Next monday, something completely different.
Next monday, something completely different.
I bought this movie right after I returned rented version. I watched movie four times during first two days and have watched it many times after that. I own original score soundtrack and it is one of my favourite soundtracks. I have watched movie few times with commentary. So this might be fan boy post.
When I bought this I had more time and often watched movies with commentary on. Lately I haven’t done that as much. This movie had one of the best commentaries. Director Steven Soderbergh and producer James Cameron talk about choices Steven did and movie making as whole. It is like lecture about movie making from two big name directors. I recommend to check that out, if you have dvd.
Big problem is, there is no blu ray version of this movie. Movie is one of the most beautiful movies ever made, but it doesn’t have blu ray release. Every shot is carefully planned. You could take any frame of the movie and put it on the wall. Movie moves slowly and have lot of silent moments. It is almost like watching moving painting. Music increases alien otherworldly feeling. This is all about emotion and mood.
“I could tell you what’s happening, but I don’t know if it would really tell you what’s happening.” That quote describes this movie perfectly. Movie doesn’t give explanations and doesn’t tell you, how you should interpret what happened. It begins as mystery of what happened on space station orbiting around mysterious planet Solaris. We see what happened, but we still don’t know what actually happened. But what happened doesn’t matter at that point. What matter is how our characters react to what happened. Crew of space station acts crazy. When we see what happened to them, their actions doesn’t seem so crazy. It is like slow trip into craziness.
Whole story could be told in few sentences. But that would leave so much away. This movie uses so much images and sounds in story telling, that the story is hard to put into words. Movie has two stories. First is mystery of what happened on space station. Second is difficult love story between our hero and his wife. For some there is too much of first. For some there is too much of second. For others this is perfect mix of scifi and drama. You need to be in right state of mind to fully appreciate this movie. It is slow, sad and beautiful. You need to be in mood for that kind of movie.
This is rather another movie adoption of Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris, than remake of Tarkovsky’s Solaris (1972). I haven’t read the book. I like both movies. It is bit strange that Tarkovsky’s version has blu ray release and this doesn’t have. Tarkovsky’s version deserves it, but so does this.
I will revisit this movie later. Then there will be spoilers. That could be anniversary post or celebration of blu ray release. I hope it will be the blu ray. This time I just wanted to tell you this movie exists.
SPOILER WARNING!!! This post spoils movie “Star Trek” (2009).
I wanted to keep original post inside reasonable length. I had to drop lot of random stuff from it, but I wanted to write about that too. So here is more from “Star Trek”. This goes more into nerdy territory.
Using shuttles to go to Enterprise didn’t make much sense. There is no point using them, when you can transport people from one place to another. They used shuttles in Star Trek The Motion Picture. In that movie, they had real reason to do that. Enterprise’s transporters malfunctioned and they didn’t have time to fix them. In this movie, there was no reason given, why they used shuttles to go to Enterprise. Shuttles were used for getting similar scene that was in Star Trek The Motion Picture. In Star Trek The Motion Picture Doctor McCoy told how he didn’t like transporters. In “Star Trek” Fake McCoy tells how he doesn’t like shuttles. Why he doesn’t use transport, if he is afraid of shuttles?
Captain Pike was Captain of Enterprise in pilot of original Star Trek. He made return into Star Trek in two-part episode The Menagerie. In that episode he was in wheelchair. At the end of “Star Trek” he is in wheelchair, but movie doesn’t give any reasons, why he was in wheelchair. Nero used similar parasites that Khan used in Wrath of Khan. Maybe these parasites hurt victims more, but movie doesn’t explain it. So no real explanation was not given why Pike was in wheelchair.
Movie showed how Vulcans didn’t think humans as their equals. Fake Spock’s human mother being with Vulcan High Council didn’t make much sense. Spock’s father was part of council. Spock got high council from their cave. I don’t remember other high council members having their families with them. So why Spock’s mother was with Vulcan High Council?
