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One of the best sci-fi films in recent memory, MOON, expands today. Here are Capone's thoughts...

Published at: June 19, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST by Capone

Hey, everyone. Capone in Chicago here, with my review of a film that's been out in select cities recently as is expanding today. Before I begin my review, I must vent: I just finished watching the hideous incarnation of "At the Movies" with Bens Lyons & Mankiewicz (I watch it purely for scientific purposes, like observing the mating habits of wild slugs). Anyway, these two turd burglars (in particular Mankiewicz) did something I consider something above and beyond the realm of their normal level of assholishness: they spoiled a significant plot point about the Duncan Jones film MOON. Yes, the plot point in question is probably all over the internet for those who love the spoilers, and yes, to a degree, the trailer gives away that something stinky is up in Denmark. But the trailer wisely keeps the film's mysteries cloaked and uncertain; it's actually a magnificent trailer that is even more misleading than you might think and I love it for that very reason. Regardless, the Bens flat out said what the film's only real twist is and they are a couple of dicks for doing it. That said, I don't think anything could truly ruin the experience of watching MOON, one of the finest works of cinematic science fiction that I've seen in a very long time. I've been telling people that it's the best sci-fi work I've seen in five years, but that timeframe isn't really tied to a particular movie. For all I know, it's the best science fiction film made in 20 years. I keep searching my personal databank to think of a film set in the future that I've enjoyed more, and I have to go back to some major league classic to find one. Like most of my favorite films in this genre, MOON is based in reality. I thoroughly believe that if scientists discovered that the surface of the moon had an energy source stored in it (called Helium 3), it wouldn't take long for a corporation or two to find ways to set up massive mining operations to scrape off the moon's surface, process the material, and ship it back to Earth. I also firmly believe that said corporations would be so cheap that they would use as few employees as possible to man these operations, maybe as few as one worker. The immensely talented Sam Rockwell (most recently seen in CHOKE and FROST/NIXON) plays Sam Bell, an astronaut in the last couple weeks of a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to single-handedly run this operation. He misses his wife and child immensely, and is able to communicate with them infrequently through recorded messages. The mining station's inability to send and receive live transmissions is just one of the signs that the facility is just like any other ill-functioning home or office. Sam's health also seems to be failing, but he's not sure whether this is a result of being cooped up for three years or his mind simply giving out on him. Sam's "co-worker" on the moon base is GERTY, the ship's talking computer (voiced in a friendly, HAL-like way by Kevin Spacey). For the most part Sam sits in the base and watches remote feeds from the mining operations going on some distance from his location. Whenever something goes wrong, Sam hops in a space suit and drives out to fix it. Yes, he's essentially a glorified maintenance man. On one such repair run, Sam gets in a terrible accident in which he ends up severely banged up, bleeding, and knocked out cold. The film's great mystery begins when Sam wakes up... back in the base, without a scratch on him and no memory of how he got back there. As he investigates, he discovers something all the more remarkable. The wreckage of the vehicle he was driving is still out in the field. He heads out to investigate, and finds the absolute last thing he expected to find--his own badly injured but still living body. Although many have spilled the beans on this film's many secrets, I'm not going to. Not that the secrets are all that difficult to figure out, but watching them spool out before me was one of the great joys I had when I first saw MOON at SXSW in March. Considering this is director Jones' first feature, MOON is a remarkably mature and flawlessly crafted work. A lot of other directors would have rushed through this material, but Jones allows us to see what Sam's daily routine is like, his interactions with GERTY, and how his deep loneliness only seems to get worse as his time on the base nears an end. But the film goes much deeper than that. As both versions of Sam begin to interact, it becomes clear what exactly their relationship is, and suddenly this small, one-actor piece becomes a much weightier creature. Ethics, morals and a definition of life suddenly become the topics of the day, and the film goes from being a great piece of science fiction to a phenomenal personal drama that just happens to be playing out on the surface of the moon. I loved Jones' small touches as well. By having Spacey voice GERTY much like 2001's HAL, we are meant to wait for that pivotal moment when the computer becomes self-aware and turns on the humans. It makes for some great moments of unexpected tension. But it should come as no surprise that the film belongs to Rockwell, for many different reasons. He is called upon to play two very different characters here, and while his ability to lose himself in a performance is nothing new (please allow CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND to be Exhibit A), the fact that he pulls off two unique individuals in the same movie is almost too good to be true. The unscathed Sam is a bit angry and cocky, while the injured and sickly Sam just wants answers and piece (and peace) of mind--and to go home. People are going to draw all sorts of comparisons between MOON and such classic films as SILENT RUNNING, ALIEN (more for the ho-hum quality of space living than the presence of any actual aliens) OUTLAND, even 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, but rather than look for plot or tone similarities, look at what great company this film is keeping in the minds of critics and fans alike. This is a film made for people who grew up loving great science fiction films and literature, especially works made during the 1960s and '70s. There's a timeless quality to MOON that drew me in and gave me no choice but to have a deeply emotional reaction to this beautiful movie. I have little doubt this film will end up on my best of 2009 list, and you should see it just as soon as it lands in your neck of the woods. And look at that, I made it through my entire review without mentioning that Duncan Jones is David Bowie's son... oops! -- Capone capone@aintitcoolmail.com



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  • June 19, 2009, 10:56 a.m. CST

    First

    by henrydalton

    Uranus.

