The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Disney continues on its quest for world domination… Successfully I might add…

On Thursday I went to The Avengers marathon and the next day I woke up with some form of Avengers depression because I realized there are no superheroes or superpowers in this world, I felt sad and dissapointed promising myself to cosplay the Winter Soldier one day.

On the bright side, the marathon was amazing (this marathon, I like it, another!) as well as the newest entry into the franchise. Although, I think I still haven’t seen my personal favourite Avengers film (my current Marvel top 2 consisting of Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Age of Ultron was great – don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise!

I’m not a Marvel connoisseur so I cannot go into the details of how some character talks and all that stuff. All I know is that I enjoyed myself watching the 3D version on a big screen in Dolby Atmos. Now I’m going to sit back and wait for Ant-Man. Really?

I wonder for how long can something like Marvel’s Cinematic Universe keep on going?
 

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Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Based on a manga series, this animated film looks really, really good! Directed by Shinji Aramaki.

Controller by Saman Kesh

While in despair over my final short film project which I believe I shall fail, I sought solace in successful and beautifully executed short films and found this sci-fi beauty by Saman Kesh, who by the way has directed bunch of awesome music videos which are worth checking out!

The Guest

As the film world is gearing up towards the end of the summer, September seems to be full of intriguing thriller releases here in the UK. One of them comes from the makers of the wonderful and brutal You’re Next.

The Guest, starring the ever-so-charismatic Dan Stevens, looks cold, mysterious and promising. A soldier makes his way into the Peterson family by claiming to have been a friend of their son who died while serving in Afghanistan. Yet, a string of what appear to be accidental deaths seems to follow David raising suspicions about who he really is.

The Purge: Anarchy

I must admit the first film, The Purge, didn’t do too much for me. I though the whole idea of ‘purging’ was stupid and then from the very beginning there was no doubt who would turn out to be the hero. But I gotta give it to the sequel for stepping it up.

The Purge: Anarchy is larger in scale although at its core it is still about a very personal conflict – the need for revenge after being wronged. Don’t worry though; it’s all done according to the Hollywood formula where the protagonist grows into a better, stronger, forgiving person. That aside though, there’s plenty of violence, blood-shed and, as usual, the 1% doing whatever fucked up things they please to do.

I do have some issues with some of the secondary storylines. For example the masked gang that is presented in the beginning is intriguing yet the story doesn’t really go anywhere but instead dies of once their leader gets his money. The second storyline that bothers me is about the anti-Purge resistance group which does a lot of talking against the Purge but yet again it doesn’t develop anywhere beyond a bloodshed at the end. Again the expectations are raised a bit too high especially with Cali (Zoë Soul) constantly talking about the group with such praise. I am suspecting that the resistance-group angle might be developed in the further franchise entries though.

Overall the film is good, mindless, violent entertainment. I’m almost a bit surprised how Hollywood is allowing for this kind of a critique of the American government, however, I am not complaining!

364 days until the next annual Purge…

Hundraåringen Som Klev Ut Genom Fönstret Och Försvann

The 100-year-old explosives expert Allan (Robert Gustafsson) escapes from a retirement home on his birthday only to acquire a suitcase containing 50 million Swedish kronor setting him on a journey involving a biker gang ‘Never Again’, the elephant Sonya, a nose-hair-picking cop, a gangster residing in Bali, a lot of drinking and a lot of explosions.

Adapted from the bestselling novel (which I haven’t read) the film is well-entertaining. Set in the calm landscapes of the pretty Sweden, while running away Allan keeps recounting his experiences with Franco, Stalin, Oppenheimer, Eisenstein’s idiot brother and Raegan. Basically, this man has influenced the course of the history in some pretty major and historical ways yet he rarely seems to acknowledge it. Instead he, and the film, effortlessly make their way to whatever destination they set their mind on. Light in tone with well-balanced Scandinavian humour, Felix Herngren’s adaptation is overall a perfect summer dip.

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Colourful, beautiful landscapes, at times a bit too slow but mostly an enjoyable feast, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s latest really centres on the idea of a family overcome by a trauma that is never spoken of. The story is that of Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet, a little genius who invents the perpetual motion machine and is thus invited to the Smithsonian Institute to receive the prestigious Baird Award.

At times the film seems to dwell a bit too long on moments of sadness but it comes out of those well with Spivet’s (Kyle Catlett) precociousness. The miniature boy Spivet, born into a family of a cowboy and an entomologist, is the film’s carrying force (to me, at least) by keeping the whole thing rolling – a talent to keep an eye on. For me, this isn’t Jeunet’s best attempt but it works. There’s something really calming about the idyll of the prairie surrounded by mountains.

Mistaken For Strangers

I got a great chance to see this touching, funny and beautiful documentary about The National.

The trailer makes the film seem quite goofy but it actually turns out to be touching and honest above all. It’s first an intimate account about Matt’s and Tom’s relationship and second a documentary about The National. Whether you’re a fan or not, this is a worthwhile watch because it somehow manages to connect with you in a really humane way.

The Congress

An amazing looking film that evokes the feelings and potential of dreams and the state of dreaming (in my opinion) but more realistically probably a bigger comment on the use of CGI and our viewing experience.

Google: “In his novel The Futurological Congress, the great science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem foresaw a worldwide chemical dictatorship run by the leading pharmaceutical companies. Written in the late 1960s, the book depicted drug manufacturers’ complete control of our entire range of emotions, from love and longings, to jealousy and deadly fear.

The film adaptation of his novel introduces the current cinematic technologies of 3-D and motion capture, which threaten to eradicate the cinema we grew up on.  This film takes 3-D computer images one step further, developing them into a chemical formula that every customer may consume through prescription pills, thereby compiling in their minds the movies they have always wanted to see, staging their fantasies, and casting the actors they adore.

In this world, these beloved creatures of stage and cinema become futile relics, lacking in content, remembered by no one. Where, then, do these actors go after selling their souls and identities to the studio devil?”