The Fall

I’m pretty darn sure after seeing the trailer that I want to see this movie, but there’s one little fillip, one name that gets briefly dropped, that really makes me wonder what’s going to happen. It isn’t explained in the clip, unfortunately, it’s just there, so I’ll have to cough up $5 to find out.


  1. #1 skyotter
    February 26, 2008

    that’s simply too intriguing to pass up. they’ll get my nine bucks (more like ten-fiddy, but hey, i’m in Alaska)

    the clip reminds me a little of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, mixed with The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and The Princess Bride (for the story-within-a-story framework)

  2. #2 Pleco
    February 26, 2008

    Me and you both..

  3. #3 Rob Adams
    February 26, 2008

    I think that it’s pretty clear from the trailer that the story is intentionally over-the-top absurd. I doubt that Darwin’s presence serves any purpose other than achieving a jarring almost postmodern juxtaposition.

  4. #4 skyotter
    February 26, 2008

    ditto, Steve. to paraphrase the new Harold and Kumar movie:

    “This is gonna be just like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Only it’s not gonna suck!”

    The Cell is a great movie to watch with the sound turned off, by the way

  5. #5 SEK
    February 26, 2008

    This sort of seems to go the same way, but boy, produced by David Fincher and Spike Jonze?

    They were just the money-men. The film’s been finished since 2005, screened at a few film festivals in 2006, but didn’t find distribution until Fincher and Jonze put their weight behind it.

  6. #6 Clan/Rewired
    February 26, 2008

    mmm, should try this turning off the sound while watching the Cell… has it anything to do with Lopez wearing a skin tight piece of nothing maybe? Matthew Barney has this whole iconography with Minotaurs down a bit better though, at least, it’s not just eye-candy. But even if Jonze and Fincher were the “money men”, they still thought it interesting enough to link their names to. It’s not like they are extreme blockbuster producers, so if they were to invest in some expensive but pretentious flop, they would probably like to be able to stand behind their decision to back it up on artistic grounds.

  7. #7 Phil
    February 26, 2008

    So I looked this movie up on, and it says it was released in 2006, and has already won two awards. It does look a little cool, and hopefully good.

  8. #8 skyotter
    February 26, 2008

    played in festivals in ’06 and ’07, but IMDB says US release (limited) is March 8 2008

  9. #9 skyotter
    February 26, 2008

    KC: i’m in Juneau (*waves to Fairbanks*)

  10. #10 skyotter
    February 26, 2008

    i’m also reminded of that episode of Futurama about the sunken city of Atlanta:

    “Ted Turner, Hank Aaron, Jeff Foxworthy, the man who invented Coca Cola, the magician – all the other gods of our legends. Gods though they were – and also, Jane Fonda was there …”

    “The magician?”

  11. #11 Sastra
    February 26, 2008

    Let’s see, it’s called “The Fall,” there’s a huge crucifix, locusts come out of someone’s mouth, nuns dance around in circles, there’s a human sacrifice — and the final question in the trailer is “Are you trying to save my soul?”

    Just a guess, but I wonder if “Charles Darwin” was included to make some sort of science vs. religion connection on the theme of sin and redemption? If so, I just hope he’s not there to represent the first one.

  12. #12 dcwp
    February 26, 2008

    Matt – wow. I never would have put that clip with the trailer. I had to check at the end of the clip to be sure I hadn’t accidentally clicked on a different movie. This should be interesting…

  13. #13 MAJeff
    February 26, 2008

    Beethoven missed his calling. He could have been the John Williams of his day. Oh, wait … no movies back then. Hmmm … the Andrew Lloyd Weber then

    That was Mozart. Magic Flute=Phantom of the Opera.

  14. #14 rpenner
    February 26, 2008

    The story was just a trick to get you to do something for me.

    See, “teach the controversy” leads to addicts enticing children with stories about Charles Darwin and Governor Odious in order to get them into drug traficking.

    Therefore, DI promotes the drug culture by their policies and frequent use of the term “Darwinist” putting the man on a pedestal which he does not deserve. (The actual biologist pedestal for Darwin is a good deal lower, and tucked away in a corner, since evo-devo, epigenetics are far better lit today.)

  15. #15 razimmermann
    February 26, 2008

    That was Mozart. Magic Flute=Phantom of the Opera.

    Or Wagner. The Ring cycle = Lord of the Rings.

  16. #16 Brownian, OM
    February 26, 2008


    Dude, where are you seeing movies? Can I come too?

    Yeah, and creationists claim no one was around to witness the first life on Earth.

    Obviously PZ still lives back then, ’cause I’m sure movies haven’t been $5 since.

  17. #17 MacPato
    February 26, 2008

    I think Darwin was just included for sheer weirdness. Just the most random person you could think of to have along on an adventure film.

    No, no, if they were really ballsy it would have been, “There were five of them: The Indian, the Ex-Slave, an Explosives Expert, the Masked Bandit…and Abe Vigoda.”

    That movie I’d see.

  18. #18 Jim Lund
    February 26, 2008

    Check out “The Amazing Dr. Darwin : The Adventures of Charles Darwin’s Grandfather” by Charles Sheffield. It is a collection of short stories. I’m reading it now and so far it is pretty good.

  19. #19 Spalanzani
    February 26, 2008

    “I got the sense of “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” as well. Lets just hope this isnt a steaming pile of dogshit like that cinematic waste of 2 hours.”

    I feel morally obligated to point out that that awful movie was originally a rather good comic book by Alan Moore.

  20. #20 ERV
    February 26, 2008

    AH Thank you! Dont tell my old conductor :P

  21. #21 Jeremy
    February 27, 2008

    $9.50!? That’s cheap. My cinema runs around $14, and that’s with a discount.

    Fat chance of this coming to Japan, methinks. bleh. We just got The Golden Compass, though from what everyone says, for the price I’ll skip it. Though warrior polar bears would be cool.

    The site Matt links to says the movie’s ‘ambientada’ in 1920s Hollywood. If my Spanish doesn’t fail me, that means it’s set in that time period. Am I missing something, or did I get something wrong?

  22. #22 Sigmund
    February 27, 2008

    I’m a little worried that Darwin is getting somewhat overexposed these days. Starring in ‘The Fall’ and ‘Expelled’ at the same time might go to his head. It won’t be long before he’s fighting with the paparazi while falling drunk out of a limo with Linday, Paris and Britney. Lets just hope he remembers to keep his pants on.

  23. #23 Carlie
    February 27, 2008

    What’s with the Princess Amidala headgear everywhere?
    Overall, looks intriguing.

  24. #24 apy
    February 27, 2008

    Going to the cinema here is at least a $25/person adventure. True I get the overpriced snacks, but I get the small. Not to mention the servicing sizes are huge. As I’ve grown up, things I’ve recognized from my youth look oddly smaller and unfamiliar, however the size of sodas at a cinema seem to grow with me.

  25. #25 Ian
    June 5, 2008

    Morphine + Charles Darwin = Eve’s Solution?