100 Word Review – The Martian (2015)

Based on Andy Weir’s novel, more than a rescue-Matt-Damon-movie.

Presumed dead, Mark Watney (Damon) is left alone on Mars. Will he get a signal to NASA? And if he does will he survive as the only person on an inhospitable planet?

The cast for this film is extraordinary, but the best thing about it’s the combination of Sci Fi with actual science and a sense of humour. Adapted by Drew Goddard (The Cabin In The Woods) and directed by Ridley Scott (Alien), it pulls away from the “realistic” Sci Fis of recent years managing to be serious, tense and fun.

100 Word Review – The Cabin In The Woods (2012)

My love of Joss Whedon is well documented and unsurprisingly this is no exception.

A group of good-looking students (Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Jesse Williams, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison) decide to take a break in a remote cabin in the woods (see what they did there?) and get more than they expected.

Other members of the Whedon gang make appearances (Amy Acker, Tom Lenk) along with some other classic actors (Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins).

Written by Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield and World War Z writer), this is more than your classic horror. It’s imaginative, creative and thrilling.