Experiment 626 (which may, or may not be Stitch's real name) is an event embarked on by the I'm With Geek Film Team. Film knowledge was unearthed, truths were found and a DVD exchange took place. These are the true life stories from that experiment...
To William from Matthew
Upon William I bestow 12 Monkeys! Why did I pick this for William? These are the films he chose as among his favorites: Serenity, Rear Window, The Dark Knight, Back to the Future, The Shawshank Redemption, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Frequency. Based on his preferences, I see he likes dark, he like science fiction, (but thoughtful science fiction), and he has two movies on his list that feature time travel (plus he's also a fan of The Time Traveler's Wife, so that's three).
The film casts a strong, dark mood helped along by a terrific Bruce Willis playing James Cole, a convict in a post apocalyptic future sent back in time to try to avert the plague that doomed humanity. It's utterly serious and missing the usual surreal madness that Gilliam often brings to his pictures, 12 Monkeys is a film that will haunt you and keep you thinking long after the final fade out. Plus, it's kind of old so there is a possibility he missed it.
OK, quite a recommendation there, Matthew. I’d just like to say thank you for finally getting me to watch a film that had sat shyly on the edge of my radar for many years without braving to dip it’s toe in the pool (I think that mixed metaphor worked…?). 12 Monkeys was a film I’d heard so much about, yet knew almost nothing of, which made it an absolute joy to receive for the exchange.
Where to begin? As my colleague stated above, 12 Monkeys is the film M. Night Shyamalan and indeed the rest of Hollywood wishes it could make; a truly dark and intriguing tale of time travel head-fuckery, woven perfectly by the genius of Terry Gillingham and sublime performances from Bruce Willis and a young, pre Fight Club Brad Pitt. Set in a dystopic future, ruined by disease, 12 Monkeys tells us the story of convict James Cole, a man haunted by nightmarish dreams of murder, as he’s sent back in time (with a wonderfully designed time machine… and nakedness), to discover the source of the man-made virus that has decimated the world. His only clue; the Army of 12 Monkeys. However in true cinema style, the time machine malfunctions, sending him back several years too far where he’s institutionalised alongside the son of a famous virus expert…
Unfortunately, as is the nature with any true classic, it's difficult to say much more about 12 Monkeys (that hasn't already been covered above) without seriously spoiling what I guarantee will be a number of edge of your seat twists that’ll keep you guessing to the very end and questing far beyond.
Honestly, Matthew, thank you so much for sending me 12 Monkeys, I feel like my life has been ever so slightly enlightened!