Monday, 15 December 2014

Gone Girl Pre-Order is Open 13/01/2015 Director David Fincher

Looking forward to this great David Fincher movie - Gone Girl

The reviews have been extremely positive, and whilst I'm not a big fan of Affleck, I'm sure Fincher would mould him. An interesting thought though that as we're watching a supposedly normal guy change or at least keep us guessing Affleck would be a perfect actor for this type of role.

I'm also looking forward to the Rosmund Pike performance, as she has qualities and charms that liken her to a Hitchcock starlet.

Release Date 13th of January 2015.

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Game of Thrones: Season 4 is up for Pre-Order!

Game of Thrones Season 4 Blu-ray DVD Pre-order

Game of Thrones: Season 4 is now up for pre-order!

This incredible popular TV show now has a new treat for fans – Season 5 on Blu-ray!
I’ve jumped into television, purely as a way of tapping into trends amongst the audiences as it will undoubtedly lead to film ideas and concepts.

We can expect to relive the bloody scenes and glorious betrayal in full detail with the Blu-ray version of perhaps what is considered the greatest TV show on Earth. I kid you not!

Title release 17th of February 2015

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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Why some People Hate Horror Films

Horror by its very nature is designed to shock and illicit a response from the audience. Session 9 is a perfect example of an intense Psychological Horror film. Chemical changes in the body as a person adapts to fear are part of the attraction for many horror fans. For those uncomfortable with these feelings, horror comes to symbolise an unattractive experience and something to avoid.

Most people have inbuilt fears, whether it is through conditioning as children or the fact that within the unconsciousness the fear exists. However this fear is often silent and undisturbed. Darkness, certain creatures like spiders, and loneliness figure strongly in the genetic make-up of every individual. Horror works by tapping into this fear.

When watching horror films the ideas of pure terror is explored. Film works by creating identification between the audience and the characters on the screen. This main protagonist is then subject to the actions of the violent or fearful antagonist within the narrative. It is the protagonist the audience is led to identify with. They are a filmic representation of the audience. In horror the antagonist is the monster that the main character must survive an encounter with. The idea that this horror is being carried out on the audience through the protagonist is the main attraction of horror.

The horror experience heightens emotional intensity. Many people experience fear and then project this onto other individuals. Every individual is unique, but the emotions are often inter-linked within a group experience and psychology. The effect this has is that a horror audience often acts as an amplifier for these emotions. Many people are in an anticipated state when watching horror and this feeling projects onto other members of the audience.

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Feelings associated with the horror genre are fear, anxiety, revulsion, and repulsion. These are strong emotions to feel and may not be comforting or enjoyable to all viewers. People may not enjoy being put into this emotional rollercoaster in the name of entertainment.

Many people fear operations and the sight of blood. With fantastic gore on display in many films the imagery evokes this fear. Advances in technology and special-effects have allowed a full creative flow to emerge into contemporary horror films.

Cinematic convention in the horror film creates suspense to promote emotional impact. It is how horror works. Suspense, attack, and death remain as solid generic conventions of the horror genre. However some people may find the formulaic convention uninspiring and not at all suspenseful. It is with this understanding that a greater reliance pushes many viewers towards Psychological Horror as this genre explores in greater detail the “feeling” of horror rather than focusing on visceral scenes.

It is understandable that some people may hate horror films. Personal preference has always been applicable in how individuals seek pleasure and entertainment. There are many elements of horror that people may find unsettling such as blood or fear and the connected emotional responses. This is not to say horror is a poor genre. It is often very dynamic and original. Horror simply may not suit everybody at the same time.

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Do Todays Films go too far with their Content

Today’s film and cinema are highly restricted medium (think of A Serbian Film and you may disagree!) Cinema itself falls into its own unique regulatory body (MPAA or the BBFC being classic examples) that ensure every film released for consumption for the general public has a viewing rating according to its content. This rating system or classification revolves around the age of the viewer and if they are accompanied by an adult, or if they are a teenager, or an adult in their own right. Without the granting of a classification a film can’t be released.

It is important to remember this fact.

Film today, in technological terms, has not really evolved any further in content than from its original conception as was thought. However the meaning and narrative of film can be argued reflects the views of its contemporary society, the place that spawns its creation.

When considering the statement of “too far” it is essential to understand what the definition is. It is automatic to think in terms of visual horror, but what about content other than the visual image, be it either suggested or implied. It is not possible to say what the definition of “too far” is, remembering that censors and film regulatory bodies control the film that is being presented to the film viewer.

