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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.

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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…

 

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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”.

 

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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..

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Futility

"Futility of futilities, all is futile"

Sorry

"Live to the point of tears"