Films you've seen recently and would unreservedly recommend:

suspendedreason

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I guess I love simple things about it, like the way all the shots on Earth are scifi/space shots, imported and domesticated

You never actually get any scenes of the literal spaceflight, but the taxi scene on the highway stands in for it:


or the very creepy alien finger reeds

 

Linebaugh

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The opening sequence of Solaris is gorgeous. I think it about it often and I only watched it once 4 years ago.

The scene where he up and decides to launch the clone wife into outerspace had me cackling.
 

woops

is not like other people
did you see 2001 at the pictures though or on a tv? very different experiences i found.

i'm such a tarkovsky failure i preferred the george clooney solaris to the original. i borrowed a faulty dvd of stalker from a public library and when it switched itself off after 90 minutes i just thought that was the end of the film which shows how with it i was
 

luka

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like i say i've mastered 2001 now. ive seen it on telly and at the smelly old prince charles
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Anyone seen the first version of Solaris from the 60s?


A more literal take on the book I think.
I gotta be honest, although I love the sequences like the car journey and so on, Solaris isn't one of my favourite Tarkovsky films cos I just don't find that thing about the clones appearing from the imagination that interesting.
 

constant escape

winter withered, warm
I've seen that one, but not the Clooney remake. Do you think the clone aspect would've been better with more of a subtlety? Its been a while since I watched Stalker, but I remember the subtlety working in the films favor, culminating to the very last scene with... what was it, a glass of water?

edit: haven't read either of the books though, so perhaps the subtlety factors in that way.
 

luka

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stalker is one of those ones where the film is vastly superior and more ambitious than the book whihc is fairly pedestrian/rote
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
I've seen that one, but not the Clooney remake. Do you think the clone aspect would've been better with more of a subtlety? Its been a while since I watched Stalker, but I remember the subtlety working in the films favor, culminating to the very last scene with... what was it, a glass of water?

edit: haven't read either of the books though, so perhaps the subtlety factors in that way.
As I remember it the above version is a fairly literal adaptation, the Tarkovsky one is more poetic... dreamlike... arguably boring, and the third version sort of delves more into "If they don't know they're not real how do we know we are real?" stuff but in a hamfisted Soderburgy way.
Don't think subtlety is the problem - they copy the idea in Event Horizon with none whatsoever but it works there for me.
I've never read Roadside Picnic - I understand the film is quite different.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
One thing I like with the Tarkovsky version is the aesthetic of the ship as heavy and dirty industrial equipment, like a dredger or something in space - which, at least in a world in which space travel is normal, rings more true to me than the gleaming plastic of Soderberg. Seems more modern basically...
 
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