Dave and Devindra discuss Spike Jonze’s newest love story, Her.
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Posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by David Chen
Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is one of my favorite films of the year, a non-stop thrill ride with innovative camera work, sound design, and animation. The movie’s apparent verisimilitude impressed me so much that I spent some time reading about how accurate it was from people like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Andy Howell, and Michael Massimino. Turns out, the film takes significant liberties with some of the facts and physics (shocker!).
While the film is probably one of the most accurate depictions of space ever put to film, this accuracy makes the places where it ISN’T accurate all the more bothersome. The thing is, each one of Cuarón’s decisions makes complete sense. Every single scientific inaccuracy I’m about to list can be interpreted to be in service of the story, which totally delivers when it comes to tension and character development.
Nonetheless, now that I’ve started noticing these issues, I can’t ever stop noticing them. So, here are five scientific inaccuracies in Gravity that will now bother me forever. Spoilers for Gravity follow.
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Posted on Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 by David Chen
Dave and Devindra discuss the latest films from Adam McKay and the Coen Brothers.
There are a lot worse things than traveling to Europe with a girl you don’t really know. On second thought….
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The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis (which rolls out to more cities today) begins with a folk singer getting beat up in an alleyway, a scene that served as the inspiration for the whole film. From that idea, the Coens came up with a story that would “fit around that and explain that incident.” The resulting film is small in scope, but one that actively subverts genre expectations, and that’s loaded with pathos and tragedy.
Check out my video review of Inside Llewyn Davis after the jump.
All things considered, 2013 was a pretty great year for cinema. But it was a particularly good year for action film fans. With a few exceptions, most action that I saw in movies was pretty competently shot and edited. I was dazzled by the martial arts of Man of Tai Chi, gripped by the boat raiding of Captain Phillips, and temporarily entertained by the barrel-riding of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But even beyond those moments, there were a few action scenes that really stuck out to me. I think of them as the scenes that gave me a “holy shit!” moment, prompting me to exclaim (internally or verbally) disbelief at what I’d just witnessed.
After the jump, you’ll find my personal top 5 Action Scenes of 2013. You will disagree with them! I know the other guys at /Film already have. Thus, I heartily encourage you to share your own choices in the comments, and celebrate the year of action films with me.
The /Filmcast: Bonus Ep. – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (GUEST: Jeff Cannata from Newest Latest Best)
Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by David Chen
Dave, Devindra, and Jeff Cannata from Newest Latest Best discuss the scourge of Shia LaBeouf plagiarism, praise the mystery of the Interstellar trailer, and evaluate Peter Jackson’s newest Hobbit film.
Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013 by David Chen
When Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World debuted in 2010, I’ll admit it: I didn’t quite know what to make of it. Wright’s Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were clearly send-ups of their respective genres, but Pilgrim defied my expectations. Part videogame movie, part comic-book movie, and part coming-of-age story, Pilgrim, based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s award-winning graphic novel series, was a bold, singular creation that unfortunately never truly found its audience during its theatrical release.
In the intervening years, my appreciation of the film has grown considerably. After the jump, you can see my newest video essay analyzing the film and pointing out some of its hidden gems. Feel free to share your thoughts on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in the comments.