JARVIS CARR reviews Douglass Trumbull’s Sci-Fi Classic Silent Running. Over the past several months, at one point or another, we have all inevitably been faced with the same moral dilemma: to isolate oneself and endure the resulting sense of loneliness for the greater good … or to not. Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) finds himself tackling a similar conundrum in the 1972 sci-fi classic Silent Running.  We meet Lowell in the film’s opening scene as he tends to a flower, through the lens of a close shot, which then promptly pans out, revealing the planets and stars of our galaxy in the background. This stark contrast between the abyssal dark of outer space and the unnaturally well-lit greenery of the lush forest provides the first of many surreal images which pervade the film. Not only are we in a biome, but in one of many that are connected to the large…Continue Reading

Silent Running

A poem by SOPHIA WALLS. I stumbled then fell, the water’s surface a door closing everything behind me. I banged, pulled, slammed, thudded, dialling numbers, numbers, numbers. But the surface was fading away. Answer, answer, answer, answer, please. Hannah, Amanda, Peter, Fred. Who would answer? Someone get me out of here, get me out: Drown out these voices drowning out me. Who will accept me into the world above? Bring me back to the surface? Who? Who? Who? Let me out. Beeps and ‘’sorry your call is not available right now’’. Why should anyone answer my desperate cries for acceptance when these worlds of mine, will not? Name after name and number and loud speaker and red, unhopeful hang-ups, glaring all the hope out of me. Where was my existence? Where the was it? Get me out of here so I can find it amidst the long, long chats, the…Continue Reading