I saw this movie over the weekend and had to mention it on my blog…although there were mixed reviews on this film and the quality of the script was in question, I for the other hand didn’t think it was as bad. As most of us know the original story of Hansel and Gretel by the brothers Grimm was dubbed as a fairy-tale. However in my case I found the story quite gruesome and abstract to be told to a child. Therefore I was pleased to have seen that the film was produced and depicted with dark/horror themes.
What I found quite amusing and interesting about the Hansel & Gretel: The Witch Hunters movie is the idea to create a film based on the impact of both Hansel and Gretel defeating the wicked witch in their childhood years and how that experience would translate into their adult lives. They both had this dark hatred for witches which I found to be a great constellation for them to have become witch hunters in the future.
The setting of the movie was quite interesting and found it to be a bit confusing as to what era it was mean to be in, there was this modern spin to it by the way the characters conducted themselves and the weaponry they used to kill their opponents that looked futuristic but yet had this slant of looking quite hand made. I think it would have been quite interesting if they had played upon the idea of a steampunk themed era and seeing that in 3d would have spoken volumes. However it is noteworthy to mention that the 3d graphics and animation of the film was by far the most impressive part of the movie and was worth seeing in 3d. I am sure that we will be seeing a trilogy of this.
The creation of a cyberpunk world is created by many metaphors that are confronted by perception and reality. It carries a woven cityscape of grids that organise space and provide orientation through the invisible and visible special characteristics. In other words the space tackles the exchange between the structural properties of the building/environment and of semantic fields that seem to dominate and frame the solidity of the space that is accumulated by floating neon lights/ decay/grids etc. They share an unfolding visual quality where the form of the space is layered and extruded into complex folding forms.(origami effect) However, I would like to note that this description of the “style” or construction of cyberpunk is not to be dismissed as merely a decorative effect but rather as a necessity of attributes of an alternative future of technology versus “low” life.
Following from my recent post about the idea of erasing our past in order to succumb the downfalls of creative solving skills and imagination that F.T. Marinetti covers in hiseleven Futurist Manifestations. –Which strikes me as a method of denial – a convert of allusion that deals with a systematic idea of a perfect world where no past information and photographs help the society understand the history to those people who had no contribution to it. Applying such a method would entail a loss and historic elimination that can only be put to use as a metaphor and a mysterious past of mythic tales.
The search of the future is a mission of predictability and research in which we begin to start renewing our perspective of civilization that echo our past in order to find clues of the future. Although the possibilities of envisioning any type of future be it in an utopian or dystopian outlook varies by the constrains of how we perceive technological advancements. Some of us have locked ourselves into a niche of the familiar when it contradicts human nature therefore the progression of inventions and technological advancements have to be introduced to the world within its appropriate time in order to fully merge into a brave new world.
I’ve been slightly distracted from my blog for the past week; which gave me some time to reflect on the theme of my blog and the topics I have recently covered. What I have found is that on separate occasions I have been mixing real and virtual reality in order to peel away various layers of the some-what “future” Some of my posts included glimpses of hope and some of them where harsh glimmers of pessimistic outcomes. It is hoped that the end point of this progression is to attain a solid depiction of the future. Predicting the future however is a tedious progress because predicting or making assumptions of the future in the next few years, not to mention 100 years is a mission of uncertainty and imagination. YET it is a something we find challenging that gives us the ability to dream of technologies that will alter and influence humanity. I think that the ways we deal with these challenges will ultimately determine the trajectory of the human race because we have become less of a passive observer and more so understanding of the laws of nature. I hope that within time, I end up with a collection of posts that push the perception of the future further than a passive outlook of what it is expected to shape into.
Hello, Amila, Congratulations on a beautifully curated blog! A strong modernist slant with clean, exciting imagery- which is a very welcome departure form the Steampunk/Dieselpunk blogs that are covered with graphics of goggles, gears and rivets :)
My name is Art Donovan from NY. Perhaps you would like to see my Steampunk designs. If so: www.artdonovan.typepad.com
I hope you enjoy it and wishing you the best, Regards, Art