« Love, Death & Robots » une anthologie qui décoiffe

Do you like short films, sci-fi/horror/comedy and beautiful visuals? Then you might want to check out on the new Love, Death & Robots.

This brand new TV series aired out on March 15, 2019 on Netflix executive produced by David Fincher (Alien 3, House of Cards, Fight Club, Mind Hunter) and Tim Miller (Deadpool, Mass Effect 2). There are 18 episodes of 6 to 17 minutes covering NSFW adult topics (racism, war, free will…), each independant from the others and produced by different animators and filmmakers from around the globe. They are inspired from the movie Heavy Metal (1981) except two from original ideas.

In the trailer you get a glimpse of all 18 episodes. I personnally love good animation and the trailer immediately made me want to watch it and I absolutely don’t regret it: each episode has a radically different art style and it is gorgeous! « The witness » with its mix of bright colors, 2D and 3D and « Good hunting » with its amazing action and detailed streampunk cyborgs are probably my favorite regarding the aesthetics. There are plenty of details, rich textures and ingenious design ideas. And not to forget, the music and sound ambiance are a delight to the ear.

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« The Witness », image from IMDb

Even though a couple stories probably lack originality the vast majority of them are refreshing, interesting, funny and/or moving. Their only link is that they all evolve kind of around « love », « death » or « robots » (as the title suggests) and this leads to interesting topics. There’s this guy who doesn’t want to leave his home (a dump), a girl who’d mother has been killed because of rumors, mankind’s absurdities and failings, the meaning of life and so much more. At the end of an episode you’ll probably feel like you would want to spend a little more time in its world. The characters too are great, they are described spot-on in a press release as « Sentient Dairy Products, Rogue Werewolf Soldiers, Robots Gone Wild, Sexy Cyborgs, Alien Spiders And Blood-thirsty Demons From Hell ».

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« Good hunting », image from IMDb

The series looked very « real » to me. One example of this is that some characters sometimes are shown fully naked, with no mysterious light beam or plant hiding their genitals. I don’t know about you but when I see this kind of trick in movies this reminds me that I am watching something, I’m not « in » anymore. Bodies are just bodies and it is nice to see that it is not a shame to see a tit or a butt. But to be fair, it is true that female characters are way more often exposed, sometimes in an unnecessary way.

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« When the Yogurt Took Over », image from Imdb

Love, Death & Robots really hooked me up, both thanks to the art and the stories, I would give it a 4.5 out or 5. I hope that there will be a second season or more series of shorts like this one! Before you leave, if you already binged th 3+ hours series and liked it, you will maybe also like « Last Man », « Final Space », « Devilman Crybaby » and « Black Mirror », all available on Netflix. Check out also Les Gobelins school’s YouTube channel for even more shorts! 😉

Rewiew : « Glass »

« Glass » is a 2019 American film written, produced and directed by Manoj Night Shyamalan. It is a sequel of « Unbreakable » and « Split » which have also been produced by Shyamalan. For those who have not seen these films, you are well advised to watch them before watching « Glass » and also before reading this article !

It is a particular superhero movie, it does not look like a Marvel movie it is closer to a thriller.
It depicts the main characters of « Unbreakable » and « Split » :
• Bruce Willis is back as the unbreakable and overly powerful David Dunn, nicknamed « The Overseer »,
• Samuel L.Jackson plays the villain Elijah Price also known as « Mr Glass » because of its brittle bone disease,
• And James McAvoy reprises its split-personality characters Kevin Wendell Crumb, nicknamed « The Horde » by the press in reference to its 24 different personnalities.

Without revealing too much, the film begins on a frantic pace : David Dunn « The Overseer » starts chasing « The Beast », which is the twenty-fourth personality of Kevin. After finding him, the two characters are unfortunately arrested by the police and the are locked in a mental hospital, the same hospital in which Elijah Price is interned. The trio must face Ellie Staple, a psychiatrist who wants to prove them that none of them is a superhero…

I do not tell you more, it’s up to you to imagine the rest or simply to watch the movie !

JAM en folie !

C’est un fait – les cellules artistiques de Polytech Grenoble bouillonnent d’idées en tout genre, et les étudiants sont toujours poussés par l’envie de créer et d’innover.

