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New Release Review: Alien: Covenant

The Alien franchise is truly one of ups and downs. Ridley Scott’s 1979 original, conceived as a haunted house movie in space, is a bona fide classic that transcends the genre. James Cameron’s Aliens cranked everything to 11 for a big action spectacle in 1986. The first two movies are both excellent in their own right and complement one another well; I would argue their place among the best back-to-back films in any series. Studio meddling is often cited for the decrease in quality in the next two installments in the saga, despite 1992’s Alien 3 having David Fincher in the director’s chair and 1997’s Alien: Resurrection having a script by Joss Whedon.

With the Alien universe dormant as star Sigourney Weaver moved on, the franchise devolved further with 2004’s Alien vs. Predator and 2007’s Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. Scott returned to the world he created more than three decades earlier with Prometheus in 2012. Rather than retconning the other filmmakers’ work, he opted to make a film that serves as a prequel to Alien but that can also stand on its own merits. With fan reaction divided, Scott attempts to right his wrongs with Alien: Covenant, a direct sequel to Prometheus that bridges the gap to Alien.

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anonymous asked:

Hi, could you possibly suggest movies that, in your personal opinion, most accurately reflect mental illness? Thank you!

It’s a great question, so I am glad to! Before my list, I would like to emphasize that my knowledge on mental illness is nowhere near professional, and it’s difficult to assess the accuracy of portrayals in film because the effects are different for everyone, but these are my opinions based on what I do know and/or personal experience.

Let’s start with Anxiety Disorders:

Brothers (2009): Focuses on PTSD after returning from war.

The Aviator (2004): A biographical film about Howard Hughes, who had Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, which is highlighted throughout the film.

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011): Another harrowing look at PTSD after suffering emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of a cult.

Mood Disorders:

A Woman Under the Influence (1974): I don’t believe it’s ever specified what she has, but I think Bipolar Disorder is best suited. It’s absolutely worth the almost three hour run-time. I highly recommend it!

Inside Out (2015): This kids movie is great in its depiction of mental health as a whole, especially depression.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012): Bradley Cooper’s character has Bipolar Disorder and Jennifer Lawrence plays a character with Borderline Personality Disorder, which are both excellently portrayed.

Filth (2013): While this movie may seem like an entertaining look in the life of a degenerate, the symptoms of the main character’s Bipolar Disorder become tragically evident in the second half of the film.

The Virgin Suicides (1999): I don’t need to say much about this one, besides that despite the picturesque visuals of the movie, you can feel the depression when you watch it.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010): For its subject matter, it’s a pretty fun-loving movie, but it accurately shows multiple illnesses, one that was unfortunately personal to the author of the book that lead him to end his life.

A Single Man (2009): The main character’s depression is worsened when he experiences the loss of his partner.

Prozac Nation (2001): Based on the memoir of Elizabeth Wurtzel and her struggle with major depression. It’s not the best adaptation, but still a personal look at the illness.

Synecdoche, New York (2008): It’s a weird one, which is to be expected from director Charlie Kaufman, but it offers almost a metaphorical look at depression, while also being filled with relatable commentary.

Short Term 12 (2013): It includes several mental illnesses, but focuses on mood disorders, particularly in adolescents.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2011): Although Charlie is undoubtedly affected by PTSD, he also experiences major depression.

The Saddest Boy in the World (2006): I promise you that it lives up to its title, as you won’t find another short film that makes you want to kill yourself within a 13 minute span.

Veronika Decides to Die (2009): This is another one I wouldn’t say is the best adaptation, but it’s still somewhat insightful, just not as well detailed as the book.

Two Days, One Night (2014): Definitely one of the best on the list for its portrayal of someone with clinical depression, and also one of the few I enjoy that has an uplifting ending.

Downloading Nancy (2008): I included this one for the result of an extreme case of a depressive disorder and because I can easily relate to the main character.

The End of the Tour (2015): A biographical film related to writer David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide. It doesn’t necessarily focus on any mental illness, but there’s a sense of melancholy throughout.

The Sunset Limited (2011): I hesitated including this one, but it’s a phenomenal philosophical look at human suffering and the depressed mind. It’s also very dear to me because not only does hopelessness prevail, but it’s one of the few movies where it’s strong enough for the other to lose faith.

