The Martian and Ready Player One are two of the most successful scifi novels of the past few years. Each will be, or has been, turned into a major motion picture, directed by Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg no less. But The Martian author Andy Weir took their connection one step further.
We all know people don’t explode when exposed to space without protection. But science fiction has taken some ... liberties with vacuum exposure over the years. Here are 19 scenes of people being exposed to space, ranked from the least realistic to the most.
The Martian made space potato farming look, if not quite delicious or easy, then certainly plausible. But if we’re really going to live out in space, potatoes should absolutely not be our first farming choice.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that there was a lot of CG trickery involved in creating the red planet for Ridley Scott’s space thriller The Martian. But even though it’s obviously a very VFX-intense movie, it’s fascinating to see where the sets started, and how they ultimately ended up on screen.
Adam Savage, of Mythbusters and Tested, is a known space suit geek, and he’s expressed his love for the design of the suits on The Martian quite a bit on social media. Now, Fox has sent him a suit to look over.
Director Ridley Scott’s space survival film, The Martian, snagged a couple of coveted Golden Globe awards this week — one for Matt Damon’s singular performance and one for the film itself. Sure, both were in the Musical or Comedy category — say what? — but I doubt neither man is complaining much.
The nominees for the 2016 Oscars have now been announced, and despite the welcome inclusion of Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Picture, there aren’t a lot of pleasant surprises in the mix. There are, however, some glaring omissions, as always. Here are the biggest.
If you’re like us, you can’t get enough pop culture art. New movies, old classics, cult oddities—we love it all, and a new show at Los Angeles’ Hero Complex Gallery combines all of that and more.
You know that moment. The moment in a movie that you geek out over as soon as you walk out of the theater. The one that gives you goosebumps, or makes you whisper “Holy crap” as it’s happening. Those are the “wow” moments, and we’ve collected the best ones from 2015.
First, the good news: 2015 was a fantastic year at the movies. There were great original stories, sequels done right, adaptations that match their source material and more. But for every great movie, there’s a ton of bad ones too. Here’s our picks for the best and worst science fiction and fantasy films of 2015.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the best films of the year. So says the American Film Institute who put the anticipated sequel on their top ten films of 2015 list along with Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian and others. Here’s the list.
Starting yesterday, The Martian is being screened in IMAX theaters across the country. To accompany the release, there’s a new poster, and it’s a beauty.
Just a few years ago, we were wondering where all the movies about outer space had gone. And now, we don’t have to wonder any more, because we’ve been getting a crop of fantastic new movies about astronauts, spaceships, and the joy of exploration.
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Star Talk returns to the National Geographic Channel next Sunday, October 25. We caught up with Dr. Tyson to discuss the premiere, the scientific ubiquity of Seth MacFarlane and NASA’s plans for Matt Damon.
We’ve all heard and seen the stories: some actors don’t make the cut for a film or passed on a role that later exploded. It got me thinking: what would have been different in a film if you replaced the lead actor with someone who *probably* auditioned for it?
If you didn’t get enough of Matt Damon’s Mark Watney sciencing the shit out of his accidental home in the feature cut of The Martian (and to be honest, we could always watch more), here’s an entry from Watney’s video diary that didn’t make it into the film.
In The Martian, Mark Watney claims to be “the great botanist” on Mars—but is he really? Join us as we go down the rabbit hole to try and claim the greatest fictional Martian farmer crown for ourselves.
As Matt Damon has proved beyond doubt, wandering around on Mars takes one hell of a cool space suit. NASA’s current suits—and suit-testing protocols—aren’t up to snuff, and it wants your help making something better.
With the The Martian rocketing to the top of box offices worldwide this week, the challenge of surviving on Mars is on everyone’s mind. But while the science in The Martian is pretty solid, there is one obstacle Mark Watney rarely had to cope with: his own body.
When you watch The Martian, obviously you know it’s a big visual effects film. But many of the effects themselves are not as obvious. Director Ridley Scott didn’t shoot on Mars (shocker!) so, to make where he did shoot look like the red planet required the kinds of effects you never really think of.