Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Steven Moffat. Time travelings master.

you know the phrase somebody is born to the part?

I always found that phrase to be utter bullshit, I have been in acting all my life, amateur and even had paid professional parts from a very young age, due to my upbringing in a theatre family.
I really believe it is very much bullshit, of cause after a brilliant actor have taken on a part which suits him perfectly it's hard to picture anyone else in the part, but it's possibility. and no one is to say the movie would have lost from it.
When a actor have gotten a part, he is just getting something somebody else who might as well could didn't. Doctor is an most excellent example of that when looking at the now 11 different actors playing the same character, yet their fortay is that they are all so brilliantly unique.

I am not about to talk about actors though. so it might be a weird way to start this article.
The thing just is, last Saturday the last episode of this season doctor who ended, the first season with Matt Smith at the doctor, and the first season with Steven Moffat as executive producer and head writer.
Steven Moffat said in an interview that he had been waiting 4o years, his entire adult life, at being able to call himself the head writer of doctor who.

What I am honestly wondering is whether Steven Moffat have waited for Doctor who, or Doctor who have waited it's entire life for Moffat.

Moffat have been in love with Doctor who apparently since he was a little child, then when they finally officially met back in 2005 they became very much engaged as Steven Moffat wrote what every body agreed was the best two parter in the season. "Empty child" "The doctor dances"
Only to take their relationship further and further the next 3 years with outstanding inventive episodes, using the tool of time travel like no other show nor writer. and now finally, after a life time and waiting and 5 years engagement. finally they got married. and the waiting paid off.

This was the high point of doctor who's incredible long legacy. people will remember this for a very long time, and I know people are complaining right now and says it's not as good as the old tom baker stuff.
I am willing to bet all I know, in 3, 4 or 10 years time. people will look back and say "Why can't they make stuff like that any more? this sci-fi I am watching is not nearly as good as Matt smith's first season"
Mark my words. that is how it's going to happen. it's that good.

Steven Moffat what kind of great toy he have been handed when playing when having such a device as time travel. He took a show that was always about time travelling and made it into the ultimate time travel show, instead of just using the time machine to travel into back to the ancient Greece, and then go to the future with space ships and monster.
And't that's very well and nice, but Steven Moffat turned the time travel into a clever plot device, a mean of strange situations that is not possible without time travel, like meeting people who you have never met but spend a life time with you.
See our main character captured in a time pocket as a character on the outside crows older and is on different points in her life between mere minutes or even seconds.
To having a episode taking place in the past, but future a new character who is actually from the future.
Everything is possible in Steven Moffats Doctor who.
Finally doctor who found it's right made. only thing saddens me is that like the doctor, doctor who will probably go on and on, Moffat will probably not. this was a high point.
Moffat gave his all here, he probably spend years just writing that. he isn't even going to write the opening episode for the next season, he probably need to rest a bit. and I don't think there is any topping this.
Though that's okay. cause it's there, and it's brilliant.

If I should categorise this season in a specific genre, this was a fairy tale. from day one with little Amy looking up in the stars waiting to go on adventure (god I had that exact image going through my head constantly throughout my childhood, just with me in Amy's place, it's almost creepy how accurate that was) It's a fairy tale, and it's should be judged as a fairytale and having a good time show, not a social drama... well there is social drama in it, but it is not a social drama show.

And god was this well thought through, even stuff that isn't exactly obvious unless you go really close.
Amy now bringing the doctor back by believing in him, in a clear opposite to the first episode where she did not believe in him.
Auton Rory which is a clear mirror story to the professor in the Dalek episode, you know the guy who was also a robot, but won his humanity through love.
That crack that along time ago was established to eat away anything it touches ate away Amy's life. which obviously on purpose was left unexplained until now (btw, that was so totally Amy's mom and dad, I can totally see it) And it's the only show I have seen embracing the silliness of it's own origins. I have never ever seen it done before, rather than embracing such things modern movie and tely makers are going out of the way to avoid it, Britten is the only country left to embrace silly, And i say keep it up.
They had Rory come one board so they could kill him so Amy could bring him back so it could be some what believable she could bring her parent's back, so she could bring the doctor back..... god
A show can only be truly sad if they have the happiness in a clear opposite, you know that little speech about sad thing not out ruling happy things? That is bullshit, if you have a happy moment it will enticify the sad moments by a hundred.

In a long time my brain have evolved to become a highly analytical brain when regarding fiction, whether it's theatre, movies, books or tely shows.
And that have proven itself to be bad thing when I am trying to be an audience, I analyse things almost without thinking about while watching, I can pick out what follows the traditional formula, how the stuff fits together and how the writer have been thinking while writing, who obviously wrote the end first and made the rest fitt in, and who it's just writing as they go along. I to often know the ending after the first 10 minutes of watching a movie, and when I watch a good movie, my mind is rather in a analysing mood than in a enjoy yourself mode.

after quite some time I really started getting bored with that way of thinking, and I was left to ask myself "Is this all there is to the medium of story telling today? the modern mainstream art?"
So I began to make another parameter for myself when watching a show, if a movie is well written and makes perfect sense, then it's okay.
If a movie or tely show manage to switch that analyse mode in my head off, and make me completely unaware of what is going on in the room while my heart is thumping and I am just left to sit in anticipation, I will find it excellent, I will find it to be true art.

