I have decided to expand film study to include movies I’ve seen at the cinema and DVDs, (ones I haven’t seen before obviously) otherwise I’m going to end up with a bunch of disjointed blogs with the same theme and while I am generally surrounded by a flurry of chaos… the idea of my blog being disorganised bothers me almost as much as post-it notes that are out of line… so here goes:
When a massive alien ship comes to rest over Johannesburg, of all places, everyone is surprised and the world looks on waiting to see how the South African government will respond. Twenty years on, the insect-like aliens (nicknamed “Prawns”) live in slum-like conditions in a militarised refugee camp facing more and more animosity from the humans that initially welcomed them. When Wikus (Sharlto Copley), the operative in charge of a relocation plan is exposed to alien DNA, he starts to become one of them, in the process discovering his own inner-humanity. While there is a lot of talk about this being an apartheid-metaphor, as a South African it seems far more in tune with the massive illegal immigrant issue faced by modern South Africa. Although, the “skop, skiet en donder” (South African slang that basically translates as “kick, shoot and fight”) element of the film became a bit much for me in the final third and the plot has some gaps, this is a very intelligent sci-fi film and definitely worth checking out.
Well it’s Futurama so who knows what the hell is going on. Something about Scammers who are like the spam emailers of the universe take over and use their powers to travel back in time and steal the treasure from around the galaxy. Of course the Planet Express Crew tries to save the world. Leela falls in love, Fry becomes a Narwhale trainer, Bender tricks everyone and Hermes gets his head stuck on backwards. Really Futurama is better in 30 minute bursts…
When Zia (Patrick Fugit, remember him from Almost Famous), kills himself he is less than thrilled to find that he’s stuck in an afterlife filled with other suicide victims, that is just like this life only a little worse. When he finds out that his ex-girlfriend, Desiree (Leslie Bibb), has also killed herself, he sets off on a road trip to find her, taking along his Russian musician friend, Eugene (Shea Whigham playing Eugene Hütz, no joke) and a hitchhiker called Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon) who is looking for the People In Charge because she believes she’s been brought there by mistake. This film is completely surreal… and also fabulous.
I hate romantic comedies with an unholy passion but this is one of the best films I have ever seen. It follows the story of Tom (Joseph Gordon Levitt, remember him from 3rd Rock From The Sun and 10 Things I Hate About You) as he meets, falls in love with, is dumped by and ultimately gets over Summer (Zooey Deschanel). The joy in this film is not in the storyline though but in the absolute relatability of the characters and the fact that it’s both laugh out loud funny and really poignant. MUST-see… if not only because Joseph Gordon Levitt is the most adorable boy in the universe.
This bleak black and white biopic tells the story of troubled Joy Division vocalist, Ian Curtis (Sam Riley) and his struggle to cope with being torn between his love for his wife, Debbie (Samantha Morton) and his girlfriend Annik (Alexandra Maria Lara), impending stardom and severe epilepsy before his ultimate suicide at 23. Riley’s portrayal of the softly-spoken, damaged Curtis is harrowingly beautiful and if this doesn’t make you want to sit in a dark room and listen to Joy Division, then you’re missing out.