I’ll keep this extraordinarily brief as I feel slightly unable to put into context what I saw last night to a packed audience in the Cineworld IMAX in Dublin.
The outsider is a figure that looms large on the horizon of most literature. The figure is both a figure of fear and one of transformation. Bad outsiders can destroy the status quo and force the hero/es to become better in order to triumph. Good ones destroy the evil that the rest of the cast cannot hope to fight as they are known quantities to the antagonists. But who gets to decide how an outsider is viewed by people on the inside? For better or worse, Zack Snyder’s sequel to Man of Steel deals with the emotional paranoia that comes with a world struggling to deal with the idea of the first son of Krypton.
Directing a movie version of Moby Dick is hard, no doubt. It’s one of the greatest sea epics ever written. Some filmmakers have succeeded, some have failed. But directing the story of the story behind Moby Dick? It’s a tall order so the director and the cast would have to be good. In The Heart of the Sea is the story of an epic novel but it’s not an epic and people do it a disservice by expecting that.
It’s a new year and here at the Capricorn Theater, I’m looking forward to the time ahead and I’m writing my first (future) year in cinema. Both what I’m looking forward to seeing in cinemas and what I’ll have on the site from home video releases. For the last year, I’ve been busier than ever writing on my site. Over thirty reviews and posts which is more than what I had posted in the previous six years or so before that. This might be worthy of a pat on the back, I’d like to do better. While this will read in parts like a wish list, I would stress that some of the cinema releases may not be released here in Ireland so they might end up as video reviews. So here’s what this year holds in store for the site.