The Martian: Space Doesn’t Care What We Think About It


Mark Watney isn’t just a super hero of a character who figured out how to survive on the seemingly fatal terrain that is Mars, he’s the embodiment of the pioneer himself from ages gone by.

A few years ago I was able to watch a Herzog documentary, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga. The film followed a group of hunters and trappers on their journeys into the cold wintery forest of the Taiga, an area in Siberia where most modern technology has yet to permeate their lives even now. We watch on as they are faced with daily challenges that failing is just not an option since failure, in most cases, equate to death as it would have when these lands were first ventured into. These are the stakes that exist for astronaut Mark Watney as he finds himself alone on the surface of Mars as his crew left him after presuming he died in a storm where they were all attempting to flee. Continue reading

TUMP [Bonus: September Fantasy Results]

Another month gone which means it’s time to update our Fantasy League tallies. We’re hitting the tail end of the year and font-runners, Ed, are getting harder and harder to catch up with. Was this year a year to be destined to Ed? Or can it be turned around?

We discuss the September figures and some films we caught up with after the fact. Continue reading

Sicario: The Film That Breaks Me In Two


Note: This is not a review of Sicario. This is a lunatic’s (me) random feelings on what Sicario has done to me and why I can’t write a thoughtful review of this film, and copy and paste for all films that fall into this category for me.

Every once in a while I see a film that I battle with. It’s not because I dislike it, it’s because I don’t dislike it, or so I tell myself.

There are so many ways for you to look at a movie. It can be entertaining, enlightening, interesting, soothing, and the list goes on and on. I honestly believe that if you can earnestly attribute any of those (including the infinite options not listed) then that movie can be a great movie for you. Continue reading

TUMP [EP#216 – Rancho Notorious]


This week we go back in time to when westerns dominated the popular cinematic ethos and had us jumping up and down for my jangling spurs as well as discussing the weird nature of trailers spoiling movies and wondering if it’s exactly what the people want, but still complain about spoilers. Enjoy: Continue reading

TUMP [EP#215 – Tom at the Farm]


This week we’re going French Canadian with Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm. We also ramble on after that about a slew of films in a segment I like to call No Time to Explain. So enjoy: Continue reading