The Martian is a Cinematic Success
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The Martian is a Cinematic Success

Ridley Scott and Matt Damon create a celebration of humanity’s resiliency and grit! — Warning! Don’t show up late to The Martian. This enthralling film wastes no time kicking into action. NASA is 18 “sols” (or Martian days) into their mission when a sandstorm forces the crew to abort the mission. Matt Damon’s Mark Watney is struck by debris in the chaos and presumed dead while the rest of the team abandons the Red Planet.

The Last Man on Earth Review S2E2 “The Boo”

The Last Man on Earth Review S2E2 “The Boo”

[WARNING – this review contains spoilers] — Last week Carol was accidently left and stranded by Phil. All she can do is wait for him to return, that and bedazzle the crap out of her shirt. Her bejeweled blouse may have been the star of this episode. Phil attempts to find and reconnect with Carol without phones or walkie-talkies. What’s interesting about this episode is that we get see firsthand how similar Carol is to Phil. The more discouraged and disheartened she gets, the more she reacts in ways we’ve grown to associate with Phil. Carol lets her hygiene go, drinks salsa out of the bottle, and most surprisingly, starts to talk and make friends with inanimate objects. The more pathetic and hopeless she got, the more unsettled my wife became while watching this episode.

The Last Man on Earth Review S2E1 “Is Anybody Out There?”

The Last Man on Earth Review S2E1 “Is Anybody Out There?”

[WARNING – this review may contain spoilers] — If you were one of the few remaining people alive on earth, what car would you drive? For Phil and Carol, that dream vehicle would be a stealth bomber, although be careful not to carelessly drop one of your missiles. And with that, The Last Man on Earth announces its return with a strong episode that centers around the strengths of the show, namely the absurdity that can be found in the horrific, and the chemistry between Will Forte and Kristen Schaal.

Why You Should Watch The Last Man on Earth

Why You Should Watch The Last Man on Earth

It’s the Smart Comedy Disguised as a Dumb Comedy — [WARNING – this article may contain spoilers] Season 2 of FOX’s The Last Man on Earth premiered this past Sunday. It didn’t seem to get the promotional push and fanfare I believe it deserves. In fact, despite the critical acclaim it received for its first season (including four Emmy nominations), I’ve encountered an equal number of admirers and detractors of the show. The main criticism that I hear is that Will Forte’s Phil Miller (aka “Tandy”) is a selfish, whiny jerk, while Kristen Schaal’s Carol is a shrill, control freak. I think on the surface both characters inhabit those outlines. However, when digging deeper, the show constantly challenges and subverts those lazy caricatures.

The Walk Straddles the Line Between Astounding and Aggravating
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The Walk Straddles the Line Between Astounding and Aggravating

The first half of the film fails to take off, but the second hour soars with suspense and elation. — Philippe Petit is a real-life French aerialist, juggler, unicycle rider, and tightrope walker. He successfully wire-walked between the towers of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in his native France. But his dream was not to walk across the Notre Dame Cathedral. His purpose in life was to walk across the World Trade Center.