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Interstellar...what the heck do I say?

The film reminded me a lot of 2001: A Space Odyssey and it's sequel, 2010 - if you jammed them together and ratcheted up the angst.  The performances were good, great even, it's just a shame that the script comes across as something written by someone who doesn't realize that the Academy takes great pride in it's tradition of shitting on great science fiction films. 

Also, once again in a science fiction film the robots steal the show, but only their personalities - design wise they look like something from early Dr. Who, which is bizarre given how excellent the rest of the production design and special effects are.  This film was literally made for IMAX, and it shows.

In fact, Interstellar's greatest strength is in it's design - from a near-future dust bowl, to the space ships, to the look of space itself - it's obvious that in this case the filmmakers actually listened to the scientific advisers they hired.  As an example, the space ship in the film mimics gravity by spinning - standard enough in a sci-fi film - but what's incredible is that when you see the view out the windows the Earth is spinning like a top.  How many times have you seen that detail in a sci-fi show?

What really hurts Interstellar though is that a lot - hours really - of this film feels like Oscar bait to me.  One of those eye-rolling, pathos-laden star vehicles that no one actually goes to see, but that the Academy heaps with ludicrous amounts of praise.  Again, the actors act the hell out of this film - there are some Oscar worthy performances here - but they feel wasted because I came to see 2001: aSO, or Star Trek, not The King's Speech.

In the end, I think Interstellar would be brilliant if they'd edited out about a half-hour to forty-five minutes of it, and that if you wait to rent it you'll be disappointed you didn't see it on the big screen, but if you see it on the big screen you will be wishing you rented it.
  • Listening to: AC/DC
  • Reading: The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword
  • Watching: SF Debris
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Popcorn
So I finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy last night.  

Not bad, I'm not unhappy to have seen it in the theater, but it looks like I'm one of the few not jumping for joy over it.  

What issues did I have?  

Well for one thing, the fights bugged me, to much jump-cutting...AGAIN!  While Groot stole every scene he was in, all to often problems were solved by a Groot Ex Machina.  Gamora was poorly written (what was her motivation again?), and I think poorly cast.  This could have been partially an issue with her fight choreographer, but Zoe Saldana just didn't carry the "badass super-assassin" thing off as well as Scarlet Johansson does.  

And the Collector was just poorly done.  While I'm not saying they should have changed him as much as they did Galactus in the FF movies, he is the same race and equal in power to Galactus, as in quite literally an eldrich abomination, so making him look like Liberace's evil cousin was kind of dumb.
  • Mood: Not Impressed
  • Listening to: Manga Pulse
  • Reading: Star Trek: Republic
  • Watching: Top Gear
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Popcorn
So here's the situation.

I'm going through the site and noticed a pic with a critique request.  Now I'm always game to give a critique if I've something to say, but in this case I just...don't, and I'm finding the reason I don't is bugging me.

Technically it's a good pic, an attractive female character from a TV show in a belly dancers outfit - this is literally the stuff my dreams are made of.  :D  But the thing is, I've never watched the show and have no idea who this character is.  So......Look, if this was a pic of Raven, or Lady Jaye, drawn the same style, in the same outfit, I know for a fact that I'd have no problem writing a good critique about the pic.  I'd be fairly enthusiastic about it.  But because I have no context for the character I'm not finding anything about the pic that makes it stand out from the hundreds, if not thousands, of other decent pics of belly dancers on the site.

How do I express that in a critique?  How could I express that in a critique?  I'd literally be saying, "It would be a great pic if it were a character I liked, but because it isn't, it's kind of average."

But then...isn't this a valid critique?  Isn't the fact I find that the pic doesn't stand out something I should tell the artist?  Because, in my opinion this is a technically well done, but ultimately average picture.

But I'm finding I can't write that critique because, and I feel stupid saying this, I can't get over the feeling that my apathy towards the picture is more a failing on my end than the artists.  Because, as I said, if I knew who the character was I'd most likely have a better opinion of the pic. Even though being coldly logical about it, that nothing about he pic stands out is arguably on the artist.  Confused 

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  • Mood: Stumped
  • Listening to: Manga Pulse
  • Reading: The Long Night of the Harvest
  • Watching: Top Gear
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Chips
Interstellar...what the heck do I say?

The film reminded me a lot of 2001: A Space Odyssey and it's sequel, 2010 - if you jammed them together and ratcheted up the angst.  The performances were good, great even, it's just a shame that the script comes across as something written by someone who doesn't realize that the Academy takes great pride in it's tradition of shitting on great science fiction films. 

Also, once again in a science fiction film the robots steal the show, but only their personalities - design wise they look like something from early Dr. Who, which is bizarre given how excellent the rest of the production design and special effects are.  This film was literally made for IMAX, and it shows.

In fact, Interstellar's greatest strength is in it's design - from a near-future dust bowl, to the space ships, to the look of space itself - it's obvious that in this case the filmmakers actually listened to the scientific advisers they hired.  As an example, the space ship in the film mimics gravity by spinning - standard enough in a sci-fi film - but what's incredible is that when you see the view out the windows the Earth is spinning like a top.  How many times have you seen that detail in a sci-fi show?

What really hurts Interstellar though is that a lot - hours really - of this film feels like Oscar bait to me.  One of those eye-rolling, pathos-laden star vehicles that no one actually goes to see, but that the Academy heaps with ludicrous amounts of praise.  Again, the actors act the hell out of this film - there are some Oscar worthy performances here - but they feel wasted because I came to see 2001: aSO, or Star Trek, not The King's Speech.

In the end, I think Interstellar would be brilliant if they'd edited out about a half-hour to forty-five minutes of it, and that if you wait to rent it you'll be disappointed you didn't see it on the big screen, but if you see it on the big screen you will be wishing you rented it.
  • Listening to: AC/DC
  • Reading: The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword
  • Watching: SF Debris
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Popcorn

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NeilV Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav
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Firest Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
You're welcome.  :thumbsup:
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Exgaki50 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Thanks for the kind words and compliment.  If you liked that story, might I suggest you check out Yvonne's picture Batgirl Peril 21.  I think you will find it equally enjoyable.
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Firest Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Eh, I'm not really into it when there's an actual threat of death, and even though you presented the threat as a hollow one it was a "real" attempted murder on the villains part, which kills the eroticism for me.  :shrug:
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Exgaki50 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Sorry to read you didn't like it. Thanks for taking the time to read it anyway.  As a courtesy to your sensitivities, l won't bother you again with my recommendations. 
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Firest Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
It was a well-written story though, kudos on that.  :thumbsup:
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ManjiLuo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
OMG I LOVE YOUR ICON
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Firest Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Thanks.  Wish I could tell you where it's from or who made it, but it's just something I stumbled across a few years ago.  
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ManjiLuo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
awww :c
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caljedi1 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Thank you for the fave and comment!
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