Just a poem.

For every woman who can be named
There are a hundred who speak.
For every hundred who speak
There are a thousand who know.
For every thousand who know
There are ten thousand who do not yet know,
Because their truth lies still deeper
than all those who speak and know and can be named.

And every one of us is needed now.

– Elizabeth Debold

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Robocop (2014), a scarier version of the children’s television show I loved.

I finally got Netflix. A few years after everyone else (as usual) but alas, yay me, I have it. I decided to watch José Padilha’s Robocop (2014) as I was interested in exploring the concept of instead of God and Men, what of Robots and Men? As it appears this is the way things appear to be headed, I figured a cool concept would be, what would happen if the robots we, men created, suddenly became our Gods.

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I chose to discuss a few factors of the film that I loved. In the above image, is a scene towards the end of the film where Robocop played by Joel Kinnaman is in his suit and we have the bad guy behind him, pretty cool. I was fascinated with the suit through out the film, having done some research into the CGI used in the film, I discovered that multiple versions of the suit were created and that CGI was only used where absolutely necessary where scenes were either impossible or just out-right too dangerous. I loved this fact as too many films now days use CGI as the cop out for most of their effects and “we will fix it in post”, is not always the most artistic innovative way to take a movie. So to see CGI being used hand in hand with special effects really can take a movie from being good, to being great.

The head of cinematography outdid themselves in creating a movie with some beautiful shots that encapture the feel of the movie. The use of a real man that not only pulls off the suit really well but it makes it look like he is a part of the suit as well, not just an actor in a suit or a computer generated image being propelled about the screen. making-of-robocop-3

For anyone that has seen this clip of the movie, they would know that it was created brilliantly, his body suddenly gets taken apart and BAM it’s lungs and his oesophagus all up in your face. Gruesome but pretty awesome. I hate blood, I hate watching gross things, I’m basically one of the biggest babies around but this scene, this scene was SO insanely brilliant. I couldn’t pull myself away from watching his trachea move up and down in that tube as he breathed.

All in all, I found the storyline a bit boring and cliché, but the action scenes and the cinematography used were really well done. I was basically mostly impressed that in 2014 both special effects and CGI were being used together and there is still some respect toward the art of movie making left.

The Imitation Game.

Morten Tyldum’s – Imitation Game is based on the life of Alan Turing, a mathematician (played excellently by Benedict Cumberbatch). The movie is based on his younger life growing up as a lonely misunderstood genius, his fight to crack the German’s Enigma machine in the second world war and then onto a few years after the war where he is being investigated for indecency.

I watched this movie as a part of my research for my independent article at college, which I have decided to base on the history of homosexual people and their injustices. The movie was brilliant, it constantly had me in tears at the injustices he went through.

I felt that the director produced a movie that fit perfectly with the time period it depicts. The mise en scene in this movie I found simple and accurate in showing us a pre and post war Britain. The props such as the machine “Christopher”, looked great on screen and along with the costumes of the characters and the sets other various props all added to making the film feel authentic and helped to really get the message across toward the end of the movie. The editing was planned out and paced well in the sense that it as not fancy nor was it so slow that i got bored, instead I watched the movie with my full attention and all my emotions been thrown about the place.

It is a biopic film based on Alan Turing, a gay man whose machine helped save his country during the war and then forced to take hormonal altering pills to ‘cure’ his being gay. he committed suicide a year after taking the medication and his machine is known as the grandfather of computers. it was only in 2013 that he received a royal pardon from Her Majesty, The Queen.

I found his story remarkable and him, just as remarkable. I added the pictures below to show how well the film portrays its dates and locations and just how realistic and genuine the characters looked.

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