The Man from Earth

The Man from Earth

The Man from Earth

A few days ago there was news that a feature film is going to be made with both Batman and Superman characters. I was reading a related article on a comic-con forum when on the side navigation bar I saw a link where I noticed the name ‘The Man from Earth’. At first I thought it was the Keanu Reeves movie ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’. I knew about the Keanu Reeves movie, but haven’t watched it (not yet). So I checked the title on IMDB. It not just turned out to be a different movie, but it was voted by a lot of users (76 thousand) and had a good rating too. It caught my attention, and I got that movie that day.

It had been over a week since I got that movie but haven’t watched it yet. A couple of hours ago I was looking for any gulte (nonsensical, formulaic entertainer) movie to watch, but I couldn’t find one that I haven’t already seen. So I played this one instead.

‘The Man from Earth’ is an intensely engaging movie. The story starts with a Professor named John Oldman meeting his colleagues and friends for one last time before he leaves town. Everyone is intrigued to know why John was leaving, and are taken aback when he reveals that he has been walking the face of the earth for 14,000 years. What follows is a series of conversations where John’s audience try to find a crack in his story, but are dismayed/delighted as John answers to each of their questions.

Ten minutes into the movie and I was pulled into a black hole of interesting conversations. The premise the story is based on, the hypothesis it makes and especially the characters that are involved have been brilliantly carved and aptly placed. What is interesting to note is that even though the conversation between the characters appears to be random in the beginning, it does follow a specific structure. As the protagonist keeps sharing his perspective you notice a change in his audiences reaction and enthusiasm. Denial, delight and doubt is shown through different characters. This pattern reminded me of the classic “12 Angry Men”, but of course there is no other comparison. And there is a twist as well. Okay, not just one :).

Now with sci-fi movies following the much tried and tested formulas (tackling the ultimate apocalypse), this movie comes as a breath of fresh air. The acting was immensely good especially David Lee Smith as John Oldman was amazing and the run-time just about right. This is by far one of the most unusual and thoughtful sci-fi movies I had seen.

End of the line. Everybody off. Now go watch the movie.

Few more Movies to look Forward to in 2013

This can be seen as a part-2 to the most anticipated movies of 2013 list compiled by Sundeep.

Stoker

People moan when their favorite auteurs succumb to the wiles of Hollywood. I don’t, I relish it. Where else could Park Chan Wook have cast Mia Wasikowska in a film of his?

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Frances Ha

Indie darling Greta Gerwig goes to Paris and goofs about. What more could you ask! You could ask for a cameo by Adam Driver, and you still wouldn’t be disappointed ūüėČ

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The Place Beyond the Pines

Ryan Gosling is a thief thieving to provide a future for his son, Bradley Cooper is a conflicted cop who may team with Ryan Gosling towards the end. The placement of those pines in the title design did it for me though.

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This Is The End

Seth Rogen writes and directs. He calls over all his buddies to aid the process. (That song which plays at the end is a favorite already.)

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No more trailers for you. I am not going to restrict myself to strictly awaiting movies with trailers like Sundeep did.

Terrence Malick’s features

He’s got a slew of films lined up, all ready for release! The casts are so overlapping that it becomes difficult to distinguish where one movie ends and where the other begins.

a) To the wonder| Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams| This one’s the odd one out of the trio in that it’s got a trailer, a release date, and a cast pretty much unto itself. I am not linking the trailer here as a symbolic disapproval of Olga Kurylenko.

b) Knight of cups ! Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Imogen Poots,  Antonio Banderas, Teresa Palmer, Shea Wigham and  on and on!

c) Untitled film ! Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Berenice Marlohe, Benicio Del Toro ! I dare you to find me a better ensemble in 2013. Those 3 men are enough to strike down any ensemble you may dig up.

Steven Soderbergh’s parting gifts

He says he’s done with making movies. Since that’s a pill hard to swallow, let’s just infer he’s taking a break from making movies. Anyway, he’s got two movies coming out this year.¬†Side Effects¬†starring Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta Jones; and a TV movie called¬†Behind the Candelabra¬†starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas.

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Speaking of Matt Damon, he’s got an interesting year too. Along with the gay turn with Michael Douglas, he stars in Neil Blomkamp’s follow up to the highly acclaimed District 9,¬†Elysium. If the buzz is to be believed, this one will kick the gonads of both After Earth and Oblivion.

