Interstellar (2014): A mini-review

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Review

 

 

Ever since The Dark Knight Rises elegantly tied up his landmark Batman trilogy almost three years ago, there was a lot of excitement and intrigue surrounding Christopher Nolan's next project, Interstellar. Well, after watching it a few days ago, it is safe to say that this is yet another winner from one of cinema's modern maestros. With a truly star-studded cast, a complex-yet-gripping screenplay, and simply majestic direction, Interstellar is not only one of 2014's best films, but one of the greatest films ever made.

One of Interstellar's winning factors is its wonderful cast. Lead by Matthew McConaughey, an actor in the midst of a terrific run of roles both on film and television, the motion picture is filled with characters who come to life immediately and connect powerfully with the audience, thanks to the actors. McConaughey's character, Cooper, is a complex man who is growing ever restless with the world, pushing himself to explore the wilderness that is outer space. An urge for exploration that takes him through what can only be described as one of cinema's most thought-provoking and mesmerizing journeys. Other excellent roles in the film that deserve mention include those of Anne Hathaway (Brand); Jessica Chastain (Murph); Michael Caine (Professor Brand); Mackenzie Foy (Young Murph); and one more superb casting decision that I hope will entertain viewers with their well-timed presence as much as they did me.

The film's strongest asset, though, is without question its director Christopher Nolan. Working with a script co-written by his brother Jonathan Nolan, Christopher is able to concoct a science-fiction motion picture that builds on all the classics that came before it. Indeed, Nolan not only builds on them but creates a unique vision that honors those films whilst keeping his directorial style intact. Interstellar is also blessed with multiple well-shot scenes that are awe-inspiring and utterly breathtaking, mainly thanks to Nolan and his cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema.

Ultimately, it is Interstellar's sheer love for adventure and exploration that drives it forward and keeps viewers mesmerized during its nearly three-hour runtime. Director Christopher Nolan once again cements his position as one of cinema's grandest visionaries with a motion picture that is unlike anything we have seen. It does share a lot with previous classics, particularly Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), but is brave enough to go further and give us all the chance to stare into space with all its majesty and wonder about its many mysteries. And because of that, Interstellar will continue to be relevant and cherished by all film lovers for decades to come. A magnificent cinematic triumph.

 

MATM Rating | تقدير مو و الأفلام

 

 

Director | المخرج

 

Christopher Nolan / كريستوفر نولان

 

Trailer | إعلان الفيلم

 

 

Outstanding performances | الأدوار المميزة

 

Matthew McConaughey (Cooper) / ماثيو ماكوناهي في دور كوبر

 

Runtime | مدة الفيلم

 

2 hours and 49 minutes / ساعتين و تسعة و أربعون دقيقة

 

Rating | تصنيف الفيلم

 

PG-13 / ليس لمن دون سن الثالثة عشر

 

Genres | نوعية الفيلم

 

Adventure / Science-Fiction | مغامرة / خيال علمي

 

Stills | لقطات الفيلم

 

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Cinema in Pictures: Marilyn Monroe / السينما في صور: مارلين مونرو

 

Marilyn Monroe films her iconic scene from the film The Seven Year Itch (1955) / مارلين مونرو أثناء تصوير أشهر مشهد لها في فيلم "هرشة السنة السابعة" من انتاج سنة 1955

Marilyn Monroe films her iconic scene from the film The Seven Year Itch (1955) / مارلين مونرو أثناء تصوير أشهر مشهد لها في فيلم “هرشة السنة السابعة” من انتاج سنة 1955

 

 

Movie Marathon: Christopher Nolan (7 Films)

 

Marathon’s Films:

 

 

 

Christopher Nolan‘s Notable Films:

 

Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins

The Dark Knight (2008)

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 The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

 The Dark Knight Rises Movie Poster

 Inception (2010)

Inception

 Memento (2000)

 Memento

Top 10 Courtroom Dramas / أفضل 10 أفلام دراما المحاكم

 

1.12 Angry Men (1957)

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2. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

 
To Kill a Mockingbird Movie Poster

 

 

3. Kramer vs Kramer (1979)

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4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

The Passion of Joan of Arc Movie Poster

 

5.In the Name of the Father (1993)

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6. A Few Good Men (1992)

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7. Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)

Judgement at Nuremberg Movie Poster

 

8. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

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9. The Verdict (1982)

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10. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993): A Guilty Pleasure

 

 

Synopsis:

 

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Robin Williams's eccentric, energetic, and magnetic performance. Sally Field's warm and effective role. The extraordinary make-up of Mrs. Doubtfire. The soundtrack. The slapstick comedy routines. Playful and joyful direction by Chris Columbus.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every two years)

 

Director:

 

Chris Columbus

 

Cast:

 

  • Robin Williams (as Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Doubtfire)
  • Sally Field (as Miranda Hillard)
  • Pierce Brosnan (as Stu)
  • Harvey Fierstein (as Frank)
  • Polly Holliday (as Gloria)
  • Lisa Jakub (as Lydia Hillard)
  • Matthew Lawrence (as Chris Hillard)
  • Mara Wilson (as Natalie Hillard)

 

Runtime:

 

2 hours and 5 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Comedy / Drama

 

Stills:

 

 

Cinema in Pictures: The Dark Knight | السينما في صور: فارس الظلام

 

Christopher Nolan Hearh Ledger Gary Oldman The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger - in full Joker attire - discusses a scene with director Christopher Nolan and actor Gary Oldman on the set of The Dark Knight (2008) | هيث ليدجر - في كامل ملابس 'الجوكر' - يتبادل النقاش مع المخرج كريستوفر نولان والممثل غاري أولدمان أثناء تصوير مشهد من فيلم فارس الظلام، من انتاج سنة 2008

 

 

Geri’s Game (1997): A Notable Short Film | لعبة جيري (1997): فيلم قصير مميز

 

 

The Short Film | الفيلم القصير

 

 

Redeeming Qualities | الخصائص المبتكرة

 

Deftly smart and beautiful animation. Creative use of limited elements. Funny and memorable moments. Presents a complex theme through a simple storyline.

 

رسوم متحركة جميلة و ذكية. استخدام مبدع لعناصر محدودة. يحتوي على لحظات مضحكة لا تنسى. يقدم موضوعاً معقداً من خلال قصة بسيطة

 

Director | المخرج

 

Jan Pinkava / يان بينكافا

 

Runtime | مدة العرض

 

4 minutes / أربعة دقائق

 

Genres | نوعية الفيلم

 

Animation / رسوم متحركة

 

Major League (1989): A Guilty Pleasure

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Synopsis:

 

The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Charlie Sheen's moody character. Cheesy dialogue. Funny, slapstick moments. Dennis Haysbert and his character's voodoo tricks. Tom Berenger. “Wild Thing, you make my heart sing!” Entertaining sports comedy.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every two years)

 

Director:

 

David S. Ward

 

Cast:

 

  • Tom Berenger (as Jake Taylor)
  • Charlie Sheen (as Ricky Vaughn)
  • Corbin Bernsen (as Roger Dorn)
  • Margaret Whitton (as Rachel Phelps)
  • James Gammon (as Lou Brown)
  • Rene Russo (as Lynn Wells)
  • Wesley Snipes (as Willie Mays Hayes)
  • Dennis Haysbert (as Pedro Cerrano)
  • Bob Uecker (as Harry Doyle)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 47 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Comedy / Sport