Moon -- actually going to be good?

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  1. Maurice

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    It's a good film. If you get a chance to see it in a theater, do so!
     
  2. The Evil Dead

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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.
     
  3. jefferiestubes8

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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.
     
  4. Maurice

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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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  6. Myasishchev

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    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.
     
  7. Dac

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    True, true...*kicks himself for not mingling afterwards*
     
  8. JacksonArcher

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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.
     
  9. Messianni

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    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. :p
     
  10. Daneel

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    Oh sweet, it's playing in Toronto now? Excellent, I'll definitely try to see it sometime soon.

    :bolian:
     
  11. Admiral_Young

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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.
     
  12. Lapis Exilis

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    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.
     
  13. Messianni

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    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.
     
  14. Daneel

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    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!
     
  15. Mysterion

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    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!
     
  16. Ryan

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    It really is amazingly well done. It's the best film score I've heard in ages.

    Overall, great special effects (note to Hollywood: please use miniatures more), great acting, and great atmosphere. Some of the twists are predictable but the movie keeps moving right along and doesn't wallow in them.

    It's good to have thinking sci-fi back. Moon doesn't quite hit the mark but that's only because it's aiming so high.
     
  17. Spaceman Spiff

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    I caught it a few hours ago and can't recommend it enough. If it's playing anywhere near you, seek it out.
     
  18. LitmusDragon

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    This just opened at the local independent cinema, I'll be checking it out this weekend. :cool:
     
  19. wamdue

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    they are showing moon at my local showcase, so I might go see it Monday
     
  20. auntiehill

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    I really enjoyed it. Yes, it does go on for about 10-15 minutes longer than it needs to, but I found the performance(s) to be fascinating.

    I recommend it.
     

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