Friday, May 21, 2021
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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Tenet would have likely been one of the biggest blockbuster hits of last year as a science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. However, on the surface, it feels like the wackiest James Bond movie ever made. The main character, called only "The Protagonist", is a spy sent to track down secrets to ultimately stop the end of the world. It seems as if everyone else in the movie already knows the answers to these secrets except The Protoganist who has to figure them out one piece at a time. His journey mirrors the audience who are also learning about these secrets for the first time.
The premise is that in the distant future someone builds a machine that can "reverse the flow of entropy" on matter and people, which means that the matter and people experience time in reverse. The reversed matter travels backward in time at a normal rate instead of forward at a normal rate. I am pretty sure that this is and will forever be physically impossible, but science fiction is full of impossible contrivances. In this sense, the premise is similar to the low-budget mind-bending time-travel film Primer.
The future people are unhappy about Climate Change ruining their world, so they devise a plot to destroy the world in our time thinking that they can still protect themselves in the future, which absolutely makes no sense. They devise a way to communicate with a dying psychopathic billionaire who agrees to go along with their scheme. The billionaire and the future people send information and technology back and forth by burying it in designated spots for the other to retrieve in their time.
This leads to some very convoluted scenes of people fighting and scheming against each other while experiencing time in opposite directions. This includes a great battle that is too confusing for normal minds to follow.
There is an obligatory romantic interest that causes The Protagonist to do things that otherwise might be counter to his mission.
I am pretty sure that the movie as a whole doesn't make sense, but it doesn't matter. There are likely people who will analyze every scene and plot it on a graph so as to finally understand the entire story, as was done with the very convoluted aforementioned film Primer. Except that I am not so enthralled with the movie's excesses that I would do that. I don't care if the movie makes sense or not. This film is what I like to call, "A Grand Spectacle", and as such, it is a visual treat to watch whether it makes sense or not. I don't have to fully understand it to enjoy it.
Despite the absurdity of the whole premise and the overall complexity of the story, the movie is a captivating experience.
Had the film been a major blockbuster last year, instead of experiencing a limited release in theaters due to COVID, I'm sure that people would have talked about it for months. This is the kind of movie that people make videos on Youtube to explain.
Friday, May 7, 2021
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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Friday, April 2, 2021
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Superhero movies, in general, seem a little silly to me because the superpowers these characters have are often physically impossible, which makes them fantasy films. Why not instead watch movies about real heroes doing real heroism? However, I'll make an exception for Superman because he is an iconic (American) character that I grew up with.
The 2016 movie Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is entertaining, and even more so the Ultimate Edition that I just streamed on HBOmax. I did not go see the 2017 Justice League movie because the reviews were mostly negative, but the internet mob spent 4 years campaigning for "The Snyder Cut", and seventy million dollars later they got it on HBOmax. Unlike the 2 hour theatrical version, the Snyder Cut is 3 hours and 54 minutes long and it is a blast. It is divided into six parts because reportedly they were considering making it into a miniseries. However, I never got bored with this version. It kept my rapt attention. As soon as one part was done I wanted to see the next part.
Although there are many differences between this version and the original theatrical release, the biggest is tone. It is more serious, darker, and less funny. The longer version also allows for the characters to be better developed.
My only gripes with this movie are minor. Zack Snyder is a big fan of slow-motion and as others have pointed out, he overdoes it. There is also a scene that hits us over the head with a message about poverty, which is okay, but it takes us out of the moment.
Justice League Snyder Cut: All Differences From the Theatrical Version
"Unfortunately, he and his wife, producer Deborah Snyder, had to step out from the 2017 film in the wake of their 20-year-old daughter Autumn's death. 'Justice League was in its post-production phase when the couple decided that they could not continue working on it. Therefore, filmmaker Joss Whedon was chosen to complete the film.
AMC suspended this program back in March of last year when their theaters were forced to close, but they reopened their theaters during the summer at which time they informed me that I had till December 1st of last year to reactivate my membership. They have a weird rule that if you quit the program then you have to wait 6 months to get back in, so I don't necessarily want to quit, but at the same time I don't want to go back to movie theaters any time soon.
Fortunately, they extended the deadline twice. I have till summer to decide if I want to get back into the program. However, now that I have gotten used to watching movies at home, I'm not certain that I want to go back to movie theaters. I think that they are becoming obsolete.
For the last year, there were rumors that AMC is on the verge of bankruptcy. I imagine that this applies to many businesses. AMC is owned by Wanda Group, which is a Chinese company located in Beijing.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
So I resisted at first watching Queen's Gambit, but as a drama about chess, it is good. There is also a major theme about substance abuse. These together make a pretty good story.
Normally I would find these kinds of mistakes unforgivable, but Chernobyl also gets a great many facts right, not the least of which is the human suffering of a terrible nuclear accident. Some scenes might be too graphic for people. Chernobyl does not shy away from the more unpleasant aspects of this disaster.
Early on in the miniseries, many of the nuclear workers and scientists can't fathom how such an accident could happen. The show keeps us in suspense by saving the explanation for last. It was a combination of bad design and poor training leading to incompetent nuclear workers.