Category Archives: Movies

Film review: IceMan (1984)

IceMan is a film you’ve probably never heard of, but should probably watch.  A group of arctic scientists find a frozen 40,000-year old Neanderthal man who comes back to life.

It’s a slow film, without much dialogue or exposition, at least compared to modern films.  But it’s thoughtfully made and touching, asking the viewer to be patient with the story and characters and to think about what makes us human.

Trailer 

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Actors should be hypnotised to believe what’s happening is real.

I’m watching the latest Independence Day films. One of the Hemsworth brothers is flying a spaceship through falling debris and chunks of rock. He’s shouting, because it’s exciting and dangerous.

He’s doing a fine job of screaming and shouting, but there’s no tension to the scene because I’ve seen it all before. Better graphics don’t make it more immersive.

I need to rely on the actors, but they can’t out-act over-familiarity and desensitisation. But if they were hypnotised?

COuld you elicit a more realistic performance than terror?

Put two unrelated movies into the same universe. ¬†How will you do it?

You have to take two separate films and put them in the same universe.  You don’t have to use lead characters.  How would you do it?

Example:

Godzilla attacks New York, but the Ghost Busters and the Statue of Liberty are there to save the day.  (Or Cloverfield attacks NY and ‘Zillow and Stay-Puft fight it off.)

CondorMan’s comics help inspire a young Bruce Wayne to build his gadgets.  Together they team up to fight The Joker and an army of Soviet Porschses.

The house from the Amityville Horror is where Kevin McAllister is left Home Alone.