A story about staying true to your artistic principles (such as they… MoreA story about staying true to your artistic principles (such as they are in Frank) but it was just a little bit too odd for my liking. I liked the mentalist character Clara played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. She is totally random and unhinged.
I am a big fan of Nolan's films but with Interstellar I still can't… MoreI am a big fan of Nolan's films but with Interstellar I still can't decide if this is a work of genius or a load of old twaddle. Had the pleasure of seeing this at the IMAX and some of the visuals are breath taking (arguably worth it alone just for this) but my problem is with the science behind the plot. The truth is that I simply don't understand it properly. The central idea of time as a dimension has always scrambled my brain (admittedly not a difficult task) although I do have a loose understanding of the idea of relativity to a certain extent. Interstellar seemed to me to be trying too hard to be clever at the expense of what is a really interesting idea.
The Earth is in trouble with blight wiping out the majority of the planets crops leading to food shortages. One crop that has managed to avoid this is Corn and as a result corn farmers now play a vital role in our existence. Cooper (McConaughey) is one such farmer although he used to be a pilot in the military. It's a logical career choice when you think about it....NOT. After a sequence of bizarre events and an argument with his daughters (Murph) school teacher over the fact that children were being taught that the Moon landings were fake to curb expectations, Cooper makes a discovery upon which he learns that a wormhole has appeared near Saturn. It is thought that this has been created by space aliens in an effort to help mankind. Probes and humans had already been sent in and there are possibilities of planets fit for human habitation. Cooper learns that corn will soon be infected by the blight and humans will either starve, suffocate or both. He is given the choice of piloting a mission to save mankind which he accepts but at the cost of alienating Murph. She doesn't forgive him and he departs on bad terms.
McConaughey is good and seems to be ready made for this type of role. Salt of the earth, family man and all round good egg. Hathaway is fine and I have a weird fascination with Jessica Chastain for which I blame her marvellous role in The Help and her Red hair in equal measure. I also really liked the Dr Mann character (Damon) as he seemed to bring a bit of a reality check to the story and I liked his blatant honesty.
When I think of previous Nolan films such as Inception, I think he got the balance spot on with that. Just enough clever business involved without it being too overwhelming but Interstellar fails for me in this regard. The bits that I did understand I did enjoy but I've felt compelled to trawl the interweb to make some sense of it (as I did with Prometheus) and whilst I can appreciate depth in a film this has felt like a bit too much. Terrific I suppose if you have the mind of a Carl Sagan or a Stephen Hawking but for dim mortals like myself, just a touch too confusing to be thoroughly immersive and for this I feel as though I've missed out.
This documentary reminded me what footie is all about. Uplifting,… MoreThis documentary reminded me what footie is all about. Uplifting, touching and most of all inspiring with some unlikely heroes. I also, thought it funny in places.
American Samoa are the lowest ranked team in FIFA and are more well known for a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia. The American Samoan FA ask the USFA for assistance and they send Dutch coach Thomas Rongen (the only person who replied to the advert at the USFA). He has played with the likes of Cruyff and Best in the MLS and upon arrival he does not fit in with the culture. Beset with his own personal demons the coach and the players manage to find some common ground and slowly a relationship begins to form. What does not help is that their best player is 1000s of miles away with the US Military and he uses his entire annual leave to be available for the World Cup qualifiers.
For me the hero is Jaiyah, the first trans gender to play in a World Cup qualifier. She is no Vincent Kompany but what she does better than anyone is make the tea.....errrm no, I mean buy into the team ethos that Thomas is trying to instill in the squad. Some of the settings for the games are beautiful beyond belief (esp the game away to Samoa) and it made me think back to dreary away games at Plough Lane in decades past for some reason. Oh, and I think the keeper can play a bit too.