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An Honest Liar (2014)

Review An Honest Liar

The world is filled with miracles and impressive powers. At least that’s what a lot of people try to convince you of. James “The Amazing” Randi, who started his career as a magician (and did many Houdini tricks), decided to focus on proving that people who bend spoons, faith healers and others dealing with supernatural forces are all scamming people. He doesn’t believe in the paranormal and wants to tell this to everyone willing to listen. Continue reading

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

Review Exodus: Gods and Kings

According to some people Ridley Scott has lost the magic he once had. The director who made his name with movies like Alien, Blade Runner and also created Gladiator would not be able to make movies with the same quality anymore. For many Prometheus wasn’t the return to the Alien univers they wanted and The Counselor was basically destroyed by the critics. Exodus: Gods and Kings is Scott’s latest movie and is the second bible story in a short time to receive the movie treatment after Noah. Exodus is about the story of Moses. Continue reading

The Monday Question: Favorite sequel!

The Monday Question

Each year it seems like a million new sequels are getting made. The reasoning behind making them is solid: You’ve had success with a film and want to recapture it in order to make more money with it. Unfortunately that often means something which simply doesn’t live up to what came before. However there are movies where the sequel is just as good or even is better than the original movie. This week’s question:

What is your favorite sequel?

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Review Jupiter Ascending

The Wachowskis don’t seem to want to make “safe” movies. The want to think big, bring different concepts and spectacle to the screen. That sometimes leads to movies which are widely loved like The Matrix (where reality wasn’t what it seemed to be), but also movies which divide audiences, like Cloud Atlas (a story told across centuries).

With Jupiter Ascending they show that daring attitude again. By taking a story which would also work as a costume drama, spectacular action as you’d expect from them, costumes which wouldn’t look bad in a Tarsem Singh movie and a sauce of science fiction, they have created a movie which is meant to be seen on the big screen. Continue reading

The Better Film: Star Wars vs. The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars vs Empire

It’s been a while since the last installment of this series, but it’s time for a new installment. A reminder of what the idea is about “The Better Film”:

There always discussions between people when comparing two (very good) movies, which usually comes down to one question:
If you have to pick only one, which is the better film?

My goal is to have that discussion in the comments and see which of the two gets the most support, thus being the better film of the two. This does not mean the other one is bad, it is just to see which one is the preferred choice.

Many won’t even have to think about this one as many will find the sequel the better one, but recently listening to the Canon podcast some valid arguments were made why it is actually the original that is the one you should pick as it sets up a whole universe, has a lot of things happen to its main characters and has a clear ending. Although I’m not as big a fan of these series as many others are, I always preferred the original film, but what about you?

If you have to pick only one, which is the better film?

Predestination (2014)

Review Predestination

Time is something we experience as something which just flow over us, a one-way stream we can’t influence ata ll. We can move in space freely, but it is impossible to step back 10 minutes. Of course literature and movies have invented the time machine for that, which allows for various adventures. Often changes made in the past change the future resulting in a new timeline.

But what if that isn’t the case? What if everything we experience can’t be influenced at all? A world in which everything, including our choices and movements (including those by using a time machine) are all set in stone? Free will would not exist and our lives would be like a movie which you can start endlessly, always playing the same way. A question like “who was first: the chicken or the egg?” irrelevant. They just are at a specific moment in time and don’t need explaining. Predestination uses this concept for a very fascinating film. Continue reading