As the Hollywood studio system is designed to compete within an economical framework it is understandable why each competing studio would try and better its opponent. However this can only be done through appeasement of the censoring body.

Society as it functions today faces so much information, a colossal overload of facts, figures, images, sounds, social networks, relevant content, and irrelevant content too. Films merely express the view of the world as it fits into the social norms of contemporary society.

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Visceral terror has always been an issue in cinema, but to move beyond the purely visual it is necessary to explore further the deeper narrative and structure of cinema.

Perhaps the experience is a free-for-all in terms of cinema representing themes that were impossible 10 years ago. Throughout cinemas history conflicting problems with censorship and controversial themes have always been present and today’s filmic representation is the same as it always has been, facing a continual struggle with the regulatory body.

Anti-heroes have always been and will always be just that, heroes beyond the norms of society. Film works from this point of view in that it has to evoke an emotional response from its audience, without emotional connection, film and more importantly cinema, fails to entertain.

It is questionable whether society looks at cinema too deeply and considers it to be a reflection of humanity, failing to recognise it as pure entertainment, escapism at its most sincere. Often people in everyday life will try to draw comparisons between real-life catastrophic events and relate the action to movies. This is impossible as one is true the other fiction.

Films visual and narrative content is an objective viewpoint undertaken by the participant, and this is why reactions to films vary from person to person, and culture to culture. The regulators are in place to protect the viewer.

Fury Film Review with Brad Pitt - an Epic War Film that is very dirty and gritty!

The Film Fury is an impressive WW2 romp through the heartland of Germany!

"As far as World War 2 Films go Fury holds onto many filmic legacies as the film narrative thunders along. Perhaps there has been a demise of the genre as a whole as more conventional Hollywood film styles move into the Mainstream. This is not to say though that Fury is unrewarding."

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Hurt Locker Film Review

The Tagline - “War is a drug.”

The Hurt Locker Film is considered propaganda

Moving away from the controversy surrounding the film The Hurt Locker and whether it is considered propaganda or pro-US, I would like to focus on the film as an individual entity and not draw or shift attention to the debate surrounding US involvement in Iraq. The focus of this review is to uncover the film within its own narrative and film representation. It is important to remember that Hollywood cinema projects a view of the world that is both ideological and confined by the restrictions of the Hollywood production system.

Perhaps the only indicator of the controversy surrounding a film is its box office success and Hurt Locker certainly did not break any box-office records in consideration of its estimated budget versus the box-office. This is a key indicator that the film is an artistic, although perhaps misguided, vision of the director rather than a formulaic film with a conventional narrative and character development.

Drawing attention to the tag line “war is a drug,” it is worth noting that the realisation of the driving forces, the essence behind why the soldiers do what they do, is that are looking for their next fix. They are addicted to combat and the adrenaline rush of action. There is no need to become frustrated at the lack of in-depth Iraqi characters, or how scenes do not reflect actual battle reality. All film is pure creation, even the Neo-realist cinema from Italian during the 1930s-1940s ceased to become reality once the image passed through the lens of the camera.

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A relationship within the film that needs attention drawn to it is that between Sergeant First Class William James and the small Iraqi child called Beckham. The relationship is interesting because at first the interaction is both light-hearted and then turns darker, with overtones of violence – even if only spoken through words.

In essence the job of the IED bomb disposal team is to be surrounded by potential hazards from mysterious bombers, every friendly face could be the culprit, they are strangers in a strange land – and yet here a bomb disposal wild-card jokes with a young child about adult DVDs. The issue is not the conflict between the people of Iraq or Americans, but rather about the fact that the IED experts need the next fix. The relationship merges between joking and searching for the missing boy and the discovery of a bomb-laden child. The effects of this addiction impacts William James inability to stay on a constant emotional level with his newfound friend, moving between withdrawal symptoms and real human concern and anxiety as noted by his search for the missing Beckham.

A war film directed by a woman?

Briefly mentioning the director Kathryn Bigelow, it is worthy to note that as a director her previous notable films Blue Steel (1989) Near Dark (1987) Point Break (1991) and Strange Days (1995) – all deal with characters who live beyond the normalities of society, on the fringe of conventional acceptance by their peers.

The film has to remain isolated from the people of Iraq, because this is the condition in which the soldiers are placed. The alienation of the Iraqi people present in the film is a statement about the real alienation faced by the soldiers. This is not a propagandist view by any means but an observation.
“The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.” As American War Correspondent and Journalist Chris Hedges quoted and we see this during the final moments of the film. William James is back in action and the days left until his rotation finishes is 365 days, 365 days to revel in his addiction.

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