“The Revenant” Review

revenant-leo

The Revenant (2015)

“He would crawl until his body could support a crutch. If he only made three miles a day, so be it. Better to have those three miles behind him than ahead.” (Michael Punke, “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge”)

In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film “The Revenant”, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, an American frontiersman involved in an expedition to American wilderness in the year 1823. After a bear attack leaves Glass seriously injured, one of his companions decides to betray him, and among other horrific actions, leaves him behind. What follows is Glass’s unforgettable journey back to the outpost, to find the man who not only left him for dead, but also robbed him of the one dearest to him.

Read more of this post

Alan Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016)

British actor Alan Rickman

21 Feb 1992 — British actor Alan Rickman — Image by © Didier OlivrÈ/Corbis

“If you want to know who I am, it is all in the work.”

“I don’t play villains, I play very interesting people.”

“When I’m 80 years old, I’ll be reading Harry Potter. And my family will say to me, “After all this time?” And I will say, “Always”. (Alan Rickman)

My first introduction to Alan Rickman was through seeing “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” (1991) at a young age on a VHS. Rickman was the perfect villain there, impersonating Sheriff George of Nottingham with such passion, zeal and enthusiasm, he becomes a truly feared man, and I do not think that impersonation would ever leave me, so powerful it was. Then, of course, we also have Rickman’s “great villains” in “Die Hard” (1988) and “Quigley Down Under” (1990). I have always admired people playing villains. Unlike action-heroes or “goodies”, villains in films are people whom no one likes, but they are very important as without them, there will not be any praises for the glorious heroes. It also takes real acting skills to play a villain, and Alan Rickman could do so not just superbly and convincingly, but with that originality in his presentation that would be simply enviable.

Read more of this post

Academy Awards Nominations 2016: Some Thoughts

NEfCrDgvlhRHin_2_b

Best picture

  1. The Big Short 
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. Brooklyn 
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. The Martian
  6. The Revenant
  7. Room 
  8. Spotlight 

It seems it’s all about “action and impact” with this 2016 Best Picture Academy Awards. I am rooting for “Spotlight”, but am glad that “Room” was nominated.  In my personal view, the “The Revenant” has its fair share of flaws, but who knows…We don’t see here “Carol” or “Steve Jobs”, surprise, surprise, and what about “Inside Out”?…this will be interesting, nevertheless. 

Read more of this post

20 Must-See Dystopian/Futuristic Films

blade-runner-city-image-astranovascifi-astra-nova-scifi-science-fiction-film-tv-book-nerd-blog

What life could be in the future? In no particular order.

1. A Clockwork Orange (1975)

2. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

3. Ex-Machina (2015)

4. Never Let Me Go (2010)

5. The Fifth Element (1997)

6. Children of Men (2006) 

Read more of this post

“Concussion” Mini-Review

1441330547_concussion-upcoming-american-sports-drama-film-directed-written-by-peter-landesman-movie-based

Concussion (2015)

In “Concussion” Will Smith plays a Nigerian forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, who comes to the US for work, but awhile after becomes the centre of media attention and the big companies’ pursuit when he makes the first discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. The disease is a football-related brain trauma that is characterized by dizziness, headaches, memory loss and depression, among other symptoms. Far from being acknowledged and praised for his discovery, Dr. Omalu soon sets on a dangerous path fighting for truth and justice for CTE victims as the grand American football establishment tries to put a stop to Dr. Omalu’s experimentations.

Read more of this post

4DX: The Future of Cinema or a Pointless Gimmick?

phphaf67c

So, South Korea-developed 4DX cinemas are rapidly taking over the world, reaching Africa already: 

“South Africans will be able to watch the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Africa’a first 4DX cinema. The seventh instalment of the hugely popular franchise will be the opening title at Nu Metro at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront 4DX creator ACJ 4DPLEX partnered with Nu Metro Cinemas this year to bring the ground-breaking 4D cinema technology for feature films to South Africa. 4DX uses vibration, motion, water, wind, lightning, scents, and more to provide a truly immersive experience, and is available in [215 auditoriums in 35 countries]. The company aims to reach 300 auditoriums by the first half of 2016.”

Source: http://sbeta.iol.co.za/tonight/movies/star-wars-hits-africa-s-first-4dx-cinema-1960742  [15/12/2015] [Accessed 28/12/2015]

Increased popularity of these cinemas cannot be overstated – this November 4DX representatives said that “4DX immersive cinematic experience has reached its own record with 10M moviegoers and $150M at worldwide turnstiles across the first 10 months of 2015.”

Source: http://deadline.com/2015/11/4dx-worldwide-box-office-record-immersive-technology-cj4dplex-1201615135/ [09/11/2015] [Accessed 28/12/2015]

I am surprised how popular 4DX cinemas are becoming, considering their ordinary screens (come on, they are smaller than IMAX), and sometimes unpleasant and annoying effects. The fact is also they can only cater for certain types of movies, such as action-based sequences. Whether they are truly THE future of cinematic experience remains to be seen, but my guess is that the cinemas of the future will definitely involve some kind of VR (virtual reality) experience, see dated, but interesting article here.

The Spanish Christmas Lottery Advert

dbmoviesblog

passionate about cinema

Cinema Parrot Disco

Musings on Mainly Movies from a Table 9 Mutant

MDellert-Dot-Com

Adventures in Indie Publishing

The Best Picture Project

Reviewing all Oscar nominees (not just the winners) in one year.

The Soul of the Plot

Reviewing films classic and contemporary since 2012

Films & Series: What about them?

Film reviews & everything else you need to know about upcoming films & tv-series!

TheMarckoguy

"TheMarckoguy" is the alternate name for Markus. Markus is a human who reviews stuff.