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Top 10 Francis Ford Coppola’s Favorite Movies

Recommendations from Coppola.

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Ashes And Diamonds (1958, Andrzej Wajda)

On 8 May 1945, the year of Nazi Germany’s formal surrender, a post-war Poland finds itself struggling to rise from the ashes, as ambitious cliques of patrician patriots, determined Communists, Soviet soldiers, and brave anti-Nazi resistance fighters all jockey for position.

Against the backdrop of this explosive melting pot somewhere in a small Polish town, Maciek Chelmicki, a former Home Army member and now an efficient assassin, fails in his mission to execute the newly-appointed district secretary, Commissar Szczuka, only to have a fateful encounter with the charming barmaid, Krystyna.

But, how can Maciek start afresh and rebuild his life with Krystyna away from a cause he served his entire life, especially now that the dilemma between patriotism and skepticism is more agonizing than ever?

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The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

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I Vitelloni (1953, Federico Fellini)

Alberto, Fausto, Leopoldo, Moraldo and Riccardo are young adult friends, living in a provincial coastal Italian town. Most are still living at home, unemployed, spending their time together amusing themselves in whatever means, which they find difficult in what they consider their boring town, needing to sponge money off their loved ones.

They are mostly aimless, although Leopoldo, the intellectual, writes, mostly plays, and Riccardo sings whenever given the opportunity. The first one forced at least to start to grow up is Fausto, the cad, who gets Sandra, Moraldo’s naive sister, pregnant.

Although he was going to run off to Milan and abandon her, Fausto instead marries her after his father finds out about the pregnancy.

Fausto and Sandra will find if the sheer act of being married and parents will make Fausto truly grow up, or if their example of being married will get any of the five friends out of their inertia, most specifically by leaving town to strike out on their own

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Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru

The Bad Sleep Well (1960, Akira Kurosawa)

A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father’s suicide.

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Yojimbo (1961, Akira Kurosawa)

Sanjuro, a wandering samurai enters a rural town in nineteenth-century Japan. After learning from the innkeeper that the town is divided between two gangsters, he plays one side off against the other.

His efforts are complicated by the arrival of the wily Unosuke, the son of one of the gangsters, who owns a revolver. Unosuke has Sanjuro beaten after he reunites an abducted woman with her husband and son, then massacres his father’s opponents. During the slaughter, the samurai escapes with the help of the innkeeper; but while recuperating at a nearby temple, he learns of the innkeeper’s abduction by Unosuke, and returns to the town to confront him.

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Singin’ in The Rain (1952, Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)

1927 Hollywood. Monumental Pictures’ biggest stars, glamorous on-screen couple Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood are also an off-screen couple if the trade papers and gossip columns are to be believed. Both perpetuate the public perception if only to please their adoring fans and bring people into the movie theaters. In reality, Don barely tolerates her, while Lina, despite thinking Don beneath her, simplemindedly believes what she sees on screen in order to bolster her own stardom and sense of self-importance. R.F. Simpson, Monumental’s head, dismisses what he thinks is a flash in the pan: talking pictures. It isn’t until The Jazz Singer (1927) becomes a bona fide hit which results in all the movie theaters installing sound equipment that R.F. knows Monumental, most specifically in the form of Don and Lina, have to jump on the talking picture bandwagon, despite no one at the studio knowing anything about the technology. Musician Cosmo Brown, Don’s best friend, gets hired as Monumental’s ideas man and musical director. And by this time, Don has secretly started dating Kathy Selden, a chorus girl who is trying to make it big in pictures herself. Don and Kathy’s relationship is despite their less than friendly initial meeting. Cosmo and Kathy help Don, who had worked his way up through the movie ranks to stardom, try to make the leap to talking picture stardom, with Kathy following along the way. However, they have to overcome technological issues. But the bigger problem is Lina, who will do anything to ensure she also makes the successful leap into talking pictures, despite her own inabilities and at anyone and everyone else’s expense if they get in her way, especially Kathy as Don’s off-screen girlfriend and possibly his new talking picture leading lady.

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The King Of Comedy (1983, Martin Scorsese)

Rupert Pupkin and a young woman named Masha are arguably national late-night talk show host Jerry Langford’s most rabid fans, the two who know each other from hanging outside the show’s New York studio waiting for Jerry to emerge following tapings.

