Solaris (1972) Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

“We don’t want to conquer space at all. We want to expand Earth endlessly. We don’t want other worlds; we want a mirror. We seek contact and will never achieve it. We are in the foolish position of a man striving for a goal he fears and doesn’t want. Man needs man!”

Solaris (1972) Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

“We don’t want to conquer space at all. We want to expand Earth endlessly. We don’t want other worlds; we want a mirror. We seek contact and will never achieve it. We are in the foolish position of a man striving for a goal he fears and doesn’t want. Man needs man!”

Eavesdropping

My roommate is talking to some chick outside. It’s 2am and they’re pretty loud so I feel justified. Anyway, I just became aware that he doesn’t like movies where he has to figure shit out. He prefers the book versions of Solaris and 2001 to the movies. I haven’t read either books because reading is for squares but the best part of those movies is coming to your own conclusions. I don’t know which Solaris he watched but either way, not knowing exactly what it is means that it could be whatever makes sense to you.

Sure, I’d be interested in 2001 if they explained everything that went on but I wouldn’t have fought with it in my head as much and pieced together it’s significance had they told me what I should have gotten out of it.

It’s all good though, my opinion of him couldn’t get any worse. :/

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Solaris ‘72

I finally got the time to finish this. It was really good. I think it helped that I watched the English 2002 Clooney version first. I knew what I was in for so I didn’t have to worry about getting confused. That sometimes tends to happen to me when I have to read subtitles because I tend to lose focus.

2002: A Space Oddity

I watched Steven Soderbergh’s Solaris last night. I have to say, it was quite enjoyable. Clooney did well but I loved Jeremy Davies’ character. My biggest bit of criticism on the film is that it wasn’t long enough. I wanted to know things about the world and I just didn’t get them. I also felt like the events were rushed. It’s only about an hour and a half. It really could have benefited for another 30-45 minutes of detail to open up the world.

I need to see the Tarkovsky version. It’s 165 minutes so I doubt I’ll be asking for more. The story is fascinating so at least I won’t mind reading the whole time.

Solaris

I’m gonna watch the 2002 Soderbergh/Clooney version now and the 1972 version later. If I like the old one more, I might buy it since it’s Criterion. If not, I’ve got plenty more movies that need watching.

Every time I get to school I discover more movies I want to download. Damn this monitored internet, I want to watch Solaris!