Though I am also anxious to see 12 Years a Slave and Nebraska.
Also, Wadjda is on my must see list.
9/21: Khruangbin @ The Independent
9/22: Moon Duo, Cold Beat @ The New Parish
9/24: Dolly Parton @ Shoreline
9/30: Omar-S @ TBA
10/9: Midland, Erika @ The Midway
10/14: Margo Price @ GAMH
10/15: Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Shea Stadium BK
10/16: Anthony Naples, Justin Carter @ Nowadays
10/21: Screaming Females @ The Night Light
10/25: Hiss Golden Messenger @ The Independent
09/28: Nicolas Jaar @ Taub
11/16: Neko Case @ The Fox Theater Oakland
Finally. Best teaser trailer in years.
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Seeing the first 2 of the 5 Cremaster films tonight. Very excited. Should be there all 3 Saturdays at CSULB for them all.
Saw Gravity and it was Stellar!
My top movies to see are...
Ain't Them Bodies Saints
9/22 The Mekons @ Pappy & Harriet's
I have to go see it in IMAX 3d to get the full effect.
Gravity is the biggest bummer of the year for me. I will never understand why Alfonso Cuaron would devote so much time and so many resources to learning how to depict the physical reality of space travel, and then employ his findings to a simplistic, woman-against-the-elements survival story that refuses to engage with space in any way that isn't "it's gorgeous" or "it wants to kill you". I don't need it to be 2001 - with which Gravity has no more common ground than what's shared between Blow-Up and Spice World - but if I'm stuck inside a person's space suit for 90 minutes, there simply has to be more depth to the characterization than what is offered here. And it has to be suggested, at least some of the time, rather than explicitly stated - which, for fuck's sake, shouldn't be possible in a film with so few characters.
And yet....while it's very easy for me to get carried away with how unsatisfied Gravity ultimately left me, it would be disingenuous to say that the film shouldn't be seen. It MUST be seen, and on the biggest, most three-dimensional canvas available to you, for even thoughtless, insubstantial time spent in space is still time spent in space. And from a purely technical standpoint, this film does it as well as almost anyone since Kubrick. It's just crucial to know that the comparison ends there.
Also, trailer for The Monuments Men = yay!
This movie makes me uber annoyed at how stupid sandra bullock is.
Certain songs they get so scratched into our souls
Gravity is like getting a prostitute. At essentially $.15 a minute, you receive an hour and a half ocular ogasm.
I really wish Ender's game isn't going to suck so bad. The trailers make it look so shitty. I don't know why they decided to have the dude that made The Wolverine make a film out of one of the best sci fi novels.
Sighs oh well.
Maybe by chance it will be good
I expected a visual tour de force out of Gravity, and that's what I got. We barely even see the characters' faces, much less have them interact in a room or something, so I have a hard time understanding how someone (and Schoolio's not the only one) could expect any real character development in a movie like this. How do you incorporate character arcs in a film like this without sacrificing some of the incredible visual/action part of it as a result? And in regard to the narrative, I saw someone on Twitter say "this isn't supposed to be Anna Karenina in space." Well said.
Seeing it in IMAX 3D was an absolute revelation. It felt more like some kind of virtual reality roller coaster of sorts than a movie. And I think that might have been Cuaron's intention, too, hence why I didn't critique it much beyond that.
I took everything after the initial 20 minute long take to be a metaphor for death and rebirth. IMO she started to float off into space after the initial debris hit and stayed that way.
Look, I'm glad that most of you enjoyed it more than I did. From a film lover's standpoint, there aren't many experiences more painful than waiting several years for a movie only to have it qualify as a crushing disappointment, and that's only compounded when so many people are enraptured.
By the way, are those who have likened it to 2001 and Tarkovsky's Solaris also over-thinking it?
^ Did you like it more than Soderbergh's Solaris, also starring Clooney?
I actually thought about a similar theory as I was watching it. I was hoping that everything after the scene where she imagines George Clooney finding her in the Soyuz capsule and giving her the idea to use the landing thrusters was her dying fantasy, and that she in fact dies of oxygen deprivation (or CO2 inhalation, whatever) in the capsule. Unfortunately, I don't think there's much in the actual film that suggests this is a valid interpretation.