It's true, if I were to judge this by the first kind of parameter, it is meh. if you want to make any sense of the sciense fiction in it, you should never have watched to begin with, this never even tried to have the ficiction make sense, all it ever used the fiction for is a back drop to the human story. The vincent and the doctor being a very good example where the monster was to say the least stupid and flat, but the human story left my in tears.

If I judge by the other parameter, it's the best show I have ever seen. for me it truly fells like I have witnessed something very special in the making, this show have made me cry and smile and gasp in horror, it made me leave my living room and I was completely unaware of what was going on around me, for a matter of fact, I didn't eve care what was going on around me. The show constantly tricked me, either I had no idea where it was going next, or after a couple of days thought I thought I had it down and the next episode would take me completely by surprise.

The season finale is a compilation of all this I have just talked about, on good and bad. but in my case, I fell its truly unique and the good being pure emotion out ruling the bad which is odd science fiction by a hundred percent. btw a reason why it is called science "fiction" you are allowed for it not to make sense if it's for a back drop to the human journey.

Doctor who is a very special show for me, it changed my way of thinking as an analysing maniac and a writer.
The Russel Saga shown me something about bringing old things back, and how to do it right, that changed my look on re-boots and new starts, it's god damn possible, because they did it, the show didn't last for so long and gained such a great fan-base without reason.
This season changed my view of how it is possible to write stuff, this took what David T russel already did, but took it deeper and further, concentrating on the right things, the humans. and is in every way superiors. it brings the oldest and most magically way of story telling "Fairy tales" together with modern space ships adventures.

You can say what you like with muh and meh. but these were my honest deepest thoughts.
this was very special to me.

Toy story continued

yesterday I talked a lot about what Toy Story meant to me, and why I am so happy about this movie if you look at what the culture is like today, and how other franchise I love have failed.

today, lets talk about how this stands up as a franchise.

Toy Story was as I said released 15 years ago.
It was the first full lenght animation movie to ever be made, so even though we today have got so much animation that most of us is almost drowning in it. at the time it was completly new.

in the same manner Disney came out with Snow white all does years ago, a film people did not think possible but with the right kind of story telling, it was stunning. The movie hold up.

Years before toys that had come alive have been used so much in childrens programmes for children in the age 0-5 but this movie was what Disney lacked as they took their dip for the worse. this movie had soul, and the characters had soul, flaws, human emotions and purpose.

It's the human story about the toy cowboy woody who much now accept that he is not longer the top dog.
And the toy space ranger Buzz, who must discover that he is not a space ranger, but only a piece of toy, and there after discover that's it okay only to be a toy.

The story sat limitations to the characters, and therefor their struggle became more impressive.
At the time, this movie did not only raise the bars for animation, and the possibility with computer animation. but also the bars for story telling.
Disney did have deep stuff back then, things like Lion king and the little Mermaid, which have scenes in them that still leaves me depressed.
But by using toys they had a frame that is normally only for children so small that they need their parents to change their poopy diaper. And used that frame to really trick people and tell an emotional and heart felt story about finding your identity.

then 5 years after, 10 years ago the sequel came out.
It was the first, and up untill now with Cars 2 10 years after, the only sequel Pixar had ever done.
That was the movie my grandmother was convinced she would hate, but she loved it. honestly.
The first movie was about finding and accepting your identity. and the second movie was as well. though setting that same theme under another light.
Go for the amazing opportunity or do what you are meant for.
Though, as the first movie was equally Woody's and Buzz's story. This movie was more about Woody than anybody else. the mental transformation took place in him, the new character Jessy and their horse. for everybody else it was just getting from point a to b.
But it worked, because getting from point a to be was such an inventive and fun journey. and Woody's and Jessy's emotional journey was able to carry the whole film.
Is stood up as a stand alone movie, it stood up as a continuation and it stood up as being a part of a franchise.

As this movie was being released. Disney also made a short cartoon series for it's disney hour.
I remember watching that clearly. It was making the television show that Buzz was actually from.
So it had nothing to do with toy story, other than showing where Buzz came from within the show from the movies... or... erhmm.. confusing continue!

I remember it to be a fun watch, it delibarately spoofed and made fun of all the big sciense-fiction space adventure franchises. I was not aware of it at the time, but now when I am geek lots of stuff makes better sense to me.
As like, when Buzz's comrades travel into a mirror univers where everything is oppersite, they meet an evil Buzz who have a goat beard.
That story is clear a take off from the classic TOS star trek episode "Mirror mirror"
Or the Buzz Zork story arch, that is a clear take on Star Wars with Zork being a silly cartoon Darth Wader, and Buzz his son, they even had the light sabers.
I especially love the fact this little cartoon series was years before planet 51 in the idea of having a normal human being the alien as he by mistake drops down on a alien planet who only reached 1931, as Buzz actually do drop down on such a planet filled with green people with antenas, who all wants to burn Buzz alive as they see him as an alien force.
It was a fun nice watch for what it lasted, and a nice part of my childhood.

