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  1. getting mostly rave reviews but im siding with the 9% on rottentomatoes who are all saying a similar thing - the movie lacks an emotional center. for me, that center is the main reason i loved 'interstellar'.

  2. anyone watching season 3? ive been reading lately about the idea of gazing on the image and idea of the crucified christ, as a way of leading to personal transformation. i feel like that is one of the many themes of this show, when dealing with suffering. particularly, im thinking of nora at the end of season 1 and her family.

  3. 9 hours ago, Buckeye Jones said:

    Otherwise, I never figured out why Matt Damon was bad.  What were his motivations?  Why try to kill Cooper?  It made no sense.

    Damon wanted the ship to go to Edmunds planet to see if it could sustain life. Cooper was planning to take the ship back to earth.

  4. Regarding the Sampler and the ending, from an interview with Carruth:

    The idea that Kris would find him culpable, and make him pay that price for what's been done to her, is hopefully an interesting coda. I mean she's basically supplanting one false narrative with another. But she will never know that, and she can't know that. And it's only for the audience to realize, hopefully, after some reflection, that although the ending felt and looked like somebody finding the culprit, and getting their own peacefulness and resolution—in reality there's almost nothing positive about what we're looking at. The wrong person is "gotten."

  5. I remember being surprised that the Sampler seemed to be treated like a villain near the end, when earlier scenes had treated him as, above all, curious... almost endearingly so. I love his sound-gathering activities. I am troubled by his scientist-to-lab-rat relationship to the two leads, and so something isn't right about him. But the thing I have the most trouble with in this film is the climactic scene, [spoiler/]the scene with the empty room, the table, and the gun. It threatened to reduce the story to something like The Rapture, in which human beings finally have the guts to stand up and kill an Authority.

    carruth said at a q&a that kris was wrong for killing the sampler but he wanted her freedom to be messy. or something like that. and he said it would have been cleaner and too perfect if she killed the person more responsible, the thief.

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    Yet you probably won't be challenged to think of your own world and life differently; there's no thesis to Upstream Color.

    Couldn't disagree more. Without giving anything away, the film has a lot to say about identity and I certainly thought about my own life differently after seeing it.

  7. New Yorkers: Soderbergh will be moderating a Q&A at a screening on Saturday April 6th. This doesn't surprise me as the film borrows stylistically and at times thematically from 'Solaris'.

    This is one of those films that most people, including myself, will call more of an "experience". At the same time, there is a strong story here and it's very gettable, especially after seeing it a second time.

    I've read just about every review and this one most accurately matches my feelings on the film: http://www.chud.com/127987/review-upstream-color-sxsw/

  8. I had no idea it would roll out with a distributor of that caliber. While it's no guarantee of a good film, it's enough to heighten my interest in the film.

    It's supposed to open pretty wide, actually. I didn't write down one of the numbers when I talked to Steve Taylor back in December, but he said it'll be Albuquerque by the second or third week, which, you know, isn't exactly L.A. or N.Y. or Chicago.

    saw it tonight in philly with a q & a with miller and taylor. taylor set they open april 13th in 25 markets and 100 screens. i thought the film was excellent. the trailer captures the tone of the film pretty well.

  9. stumbled upon this one through netflix instant view. anyone seen it? centers around a vamipre, werewolf, and ghost, who live together and bond because of their differences. in addition to the interesting themes, it shifts beautifully from hilarious to melodramatic (almost like shaun of the dead). i'm only a few episodes in but there also seems to be a "big bad" lurking, ala buffy.

    it's really wonderfully done all around.

  10. i feel like the score confused this movie for me. the music was certainly beautiful but i feel like almost each time the music swelled, it happened way too soon and that kind of goes with spielbergs reputation of not earning the emotion present in the scene. i really enjoyed the movie but needed to disconnect myself from when the score got big.

  11. when the film ended, there was a combination of laughter and groans. mostly laughter but not the satisfying kind. my impression was that people were disappointed with the ending and the film. did anyone else experience this reaction?

  12. In Lost's purgabardo, what compelling reason do we have, except maybe those that died or fell in love on the Island, to beleive that our Losties out of all the years of their lives, chose to create a realm in which only they reunited with people from these past four years? Were there no other significant events the rest of their lives? No other friends? No family? I mean, Charlie's siblings? Claire's mom? That's what I think is indicative of more wish-fulfillment (not exact term but it works) for the audience rather than story-driven for the characters.

    I found this odd as well. Am I really supposed to believe that the Island folks were more important to Desmond and Penny than their own son?

    From what I understood, since we were seeing it from Jacks perspective, these were the people that were most important to Jack. Now I'm just trying to think if something Christian Shepherd says contradicts that.

  13. I think it missed the mark ever so slightly—by choosing a generic warm and fuzzy reunion instead of a hard earned grace.

    Maybe not grace but certainly hard earned. I think this was contrasted by showing Ben being awakened but not being about to "move on", whereas Jack embraced his awakening, mainly because of his hard earned saving of the island.

    I thought the finale was perfect, both universes. I know there's been expressed disappointment particularly in the island aspect of the story but I don't really know if there's a pressing unanswered question I have about it.

  14. Ink

    And while I'm always hesitant read spiritual themes into a film, or to imply that the film is some sort of allegory, I think there's certainly a lot for Christians to chew on given the film's heavy emphasis on redemption, materialism, pride, and forgiveness.

    i agree. and beyond that, it's the most vivid portrayal of spiritual warfare (at least as i've experienced it) that i've ever seen on screen.

  15. Well, I thought of that too, but think of this: what if Jacob is keeping things in balance? Sure, there's evil out there, but if Smokey were out there in the world, the balance would be tipped heavily in his direction. Hence the balanced white/black stones, etc.

    That's always been my impression, that Jacob and Flocke are holding each other in balance, that one is the yin to the other's yang. You've got the stones, their outfits, even the actors' physical features/hair color -- they're all opposites.

    If it's going to be the old dualism/existentialism thing again, I'm bored now, but with only seven episodes left, will see it through.

    Beth, have you noticed the Buffy similarities lately? Hellmouth, potentials/replacements, the First.

  16. Love the movie. Question about the ending.

    I understand that Vidar sacrifices himself but how does he do it? The ambulance, in the beginning of the movie and the end, is shown to hit Leon. My guess is that's its some sort of supernatural situation, and that certainly fits with his character. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something else.

  17. Can anyone think of any films that relate in theme to Seven Pounds? My movie discussion group has started a smaller follow up viewing where we watch a film that deals with the same topic to our main meeting.

    For example, we just watched "Winter Light" as a follow up to "Doubt".

  18. Yikes: "Honey, I gassed the kids"

    The moral of this outrageous, British-accented nonsense appears to be that if you build a death camp, sometimes the wrong people get killed. Not for the last time, alas, has the Holocaust been co-opted into a kitschy ''universal'' story of ''tolerance'' about how we're all ''one.'' But this one is supposed to be a story for children!

    i dont understand this reaction at all. just because the film is told through the perspective of a german boy, doesn't mean he then becomes the only character we care about. the jewish characters are present to break our hearts at the atrocities and they do a damn good job at that. and hell, the only reason we care about the german is because of his innocence.

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