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Tonight Scott and I went to see "Moon," a new film being distributed by Fox Searchlight starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey, both of whom turned in fantastic performances. It's about a man on a three-year, solo contract running a mining operation on the dark side of the moon. And it was so fantastic that I'm kind of in shock.

It's also in limited release, and I can't seem to find any indication as to what plans for wide release might be. I suspect box office numbers will help determine that? So if you live in or near New York or LA (which seem to be the only cities playing it) go out right now and buy a ticket and bring a friend and help make a Juno out of this thing. Because it was THAT. GOOD.

And...seriously, if you know me? You'll know that while there are many things I enjoy, there are actually very few that I put a hardcore stamp of unconditional THAT WAS AWESOME approval on. And "Moon" just became one of them.

Short okay not-so-short, unspoilery explanation of LOVE:

"Moon" is a hard science fiction film. It's set in outer space, and its plot is intimately tied to that setting. But it's the kind of science fiction that we so rarely see anymore -- thoughtful and interesting, a future that quietly goes about its business in the background, technology that's convincing in part because it looks like it's been used. It's a one-man moon colony but it's also a mining camp and a home -- there's dust and dirt, grey old spacesuits and rumpled clothes, photos taped to mirrors and postit notes stuck to the robots, hair that he's let grow a little too long and weird, awkward messages from home.

It's hard SF. There's no handwaving away of inconvenient details. It's neither a fluffy popcorn romp nor a needlessly high-strung thriller. I don't want to say anything else because I don't want to spoil it (I REALLY DON'T WANT TO SPOIL IT) but it never did any of the stupid, cheap things I worried it might. I can't tell you how long it's been since I felt that way about a movie that's set in space. Or a movie that has much of an SF plot at all, really. (SO. LONG.)

So, yes. The plot and setting are as straightforwardly SF as they come. (Which isn't to say they're dull or predictable, as they aren't at all.) But the movie -- the experience of watching it -- is deeply, beautifully human. And "human" doesn't mean wallowing in angst and pain and awfulness. It doesn't mean people screaming at each other for scene after scene.

Sam is a man who's lived alone on a space station for three years. His struggles make perfect sense, are real and simple and quiet and all the more beautiful and heartbreaking and satisfying because of it. He never becomes a characature; he's never forced into some mold or another for the sake of the story. He's Sam, and he's kind of lonely, and sometimes he doesn't bother to shave for a while, and he can't wait to go home and see his young daughter.

So. Yeah. GO SEE IT if you possibly can. If there's some way to ask your local indy theater to try and get ahold of it, do so.

I'm going to go see it again if anyone's interested?

(I was going to write a few specific, spoilery thoughts behind a cut, but...has anyone else actually seen this? If not, you know -- you really REALLY don't want to spoiled for this film, so I'm not even going to provide the temptation if there's no point in doing so.)

ETA: There may be spoilers in the comments! Just a fair warning!

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Date: 2009-06-20 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rufftoon.livejournal.com
I have seen "Moon", and I must demand that you inforce the non-spoiler rule. The way the plot is woven, if you give a bit, it's too much.
Though I guess you could link people to the trailer. They'd get spoilery bits but the sort that may make them curious to see it. I know it worked with me.
http://www.sonypictures.com/classics/moon/
It is indeed very very refreshing to see this sort of Sci-Fi movie.
If I was in NY, I'd go again without a second hesitation.

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Date: 2009-06-20 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
Now I'm hoping there'll be a screening at ComicCon at some point!

And btw, having looked at your post, you're so right about constantly expecting it to go one way and being surprised over and over again. That's a lot of why I'm glad I wasn't spoiled -- the pleasure of being awesomely wrong is a rare, rare one to experience, you know? <3

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Date: 2009-06-20 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxysquid.livejournal.com
It does sound like something I'd be interested in. I'd really love to see it! [livejournal.com profile] rufftoon posted about it before, so I was already curious.

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Date: 2009-06-20 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
Yeah man I must have missed that post entirely!

If you wanna come up I'm always game <3

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Date: 2009-06-20 06:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxysquid.livejournal.com
Oh yes, sure! It's been a while since I came up for a visit. I'd like to! <3 Let me know when you might be going to see it/when would be good for you.

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Date: 2009-06-20 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] conga-chili.livejournal.com
Excellent movie! Slow-paced but never boring and always intriguing! Quite miserable at some points too; felt so awful for the guy. And it wasn't overly sentimental, which I liked... it just left that to yourself as a private moment, 'cause that's all that Sam Bell had too.

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Date: 2009-06-20 06:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
For me, the sadness just....I don't know. Sharpened the joy somehow. Like things were just difficult enough, like just the right level of sacrifice was asked for, if that makes any sense. <3

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Date: 2009-06-20 06:21 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sainfoin-fields.livejournal.com
I think it's hitting an SF theater or two this weekend, but it opens in my local arthouse cinema July 3rd.

HELL YES THIS IS ON MY MENTAL CALENDAR.

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Date: 2009-06-20 06:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
There is a sad dearth of ladies, but I will give it a free pass due to the fact that it basically only has two characters period, and one of them is a computer. XD

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Date: 2009-06-20 06:25 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sainfoin-fields.livejournal.com
I saw a couple ladies in the trailer?! Including Kaya Scodecan'tspellito from Skins, whom I think is great. So I will combine that and your warning and not expect too much of them, I guess.

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Date: 2009-06-20 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
Those ladies are in the film more than any other character who is not Sam! And they have some great moments and seem pretty lovely, so you know....it is certainly not a WASH <3

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Date: 2009-06-20 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crypticpress.livejournal.com
I know I want to see this, and I told Marion about it. Mostly we just need to find the time to go, but let us know when you're thinking of having your second viewing.

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Date: 2009-06-20 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emsariel.livejournal.com
Though Ali has lotslotslots to do, I don't think much of it is tied to particular times.... is there a time you'd like a second viewing? (I say on her behalf, as I will *also* go see it again, something I've not done in yearsandyears.)

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Date: 2009-06-20 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kythera.livejournal.com
Oh SWEET! This is actually playing near me. WOO! Imma go see it today. ^_^

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Date: 2009-06-20 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meredyd.livejournal.com
Looks like it opens in Philly July 3rd! :D I am super excited to see this.

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Date: 2009-06-20 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shingkhor.livejournal.com
spoiler here!

I was just telling Jason yesterday how I thought one of the most awesome visual cues/hints/clues ever was when Sam was marking smiley faces on the bathroom wall, and you could see rows of faces that had been erased under it. So simple and so awesome.

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Date: 2009-06-21 05:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] animulder.livejournal.com
Ben and I really want to see this movie!! It's not playing anywhere here in Virginia right now, Poo... this review is making me ancy....ahhhh!

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Date: 2009-06-21 11:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demarazare.livejournal.com
It looks like it has a really wonky release schedule: http://www.sonyclassics.com/moon/dates.html

Too bad, it doesn't look like it will expand to any smaller cities anytime soon. :(

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Date: 2009-07-11 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hoshizora.livejournal.com
ALISON

I FUCKING LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS MOVIE

EVERYTHING

IT DID NOT DO WHAT I EXPECTED IT TO DO. AT ALL.

SAAAAAAAAAMMMMM

GERRRDDYYYYYYYYYYY

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