  • June 19, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    uranus

    by Celtican

    yes u are

  • June 19, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST

    its good to see

    by richardphilip

    a sci fi film that actually is a sci fi film. More about ideas rather than blowing shit up. fair play to Jones.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Really glad I saw this

    by ewokstew

    Smart science fiction with real emotion and great (for the money) production design. Awesome job Mr. Jones.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Wow Capone...

    by mashman1212

    You're a busy bee. Thumbs up to you. Thumbs down to those bastards on that show with the spoilers and burgling turds and such.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    DIRECTED BY BOWIE'S SON?

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

    Bet it was a struggle for him, working his way up and all that jazz.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Have a Transformers Review

    by vadakinX

    Where should I send it?

  • June 19, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    COSTUMES BY STELLA MCCARTNEY?

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

  • June 19, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    MUSIC BY SEAN LENNON?

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

  • June 19, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    2ND UNIT BY SOFIA COPPOLA?

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

  • June 19, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Dying To See This!

    by Crow3711

    Still waiting for it to expand to Pittsburgh. Hopefully just another week or two. Can't wait for some good old fashioned sci-fi awesomeness.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Best sci-fi movie of recent memory is SUNSHINE.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    simple as that

  • June 19, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    waiting to see this

    by palewook

    b/c its still not opening in my town. and i live in a one of the top 30 populated cities in the USA. <p> stupid studios.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    DON SWAYZE SAYS 'GO SEE THIS FILM!'

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

  • June 19, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    IS CONNOR CRUISE IN THIS?

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

  • June 19, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    And Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

    by Crow3711

    is the fucking shit. By far my favorite movie ever that isnt like a truly great, fantastic film. It entertains me like just about nothing I've seen before. It fits my worldview just ever-so-perfectly. I love that fucking film.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    MUST AVOID SPOILERS!!

    by BobParr

  • June 19, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Agreed...Sunshine is incredible

    by William Ashbless

    Hopefully these movies can launch a phase of interesting sci-fi. I wanna see this Moon deal.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    VIVIAN KUBRICK DIRECTING THE MAKING OF DOC?

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

  • June 19, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    MOON: Stroking your cock in 2009.

    by HoboCode

    Can't wait to see this. Alas, I have to wait another damn month.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Hmmm, Starbuck.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Ring any familar bells?

  • June 19, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    RUBY STEWART IS ONSET CUM BUCKET?

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

  • June 19, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    There goes the Keith Moon biopic name.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Already taken.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    I saw that Mankowitz, who at least has some cred

    by skimn

    from his work on TCM, gave away that detail, and thought what-the-fuck. Nice goin' douchey mcdouche. But at least they liked the film.<p>An Oscar nom for Rockwell? Only if the entertainment world was fair.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    There goes the Goin' South sequel.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Title taken.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST

    No pale white asses hanging out bus windows

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Fruit Basket is still an option.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    DON SWAYZE BEING LINED UP FOR 'GHOST 2'

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

  • June 19, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    OVERRATED.

    by Stifler's Mom

    Capone is usually pretty on the the money, but the best sci-fi film in 20 years? No way. It's well-made, well-acted, and thoughtful, but never really takes off. Once you crack the film's big twist, about halfway through, there's very little suspense or surprise.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Expands to how many theaters, twenty?

    by SoylentMean

    I would love to see this movie in theaters but unless I commit to some hefty travel time, well, that just ain't happening. I'll see this movie on DVD.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Best sci-fi film in 20 years?

    by StarWarsRedux

    Nah. Good, but there's been other great flicks here and there. "Gattaca", for one. Soderbergh's "Solaris" remake was pretty good, too.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Sequel, as in..

    by skimn

    ..MOON TOO!

  • June 19, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    JULIAN AND JOHN IN 'QUALITY TIME' ON ABC

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

    New sitcom starring Julian Lennon. Lennon plays himself and he gets to finally spend some time with his dead father when he plays on 'The Beatles: Rock Band'. Script excerpt: JULIAN: Why didn't you give a fuck about me? JOHN: See how they run like pigs from a gun... JULIAN: I can't believe so many people think you're hot shit. You're actually a complete cunt.

