Friday Night Retro Sci-Fi Movie of The Week “THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH”

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CHECK IT OUT! https://g.co/kgs/nivrYc THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976) with DAVID BOWIE based on the 1963 novel by Walter Tevis “The Man Who Fell To Earth”  

This movie deserves a mention. Its UK making already says a lot about its lack of plot, and as far as sci-fi is concerned it really makes no sense that a crash landing from outer space will reveal a man with a British accent (David Bowie) who makes a fortune from the sale of inventions created using the advanced technological knowledge of his planet.  That’s what critics like the late Roger Ebert  said about this “friendly alien” movie with lots of sex and nude scenes of Bowie. However, that was before  “The Walking Dead”  taught us a thing or two about plots, and before “The Matrix.”Besides making us think whatever we want to think, however it flows in us, the movie has great shots and if you look for the director’s cut there won’t seem to be holes in the plot. Today we are more attuned to this retro film.  We can get it better now.

Is it worth watching?

I think so. Besides, you can watch it for free here.  In any case, you’ll get a break from the universe Marvel has created in our heads.  A shift of consciousness won’t do us harm.  This movie will put anyone in the place of the”Witness” as Zen practitioners know it.  Becoming our own witness in a nonjudgmental way of seeing ourselves and what is really going on in the world around us, how we are responding to it, and creating it all at once. While the vast majority of uninitiated Zen practitioners won’t get that aspect of the movie, the rest will be enjoying the metaphysical ride of consciousness.

The Man Who Fell to Earth Movie Financials

All else aside, that’s the part no one gets, the metaphysical aspect of the movie that can make us think again about our human race.  IMDB shows The Man Who Fell To Earth with 6.7 stars and reviews have been both good and bad.  At the time British Lion production produced had a budget of $1.5 million but only made a total international and domestic box office release of $162,174, not even half of its budget.  However, the movie has a cult-like following thanks to the superb acting of David Bowie and his movie soundtrack.Besides making us think whatever we want to think, however it flows in us, the movie has great shots and if you look for the director’s cut there won’t seem to be holes in the plot. Today we are more attuned to this retro film.  We can get it better now. David Bowie was great in it and there’s a reawakening of this film as seen in this new release of its 4k version.

The Man Who Fell From Earth Accolades

Even though this film didn’t make it financially, it won Golden Scroll and Best Actor awards at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films of the USA, in 1977.  Nominated for best film by The Berlin International Film Festival of 1976 and the Hugo Literary Awards of 1977, this film does not fall short on cinematic merit.  Picture quality, soundtrack, acting, and possibly its plot are its “mark of the devil” similar to what one would hope “Strangers in a Strange Land the TV movie will be once it’s released in 2018.

 

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