Reviews and Problems with The Man Who Fell To Earth
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The Man Who Came To Bore Us
3 July 2010
Excerpt: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! Sorry but I think this is the ultimate borefest. I know people who love this film and it contains an excellent transfer and all, but rent it first, even though Criterion's version is out of print. If you love this movie you should still be able to find the blu out there.
Excerpt: This may be a movie that you don't even like the first time you see it but it sure grows on you-- David Bowie gives one of his best performances as an actor-- by the end of the film you really feel empathy for him (picture E.T. never getting away from the govt agents and being experimented on for 20 years!) and once the credits role I must admit I felt very depressed.
Summary: Unique and highly stylized movie on the literal and physical conception of alienation. THMWFTE could be construed by some to be baffling and pretentious but it remains a stunningly shot masterpiece and has a prophetically intelligent storyline that is still scarily relevant today. David Bowie excels in a role he was born to play and delivers a performance that is as surreal and inventive as the images and visualization realized on screen.
Summary: No need to say that David Bowie rocks. I've only seen him in Laberynth but in this movie he's awesome like an alien. I felt the film a little slow right by the ending, but it's worth just to see some images and cinematography; typical Nicolas Roeg, like some kind of "experiment".
Excerpt: Once Again Criterion is "the reason" to own a blu-ray player.......I just saw the movie for the first time today so it might recieve a higher rank as far as MOVIE when i watch it again, that being said, this was still a really good movie. It covers every genre of movie you can imagine, western, Love Story, sci-fi, drama, comedy (to an extant), and im sure there are more im not considering.
Excerpt: This film is not for everyone, but those who know of the film or love it shouldn't hesitate to purchase this Blu Ray from Criterion. The image is as great as once could imagine. There is no way this film ever looked this good even in theatres. The transfer retains the film grain when visible, and the flesh tones are solid and natural. I would love to see more of Nicolas Roeg's released on Blu Ray, esp Bad Timing.
Summary: This movie is definitely one of my favourites. First off, the acting is wonderful. David Bowie is awesome, I could not have imagined a better choice of actor. He plays his role to perfection and with just the right emotion. Candy Clark is also incredible in her role. Then comes the plot itself. Sure the plot is a little hard to follow but it is so brilliantly rendered and the cinematography is perfect.
Summary: I went into this film expecting something more like Walkabout, because that is all I had seen of Nicholas Roeg's work previously, and the thought of David Bowie being in it enticed me. Really, though, I had it backwards... It's David Bowie's creation with a little bit of Nicholas Roeg in it. The whole "human alien" thing is very much Bowie's schtick, and to a degree I found it hard not to imagine that this was Bowie's entire idea of himself.
Summary: Of all the movies I saw as a teenager (I am now middle aged) this is the one that has remained with me the most, more so even than the highly acclaimed "Deerhunter," which came out 2 years later in 1978. I have not seen it since 1980, so if my memory fails me, please excuse. This eerie, moody movie encapsulated for me -- an alienated kid, I'll grant you -- the perils of living in, and partaking of, the modern world.
Summary: Several things about this film make it worth watching... beginning with the premise that Earth's abundant water is what makes it rare in the galaxy. But more intriguing is how the alien visitor, landing with absolutely nothing but the clothes on his back and a gold wedding ring, and knowing absolutely nothing about Earth culture, "gets up to speed" with astonishing, ruthless, clear-sighted rapidity..