10,000 B.C. (2008)

Despite the clear fictionality of the “history” that is portrayed in this film, it was a decent film.  I didn’t know what to expect and was hoping it wouldn’t be a horrible film. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. What I liked was the plot.  I think this film does what Babel cannot:  show the TRUE interconnectivity between people who “seem” to have no connection with each … Continue reading 10,000 B.C. (2008)

Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)

I suppose one of the most powerful scenes in this film was at the beginning when we see the Spanish soldiers, and many chained slaves, traipsing through the thick forest carrying the two women in their carriage-box things.  At that moment, something became clear to me:  the absolute ridiculousness of the colonizers’ absurd attempts to not only conquer but to bring their inappropriate cultural practices into an … Continue reading Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)

When Worlds Collide (1951)

What I liked about this film was that reason and true humanism won out over the representation of capitalist-vicious-greed.  In the end, when Dr. Hendron keeps Stanton off the ship, it shows true courage in the face of the oppressiveness of money-that-supposedly-gets-you-anything.  I think that’s an important message to convey because today we’re in that same situation–big businesses are profiting relentlessly from the exploitation of … Continue reading When Worlds Collide (1951)

Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Odyssey’ Tetralogy

Or maybe you prefer Quadrilogy.  This four-book saga is made up of  2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), 2010: Odyssey Two (1982), 2061: Odyssey Three (1987), and 3001: The Final Odyssey (1997).  Since these are related to film, I am comfortable writing about them on this blog.  But even if they weren’t, this blog will probably diverge occasionally to discuss non-film texts.  So, it’s okay either … Continue reading Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Odyssey’ Tetralogy

Iron Man (2008)

I’m not a comic book or graphic novel reader.  So I can’t say for sure how accurate the filmed version of Iron Man is in terms of its adherence to the original.  It is an interesting concept for a super hero though:  a regular person with no “unnatural” abilities, except for a genius-level mind and a penchant for MacGyver’esque engineering-oneself-out-of-tough-spots.  Brilliant concept, really.  Use your own … Continue reading Iron Man (2008)

Invincible (2002)

This feature-film by Werner Herzog presents an interesting view of the time period concerning the rise of the Nazis in Germany, and their effects on Jews in Germany and Poland:  1932 & 1933.  What stands out the most to me is how obvious it is to viewers today (it’s amazing to think it was over 70 years ago!) that the incomprehsible “racial” divide between Germans and … Continue reading Invincible (2002)