I love lost at sea type movies. I was primed to like this. And I did. The sound effects were great. Redford's calm under fire was fun to watch. I love that there is no wasted back story. It begins at the begin and it ends at the end.
The film is kind of like Castaway if Robert Zemeckis had the guts to leave Hanks on the island for the whole movie and refused to introduce a volleyball to the proceedings.
In other words, this review has more words in it than the entire movie has.
This movie is downright astounding. It is hard to find the right words to describe it. So I'll throw a few out there.
McQueen's films are all well worth watching. I liked his first film, Hunger a lot. His second, Shame, is definitely pretty fascinating. And then there is this one.
I remember watching Roots for the first time when I was 6-years-old. From that moment on, I've always been fascinated (if that is the right word) by American slavery. I can't believe I'd never even heard of Solomon Northup's story (a free African-American man in NY kidnapped in 1841 and enslaved until 1853) before this movie came out. His firsthand account of the casual cruelty, terror, and surreal aspects of the slavery era is incredible.
There are dozens of images from this film that will forever be seared in my memory. I was transfixed for the entire 2 hour, 20 minute run time. Not even the annoying BAM crowd (full of MMMMMers and people who acted like they had accidentally walked into this film after really meaning to see Anchorman 2) could ruin this movie for me. I need to read this book. Everyone needs to see this movie.
It is a work of art. It is an important piece of American history and needs to be seen by everyone.
Yes! I'm so excited to have finally seen this. This is my friend Josh and Maxine's movie. I even donated to their Kickstarter and had the option of watching it on my computer for like a year. But I never got around to watching it.
But when it opened in NYC for a 2 week run, it was time. And I'm glad I waited because, of course, it is better to see a movie in a theater. And also because Josh sat right behind me while it was on. And we chatted with Maxine and him after. Good times.
Did you know that the good wood is running out for acoustic guitars mainly because a logging company run by Native Americans is destroying the forest where the wood comes from? Say what? What a hook! Bring in Greenpeace and its lobbying power! Bring in Maxine and Josh!
If that wasn't fascinating enough, the film is also packed with interviews with guitar makers as well as interesting musicians like Steve Earle. And it has footage of Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's. And most importantly -- it has more than one shot of Josh wearing a hoodie standing underneath a gigantic tree.
It is hard to really describe this movie without getting into spoiler territory. So I'll do my best.
- This movie looks great. It makes me want to go hiking in the
Caucasus Mountains someday.
- Charming young couples hiking in the Caucasus Mountains look great.
- Crusty hiking guides always make a movie more interesting.
- Movies about the complicated nature of relationships intrigue me.
SO FAR SO GOOD. MILD SPOILER FOLLOWS.
Ok, so the first half of the movie is about one thing - all sunshine, lollipops, charming young couples, crusty guides, and beautiful surroundings.
Then a thing happens out of the blue and the second half of the movie is about dealing with the repercussions of that one thing on said relationship. If this intrigues you, this movie is highly recommended.
This movie was exactly what Marc and I expected. It was very good, not great. Entertaining, not exhilarating.
I liked every scene. Some of the cinematography was stunning even if it felt a little too computer generated to me at times. Still, I agree with Marc that those scenes of Bullock floating through the space station looked great.
I liked the short 90 minute running time but I almost think a little more set up getting to know the characters better at the beginning might have made me care more about what happened later.
Marc and I saw this in 3D and in the revolutionary new sound of Dolby Atmos sound. It sounded pretty great but I feel like I need to see it again in regular sound to be able to really be able to compare it. The 3D was well worth it especially if you like to see floating tears.
After a recent drunken conversation about Sandra Bullock's career, I think this is only the fourth film of hers I've ever seen - after Speed, Crash, andInfamous.
Clooney in outer space is just as charming as Clooney on Earth.
I had wanted to see this movie for years but somehow never got around to actually seeing it. I enjoyed watching it but I think I might have been about 40 years too late to fully enjoy it.
It was hard to put myself in a 1971 mode of being shocked by anything in this film. It felt dated, not timeless. Not that that is bad but this movie definitely had a time and place and I'm not sure that time and place is 2013 Brooklyn.
Dustin Hoffman is good of course. And some of Peckinpah's cinematic tricks remained effective. But overall, I just couldn't get that into it. Glad I saw it (finally) but I'm definitely not in a rush to see it again.
I like all of the Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright films thus far. In general, I like how their movies seem like a mere parody at first but are actually about more personal themes.
The alcoholic fueled nostalgia trip that is the centerpiece of this film is a perfect fit with the Invasion of the Body Snatchers elements. I also liked how this is a bit of departure for them in the respect that Shaun of the Dead was clearly a zombie movie and Hot Fuzz was clearly a cop buddy movie. But what genre is this one exactly? I'm not sure and I like it even more for being a bit more slippery.
I just wish these guys would put out more movies. Hot Fuzz was a long time ago.
On another note, the early 90s small time vibe made me think that Alex B must have loved this movie and found it much more of a trip down memory lane than me. Would love to share a couple pints in the near future with that guy to discuss.