Month: September 2012

Looper, and Why it’s Important (small spoilers)

Saw Rian Johnson’s sci-fi action flick “Looper” opening night.  I have to say, this is a PERFECT FILM.

Rian Johnson’s past credits include his first feature film, a festival favorite starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “Brick,” and two noteworthy episodes of AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”  A graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Rian has positively blown the sci-fi action genre out of the water and raced ahead of Inception and Minority Report as the quintessential science fiction story post-Blade Runner.
With a similar concept to Minority Report involving preventing crime through time-travel (in MR’s case, via the precogs), Looper pokes fun at several overused sci-fi elements in a very tongue-in-cheek manner that delights new and old fans of the genre alike.  Anytime a character is forced to explain the consequences of time-travel, fans often enjoy a humorous monologue filled with confusing drawn out timelines and alternate universes.  Johnson opted to take a short cut out of any sort of explanation and just simply told a great story.
Encompassing several elements that makes a film a masterpiece, there are touching moments of passion, a mother’s love, a man’s desire to find that kind of love in a woman, plenty of Bruce Willis-friendly action packed gun toting chase scenes, and Yes, this film is science fiction in genre, but for the first time in nearly 15 years (Matrix-era) we are not clouded by an overuse of special effects.  This is ultimately refreshing for an over exposed to CGI audience (Prometheus, Avatar etc).  I was a big fan of Zowie Bowie’s (Duncan Jones) “Moon” because of it’s use of models and old school technology.  CGI can certainly clutter up a great film.
I appreciated the moments where the lead character Joe, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was trying to connect with the prostitute, Suzie (played by Piper Perabo).  Piper pulled off an excellent “cold-hearted” working girl in the classic “Man tries to find real love in a brothel” sequence.  Nice touch.

THE OSCAR GOES TO child actor, PIerce Gagnon for his very challenging role of “Cid” the son of Emily Blunt’s character, Sara, who plays the mother of the potential unseen villain that alters Joe’s future self.  This child is destined for wonderful things, in the same way we knew Dakota Fanning was going to blow up.  Hold onto your hats because this kid will blow you away with his highly detailed performed at such a young age.  Actors, time to go back to school!

All in all, I am VERY excited to see what’s next for Rian Johnson.  He clearly has shown us that he knows what’s up when it come to the genre.  I only hope that he continues to redefine what we can expect from sci-fi feature films to come.  *It’s About Time.*  Nolan, time to move over 😉

Space Shuttle Endeavour + Natural Self Discovery

Ultimately humbling, breath-taking, awe-inspiring, and a symbol of hope.  The Space Shuttle Endeavour, the last shuttle of the government funded NASA space shuttle program, took it’s last “flight” on the back of a modified Boeing 747 last Friday, September 21, 2012.  I had the honour to witness this sky-parade at the top of “Jurassic Parking” lot structure at Universal Studio. And what a view, indeed.  VIEW THE VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLtNh1bleVM&feature=youtu.be

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Space Shuttle Endeavour flys over Universal Studios California

This astonishing machine was a clear-eyed wake up call that as a human being, you must never stop exploring.  Be it the world, your own interests, goals, “endeavours.”  It is vitally important to research, answering questions and encouraging growth and development to better one’s self and society.  I truly hope this machine inspires the youth of the world to contribute to the progression of humanity and science.  You will be missed, shuttle program.  Here’s hoping that commercialization of space flight continues to fund the science and research aspect and not just wealthy-people tourism.
Kind of reminds me of Jurassic Park itself,  “Jurassic Park is for everyone.  Not just the super rich.”  “Well I guess we’ll have a coupon day, or something.”
I would be scared to be on the first tourist flight nearly out of our atmosphere.  Not the actual lift off, but re-entry.  I’m not sure these shuttles will glide back to earth or drop into the ocean.  Regardless, I believe more research is priority, not space-tourism.  We are so not there yet.
Speaking of overcoming fears,  I finally jumped off a cliff for the first time yesterday!  A group of friends went on a hike to Malibu Creek and it was spectacular.  Climbing, discovering, exploring is ingrained in the human spirit.  It felt wonderful to reconnect with nature for a day, and literally take the plunge into new depths for my soul and as a result, I overcame a fear of falling/jumping.  Well, just enough to take flight and launch myself off a cliff!  I am proud of myself honestly- it felt great afterward.  And that’s the feeling we all look forward too, MISSION: Accomplished.

-Space Cadet Satu

The Jump

Hiking group at Malibu Creek

The Coalition Film Festival Screenings

The Coalition (Team Sizzle Films) is definitely picking up speed.  After a successful jam-packed two day screening weekend at The American Black Film Festival in Miami, FL June 21, 2012, The Coalition will be heading to Atlanta, GA Oct 12-15 to screen at the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (www.umff.com).  Written and produced by NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Terrell Suggs, the Coalition was directed by Monica Mingo and shot entirely on location in Phoenix, AZ.  I was lucky enough to be cast in the dryly humorous and tough-chick lead role of, “Mira.”  What a blast working with Terrell and Monica.
Looking forward to the Hollywood screening, this film is on it’s way up and its only the beginning!  After Atlanta: the 12th annual Hollywood Black Film Festival, October 25-28, 2012 in Hollywood, California!  http://www.hbff.org/

The cast of The Coalition film

The cast of The Coalition feature film (Team Sizzle Films)