Trois couleurs : Bleu (1993)

The Three Colors Trilogy is one of the greatest trilogies of all time. It is based on the French tricolor with each film being one (blue, white, red) and the story of each film is loosely based on one of the three political ideals in the motto of the French Republic  liberté (bleu), egalité (blanc), and fraternité (rouge). Spoilers to follow.

The first of the films is Bleu which is about a wife, Julie de Courcy (Juliette Binoche), whose husband and daughter died in a car accident and wants to cut herself off from everything but finds that she can’t escape human connection.  The film is deeply moving and has several wonderful moments. One of my favorite shots in the whole film is when Krzysztof Kieslowski uses Juliette Binoche’s eye as a mirror. The music also plays a stunning role in the film as Julie’s husband is the famed composer, Patrice de Courcy, and he died before the piece he was working on for the Unity of Europe concert and it is hinted throughout the film that Julie was a contributor of some sort in the composition of the music, either as the real composer or a co-composer. As segments haunt her throughout the movie. After Julie gets out of the hospital after the accident she hooks up with Olivier Benoit, a long time collaborator who has long loved Julie. It’s a bit complicated as Julie gives up basically everything of her former life but as she tries to stop the Unity of Europe score from being finished and figures out about her husbands mistress. This bring her back into the life she is trying to escape.

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Best Animated Movies of the 21st Century

Well, IndieWire is going all out and clearly defining what the greatest animated movies of the whole 21st century is and we aren’t even close to the end of the century. Sure it is nice to look back and recommend some films from the past years but call it the best films of the past decade or something like that. There are several films that you’d expect to be on the list but there are a couple that I’ve never heard of.  Sure several films deserve to be on the list but others seem like a weird choice to be on the list. It hits several winners of the Animated Feature Oscar, from one of the first, Spirited Away to Toy Story 3. Then there are others which never heard of like Paprika, Sita Sings the Blues and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. It was nice to see that about eight were not made in America and only four were from the Disney/Pixar brand. However there are some film that should have been on this list like Kubo and the Two Strings and others that shouldn’t have been on the list Finding Nemo or The Lego Movie sure they are good films but are overrated films. Sure this list come two year after IndieWire published a list of the 25 Best Animated Films of the 21st Century, and several of the films on this list aren’t on this newer list. By and large across the board it seems like everyone agrees that Studio Ghibli’s film Spirited Away is the best of all the animated films so far.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie

This has to be one of the coolest news about an upcoming movie that I’ve read in a while. Now growing up I watched a fair share of this show it originally aired in the 90s on Nickelodeon and YTV in Canada. It was a part of SNICK and I really enjoyed the show, and some of the episodes still hold up after two decades. Now according to The Hollywood Reporter the writer of It, Gary Dauberman, will be tackling this. In every episode of the show The Midnight Society, a group of teenaged friends,  met and one of them told a scary story. Some characters appeared in multiple stories like Sardo and Dr. Vink and there were a couple of multi part episodes. It would be wonderful if this films featured Gary and Tucker’s kids running a new Midnight Society, featuring an appearance of Ross Hull and Daniel DeSanto. I hope that this could eventually turn into a several film series with different stories being told, perhaps with different directors and writers tackling each new film

More Star Wars and Disney news

Well it was announced yesterday that Rian Johnson is going to be creating an all-new trilogy not focusing on the Skywalker family, according to the press release “Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.” This sound pretty cool and it seems like these could be how the new films after Episode IX comes out in 2019 and the rumored third solo film arrives in 2020. With a new trilogy perhaps will we be getting more Star War Stories as well. This seems great as was the announcement from Disney CEO Bob Iger that “a live-action “Star Wars” TV series to air on its entertainment streaming service that is expected to launch by the end of 2019.” Could this be the previous attempted television series Underworld set between III and IV with some focus on the Boba Fett from the cancelled video game 1313 or something very different. With Rebels set between III and IV, but not really dealing with the underworld and bounty hunters and a solo film rumored to be focusing on Boba Fett would either of these be great things to explore on television as well. This live action series will be on the Disney streaming service which will be ‘substantially’ less than Netflix and the service will be coming out in the second half of 2019. Now if we could also get some word on what Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm Animation is working on after Rebels end.

 

Star Wars news

Well, filming has finished for the Han Solo movie and Ron Howard has announced the title of the film. As most of us were expecting it to be the title is Solo. This is added to the big news from last week with the new trailer for The Last Jedi. It seems like the only thing we really need to know now is what the next anthology film is going to be about there are several rumors out there a Boba Fett film and a Obi-Wan between episodes III and IV. There are tons of rumors I’ve seen that Guillermo Del Toro want to make a Jabba the Hutt movie and there are rumors about just about every character out there ranging from those in the animated television shows like an Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex from Clone Wars or an Ezra Bridger and Hera Syndulla from Rebels appearing Hera was name dropped in Rogue One already. We will have to wait and see what all happens with the end of Rebels as to what happens with these characters. There is also the idea of another Rogue One type film but with those Bothan spies getting information about the second Death Star, many will die. Time will tell and it seems like they’ll announce what the next anthology film will be about after The Last Jedi comes out.

