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Blade Runner

Blade Runner

This time, I dashed into another pleasant surprise.. I’m a big fan of the rain, SF and film-noir and I knew this movie is good at that, yet I never expected to find such an aesthetic and moral power breathing out of it.

Firstly, Blade Runner is probably one of the most iconic SF films ever made. For many times during the movie I completely forgot what the plot was and became so fully immersed in the world: it’s vast, rich, beautiful, filled with so many details and every frame reminds us that very fact.

Blade Runner

Secondly, the plot is not very impressive, it does not boost the usual SF epic, but rather acts as a support for the characters to evolve into and for the world to be presented onto: the movie is abundant in philosophy and makes good use of its motives. In that regard, the viewer often finds himself wondering about the conventions of human nature, morality, technology and others. Nevertheless, the most important question the movie raises is whether the main protagonist is a replicant (robot) himself or a human being. We don’t get an answer this, but rather some ambiguity regarding that topic, which leaves us to appreciate the answer from our own perspective.

Lastly, I want to notice once more the richness of this movie’s motives and film-noir conventions. By exceeding at that, Blade Runner manages to take a special place when it comes to iconic, SF cult following movies.

True Detective

We get the world we deserve

I still believe that True Detective is one of the best TV shows to come out in the 2010’s. Though, at times, the first half of the season was slow paced, had a tangled plot and lacked the rhetorical philosophy of the first season, the things started to take off as the conclusion was coming upon.

In that regard, I’m not trying to say that the first half of the season was bad, but rather that it seems to have left lots of people with a bitter taste. The show introduced the characters and the plot in the first half, but somehow, I didn’t cared for it that much. Nevertheless, as that epic shootout took place, everything changed: suddenly I was hooked..

True Detective

Never do anything out of hunger

I think that what mattered most this season was not the plot (who killed Casper), but the characters, their dynamic and how I started to care for them more and more to the point where I was screaming at my TV in the finale. Though the relationships seemed out of place in the beginning and the characters themselves seemed to be reticent towards each other, it all started to change as they were pulled into a criminal conspiracy bigger than any of them (and sadly, than all of them).

One thing that ate me up in the finale is how the world is owned by those who are corrupt and willing to cross any line in order take and keep the power for their own, twisted purposes. Even if our characters tried to stand up, they didn’t managed to change much, but rather lose a lot in the process… Contrary to Rust and Marty, not many got to walk the scene this season, but rather leave it with a bang (both literally and figuratively) and though it made me very sad, I am happy with how things got to play out…

 

Badlands

Badlands

The good old ‘merican way

In my recent efforts of trying to change few things in my life, I’ve started to watch some old movies that sat around my computer for ages.

Quite scared by Tree of Life (watched it some time ago), one of more recent Terrrence Malick’s works, I didn’t knew what to expect from his first full-length directed, produced and wrote movie,apart from some rumble about “old ‘merica” and some weird shots of desserts and maybe mountains. Boy, was I wrong…

Badlands

“The day was quiet and serene but I didn’t notice, for I was deep in thought, and not even thinking about how to slip off. The world was like a faraway planet to which I could never return. I thought what a fine place it was, full of things that people can look into and enjoy.”

Firstly, Badlands is a true american movie. It reeks of 60’s mid-west cultural background and the “good old ‘merican ways” (I’m no expert though). Few shots of that mid-west, quite rhetorical quotes, a James Dean look alike main character (quite resembling the attitude of Rebel Without a Cause) and a mildly Bonny and Clyde inspired plot, gives this movie, both a very spiritual driven, but also action wise part.

Some might argue, it’s even a story about spiritual findings, somewhat remembering Kerouac’s On The Road (the american symbols start to pile), this time, the destination being “the Mountains”, on the far side of the picture. As for the fate of our protagonist, it could be seen as either sad or beautiful, depending on the person and their view of the events presented in the movie.

As for me, I believe this is a story that should be seen with a dose of nostalgia and an attitude for aesthetic western american culture.

In conclusion, Martin Sheen commented in 1999 that Badlands “still is” the best script he had ever read. He wrote that “It was mesmerising. It disarmed you. It was a period piece, and yet of all time. It was extremely American, it caught the spirit of the people, of the culture, in a way that was immediately identifiable”.

 

It came to my attention lately that I became lazy and procrastinating. Looks like, the summer holiday has two sides for me: a couch-potato coma of some sorts and the possibility to reach the stars (mind the awful metaphor, would you?).

So, why come back? Why not lay down and die? (mind the other bad metaphor, please..)

Probably to go forward if you ask me… probably to get out of bed… and to exercise my rusty capacity of original feelings and thoughts, however improbable that seems to be.

