A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
A thousand feet beneath the sea, the blackest holes are in the mind...
The OSSA discovers a spacecraft thought to be at least 300 years old at the bottom of the ocean. Immediately following the discovery, they decide to send a team down to the depths of the ocean to study the space craft.They are the best of best, smart and logical, and the perfect choice to learn more about the spacecraft.
I'd watch Sphere again, but if I did, I'd probably stop it three quarters the way in and fill the rest in for myself. The ending wrecks this film. Up to that point it's a brilliant, clever popcorn flick, with a heck of a lot of mystery and atmosphere. The cast is really bloody brilliant, and it's wonderfully engrossing.
But goddammit, the test audiences didn't like the original ending so they had to reshoot, and I assume, rewrite it, because it just felt so lacklustre. Dang the Hollywood system!
Not to mention there's a pretty BIG plot hole. The climax itself is just not as gripping and it loses all life it had. But damn, it was so good before.…
I remember voraciously reading Sphere when I was 15, and even today it is still to me the definitive popcorn airport thriller novel. It was an excellent read, and was my favourite Crichton novel at the time. It has a genius premise with a wonderful sense of mystery and a captivating psychological bent.
However, not all books translate well to film, and this is a good example. Some thrillers, especially a psychological thriller like this one, just work better on the page, particularly the more unbelievable ones like Sphere. Levinson does a solid genre job for the most part, but the film takes a nosedive very quickly after Jerry gets mad. Once the manifestations start to visually mount, and most…
Bring to mind every 80s and 90s sci-fi film and there's a good chance Sphere is derivative of it in one way or another. The frustrating thing is that there are boatloads of great ideas in here. By here, I mean Crichton's novel, which I am going to to assume is an engrossing read. Right up my alley, I must say, and I plan on picking it up in the near future.
So what went wrong? My finger-wagging middle finger points squarely at Barry Levinson. How he edits the plot isn't exactly conductive to relating cool science or smart, likeable or skilled characters to the viewer. Everything is at service in enveloping you with mystery, narrowing logic that turns characters…
First things first, this is not a good movie. However, I still really enjoy it. There are themes of psychology and humanity in here which I find very engaging. The sci in the sci-fi is laughable at times, as is the ending...yikes, but I don't really care as I like pretty much all of the characters (Hoffman and Jackson specifically are awesome and their interactions are so much fun to watch).
I do wish there was a bit deeper examination of some of the ideas raised by what happens to the crew, but while some people like dumb action movies, I'm more of a dumb sci-fi guy and can live with all of these flaws. So I guess this is like my Fast and Sphereous.
I remember the first time I saw Sphere. I was 19 and I was with my first girlfriend and her best friend and I saw it at an older theatre on a Tuesday for $2.00. I remember all of us loving it. It was a thrill a minute and scary and just really enjoyable. I also was a huge fan of the novel. I also remember critics and the like hating on this movie like there is no tomorrow.
Cut to today. I've seen the film numerous times over the years and every time I still really liked it. Well about an hour ago I finished it again for god knows how many times. I ejected it from my DVD…
YOU HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL TO BE TERRIFYING AND INTERESTING AND AN EXAMINATION OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ALIVE BUT YOU WERE ALL HEY LOOK IM AN EXPLOSION AND PLOT TWIIIIIIIIST SO YOU THREW IT AWAY.
But you're not terrible either, you frustratingly average movie you.
I don't recall how this enddd up on my watchlist. There must be another, better movie by the same name that somebody recommended, because this one wasn't worth seeing.
I love the 90s Crichton boom. Rarely, are they even in the same ballpark as Jurassic Park, but there is something so formulaic about them that I get drawn in.
Basically The Abyss if The Abyss wasn't fucking terrible.
Sphere is too long and too boring. A tremendous waste of time. Despite the cast of good actors, the film fails trying to be a "2001: A Space Odyssey" on the seabed. Or a mixture of "Event Horizon" with "The Abyss".
In short, all you see here has already been done better in other films.
A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean and a select team of scientists is sent down to investigate.
Despite all the credentials and an obviously sufficient budget the result is a messy sci-fi thriller with a vague metaphysical message.
The weaknesses of the book are thrown naked onto a brightly lit stage. The game to play with this one is "I saw that coming X minutes ago."
Empieza como Abyss pero luego se dan cuenta de que nos vamos a dar cuenta y la cosa se convierte en una especie de Alien mezclado con The Shining.
O sea, jugando a cocinitas a veces sale algo bueno y a veces el resultado no pasa ni empujando con pan.
If nothing else, Sphere is a testament to the power of ominuous chapter titles. There is already plenty of tension from the fragile underwater enviornment and an unstable alien presence, but seeing nothing but the words "THE POWER" on your screen with a bass-heavy music cue is an effective jolt of nervous anticipation. And the film sustains it.
Crichton fills his stories with intelligent theories that are fantastical enough to be thrilling and beleivable enough to feel possible (for 2 hours). It's that extra dose of science talk that titillates the mind, inviting you to think rather than forcing you to just accept the unreal. As an alien movie, the film is set apart by placing the action in a…
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…