And now for my two favorites: The Fire Within (1963) and Melancholia (2011). The Fire Within is special for how it accurately portrays a depressed man, as well as people’s common reactions to that illness. As for Melancholia, it also shows anxiety, but Justine’s representation of depression is the true focus. It’s just as debilitating for the viewer as it is for the character. Anyone who’s seen the movie can attest to that. “I smile, and I smile, and I smile.”

Personality Disorders:

Mommie Dearest (1993): She has several.

Misery (1990): I believe most have concluded Annie Wilkes had Borderline Personality Disorder.

Girl, Interrupted (1999): It’s probably the most popular movie that focuses on mental illness, and included it in this category since both of the main characters have personality disorders.

Cracks (2009): Miss G is a character with BPD.

A Clockwork Orange (1971): I think everyone knows the ultra-violent man this movie is included for.

The Killer Inside Me (2010): It seems to be a very realistic portrayal of a sociopath.

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011): Granted it’s more detailed in the book, Kevin is one of the best fictional characters with ASPD.

American Psycho (2000): Bateman is another self-explanatory inclusion.

Gone Girl (2014): Amy Dunne is frighteningly well played.

Benny’s Video (1992): I think Benny shows the early signs of developing ASPD. There’s a particular scene that highlights it best that I find scarring.

Nightcrawler (2014): Lou Bloom is a great example, whose subtleties are what truly make his character.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975): I suppose this one is debatable, but it focuses on mental illness, in general, so it should be included.

Taxi Driver (1976): Definitely one of the best character studies ever.

The most accurate example, since it’s about the everyday sociopath, is Chad from the highly underrated In the Company of Men (1997). I have never seen a crueler act than the one in this movie.

I could have included more in this section, but the longer I think about the selections, the more I find wrong with them.

Psychotic Disorders (mostly all of these deal with Schizophrenia):

Benny and Joon (1993)

It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012): It’s arguable whether or not this animation relates to schizophrenia, but it’s a beautiful movie, nonetheless.

Repulsion (1965)

Shutter Island (2010)

A Beautiful Mind (2001): Based on John Nash.

Black Swan (2010): Nina’s psychosis is linked to other disorders, as well.

Pi (1998)

Birdman (2014)

They Look Like People (2015): This one is somewhat geared as a thriller/horror movie, but I think it helps in understanding how strong and threatening some manifestations can be.

My personal favorite would have to be Clean, Shaven (1993), and none of the others compare, honestly. Everything about it is amazing.

It’s important that mental illness has accurate representation in film, so I would love if anyone provided more suggestions!

Separate Lives by @lenfaz

Summary: Set after 3x20 “Kansas”. After saving the town one more time, Emma decided to return to New York, leaving her past behind. Three years later, she realizes that might be not have been the best decision.

With Arrow’s John Diggle and Lyla Michaels as the most adorably meddlesome couple, Mac and Laura

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Fright Night (1985)

October 3, 2016 Movie of the Week

Tom Holland’s Fright Night is my favorite vampire movie. After all, what’s not to love about a film that’s equal parts gothic horror and ‘80s teen comedy? Holland’s tale of a young horror fan who suspects his new neighbor is a creature of the night appeals to two of my favorite subgenres, making for a unique cinematic hodgepodge of quotable characters, gruesome special effects, epic synth-based music, and (of course) more vampire tropes than you can shake a meticulously sharpened wooden stake at. It’s brilliant.

The thing that really makes Fright Night work is the way it shifts so effortlessly from funny to scary and back. But thankfully - and this is where so many horror comedies fall flat - the humor never overpowers the horror. The heroes of Fright Night are in real jeopardy and that fact is never cast aside for the sake of an easy joke. The vampire Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon) seems witty and sophisticated on the surface, sure, but that’s a ruse; the beast beneath the human facade is ancient and powerful, always one step ahead of our hero Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale), his sweetheart Amy (Amanda Bearse), their weird ass friend Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffreys), and washed up horror actor Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), who they’re all foolishly counting on to slay the fiend in question. The jokes are great but the movie truly excels because it works on both levels. Dandrige is capable of, well… just about anything you’ve ever seen in a vampire movie, which plays into Fright Night’s wonderfully meta sense of humor perfectly but also puts its characters in grave danger. And Sarandon plays the part so well! Jerry Dandrige has an eerie, wizened presence and confidence to him that screams VAMPIRE from the moment one first lays eyes on him. There’s just some… intangible thing, maybe something in the eyes… that makes him appear otherwordly even when he’s in human form. It’s a magnificent performance that I don’t think gets enough credit.

