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Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
An urban mystery unfurls as one man pieces together the surreal meaning of hundreds of cryptic tiled messages that have been appearing in city streets across the U.S. and South America.
I expect a lot of people to be bored by the presentation here, which is mostly of the typical "talking head" variety - but the subject is so compelling and the central mystery so compellingly doled out that I got completely sucked in. Granted, I have a big soft spot for several different intersecting elements here: I love outsider art, I love longstanding mysteries, I love conspiracy theories and general kookery of that ilk, and I even love Kubrick's 2001. So to me this is mostly pure pleasure.
Turn off your damn TV every once in a while and look at the street, you might see something cool for once!
"Murder every journalist. I beg you."
Resurrect Dead is a fascinating, yet at times flawed, documentary about the mystery surrounding the Toynbee Idea tiles. When this doc is at its best, and that is the majority of its runtime, the film plays like a fantastic detective story, with clues being discovered and then slowly put together. When the doc is at its worst, it is giving too much back story of the main Toynbee tile investigator. Not to say this guy isn't interesting, its just that the idea of drawing parallels between the investigator and the tiler is rather forced and brings nothing to the overall story. Still, Resurrect Dead is a very solid documentary.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
As this movie got going, I was prepared to be disappointed by the ending. A documentary that sets out to solve an unsolved mystery could rarely be as satisfying as a fictional mystery, because life just isn't that tidy. To my surprise, the film's resolution is not only satisfying but also fairly moving. When the almost-definite tiler is discovered and is clearly not interested in revealing himself, the filmmakers and the amateur detective back away and let go, instead of pushing for an interview. That, in my opinion, was not only the kind and decent thing to do, but also the most interesting in terms of storytelling. The main question may have been mostly cleared up, but leaving a little…
Nice little mystery documentary, pretty much blows the thing wide open too. I always thought the dude making them just had theories about 2001 and wanted to share them via street art but it's bigger than that.
Made my wife watch This one before it expired on Netflix. I think it holds up on repeat viewings and is pretty expert in creating a compelling mystery documentary out of basically nothing. Recommended for fans of "catfish" "searching for sugar man" and the like.
Walk around the streets of some of the major cities in the United States and South America and you will see some strange handmade tiles embedded into the tarmac. Justin Duerr took notice of these plaques in Philadelphia, all bearing the message “TOYNBEE IDEA – IN MOVIE 2001 – RESSURECT DEAD – ON PLANET JUPITER”. Of course these made little sense upon first reading sparking Justin into an almost obsessive investigation behind their source.
Director Jon Foy follows Justin on his journey to discover the origin of the tiles and his attempts to decipher the meaning of the text, hoping to trace them back to their creator.
Encompassing modern philosopher Arnold J. Toynbee, Stanley Kubrick and influencing acclaimed playwright David…
Wow, a mystery doc with an actual conclusion!
Railroads ... Larry King ... David Mamet ... shortwave radio ... what?!? A story so strange it wouldn't make believable fiction except it's true.
And it's great.
This film left me a little sad, because it presents an interesting real-world mystery, and then unravels it. There's not so much mystery in the world, after all. It does present an instructive example of how to unravel a mystery, and the importance of perseverance in the attempt, which is good, but it's also a little scattered and amateur in its finish. There's also a little utility in it for writers in that it gives a lot of glances at how obsessions and mental malfunctions develop. Given that the mystery wasn't one that affected many people, nor did its (likely) explanation cure any of society's ills, I'm not sure that it's really an important film to watch, either.
Walking 'round New York,
I found a real Toynbee tile.
That was fuckin' cool.
Great film about a quirky guy tracking down another quirky person. I love this mystery and their presentation is fantastic.
I live in a place with a tile, so this was a lot of fun to watch. It isn't really there anymore, but it was in a really well trafficked place, so I did see it. Don't know who did it or why, but it was weird and I think it's pretty cool that they are a bunch of places. I never got obsessed with it, but I think it would be a blast to find something like that.
These guys really did a great job.
Doesn't really add any information you couldn't get from just reading the Wikipedia page, and offers minimal entertainment above that.
Really great story and the narrative is largely well structured. It only struggles when it delves into the personal life of the main protagonist in search of some parallels with his investigation. Though there are definitely similarities which it tries to make use of, it doesn't quite get to the heart of them. That and some more basic level presentation elements like the various title-cards for each new string of the story could've been either stylised more or incorporated into the talking heads. Overall though, a really strong and fascinating doc, made all the more interesting (surprisingly) by its refusal to pursue a neat conclusion.
My friend made a list of films that I should watch.
I made a list of films that he should watch.
You can't go wrong with a mystery, conspiracy theory hybrid. A few guys become obsessed with the so-called Toynbee tiles in the mid-90s, strange rectangles in asphalt, all displaying the same message about Kubrick, Toynbee and resurrecting dead people on Jupiter. A fair few appeared in Philadelphia, then Baltimore, DC and even into South America. What could they be? What do they mean? Who is putting them there?
As is customary in a documentary such as this. A couple of guys who become obsessed with the mystery unlock various clues over the years and piece a puzzle together which may be the right theory, but could also be completely wrong. It's interesting and honest and a fine way to kill an hour and a half.
For many years an unknown individual has been traveling around the country (and occasionally elsewhere in the world) embedding mosaics in the middle of paved streets containing bizarre messages about Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey and something called "the Toynbee idea". These have come to be known as the Toynbee Tiles, and the documentary Resurrect Dead follows an artist whose obsession for many years has been uncovering what the tiles mean and who was responsible for their creation and dispersal.
The subject matter of Resurrect Dead is fascinating. Unfortunately, this is one of those documentaries which investigates a mystery and never quite solves anything. There are some pretty compelling hypotheses made, but in the end I did feel…
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