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So this is a good visual aid from the Reddit r/movies page to help you stay clear on which studios have the rights to certain Marvel characters and groups.
It’s nice and easy to follow!
Empire magazine celebrated its 25th anniversary by releasing 25 X-Men: Days of Future Past character covers yesterday. You can check them out here on slashfilm.com. I still have to read the Days of Future Past comic (I know, I know…) but am really excited for the film. I think most of the costumes look good; future Wolverine with that body armor looks sweet, Fassbender looks awesome, even the sentinels look mean. Like I said, these covers are really solid looking.
The one problem I have. The single cover that I hate! Although it could possibly be considered the most important of them all!
I guess he kinda looks futuristic? Right? With all the shiny silver and the nifty goggles and gadgets? I know it’s tough to do the silver hair thing and make it look good but I just don’t like the costume they’ve set him up in. Obviously, this doesn’t relate to Evan Peters’ acting capabilities, so he could still be great in the role. The costume just feels fake and reminds me of this.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see… X-Men: Days of Future Past looks sweet and pretty much all of the covers have me excited to see both X-Men movie cast combine.
I went to check out Spike Jonez’ Her in theaters this past weekend and it easily became my favorite film of the year as I fell in love with its setting, characters, and overall complexity. I decided to check it out again the other night because I was overly excited that my cousin was going to watch it for the first time. During this second viewing I discovered a Reddit post questioning the color use in the movie and how they directly relate to the characters, so of course this held my attention throughout my second view and I came up with some very interesting relations between characters and the color palette in the movie. I posted this already as a comment on that Reddit post, but wanted to add in screenshots and post it here as well!
Spoilers! There are many major spoilers within this post relating to Her, and I wouldn’t want to ruin such a beautiful film by not giving a warning, so if you haven’t seen it yet, turn back!
This is going to get lengthy, I’ve added in screenshots to help, so try and stick with me. I think that:
Red/Pink/Orange = Acceptance and love
- Theodore is wearing this color during the majority of the film. In the beginning I think he is accepting of himself and his lifestyle. While it might not be his ideal or happiest situation, he has come to terms with everything. This only increases as he accepts his relationship with Samantha and everything she teaches him. Amy also wears pretty much all red (after her and Charles split which I’ll get to) because she has come to terms with her situation, and is also the most accepting about people having relationships with their OS, including herself.
Blue = Sadness and/or discomfort
- Catherine is I think always wearing blue. She is pretty much always sad/unhappy and uncomfortable. From how she is described, she seems to be uncomfortable with herself and her writing. She never feels good enough. She also is completely uncomfortable and upset with Theodore dating his OS.
- I think another very important scene with blue is when the surrogate enters their relationship. Theodore is immediately uncomfortable but then when it switches to the night of, he is wearing a blue shirt and is just totally upset and uncomfortable with the situation.
- Another important use of blue was on the double date with Paul and Tatina. While they were wearing white beforehand, they are now in blue for this scene and Samantha makes things uncomfortable and dampens the mood with her comment about people dying and her basically being superior.
Yellow = Uncertainty and confusion
- Yellow is used less, but pops up in unique scenes. The first one I noticed it in was when Theodore goes on the date with Olivia Wilde’s character. He never seems sold on the blind date until Samantha pushes him into it, but interestingly enough, he’s wearing yellow when he goes on the date, which ends in a strange way where Theodore is left very confused.
- Next was when he first encounters the little girl’s reaction to him dating his computer. While she doesn’t fully understand, she brings up the point of her being in the computer and not having a physical form. I think this is the first time Theodore has to question his relationship with Samantha. He is confused and uncertain about their relationship for the first time.
- Then when she leaves and he eventually finds out about her other relationships, he is wearing yellow like you said. Throughout that entire scene he is confused, uncertain, and again questioning where she is, what has happened to her, and then eventually their entire relationship because of her other relationships. When he wears yellow he seems to have hesitant “is this real” moments.
