Friday, 6 August 2010

Harry Potter sixh, the half blood prince, movie thoughts.

oh my god.

Well, as people might have guessed now, I have been in a bit of a Harry Potter mood lately, what sparkled this was I discovered the wonderfull legally youtube upload "A very Potter musical." which any potter fan should watch, I personally saw it over and over. That is not however what I was saying oh my god to.

Long story short, I have been a deep fan since before the first movie, and I saw all the movies quite loyalie in cinema, that is except the most resent sixht movie.
I honestly don't know what codex or agenda that made me swear not to watch it, something about honouring the books or whats not. point just is, I did not see it... untill now when I had my big Potter going into childhood throw back... My specific reaction.. I don't wanna grow up :,(

No seriously, as I saw the imaginary of this movie, Harry potter sixth, the half blood prince. I was stunned, I kept remembering dose warm brilliant welcoming magical sets of the first couple of movies, which were really childish but also magical and bright... and then.. in this movie.. All of does sets, despite being preciesly the same as previously.. are dark, cold, devoid of happiness and magic.. And it's so depressing to compare this.. Good job movie! And I don't wanna grow up, it's like mind of the eleventh year old vs mind of the adult. it's sad! god why am I so old all of a sudden.
And no location in this movie is safe, Diagon Alley is dark and grey, Hogwarts is suddenly giving a big empty ringing sound and their big hall is not a fun place no more, the weasley home is burned to the grown.. and dude.. Bellatrix burned down Hagrid's hut!? that did not happen in the book!
Of cause I read the book, several times even. but the imagery of all the places did not accour to me, sure. The characters and the univers had grown up by the sixht book was depressing as hell, but the picture of an empty gray Diagon Alley with scared desperate people tugging away in the corners did elude me. I am shocked.

Also in the sixht book was it peoples motivation and colours started to blend, in the beginning it was all very childish and black and white. either your evil or good, if your in Slytherin your evil by default, if your not your good by default. so not true by the sixht books standards where all the characters are three dimensiononal, all have reasons for what they do and what house there were in could not matter less. Sure, it is mentioned now and then that Slytherins are well looked upon by Voldemort, but in the end. Really does not matter.

She burned down Hagrid's hut!? i'm sorry... but really? I am so glad that I sucked my pride up, because this is the best Potter film so far. depressing yep, but good anyways.

Anyone than me that find it ironic how Harry actually had each of all of the three of the deathly hollows in his possesion at some point of another in this movie? you know, they are first going to be mentioned in the seventh movie, but that does not alter the fact that he did have possion of them all, and have at least touched all three of them.
Dude.. screw all does people who claims that the Deathly Hollows was a concept appearing out of no where, the objects are right there! he had them! he touched them! before they were even mentioned!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Entertainment vs Review style

For a long while, I thought I would spring my into the enternet by being another reviewer. really try and review movies.
I started doing so on one of my youtube channels, which was fairly succesfull, but I stopped now.

I started because I wanted to respond to people like Nostaliga Critic, and the AVGN as they are entertainers in their vidoes not reviewers.
But now I realised something, I much rather just do comedy focused vidoes. as I belived A; is a lot more rare on the net now, B; every film teen in the age of 10 - 32 is wasting their life discussing all these movies when it in the end does not matter. C; to do orignal stuff that fells deviate and where I wont have to bother about going all filosophical and all like. Uhhh, I have an opinion, matters a lot more to me.

Not to say that I don't have an opinion. I will always have an opinion, and I wont have a problem lashing out on people if it brings attention to me, but it kind of seems pointless to me.
Because the matter of the fact is that what we are watching, or reading or what ever are fictions and movies. one more opinion in the bunch does not matter, one more opinion which trashes bad movies even less so. The only way to trash bad movies is to be entertaining, and yet that is an act repeated over and over by.. well.. everyone.
And dude, you can make anything sound stupid if you really want to. I can do it, looki here.

