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
In the world of the film blogosphere we love to heaps mountains upon mountains of adulation all over films that spark originality — and for good reason — whether it be original in narrative or technical. However, at times originality isn’t always the only way to be praised, perfecting that which has existed forever is also a way of being praised.
The world seems to be divided on Edgerton’s The Gift. There’s the one half that sits and just rolls their eyes as Edgerton’s film moves from point to point without being surprised at all because it leans so heavily on the world of these sorts of thrillers that came before it; and the other half that stands up in applause at Edgerton’s ability to craft something so lovely that we almost forget that the tropes have been there forever. I happen to be a part of the later and proudly so. Continue reading
There are times when films I want to (or actually) write about I find myself more in awe of a small piece of that film and what it meant to me that I forget, or (maybe more importantly) ignore, some more troubling aspects of the film and I’m starting to wonder about that whole approach to the world of film discussion. Continue reading
In my childhood I grew up on a lot of classic television. Some which many know, the likes of The Cosby Show, Sanford and Son & The Jeffersons. Some not that many know of, like Faulty Towers, Keeping Up Appearances and Black Adder. One show, which I’m uncertain which category it falls into, was Hogan’s Heroes. It’s a show placed in a German POW (prisoners of war) camp with an array of American characters all trying to just get by. THAT’S THIS MOVIE! And I didn’t know that. Continue reading
Something about Danny and Diane’s opening song from Grease comes to mind all throughout the watching of this film. I just watched on as the story of Monika and Harry having this intensified summer fling that included absconding off with a boat and riding the rivers living off the land and each other. Continue reading