Yes, August is under way, moving methodically toward summer’s end, and giving us those last few halcyon week ends. The Tacoma Film Club is pleased to continue with our film theme of “alternate dimensions” . Join us this Friday, August 13th, always a lucky day for me, for a taunt science-fiction drama, M O O N (2009). It was written and directed by the 39 year old son of David Bowie–Duncan Jones, who has a background of working in television commercials and short films, like WHISTLE (2002). MOON is his feature film debut as a director, and an auspicious one it is; winning a BAFTA award for Best Director/Outstanding Debut. The next film Jones will bring out, also a science fiction one, is SOURCE CODE, with Jake Gyllenhaal.
They shot M O O N at Shepperton Studios in England, during the writer’s strike, completed it in 33 days for a slim budget of 5 million dollars. Within the film there are several homages to other classic sci-fi movies, like Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968), SILENT RUNNING (1972), and BLADE RUNNER (1982)– certainly excellent films to “borrow from”. There was even some influence from his father’s hit song, SPACE ODDITY (1969). One of the producers is married to Sting, so there must be some rock-and-roll cash mixed into the budget here and there.
The three moon harvesters are named Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Matthew was wrecked 9.8 miles from base–Matthew 9:8 says, “But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.”
Gerty: I hope life on Earth is everything you remember it to be.
Director Duncan Jones. The film runs @ 97 minutes.
Starring Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Matt Berry, Benedict Wong, and Malcolm Stewart. Synopsis: Sam Bell is a working astronaut completing his 3-year contract as the sole employee on an automated lunar station. His only companion is a nearly sentient computer named Gerty. When he has an accident, however, he awakens to discover he is not alone. Taglines: “The last place you’d ever expect to find yourself.” and “250,000 miles from home, the hardest thing to face….is yourself.”
Roger Ebert wrote: “MOON is a superior example of that threatened genre, hard science-fiction, which is often about the interface between humans and alien intelligence of one kind or another, including digital.”
Peter Travers of ROLLING STONE wrote: “This mesmerizing mind-bender sneaks up on you and hits you hard. Sam Rockwell is brilliant.”
So make some time to join us this Friday, August 13, 2010, at 924 Broadway to see MOON (2009). The TFC Meeting Hall is in the Pythian Temple, at street level, across the street from Theater in the Square, kitty-corner from the Pantages–in the very heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. Our first two screenings this month have had modest turn-outs, but those of us who did attend had a great time, and really enjoyed watching THE LOVELY BONES, and MADE IN HEAVEN. Arrive early and take advantage of some quality fellowship, and a wonderful meal prepared by the incomparable Phantom Director & Farishta. Food is ready to consume around 6:15 pm. Many attendees bring wine, cheese, bread, and desserts which is much appreciated by all. For now we will continue with the Club Raffle, eager to give 40% of the cash collected to a winner, with second prize being a great DVD from my personal collection. MOON will screen around 7:15 pm, running a tight 97 minutes, and we should be completed before 9:15 pm. See you at the movies!!