Monday, August 04, 2014

Monday Movies ~ Present and Future

We saw the movie Lucy last week. I didn't go in feeling much optimism about the movie, but we'd decided to spend the baking hot afternoon in our local cinema's air conditioning (it's akin to a butcher's cold room) rather than switching on our own a/c. Lucy turned out to be a strange movie but engaging enough, I'm glad we got to see it. It's part science fiction, part fantasy, part echoing several previous movies of the same, and other, genres. The ending of Lucy reminded me, at once, of the beginning of Prometheus (my post on that film is HERE.)

A nutshell synopsis, trying not to give away too much: young woman is forced into becoming a "drug mule" carrying a bag of a new kind of hormone-based drug, surgically inserted into her stomach. She is attacked and in the process the bag leaks into her system, causing her brain power to expand exponentially.

There's some rather too obvious would-be artiness going on at times, with interposed animal shots equating to human instincts from the plot-line. These brought on knowing chuckles; and naturally, there's a lot of amazing CGI. Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman head the cast.

The "coming soon" previews before the movie began gave us hope of a few decent films in coming weeks and months, better than the spate of recent dreadful smash-bang, slash-bang offerings, or movies mainly for children. Once the kids are back in school the adults might have a chance of getting a look in!

For instance, we shall look forward to seeing:

The Hundred Foot Journey sounds interesting. Dame Helen Mirren playing a snooty restaurateur in France, who suddenly finds herself in opposition to a new Indian restuarant. Film is is based on the similarly titled novel by Richard C. Morais.

The Congress
A movie actress past her best agrees to sell the movie rights to her digital image to a movie studio for a huge sum and a pledge to never act again. After her body is digitally scanned, the studio will be able to make films starring her using only computer-generated characters. When she changes her mind it seems the plot kicks into high gear. She is frozen to preserve her sanity (or something), then revived and needs to find her son...
Sounds complicated, with suspension of disbelief needed by the bucketful, but something a wee bit different.
The film was released in 2013, an Israel-French co-productioned English language movie. I think it hasn't had much screening in the USA as yet.

I'm interested in this film for two reasons: Paul Giamatti is in it; but also because husband has been rattling on for years on about how, at some future point in time film producers will find a way to revive old movie stars such as Bogart, Mitchum, Bette Davis, etc via some digital magic and, if they can elicit permission from the stars' relatives, make new movies using old stars. Sounds preposterous but....For a new-old/old-new Steve McQueen, I'd whistle and stomp! For stars such as Bogart, Mitchum, Davis - not so much.

The Judge - Stars Robert Downey Jnr, and the law - so what's not to like? A tale of a slick city lawyer who finds himself having to defend his estranged father, a judge in Indiana, for murder.

And, finally Snowpiercer - a movie currently doing the rounds in big city cinemas, unlikely to reach our corner of the nation until DVD time. A true dystopian tale, with a new twist. (From the Wiki link): In 2014, an experiment to counteract global warming causes an ice age that kills nearly all life on Earth. The only survivors are the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a massive train, powered by a perpetual-motion engine, that travels on a globe-spanning track. A class system is installed, with the elites inhabiting the front of the train and poor inhabiting the tail. In 2031, the tail inhabitants prepare for the latest in a series of rebellions....


mike said...

Well, as I've stated too many times now, I won't see any new releases until they are dusty enough for air-wave TV on CW, ABC or NBC (I don't receive CBS). I had my chance for a movie when CW showed "I Know What You Did Last Summer" Sunday, but I chose boredom instead.

Anyjazz' notions of posthumous CGI have already seen the screen:

"It all sounds a bit like Red Dwarf come true, but the once-ridiculous idea of dead rock stars heading out on tour as holograms fronting live bands is gaining considerable credence. Even Mitch Winehouse, father of recently deceased soul diva Amy, has discussed the possibility of his daughter coming back if it’s what her fans want."

"Economically, the idea makes sense. The world’s biggest-grossing artists have been pushing up daisies for years, but that hasn’t stopped them outstripping their living rivals in terms of sales. Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain and Michael Jackson regularly top the annual rock star earners lists despite all having slipped off their mortal coil. As technology improves, chances are we’ll see all of them on stage again in the future. But who else warrants the hologram treatment?"

And an essay, "‘Grave Robbing’ or ‘Career Comeback’? On the Digital
Resurrection of Dead Screen Stars", here:

I prefer the old fashioned method of always supplying fresh talent to replace the deceased...LOL.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

cant go to theaters but as soon as the Judge is available to but on amazon I'll be seeing that.

Twilight said...

mike ~ Yes, there have been instances in commercials, too, of the use of old, long departed, movie stars seemingly springing back to life.

Good essay link - thanks!

It's all a bit creepy though isn't it? (Notwithstanding my predilection for a new sighting of Mr McQueen).

It reminds me a bit of a scene I found unforgettable from the old movie "El Cid"


The morning after El Cid dies, his body is secured upon his horse and sent out at the head of his army with King Alfonso and Emir Al-Mu'tamin on either side of his horse. When Yusuf's army see him with his eyes still open, they believe that El Cid's ghost has come back from the dead

Twilight said...

Sonny ~ We'll probably end up having to rely on DVD rentals for some of these. Our local cinema might show the previews but sometimes never goes on to carry the actual movies.

I'm looking forward to "The Judge" too.

Kaleymorris said...

We are interested in 100 Foot Journey if you're up for company when you see it.

Twilight said...

Kaleymorris ~ Well well well! Not 20 mins ago I said to Himself, we should ask K and J to see "The Hundred Foot Journey" with us (if it arrives in town as previewed, that is).
We'll await next week's schedule. It's promised for the 8 Aug week.