Starfish (2018)
December 18, 2019 6:06 AM - Subscribe

When a mysterious Signal triggers an event that sparks the end of the world, Aubrey Parker is trapped in her dead best friend's apartment, with a single cassette tape labelled "THIS MIXTAPE WILL SAVE THE WORLD."
posted by DirtyOldTown (10 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
Where can one find this promising film?
posted by DrAstroZoom at 7:56 AM on December 18, 2019


Looks like it's on HULU and Amazon Prime right now
posted by jazon at 9:05 AM on December 18, 2019 [2 favorites]


Ugh! Sorry forgot to include that! I usually do,but I dropped the ball this time.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:31 AM on December 18, 2019 [2 favorites]


I had not heard of this movie with this intriguing premise, but fortunately I have both Hulu and Amazon Prime! In the queue it goes. I'll be back to comment in, realistically, a month.
posted by ejs at 7:02 PM on December 18, 2019 [1 favorite]


Okay, just watched. I loved it, though I don’t fully understand it yet. I need some time to fully absorb the message and symbolism, but I can currently say it is a wonderful movie viewing experience. The lead, Virginia Gardner, does a great job of portraying someone for whom the apocalypse is only the second worse thing she’s going through.

Just last week I finished the video game Control, and there were a striking number of parallels between that game and this movie. And I mean that in a good way.
posted by ejs at 11:27 PM on December 19, 2019 [3 favorites]


Also I think anyone who likes the Benson and Moorhead movies (Resolution, Spring, The Endless) will dig this film. It has the same tone of laconic personal drama brushing up against cosmic horror. And it has a lovely/terrifying scene that’s an homage to Frank Darabont’s The Mist.
posted by ejs at 11:37 PM on December 19, 2019 [4 favorites]


I agree with all of that, especially the final comparison to the Benson/Moorhead films.

The main thing I'd add is that a key thing to know going in is that her friend's death isn't a plot device... sci-fi premise aside, the movie is about dealing with grief.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:37 AM on December 20, 2019 [2 favorites]


Tonal not final. Eh well.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:43 AM on December 20, 2019


Also beaucoup points for using Grandaddy on the mixtape.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:45 AM on December 20, 2019 [2 favorites]


All in all, this is the best film adaptation of Silent Hill 2 one could hope for. Grappling with grief through a ravaged townscape full of monstrosities that represent the lead's repressed traumas, as reality slips away... escape only occurring through coming to terms with ones own past choices and sins... and hey there's even a message that says to find (tapes) in their "special place"! Definitely enjoyed the hell out of this.
posted by FatherDagon at 7:27 AM on December 30, 2019


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