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Old March 4 2010, 08:22 PM   #286
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The 1500 sequences are purely fictional; they're allegorical, written by the wife in the present-day sequence. The guy then lives into the future. That's loosely it, though a lot of the specifics are confusing.
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Old March 4 2010, 08:59 PM   #287
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And I thought the future segments were clearly the guy's fantasy, but it's been a while since I've seen it.
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Old March 4 2010, 09:03 PM   #288
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I thought both future and past were fantasies, yeah. The past was the fantasy of his wife's; the future was his own fantasy.


Visually it's striking and in terms of story construction it's a very interesting and involving film, plus some nice symbolism, though I'd also agree its weakness is the slightly overdramatic depiction of the married couple. Nevertheless I liked it.
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Old March 4 2010, 09:07 PM   #289
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Ah ha! That actually makes a lot more sense. I had already read a synopsis going into the movie and kind of carried that assumption with me.

IMDB Summary: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.

So I'd kind of just taken it for granted that each of the time lines was an actual occurrence.

Now that you guys mention it though- the inquisitor could symbolize her cancer, the tree of life is her cure, etc. I was wondering how the tree of life was supposed to stop the inquisitor, but in light of the symbolic angle, well of course it makes sense.
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Old March 4 2010, 10:27 PM   #290
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The interesting thing is, based on the moral of the story, the evil inquisitor is basically right; he claims that death frees all souls, which the explorer in the past rejects, and the doctor in the present rejects, but the moral all around is that attempts to escape mortality are pointless and distract from appreciating life as it is.

I liked the movie overall, but I think it's less than the sum of its parts.
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Old March 5 2010, 02:08 PM   #291
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The Fountain is a deeply moving and visually provocative film. It's really rich and the film doesn't explain everything, which I really liked. It's a potent mixture of visuals and music that sort of congeal and help tell the story more so than the plot actually does. Little is really substantiated since you can make all sorts of guesses and have all sorts of interpretations, but I like that life and death is pretty basic and simple yet the film deals with it in such vividly imaginative and indecisive strokes.

I mean, people have tons of theories about life and death, but indeed the story is really about the fragility of life and the acceptance of death. It's this fantastically melancholy yet realistic idea told in the guise of this wonderfully surrealistic science-fiction fantasy. I love films that don't overtly explain things and Darren Aronosfky's film is so subtle and nuanced that I just got swept up in the majesty of the storytelling. It's a really stunningly beautiful film.
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Old March 5 2010, 02:40 PM   #292
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I may have to see Shutter Island. A portion of it was filmed in the abandoned state hospital in Medway, MA. I worked on a project there last year as one of the engineers for its demolition. The project ultimately got scrapped due to budget cuts, but I did inspect the place a couple times.

It is a creeeeepy place. Especially the lobotomy room. They also had rubber padded rooms, bars along the walls to shackle the inmates to, etc. The cops/fire/national guard also used the place for training exercises. So there are spent shells all over the place, kicked in doors, and blasted open doors.

I've worked in places that were hot, cold, cramped, smelly, etc. But I've never worked in such a spooky place.
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Old March 5 2010, 08:35 PM   #293
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Sherlock Holmes [B-]
Men in Black [A]
Up in the Air [A]
Star Trek: The Motion Picture [D+]
I'm Not There [A]
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009) [D-]
American Violet [B ]
Inglourious Basterds [A]
Death at a Funeral [B ]
A Serious Man [A]
The Hurt Locker [A-]
Mad Max 2 (AKA The Road Warrior) [C]
The Book of Eli [C-]
Elegy [B+]
Close Encounters of the Third Kind [A]
The Invention of Lying [B-]
Gamer [C]
Timecrimes [A]
Metropolis [A]
Pandorum [B ]
Raiders of the Lost Ark [A]
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [A]
Moon [A]
Fun with Dick and Jane [C]
Sunshine [C]
Stanley Kubrick's The Killing [B+]
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1964) [A-]
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1946) [B+]
Glengarry Glen Ross [B-]
Gattaca [A]
The Big Chill [ B]
The Producers [A]
Rent [C+]
Blade Runner [A]
My Cousin Vinny [B-]
Zombieland [ B]
Infernal Affairs [A]
The Walker [F]
Starship Troopers [A]
Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith [F]
Altered States [A]
Devil in a Blue Dress [ B]
Renaissance [ B]
District 9 [ B]
The Shawshank Redemption [B+]
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story [ B]
Memento [A]
Powaqqatsi [C+]
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard [D-]

Powaqqatsi: Neither the images nor the music are anywhere near as iconic as the first Qatsi film. Mostly, Glass alternates between two musical ideas, an eastern-sounding piece that I don't find particularly innovative and another piece which I would have enjoyed more if I hadn't grown up listening to James Horner's rip-off from a year later over the end credits of Glory. I also wasn't moved by the odd video effects which used images from television--they seemed very out of place juxtaposed with the rest of the film's imagery. Really, the only complete sequence that captivated me was the one near the end which ends with the poster image of the young boy being consumed by dust as a truck drives by.

