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12 August 2008 @ 09:18 am
The Man From Earth  
I've long held the notion that more films in the science fiction genre need to be liberated from the mainstream action adventure model. More ideas, fewer explosions. Boy, did I get my wish with The Man From Earth. There's hardly an action in it, unless you count talking. Fortunately, it's pretty decent talking.

The basic premise: at an impromptu goodbye party, a departing history professor reveals to his colleagues that he's around 14,000 years old. The story is a combination of scientific speculation and psychological investigation as they try to figure out whether he could possibly be telling the truth. To be sure, it's no summer blockbuster, but it's definitely fun in it's own way. Old school sci-fi screenwriter Jerome Bixby (Star Trek, The Twilight Zone) started writing this in the 60s and finished it on his deathbed in 1968.

Current Mood: 229
Listening to: Ben Kweller - "How It Should Be"
Pallaspallasathene8 on August 12th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Whoa, fun icon.
Kegboykegboy on August 12th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Well, its not the complete works of Shakespeare, but we'll have to make do.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: devilish tantrumassmonkeydiary on August 12th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
The more I look about it, the sorrier I feel for him. Poor monkey's like Jack Nicholson in The Shining.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue bottleassmonkeydiary on August 12th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks! I won't tell you how long it took to make...
misterhumbug on August 13th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Is today's photo a rare glimpse into Charlie Chaplin's behind-the-scenes bawdiness while shooting Modern Times?