How Nero knew he killed Fake Kirk’s father? He knows Kirk from his future, but there was no reason, why he should know, he killed Fake Kirk’s father. Kobayashi Maru scene was told in Wrath of Khan. What this movie added, was to make Kirk look like total jerk. In Wrath of Khan cadet didn’t know Kobayashi Maru was no win situation. In this movie every one seem to know it was no win situation. If they didn’t know it before, Fake Kirk’s hearing made that sure. Knowing that test is no win situation makes the test kind of useless, because you know you are going to lose anyway and don’t put too much effort into it.
Next thursday, one of those good scifi movies, that are hard to find. I still haven’t seen european blu ray of this movie.
SPOILER WARNING!!! This post spoils movie “Star Trek” (2009).
I didn’t realize, how much Star Wars this movies has first time I saw it. Now it looks more like Star Wars than Star Trek. What is annoying, is that, this is actually good scifi action movie. But this is not Star Trek. This is almost everything, that is not Star Trek and nothing that is Star Trek. J.J. Abrams told, he didn’t like original Star Trek and that shows. Movie doesn’t get spirit of Star Trek. This is more like application to get to direct Star Wars. As we now know, that worked for J.J. Abrams. He left Star Trek as soon as he got to do Star Wars.
Star Trek is intellectual science fiction. It is not about action. Problems are solved by coming up with good ideas, not with muscles and fire power. Stories show interesting concepts. Original Star Trek, my second favourite tv series, had interesting dynamics between main characters. Doctor McCoy was all about emotion. Spock was for cold logic without emotion. Kirk was somewhere in the middle, using both emotion and logic. McCoy and Spock were friendly rivals. Spock was there to show, how illogical human activities some times are. His role was given to Data in Next Generation and Seven of Nine in Voyager. Those are best characters in Star Trek franchise.
In “Star Trek”, Fake Kirk is born, when his mother escapes from spaceship, that his father flies in to enemy ship. Then we see how young Fake Kirk escapes police and destroys sport car in process. Fake Spock in introduced fighting vulcan kids. Then Fake Kirk get into bar fight with four cadets. Fake Spock shows his rebellious side in Vulcan by choosing Star Fleet instead of Vulcan science academy. Fake Kirk is someone, who always gets into trouble and wastes his talent. Fake Spock can’t control his temper. Fake McCoy is divorced drunk, who bends rules and use medicine unsafely. Our three heroes aren’t same characters, that made them so good in original series. They don’t have same chemistry. Now Fake Kirk and Fake Spock are rivals and McCoy is there by Kirk’s side. They are rivals because they have different opinions on how they should act in different situations. They don’t represent different world views like McCoy and Spock did in original series. If there is main difference between them it is, that Fake Spock wants to go by the rules, when for Fake Kirk end justifies the means.
Story doesn’t have any interesting points. It is just angry romulan getting his revenge. He has planet destroying weapon. He uses that to destroy one of main characters home planet. Our heroes barely escape first encounter with villains. There is ice planet, where our heroes have to fight strange monsters. Villains go to destroy another planet. This time our heroes are prepared. Two of them go inside enemy ship. Final battle is fought inside and outside of enemy ship. During final battle Enterprise comes out of nowhere to save one of our heroes’ ship, just before villains are destroying it. Enemy ship is destroyed and our hero gets medal for his actions in final battle.
Does that sound familial? Inside enemy ship, there are platforms, that make no sense. Final battle is fought on those platforms. One of main characters uses his sword in fight on platform high above planet. I don’t know how to describe Fake Scott’s assistant, other than saying he could be in Star Wars and you would not notice anything strange. He would be more at home in Star Wars than in Star Trek. Half of elements are from Star Wars and other half from Star Trek. Designs and names are from Star Trek, story and tone from Star Wars. Every character is made to look stupid at one point and they don’t act like they should. There is too much pointless action for action’s sake.
Star Trek was thinking man’s science fiction. This movie turned it into generic stupid action science fiction. All things good in Star Trek were stripped in this movie. This was made for average stupid movie goer. Intellectual stuff is over their head. Explosions and action is what sells the tickets. Star Trek is not like that but “Star Trek” is. I wish good science fiction would sell better. Great science fiction movies are still made, but they are hard to find, because these kind of movies get all the publicity.
