Movie of the Day – Another Earth

Much like The Tree of Life post a few days ago, I am going back through my older reviews and bringing them up as a special movie of the day post.  It’s not for the lack of the material or wanting to make my posts simpler, but rather I feel that some of these movies were overlooked when they were released.  With the shortening timeline from theatrical release to home video release, this allows for another opportunity to see a movie that I said was one of the best science fiction movies this year.  If you read my original review of the movie, it was practically glowing.  I have never been so moved by a trailer and so evocative that I needed to see this movie.  I don’t get terribly excited about movies to the point where a trailer is enough to get me through the door.  I have probably seen that trailer over a dozen times and each time the opening sequence is done and the Cinematic Orchestra comes on to accompany the trailer, I feel a sense of wonderment about this movie.

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Movie Review – Another Earth

If you have been following along with this blog since the beginning, or maybe part way through my 50th post, you will have read about me talking about this movie.  I am a lover of science fiction films, but not only that, I am a lover of the unexplainable.  Life is about the uncertainty that we all go through everyday.  Science fiction writing and film is about capturing that essence and either explaining it or give us more to think about.  Another Earth had me hooked from the start of the trailer.  I have honestly never felt so enraptured by a trailer and leaving me with this void that I couldn’t explain.  Was it the quizzical nature of science fiction trying to explain why there is the existence of another planet Earth?  Was is the deeper, moral reflection on our existence and what it means to internalize our decisions in life?  Maybe it was the fact that the most chilling aspect of the trailer was that it presented you with the idea that there is another you, living on the second Earth.  It could be that the trailer song done by Patrick Watson and The Cinematic Orchestra that evoked such a calm and tranquil feeling that you should close your eyes and just go with what happens in the movie and life.  If you felt moved by the trailer, perhaps you are a lover of the science fiction genre and need an answer.

So while I was fully in love with the trailer and concept of the movie, I was able to finally see this movie with two friends in tow and a belly full of Indian food.  I think in some aspect, I was prepared for what I was going to see.  My excitement was at a fever pitch and I wanted all these questions I had answered.  When the lights went down and screen illuminated by the glow of the bulb, I just let myself be immersed in a science fiction realm where the impossible seemed possible.  I was ready to view Another Earth.

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Trailers of the Week – Another Earth and The Silent House

Since I am starting to get more and more comfortable with posting a Movie of the Day.  I started thinking about branching out more within the realms of film.  I already did my first official movie review on Hanna, but now I want to start discussing and bringing attention to movies that are not in theaters yet.  So I am starting a Trailers of the Week posting to showcase a few movie trailers that have caught my eye either online or attached to the beginning of movies.

This is the first posting and hopefully I will do one every Friday from here on out.  Let’s get started!!!

Another Earth:

This movie has been gaining a lot of early buzz at film festivals.  A new, refreshing sci-fi movie to come out that isn’t about alien invasions or even intergalactic space travel.  Another Earth tells the story of, well, another earth that exists close to our earth.  Now I don’t want to get into the science of this movie and deep thoughts about parallel planets, but the trailer is absolutely effective in what it is trying to tell.  The movie seems more like human endeavor story than anything else.  In the opening of the trailer you see a scientist contacting the other earth and finding out that her parallel self is also on the other line.  The notion of wanting to know our other self on that second earth is fascinating.  The main character of the movie, questions her other life.  One in which her past decisions might have not played on the other earth.  The somber and evocative music grounds the movie to a more human interest movie.  We look at our lives and think maybe our life is different there.  Is our other life perhaps married to the woman who originally got away from us?  Am I living a different life, working a different job, or being the opposite of what I am?  I hope that this movie gets a wide release soon as I can’t stop watching the trailer again and again.  A very beautifully put together trailer and it has me on edge as to what is in store for our viewing pleasure.

The Silent House:

Now I posted before about my love hate relationship with horror movies.  I am not into the gore aspect of movies or the shock value that comes with them.  It is always refreshing to see interesting movies in the horror genre that don’t rely on gore or violence to be scary.  In comes The Silent House, a film from Argentina that was shot in 2010 is now starting to gain a lot of traction after some successful film festival showings.  The thing that makes this movie interesting is that it is a 79 minute horror movie, all shot in one continuous take.  I want you to think about that for a second, one long 79 minute take.  The sheer amount of precise acting, pacing, and directing needed to pull something like this off is staggering.  Also, the movie looks genuinely frightening.  I will be waiting for a potential distribution here and hope to enjoy this feat of film making.