Right now, in 2020, while all the cinemas are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I think there's something to be said for the cinema experience, that is, the setting itself. At its best, it could feel great to sit in a grand theatre (grand compared with the average living room anyway) with all the procedure and ceremony around the film playing out in front of you. Sitting in the dark, only the immense images lighting up the room, with…
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Look around a bit.
Run a little bit, look around.
Alien war machine bursts from the ground, toppling buildings
Run a little bit, look back at alien craft.
I knew there was something weird going on...
Beams emerge from the alien war machine, tearing up concrete, flipping cars and destroying buildings
Run a little bit, stop, look back.
This could be hazardous. Best to move away slightly…
If we are to take some of the character's feelings as representing the filmmaker's view, there were some attitudes that came through this film that I couldn't go along with. Although as a satire it avoids overtly stating anything and so invokes the shield of plausible deniability.
They are as follows:
- Theatre is better and more worthy than film.
I find the theatre to be a great workshop for actors but the results have never impressed me as much…
Much like Blade Runner 2049 I didn't like the intellectual weight heaped upon this re-imagining of a genre favourite. Whilst both are tasteful and accomplished their own way, there is something distant and analytical about how the films are presented. It's as though the originals were put in a blender along with all the film/media studies essays that have been written about them in the intervening years.