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The 2020 H. P. L. Film Festival and Cthulicon is going to happen this year! It will be all-streaming this year because Brian and Gwen are very health conscious. I’ve been going for, oh geez, almost all 25 of them. It’s always wonderful and has taken the most progressive take I’ve ever seen on cosmic horror.

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I dunno if I can call it “good.” It was thought provoking in its flaws as much as its intention. It reminds me a bit of:

They are both movies that don’t really delve into the (very interesting) overall situation, the “world” the characters are in, and instead just focuses on the characters’ personal situations within those worlds. I am not sure that is bad, but it messes with people’s expectations enough to cause disappointment.

I liked them both enough not to care if they are “good” or not.

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i thought tarkovsky’s solaris was much better than the one you point to and did a much better job of exploring the psychological ramifications of the phenomenon.

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Yes, but the remake has George Clooney’s naked butt.

(Seriously, that’s how I sold a couple of my friends on going to see this movie.)

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I like a lot about the remake actually.

If people like Solaris and, under the skin (creepy sci fi sex horror one by Malcolm Glazer with a Mica Levi score and starring Scarlett Johansson) I would like to recommend Clare Denis’ High Life with Robert Pattinson and la Binoche. Tindersticks score as usual for her.

I mean it does suffer from the beginning where he is bringing up a baby in space and both of those have kind of boring elements. But I loved all three.

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Yeah, having already seen Tarkovsky’s and read the book, I didn’t find there was much for me in Soderbergh’s film.

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Yes, but I think Tartovsky’s was about the phenomenon. It was more human than the book, but it was still deeply intent on exploring the philosophical environment of the phenomenon of Solaris itself. The psychological effects were, to me, symptoms of the phenomenon, not really exploring the characters themselves.

Kind of like Stalker, where we get some really interesting characters, but really it seems like they are devised to give different perspectives on the phenomenon, which is the star of the show.

The 2002 Solaris really wasn’t about the phenomenon at all. The phenomenon was motivation and complication in the personal story of the characters, like the emotionless society is in Equals.

Like I said, for those wanting to explore the very interesting phenomenon, it can be kind of a bummer. I just saw the 2002 Solaris as a different story entirely, and I enjoyed it a lot.

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Butt aside, I will always love his performance in Burn After Reading. Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Clooney and J K Simmons were all perfect.

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On a related note for the last film. The director was considered one of the most annoying comedians of the 1980’s

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