Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The Search for Our Beginning Could Lead to Our End.
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
"Sometimes, to create one must first destroy."
Why do we watch movies? Some would say it's just a way to pass the time. Others would say they watch movies for their entertainment values, the spectacle and escapism they provide. Others would say a good story is the reason. Others would say it's because of the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into putting together a movie, the process through which a movie is created, the work and effort required to bring all individual elements together and make them function as one, complete and flowing piece of work. Others would say it's because of the themes and messages movies can transmit, the existential questions movies dare to ask or the contrast with…
Prometheus has landed; finally. After months of spoiler-heavy trailers we get to see if it really is a prequel to Alien and whether Ridley Scott’s return to the universe he helped establish was worth the 33 year wait. Unfortunately, even having seen the film, the answers to both these questions remain unclear.
Whilst it is a prequel in the broadest sense (i.e. existing within the same universe and occurring before the events of the previous film) it is clear why they were coy when explaining how closely it related to Alien. For me this sideways prequel is a blessing. It doesn’t directly demystify elements of the ‘79 classic but it teases familiar imagery and ideas making the film appear richer…
The ratings of Prometheus are really all over the place, especially from people who have opinions in which I value and respect. There's really nothing I find more intriguing than that, honestly. I think the one thing almost everyone can agree on is that Michael Fassbender as, the film-loving android, David really stole the show. He was the most believable character and he wasn't even supposed to be human. The one character I had the hardest time with was "digesting" Logan Marshall-Green as a Doctor, he was loathsome and I'm not even sure if it was supposed to be intentional or not.
(This is really the only comparison I'm going to make to Alien, I promise.) I did not have…
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How far would you go to get your answers?
Yup saw it again. Went to see it with a friend that hadn't seen it yet, and believe it or not I enjoyed it even more the second time. My initial thoughts on the first viewing can be read here, where I ramble on for quite a bit. I fully believe the more times you watch this film the more you get out of it. This is one of those films where viewers will form theories about what it all means. I'll run just a few by you real quick.
I think the main theme of this film is "sacrifice for preserving/creating life versus preserving you're own life at the…
2nd time watch for me, the first being in-theater on release. I recall being OK with Prometheus on first run, and while I agree with most of those who criticize the film for its logic flaws and simple characterizations - I also think those criticisms put the film on a unfair pedestal especially considering its movie DNA. The Alien films are vapid fun, loaded with human cartoons making bad decisions... Why can't Prometheus follow in those footsteps whilst adding more mythos and a cinematography upgrade?
I was wrong... it was so wrong... to think that Prometheus might be a hidden gem that will reveal more of its treasure on multiple viewings. Because watching it again only refreshed my memory of what disappointed me two years back. Is it really a prequel to Alien or is it a standalone feature that shares only strands of DNA with that horror masterpiece? As it turns out, there is still no definite answer to this question.
Set in the late 21st century & taking place in the same universe as other films of Alien franchise, Prometheus concerns a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth in the form of a star map & embark…
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This is the kind of movie where it seems as though there was a somewhat star-studded cast assembled to offset and/or distract from the fact that the story is bland at its worst and unnecessarily esoteric at its best. With popular and established actors such as Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, and Idris Elba, this film on its surface looks poised to deliver in a big way, but in the end bland/weak writing and what seems like inappropriate pacing lead to a film that feels more like a shell of its predecessors within the genre. Even after reading about the symbolism regarding mythology that this film was inundated with I remained unimpressed with the overall execution of its story. Maybe I…
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Prometheus exists in Ridley Scott's "Alien" universe. I'm not disputing this, but not knowing that actually helps those experiencing the film. Originally the film was called Alien: Engineers and closely tied to "Alien" before changes were made that introduced lots of ambiguity & plot holes. The Cracked Article 5 Famously Terrible Movies That Were Almost Great & Film School Rejects The 8 Worst Parts of Prometheus Made Sense In the Original Script go into this in detail. A number of problems marred the film include but are not limited to brilliant scientists making idiotic mistakes, the black goo doing whatever the plot says it does at the time, & the Deacon showing up on a wall when the black goo had to have…
A flawed yet captivating slice of science fiction that sadly seems to have no idea just what story it wants to tell. It's been a long time since Scott has been on form and here it feels less like an auteur filmmaker and more film making by committee. The entire thing feels like someone has taken a much long film and ruthlessly edited it down to an easy to digest 120 minutes that focuses on pretty visuals and a handful of big ideas that go nowhere.
Visually it's captivating with some genuine moments of beauty, the opening scene is breathtaking but doesn't come to much which sets the tone. Lots of pretty things to look at but nothing at all of any real interest or cohesion going on.
So the context for how I saw this; I'm a fan of the original Alien movies but I wasn't expecting more of the same. I avoided most publicity and saw the film cold. I'd have been happy with something that was different, but still good. I only got different.
Oh boy. Time to clear the bile-encrusted keyboard and let the nerd-rage fly. But first, the good.
This film is pretty good on a technical level. It contains some excellent sets which help the world seem real and grounded. The opening sequence and the way the title appears are very unsettling in an effective way, whilst also dipping into nostalgia. Visually it's engaging and Fassbender is fantastic.
Now all that is…
Still love that opening credits scene with the scenery and music. Its amazing. The whole film is great fun stuff and rips along at pace. Fair enough there are some weird choices made by certain characters and the acting from the Scottish lass is horrendous. Saying that though i love the whole look and feel of it all. A real masterpiece of film making. Love it.
I was really perplexed by Prometheus, so I don't think even I'll know where this review is gonna wind up until I've finished writing it.
On a ratio of incredible to shite, it was certainly on the incredible end of the spectrum, but I find myself at a loss as to exactly where it is on this side that it sits, and to some degree why. I loved it, most certainly, and it was gloriously worth the $6.50 I paid for it on tight ass Tuesday, but... Well... It's probably easiest on me if I just break this one down.
Starting off with the cast, this one's got Michael Fassbender (Blood Creek, X-Men: First Class), who is without a doubt…
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