Film is an entirely different medium, compared to television and print media, for telling a story. One difference is in the presentation time or the period in which a particular story arc will be portrayed. It’s obviously more limited in film; at average, you have only two hours to tell your story. This affects the pace in which you tell your story. If you go too fast, your audience might get lost; go slow and they might be bored. It also affects the characters and settings for your story. A convoluted plot will confuse your audience; a lacking plot might disinterest them.
This was all that I’ve been thinking before entering the cinema for the screening of Samurai X: Rurouni Kenshin (live-action film) in our place. “Don’t expect too much,” I told myself.
With nothing to do last night, I opened up my computer and watched Jim Carrey’s most recent flick, Yes Man.
During the time of its showing (December 2008), I actually planned to see it in its big screen adaptation however, I condescended not to. And I was glad with my decision because it would have been a waste of my money. Not to say that Yes Man is a bad film. It’s actually good, although not worth viewing on the big screen for my standards.
Angels. Divine beings who act as messengers of GOD. As I child, I envisioned them as divine beings in human form, with or without wings, blond hair :), and robed in an overflowing cloth of white. But after watching City of Angels, my perception of these messengers was altered.
“What if an angel fell in love with a human being?” That is the very foundation of the 1998 movie, City of Angels, starring Nicholas Cage as Seth, an angel; and Meg Ryan as Maggie Rice, a heart surgeon who becomes Seth’s object of love. The film is a remake of the 1987 German film, Wings of Desire.
The third video I saw was The Bucket List, staring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
Its story focuses on two men with differences surpassing those of their economic status. Their distinguishing similarity (aside from a common hospital room) is their illness: terminal cancer. In the course of their denial, both compose a “bucket list:” a list of things they would love to do before “kicking the bucket” (an expression for dying). With a fully financed trip by hospital entrepreneur Edward Cole (Nicholson), he and Carter Chambers (Freeman) live their dreams, and in the process open each other’s locked doors for a more fulfilling life.
In the past, superhero flicks were made for the fun that they brought to the yuppie movie-going populace. Action. Adventure. A really cool outfit. High-tech gadgets. The beautiful damsel in distress and the handsome knight in shining armor. A notorious villain. The battle between good and evil. But unlike then, most superhero flicks today dwell more on economy, politics, society, and psychologic & psychiatric imbalances. The Dark Knight delivers that and more.