Neo Japan 2202

Concept artist Johnson Ting has created a super cool look for a dystopian Japan. Apparently he’s aiming to make Neo Japan first into a book and then into a video game (YES PLEASE)!

Here’s a bit of a back story: “In the year 2200, corruption in the world has reached its peak, even police officers are involved in terrorist attacks. In Japan, Neorai Industries has successfully launched its Neo Keisatsu joint project with the government, and replaced all existing human officers into A.I powered mechas. Mass riots appeared throughout Japan by ex-officers and worried citizens, but the riots were contained efficiently and almost immediately with the merciless Neo Keisatsus. They soon proved that mechas are indeed better in handling tasks and duties than human beings, as crime rate lowers and corruption seems to fade out from Japan, they reannounced “Japan” to “Neo Japan” in the year 2202. Many still doubts the Neo Keisatsu project till this day, as machines are still machines, it can still be controlled and if fallen into the wrong hands, the outcome would be unimaginable. ”

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Boyhood

With all the buzz surrounding Boyhood I felt like I had to see it mainly because of that. Until, a friend of mine asked what it is that makes the film so good? I realized that the best (and maybe only) point I could make was that it was shot over the course of 12 years recording the growth (both physical and mental) of one family and especially the son Mason (Ellar Coltrane).

I’m glad the hype was justified. Directed by Richard Linklater, this unique film is a beautiful drama centring on a boy’s life from his childhood to the first steps of adulthood. The years, all 12 of them, switch from one to another smoothly in process casting some childhood nostalgia on the early 2000s. The best way I can describe the film is that it gives you that feeling when you just have a small, content smile on your face whether for the childhood memories, the family love, the humour, or something else. That is not to say that Mason’s life is without hardships though. On the contrary, there’s the divorce, the missing for a father, the drunk step-fathers, constant moving and leaving friends behind, being the ‘artsy’ kid and all the struggles of coming-of-age. What works though is the fact that the accounts feel real, somehow truthful to life, realistic – a goal the director must’ve had in mind otherwise why go through the trouble of working on the project for so many years, right?

This is definitely a unique and authentic example of great cinema that won’t be forgotten any time soon. And so, it’s definitely a must-see!

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.

FESTIVAL DE CANNES ’14 vol. II

I hope you can appreciate the fact that I resisted the strong urge of making this a gallery dominated by Cate Blanchett, specifically her flawless fashion sense. I mean look at that gorgeous shirt (Delpozo Fall ’14 RTW) she’s wearing in the Photo Call! Enjoy this hefty batch of pretty outfits.