C’est dans cet esprit que, le week-end dernier, se sont réunis Julie, Matthieu, Thomas, Antoine, Tom, Hugo et Camille dans le cadre d’une video jam. Pendant 48h non stop, ils se sont attelés à la réalisation d’un court métrage sur le thème (tiré au sort) Gueule de bois. Le script a été entièrement écrit le vendredi soir au lancement de l’événement, le tournage leur a pris toute la journée du samedi, et le montage toute celle du dimanche. Les étudiants n’ont pas hésité à faire des plans en extérieur ou dans des commerces, pour filmer des scènes « insolites ».

Les participants à la video jam de janvier 2019 – Objectif Polytech

Leur objectif était de lancer une activité pouvant regrouper les cellules du Bureau Des Arts (BDA), et cela s’est transformé en une super expérience pour les étudiants participants qui ont pu apprendre énormément quant à la réalisation de courts métrages, le tout dans une ambiance pleine de folie et de convivialité.

Pour ceux qui souhaitent admirer leur chef d’œuvre, sachez que la vidéo sera diffusée en exclusivité à la soirée BDA de ce jeudi 31 janvier !

Quant à ceux qui sont déçus de ne pas avoir pu participer, sachez que d’autres sessions sont en préparation ! En effet, à la mi-février, le Bazar Des Jeux (BDJ) organise au sein de l’école une board game jam, qui aura pour but de créer un jeu de société en un temps limité. Il reste encore des places, alors n’hésitez pas à contacter le BDJ au plus vite ! D’autre part, une nouvelle video jam devrait être organisée entre fin mars et début avril, car toute l’équipe est très motivée pour remettre le couvert et, pourquoi pas, affronter de nouveaux participants !

Le lien de la vidéo : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj9ht93eiac

Movie review of november : A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born is about two musicians, Jackson Maine (played by Bradley Cooper) and Ally (played by a real musician, Lady Gaga). They meet each other in a bar just after one of Jackson’s concert. He is well established while she just sings in some bar but he will give her a chance on stage after hearing her. From there will start a big ascension for her, upstaging Jackson.

Bradley Cooper is a well-known actor for his leading roles in Very Bad Trip in 2009, Happiness Therapy in 2012 or more recently in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper in 2014. Again, he does a very good job, so does Lady Gaga for her first leading role in a fiction movie. Besides acting, Bradley Cooper, being the director and co-writer, signs his first movie. The story is based on a novel by William Wellman and the 1976’s A Star Is Born. Last but not least, cinematography has been made by the great Matthew Libatique who also filmed Black Swan in 2010 and Requiem For A Dream in 2000.

We can easily divide it in two parts (be aware of spoilers in this paragraph): the meeting, the romance, the Jackson’s fame and Ally’s discovery to the public with duet songs on one hand; and on the another hand, the decline of Jackson in his illness, the beginning of Ally’s songwriting and singing carrier in a completely different style (not necessarily understood by Jackson by the way) and the decline of Jackson’s fame.

The first part was really good: beautiful to see and experience with catchy and impressive songs, but I kind of disliked the second one. I’ve found it a little too much predictable and chatty and noted a decrease in the music scenes’ quality. It was very linear without much surprise and the urge to explain everything happening on screen bored me sometimes. However, don’t let it dissuade you from watching it if you want to see a light romance and listen to rock or pop music with the quality of a cinema’s equipment.

You can see it this week at La Nef or Pathé Echirolles.

A festival celebrating mountains

During the last 9 and 10 November, the 5th edition of the « Rencontres Montagnes & Sciences » event took place at the Palais des Sports in Grenoble. This annual event, which attracts hundreds of visitors each year, provides an opportunity to discover how and why mountains are studied by scientists.

About ten films were screened during the two days and each of them dealt with a different subject ; astronomy, volcanoes or melting ice for example, each of them being linked to mountains and the usefulness they bring to scientists for their research. In addition to the screening of documentaries, some experiments were carried out on stage. Mathieu Barthelemy, a researcher at the Institut de planétologie et d’astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG), thus created an aurora borealis in front of the amazed spectators while explaining how he managed to do it and more generally how the northern lights were formed.

This event was part of another one – « Rencontres Ciné Montagnes » – which took place from November 6 to 10 during which visitors had the opportunity to discover a wide variety of areas related to the mountain. The whole event gathered nearly 20,000 people and different fields such as music, art and science were promoted through movies. As it was the 20th anniversary of the event, exclusive workshops were held this year. For instance, it was possible to suggest a script idea to directors Christophe Raylat and Pierre Petit in order to obtain recommendations from them. In addition, a paid workshop was set up for the first time to learn more about photography and cinematography techniques.

In short, this event allows people to discover the mountain and everything it is linked with for a very low price. And if you missed it, don’t make the same mistake next year!