The Goods: Terrible comedy more likely written by a committee of producers than the credited screenwriters. I laughed a few times, sure, but the movie takes every joke it has and keeps going with it until I stopped laughing. Such a waste of a good cast, too.
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Old March 5 2010, 08:44 PM   #294
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Powaqqatsi: Neither the images nor the music are anywhere near as iconic as the first Qatsi film.
The Qatsi trilogy is one of diminishing returns (Koyaanis is better than Powaq which is better than Naqoy), though I found things to like about all three. I liked the parts of Glass's score that got stolen for The Truman Show; and the image of the exhausted man carried on the backs of South Americans was interesting.
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Old March 5 2010, 08:55 PM   #295
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I could probably list 10 or 12 striking images, but only one striking sequences, alas.

I need to get Koyaanisqatsi, though. Is it out on Blu-Ray yet?
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Old March 5 2010, 10:18 PM   #296
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The Maltese Falcon - the prototypical film noir, and one of the most influential films in history in terms of the impact it had across a whole swathe of genres. Saw it on a reasonably big screen due to a student-run fundraiser at the university. It's a good movie (which, to an extent, is all you can ask of a film that has been imitated as much as this one has). I was familiar beforehand with the big final reveals, due to popcultural osmosis, but it's still fun to watch (a lot of these old noirs are heavy on humour, something that newer iterations largely don't have; like, say, basically any scene with the camp gay played by Peter Lorre). Maybe this is just a result of more visceral depictions of passion on film since, but I didn't find Spade's final choice over what to do with Brigid especially convincing.

Love and Death - one of Woody Allen's mid-70s comedies, prior to the beginning of his semi-serious period with Annie Hall. This is rather different from most Allen films in that it's a period piece, albeit with Allen playing his usual persona as a complete anachronism in the middle of Napoleonic Russia. Much of the humour comes from parodying Russian literature of the 19th century (primarily Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky), and it's fairly amusing, if usually not laugh-out-loud (Allen's neurose-heavy style of comedy tends to shy away from belly-laughs).
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Old March 6 2010, 01:59 AM   #297
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I recently read an essay which goes to great lengths explaining and justifying Spade's decision at the end of The Maltese Falcon (the book, but the endings are close except for a couple of small points). I'll see if I can find it again this weekend.
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Old March 6 2010, 02:22 AM   #298
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I don't know why it would need to be explained or justified. She murdered his partner in cold blood; he quite succinctly gives all the reasons it would be a bad idea in the movie itself. My problem was it's hard to see why he'd have any second thoughts about that at all.
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Old March 6 2010, 06:03 AM   #299
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The Box - snore. I loved Donnie Darko, but this was the biggest "nothing happens" film I have seen in a long time.

Halloween II - Wow, what was Zombie on? Goosebumps cringeworthy. Not to mention the heroine's acting skills were horrendous and just cried and said the F word ad nauseum (I'm no prude). Brad Dourif should have never lent his skills to this tripe.
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Old March 6 2010, 06:45 AM   #300
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Movies Seen in 2010
Duplicity - C-
The Hurt Locker - A
Moon - A
The Princess and the Frog - B
Crazy Heart - B+
Julie & Julia - A-
A Serious Man - A
Fargo - A

Believe it or not, I've never seen Fargo, until tonight. It was on Encore so I decided given this is Oscar weekend to finally see it kind of an on the fly thing. I'm glad I did. This was a great movie. It's that odd sense you expect from the Coen Brothers, but what really makes this movie work is the dialog, the atmosphere (fog and dreary nature of Minnesota/North Dakota), and that haunting musical score. Frances McDormond was awesome as the Sheriff and you know who she reminded me of? Furlow from Farscape. There was that same kind of dialog, wonder, and just everything about her was fun to watch. Loved the scene with the two girls and her and all the "ya's". Too funny.
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