I'm not entirely convinced that Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' would offer anything new or compelling on a repeat viewing but as a singular piece of entertainment it works in spades: beautifully made, engaging, well-acted, and has one helluva crowd-pleasing ending. Get plenty of popcorn to munch for this one!
Robert Zemeckis had me by the balls with this one.
Never has a movie with so relatively a simple plot played with my emotions to a manner that this one did. There are no adversaries. There is no tempestuous love story. There is no shocking betrayal or loss. This is merely the story of a man with an idea and seeing how he pulled it off.
But what an idea it is.
I already knew this story was compelling from…
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…
If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.