I think I liked Interstellar better when it was The Black Hole. That’s a cheap shot perhaps, and certainly unfair to some of the actors. However it reflects my unhappiness with a film that was reaching for something beyond director Christopher Nolan’s grasp.
The Martian starts with accidental abandonment of botanist Mark Watney on Mars. Going into the film I was worried about how this core premise would be justified without presenting the other characters as incompetent or negligent of their teammates’ safety. This turns out to be well handled, whilst still being an emotional driver for the later actions of the crew of the Hermes. Continue reading
October Sky is the story of Homer Hickam (Jake Gyllenhaal), Quentin Wilson (Chris Owen), Roy Lee Cook (William Lee Scott), and Sherman O’Dell (Chad Lindberg) building rockets in the shadow of Sputnik, often against the wishes of their community of Coalwood. Continue reading
I think that I’ve only seen Apollo 13 twice which is a bit of an oversight given my love for The Right Stuff, Wings of Honneamise, Rocket Girls, Planetes, etc. Last night with friends was the second time, and it only emphasised how much of an oversight that was.
Apollo 13 looks fabulous, is supported by superb sound design, and feels real throughout. If I didn’t already know the ending the tension generated by Ron Howard’s deft direction would be almost unbearable. Continue reading