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Chicago – It’s all based on science, they told us! “The Martian” is an old fashion feel-good movie about the hard working astronauts and scientists of the good old American space program, trying to rescue a stranded spaceman from Mars, aided by a brave cast of astro-colleagues.
This film is a reminder of other space rescue suspense operas that have come before it, most recognizably “Marooned” (1969) and “Apollo 13” (1995). The All-Star cast is also a reminder of those types of “name” ensemble cast films as well – “hey, is that Kristen Wiig?” All that aside, “The Martian” is a tour de force, pitting Matt Damon’s astronaut character in a sly castaway-in-space mashup, and the special effects and production design are flawless. This is what the current technology in movies are about, the ability to place human beings in other worlds, yet express a recognizable atmosphere in a familiar emotional realm. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
20th Century Fox released their new Sci-Fi/adventure movie, "The Martian," into theaters this weekend, and all the top,major movie critics have turned in their reviews for it. It turns out that it resonated quite well with them, getting an overall 81 score out of a possible 100 across 45 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon. We've posted comments from a couple of the critics,below. Joe Morgenstern over at the Wall Street Journal, gave it a really great 100 score, stating: "What’s so fascinating about the film is that it truly turns on the solving of problems, and its chief solver, stuck on Mars, manages to be so funny, interesting and infallibly likable that you’re invested in his predicament at every moment." Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 91 score. He stated: "Scott’s sci-fi »
- Andre Braddox
Both Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” and Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” made their way to theaters this week, and both have something unique to offer in the Oscar race. No, not spectacle, though they have that in spades as well. Rather, in a season typically packed with deadly serious themes and issues, these movies trade in delighting their audiences.
Zemeckis’ could almost be described as a family film; its jaunty tone and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s bubbly persona are an antidote to somber stories on the circuit. Meanwhile, that quality is part of the very fabric of “The Martian,” which finds actor Matt Damon left behind on an unforgiving extraterrestrial world in a story that could, for obvious reasons, have been much darker. As screenwriter Drew Goddard told me this week, “It has this optimistic soul to it, which is not something you see a lot in science-fiction in general.”
- Kristopher Tapley
From what I hear, space is kind of a hostile place. I wouldn.t know, I.ve not actually been. From what the movies have taught me though, I can tell that I would die almost instantly if I ever did go. But, if I did find myself on the cusp of death up in outer orbit, how would I survive? Luckily, a handy video has now been created to walk me through any such predicament. Thanks to the good folks over at Fandango for creating the above clip. It.s just convinced me to immediately sign up to become on astronaut for Nasa. So if I die, it.s on their heads. But, what did we actually learn from the video? Well, three things actually. First of which is when you are in space, technology is always going to break. As Kevin Bacon found out rather dramatically in Apollo 13, »
Brian Grazer is one of the great visionaries in Hollywood. His film resume includes Oscar Best Picture-winner “A Beautiful Mind,” “Splash,” “Apollo 13,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Parenthood.” Committed to bringing excellence to all screens large and small, Grazer has also had a hand in some of TV’s most critically-acclaimed shows, like “Arrested Development” and, most recently, “Empire.” With a storied career that has transcended genres and platforms, the heavyweight producer added New York Times best-selling author to his name with this year’s “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.” We caught up with Grazer about industry. »
- Bryce Christian
The Martian is the film that Interstellar should have been. A rousing, surprisingly funny, and touching space adventure, Ridley Scott has delivered his best film since Gladiator. Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, a botanist on the Ares mission to explore the surface of Mars. Caught in a sudden storm, the mission commander (Jessica Chastain), gives the order to evacuate. The astronauts lose Watney when he is hit by the communications array and covered in debris. His bio-signs dark, they assume he is dead, and rocket back to the orbital ship. Heartbroken and with the mission a failure, they begin the long journey back to Earth.
