The Matrix (The Wachowski Brothers,1999)

A quick review. 

The Sims by EA Games is a pretty popular game franchise. We all love to raise a family similar to people we know or just put them in a swimming pool and take away the ladder to see how long it would take for them to drown.  The idea of playing God is both powerful and fun. I can literally spend hours creating my perfect world.

But we can’t really imagine being a Sim. We can’ imagine having our car pull wait four hours for us to go to work or to not be able to move because there is a plate on the floor, it is a concept we cannot comprehend.  As humans we like free will, God gave it to us after all for a reason. But what if we aren’t really free? We are all controlled by a greater being. Whether it is by Robots, Gods or Aliens, we would hate the philosophy of it and we would defiantly hate to be stuck in the Matrix.

sims

The Matrix (The Wachowski Brothers, 1999) is a film based on the horrific idea that we are all in fact in some kind of sleep state being controlled by a greater intelligence. Our hero Thomas A. Anderson / Neo played by the incredible Keanu Reeves is a computer programmer who doesn’t necessarily use his powers for good. However, this will soon change after Neo is approached by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and the small group of people out of the Matrix, he is given the opportunity to escape the Matrix and live in the real world.  All this seems easy but with the Agents / Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) trying to murder anyone who threatens the truth, it gets a lot more complicated.

The Matrix movie poster

The Matrix movie poster

The real world however is dangerous, destroyed, dirty and overrun by robots that feed on humans. With everyone in pods being bred for food, the real world is somewhere you never want to be.

Morpheus: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

The incredible and mad use of CGI crosses over the real world with computer science to draw in the audience and never let them leave until the end of the third film, even including the computer glitches which are being excused as Da-Ja-vou. We are drawn into the terrifying and complicated philosophy and caused to fear the possibility of this insane theory.

Morpheus: What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.

However, being made in 1999 the CGI is not completely convincing with some rather unrealistic looking scenes and even Neo flying off into the sunset. We begin to step away from the serious concepts of the feature and into a feel of the comedy genre.

Trinity

Trinity

This action packed film both thrills you and causes you to question your existence. I would defiantly give this film 5 star!

Gold star

Would you choose the red pill or the blue pill?

Red or the blue?

Red or the blue?

Deathbyapril- April Ely 

How have you not seen this?

Check out my review on Constantine for more philosophy lessons and  Keanu Reeves .

https://howhaveyounotseenthis.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/constantine-francis-lawrence-2005/

Constantine cover

Constantine cover

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Constantine (Francis Lawrence, 2005)

A quick review Death and taxes are the only two certainties in life. We all know how to pay taxes and what happens when we pay taxes. But No one knows what happens when we die. Some people believe that you just rot in the ground and others believe in an afterlife like heaven or hell. For Constantine it is heaven and hell.

Constantine cover

Constantine cover

John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) is an exorcist who has been condemned to hell due to his poor decision making as a teenager. I mean we all do things as a teen that we regret but no one deserves to go to hell for it. So when the detective Angela Dodson’s (Rachel Weisz) twin sister commits suicide and suffers the same fate, he can’t help but lend a hand. This help causes his soul to be forgiven by God and for him to eventually go to paradise despite the Devil’s frustrated attempt. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds with the arch angel Gabriel (Tilda Swinton) attempting to raise the antichrist from hell, it gets a tad complex.

John Constantine: [voiceover] I guess there’s a plan for all of us. I had to die – twice – just to figure that out. Like the book says, He works His work in mysterious ways. Some people like it. Some people don’t.

For Constantine heaven and hell collide here on earth as both angels and demons walk among us. From the depiction of the film, I can tell you now that demons look creepy and Hell looks like a place no one ever would want to go. With a fraction of a second on Earth equals to a good few minutes in Hell, you can only imagine how long an hour is. This is a philosophy reflected in CW’s Supernatural when Dean Winchesters (Jensen Ackles)4 month trip downstairs is equivalent to  40 years in Hell, Yikes!

