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This latest Christopher Nolan film challenges audiences to keep up with the director’s cerebral vision and fast-paced storytelling. “Interstellar” moves at a speed and distance that doesn’t afford us, the moviegoers, the time to get complete answers along this fascinating journey. With such vast space to cover in the film, Nolan must play loose with the math and science equations, staying focussed instead on the many threats facing the talented cast. After all, the stakes are high; Earth is becoming uninhabitable and another planet must be found…right now. Like a rock skipped across the smooth waters of a lake, Nolan couldn’t slow down to fully explain the mathematics of gravity, Einstein’s theory of relativity, or how space travel was possible from a Midwestern farm to deep inside a wormhole. That deceleration would’ve halted the 3-time Oscar nominated director’s story and sank this movie. Cleverly, Nolan decided to toss one life and death challenge after another at the cast and audience, keeping both groups entertained while the rock (the main story) skips along at a high velocity.
By now the latest golden sci-fi nugget “Interstellar” has drawn mass attention as this generation’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The film is leaving moviegoers in awe as one of the most aggressively visual space epochs to date, and critics have dubbed the film an instant center-piece to a genre that uses the cosmos as a backdrop. But the sensational reviews should come as no surprise to those who know the mastermind behind the product. Christopher Nolan has a long list of films that have brought nothing but wide eyes and smiles to the faces of science fiction fanboys. “Following”, “Memento”, “The Dark Knight Trilogy”, “The Prestige”, and “Inception” make up the complete list of films written and directed by the filmmaking savant. Nolan’s list of films have collectively earned 15 Oscar nominations, have resounding approval from critics, and average profits of about six times the amount of their budgets. On the whole, Nolan is seemingly incapable of producing a bad film. So what makes the prolific visionary so much better than the rest? Here are a few of Nolan’s movie-making methods that subtly contribute to his flawless resume.
(StatePoint) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math -- known collectively as STEM -- has been the buzz phrase for educators for some time. But, with many school districts eliminating art, music and other humanities classes, there has been a recent push by educators to change the focus from STEM to STEAM, and add arts back into the mix for a more well-rounded education.
With all of the news, rumors, and spoilers surrounding the imminent release of Star Wars: Episode VII, it seems as though little else would hold importance in the Star Wars universe and its nearly unrivaled fandom. It has been quite the opposite, however, as the internet has been parsing over a new rumor.
Like a roller coaster ride, the film “Gone Girl” starts off slow and steep, the familiar clank-clank-clank sound of the ascending chain lift marking a young couple’s courtship, and, ultimately, their wedding. As the relationship strains and tightens at its highest, most vulnerable point, the movie unleashes viewers on a thrilling adventure of unexpected plot twists and turns.
With movie theaters being overrun by a plethora of science fiction and fantasy movies, it may be difficult to find something to take young kids to. Between the cursing, violence and bloodshed, some movies just don’t make the cut as child-appropriate. Luckily, there are two separate renditions of “The Jungle Book” in production.
The cinematic climate is changing in countless ways, but one in particular is affecting the world on a much broader scale. Viral marketing and distribution through avenues such as Netflix has fused with a public hunger for knowledge that is satiated through a surge in documentary filmmaking. The impact of this readily distributed knowledge and information is perhaps more powerful than ever. One company in particular has learned this lesson the hard way. After the release of the popular 2013 documentary “Blackfish”, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. has begun to feel the sting of public opinion.
The summer has fully engulfed our city, bringing with it sweltering heat and burning winds. As the days get hotter and hotter, many are looking for a way to have fun without melting outdoors. Whether it is going to a movie at the theatre, a local trampoline—world, or finding some nighttime entertainment, the cool route is always the better route. For those with an inclination for hip-hop music and a good concert, there are two events coming up in the next few months that you won’t want to miss.
The highly regarded San Diego Comic Con event never disappoints when it hits the west coast every July. The buzz around the event is not without warrant.
