Archive for the ‘Movie’ Category

Jane Goodall’s Chimp Eden


(Discover Blogs::Out There) – Corey S. Powell:

During the 1960s, humanity’s place in the universe changed dramatically as Soviet and American astronauts ventured off the planet and (for the Yanks, at least) onto the surface of the Moon. During those same years, humanity’s place on Earth changed rather dramatically, too, as scientists took a closer look at our primate relatives and discovered that they are a lot more like us – far more complex and sophisticated – than anyone had suspected.

One of the scientists most responsible for the latter revelation was not, by traditional standards, a scientist at all. Jane Goodall was all of 26 when she arrived at the Gombe Stream in Tanzania in 1960 to study the local chimpanzees. She had no college degree, no formal stamp of high academia. What she had was extraordinary perception, persistence, and a lack of blinding preconceptions. Due to a felicitous combination of circumstances, we are now able to relive her singular discovery process in the electrifying, astonishingly beautiful documentary Jane. …

outthere 2017/10/23 chimp-eden

Jane, 2017 documentary


Why Valerian bombed


(FTB Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

How could Valerian fail? Luc Besson, $200 million budget, the stills and clips I saw beforehand were visually spectacular. And then I watched it last night. I would have fallen asleep if the flashing colors hadn’t made my eyes hurt. Besson made a movie with fantastic visuals, but he forgot to include little details like a sensible plot and relatable characters and some motivation for wanting the characters to succeed; it’s like being given the job of making a cake, not bothering with substance, and building an elaborate confection out of nothing but marzipan and lots and lots of food coloring. …

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Valerian, 2017 film

Atomic Blonde


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Short form: I wish there were more thrillers that had such great lighting, interesting characters, adult plot, and which did such a beautiful job of treading the line between suspension of disbelief and failure to suspend disbelief. If you like action movies, go see it unless you are allergic to 80s music and beautifully choreographed but intense violence. …

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Atomic Blonde, 2017 film



(FTB) – Mano Singham:

I was a little apprehensive because when one sees films long after their original release date, especially films that relate to topical matters, one can be disappointed because the film seems dated in its look and the material irrelevant. So I was pleasantly surprised, stunned even, to find it to be thoroughly modern and utterly gripping from beginning to end. It portrays so realistically how governments use the police, security services, and organizations of thugs to disrupt peace and social justice advocates. This is a phenomenon that transcends time and nations and is something that the US has long experienced. As the film’s famous ‘anti-disclaimer’ states at the beginning, “Any resemblance with real events, or people dead or living is not accidental. It is deliberate.” …

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Z, 1969 film



(Economist::Prospero) – N.B.:

Christopher Nolan’s war epic boasts interlocking storylines, elegant cinematography and an unforgettable score. …

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Dunkirk, 2017 Film

How The Fifth Element Subverted Sci-Fi Movies


(Atlantic Culture) – David Sims:

Twenty years before Valerian, Luc Besson’s visually stunning Fifth Element hinged its story not on action or violence, but on love. …

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The Fifth Element, 1997 film

Janeane Garofalo


(Guardian Film) – Bim Adewunmi:

One of my favourite romantic comedies was released all the way back in 1996, and while it rarely makes it on to the best-of lists, trust me, The Truth About Cats & Dogs is up there with the greatest. It’s a very loose play on Cyrano De Bergerac, except in this version a man falls in love with the face and body of one woman and the voice of another. That “other woman” is Janeane Garofalo. …

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Janeane Garofalo

My Cousin Rachel


(Guardian Film) – Peter Bradshaw:

In Roger Michell’s highly enjoyable thriller based on the Daphne du Maurier novel a mean and manipulative widow exploits her feline sexuality. …

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My Cousin Rachel (2017 film)

Subversive Feminism


(The Guardian) – Zoe Williams:

Yes, the new Wonder Woman movie sees its titular heroine sort of naked a lot of the time. But the film-makers have still worked to turn sexist Hollywood conventions on their head. …

theguardian 2017/jun/05 subversive-feminism

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman



(FTB) – Mano Singham:

On Friday I saw the new film Risk produced and directed by award-winning documentarian Laura Poitras, who won the Academy Award for Citizenfour, the film about Edward Snowden and his leaks. The focus this time is Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and unlike the earlier one, the narrative structure of this film is, to say the least, a bit confused. But that is not due to the lack of skill of Poitras but due to the fact that after she started filming it, the story went off in many directions and she too became part of it. …

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Risk (2016 film)