Friday, February 22, 2008

THX 1138 (2-disc DVD)

No wonder this movie is not popular. It sucks big time!

I have never been a fan of George Lucas. I have hated the Star War movies because the characters look funny and the story is melodramatic. Whenever he makes movies, he tries so hard for everything to look ridiculous. And what is the result? A remotely believable movie.

I am trying so hard to look for something good about this movie. Well, I guess it is the remastering of the movie. The video is crisp and there is no apparent pixelation or compression. SUH's freckles are so vivid and her eyelashes look very delicate. She is so beautiful that she looks very inviting to touch.

The plot was all over the place and so was the development of the characters. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the sounds and images projected that it is not possible to even have a "feel" of the movie. I thought that maybe Lucas is trying to make a demo reel for a production company but then it is all over the place.

The DVDs extras were OK. The documentary on American Zoetrope is about the directors licking each others' asses. They claim that they tried very much not to fit the Hollywood mould and they have succeeded in becoming the next generation of Hollywood mould. They say "this film is not about the future but from the future". That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard in a "making of the movie" video. A bacterium is more philosophical than any of the crew of this movie.

Up to now, this group of directors (Spielberg and Lucas specifically) still feed us with candy-sweet interpretation of life where everyone lives happily ever after.

Obviously, Lucas tried his best to make his own version of "2001: A Space Odyssey" but he is far from the genius that Kubrick had become. He can only admire but never imitate.

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