White = Neutrality/Neutral acceptance
- I think that white, while being the most general color, represents a type of general neutrality or neutral acceptance during important scenes and when it is used on main characters. In the beginning, when we are first introduced to Amy and Charles, the second scene they appear in, with the documentary footage, Amy is wearing a light mix of white and red. We see that they eventually split, but I think they are in a neutral acceptance for what their relationship has become, and at first they unwillingly accept it, but once they split, Amy only wears vibrant red.
- Next, I noticed it when Theodore first tells Paul and Tatina that Samantha is an OS (pictured above). Paul suggests the double date, yet neither of them hesitate or question him dating his OS, but also don’t openly accept it. Again sort of a neutral or neutral acceptance. I think white comes into play a little more with color blends, but I’ll get there.
Now I think the end of the film really beautifully combines these and shows off the full color spectrum. It covers such a magnificent range of emotions and has made me cry both times I’ve watched.
Starting with the scene where the Alan Watts OS is introduced, Theodore is wearing a red robe with a white shirt and underwear. He begins the scene being fully accepting of his relationship with Samantha yet becomes neutral and semi-accepting after the interaction with Alan and her evolving more.
The next scene he is wearing Yellow which can represent the transition to his confusion and uncertainty about their relationship from the previous talk (with Alan Watts). This becomes more apparent because this is where she disappears and Theodore is panicking with confusion and uncertainty. He eventually recognizes her evolution and the fact that she is not his anymore. He feels like he is being cheated on which makes him all the more confused and uncertain about their relationship. She tries to explain how she is his, but also not his.
The next scene he returns to white. Theodore is struggling to fully accept Samantha’s evolution, so while he is not happy about the situation, he is not sad either because he is able to recognize that she is an OS, not human, and returns to this sort of neutral acceptance when figuring out the status of their relationship going forward.
After this we are hit with the most heartbreaking part of the movie. When Samantha announces she is leaving. Theodore is wearing his white shirt still but the scene is majorly dark and gives a blue tone to his shirt. This is just pure sadness, especially the feels and heartbreak after her “if you ever get here, come find me, nothing would ever pull us apart.”
The next scene he is back in noticeable white. Neutral acceptance being torn between accepting her leaving and at the same time having his heart shattered. In this scene he is devastated about Samantha leaving, but we also see some acceptance with his email to Catherine. He then goes to see Amy who is still in red. She is fully accepting of her OS’ decision to leave because they were not romantically involved, which makes it easier for her. I like that the film ends with the two of them together, and Theodore sort of smiles while crying as if she has help him come, at least a little more, to terms with the situation.
When Theodore and Catherine are at lunch, he is wearing a blue/red shirt, showing his acceptance yet sadness and discomfort for the entire situation. I think it’s also interesting that Catherine is wearing white/blue because while she enters the scene neutral and accepting about what their marriage and relationship has become, she is okay with it. However, as soon as she finds out about Samantha being an OS, she is completely uncomfortable and they begin to fight and be sad.
When Theodore is struggling with the acceptance of his relationship with Samantha after the surrogate scene, he visits Amy. I thought it was awesome to see him laying on the couch (which I think was blue also) in his blue shirt while she is in red and we see her happily interact with her OS. After this Theodore is accepting again, makes up with her and fixes their relationship, and returns to wearing red the next scene.
On the picnic with Paul and Tatina (pictured above), he is wearing a red jacket and a blue shirt. They are having a great time and Theodore feels like their relationship is accepted, but then she makes her comment about death and he becomes sad and uncomfortable while he thinks about what she said.
Then at the end, as I mention above, the combination of Theodore’s white shirt and Amy’s red clothes. Theodore is heartbroken, but understands the situation. He’s neutral, struggling between letting his heartbreak get the best of him because of his deep love for Samantha or accepting the situation and all of the positive things that he gained out of their relationship. Seeing him and Amy lean on one another at the end makes me feel like he is able to accept everything and they both accept and appreciate how their OS’ helped them rediscover life and be happy again.
As I try to pump out reviews for the lot of movies I’ve seen over the break to end 2013, I’ll begin with probably the most touching story of the year in Saving Mr. Banks. The movie stars Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins creator, P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. The rest of the cast is filled in nicely with Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, and Colin Farrell.
