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Old June 26 2009, 09:44 AM   #61
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Re: Moon -- actually going to be good?

It's a good film. If you get a chance to see it in a theater, do so!
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Old June 26 2009, 05:43 PM   #62
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I saw it last night in Toronto, really cool movie. Definitely check it out if you can. It plays with a lot of common sci-fi themes but in a much more relatable way than we are used to seeing.
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Old June 26 2009, 05:53 PM   #63
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production design influences

After seeing Aliens (1986) again last night I can see how "Moon" really does have similar production design to the medical bay that Ripley wakes up in (after fifty-seven years in hypersleep) on the space station in Earth's orbit.
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Old June 27 2009, 06:36 AM   #64
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The film is very heavily Ron Cobb inspired. In fact I cornered the director on a couple of specific homages.
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Old June 29 2009, 04:47 AM   #65
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"Moon" wins top prize at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Duncan Jones' "Moon" walked off with the top prize as this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival drew to a close Sunday evening.

Jones' feature debut secured the Michael Powell Award for best new British feature
June 28, 2009
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Old July 2 2009, 07:18 PM   #66
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Re: Moon -- actually going to be good?

I think we'll take a trip to Charlotte when it gets screened there. Maybe we should go to Carowinds too so I don't feel like a total dork driving an hour there and an hour back to see a movie.
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Old July 2 2009, 07:21 PM   #67
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Heh. I hate to rub your noses in it, but I saw it a while ago and even got to chat with the director afterwards.
Thats ok, I saw the new Star Trek movie at the London premiere and gawped at the stars in front of me in the cinema.
I'll take chatting with the director over gawking at actors from the sidelines any day.
True, true...*kicks himself for not mingling afterwards*
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Old July 7 2009, 07:43 AM   #68
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I remember attending Ain'tItCool's advance screening for Drag Me To Hell, where Capone called Moon the best sci-fi film of the "last five years". I'm going to take it up a few notches. Moon is the best sci-fi film since... I can remember, really.

I mean, I'm trying to think of really good thought-provoking sci-fi films that haven't been duds. Solaris, Steven Soderbergh's remake starring George Clooney, was uneven and muddling. Overly self-indulgent. Sunshine (What's with one word titles for sci-fi films?), would have been great if not for that all too familiar Event Horizon rip-off of a third act.

Moon was just terrific all the way though. I don't want to spoil anything but say that I thought I knew the jist of this movie going in but it progressed in such naturally unexpected ways, if that makes sense. Truly gripping, affecting, with a stunningly acute performance by Sam Rockwell, who deserves an Oscar nomination for this. The beautiful production design, Clint Mansell's gorgeous score, and everything else in between is just marvelous.

This is making my "Top Ten of 2009" list for sure.
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Old July 7 2009, 07:45 AM   #69
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Re: Moon -- actually going to be good?

It's playing at the local art house theater and all of the good chatter in this thread makes me all the more excited to see it! I just can't seem to get anyone else excited enough to go with me.

Oh well, sucks to be them.
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Old July 7 2009, 07:56 AM   #70
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I saw it last night in Toronto, really cool movie. Definitely check it out if you can. It plays with a lot of common sci-fi themes but in a much more relatable way than we are used to seeing.
Oh sweet, it's playing in Toronto now? Excellent, I'll definitely try to see it sometime soon.

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Old July 7 2009, 10:29 AM   #71
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Is Moon going to be a thing like Fanboys and only be in limited release? If so then I'm going to be pissed but will most likely see it when it comes out on DVD.
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Old July 7 2009, 05:13 PM   #72
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Re: Moon -- actually going to be good?

I'm glad this is on people's radar, but after seeing it I was hoping for a full discussion of the content. Maybe not enough have seen it?

Anyway - an excellent movie, and while nothing earth-shatteringly original (in fact, it's wildly reminiscent of the Golden Age of SF in story, if wildly reminiscent of the late 70s early 80s in visual style), it's poignantly told with a truly fantastic performance by Sam Rockwell. It's just so refreshing to see real SF on screen, because it's been ever so long. The last real try at it was Primer and that was hideously confused and boring - I'm still not sure what the hell happened at the end of that movie.

Interesting to hear of a sequel in the works. There's a very quick set up for it in the last moment of Moon that's rather intriguing.

See it if you can. It's worth it and it'd be nice to send the message that this kind of movie can make some money.
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Old July 7 2009, 05:31 PM   #73
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The last real try at it was Primer and that was hideously confused and boring - I'm still not sure what the hell happened at the end of that movie.
I just recently saw that for the first time and I agree. While the premise and most of the execution of the time travel was interesting, it was hideously boring. The filmmakers had good concepts but one: pacing.
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Old July 13 2009, 07:10 AM   #74
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Re: Moon -- actually going to be good?

Okay, just got back from seeing it in Toronto, and I have to say... I'm impressed. Definitely not your usual science-fiction movie.

I'm glad I stayed spoiler-free for this one; I did not know about the plot twist, and as such, it was a pleasant surprise for me. I won't go into detail about it here (as a lot of people probably haven't seen it yet), but I will say it got me thinking... wondering how I would react and what I would do in Sam Rockwell's character's place.

As I said, it's atypical compared to most films out today: there's very little in the way of action, and not much conflict either (external conflict, anyway). I'm so used to seeing those things in the movies I watch, and I expected to see them here; when I didn't I was again pleasantly surprised.

Rockwell does an excellent job in this film -- I really felt for him as he gradually learns the truth of his situation. It was actually quite tragic at times. I also liked Spacey as Gerty... the HAL comparisons are obvious, but Gerty is definitely different from HAL in many ways; I rather liked his character (and I thought his use of smileys to convey his "emotional state" was amusing, done just right in a manner that keeps it from being too silly or over-the-top).

I can't say it's exceptionally ground-breaking or original, or that it's an instant classic, but it's definitely better than a lot of the stuff out there, and I heartily encourage every sci-fi fan to check it out if they can. I'm interested in the news that there is a sequel planned (from the ending to Moon, I think I can guess what it might be about)... I look forward to seeing that one.

Oh, and as a few have already said, the film is directed by Duncan Jones, who happens to be David Bowie's son, but I noticed in the credits that there is another familial connection to a rock icon involved here: the movie is produced by Trudie Styler, who many will recognize as the wife of Sting (she also produced Guy Ritchie's films Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels). Neat!
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Old July 13 2009, 04:59 PM   #75
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Re: Moon -- actually going to be good?

Saw this over the weekend.

Excellent film. Nice to see a feature-length SF movie that doesn't depend on stuff blowing up for its plot-line.

Give Sam Rockwell an Oscar already!
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