Why I hate this movie? I hate this, because it took Star Trek away from us, who like intellectual science fiction and made it generic action fantasy. When I say I am a fan of Star Trek, I have to mention that I mean original Star Trek, not this J.J. Abrams version. This is good action movie, but I hate what it does to franchise I like. I haven’t seen Star Trek Into Darkness. I don’t want to support latest Hollywood trend of using popular titles’ names and turning them into something other than original material was. That is why I haven’t seen World War Z. I will write about both movies, when I can see them without paying extra to see them.
I tell you next monday, why I hate Star Trek reboot or “Star Trek” as I like to call it.
SPOILER WARNING!!! This post spoils movie Bitch Slap (2009).
Bitch Slap was first movie I wrote about. That post is quite terrible. I didn’t have routine and couldn’t write that well. Not to say I can do that now. It felt like good idea to revisit the movie for one year anniversary. It was not. I couldn’t watch it with one sitting. I had to have a break at half way point. This movie doesn’t deserve revisit, but because I watched it again, here it is.
This movie has Kevin Sorbo, Lucy Lawless and Renée O’Connor. You know, Hercules, Xena and Gabrielle from Hercules’ and Xena’s tv shows. Kevin Sorbo has little screen time. Lucy Lawless and Renée O’Connor have blink-and-you-miss them roles. I didn’t see Lucy Lawless or Renée O’Connor first time I watched this. It would have been interesting to see these three together. It would have made this movie better.
I didn’t have to have break first time, because I wanted to see how the story goes on. It has too much stupid plot twists. Those are only thing, that can make you watch this. You may want to see, where this goes to. But it is not worth the time. This time I knew, where this goes and there was nothing interesting. Women are hot and slow motions have some entertainment value. But if I want to see something like that, I can watch something, where women have even less clothes. Those movies have same level of acting than this and less violence. There are better movies, If I want to see violence.
This is like exploitation movie without exploitation. Cheap movie with cheap effect. Bad acting, bad dialog and stupid story. Exploitation movies try to hide that, with showing something, you don’t see in normal movies. This movie doesn’t dare to show anything. This has slow motion scenes, where exploitation movies have exploitation. Best word to describe slow motion scenes is naughty.
When you have story with major twists, you give clues during movie. When people watch movie again knowing the twist, they can see the clues and that makes movie even better. Does this movie do that? No. There are nearly no clues of any plot twists before twist is revealed. When you watch this movie again, characters’ actions doesn’t make sense. You can see main plot twist from miles away, if you have seen one certain movie. There were some clues for that, but character’s actions don’t make any sense, when you know the truth.
I have to think something else for next year. Maybe something I actually like.
One year ago I started this blog. I had one movie blog before this, but it didn’t live past first few posts. This is first that got going. One reason is that Netflix finally came to Finland and now I have enough movies to write about. Before I only had my movie collection and rented movies. Before starting this, I started writing reviews to Netflix and IMDB. Then one of my colleagues told about her blog and I got idea to start blog, where I don’t have to worry about spoiling. I try not to spoil too much. Sometime I succeed in that. Sometimes I spoil too much without giving new point of view or anything else. Sometimes I just have to spoil the whole movie to make my point. I try to leave something unspoiled, if I can say what I wanted without telling everything.
One reason, why this blog is this way, is that I miss Finnish Babylon 5 community. There was Finnish Babylon 5 community containing message board and few web sites living on schedule Babylon 5 was shown in Finnish television. After episodes, they were analysed episodes and community members speculated, what will happen in future episodes. There was policy of not talking about episodes not yet shown in Finland. Episodes shown in Finland were totally spoiled in community. This community is one reason, why I think Babylon 5 is the best tv series ever. I have watched it few times without community and it is still works.
