The following is a film sanctioned and approved by The Liberation Coalition, and among the Liberated Collection, located at the Lib Porn National Archives in Philadelphia. Watch it. It’s good for you. Recommendations of other films may be found here and here.
I’m gonna group the ’72 original and ’02 remake of Solaris together, in one post, because I feel I must, if not for brevity’s sake. I may revisit this decision in the future but I doubt it. The original Solaris (1972) is excellent and all around super-duper. A great philosophical “exploric*”, which was made in I-can’t-believe-this-got-past-the-censors-Soviet-era Russia and all that that entails. The 2002 remake is also excellent but not quite as super-duper largely due to it not being produced in the USSR in the early 70s and all that that entails. Nonetheless, way too many people seem dislike the remake beyond reasonable levels. I am not one of those people.
The huge collection of “meh” responses to be found are atrociously short-sighted, narrow-minded and simplistic. To quote follow Netflix user “kji1268490″ and one of the few true believers:
“This is one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made (possibly richer and deeper than even Blade Runner in some ways), moody, dark, thoughtful, with an open-ended resolution that calls for a multiplicity of interpretations. If people can’t tolerate a slowly-unfolding, introspective film with beautiful visuals, haunting music and sound, and acting appropriate to the emotional contexts of the philosophical storyline, I’m not sure why they bother commenting on the movie at all.”
I agree completely, “kji 12698490″, 100% completely.
Synopsis: There’s this space station orbiting a bizarre planet named Solaris. Weird shit keeps happening to the crew. Specifically, they see people who shouldn’t be there. A psychologist (Donatas Banionis, 1972; George Cloony,2002) is sent to investigate the what-what and hub-bub. An excellent and super-duper exploration of the
human condition ensues.
Why It’s Awesome: See also: Notice (above).
Dr. Snaut: We don’t want to conquer space at all. We want to expand Earth endlessly. We don’t want other worlds; we want a mirror. We seek contact and will never
achieve it. We are in the foolish position of a man striving for a goal he fears and doesn’t want. Man needs man!
Kris Kelvin: Well, anyway, my mission is finished. And what next? To return to Earth? Little by little everything will return to normal. I’ll find new interests, new
acquaintances, but I won’t be able to devote all of myself to them.
Kris Kelvin: Guibariane did not die of fear, he died out of shame. The salvation of humanity is in its shame!
Kris Kelvin: You mean more to me than any scientific truth.
Quotes (2002):Chris Kelvin: Why haven’t you come home? What happened here? What did you find? Gordon: Who are you representing, exactly? Chris Kelvin: I represent the last effort to recover this mission before they abandon this ship and everyone on board. Gordon: Until it starts happening to you, there’s really no point in discussing it.
Gibarian: We take off into the cosmos, ready for anything – - solitude, hardship, exhaustion, death. We’re proud of ourselves. But when you think about it, our enthusiasm’s a sham. We don’t want other worlds; we want mirrors.
Gibarian: There are no answers. Only choices.
The film was originally rated R by the MPAA primarily due to a pair of shots of George Clooney’s hot ass. Director Soderbergh appealed the decision, citing that similar content (and worse) had appeared on network television. Soderbergh won the appeal and the movie was granted a PG-13 rating. Yay on many levels!