Prometheus

Now Friday gone was a “good” Friday because I had the privilege of meeting up with Grace who is the Godmother of my youngest and it's always good to catch up with great friends.
 
After our catch up I went along to the cinema and had my weekly conversation with the manager Sharon Lewis who is always extremely pleasant, informative and clearly enjoys her job!
 
I was "humming and aahhing" whether to see one film or two. Not gonna say what I decided to do but I will say there is another film review to read after this so sit back, relax and buckle up home slice......
 
Prometheus
 
I have heard a lot about this film but only relatively recently due to going to Burton College a few months ago and asking the film students who are under the tutelage of @MarkDugganFilms.
 
Talking about @MarkDugganFilms, I asked him for his views on this film.  He replied, "I’m still thinking it over.  It contained great parts and some not so great.  Nowhere near the quality of "Alien" or "Blade Runner" though" which I do agree. Now back to the previous paragraph....  
 
During the visit to the college some of the students mentioned the film they were looking forward to watching was "Prometheus" which I hadn't heard of before.  So Mike Considine (Paddy's Nephew) explained the concept which went a little like this BUT do be warned this section contains a few spoilers however you need to know this bit to understand what the movie is about. OK? Good, then read on....
 
In the distant past, the space-craft of an advanced humanoid alien race arrives on Earth.  One of the aliens consumes a dark liquid, causing its body to disintegrate and fall into a nearby waterfall—seeding Earth with the building blocks of life.
 
We then fast forward to the year 2089, Archaeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Dragon Tattoo) and Charlie Holloway (Tom Hardy lookalike Logan Marshall-Green/The Devil) discover a star map among the remnants of several otherwise unconnected cultures.  They interpret this as evidence of humanities forerunners.  Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), the elderly founder of the Weyland Corporation, funds the creation of the scientific vessel Prometheus to follow the map to the distant moon LV-223.  
The ships’ crew travels in (Suspended Animation) status while the android David (Michael Fassbender) monitors their voyage. 
 
In 2093, the ship piloted by Janek (Idris Elba/Rock N' Rolla) arrives, and its crew are informed of their mission to find the ancient aliens, called "Engineers".  Mission director Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) orders them to avoid any direct contact and return if the aliens are found.  The Prometheus lands near an alien building.  A team including Shaw, Holloway and David explores the building, while Vickers and Captain Janek monitor their progress onboard the ship.
 
So that’s the plot in a nutshell but do bare in mind that the crew do not really know what the real aim of the mission is, so they are at the mercy of Mission Control.
 
Now we all know who stars in this film and they are all excellent in their roles but my favourite actor in this is Fassbender, who plays a Robot (or is he an Android….  Is there a difference?)
 
Think about it for a second.  To be convincing in the role, what would be your inspiration? R2D2? C3PO? (Roberts I mean Robots) or Data The android?
Well someone described the difference like this; 
"A robot can, but does not necessarily have to be in the form of a human, but an android is always in the form of a human' so now you know.
 
The Director Ridley Scott is one of the most important Directors of the last 30+years due to the body of work he has done.  Surely you've seen all the "Alien" films? Before your time? Ok, what about "Blade Runner" that also features a very beautiful Android played by Sean Young (was she the Prototype to "David"? both perfect looking/athetically beautiful beings plus both are made by Man thus have obvious flaws).  On top of the films mentioned, he has also done none Sci-Fi such as Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Kingdom of heaven and Black Rain to name but a few of his 31 films and TV shows, not to mention the nuff he has in the pipeline to do in the next few years.  He's BIG! 
 
I thought it was interesting that the film talks about man-kind being created by Humanoid looking Aliens who have a striking neutral colour that would be pleasing for The White Supremacists that populate the Highest echelons of our World/Religious/Economic and Political systems, also if you’re a person who's into one of the world's major Monotheistic faiths then you wouldn't appreciate the plot in this film however, if you are the type of Monotheistic religion follower who isn't threatened by "Their concepts" and also realises that films are a way where the Elite convey an ideology/concept/programme then do watch this and learn a little more..... 
 
A quality film with eye popping cinematography that will clean up at the cinemas.
STOP PRESS.
 
I wanted to have a final word alternative of my own and just as I’m questioning where would that defining take on this film come from, along comes @MarkDugganFilms with this.
 
Check out the last 2 paragraphs of this article - sums up what I thought about Prometheus http://t.co/F18oZq0
 
So go check it out....
 

Snow White and the Huntsman

 
This is another “HolyWood” reworking of a nursery story that our parents told us when we were young.
I remember reading them and thinking in particular that the Snow White story seemed a little sinister.  Well the film is also in the same vein.  Before I tell you what I saw hidden in plain sight in the film, here's a breakdown of the motion picture... 
 
In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Dragon Tattoo) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is obviously out to destroy her.  But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has friends who believe in her from a distance.
Snow White (or is it just one name like Snowhite? hmmm) is imprisoned in the South side of the tower.  Remember GOD is always located in the North as mentioned in the Bible.
The new Queen is called Ravena which is a play on the word Raven which is the creature Madonna turned into and is the creature The Queen also has the ability to shape shift into.  Below is more about the Raven.
 
The raven symbolizes many different things to different people.  In most traditions you see a link to death.  With the Native Americans that link was through the raven’s ability to shape shift, symbolizing the transition into the afterlife.  For the Celts the goddesses of war called down the ravens to feast on the dead at battle fields. 
You also find in most traditions the idea that the raven is a wise trickster.  Unlike the coyote in Native American myth that is tricky but often times foolish, the raven has the knowledge to fool its opponents and get away with it.  This often leads to Shamans believing that the vast knowledge held by the raven should only be sought in times of great need and only with great care.
 
You also see throughout almost all traditions a link between the raven and magic.  Perhaps because of its knowledge or maybe its tricky ways the raven is linked to the Shamans magic in Native American myth, to witches and warlocks in English myth, to the miracles and portents of the future in Celtic myth and to the magical escapes of evil priests in old Christian myth.  Depending on the prevalent view of magic at the time of the myth, the aspect of the Raven can shift from that of a powerful healer to something more akin to the bringer or foreteller of death or evil.
Other "Illuminating" bits in this film include the Mushrooms that grow and levitate all by themselves. They have a pyramid shape with a single eye located in the middle.
 
This film is full of imagery that in my opinion indicates which organisations are behind the making of this film and I’m sure I don't have to spell my thoughts out to you eh?).
 
A thoroughly enjoyable film that is worth watching, even just to spot the “hidden in plain site" imagery.
 
This weekend will be a great week to watch films too in particular, Red Tails by George Lucas which is about the first Black Aviation division in the USAF.  I'll tell you more next week....
 

Article by @gmanzen / 7th June 2012

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