On Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 10:43:12 PM UTC-5, kelpzoidzl wrote:
The "Ready Player One" book is seven years old, so VR warfare, surveillance drones and 'Second Life' avatar realms are already old hat. The protagonist even has to dress in a body suit for game motion sensing, which Kinect makes passé. It needed a more retro arcade production design for the VR scenes, as it's an uphill battle to make *grim* feel exciting. Beyond the "Willy Wonka" egg hunt, which makes someone a billionaire, will there be an original story inside? I usually see Spielberg's movies, so I'll guess I'll find out.
> The hype is growing on "Annihilation."
Death of cinema, again, as "draws comparisons" = not very original. Cribbing from high-brow sci-fi is never enough. Reviews on this are so-so.
> I refused to see "Mother!"
I saw it immediately and had the opposite reaction. Maybe the studio releasing it wide with lots of mystery box hype deflated it for me, because it felt more like a short subject stretched-out to be as raucous as possible.
Have you seen last year's, "A ghost story"? I missed it in the cinemas but found it on Blu-ray. It's a smaller movie which allows in some bigger concepts.
I also think you might like, "Coherence," which I saw in 2014 when it was briefly at the TIFF.