Two Things About The Humans

Did you have a pet dinosaur?Our friend Sebastian visited us yesterday, and there are two awesome things from last evening that I wanted to share:

The first is The Man from Earth, a movie written by Jerome Bixby (his last work, in fact, completed on his deathbed) and directed by Richard Schenkman. It’s a very simple story: a teacher quits his job and decides to move away, and his friends come to his house to confront him about it and/or to say goodbye. Eventually he reveals the reason he’s leaving: he is 14,000 years old and moves on every ten years or so when people start noticing that he doesn’t age.

How is that for an awesome concept? And it’s beautifully executed, too: the whole movie consists of a group of people sitting in a room and talking to each other, but it’s a million times more exciting and compelling than the lastest Michael Bay blockbuster. It may be set in one room, but it’s based on the power of storytelling, of imagination – and in your mind, you see grand vistas, high mountains and vast plains and the wanderings of one man throughout history. Michael Bay can never get special effects like that.

And it’s also deeply philosophical – in a real sense, not in the superficial sense of something like Battlestar Galactica: The Plan. It’s a movie that lingers in your mind and makes you think – about religion, about immortality, about history, about love. If you see this movie with an open mind, you will feel that you were part of something special.

In other words, I totally recommend it. Buy it on DVD, or if you can’t afford that, get it on BitTorrent (and later donate some money on the film’s homepage). You’ll be a better person for having seen this movie.

The second awesome thing of the evening was this excellent and wonderfully hilarious video, which you have probably already seen, but which I had completely missed :

Finally, we also recorded a bunch of lines for Sebastian’s character in Phenomenon 32, the German-Scottish mechanic Klaus McKie. That was cool too. *grin*

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  1. Evil Roda

     /  November 23, 2009

    Awesomeness!
    Now, set a deadline.
    I’ve noticed that with every disaster, you come up with something awesome to make the game even better. This means that the more disasters you have before release, the better the game will be. But, the more disasters you have, the longer we have to wait. Now, conceivably, the number of disasters that cause the increase in awesomeness is infinitely increasable, therefore, the amount of awesomeness in the game is also infinite. So, if we have to wait an infinite amount of time, the game will be infinitely awesome! But, then again, if it takes an infinite amount of time to complete, and we have finite lives, then we won’t be able to play it. But what if the infinite awesomeness is worth it? But…
    Dammit, nevermind. I just confused myself severely, and now my gray matter burns with the intensity of a single LED.

  2. I PARTIALLY agree with the deadline thing, but that’s only because I’m an impatient person and REALLY want to play this game. Don’t rush yourself, Jonas, you’ll get it done.

    In the meantime, this movie sounds great. That song is also hilarious.

  3. There’s not so much a deadline as there is a… target. But I won’t announce it, because that will only cause more disasters.

  4. Jonas,

    I really appreciate the kind words about our film. After two years, it’s nice to see people still writing about the film.

    Regarding the issue of piracy / bittorrent it’s not really something were “fine with”. We addressed the issue when the movie came out and was widely pirated by asking tjose that watched the film via bittorrent to please go to http://www.manfromearth.com and donate something in exchange for watchingthis film this way. Two years later, we are still struggling to breakeven on this film and it still hurts us when people take the film without supporting the filmmakers in any way.

    Thanks again for wtiting about our film. Please help spread the word by posting your wonderful review under user comments on our IMDb page.

    Thanks again and Happy Holidays.

    Best,

    Eric D. Wilkinson
    Producer
    Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth

  5. When I find the time, I’m going to write a long review, and post that to the IMDb. It’s really a wonderful film – it deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.

    I’ve also updated the thing about filesharing – I got the slightly wrong info from the Wikipedia entry on the movie, which should probably be edited to mention donations.

    And again – truly an excellent film. Thanks for making it.