The search for Cooper’s jacket

Watching Interstellar, two things become apparent: Cooper is a badass, and so is his jacket.

Interestingly, we were almost robbed of Cooper’s iconic threads.  In the screenplay stage, the Nolans intended for Cooper to wear a leather bomber jacket (driving home his past as a pilot).  But before production began, Nolan’s costume director thought better of it.  As a farmer of harsh earth, Cooper would wear something practical.  A Carhartt work jacket—along with a t-shirt and durable jeans—fit the bill.

Cooper’s jacket is brilliant product placement.  It’s not just a can of Pepsi sitting in the foreground; it functions in the story, leaving a stronger impression than a logo close-up.  This jacket is so sturdy, it’s running strong after a semi-apocalypse.  Clearly it could survive the meager hardships of my day-to-day life.  Thus began my search for Cooper’s jacket. (more…)

The Microsoft Paint Challenge has a winner!

Congratulations to sevgonlernassau for winning the Interstellar Microsoft Paint Challenge!  The mandate for this contest was to draw a scene from Interstellar using the most rudimentary design program available (64-color-palette maximum).

Sevgonlernassau’s piece, “23 Years Later,” depicts Brand’s sorrowful reaction to Romilly upon her return from Miller’s planet.  Considering the restrictions, I think it’s pretty impressive.

Thanks for playing, all!


There’s only one thing I don’t get…

I’ve spent a lot of energy decrying lazy critiques of Interstellar.  After two viewings, there was nothing that confused me; everything fit perfectly.  Except one thing.  After well over 30 viewings, it still vexes me.  And I’ve never seen it discussed among Interstellar fans.

Every hour on Miller’s planet is 7 years on Earth.  If 23 earth years pass between Cooper’s departure and return, that means he is on Miller’s planet for just over 3 hours.  Yet the events on Miller’s planet, which are presented from start to finish in “real time,” last only a few minutes.

Additionally, CASE informs Cooper that it will take 45 minutes to 1 hour to drain the water from the engines.  This is immediately followed by Cooper’s and Brand’s argument, whichagainseems to occur in real time.  As soon as the argument is over, CASE reveals that they still need “a minute or two” for the engines.  That was fast!

Are we meant to infer that these scenes do not happen in real time?  There’s nothing in the filmmaking to suggest a time lapse to me.  However, I can’t conceive of another explanation.

Help a guy out.  This is killin’ me, people.

How Mann and Romilly respond to isolation

Doctor Mann is one of the great villains in recent cinema.  It’s not because he’s evil; it’s because he reminds us of the worst parts of ourselves.  Even as I despise him, I can sympathize with his cowardice.  I’m a pretty self-aware person.  I try to be kindto do the right thing.  Yet I know I’ve done wrong; I’ve been selfish at times.  Each of us, in degrees, has created some ugliness.  I can’t say for sure that I wouldn’t have pressed the button.

We all have the potential to go mad as Mann did.  However, we’re equally likely to endure like Romilly.  There are many factors driving their responses to isolation.  Today, I present one: companionship.