30 March 2013

Django Unchained

Django Unchained is effervescent in brutality and the inescapable truths of the slavery past on the lands of the American south. Each individual character had a unique sense of personality imprinted in their story lines and this provided for a very unique and dynamic aspect to the movie. The characterizations are explored in a neo-noir perspective bringing together the nonlinear story lines, satirical imposition, and the stylistic sense of violence.  Perhaps, the astounding aspect in movie can be explored from the camouflaged surrealism brought about from background music and the depiction of scenes that often seems to implode in ones face via crazy and archetypal gun violence. The rescue of two married lovers and their reunion is also explored in the atypical plot lines.  One of the most unique characters is that of Stephen and the relationship between him and Candie. The movie displays that even black on black slavery brutality existed in past. It is in a way a bit of a conundrum the way the character of Stephen is portrayed in the movie. It is also an unfathomable truth that as the bounty hunter, after rescuing his wife, heads out into the yonder with his certificate of freedom in hand, perhaps his days are numbered till he is caught on the other side for the destruction of CandyLand and at a time when slavery may have been nearing its end.  

11 March 2013

House of Cards TV Series

House of Cards is all about watching Kevin Spacey (Frank Underwood) as the usual suspect in a political intrigue drama. The sequence of events all emerging through dynamic political upheaval, intertwined with political events,  and corresponding to divisive character positions all in juxtaposition with one key character being Frank Underwood. Only in season 1 it has already become a well received tv series. Perhaps, the awe inspiring acting of Kevin Spacey makes all the difference in the quality of the drama. The political lies, the uncovering of truth and deception, and the multitude of events that transpire often times linked with Frank Underwood provide for a captivating drama. As the episodes unfold so does the deceptive and conniving plot lines of Frank.

24 TV Series

Although, 24 has been around for a while now since 2001 and with 8 seasons in merit it remains a diabolical masterpiece of intrigue, drama, and suspense. Each season, giving rise to a new story within the transitions of 24 episodes of counter terrorism. The uncompromising and limitless acting of Kiefer Sutherland in each episode emerges into an electrifying and engrossing experience for the viewer.  Even the substandard acting in some of the characters does not disuage the realization of suspense that is delivered through Jack Bauer. I spent almost 8 weeks going through each season with open surround sound. It is a pity that it came to such an end after season 8. The episodes almost seemed like they were mini movies of their own entirety. Strangely enough, I found the character of the President Charles Logan in the season 5 and 6 very annoying and a real drag to watch. The intense and often artfully coordinated rescue scenes to the almost realistic torture sequences all appeared very indulging to watch. There have been plenty of crime dramas around focusing on law, politics, to forensic investigations. However, 24 remains an immense series of the past and potentially influencing many of the present and future.