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Nice Splice

MovieBob interviews the director of 2010's weirdest scifi movie, Splice.

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MovieBob:
Nice Splice

MovieBob interviews the director of 2010's weirdest scifi movie, Splice.

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You know if he was joking about the last bit?

Our film starts from the premise of "Well, we already stole the fire, so now what do you do with it? How do you handle it without getting burned?"

And i have been sold.

Interesting Interview, never heard of this man before, he sounds worthy of respect and admiration.

Gotta say i was kinda off about the movie, i got it in my head that it was gonna be a flake, looking back after reading this and your review, im not exactly sure, im pleasently suprised that it seems to be a really great movie.

also i agree with his views on Stem cell research ecetera.

I actually didn't know that this was made by the director of Cube--a movie that I loved.

This one, however, just makes me uncomfortable, and not in a good way.

Not sure if I'll see it, but I AM more interested in it than I was as I'd written it off as yet another gorefest flick, but TY for the interview with him all the same! :D

Shame the director of cube couldn't come up with the same gold he did previously...

A good attempt, but, that's all it was

Disturbing sex scene is disturbing, and most people won't be able to get over that. It doesn't work as a metaphor, not one bit.

Nonetheless an excellent interview. I lean towards the conservative side of things, but I do tire of pointing out that there is no command "Thou shalt not manipulate DNA".

At the beginning of the third act, the relationship between Adrien Brody and Dren takes a turn that a lot of the audience probably won't see coming.

Yeah. Right. Because the second you see her in trailers looking remotely human you're going to be surprised that someone is going to have sex with her. Especially when you can't help but think of it as another Species (even if the film does have greater merit).

If that's a twist the audience can't see coming than Prince of Persia must have blown their fucking minds.

A hybrid named Dren, eh? You know if I was a Farscape nerd I could make a joke about a hybrid named Shit, but I won't.

i'm still on the fence for this.

i saw the trailer and it looked like utter fail. Hope I'm wrong but it looks like a bad movie with a bad trailer.

of course, i miss the guy who used to be the trailer voice (i think he died?).

C

I think I'll go and see this.

and I'm sort of aware enough of these kinds of movies that I didn't want to imitate them. And the way to push it into the 21st Century was to make it a love triangle, that it's a couple who create Dren.

I would be surprised if this film mixes up the conventions as much as Enki Bilal's Immortal. Might be a teeny bit hard to match it terms of weirdness as well.

Yeah I kinda saw her trying to have sex with someone a mile off. It's a slightly more topical species. I get it. Still not going to see it.

Also, maybe i'm being overly sensitive, but the last thing we need right now when we're JUST starting to get stem cell and genetic research going again after nearly a decade of republican cockblocking is some sensationalist hollywood movie whose message is "LOLOLOLOL GENETIC MODIFICATION N CLONING IS EBIL AND SCIENTISTS R DUM" for the stupid people to latch onto.

Just saying.

MovieBob:
He was especially eager to talk about the "science part"; as a result, I've actually had to omit a few passages where we literally ceased talking about the movie and instead just mutually geeked out over a shared fascination with newsworthy biotech minutia.

Bob, any chance you could post what you omitted someplace? Maybe here in the comments? I'd love to read that, because, to be honest, you kind of lost me with the 'awakening junk genes' explanation: it is my understanding that the current thinking on the subject is still that those junk genes are just leftovers, and don't- couldn't- actually code for any functional proteins anymore; they're junk because they were rendered useless through mutation.

Of course, my knowledge is somewhat dated (a lot has happened in genetic science in the 15 years since I took my last graduate seminar), and I'm sure Mr. Natali consulted with experts in the field, so it'd be great to get the gory details of your conversation with him about it.

TsunamiWombat:
Yeah I kinda saw her trying to have sex with someone a mile off. It's a slightly more topical species. I get it. Still not going to see it.

Also, maybe i'm being overly sensitive, but the last thing we need right now when we're JUST starting to get stem cell and genetic research going again after nearly a decade of republican cockblocking is some sensationalist hollywood movie whose message is "LOLOLOLOL GENETIC MODIFICATION N CLONING IS EBIL AND SCIENTISTS R DUM" for the stupid people to latch onto.

Just saying.

You did watch his review, right? That's not what the movie is saying, at least according to Bob.

TsunamiWombat:
Also, maybe i'm being overly sensitive, but the last thing we need right now when we're JUST starting to get stem cell and genetic research going again after nearly a decade of republican cockblocking is some sensationalist hollywood movie whose message is "LOLOLOLOL GENETIC MODIFICATION N CLONING IS EBIL AND SCIENTISTS R DUM" for the stupid people to latch onto.

Just saying.

You didn't watch the Video review? Bob made it pretty clear that the message is "scientists are gonna experiment anyway, so you best just accept it and make sure those experiments are done correctly and with proper controls..."

Not G. Ivingname:

You know if he was joking about the last bit?

