The Next Three Days Trailer

18 08 2010

This seems like it’s going to be a really exciting movie. It looks to be a cross between Dead Calm, in a more urban setting, and The Fugitive. This trailer is really well made by the way, it gives you enough of the plot and it is suspenseful like the movie probably is but it doesn’t seem to give the ending or key moments away (see every trailer for comedies).

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Inception

7 08 2010

So a couple of days ago I got my mind blown by Inception. I was a little skeptical about it at first cause there was so much hype about it and I was expecting it to not have a real story but contrary to my feelings the movie does have a story, and a very human one that really makes you care about the characters. The movie is filled with square jawed, straight haired, serious looking, attractive young men and women who know exactly what they are doing. There’s also an Indian guy, he drives a van. The story is about a guy who found a way  to get into people’s mind through their dreams and steal their ideas, in that journey him and his crew encounter a bunch of LSD like, mind bending situations that makes this one of the most exciting movies I’ve seen. It’s insanely well executed and even though it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on (specially at the end) you can’t help to like and feel enthralled by DiCaprio’s character and his reason to get inside peoples dreams. He’s trying to make his way back home, to his kids. Im’n not gonna try to explain the premise much to not spoil anything but the idea of being unaware between what’s real and what’s not after you go through this too many times is brought into the story and I found it to be one of the most interesting things about it.

Christopher Nolan really kicks ass in the movie and ends up being as interesting to the viewers as the performances and the visuals I think, he made the leap that directors like Scorsese, Kubrick and  Spielberg have done as well in their careers. In this movie he uses some little tricks that makes the dream world seem very… real. Like repeating the same situations, and just throwing the viewrs into places with no real explanation to what’s going on or what happened, as well as what brought you there, all of that really makes you feel like you are stuck in someone’s head.  The cool thing about is that he makes with a point, it’s not just tricks to get you into the mood of the movie. One of the attractive things about this movie is that the idea of exploring the dream world and particularly people’s subconscious is by itself a really interesting thing that everyone at some point kind of wonders about. To be stuck in a dream is very similar to be a drug addict and want to trip all the time so you can be stuck in that unreal world shaped by everything that is lodged inside your subconscious.

The performances here are pretty damn good. I think DiCaprio is a fine actor and that’s about it, he can play one type of character really well, and he has overplayed it through the years by now. The character I’m talking about is the classic dramatic hero who’s in emotional hell all the time and is going through life altering situations every minute, and who has very little time to deal with it but he has to. He really can pull it off and I think in Inception he does the most successful version of this character. The fact that he pulled it off really well here (and on two other “recent” movies, Shutter Island and Blood Diamond) hopefully means that now he is ready to explore other facets of his abilities as an actor. All the other actors seem to be aware of how special this movie is and do great work too. There’s the classic “we are a team” buddy vibe that is so old compared to the fresh approach to storytelling that could have damaged the movie’s credibility but it didn’t really. Also it must be noted that Hans Zimmer wrote one hell of a score for this movie, it’s very old school, Hitchcockesque and very noir, the same style that the movie explores so damn well in its visuals.

I would say this is one of the freshest, most important movies of the 2000’s so far. It’s bold, original, looks out of its time and most importantly it’s not full of bullshit. Christopher Nolan is becoming the best director around and I wouldn’t mind if he ever explored the world of Inception again, it only took him 10 years to come up with this one so I don’t know how long it would take him for a second one but I sure would love to see that happen cause this is one of those subjects that could actually make more than one interesting movie.





Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps

19 02 2010

This seems like it’s going to be a fun sequel to Wall Street. The dialogue seems very sharp and the fact that Michael Douglas is back and not doing a cameo but a full on performance makes me feel like this could be a great movie like the first one. Unfortunately Oliver Stone can miss as hard as he can get it right (like Alexander) so it’s not a sure thing. And even though I don’t like Shia LeBeouf he seems like the right choice for this part. I’ll be waiting for this movie. Greed is good!





What I think makes a movie “brilliant” or “genius”

19 02 2010

I see the words genius and brilliant be overused for movies. Every year there seems to be a handful of movies that get those tags and I feel that it really only happens every decade or so. Once or twice. I mean there’s always a lot of great movies every year but being great is definitely not the same as being genius, at all. So here’s what I think makes a movie honestly earn those two qualities:

1 . The movie needs to be pleasurable and dense enough to make you want to revisit it and then find new things about it that you hadn’t noticed at first, but without ever making you feel overwhelmed. You must watch it at first and know that there’s enough there for more viewing but you still get pleasure out of watching it and never feel buried by a crazy amount of information.

2. It needs to have some kind of impact on pop culture. It could be the characters, lines or scenes but it needs to make an entrance into pop culture and become a point of reference. Like the “Here’s Johnny” from The Shinning, even though it existed before it was taken to different heights. Other examples would be the characters in Pulp Fiction or the rules and style of Fight Club.

3. The movie needs great direction and acting. And by that I also mean great lightning, editing, some kind of conceptual approach to different key scenes and so on.

The third one s the easiest one, you can always hire a great director and actors that know what they are doing and are passionate about it. It doesn’t need to be genius by itself, just really well done. The sum of it’s total will make it great. Now to make something that is dense enough and equally pleasurable to watch, and just as important, to make you want to revisit it, is a really difficult task. Even harder is to make it part of pop culture, something that becomes a constant reference even outside its natural environment and slips into others areas. That’s tough and that’s not done by a handful of movies every year.





Iron Man 2 Trailer

20 12 2009

This seems to be even better than the first one. Same humour and rock vibe and an even better villain. Not to mention the first shot of Sam Jackson as Nick Fury. The man has signed a deal to play Fury in 4 different upcoming movies. Heavy use of AC/DC and good old Black Sabbath’s Iron Man there. Jon Favreau might be one of the coolest directors of the 2000s.





Awesome Empire Magazine Photoshoot

5 12 2009

Empire Magazine is celebrating their 20 years so they called a shitload of famous actors to reenact one of their most famous parts for a photoshoot, however they play those roles as partly themselves, wearing their “regular” clothes and just one element from their character from the movie. If you are a movie fan you’re gonna love this. I really did. My favorites I think are Mel Gibson for Braveheart; Sam Neil for Jurassic Park and Anthony Hopkins and Jodi Foster for Silence Of The Lambs. Really cool stuff, here it is:





Kubrick’s Top 10 movies

7 11 2009

There was no one else like him. Here’s my list of the ten best Kubrick movies.

01.  2001 – A Space Odyssey – The quintessential Kubrick movie. There’s no other movie like this one and I doubt there ever will be. A big budget to a very non-commercial storyline and approach. This is a masterpiece in sci-fi, thriller and artistic filmmaking. Gripping, philosophical and entertaining all at once and in a very non-traditional way.

02.  The Shining – For Kubrick this movie was as much of a comedy as it is was a horror movie, he was clearly spoofing on horror movies clichés and the twist to that is that it’s so well done you can’t help but being engaged into it as an actual horror movie. Nicholson’s top 3 best performances.

03.  Clockwork Orange – A lot of people would have this one as number one. Only the 70’s and Kubrick could produce a movie so raw, unsettling, mischievous and provocative as this one. You are made to feel as you are being put through the same experiments as Alex because of the movie’s nature. Just brilliant.

04.  Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – Before The Shinning and Clockwork Orange Kubrick experimented with humor in a more sarcastic way. This is a comedy performed as a serious war drama. The Peter Sellers’ characters and his performances are all perfect.

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