Friday, May 2, 2014

Cinema Cycle - bodies, rest & motion



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


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DATE: 5/2/2014




FORMAT: LaserDisc


SYNOPSIS: Four young people with no direction interact and change the course their lives.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: We need to have a goal and set our sights on something better, otherwise we are just waiting around for something to happen.


PROS AND CONS: This is one of those films that I really like, but it is hard to explain why.  The title comes from the axiom that objects that are at rest or in motion will remain in that state until acted upon by an outside force.  In the concept of this film, it relates to the lives of the four individuals in the film and how they have no direction or goal.  They are basically ‘stuck’ in an unfulfilling life and they are making no real effort to change things.  This references a chapter in most young adult’s lives where they either decide to make something of themselves or they choose to be a slacker and never grow and mature any further.


The performances here are very good.  The actors did not sign on to make a lot of money here, they liked the script and wanted to practice their craft.  I especially liked the intimate nature of the film, which has superb cinematography and direction.  There are a lot of details in this film that really draw you in.  Almost every scene has meaning regarding plot or character development.


The only negative that some viewers might have with the work is the lack of an obvious ‘arc’ or plot conclusion.  This is more of slice of life film that makes you think as opposed to a film with a happy ending.


TIME RIDDEN: 1 hour 49 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN: 18.5 miles


TOTAL MILES LOGGED: 121 miles


To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.


This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection which is located on the LaserDisc Database

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.