This week on Comparative Opinions we’ll be talking about “Hollywood Fatigue”… more on that on the podcast! But thinking through movies, and Hollywood, and originality, I was reminded of this post I ran on my now mostly defunct personal blog. And about how there were some great movies I was incredibly excited about and excited by just a couple of years ago, and that’s without including several other excellent movies that year! I still think 2014 was a remarkable year for movies, and it wasn’t that long ago so things aren’t long gone from that. But without further ado, my contenders for the Science Fiction Film Trifecta of 2014.
This whole line of thought is where I started blogging from. My initial question on my Tumblr was, what would it be like for our presidential candidates (and other politicians) to present their beliefs in a Science Fictional sort of way – to say what they think the future would really look like if we followed their beliefs and plans into the future. I was contemplating writing it myself, but everything I thought of seemed like a Dystopia…
So this brings me around to the title. And some of my thinking is, maybe Science Fiction is doing alright on its own. Maybe it doesn’t need me championing the way it considers and explains the world. Maybe the big ideas I think are important are being shared with the public on a broader scale. My thoughts for this are based on three movies this year, each very different from each other, and all from big-name directors presenting big ideas. So read on for some of my thoughts on Noah, Lucy, and Interstellar!
One of the things I was most excited for this year was Interstellar, the new movie from Christopher Nolan that’s been taking theaters – particularly IMAX ones – by storm. It’s not in theaters much longer if it still is, I imagine, so I’m writing about it a bit late to talk you into going to see it. Probably if you were going to see it in theaters, you have.
We only had so much time after this came out and before we went to Australia, so we decided to see Interstellar when we were there, after checking to make sure it was opening there. There and all over! And, clocking in close to three hours, we decided to do it in style. So while going to the largest IMAX in the southern hemisphere might have been cool, we instead tried out what in Australia has come to be called Gold Class: dinner and a movie. In style!
So I’ll talk a bit about our experience in Gold Class, and then about some of the things I loved in Interstellar. Because if I was just writing a post about how awesome Interstellar was, it would be really short. Like, I could do it here. Interstellar was awesome. It lived up to and exceeded all my expectations. It’s a masterful piece of Science Fiction. If I had to give it a place in film history, it would be as the film that was better than and replaced 2001: A Space Odyssey in our collective understanding. Done!
In honor of Interstellar coming out today, we thought we would ask you about the writer and director – Christopher Nolan! He has become one of those names really known for making a film that you can tell is his, that makes you think and talk about it and love it. So how do you pick just one?
With a brand new year of things coming up, we’re showcasing a few of the things we’re excited for. Here are some of the things I’m excited for; you’ll get Holly’s list in a few days.
You’ll probably recognize some of the things I’m excited for based on my other posts, so I’ll try to mix things up a bit as well. I’m also realizing a lot of it is movies, because they do the best job of advance notice and choosing a release date. On the other hand, a lot of the video games on the horizon are vague promises of a game, and a statement of which console they would be on – no release date.
But hey, movies have trailers, so I’ll include these, too! Join me in my excitement for the things coming up this coming year!
You know, there was a lot of talk about the fact that Man of Steel was produced by Christopher Nolan, not directed by Christopher Nolan. I wonder how, in all this talk, I missed the fact that Christopher Nolan wrote Man of Steel.
And you know, I often talk about Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan in comparison – especially Sucker Punch in comparison to Inception. So really, getting the two of them to work together on a project could only be good, right?
The first three covers from Superman: Birthright.
So I read Superman: Birthright in preparation for Man of Steel, because as I mentioned recently, I don’t have a lot of background with Superman. And, as a LitFlix – an exploration of the comic versus the movie. I can recommend both Man of Steel and Superman: Birthright – but do they tell the same story of Superman’s early days? Read on! Continue reading →