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Postby HollywoodBabylon on Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:17 pm

This may or may not prove interesting but perhaps is worth a quick mention.

Currently just started shooting in London is an indie movie tentatively entitled Moon starring Sam Rockwell about an astronaut who gets stuck on the Moon for three years. The director is a guy named Duncan Jones and this apparently this is his first full-length feature film. He describes it as "think some sci-fi classic from the 70's that somehow was overlooked and has only now been unearthed." Sounds kind of interesting.

Mr Jones, by the way, has a rather famous father who knows a thing or two about space and did indeed star himself in a sci-fi classic from the 70's. One David Bowie.
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Postby Bob Samonkey on Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:28 pm

That does sound pretty good. After being a little disappointed in Sunshine I need a new space movie.
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Postby instant_karma on Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:43 am

HollywoodBabylon wrote:This may or may not prove interesting but perhaps is worth a quick mention.

Currently just started shooting in London is an indie movie tentatively entitled Moon starring Sam Rockwell about an astronaut who gets stuck on the Moon for three years. The director is a guy named Duncan Jones and this apparently this is his first full-length feature film. He describes it as "think some sci-fi classic from the 70's that somehow was overlooked and has only now been unearthed." Sounds kind of interesting.

Mr Jones, by the way, has a rather famous father who knows a thing or two about space and did indeed star himself in a sci-fi classic from the 70's. One David Bowie.


Sounds a bit like Robinson Crusoe on Mars.

Hmmm, I want to see that movie again.
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Postby Fried Gold on Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:24 pm

http://www.sonyclassics.com/moon/

Coming in June/August/September, a film about the experiences of a lone lunar astronaut as he'd preparing to return home after a three year mission working alongside a computer to send back energy resources to Earth.

Trailer

It looks pretty cool, and I'm looking forward to it. Hints of Silent Running, 2001, Alien, Solaris...

Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey are in it. Directed by Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son) who apparently shunned CGI visual effects in favour of physical model work.

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(Note: The Moon is actually 240,000 miles away, not 950,000.)
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Re: Moon

Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:37 pm

Doesn't show much, bit it's enough to make one have faith in this one. Look forward to seeing this, it's on the hitlist now. Seems that what doesn't meet the eye here could be real scary and nightmarish?
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Re: Moon

Postby RogueScribner on Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:45 pm

Fried Gold wrote:http://www.sonyclassics.com/moon/

Coming in June/August/September, a film about the experiences of a lone lunar astronaut as he'd preparing to return home after a three year mission working alongside a computer to send back energy resources to Earth.

Trailer

It looks pretty cool, and I'm looking forward to it. Hints of Silent Running, 2001, Alien, Solaris...

Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey are in it. Directed by Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son) who apparently shunned CGI visual effects in favour of physical model work.

(Note: The Moon is actually 240,000 miles away, not 950,000.)



I hope it's not as boring as The Man Who Fell to Earth. I couldn't make it through that one. And I hope it's more exciting than 2001. There's another movie I couldn't sit all the way through.
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Re: Moon

Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:47 pm

I just hope it's better than The Astronaught's Wife.

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Re: Moon

Postby tapehead on Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:50 pm

RogueScribner wrote:I hope it's not as boring as The Man Who Fell to Earth. I couldn't make it through that one. And I hope it's more exciting than 2001. There's another movie I couldn't sit all the way through.


Have you considered focusing more on action/adventure movies? contemplative speculative fiction just might not be your genre...
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Re: Moon

Postby RogueScribner on Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:56 pm

I'm all for contemplative speculative fiction. But I get bored when I feel that no forward progress is being made. Vasts amount of screen time spent on mundane tasks and staring out into space is not my idea of a good time. Which is why I fast forward through parts of Star Trek: The Motion Picture too. What's wrong with wanting a well-paced and interesting movie? I don't need explosions and the like; just something of interest happening every once in a while. It's a MOVIE. It's supposed to MOVE.
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Re: Moon

Postby tapehead on Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:03 pm

\Note to Rogue; Do NOT watch Solaris under any circumstances...
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Re: Moon

Postby Ribbons on Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:12 pm

Fried Gold wrote:Coming in June/August/September, a film about the experiences of a lone lunar astronaut as he'd preparing to return home after a three year mission working alongside a computer to send back energy resources to Earth.

