Thursday, August 23, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Discovery/Exploration
For the 34th week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. The subject is on discovery and exploration as it play into the idea of man wanting to discover something that hasn’t been found nor a film that could be more about a discovery from within. Here are my three picks:
1. A Trip to the Moon
One of the first achievements in cinema by Georges Melies comes a groundbreaking story where a group of astronomers wanting to go to the moon. It’s a film that showed ideas of what film could be in not just the art of storytelling but also its possibilities as it is a sci-fi film of sorts. Yet, it’s really an exploration of men wanting to go to the moon and see what is there.
2. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
From Wes Anderson is an absurd film of discovery and exploration set in the seas yet it’s really more about a troubled oceanographer who decides to go on an expedition to find a rare shark and kill it out of revenge for eating one of his best friends. While it is often considered Anderson’s weakest film by some, it is still a fun and adventurous film thanks in part to an ensemble cast that includes a scene-stealing performance from Willem Dafoe as Klaus who always brings in the laughs.
3. The Lost City of Z
A recent film that needs to be seen more is an adaptation of David Grann’s book about Percy Fawcett’s expeditions in the Amazon and his search for a supposed lost city. Directed by James Gray, the film is truly unlike many bio-pics as there’s a lot of physicality that goes on in the exploration of this lost city and Fawcett’s determination to show proof that there is a lost civilization. The performances of Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland are incredible as is Darius Khondji’s cinematography in a film that is rich yet eerie.
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