By now the 2014 summer movie season is in full swing, and we have seen our fair share of action packed adventures. There is one upcoming film, however, that may well be one of the most important movies of the year. Marvel’s “Guardian’s of the Galaxy”, which is set to release on Aug. 1, is seemingly a mere outer space saga full of cartoonish characters and ships blowing up. In reality, however, it is the next step in Marvel’s flawless execution of changing the movie industry forever.
The hermit nation of North Korea has recently proclaimed its newest round of threats towards the United States. This time however, the nation is not concerned about military issues or demonstrations, but a Hollywood movie. The always radical and unpredictable country threatens a “resolute and merciless response against the United States” and calls the release of a single film “reckless U.S. provocative insanity”, labeling it an act of war.
The newest addition to the line of X-Men movies provides a plethora of famous names and faces from both Hollywood and comic books, but does this star-studded action movie have the chops to be the hit of the summer?
The summer movie season is upon us, and with it comes all of the anticipated hoopla of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Most film producers save their best efforts for the months when sitting in a cool movie theater sounds the most appealing, making it the best time of year for movie fanatics. But for every box office success, there are a few films that fail to hit home with viewers and critics alike. The following are a few of the films most likely to leave the audience regretting their $12 and two hour investment.
Slated for release Dec. 18 of next year, Star Wars: Episode VII is quite possibly one of the most anticipated events in recent nerd culture. Since the installment was announced to be in the works, questions swirled from all around: Who will be directing? Will any of the original cast make a return? How far in the future is this episode? It seems as though some of the final questions were answered when the official Star Wars website announced the casting for the new movie:
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This story of five single mothers struggling to balance work, parenthood and new relationships had the potential to be a very good movie. Unfortunately, rather than focus on each of these single parents’ courage, determination and strength the film instead chose to play it safe with easy laughs, below average subplots, and stereotypical, old fashion male-bashing. The end result is a painful display of five very shallow, weak and needy women that despite their new circle of trust clique still can’t treat others with empathy and respect.
“I have had it with these ‘monkey fighting’ SMSs on this ‘Monday to Friday’ plane!” No, it’s not a line from the latest Liam Neeson action vehicle, Non-Stop, but it could have been. There are so many ways one could slam this new film, but, surprisingly, despite its clichés and convoluted plot, this is still a thrilling and fun time at the movies.
The French invented the word “cliché”, so I suppose it is only fitting that a French filmmaker and writer, Luc Besson, penned the new movie, 3 Days to Kill, one of the most clichéd films I’ve ever seen; where everything from the title to the villains, from the hero and his family to the film’s femme fatale are all tediously stereotyped.
Godzilla is a worldwide pop icon both in the monster’s image and in name. Since its first appearance in the 1954 version of “Godzilla”, the raging king of reptiles has graced theaters around the world in almost thirty different films as well as in numerous other appearances across nearly every form of entertainment.
You’re probably familiar with the old Yogi Berra quote, “The future ain’t what it used to be.” Well, if Yogi saw the new Robocop film he’d probably revise that statement as “the future” in this film is pretty much the same as it was envisioned in 1987 – just not as much fun to watch.
“Philomena” is a wonderfully told true story starring the stalwart Judi Dench, as a grown mother of a boy she hasn’t seen since giving up the toddler 50 years earlier. This Oscar nominated film in the ‘Best Motion Picture of the Year’ category didn’t garner the acclaim for the excellence it deserves when it hit the theaters last fall. ‘Philomena’ is one of my Top 10 movies of 2013.
Many adults complain that today’s youth is dominated by video games and iPads. But no matter how advanced technology becomes, Lego will always be there to provide the building blocks for good, old-fashion fun. Every Lego box is a treasure chest of infinite possibilities, allowing us to construct castles, cars, and entire cities. Lego has fueled our imaginations ever since 1949. Sixty-five years and 560 billion Lego pieces later, we get “The Lego Movie.”