So it’s finally here… the STAR WARS EPISODE VII VII trailer. The Force Awakens could resuscitate our feelings for the Star Wars franchise and universe… because that excitement had been snuffed out since the Han Shot First fiasco nearly twenty years ago…
Last night we had a chance to see Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR… as dense and complex a movie that he’s attempted, and he — by and large — succeeds in creating a fascinating “Dude with a Problem” film where the fate of the world is at stake… at its core is a crushing father-daughter story, and Jessica Chastian soars in her portrayal of Matthew McConaughey’s daughter.
As a big science fiction epic that ventures into 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY territory, INTERSTELLAR was captured on good, old-fashioned Kodak film stock; that endangered species in the filmmaker’s toolbox (and there are several locations where you can see it in 70mm IMAX). There is a quality to the motion picture that would be probably be missing with the improbably sharp, yet decidedly flat images aesthetic of HD video (even at 6K, which Fincher used to capture GONE GIRL).
His name invokes a mood and can be used as adjective — beyond the confines of cinema… that is a feat that perhaps only Hitchcock has also achieved. LA DOLCE VITA certainly is a masterpiece… one of many for il Maestro.
You know I only recently saw Wenders’ sublim PARIS, TEXAS. I can’t say that I liked that movie, but it is an experience that was affecting… and that’s good enough for me to at least recommend it. That type of “art film” rarely gets financed these days… and we’re a poorer audience because of that.