Saturday, March 23, 2013

Olympus Has Fallen & Stoker Pre-Reviews, Captain America The Winter Soldier News, GI Joe Retaliaton Ninja Mountain Fight Sequence

"When our flag falls, our nation will rise," and the movie believes that completely, starting with the opening scene of the flag and the closing scene. Again, the film is worth seeing not only for its patriotic fervor and intense action sequences, but because the vulnerability of the presidency is part of a on-going dialogue in films which GI Joe started in 2009, has been picked up by Olympus Has Fallen, will continue in GI Joe Retaliation and White House Down (a very similar premise to Olympus Has Fallen, but one which, I predict, will be highly pro-Obama and pro-socialist).
100% American patriotism!
Was this a relief to finally see once again in American films! I know the weather is bad for a lot of us this weekend, but if you are going to see a film, this would be worth it! Very enjoyable and a new angle that liberals are really going to hate (hint: pay particular attention to Cerebrus); I will go into this deeper in the review, however, Olympus Has Fallen is thoroughly up-to-date on the current American scene of politics and what threatens our freedoms most: the freedom of our enemies.
Even more impressive,...
Quite a big deal was made regarding the Hitchcock influences throughout the film, from the obvious plot details in Shadow Of A Doubt to the less obvious strangulation details found in Strangers On a Train as well as the understanding of character progression throughout each scene. Not only is the writing and directing superb, but the acting by all characters as well, and I do not say that lightly. Actually, I am not a particular fan of any of the actors in the film, my favorite Nicole Kidman film being The Others (she's a great actress, I just haven't been big on her films).  There was brief nudity, a shower scene, and sexual situations, but the film gets a grip on you and slowly tightens it every moment. Without a doubt, the film is anti-socialist and anti-Obama; while some people might complain about the "ambiguous" ending, I thought it was perfect but it's really the documentary on the "black eagle" playing in the background throughout an important scene which validates the symbols and seals the doom of the character.
...Stoker is one of those rare films that, no matter how many times you see it, you are bound to "catch something" new each time. This is definitely not a film for everyone but it explodes with self-referencing and self-awareness, and this is a film bound to influence other film makers, especially directors, and we'll delve into that. I would like to note: there are also important references to Django Unchained, at least two. I tried seeing The Croods twice and it was sold out both times, sorry, I will get to it asap, but am trying to get caught up in the meantime.
Steve Rogers as Captain America in The Avengers
In the news, Robert Redford is in talks to join Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier as a senior official in SHIELD. More plot details have been revealed (the film is scheduled for release April 2014), specifically, that Bucky Barnes--Steve's friend from Captain America--will now become The Winter Soldier working for the modern day Soviets. Yes, it has been confirmed that this will be a political thriller, and more than other Avengers, Captain America will be associated with the blockbuster film from last year, with everyone's stories tying together for the second Avengers adventure.
Also, this GI Joe: Retaliation full-footage of Storm Shadow's and Snake Eyes' fight scene, with the cliff side ninja fight scene, has been released and, I have got to tell you, I am totally thrilled (it opens next week)! We'll talk about this later, but for the moment, here's a great quiz for you:
How does the "fighting style" of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow reflect what we know of their characters?
How is Jinx able (in a symbolic way) to put Storm Shadow to sleep? What does that symbolize or reveal about his character?
Why the cliffs? Why does this massive, dangerous fight take place on zip lines and rocks?
Similarly, what does the exchange below tell us about Duke's character (Channing Tatum) in relationship to why he dies in the film? Remember, a character who dies in art dies because they are all ready dead, there are traits or behaviors making them "undesirable" in some way so they have to die. What's pretty gutsy about this second installment is that Duke was the hero of the first film and now he's no longer needed, and assuredly that will be an important statement culturally the film will be making, a statement we need to be keen on:
It's further important that they play a game, because that most readily introduces "game theory" into the possible arsenal of strategies we can employ. A way in which game theory might be expanded, for example, is in the rules of game (which favors the strongest party or the party with the greatest advantage) being undermined by the creativity of play (those without the obvious advantage creating a means to overcome their disadvantages). In the case of the Joes, most of them have been killed, they can't trust anyone and they are without back-up.
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