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.
I have been putting thought into doing more in terms of Science Fiction lately. More than anything, I’ve been thinking about doing more with my idea of Science Fiction Today. The idea being, take today’s problems, consider them in a Science Fiction setting, and consider whether we can be working on a solution to a problem in that way. I explained it all in more detail on Comparative Geeks.
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!
Posted in Movies
Tagged Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky, Dune, Hollywood Fatigue, Interstellar, Luc Besson, Lucy, Movies, Noah, Philosophy, Science Fiction, Throwback Thursday
I have finished reading The Incal! This graphic novel was a fascinating look into the heart of inspiration. I wrote a first impressions post about this comic. And my inspiration for reading it was the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. So with all of this thought I’ve put into it already… what more do I have to say?
I think the right approach is probably just a plain old review, going through the story a bit, and looking at it. One of the things I was really expecting was to see the echoes of a lot of other stories, hidden in its pages. However, as this series is about as old as I am, I think the end result is that it felt familiar, but did not point to anything in particular. I think this is partially because it – like Jodorowsky’s failed Dune – has been permeating any number of science fiction stories I have encountered in my life!
However, the two that I was most expecting to see – Dune itself, and The Fifth Element, which got into trouble (nearly) for being close to The Incal – I saw a whole bunch in the pages of The Incal. So I’ll go through these movements, explore a bit of my surprise at the ending… but first, let me take a minute with the story’s main character, John DiFool. Spoilers abound for the hard-to-find, expensive-to-buy, The Incal!
Posted in Comics, Science Fiction
Tagged Dune, Everyman, Fifth Element, Jean Moebius Giraud, Jodorowsky, Jodorowsky's Dune, John DiFool, Just Like Dune, Lucy, Recommendations, Review, The Incal
Yesterday Holly gave a spoiler-free review of the movie Lucy, by Luc Besson and starring Scarlett Johansson. In the tradition of our Comparative Opinions posts, I thought I would give a different perspective: a post with far more spoilers!
Before I get into spoilers, though, my thought is that Lucy was a few things. It was an artistic film, which Holly compared to The Fountain. It was a science fiction film, rather than an action film. And as a philosophical film, it felt very French.
We linked to the SourceFed Nerd review of the film, and I want to include it here now. They spent 16 minutes talking about this movie, way longer than usual. I think on one hand, it shows that they were paying attention – they point out a lot of the contentious elements of the film, a lot of the reason why it has a mixed response from audiences and reviewers. I think on another hand, it shows that the film got people thinking, and talking about it, and that seems deliberate. And finally, I think it shows, like Holly discussed yesterday, that the marketing for this movie completely failed. It did not set the right expectations for what the film would be or be about.
So these are the topics I want to talk about – spoilers to follow!
Posted in Comparative Opinions, Movies, Science Fiction
Tagged Dune, Fifth Element, Jodorowsky's Dune, Just Like Dune, Luc Besson, Lucy, Scarlett Johansson, Sourcefed Nerd, Storytelling, Superheroes, The Brain, The Incal
David and I went and saw Lucy this weekend and we were extremely excited to see it. After seeing some of the reviews and looking on Rotten Tomatoes I became slightly worried, but we were committed to seeing it. Personally I was not disappointed, but it was not quite the movie that was advertised in the previews.
The previews brought us a pseudo-science explanation for some gaining super powers to then begin an action movie. The movie that I felt that I saw was much more a discussion of what it means to be human. Now I have seen some of the big arguments about the pseudo-science around the brain capacity, but I wonder if they did not know how to talk about the ideas that they had? I mean why do some people have photographic memories? Just because our brain is using all of its parts does not mean we have access to them.
I tried to avoid spoilers, so if you are on the fence about seeing this movie then read on, maybe you will see something that you like!
Posted in Comparative Opinions, Movies, Science Fiction, Science!
Tagged action movie, Humanity, Luc Besson, Lucy, Recommendations, Review, Superheroes, The Brain
So we generally reserve our character studies – like we’ve been doing for the A to Z Challenge – for looking at established characters. However, my original plan for today was to cover Lightning from Lightning Returns – a topic we’ve written about a lot. And I’ve talked a lot about video game characters lately too. So instead I thought I would do a speculative piece about a character – and why I find this character interesting before ever seeing the movie.
That character is Lucy, of the new eponymous film Lucy by Luc Besson. Lucy is going to be played by Scarlett Johansson. So, I am fascinated by this film based on both of these factors. Haven’t heard about Lucy yet? The trailer just came out, so check it out!
Posted in Character Studies, Comics, Movies
Tagged A to Z Challenge, Avengers, Black Widow, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, DC, Fifth Element, Kick Ass Females, Luc Besson, Lucy, Scarlett Johansson, Strong Female Characters, Wonder Woman