After a mind-blowing season one finale, Westworld is finally back on April 22nd at 9 p.m. EST. Westworld, originally a feature film written by Jurassic Park’s Michael Crichton and starring Yul Bruyner, was decompressed into a sprawling epic TV series about a theme park world full of android hosts. Season one saw those android gain more and more self-awareness and freedom from their controllers, until we see that season two is going to be a completely new ballgame. Westworld’s teaser was the best trailer from the Super Bowl back in February, and now it has released a fantastic full trailer for its second season. The player pianos in Westworld all play player piano versions of rock songs; the full trailer is accompanied by Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box”. The finale left a lot of directions in which the show can go. I can’t wait to see what Jonathan Nolan has in store.
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.
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.
* 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*
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!
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.