Archive for themes

Space and Film- Black Holes

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , , , , on 10/21/2014 by McCutcheon

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Written by Bryce Waller

Space is fun. I can’t say that I have ever been there, but I tend to live vicariously through other people. Other people in this instance being, Tom Hanks, William Shatner, and Harrison Ford.

Why is space fun? An endless void of stars, galaxies, and everything else that is out there that I don’t know about. These endless possibilities open up endless opportunities for new movies and new ideas set in space. Shooting on site is a bit difficult, but if you can manage the trip to the space production studio, the space sickness wears off…so I’m told.

In the spirit of all things space, specifically Interstellar’s release date nearing (November 5th) I wanted to discuss a few of the cooler space themes in film. Specifically- black holes.  Continue reading

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Game of Thrones, Season 1 Review

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , on 09/15/2014 by McCutcheon

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Took me long enough, didn’t it? These days, hearing news or watching a show that’s been on for four years is pretty much waiting a lifetime for your friends who want to talk about it. Yet now that I’m watching it is when I’m telling them to shut UP about it so they don’t ruin everything.

That being said it took me a very short time to finish Game of Thrones season one, because, as you know, it’s awesome. I keep thinking it’s like a Medieval Watchemen. Continue reading

Lessons from Apes

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 09/03/2014 by McCutcheon

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Now that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been out a couple months and I’ve had time to discern whether or not it was a good popcorn movie or a good movie altogether, it’s time to write about it. Sure, I’ve reviewed it and there wasn’t much to criticize with great acting and special effects, but what can we actually learn from it?

Thankfully, Dawn is one of those Sci-fi movies that takes us back to when the genre was full of societal commentary underneath the spaceships or talking apes, etc. Here are some things I really appreciated not from a critical standpoint, but a personal one.

Dawn is a story where the simplest themes say the most. Continue reading

Lessons from Maleficent

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 06/02/2014 by McCutcheon

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I didn’t particularly care for much of Maleficent myself though I know fans are pleased. Good for them. It’s always nice to have a franchise or characters you love brought to life in a way that’s unique but still entertaining all the same. I wouldn’t know.

But enough about me. One thing I appreciated about Maleficent though and that’s the underlying story. On the surface, it’s just a new twist on an old tale, but what is the actual message of the movie? Every story has an overall point and often times the writers aren’t even aware of the theme(s) until everything is said and done. Continue reading

Major Themes of The Thing (1982)

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 01/28/2014 by McCutcheon

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Written by Bryce Waller

John Carpenter’s 1982 horror classic, The Thing, is one of the greatest films ever made – regardless of genre.

Disregarding how much fun the film is to watch, you look at everything it had to over come to reach the cult status it has achieved today and it is outstanding! I will get into the analysis of the film soon, but I think it is only fair to let you know where The Thing started. Continue reading