Friday, January 1, 2010

Trailer of the Moment: The Year We Make Contact

In honor of the arrival of the year 2010, here is the trailer for the movie that shares it's title, Peter Hyams ill conceived folow-up to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

When Arthur Clarke died I posted a quote of his concerning the 1968 masterpiece, which I consider one of the crowning achievements in cinematic history, that to paraphrase noted that if you didn't leave that film with more questions than answers then Clarke felt that he and Kubrick failed. I received a comment from a stranger accusing me of confusing obfuscation with quality. Well, thanks buddy, but why I respond to 2001 so powerfully is the masterful way cinematic tools are used to highlight serious spiritual questions through the prism of technical evolution. Clearly, whatever your thoughts on the original film is, and I propose you haven't truly "seen it" if your mode of viewing was via DVD or Blu-Ray (no matter the quality of your home system), this is a movie that requires total immersion, get thee to a 70mm screening whenever available, we can all agree that Hyams film which attempts to replicate the ingredients of the original film whilst trying to answer some of the "questions" that certain plot elements arises is a bore, and in fact, any attempt at explanations to the questions that Clarke and Kubrick raised is antithetical to the concept of 2001.

Anyway, sorry for the brief rant. Here's the trailer for 2010: The Year We Make Contact, if you haven't seen 2001 again instead. Hopefully this year we be better than this film.

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