Locke


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Locke


Directed and Written by Steven Knight, Starring Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott

Synopsis - Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his careful cultivated existence.


Thoughts -  Locke is one of the more entertaining and funniest films of 2014 and I think much of it is unintended. 

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 1:44:10 mark of Episode 76. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 7/10

Itinerary


Today I will be reading this:

 

and this: 

and watching this:

and this: 


Life Itself


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Life Itself


Documentary Directed Steve James

Synopsis - A documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert.


Thoughts -  Life Itself is a lovely, if mostly standard Doc. If you like, or as with me, came to deeply admire the man Ebert became, it’s a film you’ll definitely want to see. 

The Doc suffers from trying to cover an entire life in two hours, like so many Biopics, but there is some powerful stuff as it focuses in on the final months of Ebert’s life.  

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 13:45 mark of Episode 76. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 7/10

I’m the Raphael of The Flicksation Podcast

Go listen to me being cool, but rude. 

Snowpiercer


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Snowpiercer


Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Written by Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson, Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer and Song Kang-ho

Synopsis - Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.


Thoughts -  A fish slipping, baby eating good time. A lot like a Hunger Games made for boys 18-25, with a lot more on screen brutality. I dug it, but at times was jarred and would never make the argument that it had any kind of real intellectual sophistication. 

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 33:10 mark of Episode 76. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 7/10

Episode 76 is Loose and Available



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I was very tired. It was very hot. 

Episode 76 features full discussions of a bunch of highly regarded releases. We talk Tom Hardy in Locke, Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton in Snowpiercer, The loving Roger Ebert Doc Life Itself and then the other guys catch up with Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


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We tossed around recent film news and finished up with our and your Top 3 Film of 2014’s First Half.


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How to Train Your Dragon 2


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How to Train Your Dragon 2 


An Animated Film Directed and Written by Dean DeBlois, Starring Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill

Synopsis - When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.


Thoughts -   You can hate kids and still like this film.

I really dug the first one and am in pretty much the same place with this. It’s one of the most lovely digital animation films I’ve seen. Flight should be beautiful and it really is in this film, with such creative dragon character design. The setting remains fresh, the characters unique and even funny. There’s heart and genuine emotion due to fleshed out and endearing characters. It’s a fully realized world and a rare sequel worth making. It’d be very hard not to love Toothless. 

I didn’t cover this on the Podcast. 


 My Rating : 7/10

RoboCop


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RoboCop 


Directed by Jose Padilha, Written by Joshua Zetumer, Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish and Jackie Earle Haley

Synopsis - In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.


Thoughts -   Fuck off. This film is terrible. 

I did not cover this on the Podcast. 


 My Rating : 4/10

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz


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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz


A Documentary Directed by Brian Knappenberger

Synopsis - The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.


Thoughts -   We fear genius, so we kill the geniuses. This is a pretty standard, yet not unworthy Doc. Aaron Swartz was a genius who spurned Silicon Valley in order to make the world a better place. In this Country, that makes you crazy and a threat. 

This is a very loving Doc about a figure I knew nothing about (should have), but one who gained my admiration as the film went along. The guy was idealistic and a bit naive, but he was doing something. Doing things for the good of humanity, within and beyond borders. His treatment by our Government is both appalling and entirely predictable. The doc is both inspiring and tragic. And it touches on something not often gotten into; the enforcement of obscenely outdated laws. And further, how out of touch with technology so many of the lawmakers, law enforcers and judges are. 

I didn’t cover this on the Podcast. 


 My Rating : 7/10

Frequencies


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Frequencies 


Directed and Written by Darren Paul Fisher, Starring Daniel Fraser and Eleanor Wyld 

Synopsis - Boy meets girl in a not-quite-here, not-quite-now world where one simple discovery has forever changed all human interaction.


Thoughts -   There are real and interesting ideas in play with Frequencies. At times I was reminded of films I adore, like Primer and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but only in moments. Sadly, stylistically and with the actors, this felt like a CW show. Shiny. Stilted. And with some unnecessary emotional moments that fall flat both due to execution and performance. It has a rough ending, but is plenty watchable. You may even grasp onto the ideas and world enough to let the filmmaking slide. I didn’t. 

I didn’t cover this on the Podcast. 


 My Rating : 5/10