"Gattaca" (1997): A classic example of heartfelt science fiction.
Gattaca has a special place in movie scifi history, because it strikes balances on multiple levels without being compromised, and is still very moving in ways that are hard to describe.
The plot could easily have been abused by more cynical filmmaking: A world where the quality of one's engineered genes determines your economic and social future, with genetically natural "in-valids" forming a despised underclass. But rather than being the cyberpunk cliche one might expect, the world of Gattaca is something very different.
It's beautiful, and soft, and civilized. The oppressors are not jackbooted thugs aping historical caste systems, but otherwise reasonable and thoughtful people who just won't hire you because of unspoken prejudice. Even if they don't believe the stereotypes about In-Valids - that you are unreliable and violent, because negative traits have (allegedly) been engineered out of the Valid - their insurance won't let them take the risk.
So Vincent - an In-Valid who has dreamt of being an astronaut since he was a child - takes increasingly risky and illegal steps to realize his ambitions with the help of an accidentally-disabled Valid looking to sell his identity.
The drama is intriguing and at times suspenseful, but the overall tone is an enriching kind of sadness. It's the rare widely-appealing film that has no actual villains, just people with varying perspectives, and is inspirational in a quietly humble way that's even rarer.
The original score is also one of the best ever made, and captures the philanthropic spirit of the film exactly.
Gattaca is a potent antidote to the tsunami of dishonest, lazy, apocalyptic junk-heap futures sold as sci-fi, and discovers deep emotions without exploiting or mocking them. It's far from realistic, but its honesty and humanity shine.
Theme song from the score:
One of the things I liked about it was that it told a good story without resorting to violence. There is one scene of violence, in which a shot is fired (It misses) and a punch is thrown (It hits). So much of the science fiction today is grounded in having violence move the story. Gattaca is a good story that doesn't need violence to move it forward. So refreshing.
Starting to flounder after swimming far out into the heavy seas:
Let's turn back. We're too far out.
Vincent swims on. Anton swims on.
How are you doing this, Vincent? How are you beating me?
You want to know my secret? I never save anything for the swim back
Plus it sets up its suspense very well. Like the whole scene where Jude Law has to climb the stairs and get to the bedroom. Fantastic set up.
"Did I ever tell you about my son, Jerome? He's a big fan of yours. He wants to apply here."
One of my all-time favorite movie lines. Put tears in my eyes and gave me chills. Excellent movie, by the way.
Guillermo del Toro
I'm in, but won't get too hyped because even with a shooting date set, there's no guarantee with Del Toro.
Hellboy 3 Hobbit Haunted Mansion Halo Hulk tv show Harry Potter 3 (he turned it down to make Hellboy 1) Silent Hills Deadman At the Mountains of Madness Bride of Frankenstein Pacific Rim 2
All projects either cancelled, development hell, or made without him. Basically, if it begins with an "H", it's likely GDT won't get it off the ground
He is the king of announcements that end up in development hell.
At the Mountains of Madness still hurts. While there's been great Lovecraft inspired films, there's never been a big budget accurate adaption of any of his works.
There's a great story about Matt Damon working with him, Clint did one take yelled cut and said move on he got the shot he wanted. Damon asked Clint for another take believing doing it again would result in a better performance. Clint replied "Why so you can waste everyone's time?"
He filmed part of this film (15:17 To Paris) at the bar I own in Atlanta and was done within 2 hours. We couldn't believe it. One full day to decorate the place and 2 hours of filming. Tear down and reset took less than 5 hours.
Edit: added info
"famous for shooting as few takes as possible"
Ohhhh right, that's where I know him from :)
instead of saying "action" he mumbles "all right, go ahead"
Am I right in thinking it's odd that Jerry Lewis' death isn't hitting the front page? I know reddit swings young but damn, I thought the name recognition at least would be enough.
Will "The Day The Clown Cried" get released?
RIP. I'll watch The King of Comedy in his honor tonight.
I had to come WAAAY to far down in the comments for this. I'm not even 40 and I was floored I had to keep searching lists to find a thread about it. The guy was a comedy genius - a mess of a human, granted, but aren't all the creative elite? A childhood without his movies isn't a childhood. What the hell are people showing 7 year olds these days?