And it was a kind of cool idea that as we actually saw in some seconds what Woody's tely show had been like in the movie, we now really do see what the Buzz show is, cause they made it entirely. I want to see that Woody show to.

anyhow, then the break happened. for 10 years we all thought, well now there is no more to give with Toy Story, and Pixar is such a wise studio that they know it and wont bother.
then it was announced there should be another sequel.
Honestly I had no idea what to think about that. part of me dreaded it and thought, god now, did pixar now also falling into the money trap? is nothing sacred any more?
part of me had such a great faith in Pixar as a studio, that I could never believe it would be a part movie, luckily that part of me was rewarded. you can read all about my thoughts upon the movie in yesterdays post.

All I need say now is, it holds up as a stand alone movie, it holds up as a continuing plot from the last movie, and it differently holds up as a part of a franchise.

Monday, 28 June 2010

toy story

With my first real review and analyzis.

While warming up before I start with audio and camera's

let this be my first view on a franchise, and lets start with something really nice and good.

the normal audience today is a god damn tuff crowd.

R-boots, prequels and the most commonly thing sequels are being hated more than ever. people have finally learned that they will more often be dissapointed with the sequel to their favorite movie than they will be happy.

This makes it tuff for me as a francshise freek as people don't want to build further up around existing franchises.

This year two animation films which were a part of my childhood had sequels.

One did it wrong, and one did it absolutly right.

The movie that did it wrong was Shrek 4.
I saw shrek one as it came in cinema 10 years ago, and I was only 10. it was an integrated part of my childhood. Shrek four did everything wrong. It was a movie that was clearly made for the money rather than for people who felt they had a story to tell.

15 years ago I was 5 years old. and Toy story was released.
I don't remember when I saw it the first time, because I was so small, but I remember it being a dear part of my childhood.
11 years ago I was only 9 and the sequel came out, I dragged my grandmother to the cinema.
yeas I dragged her, she hated the facts that I always wanted to see movies when we had some time together. And even though she didn't normally liked movies, she to really enjoyed toy story 2. and that to have become a very important part of my childhood.

Toy Story 3. did everything right.

I can't believe I was 5 when the first movie came out, and now I am 20.
That is a whole life time, and the movie even illustrated such a thing for me.

This movie had a story to tell on the same time as it had a good time with itself.
It both gave the darkest and the happiest Pixar had to offer.

After UP I sincerely didn't think a Pixar movie could become any sadder, deeper or truer dealing with stuff such as looses and death. And I did absolutly not see it coming from the third movie in the Toy Story franchise. but it happened.

Pixar is an amazing company in the sense that they have never made a bad movie. not even once. there are put more care and feeling into a pixar movie than three dream works movie and a disney life action movie. And lately of their movies had the ability to turn grown men into cry babies and yours truly into a pitifull bunch of gooy greenish stuff.

And on the same time this movie is filled to the brim with all of my favorite childhood action hero sense just with toys doing it.
If this had been a life action movie, people would have called it a spoof as it have more action movie cliches than you can count.
But I enjoyed every single one of them, they made my whole face light up and I felt great as I saw it, I have been waiting to see such scenes in a movie put in there without shame, and they got away with it, as this movie have so much heart.

on the same time, it was aware that it was a part of a franchise. the overall theme was picked up from the last movie and taken a step further, going the only natural next step, which is incredible sad.
Buzz's story which came all the way from the first movie is kept alive in the most ingeniouse way that brings a smile to my lips.
The movie knows it's a movie pointed to the child in everyones heart, and it have no shame in using that knowledge. which is great.

It felt like a huge love declaration and understanding towards everyones childhood, and it payed respect to it's own origins on the same time as being new and fresh.

Pixar.... what can't you do?

I swear, the day Pixar makes I movie that sucks. I will die of a heart attack. so hopefully that will never happen.


Hey and welcome to my blog.

At this point in my life as I am writing this I am aspiring to a lot of things.

I am a writer, reviewer, actress, comedian and singer. in that order as mentioned, or at least aspiring on all of them.

Though above all else, I am a geek.

A geek within movies, books, television series. Franchises and myths you name it.

I especially always had a fascination towards old franchises that have been kept alive through the years with tons of interpretations in many movies displaying the same story or the same idea. at least using the same title, and see how newer stuff steals and borrows from the older stuff.

I am aspiring to become one of the many gazilions enternet reviewer, only I will be the one focusing on the thing I just mentioned.

also, I am going to write the best sit com Denmark have seen in years.

This Blog will more be about my reviewing of stuff and thoughts upon new movies and tely vision shows which is a part of a franchise than it's anything else.

For anybody who will read this, you are obviously somebody in a far off future who have discovered me. All I wanna say is thanks for reading. and now lets see what the future might bring.