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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Quiet Earth and Ever Since the World Ended (film reviews)

Really quick note... One only post in October? Well, I did feel like falling off the face of the earth for a while there, but modern medicine kept me planetbound. Then a long trajectory back; still, no energy for blogging in the past month. Maybe soon.

I did see a great film tonight (via Netflix): Ever Since the World Ended. Not for everybody, but I suspect anyone who can tolerate this blog would appreciate it. Great stuff! That's the review for this week. Until next time... Keep up the good fight!
PS here's my Netflix review: This isn't for everyone, but if you like documentaries, science and speculative fiction, indie films -- and if you aren't addicted to standard Hollywood fare -- you might well appreciate this one. I say science fiction not in reference to media sci-fi, but because it's evocative of classic literary post-apocalypse SF (especially the novel Earth Abides, which also took place in the Bay Area, after a plague). This is a faux documentary, roughly made as by amateur filmmakers, but there's nothing amateurish about the writing, concept, or acting. The characters are very believable and the story is intelligent, affecting, and thoughtful. (The extra footage is excellent too.) I was fascinated by it and, indie film festival goer that I am, found the ending sequence very believable and moving. But clearly, from some of the other reviews - not for everyone.

PPS here's my Netflix review of another post-Apocalypse science fictional movie I saw the same week, a New Zealand production that I'd somehow missed until now:

The Quiet Earth: A good story, very well told. Made in 1985 and because of old technology in the mise en scene, kind of a period piece now, but also of this time in its themes. It seems to have been reissued with the director's commentary more recently. That is really interesting, too, explaining with some humor how the special effects were created and getting into cultural and political issues underlying the story that non New Zealanders probably would not catch. Refreshing, original, and recommended.

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