The bring a date? Dude when you really get someone you are dating with a movie like this is perfect. It the the whole stereotype of your date is going to get scared and rather spend the time being comforted and not actually watch the movie.

So yeah take his advice and bring that date...let's just hope its the woman that is scared and not the guy or else she will think the guy is a pervert :P.

TsunamiWombat:
Yeah I kinda saw her trying to have sex with someone a mile off. It's a slightly more topical species. I get it. Still not going to see it.

Also, maybe i'm being overly sensitive, but the last thing we need right now when we're JUST starting to get stem cell and genetic research going again after nearly a decade of republican cockblocking is some sensationalist hollywood movie whose message is "LOLOLOLOL GENETIC MODIFICATION N CLONING IS EBIL AND SCIENTISTS R DUM" for the stupid people to latch onto.

Just saying.

Have you read the thing? Or watched the review?

The point is, it's NOT a sensationalist hollywood movie with the message of "LOLOLOL SCIENTISTS FUCKING UP IN GODS DOMAIN IS BAD STUFF" as it is with MOST science-fiction movies involving scientists and more or less controversial things.

If you want to see a movie that promotes anti-scientific and anti-progressive views, look at, oh, I don't know... Let's see, Reanimator definitely works here. I'll think of more movies and edit them in later.

The whole premise of "Well, we already stole the fire, so now what do you do with it? How do you handle it without getting burned?" is not the same as "We stole the fire and now the gods punished us all! Praise the gods! And don't fuck with their domain!".

The latter is annoying. The former is a reasonable idea.

Although, given the thickheadedness and idiocy of most fundamentalist folk, you're probably right. But then again, they can simply use a lot of other movies as ammunition. I mean, they didn't have this movie back a decade ago, and stem cell research didn't exactly go well in USA because of some assholes.

I'm kind of on the fence about the whole Genetic testing thing. Alot of people see it as a moral issue. On the other hand we will discover alot about ourselves we still dont' know yet. Good things and bad things.
And on the stem cell thing, from what I've heard (correct me if I'm wrong). But haven't they only got results from the stemcells found near your sinuses and not the ones at the base of your brain?

I like this guy.

I'm glad this movie is better than it's been made to look. If I'm reading this right, then the trailers are totally misrepresenting what this movie is like. Splice has been made to look like the kind of mindless cheap nonsense that has caused me to despise horror as a genre in general.

Billion Backs:

TsunamiWombat:
Yeah I kinda saw her trying to have sex with someone a mile off. It's a slightly more topical species. I get it. Still not going to see it.

Also, maybe i'm being overly sensitive, but the last thing we need right now when we're JUST starting to get stem cell and genetic research going again after nearly a decade of republican cockblocking is some sensationalist hollywood movie whose message is "LOLOLOLOL GENETIC MODIFICATION N CLONING IS EBIL AND SCIENTISTS R DUM" for the stupid people to latch onto.

Just saying.

Have you read the thing? Or watched the review?

The point is, it's NOT a sensationalist hollywood movie with the message of "LOLOLOL SCIENTISTS FUCKING UP IN GODS DOMAIN IS BAD STUFF" as it is with MOST science-fiction movies involving scientists and more or less controversial things.

If you want to see a movie that promotes anti-scientific and anti-progressive views, look at, oh, I don't know... Let's see, Reanimator definitely works here. I'll think of more movies and edit them in later.

The whole premise of "Well, we already stole the fire, so now what do you do with it? How do you handle it without getting burned?" is not the same as "We stole the fire and now the gods punished us all! Praise the gods! And don't fuck with their domain!".

The latter is annoying. The former is a reasonable idea.

Although, given the thickheadedness and idiocy of most fundamentalist folk, you're probably right. But then again, they can simply use a lot of other movies as ammunition. I mean, they didn't have this movie back a decade ago, and stem cell research didn't exactly go well in USA because of some assholes.

Okay I HAVE seen his review now (hadn't realized it was wednesday) and he SAYS thats not the case, but movies are all about interpretation. And my interpretation?

Stupid people are going to be all over this movie about how aweful science is.

PS: If this is the case, the Trailers are COMPLETLY MISREPRESENTING THE MOVIE, and they are showing the real marketing message the studio wants you to see.

Darn you beat me to it.

Jaredin:
Shame the director of cube couldn't come up with the same gold he did previously...

A good attempt, but, that's all it was

QFT! I just wanted to say the same. The Cube was something different, but this Splice seems like an idea that has been washed and tumble-dried a hundred times...

Awesome filmmaker is awesome.

I must find this film in a cinema nearby! I'm very exited for it now.

Okay, I'm almost entirely sold on this movie now. When does it hit the UK?

Hearing that this is from the same guy that did Cube isn't a mark of favor in my book, but Bob's review makes the movie sound worth watching nonetheless.

If there is one thing I can't stand about MovieBob is the fact that he hates on the whole "God" thing so much. Obviously they were conscious about not involving God in the story or else he, more likely than not, would've been involved in it.

Not everyone thinks that God is exactly a cop-out in stories. I particularly don't care either way.

