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First things first:

Have you seen the movie yet?

do you plan to?

If your answers were “No”, and “Yes”, do not read this post. It’s cup runneth over with ridiculous quantities of snark and epically major spoilers.  I suppose you could scroll all the way to the bottom and just read the last few sentences for the whole point of the post. But even that might spoil the film for you.

Ridley Scott got me a present. Something he’s been working on for a while. Something old skool Alien fans such as myself would certainly be excited about.

By “old skool Alien fans”, I mean those of us who were weaned into science fiction horror  by Ellen Ripley and H.R. Giger. A series of films ripe with suspense, movies you only watch in broad daylight with all the lights on. Sure, the plots are simple (another distress call? didn’t this end really badly for the last ship that answered a distress call?), but the people were smart. They talked about what they planned to do, made contingency plans, found appropriate weapons, and they intelligently went about their business. Thanks to spot on direction and creepy sets, the suspension was through the roof.  Thanks to well written dialog and plotting, the films were peppered with lighter moments and small talk, quickly giving depth to characters. This was a film franchise that was all about show instead of tell. Remember that scene with Ripley at the very end of Aliens (granted, that was one directed by James Cameron) when she’s in the nest with the queen? Not a word is spoken, and no words are needed.

So, with baited breath, I opened the gift Ridley Scott had made for me.

This is where the spoilers start, btw. You’ve been warned.

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We just watched the movie “The Fountain”.

I enjoyed it, but my other half enjoyed it muchly.  he says:

“If you have an imagination and you’re not afraid to stretch it, and if you’re willing to let a movie take you on a ride, a story , a journey, give The Fountain a chance. I don’t think the critics gave it enough of a change, it is definitely worth seeing.

The visuals and sound effects work together perfectly and complimented the story on the screen.   the visuals and music were beautiful, but unimportant. what was important was the journey the viewer is taken on during the 2 hour film.  even though it’s nothing like a Bernardo Bertolucci movie, it reminds me of his work – it’s not translating a play and writing it into a movie, it’s writing something that’s meant to be a movie, and only a movie.

If they made this a book, you’d know too many things.  If you know – you won’t experience. knowledge in some cases inhibits our ability to experience the world around us.  And this movie expresses that, like a Bertolucci movie, or like 2001, or even Princess Mononoke.”

I liked it too, but he liked it more.  For me it was very pretty, and very meta.  and i’m really feeling that meta these days.  in fact, “meta” might be my word for 2011.

Daybreakers (2009)

Starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Defoe, Sam Neill

Rated R

No matter how many times vampire stories are done to death, they just won’t die.  But at least some of them attempt to be unique.

A few years in the future, a vampire plague ravishes the earth. Other than not being able to go outside during the day, life eventually goes on.  Banks and schools and companies still run, lawns still get mowed, curtains are blackout fabric, and the business day runs from sun-down to sun-up.  Human-farming has become a big business, as has trying to develop a blood substitute.

Humans quickly become a dying breed, usually captured for farms, or instant use.  As the vampires turn more and more humans, their source of sustenance, human blood, is drying up.

Without human blood or a functioning substitute, the vampires will degenerate – pointed ears, lose their hair, they turn into cannibalistic bat-like creatures. That is the point at which humanity is truly  lost.

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