Directed by Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son).


In that case, they should have called this Space Oddity. "This is Major Tom to ground control..."

GET IT?? BECAUSE HE'S DAVID BOWIE'S KID!!! Ahahahahaha... hahaha... hehe... heh... erm...

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Re: Moon

Postby TonyWilson on Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:18 pm

That poster is some sweet seventies homage. I can hope for a new Silent Running.
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Re: Moon

Postby TonyWilson on Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:20 pm

RogueScribner wrote: It's a MOVIE. It's supposed to MOVE.


True, but the speed at which it does isn't set in stone.
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Re: Moon

Postby papalazeru on Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:22 pm

Wow! I like the look of that.

@Rogue. wow! 2001 and 2010 must have bored the shit out of you.

Just by Sams performance in that trailer alone, count me in.
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Re: Moon

Postby Ribbons on Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:23 pm

TonyWilson wrote:That poster is some sweet seventies homage.


It ALSO produces a nifty visual effect if you move the computer screen up and down really fast.
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Re: Moon

Postby BuckyO'harre on Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:30 pm

You're just asking for trouble if you make Kevin Spacey the voice of your sentient computer buddy.
I wonder if he has this :twisted: emoticon.


It doesn't matter really, but Harry's write-up on this has the corrected poster if you want to swap them, FG.
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Re: Moon

Postby Fried Gold on Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:32 pm

TonyWilson wrote:That poster is some sweet seventies homage.

Yeah. It reminds me of a poster for The Forbin Project or something.
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Re: Moon

Postby RogueScribner on Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:35 pm

papalazeru wrote:Wow! I like the look of that.

@Rogue. wow! 2001 and 2010 must have bored the shit out of you.

Just by Sams performance in that trailer alone, count me in.


I never bothered with 2010, but yeah, I think 2001 could have used some editing.
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Re: Moon

Postby papalazeru on Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:11 pm

RogueScribner wrote:
papalazeru wrote:Wow! I like the look of that.

@Rogue. wow! 2001 and 2010 must have bored the shit out of you.

Just by Sams performance in that trailer alone, count me in.


I never bothered with 2010, but yeah, I think 2001 could have used some editing.



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Re: Moon

Postby RogueScribner on Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:41 pm

Hey, at least I was able to eventually watch all of 2001. I can't say that about The Man Who Fell to Earth. Zzzzzz . . .
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Re: Moon

Postby Spooky on Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:55 pm

Film looks great. I'm a big Sam Rockwell fan. Hope this guy is taken more seriously and lands more leading roles.
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Re: Moon

Postby so sorry on Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:28 pm

That looks pretty sweet, but not overly original.
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Re: Moon

Postby RogueScribner on Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:33 pm

It's Danny Boyle's MOONSHINE!
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Re: Moon

Postby Fried Gold on Sat Jun 13, 2009 6:29 am

There's HD trailer and clippage here now - http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony/moon/

(beware Zowie Bowies scary face at the start of the clip)
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Re: Moon

Postby Pacino86845 on Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:40 am

It seems to have elements of Sunshine, 2001, and Solaris all mashed up together. Looks interesting though.
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Re: Moon

Postby MrTheBoxOffice on Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:06 pm

This Movie was great, I saw it at the arc light on Monday and was blown away. It kinda does some homage to 2001 and other space films like aliens but really makes you think at the same time, and you don't feel scared up in that world. I enjoyed the film. And when I left the theater me and my buddy ran into Quentin Tarrantino who was just randomly their at that time it was pretty sweet. I recommend seeing it.
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Re: Moon

Postby Sweettea on Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:41 am

I saw this at a film festival a week or two ago, it was incredible.
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Re: Moon

Postby Grant42 on Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:20 pm

I guess I can see why someone would be initially turned off by the original Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey (the latter of which I've probably seen more times than any other movie), but once you get past what at first seems like desperate attempts to be pointlessly abstract, you really find some meaning. I don't know -- it'd be a shame to miss out on it. And I assure you I'm not an artsy-fartsy kind of guy at all. If you didn't like these two movies, I suggest watching them again one day and maybe you'll enjoy them more now that you have some idea of what you're in for. Every single shot in these movies means something. And while 2001 the movie seems to conclude that the ending is a "make-of-it-as-you-will" type of thing, the book makes it perfectly clear there's really only one right interpretation... as is such, it's the only time I'd suggest watching the movie before reading the book, because the uncertainty and the analyzing and the discussion of what YOU think the film means is a lot of fun. They're two great examples of hard SF, which is extremely rare outside of short stories and books.

