With a recent run of movies based on a dystopian future, it is important for a film to find a way to stand out from the pack; Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer does just that. Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob & Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, Joon-ho creates a thought provoking science fiction film that explores humanity's struggle to survive while living through social stratification in the last remaining colony on earth...a train called the Snowpiercer.
In the near future, the earth is dying due to the effects of global warming. In hopes to lower the earth's temperature, a collective decision by the world's governments is made to release a substance called CW7 into the atmosphere. The substance backfires and sends humanity into the second ice age killing every living thing on the planet. The last remaining survivors are forced to board a massive train called the Snowpiercer, the brainchild of a mysterious man called Wilford. The train, powered by an engine designed to last forever, travels the earth on a globe spanning track which circumnavigates the planet exactly once per year. The train's cabins are divided by class where the richest members of society ride in the front of the train with all the luxuries of life, while the lower class rides in the tail of the train, given little and struggle to survive. This is the 18th year of the Snowpiercer's journey.
Rom coms in general are incredibly formulaic. Boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. Blah, blah, blah, kiss, end credits. Love it or leave it or roll your eyes. David Wain is counting on it all.
In They Came Together, Joel and Molly meet on a blind date and loathe each other, but then they sort of like each other, and so on and so forth. Every ridiculous cliche you can think of is thrown together with incredibly deliberate, brash humor. With a comic team of actors led by Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, this movie is a complete farce of the genre we’ve come to know and love and hate so much. The jokes are rapid fire and the rip off homages to films we all know well are unapologetic in the best way possible.
Religion can be a person’s saving grace. It can be the spark that ignites war. It can destroy and captivate.
Director, Katrin Gebbe, brings us Nothing Bad Can Happen. A monstrous tale based on true events, we follow Tore, a wandering, Christian punk youth looking for a place to fit in. Stumbling upon a man and his stepfamily, he becomes a part of their home. In doing so, he is subjected to an abuse of his faith. He truly believes that Jesus will protect him, prayer will solve all wrongs, and that good will triumph over evil. It is this faith-blind ignorance that lands him in some very dangerous hot water, as this family, particularly Benno, the father figure, plays with his affection and tests his belief system. Rewarded one minute and tortured both emotionally and physically the next, Tore knows no better than to accept the love and hate, all with open arms.