Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Upstream Color

Recently I re-watched the movie Primer again.

A twisty-turny little indie sci-fi film written and directed by unknown first-timer Shane Carruth, it's about a couple of Engineers who make a Time Machine in their garage in their spare time and end up in a mind-bending cycle of repeated time-lines as they are forced to repeatedly travel back in time in order to rectify previous mistakes. It's a thoughtful, original and surprisingly well-done film that's totally worth a watch if you can find it. It's one of the few low budget genre flicks I've ever seen that takes a massively weird sci-fi idea like time travel and through simple ingenuity and a strongly written script skirts its budgetary constraints and completely sells the premise.

And just as a helpful fyi, if you've seen the film already and are still a bit confused, you can read more about it here. Also, here's a link to a pretty right seeming graph charting the flow of all the intersecting timelines. And, of course, if you haven't seen the film, but clicked on that last link and felt your eyes start to cross, just relax. It's a complex film, the type you have to pay attention to, but it's not that complex. You should check it out.

Anyway, that was nine years ago...



That was the trailer for Shane Carruth's new film Upstream Color. It looks great, I have no idea what it's about, but I'm interested. Carruth plays with crazy big ideas in weirdly grounded ways. He's got a great eye and a lot of heart and passion and he knows how to put it on film. Plus, he's obviously a big geek for this stuff. I can't wait to see it.

Don't forget to check out Primer,
Jon

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