John Constantine: Officially, I was dead for two minutes… but when you cross over, time stops. Take it from me, two minutes in hell is a lifetime.

The film includes some controversial philosophy and religious debates that cause audiences to re-think their life choices.  But despite the content of the film, some of the camera angles used by Philippe Rousselot and Francis Lawrence are truly incredible impacting the feel of the movie to give a sinister and supernatural look, with some parts of the film being rather frightening.

Hell

Hell

If the creepy camera angles and religious lessons aren’t enough then the use of slow motion and freeze frames truly compliment the collision of our world with the afterlife. With a film directed this well you can’t help but love it. I would suggest that if you love action packed thrillers that glue you to your seats or simply the creep factor. I would easily give it 5 stars. Gold star Check out my review on Supernatural

Fan made poster season 10 Supernatural.

Fan made poster season 10 Supernatural.

https://howhaveyounotseenthis.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/supernaturals-200th-episode-fan-fiction-cw-network-2015/

How have you not heard this?

‘How have you not seen this’ movie and TV show reviews are coming to radio. Swindon 105.5 is featuring some of my reviews on their shows. Each of my blogs will be edited and re- scripted by me to be fit for radio!

don’t forget to tune into  Swindon 105.5 on the 10th June 2015 between 9 AM- 10 AM to hear me and two other girls discuss university lifestyle.

Supernaturals 200th episode ‘Fan Fiction’ (CW Network, 2015)

The hit TV show Supernatural celebrated its 200th episode this year. Therefore, CW had a responsibility to the fans to make this episode highly remembered and the best one yet. As someone who is a huge fan of the show, rather young (19 years old this month) and a frequent Tumblr user I understood all the references. These references included popular Memes from the internet and links to ‘fanfictions’ and ‘shipping’ from the fandom to Destiel (Dean/ Castile). I personally got all of these but my parents, who are also huge fans of the show, had absolutely no idea what they were on about. With the show using words such as “canon” and “sub text” I had to explain what exactly they were on about.  Even the main character was a young girl who seemed to be a poor interpretation of a fan girl, who was far to annoying and stuck up to reflect a fandom blogger. Therefore, an issue with this episode is the fact that the writers focused on the younger audiences than the older audiences, making it difficult for my parents to relate to this episode or even understand it!

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The episode was based on a play version of Carver Edland aka chuck’s books. Yes a High school diehard fan has created a musical of Supernatural. Even though the whole drama club isn’t really a fan of the idea the Goddess Muse is. Therefore, when Muse begins to kill people who aren’t on bored with the idea Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are called to the scene and haft to fight her off to ensure the slightly irritating 16 year old director isn’t killed at the end of the show. If you saw their reaction when there was a Supernatural convention in season 5. Then you can imagine their reactions when there was a full blown play about the two. THEY WERE NOT HAPPY!

Fan made poster season 10 Supernatural.

Fan made poster season 10 Supernatural.

On the other hand, the episode does include a few Easter eggs with large references to the other episodes and even Dean looking into the camera as if he is judging the fan fictions based on Destiel. In the show Sam was also questioning why there isn’t a Sam/ Cas duo. Other references include the Scare Crow from season 1 and a song about Cas waiting for Dean to wake up from his four hours sleep in season 5’s ‘The End’. My favorite surprise though had to be the 3 second appearance of Chuck (Rob Benedict) at the very end and for some reason he seemed to enjoy the adaption of his novel. It really is a rather funny episode !

The all singing all dancing spectacular, being rather close to Buffy the vampire slayers special ‘Once more with feeling’  season 7 episode 6, was an episode to either be loved or hated by audiences. BUT I can’t complain when some of the songs were rather catchy. The episode also included a cover of Kansas’s Carry on My Wayward son in the second Act sang by poor camos from the Winchesters long line of dead family and friends. However, it does seem kind of nice to have Mummy and Daddy Winchester sing them some classic rock.  BUT Again this can be considered a controversial episode, as the 200th episode should be incredible and not risk fans hating the show.

