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message 1: by Ed (last edited Mar 13, 2013 04:02PM) (new)

Ed Wagemann (edwagemann) | 992 comments Seeking a friend for the end of the world (2012)

...This movie had a budget of 10 million. It made back about a third of that in its opening weekend then fizzled quickly without breaking even at the theater box office...

...The film was written and directed by 34 year old Lorene Scafaria.

Some cool things about the movie:

...In the opening sequence Steve Carell and his real-life wife Linda are sitting in a car as they hear the news that the Earth is to be hit by an asteroid within 2 weeks. Linda then gets out of the car and runs off - never to be seen again...

...I'm not a fan of Keira Knightly and she didn't do anything to win me over in this film, but she has some great dialouge to work with in a scene in which she describes her love for vinyl records. And in an earlier scene where she and Carrel have to flee their residence, one of the few belongings she grabs is a Lou Reed 'Coney Island Baby' record - one of my all-time favorite albums...

...Herb Alberts version of 'This guys in love with you' plays over the ending credits...

...there are a few characters who go on living their lives as if they don't believe the asteroid will really hit. One is Carrell's housekeeper and another is a cop who goes about the job of enforcing the law as the rest of humanity is partying in the orgy of the Final Days...

Alana ~ The Book Pimp (loonyalana) | 88 comments I never even heard of this, have you seen it? Did you like it?

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Ed Wagemann (edwagemann) | 992 comments Yeah, I kinda liked it. It has an Indie film quality about it. Its quirky...the premise is definately interesting. I felt like there could have been more done with such an interesting premise, but overall it was worth the money I paid for it (that's an inside joke - I'm a total tightwad and I get all of my movies free from the library)...

Alana ~ The Book Pimp (loonyalana) | 88 comments Hahaha

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Nefariousbig Melancholia. This is a BEAUTIFUL movie.

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Jack | 52 comments Frances wrote: "Melancholia. This is a BEAUTIFUL movie."

I've seen previews for this, it looks really weird...I don't like being depressed by movies. Is this movie depressing?

message 7: by Nefariousbig (new)

Nefariousbig No, it's not depressing, it's just...weird. It's beautifully made, has a totally incongruous plot, a little moody but not sad, no action, intriguing, but somehow it works really well. The best part of the movie: Kirsten Dunst's tits! Nuf sed. 8)

message 8: by Ed (last edited Apr 26, 2013 09:09PM) (new)

Ed Wagemann (edwagemann) | 992 comments Children Of Men (2006)

Set in 2027, 18 years after a plague has set itself upon the human race. Women start having miscarriages en masse and eventually there are no more babies born. No more children. Schools and playgrounds have become quiet, abandoned, obsolete. Mankind is staring its own extinction straight in the face. For most it brings a cloud of dread over their existence. War, poverty, fracturing ideologies, plus basic destitude and destruction characterizes our species...

Children of Men has some truly amazing scenes and athematic focus on the condition of the human spirit at its core which brings to mind the best work of Stanley Kubrick. On top of that the film also is steeped in references, from poltical references to the Iraq War to Rock references such as a scene in which the main character and his cousin look out onto a landscape that references the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals album.

Overall, I highly recommend this film!

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Ed Wagemann (edwagemann) | 992 comments Metropia (2009)

This is the kind of moive I would have enjoyed when I was in college. Its set in Europe in 2024. Its a black and white animated film that is visually interesting. Its very slow paced and sorta has the feel of a Frank Kafka book where the protangonist is hearing voices in his head which seems to be some kind of device of institutionalized mind control that is employed upon passengers that ride the metro.

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