A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
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Upon arrival at the space station orbiting an ocean world called Solaris a psychologist discovers that the commander of an expedition to the planet has died mysteriously. Other strange events soon start happening as well, such as the appearance of old acquaintances of the crew, including some who are dead.
An alien of unknowable intention, indefensible power, and indefinable reach. An invasion story without a single Stan Winston creature, annihilated city-center, or large-caliber gun. I'd happily place Lem's tale up there with Odyssey and Alien as top-tier sci-fi stories, without even having read the source material and based only on the adaptations. Solaris is one of the few examples of truly 'alien' aliens I can think of, and as stated previously, any depiction of intelligent life which eschews an anthropic bias is more than OK as a jumping off point in my book.
Tale of the tape, at least for me - Clooney does space madness better than Banionis, Soderbergh's efficiency and visuals make his take more palatable for spur-of-the-moment…
I don't really know if I should call this a remake from Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris (1972), or just another adaptation from Stanislaw Lem's acclaimed novel, so I am just going to call it a remake to simplify my writing. What I am going to do will be more a comparison between the two Solaris (Tarkovky's and Soderbergh's) than a review over the 2002 film. The plot of this movie may already be well known among moviegoers, but I'll still expose it. A psychiatrist is called to a space station orbiting an oceanic world called Solaris, and is surprised by the death of the expedition's commander. As other events begin to occur they start suspecting that the cause of these events…
With a much faster pace, only half the original's runtime, and released 30 years apart, Steven Soderbergh's Solaris is just as excellent as Andrei Tarkovsky's Solyaris. Or dare I say, the remake is actually an improvement.
That's what I think, at least. Just hear me out.
Solyaris is a great, great film, notice I used great twice because that's just how great the film is. But I won't go as far as to say that the film is impossible to be duplicated. There is a flaw, and that would be its unusually slow pace. Now I'm not complaining, I enjoyed every minute of it. (though my mind did wander off a bit during the car scene) It's just that, if…
Clooney looks as gorgeous as ever and the cinematography is beautifully composed. In fact, everything looks immaculate to the point of sterilisation. Which may be a perfect recreation of zero atmosphere in space but in cinematic terms it becomes a draining chore to sit through. The film has too much time on its hands and a painfully slow way of expressing its point.
This second adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's novel is a strange choice for Soderbergh. Praise for Tarkovsky's version typically hails the faithfulness to the source material, the metaphysical and intellectually blurred lines between reality and the subconscious. This version doesn't go all in to explore similar themes so its purpose is something of a mystery, delivering none of…
"There are no answers, only choices." ~ Gibarian
Director Steven Soderbergh would insist that this NOT a remake of Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 Russian version of "Solaris." Instead, it is a new adaptation of the original 1961 book by Polish novelist Stanislaw Lem, upon which both films are based. I think I have to agree with that interpretation. Apart from the updating of the language, social norms and special effects, this telling emphasizes some very different themes, but it still misses the point that Lem wanted to drive home in his writing about the moral dilemmas raised by "first contact" with non-Earthly sentience. In fact, I think Tarkovsky did a better job in that regard, even if Lem might not agree.…
Why I watched this one? I had tried a few times to make it through this movie the entire way....but I never finished watching it. Well I was determined to finally watch this movie from beginning to end.
What is this one about? George Clooney plays a troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.
My thoughts on this one? This is one confusing movie. It is based on a book....and is actually the second movie to take on that book. Like Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey this one seems to ask more questions than it answers. The special effects are believable....the actors are fine....but I am sure many will ask…
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Film 4 of 10 on Josiah Morgan's list for me.
Given that Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris is one of my favorite films of all time, I was very wary going in to this one.
The thing that Soderbergh's version lacks is some of the subtlety that was present in the original version. I'll admit though that this is still vastly more substantial than most Hollywood films, but that has to do mainly with the fact that this story is to me both endlessly fascinating and deeply personal. I think I should probably read the book some time soon because I'm sure I'll love it.
As enigmatic as it is, I think "what's going on" in Solaris should become clear to anyone…
I can only imagine how hard is it to film Solaris after Tarkovsky. You can't go away from comparing both these movies.
What was really interesting for me, that despite that characters of Tarkovsky's film were showing much less emotions, level of drama there was much higher.
But this version is not bad. Still lacking many things, but at some level it pays homage to 1972 film, as well as trying to bring something new and fresh. And yeah, sequences of Solaris and station are fantastic!
Don't you love me anymore?
I don't think I've actually ever seen a movie with Clooney in it. No wait, I've seen Ocean's 11. He was in that, right? That's the only one, then.
Don't blow it.
Who is this actress playing Rheya? She's entrancing. (checks iMDB) ... nope, never seen any of these things.
SPACE BEDS LOOK HORRIFYING. WHY DOES THE FUTURE ALWAYS HAVE SUCH TERRIBLE SLEEP APPARATUS?
Aspirate the H in human, you fucks.
Wow, Clooney was a fuck to his original wife.
Daniel Faraday explaining time travel, but before then, and in another galaxy.
I understand the Tarkovsky version is better, but the random number generator chose this one first.
HIGGS ANTI BOSONS
"There are no answers, only choices."
kind of like when Soderbergh stripped an hour-plus out of HEAVEN'S GATE. what's the most economical way to tell this story and allow the larger themes to remain pretty much the same? which isn't to suggest this is at all without nuance, but it's a bit more clinical, more rational and ruthless with plot, sometimes at the expense of more abstract ideas or moments of lyricism.
I'll preface this by saying I've never seen Tarkovsky's original, but I still plan to. I liked this film and Clooney's gives one of his best performances. Rarely is he so vulnerable and this is as far from his glamor projects as possible. For some reason though, this movie left me a little cold. I didn't feel as moved as I should, I can't really explain why. Still, interesting character drama nonetheless, though it'll just be a footnote for this director and its star.
Solaris is an adequately entertaining film, which lets itself down by trying to be cleverer then it actually is, or needs to be.
The film moves at an incredibly slow pace, and is so bloated that it comes across as actually quite boring for the bulk of the runtime. I totally understand what the vision is however, - it's intentionally slow, and it’s reflected in the soundtrack, the tone, the look and the performances. The viewer is expected to sit there and rub there chin in a philosophical manner, pondering it all. Appreciating the mesmeric hypnotic throb that when all pieced together it forms. Problem with that though, it just doesn’t hold you, there’s a lack of tension.
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Dead Man's Letters
- The Ugly Swans
- Morel's Invention
- The Man from Earth
I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
For the purposes…
- Pulp Fiction
- Fight Club
- Blade Runner
- The Big Lebowski
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of…