled later in the film as being significant. I think that may be the best highlight of the entire film for me. It’s just so tight and clean, just like every inch of Nathan’s house. The dialogue between all three inhabitants is sharp, often funny, and always engrossing. Once Caleb finds out why he is there, the real show begins.

Alicia Vikander.

Yeah, I wasn’t aware she was a thing either. That’s changed. She was fantastic in this. It should be taken with a grain of salt however because her performance isn’t something flashy or grandiose. This is a small and quite performance. Most of the time we see her as Ava, we see her bare robotic body with just the front half of her face. Vikander was tasked with portraying the emotion and thought processes of a robot using only her facial expressions. This is why I find her performance so good. She was able to draw me in so well and actually believe that she was an AI with her own conscious and intelligence. Her sessions with Gleason were engrossing to watch.

Has Oscar Isaac just become my favorite actor? That’s hard to say, but he’s certainly in the discussion now. I think I can safely say that both he and Michael Fassbender are the future of male actors. They have not been in a bad film, not delivered a bad performance, and have pretty much been getting better with each role. He’s able to portray Nathan as somebody who you seem to like judging by the way he talks to Caleb, but somebody who you just don’t seem to trust. He reminds me of Jack Torrance before he went crazy in The Shining. Even in the beginning of the film you can tell something is off. Something just isn’t right about him. His drunk scenes were the best and may have been in the greatest dance scene I’ve seen in a long time. His co-star Domhnall Gleeson is solid but really takes a back seat to Vikander and Isaac here. I feel her started to skip towards the end of the film. It may have to do with the circumstances his character got into, but I just wasn’t with him towards the end.

That’s the gist of the film. What I haven’t talked about, and will dance lightly around, is the way the story progresses. There are scenes in with I was on the edge of my seat, not from excitement, but from pure envelopment of the story. It lured me in. It had my full focus. I didn’t check my phone to see what time it was. I didn’t wonder what I was going to do after the show. I was just fully enveloped in this tightly written sci-fi. There is a lot to discuss at the end of the film. Who was the villain here? Did so an so deserve what happened to them? I’m still not entirely sure who’s side I’m on. That’s what a great screenplay does for me. Makes me question myself.

It’s my film of the year so far. It provoked a lot of interesting theories as far as creation goes. It made me more afraid of the future than I already am. It provides two incredible performances from Vikander and Isaac and needs to be seen for the dance scene alone. I’m glad it came out when it did because it’s going to be buried by Avengers, but if you’re trying to see a film and want to duck around the Marvel crowds, this is your film. It’s one of the better sci-fi films to come out in some time and is a wonderful sign that Alex Garland will be making thought provoking films for a long time.

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Old 04-29-2015, 06:51 PM   #15123 (permalink)
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Great review. Been reading nothing but amazing things about that movie. Can't wait to see it.

Did ya know that Alicia and Fassbender are currently an item?
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:24 PM   #15124 (permalink)
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Spoiler for i narrate the basic plot of the movie in my own words:
so basically this movie is about some swedish family that goes on a skiing vacation in the alps. while they're at lunch, there's a controlled detonation on the mountainside causing an avalanche which, for a moment, looks as if it is going to wipe them out. so everyone starts panicking and his kids are screaming and ****, and in that instant where your instinct is supposed to kick in, his did and it told him to grab his phone and run the hell away from the whole scene as quickly as possible. and then the rest of the movie is pretty much his wife awkwardly trying to confront him about it and him being in denial that he ditched his family. pretty funny movie i thought. swedish people are funny.
Best movie I saw from 2014. Blows Boyhood out of the water.
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:39 PM   #15125 (permalink)
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Great review. Been reading nothing but amazing things about that movie. Can't wait to see it.

Did ya know that Alicia and Fassbender are currently an item?
They would make beautiful android babies.
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Old 04-30-2015, 04:00 PM   #15126 (permalink)
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Best movie I saw from 2014. Blows Boyhood out of the water.
That's not saying a whole lot, but Force Majeure was excellent.

Other movies I really liked from 2014:
  • Nightcrawler
  • What We Do In The Shadows
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Whiplash (though I think most like it more than me)
  • Birdman
  • Calvary
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

For me, Birdman was far and away the best thing I saw. It was one of those movies that you just don't want to end. It was utterly satisfying.
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That's not saying a whole lot, but Force Majeure was excellent.

Other movies I really liked from 2014:
  • Nightcrawler
  • What We Do In The Shadows
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Whiplash (though I think most like it more than me)
  • Birdman
  • Calvary
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

For me, Birdman was far and away the best thing I saw. It was one of those movies that you just don't want to end. It was utterly satisfying.
I didn't connect with Calvary at all I have to admit. The supporting actors really ruined it for me.

My list would be something like:

Force majeure
Gett
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Relatos Salvajes
The grand budapest hotel
Ida
Nightcrawler
Maps to the stars
20000 days on Earth
Song of the sea (even better than the Secret of the Kells!)

Haven't seen Birdman yet...
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Old 04-30-2015, 04:44 PM   #15128 (permalink)
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Yeah, Birdman was entirely bitter sweet. After it ended I went home and watched every trailer, and read every review I could find online. Also listened to that amazing slow version of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy about a dozen times. It's just soooo damn good. Better than the original.
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Anyone else seen Tusk yet?
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Anyone else seen Tusk yet?
I've wanted to and looked for it a while back, but couldn't find it.
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