Other than that, I enjoyed the interview.

I'm on the fence with a picket prong up my arse about this whole "playing God" and tampering with genetics thing as I haven't seen anything terribly good or bad come from it quite yet. So, I'll watch this movie and wonder...

Oh, and to the first question: I totally would.

I just saw this movie and I must, I enjoyed it very much. But it is not a movie for everyone. I recommend it if you are open minded about some fuck up stuff.

An interesting interview. I think I'd just spend my whole time being morally outraged by the permise of 'splicing' human DNA with animal DNA to appricitate the film some how. (No prizes for guessing that I'm not going to see this film). But if hard Sci-Fi is getting a look in in the mainsteam film market that's all to the good.

solidstatemind:

MovieBob:
He was especially eager to talk about the "science part"; as a result, I've actually had to omit a few passages where we literally ceased talking about the movie and instead just mutually geeked out over a shared fascination with newsworthy biotech minutia.

Bob, any chance you could post what you omitted someplace? Maybe here in the comments? I'd love to read that, because, to be honest, you kind of lost me with the 'awakening junk genes' explanation: it is my understanding that the current thinking on the subject is still that those junk genes are just leftovers, and don't- couldn't- actually code for any functional proteins anymore; they're junk because they were rendered useless through mutation.

Of course, my knowledge is somewhat dated (a lot has happened in genetic science in the 15 years since I took my last graduate seminar), and I'm sure Mr. Natali consulted with experts in the field, so it'd be great to get the gory details of your conversation with him about it.

Agreed.

I'm actually curious about the gender-change occurences and how possible they are. I realize some organisms are capable of it, but my (admittedly limited) knowledge keeps with the idea that, when it does, it only occurs in single-gender populations. The things in the film aren't in that kind of environment though. Would this be attributed to the "junk-gene" explanation, faulty work by the scientists, or something else?

For me, I'm all the way for stem cell research and genetics and what not. I don't remember reading anywhere in the bible that it said man can't alter DNA in any way shape or form. I just don't see why so many people are against it. Oh, and for the question: Oh I would hit it.... with a bolter pistol and chainsword.

Oh, I brought a date, Movie Bob :)

This film rocked my world. I went into it knowing virtually nothing about it besides a trailer I only half-remembered. It didn't click with me what we were seeing until I was shown the movie poster after we bought the tickets. I expected some vapid, jump-scare creature-feature full of nonsense "soft science" and focused fully on over the top gore and special effects. What I got was a smart, subtle, and deeply disturbing venture into the depth of the human psyche, featuring a creature so well done that I found it simultaneously attractive and repulsive. Dren was so familiar to me yet so alien that I was on edge whenever she was on screen. "Discomforting" is the proper word for it. Deeply discomforting. You didn't know what she would do, how she would react, and her seeming humanity only made me distrust her all the more.

Out of everything in theaters this summer, this is the best yet.

Nemu:
I actually didn't know that this was made by the director of Cube--a movie that I loved.

This one, however, just makes me uncomfortable, and not in a good way.

Not sure if I'll see it, but I AM more interested in it than I was as I'd written it off as yet another gorefest flick, but TY for the interview with him all the same! :D

Its not supposed too. Its supposed to make you uncomfortable on a level where your brain tells you "get out. This is very, very wrong." The whole thing feels twisted and dangerous.

As a genetics major working in the field it's good to know that we aren't always portrayed as the demonish, forgetful, idiots the media and the zealots would make us out to be. Briliant movie with a great cast, can't wait to see it in... 2 months time when it comes out in Australia *sigh*

Gotta say, Bob, I loved the movie. I wouldn't have seen it without your recommendation. Further than that, I loved the aspect that the whole moral choice of "do we have the right to play with god's design?" came up once, and was promptly dismissed with a resounding "yes, because he also gave us the ability to change his work". Moreso, I liked the metaphor of humanity in the monster and the monster in humanity. Very symbolic of that equality. Also, the development of the parental role, and the changing of focus as Dren matures from Elsa to Clive as a representation of the changing dynamic of humanity was very well laid out. A most excellent recommendation, man. Thanks.

MovieBob...I love ya but you f'd up on this one. Splice was a boring, drawn out, overly predictable, and somewhat lame movie. Yes it was better than Species and yes I would've done the same as Adrien Brody but for the love of god would someone make characters that are believable or make sense? You nailed it when you said we know who wears the lab coat but there wasn't a man in sight in this flick...well at least until the end and we both know what I'm talking about there...ha ha.

I can't say that I saw the humanty/monster thing any more than I saw the Loch Ness monster in this film. What I did see were the beginnings of good sci-fi weighed down by the dredges of a Hollywood film. Had this been an indy film I think there may have been several iterations of Dren, a real lack of morality, and maybe just maybe some real substance. I'm not sorry I paid to see it, I'm just sorry you said it was good.

That's my $.02

The man sounds like a great guy. Great movie, too.

And I DEFINITELY wouldn't.

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