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||[Jan. 31st, 2009|12:17 am]
I rented SOLARIS the soderbergh version. hm. Totally lackluster as far as the whole ...
excuse me ...
FUCKING POINT OF THE NOVEL goes.
Nice soundtrack + use of shallow focus, though.
Looking back, Solyaris was pretty missing-the-point too but the longer setup helped increase the "no, you do NOT understand what's going on" payoff considerably relative to the new one. Lem says: "I only wanted to create a vision of a human encounter with something that certainly exists, in a mighty manner perhaps, but cannot be reduced to human concepts, ideas or images. This is why the book was entitled Solaris and not Love in Outer Space." ha ha ha
That Clooney fellow is rather well put together though I suppose.
EDITED TO ADD: why do all the star trek movies have german box art?
Also: color cycled plasma fractals are boring.
Seriously. If it were in Cinefex it would be like those little "BLOCK THAT METAPHOR" column-fillers at the end of a new yorker article.
I am reading Moby D**k on audiobook right now and I agree with iTunes, very saucy. Totally deserves to be rated not rated.
I love that audiobook. MARCHANT SARVICE? DON'T TALK TO ME ABOUT THE MARCHANT SARVICE!!
Moby Dick is one of those books you HAVE to get the poetry of to really love.
Incidentally, I switched my Audible account over to the much cheaper "no, I don't need any more audiobooks" plan. So what there is in my library is it for the time being. Sorry!!!!!! But there's still hundreds of hours.
You can get free ipod compatible downloadable audiobooks from Toronto Public Library now, so you don't need to subscribe to audible.
Whoa! I am CHECKING THAT OUT RIGHT NOW.
Soderbergh deliberately focused on the love story aspect, which I found infuriating. You can find a damn love story anyplace. Solyaris was at least, as you say, longer-form (pacing is pretty important), and the whole movie was so much more lived-in and full. Newer-Solaris was much more pared down (in the wrong direction) and malfocused. At least with Solyaris many of the elements were more present, so you could pull more of the original ideas out.
I remember those posts! And was thinking about them while watching it. Better than watching the movie haw haw.
It's tempting to say that science fiction literature is inherently incompatible with film, the former being at its best a sort of philosophical epistle (I wish I could find a cite for Greg Egan saying he thought the only really important dialogue is between the reader and the author), the latter being at its best a "poetry" of movement in image. But that'd be wrong!!!
The absolute best moment in Soderbergh's Solaris was when Kelvin looked across the room while sleep-deprived, seeing the hull eaten away somehow for just a split second, and then looking across the room in exactly the same way; clearly we need to get David Lynch doing more sci-fi films.