October Sky

Discussion in 'Misc. Films' started by TheWiseGuy487, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. TheWiseGuy487 Feelin’ blue (???) (Undecided/still figuring out)

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    What can I say, I love October Sky.

    I just finished watching this again, this time with my parents, and I was reminded again if why I love this beloved, yet underrated, gem of a film. So, I decided to devote a thread to it.

    The message of the movie, about reaching for the stars amidst setback and hardships, is really uplifting and inspiring.

    The actors, particularly Jake Gyllenhaal as wide-eyed dreamer Homer Hickam, Chris Cooper as his stubborn, estranged coal-miner father, and Laura Dern as Homer's supportive teacher Miss Riley, do an excellent and believable job in their respective roles.

    The script, adapted from Rocket Boys*, Homer Hickam's biography on his journey from a coal-miner's son to builder of rockets, is very tightly written and doesn't waste a single minute or miss a story or character beat.

    *(Fun Fact: The title of the movie is an anagram of the title of the book.)

    And the cinematography in this film is so impeccably framed, you could take a single frame and adorn it in your home.

    It doesn't rely on fancy visual effects, action sequences or eye candy. It's just a well written, good, old-fashioned, simple down-to-Earth story about a boy accomplishing his dreams while reconciling with his father. And the fact that it's based on a real story makes me love it even more.

    Also, did I tell you how much I love the soundtrack for this film? Brings tears to my eyes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tyr8jpX2S74
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    It's movies like this that remind me what excellent cinema is really all about. Great story, great characters, great message and great soundtrack. In my humble opinion, this is pretty much a perfect film, and I happily place it in my top ten list of greatest movies of all time.

    So, what are your thoughts? :yay:
     
  2. cabel Registered

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    I'm due for another viewing.
     
  3. Octoberist point blank

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    it's a wonderful film. As uneven as Joe Johnston can be, I think this is his masterpiece along with The Rocketeer. And my personal fav: Honey I shrunk the Kids!
     
  4. Visceral A Shadow

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    He's like the Joe Kelly of Films. Sometimes I wish I would have paid better attention in math class.
     
  5. SWAT Pool of the Death

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    Probably one of my all time favourites.
     
  6. Godsfireworks Arch Duke of Anemone

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    Great Movie, have you read the book it's based on?, it's also really good. I need to watch this movie again.
     
  7. PSYLENTGuardian El Pollos Hermano

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    I can't say no to this movie. If it pops up anywhere, I just watch it. It's a great movie.
     
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    Excellent movie, definitely need to pop in my old VHS of it sometime soon.
     

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