Friday, February 20, 2015

This Week in Neat-O

Less neat stuff this week; more like links and thoughts about movies, etc.

:: Severus Snape Does Not Deserve Your Pity. An interesting piece from a couple of years ago that someone pointed me at as something of an antidote to that video that was going around showing all of Snape's important scenes from the Harry Potter movies in chronological order. I think Snape is more complex than some of the people championing that video are giving him credit for, and I don't like the idea of Snape as some kind of tragic hero. It's like the same people on Tumblr who cry over Loki and desperately want him to be redeemed. I don't know that you get to be responsible for that much murder and get redeemed just because you have long hair and glower in a cute way. Just saying; if Loki was being played by Crispin Glover, it would be a whole different conversation.

:: Apparently the producer says that the next Friday the 13th movie is going to explore more supernatural aspects and basically attempt to explain why Jason is more or less immortal. I think that's a gigantic mistake. That's what made Jason Goes to Hell so tepid and uninteresting. I think we all accept Jason as an unkillable movie monster at this point, don't we? Who cares how or why? I think people accept it because the formula is more or less built in at this point, and honestly, as someone who came into these movies in his thirties, I don't see the premise as being anything that can stand up to expanding it or trying to give Jason a Dr. Loomis-type character.

Also, this is called a second reboot, but one of the reasons I liked the last movie so much--the 2009 one--is that it felt like another Friday the 13th movie. Sure, they pulled aspects together from the first four movies, but it felt less like a reboot to me and more like a movie series that had grown increasingly ridiculous (oy, Jason X) strip itself down and return to its roots.

I don't know, I think this is a lame idea.

:: Propo War: The Culture Clash Between AMERICAN SNIPER and THE HUNGER GAMES. Interesting thoughts on these two films. I've not seen any of the Hunger Games movies, but I have read all of the books, and I think it's interesting how Devin Faraci's essay approaches the two stories as basically the same, but from different sides. I also appreciate his accurate description of American Sniper as fascist mythmaking.

:: ​First ever drone footage of the Soviet-era secret lightning machine.

:: The new Pirates of the Caribbean movie started shooting this week and it sounds like fun. I was talking to my wife about the plot and how I still haven't seen On Stranger Tides because I was just utterly exhausted by those terrible second and third movies. I honestly wish that instead of cobbling together those bloated sequels, they had just made another movie with Jack Sparrow and a different cast of characters and Davy Jones, because the rest of it wasn't necessary at all. I wish they'd been like the Indiana Jones movies and the cast and adventure were different every time, because I didn't care about Jack Sparrow after we were meant to start caring about him and I just literally do not care about every other character thread in those movies except for Davy Jones, because he's such a fascinating movie creature. What a waste. I don't think I'll ever see any of the films after the third one because they just burned me out. I really hate it when a movie makes a ton of money and they lie about how it was meant to be a trilogy the whole time and we end up with all of that bloat and all of that purposelessness.

:: 15 Facts About Dune

1 comment:

Nathan said...

They've already done stuff with Jason's supernatural abilities, and as you said it usually isn't that interesting, any more than it was to find out that Michael Myers was driven by constellations. I think the fact that they're trying to present this as a bold new idea shows that they don't expect the public to have very good memories. Mind you, I didn't like the 2009 film either.