  • June 19, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    WAS BOWIE'S SON IN THE ROOM...

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

    ... When his Dad used to fuck Mick Jagger?

  • June 19, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST

    He3 doesn't have to come from the MOON

    by ravenloff

    It's readily available in both gas giants in our system. And all you have to do there is cloudscoop it. Given what I know about He3, I can't imagine why there would be significant amounts on the MOON, but that's what they said about water up until about five years ago. That being said, I believe the most prolific author to deal with He3 is Peter F. Hamilton and his Night's Dawn trilogy. In this timeline, He3 provides extremely plentiful and cheap energy. Everyone on earth is basically catapulted into a first-world lifestyle within a couple of decades. After that, it's not gases or some such that cause problems, but all the excess heat generated right on Earth that ends up screwing the pooch.

  • June 19, 2009, noon CST

    AICN spoiled first without spoiler tag...

    by SiNUS82

    Yes, AICN spoiled the whole fucking plot twist in their first review, which was NOT tagged as spoiler. Now what?

  • June 19, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I can't wait to see this...

    by jimmy_009

    ...also I would like to see a movie where the corporation in question is actually good. That would be an interesting, never before seen thing in movies.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Duncan Jones Interview

    by DanPersons

    Hear an interview with director Duncan Jones at MIGHTY MOVIE PODCAST: http://tinyurl.com/jonesmoon

  • June 19, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    OLD SCHOOL EFFECTS

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    Can't wait to see this. If not just for the old school lack of CGI look. As far as recent Sci-fi, Gattaca is tops. AI and Minority report stellar. Soderbergh's Solaris was pretty good. Sunshine was good until the last act ruined it.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    nice...

    by just pillow talk

    Even if it's not as good as Capone says, a solid entry into the sci-fi movie realm is always welcomed.<p>Motoko Kusanagi - until the horrible third act with blurry burnt crispy guy. It started off so well and interesting...then...

  • June 19, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST

    gee..should have read Sailor's post above

    by just pillow talk

    What he said.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Better than The Fountain?

    by HoboCode

    That's a tough act to follow.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    YOKO ONO HILARITY

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

    Yoko Ono pretended not to know who 'The Beatles' were when she met John Lennon. What a ridiculous cunt she is. Lennon's death would be half the tragedy it was if she'd been taken out too.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Why does everyone hate Mr. Crispy in Sunshine?

    by HoboCode

    I thought it was cool.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    WHY THE FUCK IS CHAPMAN STILL IN JAIL?

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

    Release him. Put him in the witness relocation program if you're scared for his safety. Don't tell us he's been released too. The fucker should've been released by now. It's a fucking joke that he's still doing time for a murder that happened almost thirty years ago. Same goes for Sirhan Sirhan. Fucking ridiculous.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Sailor..yes

    by skimn

    I don't know if it's because of Cruise, or Spielberg backlash, but I thought Minority Report was a good sci-fi film with outstanding effects and sequences. The only negative was the cliche, "Why, I never said DROWNED..." plot device.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Best Sci-fi

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Why hasn't anyone mentioned the true top Sci-fi movie of the last twenty years, Dark fucking City? Minority Report had the potential but Spielberg weaseled out with the cliched plot-twist. Sushine was fucking awesome, but the ending could have delivered and didn't. No one will admit it now because it has aged terribly but The Fifth Element was bad-ass when it came out. Solaris and the Fountain? Fuck em' Gattaca was decent, again, potential for greatnes but fell short. Dark City has got to be the one. Maybe Moon is better, I'll find out this weekend. <br> <br> One fact remains, every single review I've read has compared it to the same four or five movies and like Capone said, pretty good fucking company. Looking forward to this one.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    skimn

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    Here's my only complaint with Minority Report. It should have ended about 20 minutes earlier. To me the movie was running towards a perfect resolution. Cruise kept saying "I have no reason to kill this man, I do not know him". In trying to solve his predicament, he comes to find that this is the man that killed his son. Perfect reason to kill him right? Instead, Cruise very dejectedly tells the man he is under arrest. MOVIE OVER! Cruise proves that he does have a choice and the system is flawed, not to mention that the murder prediction is what led him to find this man in the first place. But it seemed like they tacked on all the crap about Von Sydow being the real Villian. It was a brilliant sc-fi conundrum turned into a thriller cliche. However, still an excellent film.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    SAILOR_RIPLEY

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

    I felt the same re: Minority Report though I would've liked it to end when Cruise was in jail. I can hardly remember anything about it but I think that seemed like a good place to end it (to the point where I actually thought that was the end).

