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Only Interstellar Pinball Lives Forever

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  • Actors: Tristan Newcomb
  • Directors: Tristan Newcomb
  • Writers: Tristan Newcomb
  • Producers: Tristan Newcomb, Simon Quiroz, Roberto Rosales
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Lumalin Productions
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003U4VGII
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,848 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Only Interstellar Pinball Lives Forever" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A new puppet movie about death and pinball, suitable for irritated intellectuals, existentially-minded children, fans of obscure pinball machine prototypes, advocates of an extropian future, or just lovers of cough syrup. Half existential narcotic, half 80's Euro music video, half wistful message-in-a-bottle to future humans, and half love letter to pinball machines, it's a movie so unaccountably odd, you'll end up fearing death a lot less, and, in some ways, possibly a bit more. Color, NTSC Widescreen, 70 min.

DVD bonus features include two other subversive puppet projects from Tristan Newcomb: "GRRF: The Last Lecture" (as seen on Ars Technica): 30 min., plus the wistful faux-foreign gem "The Sofa and the Sentient", 15 min.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry Fantastic on July 10, 2010
Format: DVD
The way I would explain this movie to people is to tell them it feels like it was pulled directly out of the filmmaker's brain. It has the linear timeline and cinematography of a slick art movie, but the content is like a caffeinated stroll into the mind of someone who loves pinball and loves the muppets and would do anything to avoid death. The filmmaker is pretty obviously pissed off that he's not going to live long enough to see the day when our brains can be stored in computers. This movie feels like he's talking himself into accepting that, but even though he's clearly sincere about this he chose the most bizarre way to explain it. Pinball and puppets? Designing a pinball machine that scientists will like? Dude, what the heck? It's the sort of stream-of-consciousness conclusions you get when peaking on coffee. The puppet work is similar to some early Henson, the puppet is never made to be silly or floppy. It acts dead serious about what it is doing, which becomes funny and dreamlike at the same time. The pinballs take over the show by the end. Lots of interesting shots of pinballs rolling everywhere but in a pinball machine. The melodic background generally sounds like early-80's Tangerine Dream soundtracks, if you're into that (sounds good to me). You could get away with showing this movie to kids, but only if you want them to kick-start their Nietzsche phase before they hit their teens. I must say that it didn't feel as though I had watched a movie. I'm glad I saw it, but it felt more that I had been in someone's head while they were reading a book about death but secretly imagining themselves as a puppet building a pinball machine with toys. It's an art film with a capital 'A', but far more fun than that type of movie usually is. If you haven't seen the GRRF thing that's on the bonus menu, then make it five stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Maris on October 26, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this on a whim, who doesn't like pinball and the muppets? I was unprepared for how different this movie is. I never review purchases, but I saw some reviewer on a website had written some bad things about this movie and had gotten it all completely wrong, so I'll say my part.

I had fun watching, then felt a little frustrated after it was over. I felt like it didn't do things that movies usually do, but I didn't know what. So I watched it again, and now I've decided that nothing was missing, it is just that the movie is different to its core. It's like drinking wine. Wine gives you a lot of funny ideas but doesn't decide for you what is true or isn't true. A lot of ideas about science, death, pinball and a hundred others are bouncing around this movie. It might be that the answer is that there is no answer, only a lot of intriguing questions, but that also sums up life itself?

It's more of a 4/5 movie, to be frank. My opinion is that very few movies like The Great Escape or Casablanca should be 5/5 rated. I'm adding one bonus star for it being so unique. That's what you might not like about it. There's no way to use other movies to figure out what's going on here. Imagine if the movie Inception took out a lot of its talky explanation scenes, then put in more strange dream stuff instead, and risked letting every viewer try to figure out for themselves what was going on. Most people would end up hating that. That's why I want to warn you, this movie has that kind of risk. You could compare it to Eraserhead maybe for the otherworldly feeling, except Eraserhead is slow and dark, this movie is peppy and colorful.

Even though I give it the full 5/5, don't be mad at me if you hate it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Levitt on January 2, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
hello, and welcome to my first review.

almost didnt watch this movie because-

* wasn't on Netflix
* I never buy individual videos
* someone had given it one star

-but I dropped the few bucks and got it. glad I did. my opinion is that this is the most visually creative puppet movie since Labyrinth. whoever wrote that it is just watching a pinball on beige carpet has not seen the movie or is joking (easy to prove this, trailer is on Youtube). there is more visual creativity here than in five other movies put together.

its actually a dark comedy. also, it helps to be intellectually inclined and to love pinball to get the most out of this movie. the other person who wrote 'dont blame me if you hate it', I concur. I own eight pinball machines, four of them electro-mechanicals, and this movie is like a crazy drunken dream you would have after playing pinball for hours while doing shots with friends (I speak from experience). so there you have it.
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