Silent Running

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Silent Runningย is laughed at far too often than it deserves, but that’s mainly directed towards the pretty awful Joan Baez tunes that pepper the piece and occasionally campy dialogue throughout…

When getting over these speed bumps however, the film actually ends up being an awesomely coherent and thematic brother to the far more lauded and well-knownย 2001: A Space Odyssey. ย That’s not even a facile analogy either, but one of the fundamental ideas it was based on. ย Silent Running‘s main creative force, Douglas Trumbull, had a large hand in the creation of the entire of science fiction’s aesthetic. ย This can’t be denied when you look at it his work, which is on display in such movies asย Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Andromeda Strainย andย Star Trek: The Motion Picture.…   [continue reading]