15 April, 2014
31. Gattaca
Written and Directed by: Andrew Niccol
Produced by: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, among others
Cinematography by: Slawomir Idziak
Edited by: Lisa Zeno Churgin
Original Score by: Michael Nyman
Other Notable Crew: Jan Roelfs (production design), Sarah Knowles (art direction)
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal, Ernest Borgnine, Tony Shalhoub, Alan Arkin, Loren Dean, Jayne Brook, Elias Koteas, Xander Berkeley, Blair Underwood, Dean Norris
Synopsis: Set in the future where everyone’s genetics are predetermined, Vincent (Ethan Hawke)—a man who was born naturally, also known as an “invalid”—infiltrates the ranks of the space program and research facility named Gattaca by using the identity of a crippled elite (Jude Law). Though his legitimacy is soon thrown into tumult when one of the facility’s directors is found murdered, and the resulting investigation leads a young detective (Loren Dean) to believe that an invalid intruder is to blame.
Thoughts:
I was expecting a little more nail-biting suspense here (as is usually expected with sci-fi thrillers), but this film opts for a more heartfelt and humanitarian lens instead. The theme of eugenics starts to wear a bit thin as it’s the only thread of social commentary at play, but the film is more focused on the goal of pursuing one’s dreams than it is making a statement on society. But the viewers in the mood for some hard science fiction will be delighted by the film’s extensive design and layout, which combines a sleek yet down-to-earth view of the future as if through a 1950s-era aesthetic lens. A visually enthralling—if somewhat predictable—sci-fi tale.

31. Gattaca

Written and Directed by: Andrew Niccol

Produced by: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, among others

Cinematography by: Slawomir Idziak

Edited by: Lisa Zeno Churgin

Original Score by: Michael Nyman

Other Notable Crew: Jan Roelfs (production design), Sarah Knowles (art direction)

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal, Ernest Borgnine, Tony Shalhoub, Alan Arkin, Loren Dean, Jayne Brook, Elias Koteas, Xander Berkeley, Blair Underwood, Dean Norris

Synopsis: Set in the future where everyone’s genetics are predetermined, Vincent (Ethan Hawke)—a man who was born naturally, also known as an “invalid”—infiltrates the ranks of the space program and research facility named Gattaca by using the identity of a crippled elite (Jude Law). Though his legitimacy is soon thrown into tumult when one of the facility’s directors is found murdered, and the resulting investigation leads a young detective (Loren Dean) to believe that an invalid intruder is to blame.

Thoughts:

I was expecting a little more nail-biting suspense here (as is usually expected with sci-fi thrillers), but this film opts for a more heartfelt and humanitarian lens instead. The theme of eugenics starts to wear a bit thin as it’s the only thread of social commentary at play, but the film is more focused on the goal of pursuing one’s dreams than it is making a statement on society. But the viewers in the mood for some hard science fiction will be delighted by the film’s extensive design and layout, which combines a sleek yet down-to-earth view of the future as if through a 1950s-era aesthetic lens. A visually enthralling—if somewhat predictable—sci-fi tale.

14 April, 2014

Films Watched in 2014, Nos. 21-30

This is the last #FW2014 mega-post—at least for now. Coverage will now resume with one film per blog post.

Hit the jump to read about each individual film on my blog. Nos. 1-10 can be viewed here, and Nos. 11-20 here.

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7 April, 2014
"MORTY MORTY MO-**UUURRRP**-ORTY, C’MON MORTY! WE-WE-WE-WE GOTTA GO TO ANOTHER DIMENSION, MORTY! IT’LL BE AN **AAAAA**-DVENTURE!"

"Aw jeez, Rick, I-I-I dunno if I can skip school for a fifteenth time this month!"

"MORTY MORTY MO-**UUURRRP**-ORTY, C’MON MORTY! WE-WE-WE-WE GOTTA GO TO ANOTHER DIMENSION, MORTY! IT’LL BE AN **AAAAA**-DVENTURE!"

"Aw jeez, Rick, I-I-I dunno if I can skip school for a fifteenth time this month!"

6 April, 2014

Films Watched in 2014, Nos. 11 - 20

Hit the jump to read about each individual film on my blog. Nos. 1-10 can be viewed here. Nos. 21-30 coming soon.

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4 April, 2014

Films Watched in 2014, Nos. 1 - 10

Oh man, have I been slacking on this.

One of the features that I started last year was keeping a list of every film I watched for the first time (“new to me” films, if you will) within said calendar year and giving my brief thoughts on them. I’ve been both way too preoccupied and way too lazy to keep it up at a reasonable pace in these first few months of 2014, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching any movies—on the contrary, I’m going at a slightly quicker pace than I was last year at this time, so I’ve already got quite a few films under my belt.

However, instead of spamming your feed with a bunch of individual screenshots I’m going to post the first 30 films in groups of 10 each. If you wish to read details and my thoughts on each individual film, hit the jump to read them on my blog. If not—just enjoy the screenshots, I guess.

Nos. 11-20 and 21-30 coming soon.

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