Review by Nate
Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence” is a pretty good science fiction thriller with some solid acting and a promising plot. It also slightly suffers from some pacing issues, underdeveloped characters, and a rather silly ending. The premise (and title) of the film centers on what futurist Ray Kurzweil has coined “The Singularity”. This is the moment in which artificial intelligence (AI) will have surpassed the capacity of human intelligence.
This is part 2 of this month’s moral dilemma dialogue on the film Seven Pounds. Before reading this you should read part 1, then come back here. If you haven’t seen the film it might be good to give it a watch before reading these posts. We cover some pretty major spoilers.
Just by reading that word an image or a thought has come to mind for you. Maybe it’s a family member or friend. Maybe it’s a commercial on depression medication. Maybe it’s an image of hell.
It’s not something we’ve really covered yet with our moral dilemma dialogues. But it’s the topic Logan and Gene will be tackling this month when they examine the 2008 film Seven Pounds. Will Smith stars in this movie directed by Gabriele Muccino (Pursuit of Happyness). This is one of Smith’s least known films, but quite possibly his most thought-provoking (and second highest rated, according to IMdB). If you have not seen it you may want to give it a viewing before reading on. Major spoilers will be included in this moral dilemma dialogue.
Everyone comes into their love of movies at different ages. For many of us it is in the late childhood or early teen years. We recall our childhood movies with fond memories. At some point we venture back to see what the film world was like before we became attached to it. Some we love, some we hate, some we wonder how it ever gained the status of ‘classic’.
One fun thing to do is go straight to the year of your birth and see what was coming out at the time. That’s what we decided to do with this group list. Here are some of our favorite movies from the year we were each born…
Review by Elliott
Too much garbage in your face? There’s plenty of space out in space! BnL StarLiners leaving each day. We’ll clean up the mess while you’re away.
This is called farming! You kids are gonna grow all kinds of plants! Vegetable plants, pizza plants.
Back in 2008, Pixar put out it’s 9th feature film, about a lonely robot, left on earth to forever clean up garbage. After seeing this the first time, I sort of thought that the movie was trying to make some points about how man is destroying the earth, but I was wrong. Despite having some environmental themes, the goal of the director was to tell a story about a robot who, is left alone for hundreds of years, not knowing that it could stop doing what it was made to do.
Review by Gene
Again with the non-movie reviews on a movie review blog! Calm down, this one’s worth it.
I received a free advanced review copy from the author of a new young adult fiction novel, Salted, in exchange for an honest review. Now, we don’t normally do book reviews here. But given the amount of young adult novels making it to the big screen lately, I thought it might be appropriate to give it a shot.
What if I told you I was glued to an amazing new book built around the world of vampires? “Been there”, you might respond. What about an incredible adventure story involving trolls, elves or wizards? “Done that”, I can hear you saying already. What about a dystopian future pinning humanity against itself in a fight for… oh, you fell asleep. Never fear, Salted is none of those things, but just as good as the best in all of them.
Review by Logan
What would you do if you woke up after being frozen since World War II? Why, fight another war, of course!
Not that Steve Rodgers wants to fight another war, you understand. The world just can’t seem to keep from blowing itself up without him. That’s not really a euphemism, either.
When I went into the theater, I was jittery. More jittery than I’ve been for a movie in a long, long time. I love Captain America. He’s one of the best heroes in comics. I was greatly disappointed in the first movie (I went to watch Cap beat up the bad guys, not play circus clown to cranky drunk soldiers), but from what I had seen of this one, I had very high hopes for it. Especially since people were saying it was even better than the Avengers. I’m not willing to say it was better than The Avengers. But it’s definitely the best standalone Marvel film to date (that is, non-superhero team movies).
Review by Logan, originally posted on ChristianEntertainmentReviews.com
It appears we have a fad of teenage dystopias on our hands. Without the Hunger Games trilogy being through our system yet, we have another that has reared its ugly head: Divergent.
To be clear, I don’t mean ugly in the sense that it’s a bad movie, or even that it’s bad for our culture. I mean ugly because it’s an ugly world. A society built on strict sectarian ideas. There are five factions, built around the virtues of honesty, courage, selflessness, love, and wisdom (named Candor, Dauntless, Abnegation, Amity, and Erudite respectively). That seems good—except for the whole part where it’s aimed at driving division. Continue Reading
Review by Tres
Draft Day Release Date April 11, 2014
That’s right, faithful readers,Draft Day!
Thanks to a good friend of mine (fellow blogger for LTBM, Gene) my lovely wife and I were able to catch a special early screening of DRAFT DAY.
Kevin Costner makes it back to the big screen, after what seems like a long drought, for what is being predicted to be a pretty big hit among sports fans. He plays Sonny Weaver Jr, the General Manager for the Cleveland Browns. (Yes, the Browns.) I loved the opening of the movie. A radio DJ is heard talking on the morning of the NFL Draft Day about how the city is full of dedicated and loyal sports fans though their franchises have not done much of anything good for decades. He then addresses Sonny and he tells him to do something for these fans who have suffered this lack-of-successful-sport-team drought. Continue Reading
Review by Gene
I’m not one of those people who refuse to see trailers or read reviews of a movie I’m looking forward to. I figure if I can enjoy a movie after seeing every trailer, then that’s a good mark on the movie. For that reason I didn’t shy away from checking on some reviews for this year’s first major Bible-based movie, Noah. If you did the same, you’re probably going into this movie with the same feelings of hesitation as I did given some of the terrible reviews, mostly from Christian sources. Even the studio itself has been back-peddling and putting out some subtle reminders that this film is simply “inspired by” the events described in the Bible.
I’m not going to tell you to stay away from this film as some have. We have here some awesome imaginings of the flood and the structure of the ark. We have at least two or three decent performances from Noah (Russel Crowe), Tubal-Cain (Ray Winstone) and Ila (Emma Watson), who plays the wife of Shem. In fact, I would encourage just about any Christian to see it if for no other reason than to be able to communicate with others about the movie, and then about the Biblical story of Noah. See how I separated the two there? Consider that a hint of things to come.