I try to balance analyzing and not spoiling too much. Obviously, I can’t go as much analyzing as Babylon 5 community did. Those using the sites and message board knew what the deal was. Someone coming to this blog is may want spoiler free material or at least doesn’t want to be totally spoiled. With Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, I got some of that Babylon 5 community feeling again. I could follow international discussions without spoiling. I won’t be able to see chirstmas special when it is aired first time. So that was only for that one time.
My HBO Nordic rants have been most popular posts of this blog. Last week I saw news, how it is getting only fraction of subscribers and daily users of that of Netflix or ViaPlay in Sweden. I assume situation is similar in Finland. I think we have same streaming services in Finland as they have in Sweden. HBO Nordic messed they launch and they still haven’t catched others. HBO Nordic have their advantage that they show their episodes same time all around the world, but that doesn’t seem to matter to customers. Or they gave so bad first impression that customers doesn’t want to give them second change.
I have more than enough to watch in Netflix and ViaPlay. I checked HBO Nordic site for this this post. Selection of movies is quite limited. Series selection is much better. But for me there were only few series that I want to watch and few that I may want to watch, if I gave them change. HBO Nordic feels like good additional streaming service, when you could do fine with only Netfilx or ViaPlay. From this perspective it is strange that HBO Nordic is most expencive of the three. I might give HBO Nordic change in future. If their movie selection doesn’t change much, one or two months could be enough to watch everything interesting and then you can cancel your subscription.
After HBO Nordic rants comes my Ninth Legion posts. For those posts I had to do some studies, because movies were based on real history. Roman army had ninth legion, that just disappeared from historical references. First it was there, then it wasn’t and there was never ninth legion again. Historians today don’t know what happened to them. I think my ninth legion posts get people, who are interested in history, rather than people, who are interested in movies. I didn’t start to do other movies based on history, because I am not into that kind of movies. I might do other similar posts, if I find correct movies. The 300 Spartans and 300 could be suitable movies. No promises yet. Those kind of post take more time than my regular posts, but they tend to get more hits too.
Some people celebrate number of posts or episodes. I chose to celebrate years for two reasons. This is blog that have regular schedule and I don’t want to count trailers as posts. This post is 188th post. This blog has gone past 100 posts even, if you take trailers out of that number. Counting years is easier and better in this situation.
I have no big plans for future. There will be themes. Even theme months, if I got enough material. Around christmas there will be few christmas themed movies. No other themes are planned at the moment. I try to do Star Trek episodes I promised some time in future. Now that I ended Doctor Who Thursdays, I may start Star Trek Thursdays. Before that I want to do some movies.
On my Green Lantern post, I told, how movie made me want to check the comics. I did check them. I started from first issue of New 52. New 52 is relaunch of every DC comics, that happened two years ago. Now I have read every Green Lantern comic of New 52. Until latest issue, those have been best DC material I have read excluding special releases like Dark Knight returns and Red Son. Latest issue is first one after Lights Out event and may suffer from start of new story lines. I bought the Spider-man comic, which have that Gwen Stacy story. I had to buy physical copy, because I couldn’t buy electronic version. When Amazing Spider-Man sequels come, I can check how faithful they are to original story.
I talked earlier how I wanted to watch Stargate. I got to half way of first season and then it started to feel like work. I didn’t like the politics of Stargate unit and rest of the army. The world of Stargate is interesting enough. I don’t want to watch, how people on earth argue, who will control the stargate. I may give it a second try and try to watch it on slower pace until it feels interesting again.
Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode was first tv program in years, I watched, when it was aired. Live sport programs excluded. I also recorded it and have seen it three times already. I still think it is best Doctor Who story. It had so much little presents for whovians, that it is amazing how good the story was. There were dozens of little things, like lines of dialog from older episodes, but it all worked in a way, it didn’t feel forced.
I think that was all for this post. Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you continue to enjoy it in future too.
Something special for one year anniversary. First post was about Bitch Slap. Next thursday movie will be revisited.
