Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vincent McKenna (Bill Murray) lives in Bay Ridge NY. Is an angry fellow, misunderstood, without money. But on the inside he have a will to live. After the arrival of Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) as Vincent new neighbor. Maggie is been forced due work related problems to have Oliver been take care by Vincent as nanny. The relationship turns into a special one. When Vincent teach Oliver how to fight, and bet on horse racing.

St Vincent is a funny story of the relationship of a kid and Vicent a sort of scoundrel trying to survive several circumstances like the pregnancy of his friend Daka (Naomi Watts) and the money debt with Zucko (Terrence Howard)

Bill Murray is amazing on this role as well Jaeden Lieberheras Oliver. The film is witty and funny.

A dystopian world where humans are facing extinction, by loosing there main resources under extreme conditions. A retired pilot Copper (Matthew McConaughey) lives with his kids Murph and Tom. Later he discovered a secret mission that will guide space travelers to search a way to help humanity surviving in another planet.

Interstellar is the visual stunning and groundbreaking film from Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight Trilogy, Memento and Inception) This film is about love, sacrifice, space travel, time, wormholes and the fifth dimension.

Nolan takes space travel to a whole different level, with a glimpse of images similar to 2001 Space Odyssey, The Right Stuff, Alien and Gravity. He used as many elements possible to take you to a trip to the unknown, achieving a masterful cinematic experience.

Interstellar is a film about space exploration focusing on saving the civilization, not necessary saving the actual one, but helping to make a new civilization in a different planet. Besides the complexity of the story about wormholes, black holes, time, space and relativity. Interstellar metaphorically speaking is about dying tradition of analog technologies that are loosing the battle with new technologies.

A handful of elements, such as books, analog watches and black boards are present in the film only used by the actors. For Christopher Nolan artifacts are necessary in our lives, make us feel that the world is have a sense of unpredictability. The only computers available are TARS and CASE which are the state of the art robots who facilitate space travelers in driving the ship, working on the mission with a intensive database.

Code morse is perhaps one of the most groundbreaking element of communication in the film. Matthew McConaughey watch given to his daughter in the past turns out the key of communication with a message for a better future.

But the real connection between booth universe is held in the oldest carrier of information, books. Coopers home library contain the missing link and the reveal is gorgeous.

Hans Zimmer developed a singular score that simply skip his traditional sound, by creating one more human, less electronic with a nuances of Kubrick 2001.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Luc Besson director of (Leon, La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element) bring back his stylized hit man look for the film Lucy. Scarlett Johanson and Morgan Freeman starring in this movie which seems to be like mind blowing adventure from drug trafficking to revenge. This science fiction thriller tales the story of Lucy a 25 year student living in Taipei, been forced to be a drug mule of a new synthetic drug, one of the bags breaks by accident inside Lucy's belly, the consequences Lucy acquired increasingly enhanced physical and mental capabilities, such as telepathy, telekinesis, mental time travel, and can choose not to feel pain or other discomforts, in addition to other abilities.

Lucy will continue her adventures to find a solution to the problem by contacting professor Samuel Norman (Morgan Freeman)

Luc Besson bring the best of his action packed style adding interesting sci fi elements. The movie is complex, visually stunning and impressive. Probably Lucy will turn into a cult film in the future.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Theater is one of the main resources to make films, a long list of plays based on books or plays based on plays been made throughout the film history. But make a film about the making of a play is pretty rare.

Birdman which tells the story of Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) an actor famous for portraying a action hero on hollywood films. Birdman a fictional character Batman type who haunts Riggan as a voice and alter ego. Riggan is struggling to become actor, director, writer from a theater play in NY escaping the blockbuster world and making real art on stage.

Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel) directs an stellar cast Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone with groundbreaking film techniques by Director of Photography Oscar winner for Gravity Emmanuel Lubezki creating the illusion of a single shot instead of several editing cuts.

Replicating techniques like Alfred Hitchcock "The Rope" Gonzales Iñarritu and Lubezki use halls and passages as well dark rooms to transition between shots Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione edit the film masterfully.

Gonzales Iñarritu pay tribute to theater by using the single shot technique instead of several cuts a perfect fit for a theater goer who basically have to choose which angle to see and where to cut.

Michael Keaton is amazing, as well Edward Norton.
Antonio Sanchez score is masterful.