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
The movie Noah was much better than I thought it would be. I also feel like I have liked it more – and for different reasons – than other people. My goal with this post is to say why I thought this was one of the best movies I have ever seen.
Holly did her LitFlix on this movie already, so she’s talked about some of the differences between the movie and the source material already, and some of the controversy. People at either extreme of the debates this movie tackled had trouble with it. People tied to a literal interpretation of the Bible had trouble with it. People who are pure science had trouble as well, feeling that the whole film was a waste of time.
There’s also the fact that it took a somewhat fantastical approach, but given the director, Darren Aronofsky, and some of his other work – like, say, The Fountain – how could you not expect this? This is a director who makes films that make you think, that aren’t obvious, and that is why I think that our Science Fiction and Religion category applies.
So when you get past all of these extremes, you have the movie I watched. And it had a point and a purpose.
Posted in Movies, Science Fiction and Religion, Science!
Tagged Big Bang, Creation, Creator, Darren Aronofsky, Evolution, Genesis, Intelligent Design, Noah, Noah and the Ark, Oral Tradition, Storytelling, The Bible, The Fountain
David and I went and saw Noah at the end of March, but then we got in to the A to Z Challenge and just did not find the time to get my ltflix written. So now that the challenge is over I am trying to play a little bit of catch up. In doing the litflix I want to focus on the story of Noah as a story and not get in to a religious discussion. In the end even if without any actual belief there is a story that is told with Noah. Even without the religious elements there is a lot of difference between what they showed in the movie and what story is told in the Bible. A lot of the changes seemed to be added for dramatic effect and some definitely seems to be influenced by someone’s interpretation of the story.
There are only a couple of points that I really want to discuss. One thing is that in the Noah story in the Bible when they talk about Noah and his family getting on the ark, the kids are already grown and married. The other part is how dark they decided to take the movie when there is not even an implication of some of those pieces. (Spoilers for the Noah movie after the jump). Continue reading
Last year was big for movies based on books. We had Warm Bodies, Beautiful Creatures, Mortal Instruments, Catching Fire, The Hobbit, and more. It has been a fun journey seeing how studios have chosen to interpret the books in to the movies and see where they hit or missed the mark. So now it is a new year and there are new Litflix coming out. So here is the list of all the books turned movies that I am going to be examining over the next year.
There is definitely something to be said for reading the book before seeing the movie. I will admit it might taint the experience a little bit, but I still find the practice fascinating. Sometimes when you are too familiar with the story you can be distracted from the story being told. At the same time if the book is good then it can be difficult to watch a movie that seems to totally veer away from the story that was told. So we will see what this new batch of Litflix brings and feel free to join in. (This is not a complete list, but there are only so many books I can read and movies that I can watch in a year.) Continue reading
Posted in Books, LitFlix, Movies, Trailer Watch
Tagged books as movies, Divergent, Edge of Tomorrow, Gone Girl, Litflix, Mockingjay, Noah, The Fault in Our Stars, The Giver, The Hobbit, The Maze Runner, Vampire Academy