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The Martian

I realize that I said this same thing last week, but GOD this has been a killer movie season! And I assume it’s just going to keep getting better, because otherwise I will have to assume that it will get worse, which would mean that Mockingjay and The Force Awakens are probably not good.

Anyway, this is all a way of saying that The Martian is insanely good and I can’t believe I waited a month to see it, what is wrong with me exactly?

So, here are the facts as I understand them: Matt Damon is phenomenal actor who’s natural charm and charisma makes me emotionally invested in whether or not a potato is going to grow. (This is literally what happened, I’m not using hyperbole.) Ridley Scott has once again proven why he’s a master of his craft and has created a new gold standard of hard science fiction for me. (Granted, this is not a genre that I’m terribly literate in…)

Also, this is a supporting cast full of actors I love. Michael Pena is giving Keegan Michael Key a run for his money in “Movie Season Supporting MVP” between his role here and in Ant-Man, he’s wonderful here. Kate Mara is moving far away from “that actress who I always want to punch everytime I see her on screen” territory, and Sebastian Stan and Donald Glover have both restoked the crush fires by being distinctly adorable and handsome. Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig and especially Chiwetel Ejiorfor all deliver as well.

And then there’s Jessica Chastain, who has now reached, “just put her in everything,” status in my eyes. I have never seen this woman give a performance that isn’t exceptional.

The Martian is diverse, smart, funny, adult, engaging, moving and beautiful. So there’s that.


  1. The Martian
  2. Straight Outta Compton (Let’s all take a minute to mourn it’s place at the top. I still, given what I’ve seen, think it should win Best Picture this year. But I think Scott should get Best Director and Matt Damon Best Actor. Note, I have not seen Bridge of Spies yet, and which might change this opinion.)
  3. Crimson Peak
  4. The Man From UNCLE
  5. Ant-Man
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Inside Out
  8. Trainwreck
  9. Tomorrowland
  10. Jurassic World
  11. Ricki And The Flash
  12. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  13. Minions
  14. Fantastic Four
  15. Terminator: Genisys
  16. Entourage
  17. Pitch Perfect 2


Secret In Their Eyes,  oof, this movie looks like it’s going to be tough to get through. But I am excited to see Julia Roberts take on this role. It’s so different from what any one would expect from her.

Mocking Jay Part 2: I have cried at the Hunger Games trailer, which means that we’ve fulfilled all of the movie season traditions. It looks pretty great. I’m excited.

The Revenant: Hey! Leo grew another beard! I generally like when he grows beards, but usually only when it’s for Scorcese…hmmm….

In The Heart Of The Sea…zzzzzzz…Oh, I’m sorry, I fell asleep.

Joy It’s time for, “how are David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper going to entertain us this year?”

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