Honestly, there’s a lot about Fright Night that doesn’t get enough credit. The characters are all so lovable and iconic and Tom Holland’s script and direction just nail it on every possible level. It’s funny, it’s frightening, and it’s an absolute treat to watch that holds up to this day. I would go so far as to say it’s Holland’s best movie - an impressive claim considering this man brought us Child’s Play and the criminally underappreciated Psycho II. If you’ve never seen it, this Halloween season is the perfect time to welcome yourself… to Fright Night!

yourmethawelovewildeandhopps  asked:

If you ever had a chance to work with Disney about zootopia how would you like the second movie to go??

I would do anything to maintain the excellent quality of the first movie, both as regards the plot and the graphic level. Regarding the relationship between Nick and Judy I would accept everything, provided it is positive. Although their friendship didn’t result in a real love relationship because, beyond all, their connection is beautiful (more than other disney canon couples, for me).

Things that keep sticking with me after Zootopia

I have been trying to determine if it’s my favorite. I like it better than Emperor’s New Groove, The Lion King, and Bolt, and I pretty much love all those movies.

It’s harder to face it off against Brave Little Toaster and All Dogs Go To Heaven. I might want to say that Zootopia is better but both those movies do excellent things that can’t be compared to Zootopia.

But when I compare it against Robin Hood (the disney one, natch), I realize that the main issue I’ve had with Robin Hood is, while I really like it, I just wish it had been gutsier.

I appreciate Zootopia on principle of how much guts it had.

The thing really has been that Zootopia has put the idea of prejudice front and center, and while it’s by far not the first movie to tackle prejudice in such a way (even in the narrower scope of “buddy cop movies”), it’s probably been the first animated wide release movie that’s made such a serious subject feel palpable onscreen. Once you recognize it’s there, there’s a strange amount of nuance in the way the characters casually label each other, even in friendly not-serious ways. The way not only characters, but society are hurt by attitudes. And it still feels exuberantly joyful, even after all the terrible things the characters have gone through and inflicted on one another.

I mean I know they were trying hard with Frozen to dig into the inner allegory, but while Frozen had several good scenes, it had nearly as many that were lacking. Inside Out did a better job than Frozen with a serious issue. I think Zootopia is on par with Inside Out when it comes to “handles serious issue with clever allegory, remains fun, and can be analyzed.”

Of course, Zootopia is full of animal people, so for me, that throws the balance in its favor.

I know it’s flawed, but there’s still so much more meat on Zootopia than most similar movies ever approach. I’m still kinda flabbergasted.

Books vs. Movies - Which are Better?

Let’s answer my own question, here - none. If you ask me, not one is better than the other. Why? Because the two forms of media are incomparable as far as I’m concerned - and I don’t know why people bother arguing about their differences. Of course it’s possible to enjoy one adaptation of something over the other, but pairing them side-by-side and slagging off the other or no clear reason? Um, no. Please, stop it.

The most common argument you’ll find for this is ‘The Shining’ debate. Which is better - Stephen King’s book, or Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation? The real question I think is ‘why are we bothering to put them against each other?’. A book contains tonnes of writing quirks, graphically accurate and beautiful descriptions, oodles of character and story that can go on for as long as it pleases with interconnecting threads, and not to mention - it succeeds in making the reader use their imagination entirely - and allows them to be completely lost in their universe for as long as the reader wants. Now, may I ask, how on EARTH is that comparable to film? At all? Films feature nuances that books just can’t have - experimental camera angles, awesome actors portraying the characters and improving some of the most famous scenes in history, set design, sound design, script converting, visual tricks and audio cues, building pure atmosphere from score, mastering editing techniques - and in most cases - these adaptations have to be squeezed into 2 hours to keep the attention of its audience - and especially with Kubrick, he managed to do all of this WHILE making the audience think about what they saw - instead of just providing mindless entertainment for the sake of it. One is not better than the other, because they’re completely different, and do completely different things to convey the same story. I mean, Kubrick’s Shining misses out tonnes of shit from King’s book - but who said they were supposed to be the same thing? Why the fuck would you bother making a movie if you’re just going to copy the book?

