Sam’s Movie Marathon 2014!

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IMG_1688.JPGIt’s become an annual tradition that around the time of my birthday my friends and I complete another movie marathon. So far, we have watched: all six Star Wars movies, the extended Lord of the Rings movies, and the Christopher Nolan Batman movies.

This year, we will be viewing the Matt Damon ‘Bourne’ movies in one sitting. Not the most extensive session, as they all clock in at around two hours running time (six hours total), but they’re great movies so who cares?

The plan is to watch the movies on Saturday 13th December. You can join the marathon virtually if you like, and keep in touch with some live tweeting. Here’s the intended viewing schedule (UK time):

2.30pm – The Bourne Identity
5.00pm – The Bourne Supremacy
7.30pm – The Bourne Ultimatum

I’ll need suggestions for next years marathon – post your ideas in the comments below!

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Review – Interstellar

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IMG_1658.JPGI had heard predominantly positive feedback about Interstellar, but I wouldn’t have needed any encouragement to see it as Christopher Nolan is one of my favourite directors and storytellers.

Minor criticisms first: the plot could be seen as quite farfetched, especially towards the latter parts of the movie, but it’s easy to forget that this is a science ‘fiction’ story, dealing with theoretical subjects. Aspects of it may be grounded in science ‘fact’, but I think each individuals’ ability to suspend disbelief plays a large role in being immersed in the story.

My other criticism is more of a difference of belief. Interstellar champions the view that the redemption of the human race is within the grasp of humanity themselves. I disagree with this and believe that redemption lies solely within the power of an almighty God, who is outside of the constraints of time and space.

Those things said, Interstellar is a fantastic movie. It is a majestic and colossal visual experience, with a score that swells climatically but also communicates dread and tension as well. I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t see it in IMAX, but I may have melted in awe!

The main strength of the movie is the relationships portrayed between the central characters. This is the kind of ‘relationships and spaceships’ story I aspire to tell, where people are what drives the plot. The father/daughter bond ties the movie together and could be its strongest facet due to the performances from Matthew McConaughey, Mackenzie Foy, and Jessica Chastain. There’s a vein of regret and loss that runs throughout the story, and I think it’s hard not to be moved by it.

So, to sum up; go and watch Interstellar. Even though there are some weaker moments, the overall magnificence of the movie far outweighs any negatives.

Let me know what you thought of Interstellar by commenting below!