Saturday, February 25, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
There is a slowly building chasm in videogames. One side creates shoddy block busters which they know will sell, Call of Duty I'm looking at you. On the other side we have true innovation, developers that want to give gamers a truly unique experience, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery I'm looking at you. This has forced me to become incredibly picky about the games I play, which is ironic because I have a larger game library than most of my friends. I play the Fallouts, the God of Wars, and the Skyrims. And while I have fun playing those games, I don't get immersed in them like I do with Bioshock, or other videogames that really push the envelope. For every ten block busters there's one truly creative game that gets any kind of notoriety, how many people do you think have actually played Binding of Issac, Super Meat Boy, or Sword & Sworcery. I do commend the videogame industry for being open to innovation, but more often than not they get overshadowed. Just look at the xbox indie marketplace. That was supposed to be a place for new talent to grow, that didn't happen. Creativity within the industry is becoming seriously stunted, I mean, Halo 4...really come on guys you can do better, Call of Duty, bleh, Resistance, meh. Whats happened to innovation, where are my truly interesting and creative games.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I love all forms of film, whether its animated, independent, foreign I love them all. But the truth is I'm sick and tired of Hollywood. When it first started it was all about creativity and innovation, everyone in Hollywood was asking themselves how far can I push my craft. Orson Wells, Cecil B. DeMille, Alfred Hitchcock these were men who were pushing the boundaries of film making. Now all we have are Stephen Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and Michel Bay. Now don't get me wrong they are very good at what they do, but they don't really push the craft. And I mean really push the craft. You don't see any of these film makers doing anything different. Many of them have become so obsessed with a particular part of film making that other aspects get completely tossed aside. Films no longer form a cohesive whole, why do you think we have different genres of film. Hollywood has begun chasing its own tail, this makes it impossible for new ideas, concepts, and talent to enter the field and really show what there capable of. Hollywood has become completely obsessed with covering its own investments. Unfortunately when someone new and creative does enter the field they "Hollywoodify" them. Best example I can think of is Christopher Nolan. Brilliant film maker, but for as unique and interesting as Inception was for Hollywood, his earlier films Following and Memento were far more brilliant. There are a few exceptions to the rules; Terry Gilliam, Cohen Brothers, Guillermo Del Toro, Nicolas Wending Refn, Darren Aronofsky. But you'll notice that these guys are more often the exception than the rule, and there all INDEPENDENT. Hollywood I know you'll never up your game, but please don't take my amazing film makers away from me.
Monday, February 6, 2012
#1) "And then I woke up". The sick sour feeling you get in your stomach as that screen goes black is the absolute essence of of what this film is about. We give up so often and let the world move on with out us and we continue to wonder why it's getting worse? We must do something regardless of whether or not there is room in society for us.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
So how do we as Christians reconcile the violence which we see in films. Oldboy, Drive, A Clockwork Orange all of these are incredibly violent films so as a Christian should I watch them. This is an interesting conundrum I have found myself in quite often. But then I think if there is truth to this film how can I afford not to watch it. I'm not talking about watching a porn film just because it makes a statement at the end, but a film that throughout is constantly making truthful statements about the world that we live in. We as Christians will often try and rationalize away and say that we shouldn't make or even watch films with violence in them, simply because we are afraid of the truth that is found in the world we live in, and how we see it in those violent films. We as Christians need to be careful that we don't become afraid of the truth. That is a dangerous prospect for a Christian, and I believe that we need to be careful and unafraid to look truth right in the face and if a film shows the truth we cannot be afraid of it.
Friday, February 3, 2012
#2) The Blink. The final moments of Drive are some of the most heartbreaking in cinema, but if there's one moment that really takes the cake it has to be "The Blink". The camera slowly tracks up the Drivers motionless body, leaning back in his seat blood splatted across his white jacket. Then we reach his face dead lifeless eyes staring off into the distance. The camera lingers for what seems like an eternity you find every muscle in your body tensing up, we all know what's happened, and then just as soon as your completely certain the cut to black is coming, the Driver blinks. Oh and if you haven't seen Drive you ought to here's the trailer to prove it.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
#3) The Unicorn. I'm going to guess that if your reading this blog you have seen or at least heard of the movie Blade Runner. If not go see it ASAP (make sure you watch the directors or final cuts of the film). The power of this moment is pretty incredible, it's the moment when everything you've seen in the film comes together. It's also one of the most ambiguous moments in film history, what happens after that elevator door closes? I suppose there really is a lot in this ending, far too much to analyze in its entirety. But it still resonates with us and sends chills up our spine every time we watch it.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
#4) The Top. I would venture to guess that one of the most influential films of this generation will be Inception for multiple reasons. It will also be an extremely controversial film, if only because of its ending. For those of you claiming you have a definitive answer you completely missed the point of the film. I know that the question I came out of the theater asking wasn't was he still in a dream, but if he was still in a dream was he better off in that dream than out in real life? The reason that this is on this list really is, however, the controversy itself, it will be debated for years to come and I doubt a definitive answer will ever be found.