classic movies – 22blog.com https://22blog.com The past programmed the future, the present makes it so. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:21:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Assessing The Thin Red Line https://22blog.com/assessing-the-thin-red-line/ https://22blog.com/assessing-the-thin-red-line/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 18:53:25 +0000 https://22blog.com/?p=17

War and the pity of war is a hefty, Homeric subject and Malick handles it superbly. As an action director, with an eye to the epic view, he has a marvellous modulation of suspense and space. He captures the nerve-racking fatigue of war as well as the breakneck fast-forward. There is also, complicatingly, the opposite pull of what nature can mean when it is anatomised in this paradisal Pacific context: the gorgeous range of colour in the plumage of a parrot (vibrant like the eye of childhood discovered all over again), the skitter of bats, the cuteness of tree kangaroos. All of this is shot radiantly, like a reproach to the very idea of action. Malick’s cinematographer John Toll is a master.

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War and the pity of war is a hefty, Homeric subject and Malick handles it superbly. As an action director, with an eye to the epic view, he has a marvellous modulation of suspense and space. He captures the nerve-racking fatigue of war as well as the breakneck fast-forward. There is also, complicatingly, the opposite pull of what nature can mean when it is anatomised in this paradisal Pacific context: the gorgeous range of colour in the plumage of a parrot (vibrant like the eye of childhood discovered all over again), the skitter of bats, the cuteness of tree kangaroos. All of this is shot radiantly, like a reproach to the very idea of action. Malick’s cinematographer John Toll is a master.

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Matrix And eXistenZ: Related?? https://22blog.com/matrix-and-existenz-related/ https://22blog.com/matrix-and-existenz-related/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:44:01 +0000 https://22blog.com/?p=12

The Matrix, which explores the idea that our reality is simply a shrewdly manipulated computer program, was 1999’s biggest film prior to May 19 – The Phantom Menace launch day – yet its dank sensibility (not to mention its dread of computers) in some ways represents an anti-Lucasian voice. (It’s not a lone voice, either; also released in May was The Thirteenth Floor, based on Daniel Galouye’s sci-fi opus Simulacron 3, which finds disaffected present-day scientists escaping into a digitally idealized vision of 1937 L.A.)

existenzerBut The Matrix, for all its dire imaginings, finally succeeds thanks to its kinetic computer-enhanced fight sequences. It also gives the perverse impression that living obliviously in a virtual environment is not so bad, especially when

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The Matrix, which explores the idea that our reality is simply a shrewdly manipulated computer program, was 1999’s biggest film prior to May 19 – The Phantom Menace launch day – yet its dank sensibility (not to mention its dread of computers) in some ways represents an anti-Lucasian voice. (It’s not a lone voice, either; also released in May was The Thirteenth Floor, based on Daniel Galouye’s sci-fi opus Simulacron 3, which finds disaffected present-day scientists escaping into a digitally idealized vision of 1937 L.A.)

existenzerBut The Matrix, for all its dire imaginings, finally succeeds thanks to its kinetic computer-enhanced fight sequences. It also gives the perverse impression that living obliviously in a virtual environment is not so bad, especially when

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Wing Commander Looked Really Good https://22blog.com/wing-commander-looked-really-good/ https://22blog.com/wing-commander-looked-really-good/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:28:26 +0000 https://22blog.com/?p=6

When you talk about Wing Commander, the movie created and directed by Chris Roberts, you have to talk about the fact that it’s based on the characters and themes from the top-selling games of the same name. The $27 million film, set in the year 2564, documents the exploits of a young pilot (played by Freddie Prinze Jr.) fresh from the Academy who joins the Confederate forces to quash an alien attack from the invading Kilrathians, a cat-like species who have captured a computer navigation device that will enable them to attack and destroy Earth. But the sci-fi flick is infused with many 1940s military references and style, making it, according to Roberts, “a hard-core war movie set in space in

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When you talk about Wing Commander, the movie created and directed by Chris Roberts, you have to talk about the fact that it’s based on the characters and themes from the top-selling games of the same name. The $27 million film, set in the year 2564, documents the exploits of a young pilot (played by Freddie Prinze Jr.) fresh from the Academy who joins the Confederate forces to quash an alien attack from the invading Kilrathians, a cat-like species who have captured a computer navigation device that will enable them to attack and destroy Earth. But the sci-fi flick is infused with many 1940s military references and style, making it, according to Roberts, “a hard-core war movie set in space in

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