That being said, I’m going to roll with the wave and try to put some things that run through that narrow mind of mine on this kind of “paper” (no, I’m not at the seaside… more about that some other time).

PS: to those 2 people who accidentally came over this post, it’s good to have you here! Btw, this is more of an exercise to myself, rather than a statement..

Coldplay released their new music video for “Magic”, a single which will be featured on their upcoming album “Ghost Stories” launching 16th May 2014.

I’m very excited for Ghost Stories… and I like Magic…

This was legend… wait for it…

How I Met Your Mother

Big shows always went off with controversial endings: Seinfeld, The Sopranos, Dexter, you name it. In fact, endings are always hard and I’ll try to make few points here of what I thought about the series finale of How I Met Your Mother.

Max Nicholson of IGN gave the finale 9.7/10 rating, saying “How I Met Your Mother‘s series finale was a beautiful end to a great show”. I perfectly agree.

It’s been 9 season, 9 years and over 200 episodes. That’s a lot of time, lots of memories, jokes, laughs, slaps, hugs, loves, high-fives and tears… and when I look back I see how many things happened along the way, how much we changed… how some things stayed the same… it’s amazing… The journey has been a big part of the show, but time tells me there’s more to How I Met Your Mother than story.

I don’t know for sure. I’d be on the gang and the fact that we all saw ourselves in one character or another. There’s also the situations, the stories, the relations, the laughs, the tears, and maybe the life itself this show was so filled with… Many things… After all, How I Met Your Mother always felt real to me, but maybe I’m a hopeless romantic… Ted’s a hopeless romantic…

How I Met Your Mother

Cheers to a great couple of people and their friendship!

I know there’s lots of nostalgia talking through me now, but nostalgia is not a bad thing, especially now. In fact, nostalgia is only one of so many feelings (good ones) I experienced during and after the finale. Feelings were never out of the equation with this series. I loved the character, loved the stories, everything… and that’s what mattered the most to me. I got attached to this show like I haven’t before.

Feelings and relations, characters, were all big parts of How I Met Your Mother and the finale definitely did justice to those parts. The gang saying good-bye to Ted, the empty apartment, the last picture in the bar at table, Barney and his girl, Marshall succeeding as a judge, Robin succeeding as a new anchor, Lily and Marshall having a third child, Ted falling getting married and having 2 kids and even the final scene, which I know bothered lots of people, they were all soul-wrenching and tears bearing moments and I’m not gonna hide that because it was great.

How I Met Your Mother

The gang was always the core of the story… Just look at them…

The finale wasn’t only trying to rip of some tears and play the drama card, but to say good-bye and conclude the story that went on for such a long time. And in many ways, it did that. It did justice to the first half of the series with its brilliant and unconventional comedy and strikes of drama. It did justic to the the last half of the series, the last couple seasons when the characters got to grow a lot. The finale was a tribute to all that.

I think most people had this vision of the ending that didn’t concur with the structure, but that only made the end more memorable. Bays and Thomas outdid themselves this time. The finale felt like having a season’s worth of material told in only two episodes and that felt more real than the whole 9th season.

Friends grow apart, marriages change lifestyles, things fall apart and even loved ones die… Nothing lasts forever… Life isn’t always fair or easy. It changes. Life is complex and the finale ended on that note, a beautiful note and I think most people got scared because they were used with this group of friends being together and seeing them grow apart made everyone sad.

How I met Your Mother

On that note, the final scene was a come-back to how things should have been. This was always the story of how Ted is in love with Robin, as his daughter put it. Don’t get fooled by the title, that’s a premise and the show is known to have plays the cards many times along the way. Even the fact that the series began with Ted seeing Robin and falling for her at first sight, took the story to the natural ending of them getting together. It was destiny…

The finale was soul wrenching, nostalgic, sad and many things, but it was conclusive, an ending in all the ways an end should be an end. One last high note and a special one…

PS: I guess some mysteries are meant to be unresolved – The Pineapple Incident. Not even Mosby Boys wouldn’t crack that one… And why did people got so attached over The Mother? She’s only been for a couple of episodes… The gang’s been 9 season with us. And the finale was about them.

