Not the remix film I was expecting and not the commentary track/podcast I would listen to, but worth a chuckle here and there. Patton Oswalt plays up the cynical and obsessed movie buff well, but that's the only trick up the sleeve of this film. Some funny conspiracy talk within a watch of a cheap exploitation flick make for the best moments, but things take a turn when it attempts to be a horror on its own. Couldn't it just…
Transfixing. To call this "experimental" might be doing a disservice, as that would suggest a try at something new. This is a film that returns to where cinema began - a series of images in motion - while also toying with where it is and possibly heading as a medium and an experience. Could "experimental" be a true descriptor, considering how far removed we are becoming from this young art? This isn't a regression by any means. If anything, it exposes modern-day regression with in your face progressive questioning and technique. Sad but with purpose over pity. Evocative and provocative. Grand.
My blog review is here.
Utterly deplorable. Horrid melodrama with a time and setting used only for dramatic exploitation. Nothing new is revealed or anything found within us, just people weeping, bickering, coughing and yelling like Nolan's Batman. When you use green screen, cgi smoke and desaturated lighting to indicate fiery conditions, you're telling me how cheap and uncreative you are. Rushed through to ... make a buck? To capitalize on ... that sweet 9/11 nostalgia we all share? Why was this movie made? It…
Speilberg's vision for this adaptation is one of pleasure in creation and dread for what's to come. It's a future where VR has become (absurdly but realistically) the main economic resource for humanity, in a time when escapism is at a max. No interest in space travel, no emerging green tech, no progressive politics. Just smog and gaming goggles. The film tries to interject some hope for the future, but it's a moot and half-hearted point. Unintentionally, Spielberg has crafted…