Film

  • China’s Influence on Hollywood
    The film industry is changing. One could of course say that it has always been changing, ever since the early days with the Lumiere brothers and other such pioneers. But the traditional distribution models are evolving (sometimes even kicking and screaming) to keep up with the technological and cultural developments happening in in society. One of such development is the special, and sometimes strained, relationship between the American and Chinese film industries. People sometimes ask me … Read more
  • Preparing for The Rise of Skywalker – Part VII: The Empire Strikes Back
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, is widely held as the best film in the franchise, and while I'm not entirely sure if I feel the same way, it is absolutely up there among the best.  Directed by Irwin Kerschner, under the watchful gaze of George Lucas, Empire Strikes Back (Empire, for short), is the second part of the original trilogy and the fifth episode of the Skywalker saga. Released in 1980, it again … Read more
  • Preparing for The Rise of Skywalker – Part VI: A New Hope
    The classic, the one that started it all, Star Wars is one of the most iconic and oft talked about film in film history. Everyone knows about Star Wars as it pervades not only pop culture, but culture in general.  Books have been written about the making of Star Wars, and about its creator, George Lucas' struggle against Hollywood. Released in 1977, the story went through several iterations, some wildly different from the finished product. At … Read more
  • Preparing for The Rise of Skywalker – Part V: Rogue One
    Rogue One was the first of the somewhat free-standing "antology films". Directed by Gareth Edwards, and with an amazing cast including Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen and many more, it tells the story about the mission to steal the plans for the first Death Star.  Being the Star Wars fan that I am, I have watched Star Wars regularly throughout my life. I clearly remember the first time I watched a Star Wars … Read more
  • Preparing for The Rise of Skywalker – Part IV: Solo
    Solo is a 2018 science fantasy adventure film directed by Ron Howard, although due to the rumoured drama surrounding the production, some of the direction credits should also go to other parties. Set in the Star Wars universe, Solo is not a part of the iconic "Skywalker Saga", but stands on his own, telling the origin story of the classic character from that film series.  The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, … Read more
  • Preparing for The Rise of Skywalker – Part III: Revenge of the Sith
    Revenge of the Sith is the final Star Wars film in the oft-discussed prequel trilogy, and is widely seen as the best of the three. To this, I agree. In this, George Lucas plays on all strings when it comes to mythic storytelling, in a film that is both intimate, emotional and epic.  The story of Revenge of the Sith revolves strongly around the theme of "despair", and in it, we see the fall of Anakin … Read more
  • Preparing for The Rise of Skywalker – Part II: Attack of the Clones
    Star Wars – Episode II: Attack of the Clones is a hard film to review. As I might have mentioned in previous reviews and various rantings, I have a strong interest in mythic storytelling and the monomyth, also called "the hero's journey" by writers such as Joseph Campbell, from which George Lucas drew much of his inspiration for the Star Wars series.  Attack of the Clones is the second episode in the Skywalker saga, and the … Read more
  • Preparing for The Rise of Skywalker – Part I: The Phantom Menace
    Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 mythic science fiction/fantasy film directed by George Lucas. It stars, among others, Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Jake Lloyd.  The Phantom Menace is the opening chapters of the story of young Anakin Skywalker, and his first steps on a journey that will lead to tragedy and redemption. It spends a considerable amount of time on much needed world building, and it gives us … Read more
  • Halloween Special: Films That Scared Me
    Right, it's that time of year. Kids will come at the door, asking for candy, and we, well, we will as often as not, turn of the lights and pretend we're not home. Because we ate all the candy ourselves… But this post is about candy, or the commercialization of an old tradition few even know how came about. This is, as usual, about movies, and this time, it's not a review, but rather a confession: … Read more
  • It: Chapter Two (2019)
    It: Chapter Two is the follow up to the 2017 film It, directed by Andy Muschietti. It stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone and Andy Bean as the adult "Looser's Club", with Bill Skarsgård reprising his role as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Also returning for the many flashback scenes is the young cast from the first movie. The kids have all grown up now (It: Chapter Two, 2017) Filling … Read more
  • IT: Chapter One (2017)
    There is a scene transition in this movie, near the beginning, where one of the kids, Mike, is asked to kill a sheep with a bolt gun, as he works in his grandfather's slaughterhouse. He can't do it, his empathy for the animal too strong, so his grandfather takes over, killing the sheep. Another sheep is then herded into the killing booth, and the scene transitions over to the other kids exiting the class room for … Read more
  • Men in Black: International (2019)
    So, a fourth Men in Black film? I never asked for this, but it was fun enough. The twist this time around is, as a the name implies, that we see the international side of the Men in Black. Heading the cast is Chris Hemsworth as a washed up former MiB hero and Tessa Thompson as the enthusiastic rookie. Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson is also here in supporting roles. Thor and Valkyrie.. ehm.. I mean … Read more
  • Grabbers (2012)
    Grabbers is an Irish science fiction comedy. A bit niche, but it works very, very well.   Grabbers feels very much like the love child of Tremors and Father Ted, with an ironic sprinkling of HP Lovecraft, maybe Noo… HP Lovecraft didn't have an ounce of humor, at least not on purpose (although he was unintentionally funny at times…) Grabbers has humor, and spades of it!  So, the premise is like this: blood sucking aliens attack … Read more