While Masha just wants to be with Jerry, thirty-four-year-old Rupert is an aspiring comic who not only wants to *be* Jerry but also wants to appear on his show to launch his stand-up career, despite he never having even performed stand-up for a real audience of any sort.

Rupert’s fandom includes having a mock set in the basement of his mother’s house where he lives, that set complete with cardboard cutouts of Jerry and his celebrity “guests” such as Liza Minnelli. Rupert manages to get a few minutes alone with Jerry, during which time Jerry gives him some standard platitudes in trying to get rid of him, which delusional Rupert construes to mean that they have now become best friends and that Jerry will indeed have him on the show. Rupert uses this meeting with Jerry as a launching pad to impress Rita, a bartender who he has known and loved since they were in high school together. Rupert goes about trying to meet with Jerry again to arrange that appears on the show. He will have to decide how far he should go, as the standard telephone calls to the studio and waiting in the reception area don’t get him in to see Jerry.

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Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)

When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he’s a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he’s a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment.
Though LaMotta wants his family’s love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it’s his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone.

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The Apartment (1960s, Billy Wilder)

As of November 1, 1959, mild-mannered C.C. Baxter has been working at Consolidated Life, an insurance company, for close to four years, and is one of close to thirty-two thousand employees located in their Manhattan head office. To distinguish himself from all the other lowly cogs in the company in the hopes of moving up the corporate ladder, he often works late, but only because he can’t get into his apartment, located off of Central Park West, since he has provided it to a handful of company executives – Mssrs. Dobisch, Kirkeby, Vanderhoff and Eichelberger – on a rotating basis for their extramarital liaisons in return for a good word to the personnel director, Jeff D. Sheldrake. When Baxter is called into Sheldrake’s office for the first time, he learns that it isn’t just to be promoted as he expects, but also to add married Sheldrake to the list to who he will lend his apartment. Dobisch, Kirkeby, Vanderhoff and Eichelberger are now feeling neglected as Baxter no longer needs their assistance in moving up.

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927, F.W. Murnau)

A farmer with a pretty wife and a young child begins a downward spiral after starting an affair with a vacationing woman from the city. She wants him to return to the city with her but when he mentions his wife, she suggests drowning her. The farmer is reluctant but agrees and he and his wife set off that evening for the city in his boat. When the time comes however he can’t go through with it but his wife is scared silly. When they reach the city they see a young couple getting married and he begs his wife to forgive him. She does and they have a wonderful day together – they have their photo taken, go to a funfair and then dancing. When returning to their boat in the late evening they encounter a huge storm putting both of their lives in danger.

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Bong Joon-ho’s 15 Favorite Movies for His 52nd Birthday

Happy Birthday Bong Joon-ho!

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The 400 Blows – Francois Truffaut (1959) IMDb 8,1

A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

The Ballad of Narayama – Keisuke Kinoshita (1958) IMDb 7,9

A kabuki theatre-inflected story about a poor village whose people have to be carried to a nearby mountain to die once they get old.

Being John Malkovich – Spike Jonze (1999) IMDb 7,7

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

A City of Sadness – Hou Hsiao-hsien (1989) IMDb 7,9

The story of a family embroiled in the “White Terror” that was wrought on the Taiwanese people by the Kuomintang government after their arrival from mainland China in the late 1940s.

Cure – Kiyoshi Kurosawa (1997) IMDb 7,4

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they’ve done.

Fanny and Alexander – Ingmar Bergman (1982) IMDb 8,1

Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.

Deliverance – John Boorman (1972) IMDb 7,7

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it’s dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they’ll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Fargo – Coen Brothers (1994) IMDb 8,1

Jerry Lundegaard’s inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

The Great Escape – John Sturges (1963) IMDb 8,2

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

The Housemaid – Kim Ki-young (1960) IMDb 7,3

A composer and his wife are thrown into turmoil when a housemaid becomes more than they bargained for.

Intentions of Murder – Shohei Imamura (1964) IMDb 7,7

A housewife living under her tyrannical husband has her life stressfully turned upside down after getting raped by a burglar.

Io Island – Kim Ki-young (1977) IMDb 6,7

An investor planning on developing a tourist resort begins an investigation into the legends of the mysterious Io Island in the hope of exploiting its unspoiled beauty.

Life Is Sweet – Mike Leigh (1990) IMDb 7,5

A shop assistant, her cook husband, & their twin daughters ponder their lives over a few weeks in a working-class suburb north of London.