Now that’s not to say you can’t prefer the characters or story in a book compared to its film counterpart - that’s perfectly okay. There are some movies that portray the characters, script the words and do everything utterly horribly, leaving to a massively bad job. Likewise, some books based on films can be awful too for the exact same reasons. But people never argue about the medium itself and how one is a bad film or one is a bad book, they’re always pitted against each other - almost like they review the film AS a book. I hear it all the time from people, people saying Kubrick’s Shining is shit because ‘it’s just not the book’, and no other reason than that. Or it’s shit because ‘it’s too different from the book’. Or it’s shit because ‘the writing isn’t the same as the book’. Or, my favourite, it’s shit because ‘it’s not how the book described it’. As if to say ‘everyone’s imagination is the same as mine, and the way I see it wasn’t made into a film, so it’s terrible’. If you look at the book AS A BOOK, why not look at the movie AS A MOVIE? If I reviewed movies as games, every movie ever made would be fucking terrible. If you can appreciate the subtleties in a book’s delicate writing, why not appreciate the technical subtleties in a movie’s delicate construction? Because of this, I don’t think both versions of The Shining are ‘equally good’. I think one is an excellent fucking book, and the other is an excellent fucking movie. And I love them both for completely different reasons, over things the book doesn’t have, and over things the movie doesn’t have. They’re both made in completely different ways and strive for a completely different method of telling a story, so I really don’t think it’s fair to compare them on that basis alone. Of course the movie misses shit out, it’s because it’s condensed into a few hours. Of course the book can’t be visually confusing or experimentally trippy with its camera angles, because it’s words on paper. Of course the book has deeper characters, it’s because pages can be dedicated to describing them and building them up. Of course the movie has a suspenseful and engaging score, because it’s a fucking movie. Both do things completely differently, and I think we need to focus on them against other books/films in their respective mediums. Books can be good or bad, as can films, but I don’t think you can call books better than films, or films better than books. If they set out to do the same thing, they wouldn’t both exist.

If it’s your birthday today while reading this fart, then happy frickin’ birthday to you - and please remember to stay beautiful! <3

It’s funny how one role can make you sit up and take notice of an actor you saw before but never paid attention to. Or two actors in this case. I saw X-Men: First Class and thought young Beast was cute, but I didn’t think about the actor beyond that. I saw X-Men: Days of Future Past and again thought young Beast was cute, and I thought young Stryker was attractive too. 

Then Mad Max: Fury Road happened. After the first time I saw it, I immediately went on IMDb to find out which actors played these hot War Boys. Since then I’ve watched Warm Bodies and A Single Man, both of which turned out to be excellent movies I’d never have given a chance if not for my new thing for Nicholas Hoult. And some time soon I’ll be watching the mini-series The Pacific because of Josh Helman.

anonymous asked:

Your take on sam's "chose life" tweet?

It’s the tag line from a monologue in the book/movie. Both excellent, btw! 

Fab explanation from Quora:

The meaning of Renton’s speech isn’t that he’s made some choice that heroin is less interesting of a life than selling out to a middle class fantasy, it’s that he’s finally growing up. He’s not making an argument that this is the right thing to do, it’s just that he finally knows what to do.

So why did I do it? I could offer a million answers - all false. The truth is that I’m a bad person. But, that’s gonna change - I’m going to change. This is the last of that sort of thing. Now I’m cleaning up and I’m moving on, going straight and choosing life. I’m looking forward to it already. I’m gonna be just like you.

Renton’s speech is one of begrudging acceptance, not of the moment, not as an alternative to heroin, and not just because he suddenly came into enough money to figure it out. Renton started the movie trying to quit heroin, quit his friends, and figure out what’s next. What we hear him saying after two hours of protests, adventures, near-death experiences, and soul searching with Sickboy, is that he’s finally ready.

To find this film accessible, you don’t really have to be a heroin addict, you just have to be a young person on the cusp of becoming an adult, and having to cope with putting away your childish things.