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mother! Trailer #1 (2017) *Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Darren Aronofsky*

The trailer for mother! starts off with a loving couple (Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence…..kind of a big age gap there even for Hollywood, guys) fixing up their house and domestic tranquility.  However, this is a Darren Aronofsky film and if you managed to survive Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Black Swan, or The Wrestler, you know things are going to get very weird, very quickly, you’ll see a lot of amazing acting and also probably a lot of things you’ll wish you could unsee later.  It’s a weird balance of wanting to see the performances Aronofsky draws out and having some things from Requiem for a Dream wandering the dark hallways of your mind for the rest of your life.  My autocorrect, Darren, also thanks you for sticking a lowercase letter and punctuation mark in the one-word title of your film.  mother! will open September 15, 2017.

mother! Poster with Jennifer Lawrence

Trailer Time: Geostorm Trailer #1 (2017) *The Weather is Angry!*

Ok.  So I watched this.  Within 5 seconds I was waiting to see “FROM THE X OF INDEPENDENCE DAY”.  And sure enough, there came Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich’s partner in using huge things to blow up huge things over over 20 years.  This is a tentpole fall release for WB, not an August dump.  This releases in October, and basically the plot is we’re controlling the weather now with satellites and the satellites get angry and start throwing weather at the Earth.  And ONLY GERARD BUTLER can stop it.  Nothing can stop me seeing this lol.

Movie Review: Snowpiercer (2014) *Mild Spoilers*

Snowpiercer* Peter, The Reasonable Critic, was lucky enough to catch a screening of the highly-reviewed Snowpiercer and returned from the cold to share his thoughts with the KT Community.

Seventeen years ago, in an effort to combat climate change, the human race accidentally froze the Earth, and the last vestige of civilization boarded an enormous train to survive while circling the world.  The poor masses live in steerage while the privileged few live in first class.  They worship Wilfred, a Wizard of Oz-like figure who predicted the ecological disaster and invented the train’s perpetual motion engine. Continue reading Movie Review: Snowpiercer (2014) *Mild Spoilers*

Movie Review: Gravity (2013)

Gravity, Sandra Bullock

The difficulty I have in reviewing Gravity isn’t that I don’t have anything to say about it or that I don’t have a strong feeling about it.  I just don’t want to tell you anything.  You quite honestly just need to go; know as little as possible, see it in IMAX 3D if at all possible (I don’t recommend that often) and experience it.  Gravity is so immersive, so encapsulating that you feel like you’re in space with the astronauts played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.  At times this will be stunningly beautiful, staring at the Northern Lights from orbit.  At times you’ll be disoriented and maybe even claustrophobic.  You most likely will be extremely tense throughout most of the movie’s 1.5 hour running time.  My body was a clenched fist throughout most of the film.  This movie needs to be seen in the theater.  I can’t imagine it having its full effect at home.  That’s no knock on the movie, by the way, more of a knock on your home.  It’s insufficient.

What I can and will say, and I’ll talk in the comments with people who do see it, is that it’s a masterpiece.  Alfonso Cuaron has done something with this film in terms of an engaging, painstakingly realistic cinematic experience that I don’t think can be compared to any other movie I’ve ever seen.  Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are outstanding; normally I don’t care for Bullock but her performance in this movie is remarkable.

On every level, Gravity is a perfect movie.  It’s technically flawless, brilliantly directed, superbly acted and-by far-the best picture of 2013 to date.  Just.  GO!
Gravity, George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Alfonso Cuaron

Official Plot Synopsis:
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron, George Clooney

My Favorite Scene: Apollo 13 (1995) “Houston, We Have a Problem”

There was a long period in my life when I wanted to be an astronaut. My grandfather worked on the Gemini Program, and I could imagine nothing cooler than the only true exploration left to us. However, then I discovered NASA has a height restriction and demands some kind of adequate math and science skills (not my strongest areas). But I have remained a space geek and historian of NASA’s efforts to explore the cosmos.

Apollo 13 was my favorite non-Star Wars movie for a long, long time (still in the top 5). It, and the amazing HBO mini From the Earth to the Moon, chronicle the amazing efforts of NASA in the 1950’s to 1970’s to pioneer manned spaceflight. We’ve lost the Challenger. We’ve lost the Columbia. Before that, though, it was all but certain that we were going to lose Apollo 13. It’s a story of a group of brilliant people tackling an impossible problem and finding a solution against every possible obstacle. It’s a triumph of the human spirit and not at all a failed mission. Getting Apollo 13 home was every bit as an accomplishment as landing on the moon.

It all starts with the problem that has become an iconic cinema catchphrase, “Houston, we have a problem.” Shortly after a national broadcast, Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert were doing routine maintenance; part of which was to stir the oxygen tanks. What happens next, both in the spacecraft and in the control room under the direction of Gene Kranz is gripping film, but if you listen to the mission tapes, the calm problem solving determination the film shows is even more matter-of-fact in real life. These men were explorers, pilots, and geniuses of the highest order.

We live in tough economic times. That’s the understatement of the century. NASA has seen its funding cut and cut to the point where they can’t send safe spacecraft up any more. If you want to go into space, you’re going to have to take your chances in a Soyuz Russian “shuttle” and have fun with that. Why explore? Why pour money into, say, building a moon base or going to mars? Because it’s what we do. We saw a hill and we climbed it. We saw mountains and we scaled them. We saw vast expanses of water and sailed into the unknown. Humanity was meant to explore. And from a purely economic standpoint, setting a goal that cannot currently be achieved by the technological means available forces innovation. The calculator, the microwave and-to a large extent-the PC all came about because of technology developed for space travel. We’re all so downtrodden now. It’s a horrible time. We need a dream. Not “hope for change”, but a real goal. Cure cancer in ten years. Eliminate fossil fuel emitting vehicles by 2025. Go to Mars. We’re crafted to do great things and we’re stagnating as a species. This is my favorite scene from a movie that shows a generation that had no limits on their imagination.
Apollo 13, Ron Howard, Tom Hanks