How I Met Your Mother

A high-five to echo through eternity…

 

#MuchRespect.
To the end.
To the series.
To all the fans who watched.
To the creators and all the people who made it happen.

dary…

LEGENDARY

 

Spring neurosis 2014

Are you familiar with the expression spring neurosis? I wouldn’t think so… I want to believe that I somehow coined or invented the phrase, although I’m pretty sure a certain symbolistic poet may have used it, or at leat suggest it (got it?) somewhere down the line, so it might be just a subconscious impulse and nothing that great… This only grows the neurosis…

Anyway, the spring neurosis is a very common “affection”, or so I believe. It’s that anxiety that hits you every spring, mostly because the big changes that you encounter all over the place, but that’s only a mere pretext. A spring neurosis comes from the spring changes, but it’s mostly a psychological and emotional strain those changes puts on you and like any other illness, you have to fight it and eventually overcome it

As for me, it hits me every spring. It hits me more often than that, but never like this. This spring I had to move out from the apartment I lived in for almost 4 years, a place to be called home, to another apartment a couple of blocks away. The motifs are above me and not to be debated. Anyway, this was the pretext, along the spring which brings a whole new perspective over the world. I can’t just shut my eyes and ignore everything… and maybe that’s not a particular wrong thing, but maybe it’s also a defect…

To give you an idea of what I’m going through, it’s like this anxiety that comes and goes, sometimes fear, sometimes hate, sometimes simple boredom… and it’s very hard if you ask me, but I know there are people who are having worse than that and I wish them all the best, because every spring neurosis eventually heals, leaving room for some other, more complicated emotional, psychological issues…

Back on the ropes…

When people asked me what do I want to do when I’ll be a grown-up, I didn’t know what to answer… Years later, and I still don’t know what to answer. Lawyer, maybe… Nah… Writer? Film… something? Human being???

Never had the claim of a writer, never thought myself as one, not because I didn’t want to, but simply because I wouldn’t find the strength to ascend to that status. Maybe I don’t have what it takes… Talent. Skill. Inspiration. A simple and basic connection between my neurons so I can write down my thoughts… you name it…

So, why come back? Why not lay down and die? Forget? Wait for time to kill you? Maybe because time is a flat circle (yeah, True Detective reference!) and whatever I do, it’s gonna repeat and happen on a basic, tasteless schedule, again and again. but that’s no perfect theory either.

Not gonna go deep with the philosophy this time… Gonna try, but not gonna force my hand. Not gonna go over my head with nothing this time. After all, I think that was my failure… and maybe I’m not alone there…

Gonna try keep it casual and cool (big words already…)

PS: Why don’t you follow this blog, bookmark it or simply remember it’s stupid address? Make an exercise, will yah?

Rush

rush_2013-wide

First and foremost, Rush is one of my favourites films of 2013, and, no doubt, one of the finest as well. OK? Now, name a Formula 1 movie that comes to mind. Too slow. There isn’t one. Yet, Rush has a lot potential to strive towards. And belive brother, it is one hell of experience it can give you.

First, Rush is both entertaining and well-made. There aren’t that many films out there whereof I can say the same thing. If you want to imagine what Rush is about, take a great film and inject it a big dose of adrenaline. How does it look like? How does it feel? Quite good, right?

Rush

Niki Lauda – right (Daniel Bruhl) and James Hunt – left (Chris Hemsworth), whose opposite personalities fiercely competes both on track and outside.

Now, Rush tells the story of Niki Lauda and James Hunt, who, in 1976, set the Formula 1 world ablaze, going head-to-head all season in pursuit of the title. They literally lit the imagination of the whole world. There’s nothing more intense to watch that the fierce competition between the charismatic British playboy and the disciplined Austrian perfectionist. Their opposite personalities makes this film so good in characters, while both Chrish Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl performances are priceless. You can’t go wrong with such story arc.

Rush 2013

“The closer you are to death the more alive you feel”

There is one particular line that says “Every year one of us die”. You can imagine that the risks were a lot bigger back then, and this is a great premise to build tension on. The quick turns and the close frames puts you right in the car of Lauda or Hunt while the screeching of the tires and the shriek of the engine is an absolute symphony to the ears. No doubt, this is the best looking and sounding film of the year. Everything is beautiful executed. Sleek and edgy. The sport at its best.

Verdict

With the story of two F1 legends, whose rivalry is even more legendary, Rush brings out the drama and the sharpness of Formula 1 as never seen before. This is the best looking and sounding film of the year and the dramatic effect is never cut off. Both entertaining and dramatic. Overall, among finest films of the year. Top of my favourite list.

Rating:

9 (Amazing)

+ List

  • Hemsworth and Bruhl are great
  • Sleek execution (image & sound)
  • Best Formula 1 film to date
  • Fierce competition (characters)

– List

  • As I read somewhere, it doesn’t goes too deep into analyzing Hunt…

Homeland season 3 trailer

Homeland

 

With almost one and a half month left until the premiere of the 3rd season of Homeland, Showtime has finally released the official trailer of the Golden Globe winner TV Drama and from what it looks like, this season promises to be again on the list of nominees and even winners at 2014 TV awards.

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