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Thursday
Aug 03 2017

Five Lessons Learned from Valerian

By Spencer Coile

AlthoughValerian and the City of a Thousand Planetsis not particularly good (seeDan's review),it is at least somewhat fascinating.Luc Besson's world-building is admirable if bloated,and there is definitely a lot of thought behind the action.It would be easy to detail all of the film's shortcomings but instead,let's talk takeaways.

Five Notes on Valerian

01.Laureline really knows Valerian's name
You could turn the number of times Laureline says Valerian's name in one scene into a very dangerous drinking game.In every line she utters she repeats his name in case we've forgotten it or the film's title.The film's title was initiallyValerian and Laurelineand was later changed toValerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.It's not enough that the demoted Laureline must say Valerian's name constantly,but must bombard us with his importance,too...

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Wednesday
Aug 02 2017

Valerian in the shadow of The Fifth Element

byDancin' Dan

Luc Besson's comic adaptationValerian and the City of a Thousand Planetsis a mess.But so was his magnum opusThe Fifth Element,and that Bruce Willis-starrer went on to become something of a modern-day sci-fi classic.Only time will tell ifValerianwill go on to a similarly charmed afterlife,but for my money it suffers under the weight of expectations.

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Friday
Jul 21 2017

Celebrating "The Fifth Element"

by Seán McGovern

Occasionally I receive a text message from my mother thatThe Fifth Elementis on television.Why she feels the need to tell me,I'm never quite sure.Possibly because my adoration for the film is palpable,or because she like many critics at the time believes that it "may or may not be the worst movie ever made."ButThe Fifth Elementdoes not need to be defended.It can only be celebreated.AsValerianlaunches from the imagination of Luc Besson into cinemas everywhere,now is the perfect time to celebrate France's greatest foray into a very American genre: the intergalactic sci-fi action movie.

There's a blonde Bruce Willis,Leeloo Dallas Multipass and of course - Ruby Rhod - all after the jump...

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Thursday
Nov 10 2016

First Look at Luc Besson's "Valerian".

Chrishere.With the events of this week,some cheesy intergalactic journey doesn't sound too bad if it means we get to escape our planet for a little while.Here for a quick distraction is next year's scifi saga from Luc BessonValerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:

Some quick thoughts:

  • I can't quite decide if these visuals are exciting or ugly/boring.It's certainly energized,but still nothing we haven't seen before.
  • Dane DeHaan is a strong young talent,but action movie material?Curious casting.But my goodness was he sultry inKill Your Darlings,so maybe at best he won't be bland here.
  • Speaking of casting,this romantic pairing is a bit icky considering they look like they could be siblings.
  • This will come around the 20th anniversary of Besson'sThe Fifth Element.I'm not a fan,butValerianmight be a fun way to celebrateElement's milestone for the fanbase,especially as this appears to be chasing its vibe.
  • ...but I do miss the Besson that gave usLeon: The ProfessionalandLa Femme Nikita.

Valerianopens on July 21.Thoughts?

Wednesday
Aug 13 2014

Podcast: Boyhood & Lucy

The gangs back together!It's a Joe,Nick,Katey & Nathaniel reunion.We rarely get all four of us together anymore but this week we're discussing Luc Besson'sLucyandRichard Linklater'sBoyhood,and,super briefly: tree frogs,forever bangs,green lantern,Interior Leather BarandGuardians of the Galaxy.

You can listen at the bottom of the postordownload the conversation on iTunes.Continue the conversation in the comments.We'll continue this particular conversation again tomorrow.We just kept talking (not about these two movies) so there's a bit more to come.

Lucy & Boyhood

Wednesday
Jul 30 2014

Why I'm Not Seeing "Lucy"

"Lucy"will be discussed soon on the podcast but at least one member of Scarjo-loving TFE refuses to see it.Here'sMatthew Engto tell you why.- Editor


I don't care ifLucyis every bit the gloriously silly and shamelessly outré action fireworks show that gung-ho summer audiences have made into a "surprise hit."I care even less that Luc Besson has managed to curb his own gonzo cheese-fest tendencies to a running time of less than 90 minutes,compared to the ceaselessly spinning tops and chiseled self-mythologizing of every Christopher Nolan movie post-Insomnia.And,though it's been tempting,I finallydon'tcare that Besson and Co.have seemingly put the newly-rejuvenated Scarlett Johansson (so good inUnder the Skin;sogreatinDon Jon) on a pedestal of full-out Film Goddess proportions,in a genre where movies in which women are front and center andnotmerely killjoy bystanders or fatal love objects is an all too well-known rarity.

That last fact has been my greatest lure towards shilling out forLucy(akaScarlett),but I refuse to believe that we should have to tolerate,much less applaud,anyold action movie,no matter how dire the prospects,because some Hollywood bigwig has had theamazinginsight to put a more-than-deserving actress at the forefront.I,too,was giddy about Angelina Jolie snatchingSaltright out of Tom Cruise's hands,until I actually sat down and watched the thing,only to realize what a sorry,secondhand vehicle Jolie was actually driving.If you reallywant to watch a fully-realized femme figure take names and kick ass with the full support (and smarts) of the filmmakers behind her,then by all means rent/stream/buy theAlienseries or theKill Bills or theTerminators,or,for something less familiar,take a gander at Kathryn Bigelow's exquisiteStrange Days,in which a bravura Angela Bassett is every bit the strong and stalwart action heroine she needs to be,while also,you know,playing a recognizable human being.

But what finally set aside any and all chances of me seeingLucywasthisimage,℅ ofRena Meownegishi,who found it and translated.[more ...]

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