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Later, he’s teaming up with old pal George Clooney and making a world war 2 drama titled¬†Monuments Men, which also stars Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and John Goodman. ¬†John Goodman, incidentally, has turned into a lucky charm following the Oscar triumphs of The Artist and Argo. More coincidentally, he plays the role of a Hollywood executive in both. What are the chances of a three-peat? Is he donning the role of a Hollywood executive in any of this year’s releases?¬†Inside Llewyn Davis, the 2013 offering of the Coens filled with bad hairdos, seems to come the closest in pairing him with a similar role.

Damon’s not done yet, btw. He’s got a 4th release this year in the form of¬†The Zero Theorem¬†where he plays the antagonist to Christoph Waltz’s protagonist?

Michael Fassbender

After a quiet 2012, he’s lined up quite a solid year. In addition to that Terrence Malick film, he’s doing two more, and both of them will see him alongside Brad Pitt!¬†Twelve years a Slave, directed by the man who gave us the supreme Shame, and Ridley Scott’s¬†The Counselor.

Obligatory looking-forward-to-Brit Marling-movie-of-the-year: The East

Jessica Chastain

The mere act of typing her name brings warm feelings swelling to the surface. She has soul-crushingly only two movies coming out this year and even they are nothing more than a single movie split into two. The Disappearce of Eleanor Rigby: His, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.

Jack Ryan, not to be confused with Jack Reacher, sees Chris Pine playing a dashing CIA agent dashing about over-time to sabotage Russian designs. Keira Knightley co-stars.

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For-¬†loved Sin City, couldn’t come to terms with the disaster that was The Spirit. Where this one lands is anyone’s guess.¬†¬†

Evil Dead– Early reviews suggest it is this year’s Cabin in the Woods. High praise that. Theatrical release please!

Buzz of festivals:¬†Before Midnight, A.C.O.D, Don Jon, Ain’t them Bodies Saints, The Spectacular Now.

Hollywood 2013

There are quite a few kick-ass (including Kick-Ass 2) movies coming out of this year. Serious nerdgasm! Here are my picks (list includes only those movies whose trailers have been released)

1) Iron Man 3

This is Marvel’s Iron Man 3 starring Robert Downey Jr. Of course everyone knows about it. Coming after the massive blockbuster ‘The Avengers’, phenomenal expectations on this one. The ‘Hulkbuster – Iron Man’ armour that is shown at the end of the trailer is every geek’s fantasy. #Orgasmic #Major Win.

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2) Star Trek Into Darkness

This movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch. How awesome is that?

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3) Oblivion

The plot looks similar to that of the ¬†movie ‘Equilibrium’. But hey, this one stars Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. Need I say more?

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4) Pacific Rim

This movie will seriously kick the Transformers ass. Check out the Rocket punch, will you?

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5) Man of Steel 

Chris Nolan spear heads this movie while Zack Snyder directs it. Nolan has blown us away with ‘The Batman Trilogy’. Let us wait and see what he does with the best superhero there is.

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6) After Earth

Return of the Karate Kid to Pandora!

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7) Fast and Furious 6

Cars, racing, rap and action. Add to that Vin Diesel and The Rock!

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8) G.I Joe Retaliation

Channing Tatum, The Rock and Bruce Willis in a heavy weight action thriller with fancy gadgets. I am in.

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9) World War Z

One word. Brad Pitt. Okay, that is two.

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10) Pain and Gain 

Mark Wahlberg and The Rock, again. I got to get a pump! I was sold with that dialogue. Only downside is that Michael Bay is the director. I still have nightmares when I think about the Transformers.

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11) Warm Bodies 

Zombie movie – hmm. This is a comedy – I’m listening. It has Teresa Palmer in it – sold!

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12) Monsters University

Disney and Pixar are back with a prequel to the hit animation ‘Monsters, inc.’

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13) The Lone Ranger

Two words. Johnny Depp. And from the director of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series, the good ones (1, 2 and 3).

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14) Despicable Me 2

It is all about the Minions.

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15) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

The first one was hilarious. From the trailer this looks like fun too.

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This list is by no means exhaustive. Trailers of much awaited movies Thor: The Dark World, The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2 are yet to be released.

ps: This list is in no particular order. It has been arranged as served by my memory.

ps 1: Snitch is one other movie I’d like to see. The trailer looks promising. Any action movie starring The Rock should be worth the time. Including this one, The Rock has 4 big releases this year. Tremendous¬†achievement¬†for any movie star. Not to forget he did win the ‘WWE title’ during Royal Rumble this year. If I know any better, this is one happening year for him.

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