Watney regains consciousness, terribly injured, and abandoned. Pure luck kept his space suit from decompressing. What follows next is stomach churning self surgery. Then a cold realization as to the dire nature of his situation. It will take years for a rescue mission to reach him. »
Cbm: The Martian is a scientifically brilliant, blood pressure raising novel about being stranded on Mars. What inspired you to write this book and tell this story? Andy: Apollo 13 was a big inspiration. It is one of my favorite movies of all time. I had an idea of a story of what in may be like to have a man stuck on Mars. This was the basis of the beginning of the book. With this book it has given me the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming a full time author. I never really try to prove a point with my writing. My goal is for people to pickup the book, read it and be entertained, that’s my purpose in writing. Cbm: The technical side of the book was so well done. Did you have a specific process for research? Was the whole story understood and »
“Big things have small beginnings.” That’s a line from Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,”* but it also aptly describes his latest movie, “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. “The Martian” was a New York Times #1 Best Seller before it became a big budget Hollywood film helmed by one of the greatest sci-fi directors of all time. But even before it was a popular novel, “The Martian” had this surprisingly humble beginning: Its writer, a software engineer named Andy Weir, published the book in serial format, chapter by chapter on his blog in 2011. What if someone had told Weir in 2011 of “The Martian”’s big screen destiny? “I would not have believed it,” Weir assured HitFix. “It’s just ridiculous.” *and yes, before Michael Fassbender spoke those words in the “Alien” prequel, that line belonged to Mr. Dryden in “Lawrence of Arabia.” Weir’s book is »
- Emily Rome
Stranger in a Bland Land: Scott’s Toilsome Return to Space
Ridley Scott, who is on the same annual cinematic trajectory as Woody Allen when it comes to churning out films, returns again to sci-fi with The Martian, an adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel. Fans of the source material will already know the title is somewhat of a misnomer, as this is one epic from Scott that doesn’t include an extra-terrestrial presence. Thematically, this is family friendly stuff, of the Ron Howard Apollo 13 ilk, and the film’s visual power, featuring the work of Scott’s returning DoP Dariusz Wolski, makes this 3D space epic seem superbly outfitted. But, as many have often criticized Scott as regards his recent output, it also lacks key components that made his earlier classics timeless—dramatic tension, spectacular thrills, and memorable characters. Instead, this rather feels like a sharply dressed rescue mission procedural, »
- Nicholas Bell
No big deal, just three iconic film directors hangin' out takin' selfies. Not the droids you're looking for. Move along. Except it is kind of awesome to see "Star Wars" king George Lucas, the "Godfather" himself, Francis Ford Coppola, and Opie, aka Ron Howard, in one very casual-looking photo. Maybe they just gather every so often in a director's version of Jimmy Kimmel's Handsome Men's Club. (Spielberg was probably in the bathroom.)
The "Apollo 13" director shared the photo in question when tweeting images from a recent "Weekend with Charlie Rose" conference in Aspen. Here's Ron Howard, so excited to share the moment that he misspelled George Lucas's name:
#GrorgeLucas #FrancisCoppola & selfie-taker at just before our panel @charlierose weeknd. Fun pic.twitter.com/CuOa91vgXL
- Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 27, 2015
- Gina Carbone
Of all the movies I saw at Tiff this year, certainly none were more fun than Ridley Scott’s The Martian (read my review here). A blockbuster, epic, 3D thrill-ride, The Martian is less like the ultra-intense Gravity or the Stanley Kubrick-style Interstellar. Rather, the model here seems to be Ron Howard’s Apollo 13, with Scott having arguably directed the funniest, most lighthearted... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
The best way to describe The Martian would be Castaway crossed with Apollo 13 with a sprinkling of Gravity and a hint of Interstellar. However, there’s no hint of any kind of Alien in this Ridley Scott drama/ adventure, which once again proves that the British director is always at his best when he’s up in space.
Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, a astronaught and botanist who gets left behind on the Mars following a horrific storm. With the rest of his crew on their way home, presuming his death, Watney use his scientific skills to survive on the hostile planet while Nasa, and then ultimately his old crew, battle against the odds to ‘Bring Him Home.’
Scott has once again managed to »
- Paul Heath
'The Martian' movie: Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. 'The Martian' movie review: Ridley Scott still has 'greatness left in him' The Martian is the story of a man in trouble and in desperate need of saving. Brilliant and resourceful, he must marshal all of his creative powers to solve a series of difficult problems or all is lost. That man is Ridley Scott. The Oscar-nominated British director has been mired in a late-career slump after a run of middling films that only served to dent his legacy, namely The Counselor, Prometheus, and Exodus: Gods and Kings. Scott, at the Omg age of 77, can still put together a movie, but fans have been wondering if he had any greatness left in him. The Martian answers that question with a pleasantly enthusiastic yes. That enthusiasm comes tempered as we wonder if Scott would have approached The Martian in the »
- Mark Keizer
20th Century Fox
Here’s the rub: if you’re trapped and isolated in a scary, inhospitable place, staying alive is only half the battle. The bigger issue is, assuming you do make it to rescue, staying sane. It’s not as easy as it sounds: Sandra Bullock convinced herself it was a good idea to decrease oxygen pressure; Tom Hanks became best friends with a piece of product placement; and Matt Damon himself showed being “the best of us” was no guarantee of mental security when left alone with your own thoughts.