Citizien Kane is a bland boring movie about one old really not nice man, who treats women badly and is rude to everyone. It's bland and boring with a story that is in times difficult to follow as we keep skipping over the years and land "KAPAM" in something new.

see, that was not hard.. do I really hate Citizien Kane, the greatest movie of all time???
To be perfectly honest, I do think it's a bit overated at it's praised of being ahead of it's time in visuals and themes of life and death as I fell I can mention older movies with superior visuals and similar themes. ofcause does movies are in the horror genre, not the dramatic. and god forbid fantasy and horror should ever been taken seriously.
No, I don't hate Citisien Kane, and I do rather like it as it has it merits and the ability to get me emotionally involded, often even upset or disturbed.

So many people is chattering away, putting their time and even close to life into the argument of why a movie sucks.. people tend to be more compasionate when hating movies than liking them. and the truth is. it dosn't matter bull shit.

Well, not to say that having people lashing out after each other isn't entertaining, in fact it's some of the most entertaining things to happen on the enternet. to have two individual reviewers starting biggering is just really entertaining. the critic and the Nerd obviously did it in good spirits for comedy. but their are people out there really in each others throats, sending responses back and ford via Youtube. what is the freaking point?

A good movie in my mind is not about narrative, nor if it follows a scheme correctly. It's basically about exsperince. If you had an exsperience with a movie that says you laughed your pants off, then it's a good movie. if you had the exsperince that you could disolve into tears, then it's also a good movie. even if the movie is so bad that you find yourself gawking and dripping drowl on your carpet.. well then it succeed in being an exsperince (cough, "the room")

I could not care less if a movie follow the norms or not. in either direction, and I find that is often the centre in a argument around a decent not all that good not all that bad movie.

That one side complains it's unsurprising and following a known pattern all to well. and one other can complain about movies not making any sense as the pattern is totally unrecognisable.

I don't care either way, it's only the exsperience that counts the first time watching. Then afterwards you can go back and figure why you like it or not.

Hell, there are even norms at forums now. I am not allowed to say "This movie was so cute, and it made me laugh."
nope, I need to go into details explaining what in the setup gave pay offs, what comments the movie had to my real life exsperince (which isn't much as I have spend my time analzing damn movies for no reason) and how the narrative carries itself.

Today, no movie will ever be released that everybody likes, it is simply not going to happen. so O wont bother... unless something spakred my interest, which can happen rather quickly.

however, using pop culture as a ground base and exsterior reference is an easy and cheap way for comedians to gain attention rather quickly.
Audiences are not very open minded as they just love something referenced that they allready know, makes them fell smart or something.. I dunno.. hey, I am the same way, I am not being a saint here.

All that I am saying is, create something. to make video a ground base is fine. then it's like having a dancing partner. but by now it's far overused and people needs to do something. Enternet vidoe reviews for entertainment is the equillant of Junkfood comedy. it seems deliciouse, you eat some and little time passes by and you forget you ever ate it and need more.

support original comedians, and try and do something original when going out there on the net. please.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

The Terry Gilliam Triology

Terry Gilliam is probably my current favorite film director in the whole wide world.
Well, I am saying current because I see so many films that I have decided to keep an open mind instead of just saying that and that is my absolute favorite, we never know what the future brings.
For one thing, I through lots of my teenage years thought Tim Burton was the film director god over all other film directors. now I know I am horrible wrong, later I told myself he is the art director above them all with really special looking artsy films... even there I were totally wrongs, lots of films looks like Tim Burton films, they can even be more artsy, and he got nothing on Terry Gilliam both as a genneral director and art director. nothing at all.

There is nothing like that undescribable exsperience of watching a Terry Gilliam movie.
It is just that, A terry Gilliam movie, no one makes movies quite like him, and darn it do I love his style. it's dark, it's gritty, it's self aware, it's ironic and it's always very funny.
Very absurd, very weird, strange and unique.. in other words, can't be described must be seen.

