Maybe Not The Last

Let’s be honest, audiences love a good supernatural film. They almost tend to come and go in phases / fads. The 80’s were all about ghost and ghouls. The 90’s were dominated by vampires, and we are currently knee-deep in a zombie craze. There is nothing wrong with this, and every now and then we get a film that is trying to find its own space. That is what “The Last Witch Hunter” feels like the most. Vampires are substituted with “Witches”. The eerie dystopian scenery is instead filled by more modern scenery.  Replacing the young “teenage” hero with a large and some what menacing Vin Diesel.  “The Last Witch Hunter” isn’t rewriting any formulas,  but it becomes clear fairly quickly that it isn’t trying to. It just wants to be different, and excelling at those differences is what ultimately makes watching Vin Diesel’s Kaulder such a fun ride. Kaulder is cursed with immortality. A curse casted on him by the witch queen when he defeated her over 800 years ago. For that time period he has faithfully served an organization that maintains the balance between humans and witches called The Axe and Cross.

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Cross the Galaxy with Interstellar

Christopher Nolan is arguably the most popular director in the world. This is a double edge sword because his popularity is so polarizing: you love him unconditionally or can’t stand him. He described Interstellar as a passion project and his most ambitious adventure yet. This seems difficult to understand because of how ambitious his previous work has been. This is the man revived Batman and probably comic book movies in general. He then goes on to create some truly inspired work with Inception. So what makes this work so ambitious? It’s not the story, it’s the setting. Space is a place where many a movie goes to die and pulling a compelling sci-fi drama about space exploration can be tricky.

Interstellar is about an earth in the not too distant future. This earth is a very different place. Ravaged by global pathogen that makes growing crops extremely difficult. Matthew McConaughey plays Cooper, a former NASA pilot who is now a farmer of one of Earth’s last remaining crops, corn. He loves the time gets to spend with his family, especially that of his young daughter Murph. Advancements and research in technology have been globally halted instead to concentrate on survival, making farmers way more valuable than engineers. Cooper never got to go into space as a NASA pilot, and is barely coping with the realization that he’ll never get the chance too. However, circumstance find Cooper reunited with an old NASA colleague Prof Brand portrayed by Michael Cane. Who informs him that the situation is far worst than the public know. The only hope is a deep space exploration mission to find a brand new home world for the people of earth, and he wants Cooper to pilot the mission.

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