Earlier this year, I turned 50 years old! And to add to all the real life goals and challenges that that brings, I’ve created at least one as it relates to movies and this blog–watch a film I’ve never seen before which came out in each year of my life (thus the “Old-New” terminology), and then write a bit about it. This is Post #20. Spoilers ahead.Continue reading Mumford [50 New-Old Movies for the 51st Year #20]
Ad Astra is the latest “thoughtful science fiction” film to hit the cinemas, in the same sort of general vein as The Martian or Interstellar or Arrival, which attempts to use science fiction ideas to tell intelligent stories that explore what it is to be human and–while not necessarily avoiding them outright–are not reliant upon classic action sequences to create interest.
Continuing with this series of 47 moments in film that I love (Why 47?), today, for #19, we jump forward from 1925 to 1995 and visit a movie that is telling a story from 1970.
Ahh, the historical drama, a classic genre of film making. Indeed, a favorite genre at Oscar time. But today, according to the instructions I’ve been given, we’re going to limit the definition a bit. Continue reading 47 Movie Blogs #44 – 5 Favorite Historical Dramas
Back in 1969, there was a little something going on called Apollo 12 – the second manned mission to the surface of the moon. Not long after launch, something went wrong: the ship was struck by lightning, scrambling the telemetry being received by instruments. It could easily have led to the entire mission being aborted. A NASA engineer named John Aaron recognized something that nobody else did, and was able to issue an instruction that led to the flight being salvaged. I am no aeronautical engineer so I have no exactly what Aaron did, or how it fixed things, but his quick thinking and cool head led to him being given the nickname of “Steely-Eyed Missile Man” by his colleagues. Continue reading Donald Glover is a Steely-Eyed Missile Man (Some spoilers for The Martian, and a bunch of other rambling)