future

Why I won’t be watching the new Star Wars trailer

From what I’ve been told, this particular Star Wars trailer, is a teaser rather than any means of spoiling the movie, it is basically what a trailer should be.  Nevertheless I know better than to watch any footage from a movie I desperately want to watch.

As the years have gone by, trailers have become more than just a taste of what to expect, but rather a demo of what will happen in the movie, sometimes even giving us the whole plot in just 2 minutes, with the best jokes, action sequences or even twists included.  Even people in the business hate that this is happening, but producers and Hollywood studios just want to get as much publicity as possible, albeit it ruins the movie.

I like to be kept in the dark, knowing nothing about a movie before I watch it.  Usually knowing members of the cast & crew will suffice, I can use that to determine what to expect and whether it’s worth watching or not.  If that isn’t enough a two sentence summary on IMDB should do the job (however I prefer not to do that, as it sometimes gives away the prologue~first 20 minutes or so)

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How did we get here? (Ignorance is a blessing)

You know how in movies and TV shows they sometimes show a situation that will happen in the future (or the present, depends on how you look at it) and then take us back to explain how the events unfolded in order to end up in that specific situation? Well that way of telling a story, even though it might be executed to perfection, takes something away from the enjoyment, or even some of the appeal.

Let me break it down.  When we are watching any story develop before our eyes, we are interested in seeing both what will happen and how.  Now if we already know where the story will end up; well then we miss out on one of the elements that makes the plot intriguing and enthralling to follow, even if it’s not the finale, it’s still an end point.

Don’t get me wrong I know that we still get to see all the events that take place up to the moment which we have already witnessed and we still get to enjoy the journey, but it is just a bit less absorbing.  It is as if part of it has been spoiled by the filmmakers allowing us to take a peek into the future.

Can’t we be left in the dark? Just once. Please! 

Movie Review-Blade Runner

I don’t usually write reviews about older movies, but in the light of the re-release in the cinema of the Final Cut version and me taking the opportunity to visit the theater and watch it again, I thought I would give my thoughts on this timeless classic.

The story introduces us to a futuristic world, with new technologies expertly depicted on screen, considering it originally came out 33 years ago. It’s visually stunning and it never ceases to amaze me, how Ridley Scott and his crew managed to capture the essence of a dystopian society so well, that the thought of it becoming reality accomplishes to agitate the viewer.

Credit has to be given to Harrison Ford, cast after the success he had portraying Han Solo and Indiana Jones, both similar to his character Rick Deckard in Blade Runner, personified by their sarcastic wit, cool-guy attitude and being attracted to the opposite sex. He shows his charm in being the lead and his ability to never stop entertaining, by embodying his character’s main aspects as mentioned before.

Very important to the believable retro-future dystopia is the music composed by Vangelis, mostly with the use of synthesizers, he manages to complement the neo-noir and dramatic elements of the movie masterfully and provides the film as envisioned by Ridley Scott a more dark and ominous tone.

A Science Fiction masterpiece, a must watch and worth revisiting for any movie fan.

9/10