New Star Wars Trailer

I case you were looking here is a link to the new trailer for Star War: The Last Jedi. It comes out in December. Sure Rian Johnson was expressed some wishes for people to come into the film with no idea of what’s coming but the film comes out in two months and I am sure that most of us are going to forget much of what happens in the trailer in a couple of weeks. Also this is just a reminder that the final season of Star Wars Rebels returns in about a week on DisneyXD.

Shin Godzilla (2016)

Shin Gojira (Godzilla: Resurgence) was a film that I was really looking forward to watching this film. This is Japan’s latest Godzilla movie, the 31st overall and the third reboot in the franchise. This is a wonderfully amazing film and everyone should take some time and watch it. Like the original film which was written in the aftermath of WWII and the atomic bomb this film was written in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami and the Fukshima Daiichi nuclear disaster. As always spoilers to follow.

Shin Godzilla is a full reboot as it is the first time that Godzilla has appeared in this world. The film is a nonstop ride, it begins with something happening in Tokyo Bay, an abandoned yacht being investigated by the Coast Guard is sunk by an eruption of gas of some sort and the Aqua-line (bridge/tunnel) is flooded. We head to government meetings with the cabinet and PM who want to claim it’s only a volcano or underwater steam vent nothing more. Only to discover through news reports that it is some sort of creature as a massive tail comes out of the ocean. It begins moving inland and after the Prime Minister says it can’t come on land it does just that. It evolves while on land into a standing creature before it returns to the water.

From here we go into a bunch of meetings with the government focused on military strategy and civilian safety, while a task force is put together to research the creature. The United States sends in an envoy to the task force when they learn that they could exploit this discovery. The creature now named Godzilla by the Americans reappears and again heads toward Tokyo. The Japanese Self-Defense Force is mobilized and they try to shoot it down, it doesn’t work, they turn to the US who fly B-2s to bomb it this causes some damage but ultimately nothing comes of it. It doesn’t seem that there is anything that can stop this monster.

Here the movie turns again we get the United States and United Nations pushes for nuking the thing nothing can live in one of those explosions. However, Japan doesn’t want to be nuked again so they try their own thing, it some sort of cooling thing, but can they get it done before the world blows up Tokyo. Take some time and watch this movie to find out. There is a sequel planned for some time after 2020 so that can sort of tell you what all happens in the end.

Star Wars IX news

Well there is now news that the finale of the sequel trilogy is going to have a new director. Colin “what’s his name” Trevorrow the Jurassic World/Safety Not Guaranteed director has according to the report has “stepped down due to creative differences” however this was long speculated since his most recent film The Book of Henry did poorly at the box office. This is the third time in recent films that Star Wars has pulled the director from the film most recently Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the Han Solo film for making it funny and Josh Trank who was attached to some Star War Story film. All of these directors have some big indie film  and a blockbuster to their names but that’s it. This was the issue for some of them and they were announced years before they began shooting anything this hopefully changes the way that directors are chosen in the subsequent Star Wars films. The biggest rumor of replacement is Rian Johnson taking over and writing/directing again or even George Lucas coming out to direct. Who ever it turns out to be they will be a known commodity with a decent track record directing films

Scorsese on his film Silence and OKNOTOK

American Magazine has a nice little write up about an event at The Catholic Media Convention up in Quebec City where Martin Scorsese received a lifetime achievement award for excellence in filmmaking from Signis and the Catholic Press Association. Before he got his award they screened his latest film Silence. After which Scorsese answered some questions and reflected on his years of working in film. If you are a fan of his works it is a quick read. It was interesting to read a little of what was behind some of the decision in the film and there is some cool information about The Last Temptation of Christ as well.  Way back in December when the film was released Scorsese and Fr James Martin SJ sat down and talked about faith and the film. If you haven’t read that it is worth the read.

In completely unrelated news the Radiohead re-release of OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997-2017 is now out digitally. The reissue includes a remastered version of OK Computer with a bonus disc which includes eight B-sides and three previously unreleased tracks: “I Promise,” “Man of War”, and “Lift”. Now if you are a big Radiohead fan you might as well get this just for the bonus stuff especially if you spring for the boxed edition. Otherwise it is a pretty amazing album even 20 years later the bonus disc offers some interesting new songs as well. Now the biggest question here is if you should put down money to buy an album you already own, I’d call it a solid maybe right now give me a couple more listens to the bonus disc before I decide. It is available to listen to on Spotify and I guess other streaming music places.

Han Solo movie directors gone

This has to be one of the weirdest stories that I’ve seen recently the Han Solo film being only like 3 week away from finishing filming and the directors leave. Now according to several sources Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have left the project, being fired because of creative differences. As Kathleen Kennedy stated in an official statement “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon.” Lord and Miller are the guys behind the cartoon Clone High, the Jump Street movies and the animated films The Lego Movie as well as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. According to The Hollywood Reporter they were fired for going “off-script” and not really making Lawrence Kasdan the screenwriter, who knows Han Solo better than just about anyone, happy with their decisions. Hopefully this can be figured out quickly and that this doesn’t delay the release until December of 2018.