Hey y’all. This is your Film$ Coordinator here to tell you what films you should see this weekend. (I will also tell you what I think of them, so if you’re worried about me spoiling things or don’t care about my opinion then just look at the trailers and don’t read the words.)
If you’re 21+ :
Go see Escape From Tomorrow at Sundance Cinemas on the 4500 block of 9th ave.
Escape From Tomorrow was filmed guerilla-style without permission at Disney World Resort in Florida, then edited in secret in South Korea. The filmmakers shot on consumer DSLR’s and kept scripts on their phones to avoid detection by park staff. It is a weird, weird movie. It will not make you feel good about Disney World, the extent to which Disneyfied culture has colonized our collective unconscious, or the psychological effects of the family as a structure for the sublimation of individual desire. From the first frame to the last, the film carries an disturbing tone of Oedipal terror mixed with a mounting postmodernist sense of an irredeemably fragmented reality.
It’s also an awesome piece of filmmaking, unlike anything you’ve seen and unquestionably deserving of your attention. As disquieting as it is hilarious, Escape From Tomorrow must be seen to be believed, and you should definitely catch it in theaters before Disney attempts to sue it into oblivion.
But if you’re not a psychopath like me…
Maybe go see Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity instead (showing on screens all over town. I saw it at Cinerama and highly recommend you do that too) :
I’m not spoiling anything by telling you that this is a movie about a series of terrible things happening to Sandra Bullock in space (like, in a Sigourney Weaver in the third act of Alien kind of way, except for basically the whole movie, and without any aliens.). The plot might be as thin as the air in the upper reaches of the stratosphere, but the film takes place approximately 320 km higher in altitude, and employs a cinematic of space (in both senses of the word) on its own terms. James Cameron has called it “the best space film ever done,” and for good reason: the film is as technically innovative as it is gripping (to the point of being stressful at times) and compelling (I’ll admit to tearing up just a little (actually, that’s been happening to me a lot lately. I shed some tears while watching Fruitvale Station and just about openly wept in Short Term 12. It is a good year for feels in movies or am I just going soft?)) . Gravity is above all breathtakingly beautiful, and is well worth a watch for pure visual spectacle on its own. Go see it, you can’t not like it.
(Also, if you’re one of those people who cares about how scientifically inaccurate most space movies are, even though to demand/expect “scientific realism” (as if such a principle can be obtained or would guarantee verisimilitude) from a self-consciously fictional work is to ignore its inherently illusionistic nature, read this after you see the movie: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64696)
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