Not At Odds #5 – Jupiter Ascending, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb!

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Guys! Jandy and I just got back from JUPITER ASCENDING and really enjoyed it. So much so, in fact, that we devoted 40-some minutes to talking about it in this week’s episode of NOT AT ODDS. Here’s the deal: we won’t go to mat for the flick, but we will tell you what worked for us and why we found this mess more enjoyable than some of the more polished fare we’ve seen lately. I also issue a dare that’s somewhat related to last week’s episode.

Let’s get to it!

 

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Trailer: Jupiter Ascending

Glossy, pulpy, expensive, and looking very much like the sci-fi portion of Cloud Atlas, here is the first look at the Wachowski Siblings’ follow up film, Jupiter Ascending. While it seems far more conventional in its aim (it is essentially Snow White again?) than their previous film, the cast, including Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Doona Bae and Eddie Redmayne seems very much at home in the John Carter-esque surroundings. And it’s nice to see ‘the chosen one’ be female for once, even if it is Mila Kunis. Cheap editorial jabs aside, have a look at the trailer below.

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) is an unlucky Russian immigrant who cleans toilets for a living. She encounters Caine (Tatum), an interplanetary warrior whom the Queen of the Universe sent to kill Jupiter. Caine tells Jupiter that the stars were pointing to an extraordinary event on the night she was born, and that her DNA could mark her as the universe’s next leader.

Review: Black Death

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In the year 1348, the Black Plague is sweeping through Europe, killing without mercy or discrimination. No one knew what caused it or how to stop it, only that it spread like wildfire and led to devastating and inevitable death. In a world dominated by religion, it must have seemed the judgment of an angry God or the work of demons. Such is the belief of the monks and fighting men in Black Death, a solid if not particularly remarkable B-movie potboiler.

Young monk Osmund jumps at the opportunity to join a group of mercenaries in search of a nearly mythical village that reports say is totally free from the plague – he’s experiencing a crisis of faith due both to the plague and his romantic attachment to a young woman, and being holed up in the monastery doesn’t seem to be helping him. But the search for the village takes on a religious significance as well, as the question arises whether it’s immune because it has been blessed by God, or because it has denounced God and given itself over to demons. Group leader Ulrich (played by the ever-reliable Sean Bean) ascribes to the second theory, believing that the village harbors a necromancer whose death would end the plague.

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