Saw her yesterday in Captain America, which was awesome and which I'll write up in a moment, and she's also playing against type in some freakish horror movie where she lures Scottish men to their deaths. But I think I'll probably see her in this Luc Besson SF action/thriller first.
Caught the trailer for this local apocalypse flick on Gizmodo yesterday and was kind of impressed. Some wobbly voice/over scripting at the start but it soon left that behind and promised a great looking story that might even be emiggening without a Hollywood happy ending.
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Dunno whether I'll go see the Robocop remake on the big screen. Seems the sort of thing I'd be likely to enjoy more on my own of a Saturday night with the wife away, the children a-bed and a couple of drinks on board.
Reviews haven't just been mixed. They've been violently at odds.
iO9, who I trust on all matters geekly loved it with an unnatural physcial love that would be illegal in Kansas. Their write up/rubfuck described it as 'a pitch-perfect, badass update of a movie that is practically legendary'. The whole thing is here, and is spoilerific in parts, although it didn't much bother me.
"Filmmaker José Padilha does a brilliant job updating this scenario for a world where soldiers are working with robots in combat zones every day. And he retains the subversive politics of the original, too. We begin with a segment from a right-wing TV program, The Novak Element, hosted by Samuel L. Jackson doing a fantastic parody of a FOX commentator...
One of the central questions in Robocop is whether Murphy truly is human by the time Omnicorp is done with him. Is here merely a robot who thinks he's Murphy? In one of Murphy's training sequences — set to the music of classic prog band Focus — we discover that when he's in combat mode he "thinks he's in control" but actually the robot is making all his moves for him. "It's the illusion of freewill," Norton says. But this movie is smart enough to get us wondering about whether freewill is always an illusion, especially in a combat situation. Are we not always, to a certain extent, just acting out orders and doing what our bodies have been trained to do?
You'll be surprised at how deep the science fictional speculation is here. The action is pretty damn fun too. And Padilha keeps us focused on the bigger political picture by including several more hilarious segments of Jackson ranting on The Novak Element."
Over at Wired, however, the Angry Nerd is, well, angry.
Very very angry. Bad bad robocop.
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Need I say more?
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Took the kids in to see this today, and went with very low expectations. I didn't mind the first Anchorman, but I didn't love it either. It struck me as maybe half a dozen decent Saturday Night Live sketches strung together with more of a thematic link than a narrative one. Appropriate really, since the period in which it was set, the 1970s, was something of a high water mark for sketch comedy cinema. Think Flying High or The Kentucky Fried Movie. Actually, don't think about The Kentucky Fried Movie. It's sort of undermines my whole high water mark thesis.
But Thomas wanted to see the Anchorman sequel, probably because of the amazing job Will Ferrell has done injecting it into mass consciousness over the past couple of months. I let him rent the first movie on iTunes the other day and being an eleven-year-old boy, he loved it. So, what the hell? I figured I'd go with him.
I owe Mister Ferrell an apology for ever doubting his comedic or sequential chops. It is rare of course to encounter a sequel that surpasses the source material and it is all but unique when the source material wasn't that strong to begin with. So little interest did I have in this movie I even broke my own rule about reading reviews before seeing it.
Most of the reviewers seemed to get a few chuckles and consider it worth dropping your dollar for the big screen experience. Most reviewers are morons. This is a really, really good film. It far exceeds both the satiric and narrative vision of its forerunner, working at a number of levels both as a comedy and as a deconstruction of the malaise of the modern news media.
It's funny. Let's just get that settled up front. It's really fucking funny in its particulars, the hundreds of little jokes peppered through the script, and it's funny in the metanarrative of Ron Burgundy's redemption as a harbinger of civilizational decline.
American humor is often critiqued as loud and brash, two-dimensional, as being all tip and no iceberg, but only by morons or a certain type of cultural commentator from the UK, or wishing they were from the UK. In Anchorman 2, Ferrell and his ensemble cast give us a master class in writing and performing comedy with wildly different layers of meaning, intent and sophistication. From Steve Carell's absurdist shihan, Brick Tamland – a tour de force of post-Python silliness which reaches sublime heights in his double act with Kristen Wiig – to Josh Lawson's channeling the animal spirits of Rupert Murdoch there hardly seems to be a school of larfs which doesn't get a look in.
None of this would lift the sequel above the original were not for the obvious care Farrell and Co. have taken with the larger story. This was what I didn't expect, and it's what brings all of the jokes together for an unexpected payoff. Anchorman 2 is not just a scarifyingly talented comedy troupe working through some highly polished zingers. It is a savage takedown of the dumbing down of the electronic news media. This could have been a worthy and ultimately woeful exercise in finger wagging but never once does the script even veer in that direction. The cold cruelty of the judgment is all the funnier for being delivered without potentiousness or fake sentimentality. Not that Burgundy simply reprises his role as a giant joke vending machine this time around. The final triumph is that he manages all of the above while Ferrell's much loved cult creation goes on a genuine hero's journey.
Go see it. You won't be disappointed. And if you are disappointed, then fuck you, you're dead to me.
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This looks cool.