Daily Archives: 30/12/2012

Blade Runner

bladerunnerBlade Runner (1982) – Originally written August 2003

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First of all, I’d like to say that everytime I think about this film I think of it as being stunning, but when I genuinely think about it, a lot of it I find dull. I know a lot of people adore this film & I can see why. The thing is however, that I intensely dislike the Rachel character. I find the woman annoying and infuriating. I suppose this is why, whenever I watch this film, I watch with glee whenever Rutger Hauer is on the screen (he makes this film what it is) & I tend to switch off and relocate my attentions at the reappearance of that annoying woman.

I think apart from the stunning visuals of this film (like I suggested, the ultimate art house movie?), I think the one thing I adore about it, and hence why I look back at it with such fondness is the climax of the film. The two main comments, firstly by Hauer & then by the Olmos (playing the character Gaff), are beautiful sentences. Olmos’s comment is thought provoking & intensely philosophical with regard to how meaningful our lives actually are, whilst Hauer’s is so poetic & so beautiful, that it feels almost like part of a Shakespearean’ sonnet.

Scott’s directing, the previously mentioned speeches, & the quality acting provide a stunning film with a scary look into the future. It’s just a pity Sean Young’s Rachel is so intensely infuriating.

Romeo & Juliet

RomeoJulietRomeo & Juliet (1996) – Originally written August 2003

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Ok, yeah this will contain SPOILERS, but does that really matter since anyone who doesn’t know the plot already must have lived in a coma all their lives.

One of these days, I’ll write a review, just for the hell of it, of a film that I DON’T like. However, your not going to find that review here as I thought this was brilliant.

Baz Luhrmann creates here a modern interpretation of one of the greatest works of literature of all time. As a big fan of Shakespeare, I confess to prefering Othello (Iago is my all time favourite fictional character) and Hamlet, but for a play I’ve read far too often, Luhrmann made me feel like I was watching it for the first time. This film shows the story of the star crossed lovers in a new and fresh way. Yes people condemn (the person who wrote a review without actually watching the film for one. I mean, whats that about. It’s a film review site!), but some people do keep an open mind. To relocate a story based so far in the past to the future is a brave idea which admittedly often doesn’t work. In this case though, it does. I think in the end of the day, we need to accept that the appeal of Romeo & Juliet is that irrelevant of when you set it, it is a universal story. It is impossible not to bond with at least one of the characters, irrelevant of the era.

Anyway, once you get over the time relocation, there isn’t much wrong with this film really. I confess that if I had to choose between the acting abilities of the relatively fresh faced Leo DiCaprio & Claire Danes & the more recent matured incarnations of those actors, I’d choose the more recent ones (after his original few roles, theres no denying Leo has developed 10 fold as an actor & Claire’s break obviously has done her the world of good), but I can’t help but feel that to rob the characters of the actors almost naivity would ruin this film. Part of the beauty is that Leo & Claire do seem to be as youthful in pretending to be the characters as the characters were themselves. No-one should be allowed to condemn the acting in this film as without the occasional youthful mistake, it probably wouldn’t be as enjoyable.

Right, now to try & work up the effort to think of a film I hate & write a review of that. Going to be difficult though.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Terminator3Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) – Originally written August 2003

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Whilst the 1st Terminator was a dark subtle matter (and admittedly my favourite of the three), the 2nd moved onto a more mainstream easy watching platform. This film continues on from number 2 & doesn’t disappoint.

Whilst admittedly it has none of the major thought processes that I’m usually keen on. There’s something amazing about just being able to watch Arnie driving around beating people up again.

Truth be told, the only thing I have a flaw with this film, and I’m probably the only one, is the T-X. I can’t help but feel that whilst Loken (is that the proper spelling of her name?) makes a fair effort, I just can’t take her seriously as a threat to mankind. I just feel with a better choice in outfit & without hair tied back in a way which makes her look like she should be wearing a suit in an office somewhere, would have made her more of a threat. In the end of the day though, this just feels like some sort of equal rights idea. It makes me wonder what will happen in Terminator 4 (and there WILL be another). Will they try & combine the first type of Terminator with Arnie’s type & create some sort of Terminator Paverotti? Could even create a Terminator Dog or something. Despite all my negatives regarding Loken however, the same concerns were probably made about Patrick’s T1000 in Terminator 2.

Despite the occasional concerns though, this is still an entertaining film. So back to the cinema for a 2nd viewing I go. Go Arnie Go!

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