The Grand Budapest Hotel
I just recently started updating this blog again. And when looking through my latest posts I noticed that I wrote about Wes Andersons previous movie Moonrise Kingdom in one of the later ones. It turns out Wes Anderson had time to make an entirely new movie during the time it took for me to update this damn blog again.
Anyway, not many filmmakers are so consistently good as Wes Anderson seems to be. Every movie he makes is gorgeous, funny and packed with interesting characters. All this while also being very original. It seems I’ll just keep on writing about every movie he makes on this blog. This latest one is set in some european hotel in the beginning of the last century. It looks pretty great.
I Am A Ghost
Ghost movies are pretty overdone, even when they try to shake it up by telling the story from the perspective of the ghosts. And usually those types of stories the characters ”ghostiness” is only revealed in a climactic twist at the end. This movie avoids all that by right off the bat naming the movie ”i am a ghost”. It seems to be set entirely in a house where the ghost of a girl resides. The ghost is eventually terrified by the sudden appearence of a disembodied voice which turns out to be the voice of a medium trying to get her to move on.
The budget might look a bit low at times but it still manages to look very stylish and atmospheric.
For the last couple of years I’ve had a thing for Korean films. I don’t know if it’s unfounded or not but there seems to be a lot of very strange and interesting movies being made over there. Maybe it’s just that we only get the few truly good korean movies here and their market is actually just filled with crap. But nonetheless the 2006 monster movie ‘The Host’ was fantastic and now the same director Joon-ho Bong has made a movie based on a french post-apocalyptic comic book called Snowpiercer. And it’s just packed with famous actors and beautifal visuals.
It’s all set on a gigantic train traveling on a frozen wasteland. On the train the passangers are divided in two classes, the people in the front and the people in the back. The people in the front has it slightly better and the people in the back are not happy about that.
The Zero Theorem
Wow this movie just came out of nowhere. The last I heard of director Terry Gilliam was that he was trying to get his long-cursed Don Quijote movie off the ground. And now all of a sudden he has finished an entirely different movie. A visually amazing sci-fi dystopia á la Brazil no less! There’s nothing more to say. All is good in the world now.
When I was younger, maybe around 10-14 years old I used to love vampires. And one of my favourite movies back then was ‘Interview with the Vampire’ by director Neil Jordan. While I’m pretty sick of vampires now (along with zombies and post-apocalyptic fiction) I still really like the combination of vampires and their lives through human history. ‘Interview’ had all that along with a super thick atmosphere and some really morally ambiguous characters. And now director Neil Jordan is back with yet another vampire movie which he apparently considers a companion movie to ‘Interview’. Lovely.
Wow, the trailer for this is probably the most ominous trailer for a story about a boy and his living teddybear. There’s basically no dialogue in the trailer which works fantastic as you can only guess on what the hell is going on. I’m guessing the living teddybear is making the boy do some terrible terrible things. I don’t know what else to add, just watch the trailer.
Oh Japan, how come you’re so good att absurdist humour? This movie about three failed robot scientists whom decide to hire an old man to wear a robotsuit during a robotics convention looks just as fun as it sounds. Comedy gold like; a scene of robot farting in an elevator and another scene said robot peeing in a urinal is promised.
This movie is based on a book by sci-fi legend Stanislaw Lem (who wrote Solaris). Apparently it’s just loosely based on the book, but I haven’t read it so I don’t know. But I like giving the illusion of knowing my sci-fi even though my exposure to soviet writing is nearly nil.
Anyway, this movie is about a famous actress that is offered the opportunity of having her body fully scanned and immortalised inside a computer. Unfortunately she didn’t realise this also meant that she would have to live life in some sort of bizarro handdrawn virtual world. One half of the movie seems to be live action and the other animated, and it looks gorgeous.
The History of Future Folk
So here’s a strange little movie. It sounds kind of like a mix between Flight of the Conchords and a low-budget scifi film. It’s about two aliens whom come to earth to enslave it but then find themselves falling in love with our music. So much so that they start their own folk duo. This all leads to all kinds of quirky musical sci-fi adventures. I love stuff like this.
Die Wand (The Wall)
Die Wand or The Wall in english is a german surrealist drama about a woman finding herself stuck behind an invisible while out in the middle of a forest. The only company she has is her dog and the movie apparently goes very deep into what isolation like this would do to a person. It sounds like a wonderfully bittersweet story about a woman going insane from loneliness but then eventually settles into her new life and maybe even finds some joy in it. This movie looks very interesting but will probably break your soul.