507 Bigger Than Life

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oh yeah
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Re: 507 Bigger Than Life

#101 Post by oh yeah » Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:27 pm

The ending, while disorienting at first glance in its sheer quickness of the switch from darkness to light, is actually kind of perfect.
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I don't think Ray intended the 'hey how you doing' quality to the last moments to be sincere, it's more like a mocking acknowledgment of the very falseness of such a "recovery" and how the maniac behind the fatherly figure will always be there. It's actually very foreboding to me, despite the ostensible cheery tone probably demanded by the Code/studio.

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Re: 507 Bigger Than Life

#102 Post by therewillbeblus » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:28 am

For those in the greater Boston area, the Brattle theatre in Cambridge is conducting a screening of Bigger Than Life tomorrow, Sat. 10/19, at 7pm with authors Jonathan Lethem and Susan Choi in attendance doing a live commentary track. I'm unable to attend, but it should be a fun experiment.

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