Picture of all the Pythons, Gilliam is in the upper right corner, just behind Micheal Palin

To try and understand Terry Gilliam style, we can at least try and look at his origins... it is called "Monty Python" he started of as being one of the six official pythons.. okay, things are storting to make sense... sort of, or not.
He designed and made all the animations for the show, was a co-writer along the other five pythons and a occasional actor, most infamously he was the person inside of the knight that would keep on hitting the other Pythons with a rubber chicken through out their first season. He had his directors debut on the Python film. "The quest for the holy grail" which he directed together with another python, Terry Jones. the film is to this date one of the most funny and important comedy films of all times, it was made in the 70's and still today my young buddies is quoiting it, that's quite an unbelievable feet in my eyes, I can't never make my mates see anything else that's over 15 years old, so I am quite alone with my dusty movie collection.

However, despite still making movies to this date, Terry Gilliam has his grant prime time as a director in a early stage, when he did the "Gilliam Triology" consisten of three different stand alone films that kind of, kind off not... deals with the same ideas. what people fancy to call it is. "The little boy escping from reality, the middle aged man escaping from reality and the old man escaping from reality" or that's what Gilliam himself called it.

We can also just called them "Time Bandits" "Brazil" and "Baron Von Munchausen"

Three majore uniqely film that cannot be matched by anyone, not even their own creator, filled with absurd fantasy and ironic humour on the same time as being gritty as heck.

I can might as well say it right now before I start reviewing this stuff, I implore people these films without spoiling the experience with background check and reviews, just sit back and be taken aback by the strangness and the weirdness of it all.

Time Bandits, 1981.

Oh boy, what fun I had the third time watching these movie. after having seen it twice I finally managed to purchase it, my littlesister asked if we should watch a movie and I said sure, as costume rules I brought a couple of movies I thought she would like but new she hadn't seen before, when she pointed at Time Bandits I said it was kind of a childrish fantasy film and she picked it thinking it would be a nice laugh like "Nanny McPhee" or that sort of thing.
Then the film started, it was all typical fantasy movie and all were well, though she had to note that it was the most boned sort pair of parents she had ever seen, what was up with does two? but fine, the kid would soon leave for never ever land anyhow, these films are never about the parent. then at the little boys room as he is laying in bed, suddenly out of no where a dwarf jumps out of his closet, and my littlesister whent.. what the hell?
Another Dwarf jumped out and her mout was wide open. "Two dwarfs?"
Yet again another one dropped. "The fuck Sofie, what am I watching?" and yet another one, and another one. at last eight Dwarfs had jumped out of the closet, and my littlesister was totally flabbergasted not knowing what to say, then of all things "The supreme" being appears to capture the dwarfs, and the Dwarfs escape by pushing one of the walls of the beedroom into another dimension.. yeah it's that weird. and suddenly we find ourself in a completely other, historical time, The Napoleon war, where we meet Napoleon. Strange things happened and my littlesisters eyes was glued to the screen awe while I was just laughing at dumbfounded she looked, around 20 minutes past by in the movie and Dwarfs was still there, slowly she turned to me. "Sofie" she said. "Are we going the spend the entire movie with these Dwarf?"
And I am a honest woman, so I had to confess yeas to her horror. and that is this entire movie, Dwarf's traveling in time and space and meeting Napoleon, sound strange? well it is, it's very strange and very silly.
God it's difficult to try and write about these movies, there's so much to say yet I have so much difficulty formulating any of it.
Well, to simplyfie this movie. a little boy have the most boned parents in the world who can only ever think of getting more technical merchandise that can do work for them so they would get more time to do stuff despite the fact they do nothing by sits on their asses all day.
eight dwarfs pops out of the boys closet and is forced to escape as the surpreme being is pretty mad a them for stealing his map over all the wholes in the space and time continume of the universe, they escape by pushing a wall and now uses the map to travel in time and space to get rich dragging along the boy, two persons are afte them the ultimate being, also called god, and evil, also called the devil. the film is weird, strange, bogus and my little sister have never been so shocked by any other film ending ever.