  • June 19, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Von Sydow as villian in Minority

    by skimn

    Its like someone posted earlier, the corporation, the MAN, has to be the true enemy.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Harry's Review

    by Series7

    Did he review this somewhere? He name is in the fucking trailer.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    EVERYONE is spoiling that surprise, Capone

    by D.Vader

    I read a blurb in Entertainment Weekly and they threw out what I'm assuming is the spoiler in question as if it had been spelled out in the trailer. Which, of course, it hadn't. I got all sorts of pissed with that. Its fine to mention in your article/review something that is revealed in the trailer (what Sam Rockwell finds). But its definitely not okay to just go ahead and explain it to us. Assholes at EW. Reminds me of the local movie reviewer who, in his Eagle Eye review, went ahead and told us who that mysterious voice on the other end of the phone was.

  • June 19, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Recent Sci-fi

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    I don't know if it qualifies as recent, but dare I say that Starship troopers was pretty damn good. Not exactly brainy, but pretty damn fun.

  • June 19, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    ONE OF THE BEST LIKE NEW TREK WAS?

    by TITBAG

    THAN I'LL FUCKING PASS BECAUSE THIS WILL PROBABLY BE AS MORONIC, SOULESS, POINTLESS, AND NONSENSICAL AS THE NEW TREK. <P> IT'S CLEAR TO ME THAT AICN REVIEWERS DO NOT UNDERSTAND SCIENCE FICTION AT ALL AND SHOULD STICK TO MINDLESS TV DRECK LIKE DOLLHOUSE.

  • June 19, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Starship Troopers was like the pulpiest pulp fiction

    by skimn

    ACTION! ROMANCE!! and GIANT BUGS!!! I think Verhoven even said that he wasn't looking for good actors, but actors that fit a certain "type". He got that, and then some. But a great flick.

  • June 19, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Awesome flick

    by cowboyone

    Agree 100%.

  • June 19, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    All Time Sc-fi Top 5

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    5) Robocop 4) Alien 3) Blade Runner 2) 2001 1) Alien Vs. Predator

  • June 19, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    This movie expands??? Where???

    by Ash0k

    MOON expands this week? WHERE? Another suburb outside of LA and NYC? It's not playing anywhere in Ohio. :(

  • June 19, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Patrick Swayze should be OK for GHOST 2

    by palimpsest

    One way or the other.

  • June 19, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Nor is it playing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    by growltiger

    Not that anyone lives in Oakland.

  • June 19, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Ooooh, Top 5 sci-fi is hard..is The Thing (Carpenters)

    by skimn

    sci-fi or horror? I've got 2001, Star Wars, Planet Of The Apes, Alien, Aliens, Blade Runner, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers ('50s and '70s), Terminator, Terminator 2, Empire Strikes Back, ... Christ this is difficult

  • June 19, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    AVP

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    That isn't really my top five. Just a pathetic shot at a joke.

  • June 19, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    yeah

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    ben lyons is fucking dick! i hate that fag! NOW,on my fave local radio station(105.9-with PAUL AND young ron-in miami,fl)-they haev this asshole every friday. It's painfully obvious the hosts hate this asshole, and he talks like he has an air of regality-and he's lame lame critic!

  • June 19, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST

    BEN LYONS..YOU OUT THERE?

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    GO kill yourself. You ONCE gave a decent review...but you didn't really review it, you just spat out facts, like who directed it, and the company that produced it, and that it was 'cool" (the film was DRAG me to HELL y the way-G R E A T ,FUN FILM)-but mostly, your ideas and opinions are moronic.The othr guy(you know, the ONE with zero spine and personality)-is actually 100 times better than you-and actually seems to have GREAT opnions-when you 2 aren't mock-fighiting.bottom line, you're no Ryan Seacrest-so stop acting like it! fag!

  • June 19, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST

    The spoiler was spoiled by...

    by -guyinthebackrow

    ... the trailer. I mean, jeezus, it was right there. I thought the movie was okay/good, but I wouldn't recommend it. It's too long, it's too slow, but Sam Rockwell managed to save it for me.

  • June 19, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    At the Movies

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    Is painful to watch. Mankiewicz clearly has better film knowledge and taste than that other douchebag, but they are a pretty lame duo. Being a Chicagoan, I long for the old days of Siskel And Ebert(before he lost his marbles and gave a movie 4 stars every week.) Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, who used to be on with Roeper most of the time towards the end is pretty good.

  • June 19, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    BEN LYONS is a hypocritical DOUCHEBAG!!!

    by DrMorbius

    The exact reasons he gives for liking one movie, are the reasons he dislikes another!<P>VACILLATING DOUCHEBAG!!!

