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Old 10-25-18, 08:39 AM
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Free Solo (2018)



From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (“MERU”) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film’s FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock ... the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park ... without a rope.

Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.
I can't say enough good things about this documentary. I loved it. See it in a theater if you can.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/films/free-solo/
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Old 10-25-18, 09:15 AM
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Alex is a Vegas resident and my wife has met him while hiking in Red Rock Canyon. We will go check it out this weekend or next. Thanks for the heads up.
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I thought MERU was excellent. I’ll definitely check this out when I come across it.
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I have some ethical issues with free soloing. But these guys live within a subculture that is like a foreign country.

I’m someone who has been on the sidelines of Yosemite climbing my whole life. I’ve never done it, but I’ve been in awe of these guys and ladies and I think this goes too far. I don’t like the idea of someone dying.
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I have some ethical issues with free soloing. But these guys live within a subculture that is like a foreign country.

I’m someone who has been on the sidelines of Yosemite climbing my whole life. I’ve never done it, but I’ve been in awe of these guys and ladies and I think this goes too far. I don’t like the idea of someone dying.
It's just an ego trip for a few folks who are bored with life.
Let 'em fall and send their family the bill for the cleanup.
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Old 11-04-18, 08:12 PM
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Watched this yesterday. Yes the free solo climb seems phenomenally stupid and selfish. But what I guess surprised me was how thoroughly prepared Alex was before his attempt. Really it's remarkable how carefully he documents and works through everything. Watching a climb you might think he's kinda winging it, but nothing could be further from the truth. And he's aware that he might be the last Free Solo legend who is still alive. Hope he quits while he's ahead.

In any case it's a pretty spectacular movie. Really enjoyed watching it.
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Old 11-04-18, 08:20 PM
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One of my favorite genres of documentary. This looks fantastic and I will see it in the theater.

No comment on people who actually do it, though it seems like complete madness to me.
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Incredible film...especially because it's partly a character study of what makes an individual such as Alex who is willing to take the risk of death to achieve a goal.

My friends and myself (we all climb but not hardcore as the people featured in the movie) somewhat agree that Alex may have a bit of Asperger's.
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My friend keeps telling me to go see this due to how phenomenal it is.
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Looks like this is getting re-released in IMAX for a week starting tomorrow. I'll use A-List to check it out this weekend since there's not much out that I haven't seen.
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Nice documentary.
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Watched this yesterday. Yes the free solo climb seems phenomenally stupid and selfish. But what I guess surprised me was how thoroughly prepared Alex was before his attempt. Really it's remarkable how carefully he documents and works through everything. Watching a climb you might think he's kinda winging it, but nothing could be further from the truth. And he's aware that he might be the last Free Solo legend who is still alive. Hope he quits while he's ahead.

In any case it's a pretty spectacular movie. Really enjoyed watching it.
Yup. This was fascinating. What a good year for documentaries. Highly recommend seeing this in IMAX this week if you can. I was surprised at how many people were there when I saw it.

Here are some good supplment/companions to this:





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What’s the point of seeing something in IMAX that wasn’t filmed with IMAX?
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What’s the point of seeing something in IMAX that wasn’t filmed with IMAX?
Generally, I'd agree it wouldn't be worth it. But the cinematopgrahy is in enhanced with a larger screen. It really adds to it.

It was remastered for IMAX:
The Imax release of Free Solo will be digitally remastered into the image and sound quality of The Imax Experience with proprietary Imax DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology.

“Imax’s differentiated, immersive theatres make audiences feel as though they are there with Alex in Yosemite National Park, climbing El Capitan, and we’re really pleased to be able to bring this incredible, historic story to fans so they can now experience it in Imax,” said Craig Dehmel, head of distribution at Imax Entertainment.

“The grandeur of El Capitan and the film’s breathtaking cinematography will be spectacular in Imax,” said Courteney Monroe, President, National Geographic Global Networks and Documentary Films. “Audiences have been filling theaters for months, uniting together to cheer for Alex’s staggering achievement. We are so grateful to Imax for providing audiences the opportunity to experience the scale and ambition of this film in Imax theaters.”

“When we were making this film, we could not have imagined the response we have received,” added directors Vasarhelyi and Chin. “To be able to share Alex’s story of courage in the immersive Imax experience is something we’ve been working towards for over a year. It’s the ultimate reward for us, and offers filmgoers and a chance to now see his historic and remarkable journey on the big Imax screen.”
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That’s nice. Maybe they should have filmed on imax film and help keep the format alive? It’s just a big pet peeve of mine. IMAX is an amazing thing that’s being killed by stuff with watered down fidelity calling itself IMAX.
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I would imagine it would not a good idea hauling a big, heavy IMAX up the side of a mountain. Plus the film cannisters.
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They should use a quote in their re-release movie ad saying something like :

"The Best Movie of 2018 with the Word 'Solo' in the Title!"
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