The trick to it, and what every movie on this topic seems to forget, is to be jovial. Deep philosophical questions are all well and good, but to overcome crushing loneliness and insurmountable odds, a sharp, self-deprecating sense of humour is the best way to go.
20th Century Fox
And that’s why The Martian is »
- Alex Leadbeater
If the last few years are any indication, Hollywood has a revitalized interest in turning their head towards the vastness of space. Rather than a focus on alien-occupied science-fiction, we’ve seen a string of major-budget fall releases that question our place in the universe and the boundless exploration therein. The latest in this category, Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, lacks the wall-to-wall tension of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity or the ambition of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, but for the most part, it’s a rollicking space procedural that depends on some logic, and a great deal of luck.
Adapted by Drew Goddard from Andy Weir‘s originally self-published novel, the story finds Matt Damon‘s Mark Watney as a lone astronaut/botanist on Mars, deserted after his Ares 3 crew presumed him dead when an evacuation went wrong. Despite his miraculous survival — one of the first of many fortuitous occurrences — this presumption soon reaches Earth, »
- Jordan Raup
Yesterday, Cassandra Peterson, also known as Elvira, celebrated her birthday, and in this morning's round-up we have details on Sideshow and Tweeterhead's Elvira statue. Also: L. Gustavo Cooper's June on DVD and release details for The Art of Horror and Nightmare Code.
Elvira Statue: "Have you been naughty or nice?
Sideshow Collectibles and Tweeterhead are proud to introduce the Elvira: Scary Christmas Deluxe Maquette. The Mistress of the Dark is decked out in her holiday best with a bag of scare-fully picked toys for naughty girls and boys. Standing 18” tall on a rooftop base, this beautifully detailed statue is the perfect addition to your Elvira collection!"
This figure is expected to ship December 2015 / January 2016 and is available to purchase for $274.00.
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- Tamika Jones
Producer Paul Rosenberg died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 30, of apparent heart failure in Long Beach, Calif. He was 53.
From 1995-97 Rosenberg was senior vice president of production at Miramax Films, where he helped launch Dimension Films, including the “Scream” franchise. From 1993-95 he was also a VP of production at Imagine Films, where he was responsible for critical packaging and pre-production on “Apollo 13” and “The Nutty Professor” with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. He worked directly with producer Scott Rudin and director Barry Sonnenfeld on all phases of production on feature “The Addams Family” and also worked with Ray Stark at Rastark Films, where he worked on such projects as HBO’s “Barbarians at the Gate,” Columbia Pictures’ “Lost in Yonkers” and »
- Carmel Dagan
Warner Bros. Pictures
Ron Howard is be one of the most under-appreciated modern directors. He not only has a consistent, above average output, but he’s been responsible for some of the tensest movies of the past couple of decades. Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Rush; ignore The Da Vinci Code (hey, everyone has to pay the bills) and its an enviable filmography. But despite all that, he’s never someone people rave about (and with Rush they really should have).
The full trailer for his latest film, In The Heart Of The Sea, has just dropped and if his past successes didn’t already have the true Moby Dick movie on your radar, this should do the trick. The film is based on the real events that inspired Herman Melville’s classic tale, telling the story of a whaling ship (captained by none other than Chris Hemsworth) that comes under attack from a gigantic, »
- Alex Leadbeater
There has been a trend towards the stars in the past few years in Hollywood, and Oscar has finally begun to take notice. Films set in outerspace are no longer just the realm of niche science fiction, but rather have begun to get serious awards recognition.
The Martian, the new space epic from director Ridley Scott and star Matt Damon based on the novel by Andy Weir, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this past weekend and has high hopes for Oscar gold. Scott has been nominated for best director three times in his career (1991’s Thelma &Louise, 2000’s Gladiator, 2001’s Black Hawk Down) and hopes that his latest will finally earn him the statue.
Space-set films have been getting more respect as potential award season threats, with 2013’s Gravity earning a best director award for Alfonso Cuarón and a best picture nom. The trend is somewhat new, »
- Patrick Shanley
For months, I’d been predicting The Martian to win a bunch of Oscars in my early looks at the race. Honestly, how I felt the nominations would go didn’t necessarily reflect that, but rather what I thought the ideal performance of this interesting title could be. Well, I wound up moving it down a bit in my predictions in advance of its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, which proved to be an odd choice, as the early word was rather terrific for the flick. It definitely seems to be a contender, though winning seems unlikely now. At the same time, comparisons to something like Apollo 13 really do make you stand up and take notice. Could this go where something like the vastly underrated Interstellar could not last year? Let’s take a look… Once again, a quick primer on The Martian. The story is pretty straightforward, »
- Joey Magidson
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