The Martian – Book vs. Film Review

“If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do.”


Directed by Ridley Scott, with screenplay by Drew Goddard and adapted from the 2011 novel of the same name by Andy Weir, The Martain follows a manned mission to Mars, when Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is left behind by his crew after he is presumed dead. 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, headed up by Teddy Sanders (Jeff Daniels), and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates, commanded by Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain), plot a daring rescue mission.

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New Trailer & Images for ‘The Martian’

(Written for Filmoria)

Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain are back en route into space, so if you didn’t like Nolan’s Interstellar last year, Ridley Scott’s The Martian might just be the sci-fi for you.

Based on the novel by Andy Weir and scripted by Drew Goddard, a brand new trailer has been released today, along with two images by 20th Century Fox earlier this week.

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End Of Watch – DVD Review

Written and directed by David Ayer, End Of Watch follows the daily grind of two young LA police officers – Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) – who are partners and friends, and documents what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves. As the two discover a secret that makes them the target of the country’s most dangerous drug cartel, their skills, courage, and friendship are put to the test as we see the daily risks they take, and the price they and their families are forced to pay.

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The International Trailer For Gangster Squad Blasts Your Screen To Smithereens

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad has a new international trailer this week, giving us a couple more seconds of footage for the Zombieland-director’s upcoming crime drama.

Starring Sean Penn as the ruthless New York gangster Mickey Cohen, the film is set in Los Angeles in 1949 and is a colourful retelling of events surrounding a special task force known as the Gangster Squad, focusing on their efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.

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Everything Must Go – Film Review

(Read this in my publication In Retrospect – Issue 3)

Directed by Dan Rush, Everything Must Go is based on Raymond Carver‘s short story Why Don’t You Dance? The film premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival as well as being shown at the London Film Festival this month along with its release.

The film follows alcoholic Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell) who, after being fired from his job, returns home to find all of his belongings sat on the front lawn. His wife has left him, changed the locks and frozen their joint accounts. Nick, with no one else to turn to, sets up his furniture into his own living room in the garden, but his only real focus is on where the money for his next beer will come from.

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