This movie is the dream you have after being knocked out following a stiff blow to the head. Memories of Candi Staton, Paul Rudd, the Shakespeare you studied in high school, your first girlfriend and Prince all put into a blender....filtered through your consciousness making you deliriously happy. Then you wake up with a massive headache and wonder what the fuck was going on.
Directed by Alex Garland, writer of fantastic films such as Sunshine and Never Let Me Go, Ex Machina is no different. It's crammed with fully formed ideas, cleverly interwoven themes, humour and a satirical edge thrown in for good measure. Its direction has clarity and confidence. There are undoubtedly shades of Steven Spielberg's "A.I: Artificial Intelligence" and Spike Jonzes' "Her" in Ex Machina yet the ideas and designs on display are so distinct and original.
It stars Oscar Isaac and…
Despite criticism from large media outlets that David Fincher has softened by adapting popular "pulp" novels I feel that this criticism goes entirely off the rails with Gone Girl. As the film unravels it slowly begins to reveal more and more of itself and once the ending comes you get it, Mr. Fincher has directed us towards a place of absolute meta-textual understanding.
The opening and ending specifically reflects the sentiments carried by No Country for Old Men, it's ponderous…