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Talk about "The Fountain" at Argo Tea!

Hello Chicago Film Lovers!

The movie choice has been decided, November's film to be discussed will be Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain" (2006)! So join me at Argo Tea, Wednesday, November 13th at 7:30 PM to talk about "The Fountain". Looking forward to this one!

Your proud to be organizer, 

Rebecca

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  • penny r.

    Watched "The Fountain". Loved the line "Death is the road to awe" and Hugh Jackman was good. Then watched him perform the lead song and dance routines of the London Stage performance of "Oklahoma" who would have thought.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Rebecca M.

    For those of you who went to our meetup discussion last night of Aronofsky's "The Fountain". Here's a trailer for his new film "Noah" coming out 3/28/14, what do you think?: http://youtu.be/FRTlT3DEydU

    November 14, 2013

    • Al

      Nice trailer - you almost forget the goofy story it's based on until all the snakes show up. C'mon, did we really need snakes to survive the trip? They could've at least let the cobras behind. (Noah's story is truly the Jumping the (Sh)ark point of the Bible.) It's interesting how the water erupts from the ground - reminds me of how the "War Of The Worlds" aliens were hiding below in the Spielberg movie.

      1 · November 15, 2013

  • Rebecca M.

    Great discussion, everyone had something interesting and different to say about this film. It was like the more we discussed, the more gems we discovered. Love this group!

    November 13, 2013

  • Al

    Super-fun Meetup - fascinating hearing all the different ideas and opinions this movie could evoke! Some of the impressions it made on those attending:

    Collin: an early scene around an operating table. Four people come in a blur of activity, then vanish out of frame, a bit of choreography suitable for "Black Swan"
    Zaid: Rachel Weisz makes for an innocent/platonic queen instead of a stern didactic one
    Dan: loved the throne room with its hundreds of dangling candles making its own personal star field.
    Rohit: a scene of Jackman walking in contemplation with silence on the soundtrack, an homage to the classic "Ikiru"
    Becca: the sounds of Jackman tattooing another ring on himself during his space travels, plus how the "last chapter" might be cynically viewed as some post-mortem homework ("Finish It!")
    Jeff: the flower eruption, a brutally ironic take on renewal from the tree's point of view
    Rebecca: "the past" and "the future" are such limiting terms - it's all happening at once!

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • Al

    Here's an video analysis of "The Fountain", which does an excellent job showing the many ways to interpret the movie:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkVS5A5gfGs

    He has some good links at the end of the video for further reading, and the page has a link where you can listen to the movie's amazing soundtrack!

    2 · November 13, 2013

  • Nancy B

    Wish I could be there to talk about this very intriguing film. But I have theater tix with three other people; too complicated to change. I'll look forward to seeing notes from the meeting.

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Al

    Here's a great Reddit online discussion on "The Fountain", featuring several interesting ideas of what's the movie's all about!

    http://www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/1ihplb/discussion_on_darren_aronofskys_the_fountain/

    November 11, 2013

  • Ellyn J. I.

    I have not seen "The Fpuntain" film. I ordered the DVD from the Merlo library. If I receive the DVD and have time to watch it,
    I'll join the conversation.

    Ellyn

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Gari H.

    After production was shut down on this originally - when Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett were cast as the leads - Aronofsky converted the script into a graphic novel and published it through Vertigo. When production restarted, Aronofsky revised the script to correspond with the new budget, and it became the final project as is. Ultimately, I like the film better than the novel, but it is still recommended reading for fans of this movie, if for nothing else than to see how it changed from start to finish.

    2 · November 10, 2013

  • Jeff

    Hi! Brand-new member. Haven't seen The Fountain since it was in theaters in '06....is it recommended to re-watch before attending? Does anybody know if it's available streaming online anywhere?

    November 9, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      Hey Jeff! You can find "The Fountain" on Amazon Instant Video. There is also a great rental place at Belmont and Clark, Nationwide Video where they probably have it. Look forward to meeting you :)

      November 9, 2013

  • Al

    This is a very nice retrospective on "The Fountain" (SPOILERS: see the movie before reading!): http://moviemezzanine.com/the-darren-aronofsky-retrospective-fountain/

    Here's a section from it pointing out (one reason) the movie is so great: "What appears on the surface to be an odyssey through time, the cosmos, and the cycle of life itself, is in actuality one of the most deeply personal films of all time, next to classics like The 400 Blows and 8 1/2, as well as modern works of brilliance like The Tree of Life, Synecdoche New York, and Holy Motors. What may seem at first glance like a 2001: A Space Odyssey quickly reveals itself to be something more emotionally rich: A profoundly personal depiction of grief and its effects on the human psyche."

    October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    While on the surface the Royal Tenenbaum's seems superficial, the relationships in the film are rather complex and worthy of discussion. Still, I have not seen The Fountain. On that basis alone, I opt for the latter.

    1 · October 30, 2013

    • Al

      I agree with that sentiment 100%, Maribel. Both movies are amazing, but with all other things equal, I'm glad it's "The Fountain", because more people haven't had a chance to see it yet.

      October 30, 2013

  • Marissa L

    Sorry, turns out I have to babysit that night. :(

    October 29, 2013

    • Marissa L

      I'll hopefully be done around 9, though, so if you guys are still around, I can come later!

      October 29, 2013

  • Al

    God, "The Fountain" is a wonder-full movie, such an incredible look at life, death, renewal, time, space, and nature filtered through a relationship just between two people. It's so amazing in its visuals of the past (memories, stories, histories) and the future (wishes, beliefs, dreams) and how it echoes between them to show how maybe all these things are messages to each other through space and time (and all done *without* CGI!!). It has remarkable triple performances by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Wiesz, evokes ideas found in "Life of Pi", "Solaris", "Aguirre", and "Celine & Julie go Boating", and when you hear how it was made, it's astounding it could be so successful after losing its main star and half of its budget.

    Or we could talk about "The Royal Tenenbaums" - either movie works for me.

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Christopher B.

    I send Zaid's comment as well. Fountain gets my vote!

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Royal Tanenbaums!

    October 27, 2013

  • Nancy B

    I vote for "the Fountain," because as Zaid said, it sounds like it would make for a more interesting, complex discussion.

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • penny r.

    "The Royal Tanenbaums" NO. The characters are unlikable and the story line is flimsy. I dislike this movie. At least "The Fountain" will be a surprise good or bad.

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Zaid A.

    I vote for The Fountain. I haven't seen it, and I have the feeling it would yield more discussion.

    1 · October 25, 2013

  • Rebecca M.

    2 for "The Royal Tenenbaums" and 3 for "The Fountain", two weeks to step it up!

    October 14, 2013

  • Christopher B.

    I'm picking The Fountain. Haven't seen it, and seems great!

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • penny r.

    I'll pick the only one I haven't seen. "The Fountain"

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • Marissa L

    I vote Amelie, only because it is my favorite of those and I welcome an excuse to watch it again. Though I wouldn't mind a chance to talk about the Royal Tenenbaums and compare it to other Wes Anderson movies.

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • Ellyn J. I.

    I vote for Slumdog Millionaire is the only film I have seen on your list.

    1 · October 7, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      You should see the others too, they're pretty good! That's why I chose them :)

      October 7, 2013

  • Dan

    Buffalo '66 is my favorite, but I am more interested in revisiting The Royal Tenenbaums. There is a lot of complexity in that movie, and a discussion could help uncover the things I missed.

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Collin

    I vote Fountain. Mainly because you get something new out of it every time you see it and because I don't want to have to think about Vincent Gallo (much less talk about him favorably) if I don't have to.

    2 · September 29, 2013

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