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The Matrix

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Despite The Matrix being 13 years old, it still has a high following and huge fan base. Often referenced and compared to modern films such as Inception and In Time. It explores an alternate universe – a different perspective of how we live today. That we are in a virtual world run by robots and machinery of the past… Continue reading

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The Truman Show

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I don’t know how I have gone this long without reviewing this remarkable movie.

The Truman Show is about Truman (Jim Carrey) who lives a humble life in a suburban town with a solid job and a perfect wife. But he can’t stop thinking about a woman he fell in love with at university. He soon begins to reflect on his life and missed opportunities, before expressing his desire to travel… Continue reading

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Lucy

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It was a great concept, but it was just so weird! It was simply bizarre.

Scarlet Johansson plays the protagonist, Lucy, who is kidnapped and used as a drug mule. The new drug seeps into her system, which enables her to use more and more and more of her brain.

She is able to manipulate everything from pain tolerence to technology. She even pulls some solid Matrix moves.

It would have been a great as a short film… Continue reading

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Agophobia (short film)

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This short film is unlike anything I have ever seen before.

There are some small thematic similarities to the likes of The Matrix and Avatar. But this is actually an original, thought-provoking, metaphorical and emotionally-charged representation of what I perceive to be our dependant and warped relationship between nature and technology.

This movie is pretty ambiguous, you can read into it as much or as little as you wish. I’m sure different themes, concepts and interpretations could be picked up by every viewer.

You can’t fault Agophobia. The visuals, the imagery and the graphics are incredible – almost looks 3D.

It’s dark and complex, but ultimately, Agophobia is amazing art, with talented actors, writers, visual effects and camera work.

The music fits very well indeed; supports the film perfectly. Almost like you could close your eyes and still understand the story… Continue reading

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Zhon: The Alien Interviews – “Here’s Zhonny!”

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Zhon: The Alien Interviews is a sci-fi comedy/drama web-series made in Southern Arizona by a group who self-funded the project.

The series is of a man, known as Zhon Jacob Jingle Heimer Schmidt, who claims to be an extra-terrestrial and has wandered Earth for thousands of years. He tells his story during an interview by the Secret Service.

I have watched the first episode, “Here’s Zhonny!” and I am quite keen to see more!

This genre is right up my alley, since I am into the comedic and dramatic Doctor Who (David Tennant) series. Tapping into an original and creative tangent of the classic sci-fi genre with very eccentric characters! Zhon: The Alien Interviews is certainly one out of the box!

It is an off-beat journey with rather quirky characters. The script is well written with dialogue that is authentic. The use of silence is very well executed! Particularly… Continue reading

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Goodbye, 2012!

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Another year is over! I have seen some pretty spectacular movies this year and I have been happy to give my stamp of approval to them. I have also come across my fair share of some pretty disastrous films that I have rated accordingly.

As of today, the NZ Film Freak website has accommodated more than 45,250 viewers from all over the world (particularly America, so thank you to you guys!) – which is a lot more than I ever expected would take notice of my blog.

So as a tribute, here’s the low-down of almost 60 movies that I have watched and rated throughout the year of 2012. There are some amazing films along with some rather tragic ones. I have devised a genius rating system out of ten that gives an indication of whether it’s worth watching or not. Continue reading

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Twilight

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This is a rather delayed review of the first film of the Twilight Saga. But it has won the poll with an impressive 221 votes! So here is my take on it:
The first thing that I can comment truthfully on is the music… if anything, the emotion comes from the music in this film. Emotion, however, is not something that would be seen throughout the protagonists. Bella (Kristen Stewart) and her vampire boyfriend, Edward, (Robert Pattinson) are predominately absent of extreme feelings or overall facial movement…

But the 25 year old-looking high schoolers who glittered in daylight and are transformed into a sexualised and attractive killers… Well. It just doesn’t go down well for me. I think that vampire + sparkles = evil fairy… Not a pin-up highschool boy, like Hollywood has portrayed Edward Cullen to be… Continue reading

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Whip It

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First of all, don’t be put off by Drew Barrymore as the director… Your preconceptions are invalid.

Whip It is certainly a fun and enjoyable film based around the exciting sport of Roller Derby. Since watching this movie, I really wanted to go to a Roller Derby bout which I was lucky enough to do this year. Boy, the violence portrayed in the movie is clearly through the eyes of Hollywood – it is so much more brutal in real life. Or maybe our Kiwi players are just more violent…? It was awesome nonetheless… Continue reading

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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My Valentine’s Day post. Why? Because of this line that Joel delivers in the film about Valentine’s Day:

Joel: Today is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap.
Which I found amusing.

It’s still one of my favourite movies after multiple viewings. I discovered this film in English class at high school and (admittedly not actually getting it the first time I watched it) I have loved it ever since… Continue reading

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In Time

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I think this is going to be a short entry today. Because I’ve been mulling this film over and over in my head for a good few months since I watched it.

It’s a film about how in the future everybody would be paid in time. With a count-down timer on our arm (which would make a pretty cool tattoo) we have to use that time to pay for things we need such as bus rides and food.

This film does have some powerful points… Continue reading

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Inception

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Wow! If you liked the Matrix you’ll like this!

A mind-twisting film which demands the full attention of viewers as it’s not an ‘easy watch’. By that, I mean that a passive audience is not going to be handed the complex idea of dream inception and deep characters on a platter.

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the primary dreamer or extractor hired by a corporation-owner, Mr Saito (Ken Watanabe) to plant a lucrative idea into Robert Michael Fischer’s (Cillian Murphey) mind via a dream.
This is to encourage him to decide to break up the energy conglomerate which he recently inherited to make way for Saito’s company. Continue reading

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