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…
Call me a pleb but I prefer this version.
Can't remember Tarkovsky's Solaris well enough to compare the two, but taken on its own terms, this is a deeply compelling exploration of grief, loss, and identity. The only thing holding it back from masterpiece status is that the central relationship doesn't resonate nearly as well as it should. I think it's mostly an acting/casting issue.
Some people think this movie is boring. I think they're boring.
But seriously, this is a chilling, heartbreaking, occasionally amusing (I love how Jeremy Davies' big plan is predicated on the idea that women getting together = things happen) motion picture, with an utterly brilliant Cliff Martinez score and perhaps Soderbergh's most accomplished cinematography and editing ever. I have it third in my Soderbergh ranking behind Schizopolis and The Informant!, but I could see it climbing up the ranks even further.
I have nothing negative to say about the movie, which is well-done and thought-provoking... but I never really cared. I wished I was watching Moon, or Tarkovsky's Solaris.
Owned - DVD
Film # 7 of the April Scavenger Hunt
Movie With a One-Word Title
I'm gonna be totally honest and admit that this movie is getting the short stick. If it had appeared to me, fully formed and without any foreknowledge of the book or the previous movie, I would probably have been sort of favorable-leaning neutral on it. I mean, taken apart, its not horrible or anything. But watching Tarkovsky's masterpiece, and then seeing what Soderbergh - who I am generally quite fond of, mind you - made of the same source material, it just made me Angry for the whole world. I mean, this movie was a pile of junk next to Solaris 72. The heaps of unnecessary plot…
I feel a bit cheated now that I know it's a remake. Well, it's still an alright movie. It just bothered me that Clooney's character, a psychologist, wouldn't be analytical about stuff. I was looking forward to him analyzing the shit out of the weird beings, but then he just falls for it like everyone else. Maybe even harder.
Dentro del AOR caben desde Dire Straits a Foo Fighters. Solaris sería un disco extraordinario de los primeros o el peor disco de los segundos.
El universo como excusa y a la vez como motor de una película sobre el ser humano. Quizás algo redundante en sí misma, y eso quizás también la haga algo lenta. Aunque puede que en esto último influyera el sueño que tengo yo esta noche más que otra cosa. De todas formas no me ha parecido nada brillante.
I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
For the purposes…