The Martian (2015)

The Martian

synopsis

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

~ 20th Century Fox

review

Much better than I expected and a contributing factor to my liking of this movie were shirtless scenes of Mr. Matt Damon. I also appreciated the humor of his character, which from my perspective, was kind of in-your-face; especially when it came to dealing with the bureaucratic NASA.

The scariest part of this movie for me was when the astronauts are floating in space. I noticed in this movie that they didn’t even use tethers, which did not seem appropriate, but certainly doubled the suspense factor. You couldn’t pay me enough to go into space!

Interesting and good story.

Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man
synopsis

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.”

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.

~ Official Movie Website

review

OMG! Paul finally pushed my flavor-meter towards otters – I am pretty sure that’s the right term for a “gay man who is very hairy all over his body, but is smaller in frame and weighs considerably less than a bear.”

I am glad that more superheros are being explored as feature films, this is a good way for us newbies to get a general idea of the comic book world history. Yes, I am a nerd, but a different kind. I liked the humor in this movie: just enough at just the right time. Michael Peña was hilarious as Luis. Even the brief introduction to entomology was interesting.

I am eager to see Doctor Strange when it comes out. I never even heard of him!