  • June 19, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    So was the Moon trailer remade into a movie?

    by growltiger

    Why risk spoiling the legacy of a great trailer with possibly boring exposition or character development?

  • June 19, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST

    As Directed By Zowie Bowie

    by Media Messiah

    I met your dad once. He is a lovely gentleman, and is the exact person he shows himself to be in interviews--and that is something highly unusual for this industry!!!

  • June 19, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    SOUND BORING.

    by noncents

    Sorry, but it just does.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    sailor!

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    yeah, "at the movies" is horrendous. I cant stand those assholes.I PRAY that the programmnig on that channel gets better...but it doesn't!! By the way, ben lyons? buddy? go hang yourself...Mankiewicz go get yourself a better "act"..this lyons is a loser, with no idea of what's good-and you CLEARLY know your shit.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR BEN

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    grow some facial hair, get a serious haircut and get the fuck outta my radio station and television!

  • June 19, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    idrinkyourmilkshake

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    I'm with you. My wife and I argue about these idiots every week. She thinks Lyons is better and I constantly tell her she's nuts! I think it's because she can't stand Mankiewicz voice. Says he sounds like Wayne Newton. Supposedly Roeper is working on a new review show, even though he is kind of a moron as well. Talk about a person semi-knowledgeable about film who lucked into one of the coolest jobs on the planet. I always said after Ebert left that they should have mixed it up and paired Roeper with a variety of reputable critics and occasionally let some average Joe movie buff fill in. Like a contest or something.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    You all know Ben Lyons is

    by Series7

    The son of Jeffrey Lyons right? Just throwing it out there. Yet again proof that you gotta be born into the industry now a days.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    I think its funny

    by Series7

    That Ebert is in a battle over the rights to Thumbs Up/Thumbs down. I want to see someone take on Michael Buffer.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Series7

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    That makes sense. Jeffrey Lyons was a fraud as well. Who was the other guy he used to be on the old sneak previews with? Aren't they like the Christian review guys now or something.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Series7

    by DrMorbius

    I heard that Ebert is definitely "thumbs up".

  • June 19, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    At the Movies removed from my Season Pass

    by growltiger

    ... about three episodes into the Lyons and Mankiewicz regime. The former is little better than what a local TV station delivers. The latter seems to know what he is doing, but this is undermined by Mankiewicz doing this show in the first place. Oh, and I hated the new format. I so miss the regular, if not consistent, thoughtful reviews and arguments of Siskel & Ebert.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Series7

    by DrMorbius

    So, if someone is the son of a serial killer, that gives him a leg up on the competition?

  • June 19, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST

    ben Lyons

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    your days are numbered. And SAILOR..i'm on your side, and so if girlfriend...we HATE lyons.He so smarmy..and the only "issue' Mankiewicz has is he's a bit of a wuss.His opinions(WHEN he can squeak it out) are good, and his choices are even better(as is his knowledge of cinema)..but he'a got no balls...he lets LYONS walk all over him.If I WERE HIM, I'd kick lyons in the gut and back slap him a few times.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Turd burglars

    by Shoegeezer

    You do know that is a massive homophobic slur, originated in the UK, don't you? It'd be like calling someone a faggot in a review, that ain't cool. I don't see other reviews here trading on such insults, so I guess you really didn't know. Moon is awesome, though.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Rogerebert.com

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    They have a ton of old reviews from the show on the website. It's a blast to sit there and watch them fight over some old classic in awesome 80's fashion with roger's huge glasses!

  • June 19, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Yeah

    by Series7

    I mean look how good the Son Of Sam was.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Other critic making fun of baby Lyons

    by Series7

    Childress also chided Ben for declaring the lackluster "I Am Legend" as "one of the greatest movies ever made." <P> "If he were 12 and had only seen 50 movies in his lifetime, it would still be one of the dumbest statements ever made by a human being named Lyons," he fumed.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Shoegeezer

    by DrMorbius

    Have you ever heard of the<P>HERSHEY HIGHWAY?

  • June 19, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    TURD BURGLAR=AWESOME

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    I LOVE that capone called those 2 turd burglars-i mean, that's the single ebst thing I HEARD ALL DAY! aside from someone wishing stomach cancer on Lyons.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Sailor_Ripley

    by DrMorbius

    Makes me think of Kim Jong Il in<p>TEAM AMERICA

  • June 19, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    HA! BEN Lyons is a FUDGEPACKER!

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    cuz i said so...and for LOVING (and ACTUALLY DECLARING it the best film ever) semi-crap like I AM LEGEND!

  • June 19, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Series7

    by DrMorbius

    NICE!

  • June 19, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST

    CAPONE-im calling you out!

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    Please, tell me(us!) what your thoughts on BENGAY LYONS is?

