Cecil the Lion, Steve Zissou, and The Hunter

LifeaquaticposterI am captivated by the Cecil the lion matter.  For those of you who do not know, he was killed by an American dentist seeking a hunting trophy a few weeks ago.  Like many, I had never heard of Cecil before his death, but I find myself thinking about my dog, Pepper, when I read about the lion.  I’m not saying that hunting for a trophy is wrong, but I don’t understand it.  It makes me sad to think about loosing my dog someday in the future, even though he can be a colossal pain sometimes.  I wonder if that is how folks who knew Cecil feel?  I don’t know.

I’ve been thinking about two movies that relate to the subject, at least in my own crazy mind.  The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is one of my all time favorites.  Many of my friends and family have not been able to appreciate this film when they have allowed me to screen it for them.  Bill Murray, as the title character, is absolute fantastic as the host of a ocean based nature show.  Yes, the movie is very silly.  But it is also insanely serious as Zissou is searching for the fish that killed his best friend in order to get revenge.  As Zissou loses himself, he finds himself, even if he can’t put his finger on how he got lost in the first place.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

 

Hunter_ver3The Hunter with Wilem Defoe flew largely under the radar.  I watched it one night when I couldn’t find anything else more enticing and it has been with me since.  It is haunting.  The story is believable, built around the Tazmanian Tiger, which is believed to be extinct for some time.  Defoe, the titular hunter, is hired to find and bring back a specimen when a lone animal is spotted in the wilderness.   It challenges the audience to a game of bioethics.  Can the Hunter, as wild as his prey, be taught by nature about what makes humanity so special?  .  Are Zissou and the Hunter different versions of the same man?  Tell me what you think.  I’ll be back after spending some time with my buddy, Pepper.

 

*Husky Harlequin is the author of the new time travel novel Time’s Alibi or The Quantum of Jazz Between the Sun and the Grave.  It’s more than SciFi; it’s a political statement.  Grab a copy and visit another dimension during your lunch break.

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Review: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

Mission_Impossible_Rogue_Nation_posterEthan Hunt drops in for another round.  And like a prize fighter, he delivers plenty of punch.  But this time, it’s not so easy.  Hunt is no longer in his prime (think recent James Bond).  He’s vulnerable as his skill are repeatedly matched by the evil Syndicate.  As always, Cruise thrives in the underdog roll.  I’m not complaining!

There is no shortage of fun and special effects, but this mission is reminiscent of the mystery and mind games of Brian DePalma’s more subtle first chapter of the franchise back in 1996.  To me, that is a good thing, as the audience is right next to Hunt trying to figure out friend/foe and who is really behind the Syndicate.

While the cargo plane scene was greatly hyped–rightfully so–it is the high speed motorcycle chase that stood out to me.  It was impossible to miss how real it feels.  My only gripe is that Jeremy Renner, who was introduced in MI4, was severely underutilized in this installment.  Don’t wait for home video release, go see it now:  feel the breeze–in your hair.

*Husky Harlequin is the author of the new time travel novel Time’s Alibi or The Quantum of Jazz Between the Sun and the Grave.  It’s more than SciFi; it’s a political statement.  Grab a copy and visit another dimension during your lunch break.

www.HuskyHarlequin.com

Ant-Man: A Tiny Review

Marvel did it again.  Just when you think they may have a flop on their hands, they produce a giant winner in Ant-Man.  This is no small feat with their 12th consecutive #1 opening.  The movie was hilarious, much funnier than the forgettable Avengers:  Age of Ultron.  More laugh out loud moments than The Guardians of the Galaxy, in my humble opinion (hold my tongue, I know).  The dialogue was snappy, and the heist approach was fresh for a superhero flick.

The only bug spray I have to unload is the hero-villain setup.  Haven’t we been there done that in Iron Man 1 when Tony Stark had to defeat the crazed CEO of his company who had developed his own super suit?  Just saying…

Am I stomping on the ant hill or maybe just making a big deal over a tiny detail?

*Husky Harlequin is the author of the new time travel novel Time’s Alibi or The Quantum of Jazz Between the Sun and the Grave.  It’s more than sci/fi; it’s a political statement.  Grab a copy and visit another dimension during your lunch break.

www.HuskyHarlequin.com

Why I’m Excited About the New Batman vs. Superman Trailer

1. Visually Interesting.  Zach Snyder gets comic books.  The hallmark of the medium is images that won’t leave your mind–movement while being a 2D still.  Energy while leveraging tension (see 300 if you are confused).

2. Motiff:  Super vs. Super.  While many consider the comic book movie genre to be a well too often visited, DC is trying something different.  While it is well worn on paper pages, it has not been explored on screen yet.  Give DC some credit here.  They may be late to the party, but they are bringing the host a new, cool gift.

3. Role Reversal / New Ideas.  On screen, we are used to seeing Superman as a flawless, almost messianic like character, a public relations / propaganda piece for the idealized America (see Captain America for a good comparison).  In this trailer, we see that Superman has blood on his hands, collateral damage from his defeat of General Zod. When to go to war is just as important as how you conduct it.  Batman, on the other hand, has most recently been portrayed on screen as the anti-hero, the “villan Gotham needs,” our Dark Knight.  Batman will either shine as bright as the sun or fade further into a black hole.  When is revenge okay?

If I have to sit through another superhero movie, give me a front row seat and some popcorn.  Just don’t tell me how long I have to wait for this one to hit theaters!

 

*Husky Harlequin is the author of the new time travel novel Time’s Alibi or The Quantum of Jazz Between the Sun and the Grave.  It’s more than sci/fi; it’s a political statement.  Grab a copy and visit another dimension during your lunch break.

www.HuskyHarlequin.com