I was very interested in this movie but honestly just thought it was more about Walt Disney. I’ve only seen Mary Poppins probably two times and not since my age was in single digits. I was delighted to spend the duration of the film learning about the interesting background of P.L. Travers and the personal experiences that she built off of to create her stories. The story is well directed and keeps that classic Disney feel of being filled with niceness and joy while also providing a serious feel when exploring Travers’ past.
The cast was awesome in the movie; Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks are great centerpieces as Travers and Disney who nail the important historical portrayals while Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, and B.J. Novak add great performances alongside those two. I thought Schwartzman and Novak were a great pair playing the Sherman brothers; both are quirky and have been funny in their past works (Novak on The Office and Schwartzman in Bored to Death and others) and I thought it was fun to watch them be happy and musical around a pessimistic Travers. Paul Giamatti was a really nice surprise to see pop up on screen because I did not realize he was in the film but he did an awesome job with his role as Travers’ American driver. I love Paul Giamatti, and my love only grew after his performance in Saving Mr. Banks because of the touching and heartfelt conversations between him and Travers’ and his consistent positive mindset.
The biggest surprise in the cast, however, was easily Colin Farrell. I really didn’t search for anything about this movie before going to see it so I only knew it featured Thompson and Hanks. Farrell plays Traver’s father and is the main character for all of the scenes that take place in the past. His character struggles with supporting his family because he is a creative mind that is still controlled by his inner child’s imagination and struggles to work at a boring bank job each day. On top of all this, he is also an alcoholic and is dealing with that in almost every scene; however, Farrell gives a very emotional performance that sets the tone of the film.
I liked a lot of the cinematography in Saving Mr. Branks; there was plenty of beautiful California scenery while also nice looks into the Disney World of the past. Overall, Saving Mr. Banks was very well done with a nice story and great acting. It was a all new information to myself so I thought it was fun to learn more about the process to make Mary Poppins and see into the life of P.L. Travers. The only downside is the feeling that Disney is putting this movie out for personal gain to win awards based off of the familiarity with one of their most iconic films, but the good definitely outweighs the bad.
I give the film a solid rating of 7.7/10
Definitely check out Saving Mr. Banks and look for my upcoming reviews on other awesome movies including American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall St., and The Spectacular Now!
A new photo popped up on the web earlier today of what is more than likely the official Godzilla for the upcoming film.
I hope this poster is real, because it looks like the older, original, Godzilla.
The Wolverine…. was just fantastic!
I just got back and am now realizing just how much I’ve been missing some Wolverine in my life. Seriously, this movie was awesome.
The film provided awesome comic book scenes that bring the, thought to be unrealistic scenes, off the paper in another great addition to Marvel’s cinematic universe. Although we won’t see Wolvie in the Avengers anytime soon, Jackman continues to give a brilliant performance as one of the best comic book characters in a revived X-Men universe.
The film takes place in Japan where Logan finds himself with a dulled healing power that makes him near-human. This lets everyone see just how much of a beast Logan really is because he is taking bullets and bleeding but still raging onward destroying anyone who gets in his way.
Eventually he faces off against the badass Silver Samurai, which was revealed before the movie even came out but it was as good as it looks. The action was good and a nice break from CGI but the Samurai was really fucking cool. The battles that the two characters share were exactly what I wanted and re-sparked my interest in Logan and his story.
This film is definitely a must see if you have interest in the MCU or just superheros. You can’t go wrong with the Wolverine and this definitely brought him back. There was a scene after 2-5 minutes of credits that picks up two years later with Logan in an airport. The television screen is displaying a “Trask Industries” commercial and Logan knows something is off. Metal starts shaking and you guessed it, Magneto is behind Logan and needs his help. Then everyone freezes. I start losing my shit, my girlfriend is like “quiet calm down” and I can’t because Charles Xavier comes out!
Oh how it’s been too long since we have seen these two. However, they say they need Logan to help stop a huge mutant threat that is the sentinels.
X-Men is definitely fucking back! I loved First Class and The Wolverine has just gotten me pumped to read and see Days of Future Past which is an amazing story from what I know already!