Mars fact and Mars fiction - the road to Imagine Film Festival 2019

Coming to the Eye filmmuseum in Amsterdam, NL in April 2019 is the Imagine Film Festival. In 2018, I did a gig about the Russian epic space drama Salyut-7. This year, I will do a full hour presentation on Mars fact and Mars fiction.

In the coming months, I will be watching old and new Space movies to stimulate myself into preparation mode for the presentation in April. Luckily, my wife Annemarie is also my fellow movie buff, so she is joining me on this tour of duty. This blog will document the Space movies that we will be seeing in the coming months. Tips are very much welcome (through @eriklaan for example), of course with the necessary opinions and your least and most favorite scenes! I have seen quite a bit already, but revisiting can also be nice. I would like to take a broad perspective on Space films first, and then narrow it more down to films about Mars or Mars as a background.

December 26 - January 10, 2018/2019: Mars. Mini-series produced by National Geographic. A group of astronauts makes the journey to Mars in 2033. The theatrical part is interrupted by the documentary part that takes place in 2016 showing the likes of space explorers such as Robert Zubrin, Elon Musk and NASA administrators. I did not like it this way. The Martian is much better as the theatrical part. The documentary part is nice but that was not what we came for. 2/5 stars.

December 25, 2018: Arrival. Twelve alien starships suddenly make a visit to planet Earth. A linguist and a physicist are tasked to find out why they are here. We liked it. 4/5 stars. There is a grey area in the movie where you suddenly realize the sequence of events. My wife got it first!

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