  • June 19, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    BEN LYONS

    by DrMorbius

    RUMP RANGER EXTRAORDINAIRE!

  • June 19, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    totally agree with the sunshine comments

    by DrLektor

    Perfect movie right up until the final act. Whatwould have been better is if there was nobody on board the Icarus I. It was a pointless detour and a waste of lives. The remaining crew gives into despair and space madness until Cillian Murphy blows up the ship and flies into the sun alone. Or something.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    The trailer pretty much gives away the twist anyway.

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    If you watch the trailer knowing there's a twist somewhere in the movie it's pretty easy to guess what it is.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    My take on MOON

    by Organs

    I wrote about it in my wee little blog at mrplacebo.blogspot.com, but I'll summarize it here. <br> <br> It captures the tone of 2001: A Space Odyssey to a T, but doesn't copy the movie inch for inch. Sure, Sam and GERTY are akin to Dave and HAL, but only on the surface. If you watch only ten minutes of this movie, you'll see that the two pairs of characters couldn't be farther apart. <br> <br> Actually, I'm more reminded of Joel Robinson (or Hodgson, if you prefer his real name) and one of his robots from MST3K. Hopefully that doesn't spoil much of anything as it doesn't say anything about the plot. <br> <br> Also, unlike 2001, this movie isn't that hard to get. It's pretty straightforward in its tone and it changes beautifully as you watch it. <br> <br> I'm looking forward to seeing it again to see if there was anything I didn't catch the first time around. And even if I understood it in its entirety from the one viewing, I'll watch it again because it's just that good.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    idrinkyourmilk

    by DrMorbius

    I think he's BENGAY for a long time!

  • June 19, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Don't think I'll faff around with a "Top 5"

    by GetEveryone

    but The Thing and Alien are without doubt my favourite SF(-cum-horror) flicks; just two perfect movies. Moon looks incredible and I can't wait to watch. <BR><BR>Why is it there is never enough good SF?

  • June 19, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    I think it was Michael Medved who used to host

    by skimn

    with Lyons. The asshat who states that his politics doesn't influence his reviews, and then turns around and reviews films based on his political leanings. The Golden Turkey books he did with his brother are the only goods thing to come out of him.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Recent spoiling trailers.

    by Christopher3

    Hey, apparently Sam Worthington is some kind of cyborg.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    GetEveryone

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    Because 90% of people on the planet are idiots that don't like to be challenged with intelligent stories. A lot of people mistakenly think sci-fi is childish kid stuff.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Michael Medved

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    That's the guy. I can't stand that fool! I just remember him always bringing religion into his reviews somehow. He's like the Family-friendly Bible-busting critic.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    ben lyons

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    r.i.p. motherfucker

  • June 19, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    More on He3

    by AragornElfstone

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helium-3 <p> In essence, Helium3 DOES exist *cough*usegooglecapone*cough*, is good for Fusion reactions and the moon has a lot more of it than anywhere else that close to earth.<p> Come on now, Capone, do some research before spouting off like an idiot.

  • June 19, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Sailor-Ripley

    by GetEveryone

    It sounds condescending, but, unfortunately for us, you've nailed it. While people continue to have these silly misconceptions, we'll only ever get a few scattered releases. Thankfully, there have been some great ones in the last few years, as stated in the TB. Hopefully the trend continues. More Moon, less Babylon A.D.

  • June 19, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST

    The TWIST is:

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    It's actually an "in-universe" prequel to "Galaxy Quest", and an out-of-universe sequel to "Frost/Nixon"! Shhh, don't tell anyone till they've seen it!

  • June 19, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST

    And Ben Lyons in particular

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Really needs to fucking fall of a cliff. Bring back the sickened Ebert and Siskel's decomposed corpse, and it'd still better than the drek the show has become! It's like everything else, I guess...

  • June 19, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Turd Burglars vs. the Hamburglar: Who would win?

    by Stabby

  • June 19, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    the 2000s have not been kind to Sci-Fi

    by Jared

    The only quality sci-fi this decade has been "Primer" and "Children of Men". AI, Minority Report, The Fountain, and Solaris were all pretty mediocre.

  • June 19, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Children of Men

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    Don't know if it can be considered sc-fi, but it's a great one if it is.

  • June 19, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    I really want to see this

    by MJDeViant

    Hopefully it's as subtle and beautifully shot as "Space Mutiny."

  • June 19, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Top 5 sci-fi films...

    by seniorspeilbergio

    1.2001 2.Blade Runner 3.Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 4.Alien 5. Outland (probably the most underrated sci-fi film ever. A big smile came over my face when the Outland shoutout popped up in MOON.) Great shoutouts in MOON to all those classic pre-star wars sci-fi. I counted references to 2001, blade runner, alien, outland and soylent green.