If Moon is ANYTHING like these two movies, I will love it thoroughly.
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Re: Moon

Postby Fried Gold on Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:10 am

Apparently this is on general release here from 17th July.
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Re: Moon

Postby Kutulhu on Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:44 am

I saw a few weeks ago.

It has been getting a lot of praise, and I suppose it does deserve most of it. Sam Rockwell is great. I have always liked him, but he is just super in this film. I do not want to drop any spoilers since it is not out yet. The feel of the film is very Solaris/Silent Running, which is good. Its a believable future. The sets are industrial, not futuristic. I really liked the robot and how they made its function over form build convey emotion. On the down side I think the film explains itself too much, and there are a couple scenes that are just not necessary, like they had to draw it out. Its a good first film, and I expect the director to make a fantastic second film.
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Re: Moon

Postby Lord Voldemoo on Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:22 am

anyone else been out to see this? I've been hearing good things and think I might try to hunt it down in Seattle.
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Re: Moon

Postby Fried Gold on Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:33 am

So it seems the "general release" I mentioned above is actually only a handful of city-based cinemas.

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Re: Moon

Postby papalazeru on Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:01 am

Fried Gold wrote:So it seems the "general release" I mentioned above is actually only a handful of city-based cinemas.

Thanks Distributors.



No Baysplosions so no proper release.

I'll have to hunt for this one because I really wanted to see this. There's not enough excellent Sci Fi at cinemas.
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Re: Moon

Postby Fried Gold on Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:30 am

papalazeru wrote:I'll have to hunt for this one because I really wanted to see this. There's not enough excellent Sci Fi at cinemas.

I know the Odeon Covent Garden is showing it, as are the Cineworlds in Haymarket, Chelsea and Enfield.
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Re: Moon

Postby tapehead on Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:25 pm

Speaking of which, we really went there, 40 years ago this week - google moon

This stitched together photo panorama is pretty cool too.
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Re: Moon

Postby Fried Gold on Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:41 pm

I saw Moon earlier. It’s really very good, probably the finest film I've seen this year, and you should all make the effort to see it.
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Re: Moon

Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:58 pm

Fried Gold wrote:I saw Moon earlier. It’s really very good, probably the finest film I've seen this year, and you should all make the effort to see it.


Finally!! All this time I've been bending over with my pants down, I'm finally getting an audience.

Oh what, come on!! SOMEONE had to say it!!!!! :D :D :lol: :lol:
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Re: Moon

Postby Hermanator X on Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:22 am

I just found out that Clint Mansell done the score for this, so wondering how it is?

I have been a fan of his since around 1990, and this has just tipped me over the edge from eagerly anticipating this film, to being rabid for it.

Goddamn it I HOPE this gets a theatrical run over here.
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Re: Moon

Postby Fried Gold on Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:08 am

Hermanator X wrote:I just found out that Clint Mansell done the score for this, so wondering how it is?

Very good indeed. You can listen to some of it here - http://www.myspace.com/clintmansell
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Re: Moon

Postby Hermanator X on Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:11 am

Fried Gold wrote:
Hermanator X wrote:I just found out that Clint Mansell done the score for this, so wondering how it is?