“Hello sweetie, spoilers…”
Wow! Just wow! This was made for Doctor Who fans. Others won’t understand, why this episode is so cool. In Doctor Who time is a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff. It doesn’t move linear from cause to effect. That is why all The Doctors could have made calculations for saving Gallifrey and never remember doing so. And that is why we whovians can like this episode, even when there are such a continuity errors in this episode. There was convenient memory loss explained, but to do the calculation, they had to know, what they were doing before the memory loss.
That could have been left out of the episode. It was there to give something for fans of classic Doctor Who. Three Doctors could have done that like they did with sonic screwdrivers earlier. Or it could have been four Doctors with 12th coming from the future. We did see few seconds of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. Another present for whovians. A little teaser of things to come, but not actually showing, what he will be looking like. There was rumour that Peter Capaldi would be in this episode. That turned out to be true.
Presents didn’t end there. There was rumor that one of the classic Doctors would appear. All of them were there in archive footage and in CGI. But most liked classic Doctor Who actor Tom Baker had role in this episode. Another wibbly wobbly timey wimey thing in big picture, but this was 50th anniversary episode and party full of presents for whovians, rather than episode which takes itself too seriously. It was serious, if you don’t count presents to whovians. I don’t want to rant about presents. They were cool and I can live with fact, that they didn’t make much sense in big picture. I think Tom Baker was coolest thing in the episode. He was longest running Doctor and most popular one with David Tennant. There were presents too numerous to mention in this post. And it was cool.
I feared, I couldn’t enjoy this episode fullest, because I haven’t seen last season and this would be filled with action. Latter fear was because of trailers. Neither thing happened. This episode didn’t require knowledge of last season and I think, you could enjoy this without knowing Doctor Who. You would miss all the stuff I told earlier, but you could enjoy the episode. Action was at regular Doctor Who level and mood didn’t went too dark even during time war scenes.
Episode happened during the last day of Time War. The day when Doctor destroyed both Daleks and Time lords. Doctor is starting ultimate weapon, when interface of weapon shows, what are the consequences of his actions. He will meet tenth and eleventh Doctor. This meeting and their adventure together doesn’t change mind of Doctor. But it makes tenth and eleventh Doctor to realize, Doctor didn’t have any other change. Tenth and eleventh Doctor came to share the burden of Doctor and press the button.
Clara talks eleventh Doctor out of it. Eleventh has had longest time to think about this and he has idea, how they could save the Gallifrey and time lords, if they change time. They will freeze Gallifrey in time and that would make Daleks firing each others when they try to destroy it. Doctors have made calculations to freeze Gallifrey from first Doctor to 12th Doctor. When 12th Doctor comes, their plan succeed. I think, it will be 12th Doctor, who saved the Gallifrey since he had latest calculations. I think, all this will be explained during 12th Doctor’s run. There is only christmas special left for 11th Doctors run. So all this was set up for 12th Doctors run. As christmas special will probably be too.
This episode changed the playing field. Since relaunch, Time War and Doctor killing Daleks and Time Lords, was defining factor of Doctor’s run. Time War is still there, but now it has ended differently. What happened to time lock and how things have changed because ending is different now? How many Daleks survive and what they do now? This builded hype for christmas special and 12th Doctor’s run. I am again excited about Doctor Who. That wasn’t always the case during eleventh Doctor’s run.
There was no Captain Jack Harkness, ninth Doctor or Timothy Dalton.There were rumors of Captain Jack being there, but we only got mention of him and saw one of his devices. It was informed earlier that ninth Doctor wouldn’t be there. He would have fitted the story, but he would have changed the dynamics. As Captain Jack would have done. Tennant and Smith had great dynamics. This was best performance from Matt Smith I have seen. I waited Timothy Dalton, because he was leading Time Lords during the Time War. He was in one special episode, where Time Lords tried to break free from time lock.
This is now my favourite Doctor Who story. It is worthy of 50th anniversary episode. I have to find analyzes of this episodes. I want to know, why one character had fourth Doctor’s scarf. Is the actress related to Tom Baker? Episode had so much presents for whovians that I definitely have missed some of them.
Spoiler warning is stolen from Geeks of Doom. It was so clever, I had to use it myself too.
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