ANOMALISA

Anomalisa: Investigating the human condition

If you’re really good at showing the honest, tangible fragility of human beings in the films that you write or direct, why would you make a stop-motion movie with puppets? Not only that, but the puppet characters in Charlie Kaufman‘s Anomalisa are obviously puppets. The seams on the puppets’ interchangeable faces are clearly visible, and some artifacts of the animation process aren’t concealed. Maybe it’s due to the fact that all the characters in protagonist Michael Stone’s (David Thewlis) life look and sound the same (portrayed by Tom Noonan). Just like in Kaufman’s directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York, where Caden Cotard shows a lot of symptoms of Cotard’s syndrome, Stone experiences the Fregoli delusion – the belief that different people are all the same person. Continue reading “Anomalisa: Investigating the human condition”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
Die Ontwaking

Die Ontwaking speel kat-en-muis met ou bekende idees

Die Ontwaking is ‘n sielkundige misdaadriller, gegrond op Chris Karsten se roman Abel se Ontwaking (die eerste boek in ‘n trilogie). Dit gaan oor Ella Nesser (vertolk deur Juanita de Villiers), ‘n jong en relatief onervare speurder wat op die spoor is van die “Nagsluiper” – ‘n reeksmoordenaar. Terselfdetyd leer ons ook Abel Lotz (Gys de Villiers) ken. Bedags is hy ‘n ongemaklike, eienaardige  eienaar van ‘n klein galery en kenner van Afrika-maskers en Kuns. Na-uurs sluip hy in die nag. Continue reading “Die Ontwaking speel kat-en-muis met ou bekende idees”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Deadpool: A superhero movie with a twist, with another twist

You’ve very probably seen Deadpool described as a “superhero movie with a twist”. It has the Marvel logo at the start, it features a guy in a colourful suit, and there’s an extra scene after the credits. But on the other hand, (just like the comic book) it’s more self-referential and meta than any other superhero movie you’ve seen. It has a lot of humour, and a lot of violence. From the first images of the opening credit sequence to the post-credit bonus scene, it pokes fun at itself and the superhero film genre in general. It was an unconventional situation: The movie was stuck in development hell for 11 years, and finally got greenlit when test footage leaked, and the fans on the internet went nuts. Its marketing campaign was a clever extension of the character’s sense of humour. Its opening weekend was an unexpected box office record breaker. It’ll probably inspire other R-rated superhero movies. Or out-of-the-box marketing campaigns. Or a ton of Ryan Reynolds movies. Continue reading “Deadpool: A superhero movie with a twist, with another twist”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
Jason Bourne Super Bowl 2016

Super bowl 2016 movie adverts

This past weekend was the Super Bowl. I know that it’s a sports thing in America that gets about a third of the country in front of their TVs at the same time. But that’s basically the full extent of my knowledge. The only other thing I know is that Americans (specifically Hollywood) love using the opportunity to release a ton of new TV adverts. Which means new peeks at upcoming movies. Here’s the selection: Continue reading “Super bowl 2016 movie adverts”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
The Hateful Eight - The 8th film by Quentin Tarantino

The Hateful Eight – Tarantino wants to get there last

Samuel L. Jackson portrays the bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren in Quentin Tarantino’s 8th film, The Hateful Eight. “Let’s slow it down,” he says at one point, while aiming his revolver at other characters. “Let’s slow it way down.” Continue reading “The Hateful Eight – Tarantino wants to get there last”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
10 Cloverfield Lane

JJ Abrams surprises again: 10 Cloverfield Lane teaser

Remember Cloverfield? Well JJ Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, who also produced the 2008 found footage monster/disaster film directed by Matt Reeves, released a teaser for 10 Cloverfield Lane on Friday. The teaser was a big surprise, as the general public wasn’t aware of production on any Cloverfield sequel or spin-off. Instead, Bad Robot announced Valencia – a micro-budget horror movie set in a bunker, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman to be directed by relative newcomer Dan Trachtenberg. Trachtenberg has previously directed an impressive video game fanfilm called Portal: No Escape. Continue reading “JJ Abrams surprises again: 10 Cloverfield Lane teaser”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
The Neon Demon 2016 movies

20 Exciting movies coming in 2016

A new year brings new films and character to fall in love with. Last year saw innovative pictures come to life. From an entire movie shot in a single take, shooting in the harshest conditions using only natural light, to George Miller’s masterpiece that is Mad Max: Fury Road. With cinema always pushing itself, it’s hard not to get excited about the new ideas coming to screen. So between all the reboots, comic book adaptions and indie features, here’s what I’m most looking forward to seeing in 2016. Continue reading “20 Exciting movies coming in 2016”

Less Wes Anderson, more Wes Craven.

Floris’ Top 10 movies of 2015

Every December, I make a list of my 10 favourite movies of the year. We’ll call it “Top 10 movies of 2015”, but it doesn’t reflect box office performance, critical reception, or public consensus. This is just one person’s recommendation of 10 great films that were released in the past year. Now, counting down to #1 – Floris’ Top 10 movies of 2015: Continue reading “Floris’ Top 10 movies of 2015”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

What The Force Awakens does right

I don’t know if there’s ever been a movie with higher expectations than Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Okay, maybe The Phantom Menace, but that’s the black sheep of the family we don’t talk about. The pressure to get things right must have been extreme. I’m pretty surprised director JJ Abrams even survived the ordeal.

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Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.