Lola Montès  – Max Ophlus (1955) IMDb 7,3

When she is reduced to appearing in a circus, a notorious beauty thinks back on her past loves.

Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller (2015) IMDb 8,1

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

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10 Movies Full of Metaphor

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Here are ’10 Movies Full of Metaphors’ that you will not get over. Have a good time.

Stalker (1979) IMDb 8,2

Two men and their guide, a ‘stalker’, travel through a mysterious and forbidden territory in the wilderness called ‘the zone.” In the zone, nothing is what it seems. In the zone, there’s said to be a bunker, which contains: a ‘magical’ room, where people who make wishes…come true.

Only by following the Stalker’s lead can the two men hope to make it to the bunker – and the room.

As they travel, they realize it may take something more than just determination to succeed.

No Country for Old Men (2007) IMDb 8,1

In rural Texas, welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) discovers the remains of several drug runners who have all killed each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the police, Moss decides to simply take the two million dollars present for himself. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), on his trail as he dispassionately murders nearly every rival, bystander, and even employer in the pursuit of his quarry and the money. As Moss desperately attempts to keep one step ahead, the blood from this hunt begins to flow behind him with relentlessly growing intensity as Chigurh closes in. Meanwhile, the laconic Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart.

Groundhog Day (1993) IMDb 8,0

TV weatherman Phil Connors is cynical, to say the least, and having to go yet again to Punxsutawney, Pa. on February 2 to see if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow isn’t his idea of fun. He’s grumpy with his segment producer Rita and downright nasty with cameraman Larry. He doesn’t take the shadow business at all seriously but the next morning awakens to find he is reliving the same day. Initially disbelieving and fighting what is happening to him, Phil eventually accepts that he will re-live the same day over and over again. He uses the opportunity to acquire new skills – piano playing and ice carving among them – and soon becomes the most admired man in Punxsutawney. Just how many times he relives the day, however, is anyone’s guess.

Persona (1966) IMDb 8,1

Swedish actress Elisabet Vogler, while on stage during a performance of Elektra, becomes mute. The day following, she is in a near-catatonic state. The doctors in charge of her case diagnose no medical reason that would cause these disabilities. A nurse named Alma is assigned to be Elisabet’s caretaker, who believes that there is some sort of inner strength that Elisabet possesses to choose not to speak. Since Elisabet is not allowed visits by either her husband or her son, the doctor provides her own secluded beachside summer house as a respite for Elisabet and Alma. To break the silence during the respite, Alma speaks continually to Elisabet, ultimately about personal details of her life. Elisabet responds to Alma’s talking, and Alma uses these situations as her own therapy sessions. Alma admires Elisabet and wants to be like her. As the women spend more time alone together, Alma learns more about her patient. But Alma also begins a transformation, which she now knowingly tries to stop because of those things she has learned about Elisabet.

Solyaris (1972) IMDb 8,1

The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence, but the details are hazy and very secret. After the mysterious demise of one of the three scientists on the base, the main character is sent out to replace him.

He finds the station run-down and the two remaining scientists cold and secretive. When he also encounters his wife who has been dead for ten years, he begins to appreciate the baffling nature of the alien intelligence.

Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Gyeoul Geurigo Bom (2003) IMDb 8,0

A young boy lives in a small floating temple on a beautiful lake, together with an elderly master who teaches him the ways of the Buddha. Years later the boy, now a young man, experiences his sexual awakening with a girl who has come to the temple to be healed by the master. The youth runs away to the outside world but his lust turns his life into hell, so he returns to the lake temple to find spiritual enlightenment.

Die unendliche Geschichte (1984) IMDb 7,4

The boy Bastian misses his mother, who has died and is bullied at school by three bullies. One day, he is running away from4 the three boys and hides in a bookstore, where the owner shows him a book that he has never read called “The Neverending Story”. Bastian does not resist and shoplifts T book, leaving a note telling them that he will return the book after he reads gfffit. He goes to the school attic and anxiously reads the book that tells the story of the magic kingdom of Fantasia that is doomed to destruction unless the boy Atreyu can’t go save it. But he needs the help of an Earthling boy to avoid that The Nothing destroys his world.

The Fountain (2006) IMDb 7,2

Three stories – one each from the past, present, and future – about men in pursuit of eternity with their love.

