Film Fridays is a project initiated by Darren from over at The Arty Plantsman and me.
(By now you should know the drill so I’m not going to copy the intro text this time, and if you don’t know what this is all about just click here.)
Just as I hit the publish button on my latest post of The Changing Seasons last Sunday, I got notified by WordPress that two days before my blog has reached its 5th anniversary – great timing, eh?
Since I hadn’t planned to write a special post about it anyway, that was okay though. But in way of honouring the occassion I decided to make up for it with this week’s Film Friday and highlight two of the films that I love and that were both released in 2015.
The first one, The Martian, is a 2015 science fiction survival film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. It’s based on the novel with the same name by Andy Weir from 2011 which I have yet to read.
It also stars Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, and Benedict Wong.
The film depicts the lone struggles of Mark Watney, a botanist and astronaut, who is part of the Ares III team and mistakenly presumed dead after a violent storm on Mars. While his crew is on their way home, Watney is forced to use his ingenuity and wits to survive until he can be rescued, and brought home to Earth.
If you also dreamed of becoming an astronaut like I did when I was a kid
(until I learned that you had to handle dizziness and vertigo quite well – which I don’t as every visit to the fair and its merry-go-rounds and carousels proved. After which I decided to become at least an astro physicist – until I learned that you had to be quite good at maths – which I am not!)
you’re going to love this film! So here’s the trailer: enjoy!
Next one is quite different but in my mind no less brilliant:
Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.
The film is set in the mind of a young girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), where five personified emotions—Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling)—try to lead her through life as she and her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) adjust to their new surroundings after moving from Minnesota to San Francisco.
The director Pete Docter first began developing Inside Out in 2010, after noticing changes in his daughter’s personality as she grew older. The film’s producers consulted numerous psychologists including Dacher Keltner from the University of California, Berkeley, who helped revise the story by emphasizing the neuropsychological findings that human emotions affect interpersonal relationships and can be significantly moderated by them.
If you ever wonder why people behave the way they do, I really recommend watching this film – it’s an eye opener. 😉
And now I want to know of course if any of you have seen these films! Did you like them? No/Yes? Why? plan to watch them? Let me know all about it in your comments!