ANOTHER EARTH – This reminds me a little bit of MELANCHOLIA – where there’s a huge astronomical event that is going to change (or destroy) the entire world, and yet, that’s not the primary point of the story. We have, instead, a story about choices, about destiny versus free will. Rhoda Williams (Marling) has made a mistake, and that mistake has hurt others. Now there’s a possible chance of redemption on another Earth that has entered the sky; maybe she can go to the new planet where everything appears to be the same as on her Earth. What if, there are small differences and this isn’t just a mirror world?
Yes, the science may not exactly support something like an entire other planet Earth showing up in our sky, with or without similarities seemingly to the smallest individual human choices. Of course, the extent of the matches between the Earths isn’t really explored. We know that there is at least one person on both Earths who made similar choices, and at the end, we know that one person didn’t.
That’s alright, because this isn’t as much a science fiction film as it is a film about meaning and purpose and all those existential questions asked in art films. It does a good job, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it despite its rough edges.
LETHAL WEAPON – This first film in the, eventual, franchise isn’t my favorite, as it’s very much just another buddy cop movie with two very different people. Okay, this time, one of them may actually be suicidal. I think I enjoyed Mel Gibson’s portrayal of this ‘crazy’ cop before he portrayed crazy in real life in front of real cops. Still, it’s fun to go back to these films now and again.
“Martin Riggs: Hey, look friend, let’s just cut the shit. Now we both know why I was transferred. Everybody thinks I’m suicidal, in which case, I’m fucked and nobody wants to work with me; or they think I’m faking to draw a psycho pension, in which case, I’m fucked and nobody wants to work with me. Basically, I’m fucked. “
HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN – Way better the second time around; this was definitely meant to be a big screen film seen in person. Fantastic, especially when there was the mess up with the sound on one of the reels that lead to a ~5 second delay between audio and image. See it and then hear it… very much an accidental grindhouse tribute. Rutger Hauer; what else do you need to know?