We went to seeÂ The Martian at the TCL Chinese Theater movieplex – it wasn’t playing in the prime IMAX theater we sawÂ Jurassic World in asÂ The Walk is playing there. Â I totally want to seeÂ The Walk too while it’s in IMAX theaters; I imagine the heights shown in the movie are nauseatingly recreated in the movie. Â Anyway,Â The Martian was playing in still quite a cool theater within the complex, and while we had a bit of time before the movie to kill, we walked around and took in the view from above the Dolby Theater. Â There had been a bit of rain overnight which meant that the day was very clear. Â I wish I had brought my actual good camera, the Nikon, but alas, I hadn’t so it was iPhone time. Â It did alright, but I hate how bad the pics look if you decide to zoom in. Â UGH.
The summer movie season may be over (Jurassic World won the summer in my book, just saying) but with fall upon us, the next set of big guns are getting ready for display. Â First up? Â The Martian. Â (Coming later this year: Â The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt 2,Â freakin’Â Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!!!) Â I had read the amazing book by Andy Weir, The Martian,Â earlier this year when Nicki had recommended it and I ended up having plenty of reading time when I was flying back and forth to the east coast upon starting at PwC. Â It was ridiculously compelling and so much fun to read – you couldn’t put the book down. Â Well, news fans, it’s with a great big smile on my face that I can report that Ridley Scott’s movie is fucking amazing.
The story, for those of you who have no idea what to expect, is about an astronaut being left behind on Mars after he gets separated from his crew while the mission is forced to abort due to a sandstorm and they abandon him as they think he was killed. Â Nothing malacious or evil, just an unfortunate accident. Â Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) really should have been killed, but he isn’t, and he manages to get back to the settlement (“The Hab”) where he knows that if he has any hope of living, he needs to make 30 days of supplies last 4 years. Â Easy peazy. Â Even worse, there are no communications back to Earth and NASA! Â Fortunately, Mark embarks on a plan to use his botany skills and the remaining supplies and “science the shit out of this” to live. Â Along the way, even NASA notices. Â And that’s when things get VERY fun and interesting.
The world ends up finding out Mark is still alive and NASA (and others) get toÂ figuring out what the hell can be done with the limited resources at hand. Â ThinkÂ Apollo 13 (thanks to Larry for that apt comparison) and the problem fitting a square peg in circle hole but it’s the entire movie. Â Mark’s crew also finds out that he’s alive and while on board their transport vessel from Mars to Earth have to make the decision on whether they go back and get him, knowing that it means they’ll be in space for another year and a half. Â Yeah, traveling to Mars isn’t done on the Millennium Falcon.
That’s the Hermes vessel, by the way. Â The production design of this movie is fucking awesome. Â It’s set in the future a little but not TOO far so things are still relatable. Â The cast is all perfect, the story moves along like gangbusters (!) and every victory feels earned especially with the many defeats along the way. Â The Martian is just a very compelling, fun movie and it will be easy to see this getting recognized by the Academy Awards. Â It seems we are getting spoiled with our yearly “space opera” spectacle movie, doesn’t it? Â 2 years ago, we gotÂ Gravity, then last year wasÂ Interstellar – nowÂ The Martian. Â I LOVE IT.
OH YEAH – D-BOX! Â Okay, okay, I’m going to describe it and you’re going to be like, “what a gimmick!” Â I agree – BUT with certain movies, especially space movies, this technology is just awesome. Â Basically, your chair is mechanically controlled to vibrate, tilt, and jerk you around in sync with what is happening in the movie. Â So when a rocket is lifting, you feel the shaking of the engines and the “Gs” as you get launched, or when you see the camera swooping through the Martian landscape, your chair sways with the camera. Â It’s amazing. Â Initially cheesy, but you eventually consider it another facet of the movie and it becomes quite immersive. Â If you are up for the experience, I highly recommend it. Â It makes an already impressive movie that much more of a spectacle.
GO SEE THE MARTIAN. Â THAT IS ALL.
Alright, I have random things to post and dammit I plan to do so!
First, I’m back from Atlanta and had another great “first” day in the PwC Los Angeles office. Today I met a lot more of the Associates and they’re so young and smart and I feel old and dumb. Maybe not all that dumb, admittedly, but I certainly feel a chasm of distance between my age and theirs. Oh well, that’s the way it is. But I feel like I’m young enough at heart that we’ll all get along just fine.
There is video proof that I was up in the Hollywood Hills home last year! (sigh…last year….my how quickly time flies). Doug, who hosted us there, has posted the Vimeo video he took when doing a time-lapse of it. I was totally there! It’s fun to see how when it gets dark the onshore flow quickly floods into LA. There was only a brief amount of time when the lights of LA were really visible before we get engulfed in the Mist!
(I guess you’ll have to click on the ‘Watch on Vimeo’ button to see it!)
Since I’ve been on planes quite a bit the last week or so, I’ve had a lot of time to catch up on my reading, and a big Yay! at that. I finished up Amy Poehler’s “Yes, Please!” and I love her even more. I then started and finished David Sedaris’ “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” and of course fell in love with it. His writing is just so damn funny. He reminds me a lot of Richard Lawson, or maybe it’s the other way around. Now I’m in the midst of Andy Weir’s AMAZING “The Martian.” Holy shit, this story is incredible. I feel like the main character of the astronaut is me at times, especially with his humor and sarcasm. If you don’t know what “The Martian” is about, it’s about an astronaut on a Mars mission who gets accidentally left behind when a Mars sandstorm forces the mission to be aborted. He then has to figure out a way to survive – luckily he is a botanist, mechanical engineer, and very funny. I can’t recommend this book enough. I still don’t know how it’s going to end but I’m loving the journey.
Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” has been completely released! I have really liked the first 9 tracks that were early-access perks…the last 9 tracks though I’ll have to think on some more. She definitely put a lot of sex on them and I’m not against that but sometimes when you hear a line about if “it” tastes like holy water, you kind of just have to go, “oh girl.” There is a song though called “Veni Vidi Vici” and I enjoyed it a lot, as there’s a TON of callbacks to her previous songs. Maybe I’ll get into these songs a bit more in a further post….
Okay, maybe I’m done. This has been a crazy few days and while I’m adapting, it IS nuts how different things really are for me. Can’t wait to get paid! I realize I’m going to have to work out in the morning if I ever want to exercise as I’ll definitely be having later nights. Especially compared to my previous job!