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 haven't read the Crichton novel, but it did occur to me that this story is in a lot of ways just I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, underwater. Oh this movie is also really fucking silly.
If I remember correctly this one was a stupid mess.
The first foray into my "watch every horror film" challenge. Not a "good" film, but very charming in a 90s-Michael-Crichton kind of way. Dude always has good ideas and awful characters. Samuel L Jackson killed it, but the tropes on display were a disservice to the cast. RIP Queen Latifah.
This is a decent sic-fi film. The casting was excellent, the story was interesting. Unfortunately the pace of the film is a little on the slow side and I feel like they could have done more to create tension. It didn't live up to it's potential but is worth a watch.
If you like Chrichton's works. You'll probably like this. I loved the book, the movie paled in comparison. But I was still entertained.
B-Grade sci-fi at its grandest
Of all the terrible things in this, Hoffman playing the autism role yet again is just dreadful.
Nota = 4,5
Everything was good until the ending
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
For the purposes…