Monday, October 10, 2016



Sci-Fi For Girls

While many men enjoyed this film, it's clear this one was written for young women. Having a female protagonist who, as with most mythical heros, lives a modest life while not being aware of her royal descent. Also, as many bright young women, she struggles to get by in a menial job, in her case cleaning toilets & houses of those more privileged. It's telling when each day she awakes saying "I hate my life", perhaps somehow subconsciously aware that she is much more talented and able then her job, which takes up most of her time & barely permits her to do much more.

In this way, we instantly connect with the character, along with her heart for her family & strong character.

To be honest when I first saw this movie I thought it was just OK. But, upon this second viewing I came to appreciate more fully the messages in this film, which are quite significant. The awareness that time & family are some of the most valuable resources is displayed in clear contrast in the protagonist's past & present life. That class is nothing without humble values & discerning character, is also displayed with graceful contrast, as well as the significance of recognizing what one has & being pleased with it. Because of this opening awareness, by the end of the film, Jupiter no longer hates her life; While she had every choice available in the universe for how she could be spending her life & time, she chose going back to her simple life, menial job & familiar family.


Yes, there were a couple new additions in the end: a realization of her own worth & her own power, a conscious choice every moment of every day to live with gratefulness, & a hunky strong new boyfriend who happened to save her life on several occasions.



While this film had it's cheesiness, especially regarding the love interest, it was fun & familiar. Jupiter displayed some guts & wit & was devoted to what she knew she wanted, as well as to her values. The plot was intriguing & imaginative & the character a true heroine.

Artistically it also carried some humble recognition of much sci-fi that had come before: the statue of the previous "Jupiter Mother" being a similar rendering of a vampire queen from one of Anne Rice's films "Queen of the Damned", the music at times carrying hints of Star Trek and other past sci-fi, yet also well done standing on it's own.

The actors were also quite strong in each of their roles. Mila Kunis an attractive lead heroine, Channing Tatum a fitting love interest & Eddie Redmayne & Douglas Booth both strong despicable evildoers. Eddie particularly threatening merely due to his creepy character voice.

One of my favorite parts of film is visual arts direction, and this film was also not lacking here. It held up very well for it's genre as well as having beautiful set, costume and design; most noticeably in the wedding scene. But, I also tend to multitask when watching film which persists mainly in listening. To this regard, I mainly observed this current viewing & to which I came away impressed & inspired.

Check out the cool posters!
Sci-Fi For Girls

Jupiter Ascending

While many men enjoyed this film, it's clear this one was written for young women. Having a female protagonist who, as with most mythical heros, lives a modest life while not being aware of her royal descent. Also, as many bright young women, she struggles to get by in a menial job, in her case cleaning toilets & houses of those more privileged. It's telling when each day she awakes saying "I hate my life", perhaps somehow subconsciously aware that she is much more talented and able then her job, which takes up most of her time & barely permits her to do much more.

In this way, we instantly connect with the character, along with her heart for her family & strong character.

To be honest when I first saw this movie I thought it was just OK. But, upon this second viewing I came to appreciate more fully the messages in this film, which are quite significant. The awareness that time & family are some of the most valuable resources is displayed in clear contrast in the protagonist's past & present life. That class is nothing without humble values & discerning character, is also displayed with graceful contrast, as well as the significance of recognizing what one has & being pleased with it. Because of this opening awareness, by the end of the film, Jupiter no longer hates her life; While she had every choice available in the universe for how she could be spending her life & time, she chose going back to her simple life, menial job & familiar family.

Yes, there were a couple new additions in the end: a realization of her own worth & her own power, a conscious choice every moment of every day to live with gratefulness, & a hunky strong new boyfriend who happened to save her life on several occasions.

While this film had it's cheesiness, especially regarding the love interest, it was fun & familiar. Jupiter displayed some guts & wit & was devoted to what she knew she wanted, as well as to her values. The plot was intriguing & imaginative & the character a true heroine.


