Saturday, September 30, 2017

Has 'Blade Runner 2049' lived up to the hype?

The new “Blade Runner” movie has finally arrived, and people can’t stop talking about it. Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” is a follow up of the 1982 sci-fi classic made by Ridley Scott. Thirty-five years after the movie’s first release, fans are praising the new film for its creative success. Reviews say that it keeps you captivated even if it’s almost three hours long. 

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With Ryan Gosling headlining the cast, Harrison Ford’s return has given the audience a treat of what it’s like to see their cult-favorite more than three decades after. Although the “Blade Runner” doesn’t exactly ask for a sequel, “Blade Runner 2049” was something fans didn’t think they needed. It built up of major expectations from critic and fans alike. The new film has the aura of its predecessor, and the casted vision for 2019 was translated into the film impressively. It didn’t change much, but it did improve in terms of the overall look of the set. 

The aesthetics of this movie is a big chunk of its major success. It didn't veer much away from the Scott’s original, though, which is great for hardcore fans of the cult classic. The story lacked in some areas such as in the story. Some concepts that were carried out through the film were poorly introduced, which could possibly leave other viewers perplexed as to what the character is going through. 

The movie imposed great challenges for its new forerunners. But as for how it’s doing at the box office? It’s undeniably a big win for its filmmakers and its fans. 

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Three Tips for Surviving a Horror Movie

Horror movies are a special genre of movie because they can scare the heck out of you yet they’re still fun to watch. But watching a horror movie for the first few times, or getting back into them, can be frightening for days on end.

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However, there are things you can do to prepare yourself and enjoy the watching experience. Here are some of those:
Read about the movie before you watch it
Read about the movie just so you know what it’s about. You can also read reviews to know what others think of it. If you don’t mind spoilers, you can read the synopsis of it. For some, knowing what will happen reduces the fear but not the thrill. Decide whether or not you want to watch it based on what you’ve read. If you feel you can’t, then skip it and maybe watch it later when you get used to watching suspenseful films.
Go to the bathroom before starting the movie
Especially if it’s at night, you may not want to wander the halls alone so make sure you empty that bladder.
Watch it with someone else
Especially if it’s really scary, never watch a horror movie alone. Watch it with people like your family members or friends.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Hidden Life Lessons From ‘Star Wars’

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The wisdom of the Jedi, The Force, and the Sith Lord are not ones to be ignored when you think about how to deal with life. offers a rundown of lessons from “Star Wars” that you need to know today.

First, commit to the life you want to live, and actually live it. Instead of getting frozen in fear and fighting uncertainty, recognize that nothing in life is certain, and it’s always high time to make a decision and stick with it. Second, surround yourself with people who support you and believe in you. Do not waste time and energy on those who bring you down, leading you to the dark side. Instead, fill your life with doers and believers.

Next, don’t lie to yourself; rather, listen to your heart and The Force within you. As Yoda said, “Already you know, that which you need.”

In the same vein, don’t let impossible odds hold you back, as perfectly articulated by C-3PO: “Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.” In “The Empire Strikes Back,” Han Solo said: “Never tell me the odds.”

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You might also be surprised how success could stem from overcoming failures. Obi-Wan Kenobi once challenged: “Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” Hard work paves the way for success, and it is through the ability to see setback as a stepping stone that you can get closer to victory.

David Berkowitz is a Chicago-based film buff who has always been interested in knowing how meticulously people design and create masterpieces such as 'Star Wars.' Read more movie facts on this blog.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rogue One Breathes New life into the Star Wars Universe

Who would have thought that this side-story of a prequel would rekindle the faith of fans in the Star Wars franchise? The positive and even rave reviews came out of leftfield, but it shouldn’t be a surprise now. Let’s look at why Rogue One is as good as advertised.

Let’s face it: before the current trilogy was announced, many solid fans were harboring much disappointment with how episodes one to three had turned out. While the cinematics and overall visual aspect were much better, the characters looked fake; the heavy indulgence in CGI left viewers feeling like they watched a video game. Even familiar characters came across as odd, even flat. The Phantom Menace did much in menacing the fan base, and Attack of the Clones made it worse.

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But Rogue One, riding the coattails of The Force Awakens (2015), ensured that respective directors J.J. Abrams and Gareth Edward’s take on the franchise should be taken seriously, and with much fanfare. Much has been said about the former, but Rogue One surely is the new fan favorite.

While we wait for the new trilogy to be realized, Rogue One succeeds in reminding us why we love the franchise in the first place. Real and relatable characters, a grand ambition, awesome fight scenes, and none of that mushy love story arc that would have weakened the plot greatly.

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And it’s not because the movie ended badly for our heroes; we all knew it would. It’s more because we felt sincerely bad for their plight as though we didn’t know.

High-quality films, such as Star Wars, Reservoir Dogs, Blade Runner, and The Godfather, are some of the projects that helped me realize my love and passion for filmmaking. I’m David Berkowitz of Chicago, a production designer for an indie film production company. Do visit my blog for more articles..