  • June 19, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    and considering...

    by seniorspeilbergio

    this movie was made for 5 million (3 for the shoot. 2 for post) and had a 2 week prep and three week shoot, it's pretty fucking impressive. Consider this: This movie costs 5 million to make and Transformers is over 100 million. MOON is VASTLY SUPERIOR in entertainment value as well as thought provoking.

  • June 19, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    pre-star wars sci-fi

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    MOST OF THE MOVIES YOU MENTIONED CAME OUT AFTER STAR WARS

  • June 19, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    For Those of You Who Want the Twist...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...Quint gave it away awhile ago: <B> http://www.aintitcool.com/node/36634

  • June 19, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST

    senior

    by skimn

    Isn't it amazing what some, seemingly simple looking films cost, and what some ingenuity can achieve on 5 million?<p>But senior...Outland? Peter Hyams mashes the grittiness of Alien and the plot of High Noon and comes up with showdown that makes little logical sense. I do like Hyams' tracking shots though.

  • June 19, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I Hope...

    by seniorspeilbergio

    this is the start of a new revolution in sci-fi filmmaking: Real, literary science fiction made on small independent budgets which force them to focus on story, ideas and character. By the way, Sam Rockwell was fucking great in this. Best performance in a sci-fi film since Richard Dreyfuss in CE3K. Also AI and Minority Report were great sci-fi and they would be numbers 6 and 7 on my above list. My only complaint about Minority Report is the casting of Max Von Sydow. "Gee, I wonder who's behind all of this evil conspiracy stuff? Oh, i don't know. Maybe the guy who played Ming the Merciless!" AI was wonderful and unlike most people, i loved the ending. Most people complain about it and say it was Speilberg fucking up Kubricks' story but what they don't know is that was actually Kubricks idea. Now Gigalo Joe? That was Speilberg and it was a great addition.

  • June 19, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    YES, it's true...

    by seniorspeilbergio

    Most of those films i Mentioned where techinically after Star Wars but I call them pre- star wars because they represent what sci-fi was before they all became spce fantasy. Notice all those films are late 70's/early 80's. that was before hollywood was able to wrap there head around the sci-fi blockbuster thing.

  • June 19, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    I don't even like Star Wars.

  • June 19, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    SKIMM

    by seniorspeilbergio

    yeah, i'll give you that about the ending. A little improbable but it was still great to watch the assasins decomress in the vacuum of space. but, c'mon. it was a great story. I love the relationship between him and the crabby old doctor. I mean, how often do you see Connery team up with a woman in a movie and bang her. The have a mature, adult relationship based on mutual understanding and respect. If they made that movie today, the part would be played by Eva Mendes and they would in the sack before the second major plot point showed up. I guess I'm just a sucker for evil corporate sci-fi movies and MOON is definately another great entry.

  • June 19, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Agreed ASIMOV LIVES...

    by seniorspeilbergio

    yeah, Children of Men is number 8 on my list.

  • June 19, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST

    thanks Read and Shut Up

    by RaveX

    I really wanted to know the twist (hey, don't blame me... I'm in Croatia. there is no way this is gonna get released in theaters here, and by the time it hits DVDs, I'll forget what the twist was). <p> even tried googling it. got bunch of new moon spoiler sites. FUCK TWILIGHT!

  • June 19, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    senior

    by skimn

    Good point, sir. And Frances Sternhagen is definately up to standing toe-to-toe with Sean Connery. She's a delight.

  • June 19, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    SF starts and ends with Star Wars

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    I never considered Children of men anything but SF. And I'm not one of these idiots who thinks that SF movies only take place in outer space. Children of Men is not a prototypical SF flick is what I was saying. Just like most people wouldn't think of Back to the Future as SF, they think of it as a comedy. It is in fact great SF.

  • June 19, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    The new Star Trek is one of the most retarded by AsimovLives Jun 19th, 2009 01:11:43 PM stupid, braindead, awful, moronic and badly made movie i have had the displeasure to watch for a long time! A flowting shit in a dirty truckstop bathroom sink is beter then that JJ's Star Trek abortion!

  • June 19, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    So senior, I'm curious

    by skimn

    what is the Outland shoutout in Moon? Unless its a spoiler.

  • June 19, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    When do references to other movies become plagiarism?

    by bbbbeeeennnn

    Martin Scorsese using x's everywhere in The Departed = reference to Scarface Moon's Gerty = plagiarism of 2001's HAL

  • June 19, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    The worst trailer for giving away the twist was The Island

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    It made the entire first half hour completely pointless... then again, the rest of it turned out pretty pointless too but that was probably due to it being a Michael Bay film.