"Brazil" from 1985 is by many considered to be Terry Gilliams master piece.
Oh god, what is this.. how can I describe.
I just saw an old documentary about this movie where they interviewed the entire cast and most of the production team, both writers and Terry Gilliam the director himself, the first question they were all asked was "What is the movie about" and they all had completely different answers! and each of the answers were right, non of them was wrong, so what am I supposed to do. even more hillariouse is that the last question they all were asked was "why is it called Brazil?" and they all went weirdly quiet as non of them had an answer. except Gilliam who wrote the title, his answer was that he could not come up with a title that makes any more sense than that... I believe him.
I could give ten different summaries and analyzes of this movie concerning completly different subjects and morale ethics, and non of the analyzes would be less correct than the others, this movie is about so many different things, but also manage to balance it all perfectly.

Well, I suppose I ought to at least try and explain the movie, what I can say for sure that it is a a dysotpiac sciense fiction, for does who don't know, Dystopic is the oppesite as otopic, meaning when it's otopic we find our self in the most idealised place imagineable, and so this movie is sat in a total shit hold were everything is sad, gray and completly left out of emotion, people are living these strange facades and nothing is happy. I love the running theme about paper work, that when anything is to be done in this world, it would have to go through a shit loud of paper work before anything at all is done, and then when they finally get to the handy work, after a lot of time spend on paper work, no one really knows how to do handy work, as everyone is really working with paper all day long. our main Character "Sam" seems to be the only one really human, the only one with emotions and normal human akwardness, he seems very akward and is almost dissapearing in the gray strict world where everyone is drowning in paper, yet he seems so alive and likeable, only few actors would have been able to pull this off, and Jonathan Pryce carries it out beautifully, he is so exstremly likeable yet akward and seems so nice, as shit starts happening around him he is falling apart, yet he is continuesly the only one who seems to have real genuine emotions.
The ending of this movie is probably the most terrible ending I have ever seen, not meaning that it is a terrible written ending, but in the meaning that I felt horrible inside and I was flabbergasted as I just gawked at the television screen while I felt incredible upset and sad.
The visuels of the movie are stunning, pure Terry Gilliam, a must watch for anyone.

"Baron Von Munchausen" 1988 is my favorite Terry Gilliam movie.
And I think it is because that is the movie I can relate the most to, It was my first exsperience watching a Terry Gilliam movie, though I had no idea what it was at the time. I actually remember it well, I can't have been more than 11 or at most 13 when it was in afternoon television, I was stunned about what I saw and despite not ever getting to see the movie again before I was around 18, I kept remembering. If there is any film out there that looks like my mind, this is it.
Maybe a large part of it is due that it takes place in a theater building, and the theater building comes to life, but also the fairy tales withing the film that suddenly comes to life are stuff that have always represented me as a person. It's very childish, and fells very magical on the same time as being funny and ironic with a strick of gritty sarcasm regarding that evil that is sticky grow ups with minds as so.
Well, as an outline it's about a theater preforming "The tales of Baron Von Munchausen" suddenly a mystical man, very closely resemblimg the description of the baron steps up and claims to be that so called Baron, suddenly the city gets attacked by enemies and everything gets bombed, the Baron tells the story of why they are even at war in the first place, and it's all his fault, with a little girl of the theater he embarks on a journey to collect his old fairy tale gang, each with their special power so they will be able to beat the enemy and reclaim the city.
In other words, its so much as fairy tale as it's ever going to be, but with a man as Terry gilliam behind the while, the gritty humour and dark under tones are always present.
Of cause the visuals are remarkble stunning, absolutly beautifull but also very surreal and fantasi a like, their journey goes to the most absurd places yet recognisable for my child hood mind.
I love this movie so much, and I love Terry Gilliam as an artist so much, I can truthfully say that i'm glad that he is there.