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Interstellar: The Experience

If 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception were animate objects and managed to conceive a child, it would be Interstellar.

For the past two weeks or so all I have heard, or read online, is that Interstellar is an amazing film, and so far I have received zero negative or condescending feedback. Which is just extremely unordinary, especially for a science fiction film! Last night, I decided to take the plunge (pun?) and see it. I will admit: I was extremely skeptical at first. I have a tendency to be let down by a film if it is over-hyped and does not meet my expectations.  I was not disappointed, I was actually surprised by the intense emotional impact the film took on me.

If you’re an emotional person beware, because Christopher Nolan has created the perfect “emotional rollercoaster.” Nolan takes us from being on the edge of our seats to tears in a matter of seconds, which is something very few filmmakers can achieve. I’m not going to lie: I cried and/or teared-up several times, it’s just that powerful. The score (composed by Hans Zimmer) only adds to this emotional ride by creating an otherworldly soundtrack that will only fully envelope you within the experience that is Interstellar.

I have heard that there are several plot holes within the story. I’m not sure what film others have seen, but the only “holes” I noticed were wormholes, black holes, and assholes (if you’ve seen it, you know exactly who I’m talking about!). I plan to go see it again next week in IMAX so I can receive the full experience.

I only have one complaint: there are no explosions and/or flames in outer space.

Bottom line: Few filmmakers produce a film as groundbreaking as Interstellar, and Nolan has set the bar extremely high as far as the future of cinema goes. The way I see it, Christopher Nolan has won filmmaking. Also, I recommend seeing it in IMAX since it is one of the few movies produced specifically for viewing in IMAX.

Rating: A+

Pink Floyd Gives The World One Final (Original) Album

Pink Floyd, one of the most influential rock acts within the last (nearly) fifty years, released their final album, “The Endless River,” last week. I finally managed to find the time to listen to the album in its entirety, which I have now listened to several times. Yes, it is that good! The album features all of their signature elements and sounds, which is sure to please any hardcore Pink Floydian.

What’s interesting about this album is that a lot of the tracks were originally recorded twenty years ago during the release of “The Division Bell.” Since Richard Wright’s death in 2008, David Gilmour and Nick Mason have revisited these tracks and selected many to re-record, enhance, and overall beef-up for this album. As sad as I am to realize that this will be the last original album released by the band, I am glad to hear that David plans to release a solo album in 2015 with help from Nick.

The album’s main theme is communication, which is something the band has never fully maintained among the members (please refer back to Syd Barrett’s dismissal and Rodger Waters’ exit from the band). It’s like Gilmour says in the track Louder Than Words,” “we bitch and we fight, dis each other on sight, but this thing that we do… It’s louder than words.”

Overall, I would say that “The Endless River” is an amazing finale to an incredible journey that will never fully end. Like most of Floyd’s work, this isn’t just an album, it’s an experience.