Hello,

Since there is a strong chance that Tumblr might be shutting me down, I guess this is a good a time as any to let you know that a couple of months ago I become a contributor to this website: moviepilot.com. I’ve written a couple of film reviews for them, but not too many since my priority still is this Tumblr account. In the event this account disappears, you can read my reviews at http://moviepilot.com/nechoplex. Nothing is set in stone yet and I will try all that I can to not get shut down. No way they’re deleting four years of work.

Onto something a bit more positive: I will be going to a certain film festival soon (TIFF! It’s TIFF, I’m so excited!). I still don’t know what films I’ll be watching, but be assured that there will be reviews for all of them. I’m hoping I can at least see a couple of the big ones and, more importantly, that you can read all those reviews here.

Film Review: ‘The Zero Theorem’ is Tedious and Forgettable.

In Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, Christoph Waltz plays computer hacker Qohen Leth who spends his time staring at a black hole and waiting for an important phone call. Without friends or any real interest in the outside world, Leth asks Management (Matt Damon) to allow him to work from home to which Management approve as long as Leth solemnly works on a special project: The Zero Theorem. The purpose of the project is to reveal the nothingness of existence and as Leth starts the project, his progression is constantly being halted by a genius boy named Bob (Lucas Hedges) and a seductress named Bainsley (Melanie Thierry).

Full disclosure, I am not a Terry Gilliam fan. I find his movies, minus 12 Monkeys, to be exceedingly boring and an overall annoyance to get through. However, since Christoph Waltz is the lead in The Zero Theorem I thought to myself maybe this one will be worthwhile. I was mistaken obviously. The problem with this film comes down to the protagonist Qohen Leth and that he is uninvolved, apathetic and boring to such an extent that he actively undercuts the film. Here is a character who has a dead-end job, has given up on pretty much everything and sees himself as a totally inadequate entity who also happens to refer to himself in the plural. He is dull and its even duller to watch, especially since the character strips Christoph Waltz of one of his main assets, which is his charisma. It isn’t a bad performance, Waltz is committed to playing the character’s “strengths” which unfortunately make you lose interest in the guy after 15 minutes.

Luckily The Zero Theorem is populated with interesting supporting characters. Leth’s supervisor played by David “Lupin” Thewlis is fun to watch, an impressive feat considering his character could’ve been super annoying in lesser hands. Lucas Hedges is awesome a genius Bob, normally playing the voice of reason which this film desperately needs from time to time. Melanie Thierry is also great in the film and I enjoyed how her character got a small but significant arc. Tilda Swinton pops up as Leth’s therapist and, unsurprisingly, Swinton sells it delivering some truly bizarre and funny moments. Her performance reminded me of Snowpiercer. Lastly is Matt Damon as Management who is, for me, the most enjoyable character. He doesn’t have too much screen-time, but every time he appears it is awesome and interesting. His outfits and his white hair are ridiculous, and he has the best lines in the film. 

All of these supporting characters are the reason why watching The Zero Theorem isn’t an entirely regrettable experience. They inhabit Gilliam’s quirky and strange world beautifully, and they seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves. These characters instil the film with a palpable sense energy and intrigue, but whatever they bring is actively being cut down by Christoph Waltz’s Leth. The main protagonist’s overwhelming apathy and dullness effectively kills the film, just like that magnificent and depressing black hole Leth likes to gaze into. The film does have some interesting ideas about existence and how sometimes our belief on a higher purpose makes us take our life for granted. We sometimes are so focused on what comes after death that we neglect ourselves and thus live meaningless existence. Qohen Leth is a testament to that sentiment, so I suppose in that respect The Zero Theorem succeeds. It is still boring and I doubt I’ll remember it in a few months.

Rating: C-

Started watching Bob’s Burgers a few weeks back and now that I’m caught up with all 4 seasons, I can say that this show is one of the best shows right now and probably ever in terms animated TV comedies. The first season was a bit rocky, but from season 2 on it has gotten better and better. I love how all the character are hilarious and consistently interesting and entertaining to watch. It’s such a well balanced dynamic and the voice work is phenomenal. But even better is the music, which the show has embraced more and more. Bob’s Burgers is pretty musically driven and whoever is responsible for those original songs deserves all the awards. Case in point: Electric Love from the episode “Topsy”.
If you haven’t seen Bob’s Burgers yet you should rectify that. It’s an incredibly imaginative, funny and consistently great show. Oh and if you were wondering, Louise is my favourite character. She is awesome and Kristen Schaal is the best.

Started watching Bob’s Burgers a few weeks back and now that I’m caught up with all 4 seasons, I can say that this show is one of the best shows right now and probably ever in terms animated TV comedies. The first season was a bit rocky, but from season 2 on it has gotten better and better. I love how all the character are hilarious and consistently interesting and entertaining to watch. It’s such a well balanced dynamic and the voice work is phenomenal. But even better is the music, which the show has embraced more and more. Bob’s Burgers is pretty musically driven and whoever is responsible for those original songs deserves all the awards. Case in point: Electric Love from the episode “Topsy”.

If you haven’t seen Bob’s Burgers yet you should rectify that. It’s an incredibly imaginative, funny and consistently great show. Oh and if you were wondering, Louise is my favourite character. She is awesome and Kristen Schaal is the best.

Last night I saw Tales from Earthsea for the firs time. Fantastic film and visually it has got to be one of the most beautifully drawn and animated Studio Ghibli films. It’s a bit slow though, it takes a while for things to really get going. But that third act is incredible and depressing. Tales from Earthsea is perhaps the most mature Ghibli film I’ve seen and its theme about coming to terms with mortality resonated with the current state of Studio Ghibli. Even though the Studio is somewhat being saved, it most likely won’t be what it once was. I always find it sad how a Studio dedicated to making unique, significant and amazing animated films that most of us love, has been at a state of limbo for some time and death keeps knocking on the door. We’ll see what the future holds for Ghibli, but we still have this big selection of worthy films to see and experience if you haven’t already. Tales from Earthsea was a pleasant surprise and it affected me emotionally in a way I didn’t expect. Death is a frightening thing and there’s a sea of shit all around us, but it’s all these challenging and grim things that give value to life. Go watch Tales from Earthsea, it’s the most thought-provoking Ghibli film I’ve seen thus far. Now onto My Neighbors the Yamadas and The Wind Rises.