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Top Anticipated Films, 2013 Edition

January 3, 2013 Leave a comment

The geek has inherited the earth.

Xenocrates

2013-MoviesThis is going to be yet another bumper year for blockbuster comic book / science fiction films.

In 2012, I thought we were going to have an incredibly bumper year for tent pole pictures. As it turns out, my excitement was relatively short lived. Only two films truly delivered last year in my opinion. First was the under rated Chronicle (found footage drama of teens accidentally attaining super powers and learning to deal with it responsibly) and Marvel’s The Avengers. The latter was a comic book blockbuster that went on to become the third highest grossing film of all time. It signals a trend in blockbusters over the last decade that continues for 2013.

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The Incredible Avengers

May 13, 2012 2 comments

Marvel’s Avengers is what every summer blockbuster aspires to be — the perfect popcorn epic.

Xenocrates

The AvengersThis is, by all means, the new gold standard in summer blockbuster entertainment.

If you’ve read my blog, you know I don’t stop to review movies unless they have some kind of cultural significance. The last time I did that was to expose why people instinctively gravitate towards an obnoxious waste of film such as Transformers 3 that does away with story telling for big, loud, expensive, set pieces. However, Avengers is not such a movie. It is a genre defining epic that does the impossible: tell an outlandish, implausible tale with spectacular cohesion and believability. This is the movie Transformers 3 should have been and here’s why:

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Transformers 3: Why dumb movies make money

July 9, 2011 6 comments

The business of entertainment will always supersede the necessity for art.

Xenocrates

I am a huge Transformers fan. I’ve been a fan of the franchise since 1984. I am however, an even bigger fan of movies. The medium is perhaps the most difficult to master with respect to telling a great story since so much visualization is involved. However, most people who go to see movies these days have less interest in the story telling than the gorgeous visuals. This is why Michael Bay could make a bombastic, disjointed, mess that would still rake in millions.

It’s a sign of the slow commercial bludgeoning of the medium.

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Inception: Explained

August 8, 2010 23 comments

The entirety of act two was little more than a very well written, but ultimately clever distraction.

- Xenocrates

Cobb's Totem: A spinning top

So if you’ve seen the movie, one of two issues is likely to confuse you. You’re either among the viewers that got lost somewhere in the second act or are in the camp that is wondering what the end actually means. If you are a fan of Chris Nolan’s work, then the end would not have been unexpected. That’s his signature style. Even so, the end of the film requires explanation.

SPOILER WARNING: DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS FILM.

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Inception: Reviewed

August 7, 2010 1 comment

Inception is that rare movie that comes along once every ten years or so that becomes the genre defining moment of the decade.

- Xenocrates

Inception Poster

Shortly after posting an exegesis on dream interpretation, WordPress automatically tagged the post with a review of a new movie that has been out for some time now. The film is called “Inception” and it’s directed by the same guy who did “Dark Knight” and “Memento”. So I decided to see it – and let me tell you, I had to see it twice, because it utterly blew my mind.

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2009 Science Fiction Roundup

February 5, 2010 2 comments

“When science fiction has become science reality it becomes next to impossible for fiction to break the plateau of fantastic implausibility.”

- Xenocrates

The best Science Fiction films of 2009

Wow. If you’re a lover of Science Fiction, then what a year 2009 was. Between the epic blockbuster juggernauts that shone at the box office to the massively improved television offerings that explore more intelligent subject matter, one thing is for certain: The 20-something year pop culture stagnation ends here.

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Hollywood on Trial

December 6, 2008 4 comments

“When you go to the movies,check both your coat and your brain at the door.”

- Xenocrates

Have you ever seen one of those movies where you saw something that just didn’t make sense?  I’m not talking about the obvious stuff that is the product of special effects like punching through a wall or making an impossible shot. Stuff like that is usually quaintly explained by the plot of the movie – such as the main characters being from another planet, or have superpowers that are the product of genetic mutation. We all know that suspension of belief is critical to most movies.

However, I’m talking about some of the things that are logically implausible or downright stupid. I’m talking about stuff that is the product of continuity mismanagement or lack of simple research. I will admit that it does seem hypocritical to assail Hollywood for breaking the laws of simple logic while allowing them to break the laws of physics on a regular basis. But the reason why this allegation has validity is that we expect them to defy the laws of physics. We however do not expect them to defy the laws of reason – or at the very least, not to defy the basis of the plot.

In this post, I cover some of the greatest, most common, most inexplicable, most stupid things that I’ve seen in movies that simply just don’t make sense. Put on your thinking caps for this one. I wax scientific about why the Millennium Falcon can’t possibly make the Kessel Run in 12 Parsecs and why Superman could never safely move faster than a speeding bullet – ever.

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