Even though I personally didn’t hate it the 200th episode it could have been a lot better and reflect  the standards of ‘Swan song’ the season finale of season 5.

How have you not seen this?

Deathbyapril- April Ely.

Check out Hilly woods parody of the show

https://howhaveyounotseenthis.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/supernatural-parody-by-the-hillywood-show/

If you like TV shows , why not read my review on the BBC’S show ‘ i survived a zombie apocalypse.’

https://howhaveyounotseenthis.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/not-aloud-to-hit-the-zombies/

105.5 Swindon radio show Wednesday 10th June 9 AM- 10 AM

If you are a student and aren’t sure what you want to do next or are just interested in the university lifestyle. Including nightlife, cost, courses and travel. Then tune in on Wednesday 10th June at 9 AM where we will be joined by 3 students for an hour show . They will be sharing their thoughts and opinions on school and further education to help you decide what you want to do next.

Swindon 105.5 daring to be different.

Swindon 105.5 daring to be different.

500 Days of Summer (Marc Webb,2009)

A quick review

500 days of summer seems like a typical love story but I am here to tell you now it is certainly not. The film starts as a trailer to some of the romantic comedies you hear about and watch but the romance ends rather abruptly. With the film/Nonlinear narrative instantly comparing our two stars crossed lovers and bluntly stating their inevitable break up we know what will happen. With the two hour light-hearted comedy beginning at the end of their relationship and switching between day 1 of Tom Hanson (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meeting Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) to their complete breakup on day 500, it really is a unique twist on the genre.

Narrator: This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he’d never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total mis-reading of the movie ‘The Graduate’. The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief. Since the disintegration of her parent’s marriage she’d only love two things. The first was her long dark hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing. Tom meets Summer on January 8th. He knows almost immediately she is who he has been searching for. This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story

When Tom Hanson falls in love with summer Finn at work, we follow the two from start to finish of their relationship…just not in the right order. With a girl who doesn’t believe in love and a guy who has spent his entire life searching for it, their two worlds collide and end in a devastating collapse.

There is no such thing as love, its fantasy.

I think you will know when you feel it.

I guess we should just agree to disagree.

Despite the depressing nature of the film and the loss of Toms hope, the film is light-hearted and generally puts the audience in a good mood.  With some hilarious scenes to the film and an honest portrayal of what on entire cycle of a relationship is like, you can’t help but relate to either of the characters.  This includes the meet cue, the awkward silences, the first kiss, the famous third date, to discussing the future to the eventual resenting and “I just want to be friends” talk.

500 days of summer movie poster.

500 days of summer movie poster.

We see great link between the past and current status of the relationships with repetition of scenes and cute couple things that people do, just with very different reactions depending the stage of the relationship.  I feel this truly represents how people change overtime and how people eventually fall in and out of love. The Anachronic Order is really an interesting take on a media text that we should all see more of to make a story far more interesting.

For me the best scene in the film is the stereotypical Disney song and dance, when everyone knows all the moves and looks far too happy. This scene includes Tom dancing after finding his true loves witch is accompanied by a catchy song and animated birds. However, ends on him stepping into a lift all happy and then skipping to day 300 where we see him looking incredibly warn out. The cross over and juxtaposition truly is brilliant.

The sound track of this film is beautiful and works within every scene of the film. If you wanted to create a unique and interesting film with some fantastic cross overs and use of sound, 500 days of summer is one to teach you a thing or two.

However, despite the slightly depressing factors of the film with our main character losing his will to live, the feature ends happy, with summer leaving his life and the eventual introduction of autumn. After all when summer is over autumn will always follow.

Check out my review on Warm bodies (Jonathan levine, 2013) another unconventional love story.

Warm_Bodies_Theatrical_Poster

https://howhaveyounotseenthis.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/warm-bodies-jonathan-levine-2013-2/

How have you not seen this?

Deathbyapril- April Ely.