A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that’s wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed.

Eraserhead (1977) IMDb 7,4

In a highly industrialized and somewhat stark alternate reality, Henry learns from the beautiful woman that lives across the hall from him that he has been invited to dinner at the home of Mary and her parents, which surprises him as he has never met Mary’s parents and wasn’t even sure that he and Mary were still dating or a couple. At the dinner, Henry will learn that there is an ulterior motive to the invitation: Mary has just given birth and her mother expects Henry to marry her daughter. Despite the offspring’s premature arrival, Henry initially doesn’t believe the baby is his as the math just doesn’t compute. Regardless, Mary and the baby move into Henry’s small apartment with him. Unable to endure the baby’s incessant crying, Mary abandons them, leaving Henry to care for the baby on his own, he unsure if only temporarily or for good. In their solitude, Henry begins to have visions – unclear if they are real or hallucinations – which point to the possibility that the baby is biologically his, but that perhaps that the world in which they live is controlled by otherworldly forces.

Holy Motors (2012) IMDb 7,1

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.

Prometheus (2012) IMDb 7,0

Following a faint trail of clues, the accomplished archaeologist, Doctor Elizabeth Shaw, and her partner, Charlie Holloway, along with a seventeen-man crew, embark on an ambitious, deep-space scientific expedition. Aboard the revolutionary space exploration starship, USCSS Prometheus, the team sets foot on the rocky terrain of the desolate exomoon, LV-223, in 2093, to investigate the existence of the superior extraterrestrial species known as the “Engineers”. But, there, inside a mysterious, complex structure of cavernous dark chambers and an intricate underground system of tunnels, more enigmas await. Now, a terrifying discovery threatens not only the outcome of the bold outer-space mission but also the very future of humankind. Is the world prepared for the answers to the fundamental questions of human existence?

Inside Out (2015) IMDb 8,1

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

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Top 10 Most Complex Movies of All Time

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) IMDb 8,3

A black monolith has an effect on humans, the monolith’s effects focusing on two specific time periods. The first period is four million years ago, at the dawn of man. After the appearance of the monolith, the ape-men begin to display behavior unknown before then. The second period is the near future, in the year 2001. There are five astronauts aboard Discovery One, which is on a mission to Jupiter. At the beginning of the mission, the reason for it is unknown to the five astronauts. Three of the astronauts are in hibernation at the start of the mission to preserve the manpower over its entire course, leaving mission commander Dr. Dave Bowman and Dr. Frank Poole as the two manning the spacecraft. There is another what is often considered “sixth” astronaut on board, HAL 9000 – referred to simply as Hal – the artificially intelligent computer which controls all of the craft’s functions, including the systems keeping the three hibernating astronauts alive. Hal is made all the more astronaut-like as it is given an artificial voice, Hal and the astronauts often having conversations. A 9000 series computer is considered infallible, any error one has ever made being human-caused. Ultimately, Bowman and Poole believe that Hal is malfunctioning, they are unaware that Hal’s behavior is due to knowledge of classified information it has about events at Clavius, a lunar outpost, eighteen months earlier. However, the issue between the astronauts and Hal becomes a fight for survival. The mission in its entirety has profound consequences for the human race.

Mulholland Drive (2001) IMDb 7,9

After a brutal car accident in Los Angeles, California, Rita is the sole survivor but suffers mass amnesia. Wandering into a stranger’s apartment downtown, her story strangely intertwines with Betty Elms, a perky young woman in search of stardom. However, Betty is intrigued by Rita’s situation and is willing to put aside her dreams to pursue this mystery. The two women soon discover that nothing is as it seems in the city of dreams.

Primer (2004) IMDb 6,9

Engineers Aaron, Abe, Robert, and Phillip are working on an invention, the prototype being built in Aaron’s garage. This project is beyond their day jobs. The project truly does belong to Aaron and Abe, as they use all their free time working on it, primarily trying to overcome the many engineering-related problems they’ve encountered. It is during one of his tests with the invention running that Abe discovers that a protein inside the main unit has multiplied much more rapidly than it could in nature. Rather than the invention being a protein super incubator, Abe, using himself as a guinea pig, and a very meticulous one at that, discovers that the invention can be used as the time machine. In his self-experiment, Abe was especially careful not to interfere with his own self in that time warp.

