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…
Did you know George Clooney went to space before gravity....... Well now you do!
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…
“I’m not the person I remember, or at least I’m not sure I am. I do remember things but I don’t remember being there. I don’t remember experiencing those things.”
Firstly let us begin with the obligatory statement of how Soderbergh’s Solaris does not reach the sheer brilliance of the Tarkovsky film of the same name. I've truly never understood the appeal of remaking a ‘classic’. By doing this, Soderbergh has subjected himself to a no-win situation. Unless it was a film with a great concept that was not executed to its full potential, or technological advancements have since been made that could assist in the fundamental telling of the story; such as, Cronenberg’s The Fly, there doesn't seem to…
I went into this movie with the misconception that I was watching Tarkovsky's version. I was wrong, but still fairly pleased.
Film #29 of the 2016 New Year, New Scavenger Hunt Challenge!
Task #24. The US remake of that film.
After watching the 1972 Tarkovsky version last week, I expected the US remake to be a lot less. Well, it is less, it is over an hour shorter, to begin with (which I welcomed as the scavenger hunt is coming to an end and I have not much time left).
I said last week that Solyaris was more like a psychological and philosophical drama and not so much a science fiction film, with the special effects somewhat underdeveloped. This 2002 version pays a bit more attention to the SF part, obviously helped by 30 years of technical improvements…
A look at how many of us would react at having to confront our innermost disavowed truth. I'm going to assume the ending was pure nightmare, having to live our deepest desire with no escape.
I was in the mood to be beguiled. Was not disappointed. Next on my Solaris to-do list: see Tarkovsky's film, read the novel.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
SOLARIS - The mystery
One of the unknowns about the planet Solaris is whether it is benign or malevolent. In Stanislew Lem's novel Kelvin decides to stay on the new world in the hope of once again encountering the replica of his dead wife, Rheya. Is this the intention of the ocean/mind, can the human visitors decide to depart or are the replicas merely welcoming gifts for them? The latter naivety is hardly acceptable for a living brain weighing several hundred billion tons. More sustainable is that access is one-way and the planet can see into our memories and so into our hopes, fears and failures. In doing this it can identify events as cases of conscious and,…
Chris Kelvin travels to an isolated space station, which is orbiting a bizarre planet to investigate strange goings on. I enjoyed the twist and turns of this sci-fi story, I did find the acting abit woodern at times and pace of the film stall as well, which made it feel longer then the 1hr 34min runtime. Overall it is definitely worth a watch but don't expect anything special here.
In space, no one can hear you yawn.
167 to 99 minutes is probably one of the most drastic remake cuts I can think of. Fortunately it makes a bit more digestible. With that time cut it does seem to remove most of the emotional impact Tarkovskys brings. Overall I think this is a better sci-fi but a less fulfilling experience.
Daniel Faraday of Lost listening to ICP in his space station office had me laughing pretty hard.
a pessoa que apareceria pra mim eu ia abrir a cabeça dela com uma machadada todo dia e ser muito feliz
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
Incomplete data forced the…
In no particular order.
Only a small handful will be re-watches.
Feel free to suggest which ones are most essential.