Statue from "Queen of the Damned"

Artistically it also carried some humble recognition of much sci-fi that had come before: the statue of the previous "Jupiter Mother" being a similar rendering of a vampire queen from one of Anne Rice's films "Queen of the Damned", the music at times carrying hints of Star Trek and other past sci-fi, yet also well done standing on it's own.

The actors were also quite strong in each of their roles. Mila Kunis an attractive lead heroine, Channing Tatum a fitting love interest & Eddie Redmayne & Douglas Booth both strong despicable evildoers. Eddie particularly threatening merely due to his creepy character voice.



One of my favorite parts of film is visual arts direction, and this film was also not lacking here. It held up very well for it's genre as well as having beautiful set, costume and design; most noticeably in the wedding scene. But, I also tend to multitask when watching film which persists mainly in listening. To this regard, I mainly observed this current viewing & to which I came away impressed & inspired.





Friday, August 12, 2016

"Damn it Jim!"



Star Trek is such a timeless classic and I believe one of the major reasons why this is so is because, here is a team of people who really work well together, despite their differences. They each have their own unique character, ethnicity & skills that when brought together, utilized and respected; all work towards the common good.


A scene from the current film looked very much like something from the original series:


From the original series: 




This continuation of the Star Trek Series of films has done an excellent job of creating a new adventure for the crew that is reminiscent of the traditional TV show. The opening scene for example, while a bit cheesy, really reflected the types of situations Captain Kirk's character tended to get himself into & was due a worthy chuckle.

Part of what endears me to these new films is just how well each actor plays the original characters; it is almost as if I'm catching up with old friends from childhood.



Now if I were actually a character in the film, Jaylah would be a cool one to be. She is a pretty great character and new addition! Looking a bit like an attractive rogue female Darth Maul, she is both feisty bad-ass, skillful & a darn cute character with her broken English. I'm curious to see how her character may evolve in future films.



Admittedly though, I would be O'Hura. Literally because she's currently the only female on the crew of what seems to be a bit of a boy's club. (Although in the original there was also a blond who has now been forgotten). She's quite a cool character, though you don't really see a ton of her spunk in this film. Mainly though, in each film you catch a glimpse of her adoration and soft heart for Spock. This is mainly why I wish to be her: she's with Spock! (& damn he's cute!!).



My favourote dialogue has to be between Spock & the Doctor. The best quotes, comedy & philosophy are here. Also, I mean, how cool is it that Spock, even though he's fit to be a captain, as Kirk expounds at the beginning of this film, he chooses to be Kirk's right hand. *Swoon*.

I think it's pretty great how this film interweaved a tribute to the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy, as it acknowledged the pain I'm sure the actors carried, along with many Star Trek fans, particularly those Spock empathizers & adorers, in regards to his passing.



In thinking about the original crew who are still alive & their first viewing of the film, I can see that Lin took much care to create this film specifically as a work of love for them. Not only did he frame much of this adventure according to it's original vision, but the dialogue & the relationships developed between the characters really speak.

"To the enterprise and to absent friends" -Kirk

"What would I do without you Spock?" -  Kirk

"Fear of death is what keeps is alive!" - Bones

"We will find hope in the impossible." - Spock

They acknowledge the pain & yet it's bittersweet as we can't help but giggle when Spock says as he starts spouting somewhat irrational philosophical poetry, going a bit crazy due to both loss of blood and pent up emotional pain;

"The miserable have little to gain, but only for hope"

And of course how could they not insert the doctor's "Dammit Jim!" As he gets roped into going beyond his role in taking on daunting tasks, as he always was in the original show. Many great quotes in this film!

I was looking out to see if they may mention the young Checkov, Anton Yelchin's passing somewhere. While I did not see this, I am assured it was in the credits. I did keep my eyes open for every moment to see him in the film though, and they managed to carry his character quite fluidly throughout. It's quite amazing to know that people will be seeing him for weeks all across the world, immortalized in film though he has ventured into the undiscovered country along with Nimoy. He will surely be missed in the coming films and I'm not sure quite how they will replicate his fine work, he was so darn likable. May he Rest In Peace: he was gone far too soon.