  • June 19, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Gonna see it!

    by thot

    Sounds like the sort of thoughtful, thinking person's sci-fi that films like Solaris and Silent Running are. It's great to see smaller, intelligently done films like this get the attention they deserve.

  • June 19, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Mankiewicz is indeed an ass

    by Ang_Lee

    I watched that particular At the Movies for the same reason, i had never seen it before, and was intrigued by the Moon footage. Then Mankiewicz just spits out that shit at the last minute, and i was like WTF!!!!! The other dipshit tries to cover and say yeah, um, maybe, could be a point or something...but...what a fuckface.

  • June 19, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    I've figured out the twist already...

    by Kid Z

    ...and I didn't even see the thing yet. It's obviously, really, if you grew up on SF and comics. Going to see it anyway, though. Hint to Bowie's kid: Don't fall back on "the twist" for your next film or really, ever again. You don't want to end up being an English Shayamalan!

  • June 19, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    What? No comparision to Saturn 3?

    by Orionsangels

    Who wasn't disturbed when Hector the robot stepped on the dog?

  • June 19, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Gonna have to wait for the DVD I think :(

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    It's not playing within a reasonable distance of me<p> What a drag

  • June 19, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    SKIMN...

    by seniorspeilbergio

    I don't want to give away too much but it involves the asassins and waiting for that ominous shuttle to arrive.

  • June 19, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    For all the crap movies this site heralds

    by BeatsMe

    this is the real deal, and of course, it doesn't get a "wolverine" or "watchmen" style talkback it's a minor masterpiece, clearly the best scifi flick we've had in years....really want to go see it again

  • June 19, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Saw it at the Archlight...

    by seniorspeilbergio

    and if you see this in LA, see it there. It's been so long since I've seen model work on the big screen, it was a revelation. Watching those Rovers drive across those desolate moonscapes made me think only one thing: fuck CGI.

  • June 20, 2009, 5:52 a.m. CST

    CAPONe u dumb they knew He-3 for decades

    by Frye777

    it is not a new discovery to mine that on the moon. man, u guys really read a book or wikipedia sometime and not just watch crappy movies.

  • June 20, 2009, 6:22 a.m. CST

    EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

    by Otis_Burg

    Your an unfunny idiot

  • June 20, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Best sci-fi movie since . . .

    by Royston Lodge

    My vote is Primer. Primer's way better than Sunshine.

  • June 20, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    BLACK HOLE

    by alcester

    I wish they would do a re-make, but not quite so cheesy.

  • June 20, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Good movie... Sunshine was better, though.

    by cinemixtape.com

    This felt highly derivative and wasn't nearly as visually interesting as Sunshine. I enjoyed it, but nothing more.

  • June 20, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Helium 3 is real, and yes it is on the surface of the moon

    by nechyv

    Helium 3 has been touted by every practical (engineers) quantum physicist as how this planet will start up nuclear fusion plants. This is why Bush was hard up on a moon base (its why the chinese are as well) no shit man, my friend is an engineer, he laid all this out.

  • June 20, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    no love for Wall-E?

    by waggy

    Along with Children of Men, I'd consider that one of the best sci-fi films of this decade. Did enjoy Moon quite a bit though.

  • June 20, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    by Sinister187

    Others worth mentioning, imo: Cube, Event Horizon, Species, Sphere. Dumb-Fun or for others just plain dumb: Deep Rising, Ghosts Of Mars. And the almighty: Killer Klowns From Outer Space!

  • June 21, 2009, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Not as good or as clever as it thinks it is.

    by V'Shael

    But an improvement on recent Hollywood attempts at sci-fi.

  • June 21, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Fun

    by Cobbio

    I can't wait to see this. Problem is: it's not playing anywhere within 100 miles of me. Sucks living in an area of the country where no interesting movies EVER play in theaters.<p> Maybe that's why I come to this site so often.<p> I'll have to gather some friends and make a road trip to see "Moon." Should be fun.

  • June 22, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST

    If you really hate CGI, check this out...

    by SK229

    I did a first-person alien abduction video that'll be on youtube by the end of the week and I did it for the cost of feeding the crew McDonalds. All lights, fog, smoke, foam latex, and a plastic model (I hope with the model part, doing some greenscreen later today, hopefully it works). Just go to this youtube channel and subscribe: http://tinyurl.com/kk3636

  • June 22, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    also...

    by SK229

    been meaning to see this for over a week, gonna go to the arclight today or tomorrow to check it out. If everyone that bitches about CGI crapfests and vomiting onscreen by the likes of Bay and Abrams went to see movies like this, there would be nothing to bitch about. The truth is, a lot of people that complain don't get out there and support movies like this.

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