Monday, September 30, 2013
Six Degrees of Recommendation: September
The staff is flexing their filmography muscles to find new ways to explore our fabulous DVD collection and make recommendations. The rules of our game were simple: ONE - only DVDs from Edwardsville; TWO - each selection must be based on something, anything from the previous DVD; and THREE - only 48 hours per choice (get that list moving!). The results are explained below. Links between selections are highlighted in purple.
(1) Jacob D.: Moon (2009) Smarter than most sci-fi flicks. One man is isolated on a space station. It develops into a story of a man questioning his own identity and the meaning of his existence. (2) Mason S.: Silent Running (1972) More deep space isolation (and a direct inspiration for Moon), plus some great 1970s practical effects from the team that made 2001 and Andromeda Strain. (3) Evan E.: Dark City (1998) A man fights to regain the memories of his past in a world, including space, controlled by a nefarious being with psychic powers. (4) Cary H.: Memento (2001) A man with short-term memory loss uses tattoos and notes to reconstruct the murder of his wife. Interesting twists, interesting plot. (5) Ike D.: The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Same director Christopher Nolan. Once again, Batman rises to protect Gotham City. (6) Allyson: X-Men (2000) Mutants (superheros) use their powers to fight off evil. (7) Kayla: Looper (2012) Joe tries to use his special powers to save himself from the bad guys and in the process finds the truth and something to fight for. (8) Zach H.: 12 Monkeys (1995) A convict in the future is sent back in time to learn more about the man-made virus that wipes out most of the world. Also stars Bruce Willis. (9) Riley W.: Contagion (2011) The CDC races against time to develop a vaccine against an extremely lethal virus and save the human race.