Abe passes along this discovery to Aaron, who he expects will tell his wife Kara what is the sanctity of their marriage, but he doesn’t want to tell either Robert or Phillip. Much to Abe’s surprise, Aaron does not want to tell Kara, it is the sole intellectual property of just the two of them, in the process of moving the base of operation to a locked storage unit. Aaron’s plan for the two of them is to use the invention to win big in the stock market by knowing through time travel what has happened in the market. With two thoughts on the matter now instead of just one, Aaron and Abe may hit some logistical and philosophical roadblocks in how to move forward.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990) IMDb 7,5

ew York postal worker Jacob Singer is trying to keep his frayed life from unraveling. His days are increasingly being invaded by flashbacks to his first marriage, his now-dead son, and his tour of duty in Vietnam. Although his new wife tries to help Jacob keep his grip on sanity, the line between reality and delusion is steadily growing more and more uncertain.

The Fountain (2006) IMDb 7,2

Three stories – one each from the past, present, and future – about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that’s wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed.

Mr. Nobody (2009) IMDb 7,8

In a utopian future, Nemo is the oldest and last man to ever have the choice of immortality. The film explores Nemo as a young boy faced with an impossible decision: should he stay with his father or go with his mother? The film is based around all of his possible lives that could occur, of which are all dependent on his one decision.

Enemy (2013) IMDb 6,9

Adam Bell is a Toronto area History college professor. He is a rather somber man, largely because he is stuck in a routine, which includes a relationship with his live-in girlfriend, Mary. While watching a rental movie, he spots an actor in a bit part that looks like him. He becomes obsessed with finding out about this double of his. He learns that the actor’s stage name is Daniel Saint Claire, whose legal name is Anthony Claire. Claire is a Toronto-based actor with only a few on-screen credits and is married to a woman named Helen who is currently several months pregnant.
Adam then becomes obsessed with meeting Claire, who he learns upon first sighting that they look exactly the same, from the facial hair to a scar each has, but Claire who outwardly is more “put together” than Adam. Their lives become intertwined as Claire himself ends up becoming obsessed with Adam but in a slightly different way.

Predestination (2014) IMDb 7,5

Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

Vanilla Sky (2001) IMDb 6.9

Incarcerated and charged with murder, David Aames Jr. is telling the story of how he got to where he is to McCabe, the police psychologist. That story includes: being the 51% shareholder of a major publishing firm, which he inherited from his long-deceased parents; the firm’s board, appointed by David Aames Sr., being the 49% shareholders who would probably like to see him gone as they see him as being too irresponsible and immature to run the company; his best bro friendship with the author, Brian Shelby; his “friends with benefits” relationship with Julie Gianni, who saw their relationship in a slightly different light; his budding romance with Sofia Serrano, who Brian brought to David’s party as his own date and who Brian saw as his own possible life mate; and being in an accident which disfigured his face and killed the person who caused the accident. But as the story proceeds, David isn’t sure what is real and what is a dream/nightmare as many facets of the story are incompatible to be all real. The mysterious man in the restaurant may be able to shed some light on David’s confusion.

Moon (2009) IMDb 7,8

Sam Bell has a three-year contract to work for Lunar Industries. For the contract’s entire duration, he is the sole employee based at their lunar station. His primary job responsibility is to harvest and periodically rocket back to Earth supplies of helium-3, the current clean and abundant fuel used on Earth. There is no direct communication link available between the lunar station and Earth, so his only direct real-time interaction is with GERTY, the intelligent computer whose function is to attend to his day-to-day needs. With such little human contact and all of it indirect, he feels that three years is far too long to be so isolated; he knows he is beginning to hallucinate as the end of his three years approaches. All he wants is to return to Earth to be with his wife Tess and their infant daughter Eve, who was born just prior to his leaving for this job. With two weeks to go, he gets into an accident at one of the mechanical harvesters and is rendered unconscious. Injured, he awakens back at the station in the infirmary, he assumes assisted by GERTY. GERTY tells him that a rescue team named Eliza will come to the station to clean up the aftermath of the accident. After his recuperation, he takes an unauthorized trip back to the broken harvester, where he makes an unexpected discovery. Because of his find, he begins to doubt his sanity, then his true identity, then the company, and GERTY’s willingness to do what is best for him. Because of his resulting beliefs, his sole mission becomes how to get back to Earth on his own.

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