So when you correct for inflation, Wonder Woman makes 65 cents for every dollar Spider Man makes.
I know commenting about other comments or saying stupid stuff about the social qualities of the film seems to be the trend here, but I'll just link to the adjusted inflation numbers instead.
Wonder Woman: $404,008,376
Not that it matters with far more high-budget films coming out now than previously.
Congrats to the team and Patty Jenkins especially, I hope she gets a great deal from WB while negotiating for Wonder Woman 2, she deserves it.
I don't see why everyone's trying to make excuses to belittle this achievement, can't we just be happy for them instead?
In fairness Spider-man was studying a STEM field WHILE working in journalism to help pay tuition. Wonder Woman has had everything handed to her by the Amazons and never studied anything, and now works in the liberal arts at a museum.
I knew Dick Gregory. Here is something I wrote when I learned he died.
My father first saw Dick Gregory perform at Queens College in 1961, when my dad was just 19 years old. I was raised listening to Dick Gregory’s albums, but I never got to see him live until three years ago.
I found myself opening for him in Louisville and Indianapolis on consecutive days. His rep asked if I knew anyone who could drive him between the two cities. I immediately volunteered, and called my father with the news.
“Not only am I flying you out to see me open for Dick Gregory, but we will be spending a few hours in the car with him.”
My dad had never been on the road with me before, and he was ecstatic. When we picked up Brother Gregory (that was what EVERYONE called him) at the airport, we couldn’t walk more than 30 seconds without someone stopping to thank him. Not to take a picture or to get an autograph, just to say thank you. Brother Gregory had touched so many lives with his comedy and with his lifetime of battling for civil rights, that people were lining up to say thank you.
It continued at the hotel and at the club. Everyone wanted to share their gratitude. And Brother Gregory didn’t respond with an empty “you’re welcome” – he asked people about their families. They were strangers, yet he’d stand and listen to people telling him how their mom had fallen ill or their kids were doing well in school. It made sense that everyone called Dick Gregory brother, because he was family.
Those two days were both amazing and tumultuous; the way my father described it was “Everything that comes out of Dick Gregory’s mouth is either the funniest thing you’ve ever heard, the most insightful thing you’ve ever heard, or insane conspiracy theory. And you never know which it will be.”
It was an accurate description. Brother Gregory told us about when he awkwardly turned down being part of John Lennon’s Love-Ins, how people often mistake progress for solutions, and that every gun made after the 1940s can be detonated by the government with one switch. We spent much more time together than just that car ride. For those two days, Dick Gregory was family.
That was the last time I ever saw my father, as he died shortly after that trip. But those moments I had with him mean more to me than most other experiences I’ve had before or after. Now I know it was also the last time I’d ever see Dick Gregory, as he passed away earlier today.
Brother Gregory’s comedy was a big part of my childhood, and it saddens me to know there will be no more of it. But I am not the only one – he is mourned by the millions and millions of people whose lives he changed. He is mourned by the people who sought him out at every possible opportunity to thank him.
So, thank you, Brother Gregory. For those two days in the midwest, you became family, while bringing me closer to my own. And, Brother Gregory, since I know you would have asked, my family is now doing well.
I hope, in this difficult time, yours is too.
Without Dick Gregory, there would be no Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chapelle, etc... RIP
I went to see Dave Chappelle and Childish Gambino last night in NYC. Before we entered they had taken our phones and locked them so no one would record footage. Regardless, after his hilarious set and Gambino's incredible performance, Chappelle walked slowly onto stage and informed a sell out crowd, charged up from the concert, that Dick Gregory had passed. Almost the entire crowd gasped at the news, and the entire theatre fell silent.
Now Dave sighed and told everyone to celebrate Dick's life and not to mourn it as it would have been the way he wanted it. But after seeing him deliver an hour of controversial jokes with an I don't care attitude to everyone, Dave seemed like a whole different man when delivering the news and it was clear he was hurt. You could really hear the pain in his voice, even through his smile.. Now personally, I have never explored Dick Gregory's work and really dont know too much about him, but the strike of emotion that the news caused to both the crowd and Dave told me that Dick Gregory was a man who had great impact on many, and definitely in no way but positive. As soon as I got home, I began to read up on his life and look deeper into the man he was. I can now say I sympathize with the crowd and Chappelle, we lost a good man today.