Very good indeed. You can listen to some of it here - http://www.myspace.com/clintmansell


Many thanks FG. Thats what I was hoping to hear, and thanks for the link, havent visited that page in a long time.
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Re: Moon

Postby Pacino86845 on Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:28 pm

I was a bit let down by this film... the premise was interesting enough in the sense that there was potential for some good development once the "twist" happens... however this is not explored very much, rather aiming for a more character-based development. Problem is, despite how good Sam Rockwell is, the character was not that interesting... Moon suffers from a fairly common problem in "independent" American/English language sci fi cinema: the filmmakers are so proud of their original idea that the execution leaves a lot to be desired.
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Re: Moon

Postby PITBUG on Sun Sep 06, 2009 1:58 am

Pacino86845 wrote:I was a bit let down by this film... the premise was interesting enough in the sense that there was potential for some good development once the "twist" happens... however this is not explored very much, rather aiming for a more character-based development. Problem is, despite how good Sam Rockwell is, the character was not that interesting... Moon suffers from a fairly common problem in "independent" American/English language sci fi cinema: the filmmakers are so proud of their original idea that the execution leaves a lot to be desired.


I agree. I kind of expected this to be a horror movie about space madness and sam rockwell would be screaming and crying throughout the whole movie, but it never disturbed me the way i thought it would. But that doesn't mean it was bad. it was actually kind of a comfortable movie to watch (or fall asleep to). the lack of CG in moon was refreshing and it's worth seeing just to watch sam rockwell bum around a space station and talk to his plants. I really look forward to the next sci-fi movie duncan jones directs, which i've heard is going to be his "tribute to blade runner". i also feel he might end up being a better director than writer, i'd love to see him get his hands on a charlie kaufman screenplay or something.
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Re: Moon

Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:21 pm

Yeah I loved it on the whole, though I thought it was gonna be more than a Clone movie. All that stuff about existence is there and all, but I thought it would have been done in a more truly original way and take us on a more ingenius exploration of such existence of oneself. Still, maybe a bit overapplaused, I think it's a brilliant film all the same.
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Re: Moon

Postby travis-dane on Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:21 pm

Just finished it. Very good movie, I love the model work, it looks fantastic.
Sam Rockwells performance is great, but I am sure it will be overlooked by the academy just as Tom Hardys in Bronson.
Unlike some guys above I feel the movie has enough drama and the whole clone situation is played out well enough.
The last sentence of the movie made me laugh really hard.
All in all it's a 8 out of 10 movie. (Kevin Spaceys voice performance is pretty good to).
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Re: Moon

Postby Ribbons on Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:10 am

I really liked this movie. I can understand the criticisms, and in fact sci-fi films about clones have been done zillions of times, but I was impressed with the original way that the story was told. I think it helped that I didn't really know anything about the plot beforehand (in fact for the first half I had it in my head that Sam Rockwell was going through some sort of Space Madness). And the "character" of the robot was adorable, right down to the little KICK ME sign on his back at the end. Sam Rockwell totally should have been nominated for Best Actor AND Best Supporting Actor! :wink:
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Re: Moon

Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:44 am

Which maybe why he wasn't nominated. I wonder if the Oscars don't award performances too willingly to an actor that plays more than one role in a film. Yeah I think it's happened before, but I dunno, generally speaking I think it's a bit controversial on the more detrimental side to someone getting a nom.
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Re: Moon

Postby RogueScribner on Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:56 am

Nicolas Cage was nominated for Adaptation. Peter Sellers was nominated for Dr. Strangelove, IIRC.
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Re: Moon

Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:25 am

Aye aye, there's been some actors that have got in there with dual roles, the one case that always springs to my mind was a controversy I remembered about Jeremy Irons NOT getting a nommy for playing 2 brothers in Dead Ringers, where everywhere else he was getting nominated or winning Best Actor awards, and there was some mention on a film show on TV that maybe Irons didn't get nominated as the Academy weren't so 'approving' that it would have been for 2 roles, not an all round achievement for one. I think there was even such talk about Cage for Adaptation as well for one reason why he didn't win.

It's a strange one, or 2 or 3 ahh my brains!

Oh well, as long as Eddie Murphy don't win just for playing a family of studly farters. :evil:
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Re: Moon

Postby magicmonkey on Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:51 am

'twas good.
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Re: Moon

Postby Jabbadonut on Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:31 pm

I saw "Moon" yesterday, finally. It had a sort of "A.I." quality to it and travels ground already trodden. It was well directed and the story was executed in an almost flawless fashion. I liked it and recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it, if that matters.
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