May he rest in peace.
Walk into Barnes and Noble:
Hello Sir, welcome, can I help you find anything?
HEY, DICK JUST DIED, I'M LOOKING FOR NIGGER
In October 2016, an elite team of Iraqi Special Forces was tasked with leading the fight to defeat ISIS in Mosul. It was the beginning of a brutal battle of attrition that was to last almost nine months. Filmed over the course of the whole campaign, MOSUL follows the experiences of four young soldiers: Anmar, a college graduate seeking revenge after his father was the victim of a suicide attack; Hussein, a ruthless sniper and aspiring soccer player; Jamal, a wise-cracking sergeant; and Amjad, a young recruit excited to be on the frontline. Full of hope and good intentions at the beginning of the campaign, the soldiers are forced to confront the reality of fighting an elusive and vicious enemy in a city full of trapped civilians who are themselves fearful and suspicious of the army. And with victory in sight, tragedy strikes. When ISIS eventually capitulates, much of the city is destroyed, and the surviving soldiers are left haunted by what they have seen and done.
Fuckin hell this movie will be intense.
I fought in Iraq during the U.S. invasion and spent the better part of my deployment in Mosul. Even on my worst days, I wouldn't wish ISIS on those people. I'm looking forward to seeing this. Intense isn't a strong enough word.
Frontline always does top quality work.
Thank you for your service tickleyourfrontbutt
By the way the combined total for the budget of the four Conjuring films is just over $80M. Incredible success.
That really is incredible success. To think that one of the reasons the films are not so expensive is because they ask the actors to take a percentage, rather being paid large sums of money upfront. Which would make it even more expensive to make.
Considering Saw, Conjuring and his Furious gig, James Wan seems to know how to make commercial stuff.
That aint shit, wait until the emoji cinematic universe finds its stride.
On Dunkirk, Nolan strapped an IMAX camera in a plane and launched it into the ocean to capture the crash landing. It sunk quicker than expected. 90 minutes later, divers retrieved the film from the seabottom. After development, the footage was found to be "all there, in full color and clarity."
From American Cinematographer, August edition's interview with Dunkirk Director of Photography Hoyte van Hoytema -
They decided to place an Imax camera into a stunt plane - which was 'unmanned and catapulted from a ship,' van Hoytema says - and crash it into the sea. The crash, however, didn't go quite as expected.
'Our grips did a great job building a crash housing around the Imax camera to withstand the physical impact and protect the camera from seawater, and we had a good plan to retrieve the camera while the wreckage was still afloat,' van Hoytema says. 'Unfortunately, the plane sunk almost instantly, pulling the rig and camera to the sea bottom. In all, the camera was under for [more than 90 minutes] until divers could retrieve it. The housing was completely compromised by water pressure, and the camera and mag had filled with [brackish] water. But Jonathan Clark, our film loader, rinsed the retrieved mag in freshwater and cleaned the film in the dark room with freshwater before boxing it and submerging it in freshwater.'
[1st AC Bob] Hall adds, 'FotoKem advised us to drain as much of the water as we could from the can, [as it] is not a water-tight container and we didn't want the airlines to not accept something that is leaking. This was the first experience of sending waterlogged film to a film lab across the Atlantic Ocean to be developed. It was uncharted territory."
As van Hoytema reports, "FotoKem carefully developed it to find out of the shot was all there, in full color and clarity. This material would have been lost if shot digitally."
"Ok, we got the plane you asked for mr. Nolan, now what's the next step of your master plan?"
"Crashing this plane."
But there were survivors
MOULDED BY IT
Before reading the entire thing I was asking myself why they would sacrifice a 100K$ camera for one shot. Then I realized they obviously had grips that build shit to protect it
ah..... perhaps appearances will be deceiving and the pleasant and wholesome veneer of the suburbs will be hiding a dark secret!!!!!!
This is the kind of poster that makes me want to ignore all further promo material and just see the movie when it comes out. My interest is piqued.
so, four people die?
I doubt that. Who would pay to see something like that. I want a nice, wholesome movie about life in the suburbs.