The Martian Movie – The Accuracy Of Science Involved

It is a well-known fact that the movie “The Martian” was considered to be one of the most accurate movies scientifically. In fact NASA themselves have been impressed with the accuracy of details expressed in the movie. NASA has even gone to the extent of using the movie as a marketing campaign for the 2030s actual manned mission to Mars. That’s how impressed they are.

The movie is based on the book written by Andy Weir and is considered close to perfect. The director of the movie requested NASA to check the film and make their corrections. Here are a few science based concepts from the movie.

The storm of dust

The storm of dust that starts up the movie is not right. Mars is thought to have dust storms but because the atmospheric pressure is very low the wind produced becomes minuscule. The dust however is considered very harmful.

Time taken to travel

The most accurate of them all is the accuracy of time travel between both the planets. The movie talks about spaceflight where it would require about 8 months to get to mars making use of all the modern technology.

The soil

The movie has it that the actor lands on Mars and is able to grow potatoes. The mineral and chemical content of Martian soil may make it possible for plants to grow and therefore this concept is accurate too.

Radiation

There is a high possibility of developing radiation related disease when one is exposed to high radiation for an extended duration of time. The movie shows the astronauts spending a lot of time on Mars whereas in reality the astronauts stay within the Earth’s magnetosphere.

Tornadoes

The tornadoes are tear up the surface in the movie and one may wonder how can this be possible if the atmosphere is thin. But it seems true that there is a possibility of tornado formation in the form of whirlwinds that take up the debris on the surface. Though they might not be as dramatic as in the movie, they do exist.

Gravity

The actor in the movie has no problem moving about and he in fact moves just like he would on Earth, however since the gravity of Mars is only about 30% as of Earth, the movement will be different.

The shelter

The habitat used in the movie is an inflatable one and this is something that is being considered in reality. Though with the thin atmosphere a habitat with earth like environment might have too much pressure within, this is not an idea to be dismissed easily.

All Time Favorite Movie Makers

Movie making is a work of art or a cultural show piece that reflects the cultural nuances of a certain generation and society. Compared to other forms of media, the film is a relatively new medium though it has already scaled great heights over the years. Films are a very powerful and influential means of educating people. A popular Chinese proverb says that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. We can say that films are very effective in instructing and educating people.

The popularity of films easily spreads to their makers too. People identify certain films and the way they are made or the message they carry with that of the makers. Some all time favorite moviemakers are Alfred Hitchcock, D.W. Griffith, Orson Welles, Jean-Luc Godard, Sergei Eisenstein, Charlie Chaplin, Federico Fellini, Jean Renoir, Ingmar Bergman, and Akira Kurosawa.

The British born moviemaker cum producer, Alfred Hitchcock, is considered as the pioneer of suspense and thriller movies. He directed nearly sixty films whose time span ranged from the silent to the talkies era. Hitchcock is one of the best known and most popular of moviemakers of all time. The major elements of his movies are fear and fantasy where the protagonists are innocent people. They are shown as caught up in various circumstances that are mostly beyond their control and understanding.

In 1925 Alfred Hitchcock directed his first movie The pleasure Garden that was a major commercial success. Some of his other popular movies are Rebecca, Psycho, Dial M for Murder, The Man Who Knew Too Much, etc.

D.W. Griffith, often considered as the father of modern movie making, made over 450 short films. His movies consist of two parts. He was good at both story-telling as well as technical know how. He is best known for his controversial 1915 film The birth of a Nation. Through his mastery in editing, he invented and popularized the concept of cross cutting. In layman’s terms, this means alternating between different events with the aim of building suspense. His cinematographer, Billy Bitzer, shares a lot of the credit for cinematic innovations. Some of his commercially successful movies are Broken Blossom, Way down East, and Orphans of the Storm.

Sergei Eisenstein was a revolutionary Soviet Russian film director known for his ground breaking use of montage. He believed that editing could be used for more than just clarifying a scene or a moment, or for establishing a linkage of a related scene. Though his films were silent they are still noted for their innovations. Some of his masterpieces are Strike, Battleship Potemkin, and Oktober.

The silent movies of Charlie Chaplin have the strange ability of talking to the audience. Hence, he is counted as one of the all time favorite moviemakers. He was one of the first Hollywood superstars who drew a record number of audiences to the theatres. We can say that his movies stood between entertainment for children and the seriousness of adults. His movies talked about social, political, and economic injustice, all in such an appealing way that it seemed less didactic and more entertaining.

In the movies of Jean Renoir, one glimpses the world of art and film mingled into each other. He engaged masterful visuals with the help of lighting, location, focus and camera angle that added a new and exciting dimension to the film. The well-known films of Renoir are The River, Diary of Chambermaid, and The Woman on the Beach.

The above lists tell us that these moviemakers have dared to break all the rules and take risks. They are therefore remembered and respected for what they did without bowing down to established notions, and traditional norms of filmmaking. Their work is a blend of creativity and a daring attitude that transforms them into all time favorite moviemakers.

James Dean Movie, ‘Joshua Tree’ Gives A Different Look At The Late Actors Life

For many years now, James Dean, even in his death, has captivated and stirred curiosity of many people. The great films he has been part of has stricken the world with his charm, forever immortalizing him in movies. The late actor who perished due to an unfortunate event still stands as one of the best actors of all time. Though there have been a good number of biopics of the actor, an upcoming Dean movie gives a different perspective and approach to the life of the famous actor. You can learn about some of his past life events, and what drove him to become the famous actor who left an impression on thousands of lives.

In some past works James Dean’s sexuality was the subject of rumors. Whether he was gay or bisexual has been the main question of the past few years. However, the news about the late actor’s gay acts has faced scrutiny. Perhaps he engaged in homosexual acts only to give his career a boost, but then again, this has faced a good amount of debate. Even though people have been saying that the actor himself was gay, it is commonly known that he was at most a bisexual, as he was a popular ladies man.

James Dean was undoubtedly a talented young actor who’s life has been taken away at such an early age. Who knows what we could have seen his career bloom into, but it certainly would only improve his legendary status. Though this actor only had 3 films, ‘Giant’ with co stars Elizabeth Taylor, ‘East of Eden’ and ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ in the year 1955.

The upcoming Dean movie shows a different side of James Dean to feed the audiences curiosity of his sexuality. The film was directed and written by Matthew Mishory entitled, ‘Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean’. Unlike the many other Dean movies, ‘Joshua Tree’ gives a different and very unique approach to the life of the charming actor. This film gave a fairly different and very striking take that has grabbed the attention of many people.

Actor James Preston from ABC’s ‘The Gates’ stars in the role of the brilliant James Dean. He is joined by the ‘L Word’ actress, Erin Daniels and ‘Queer as Folk’ Robert Gant. This Dean movie talks about the life of the late actor before he gained his popularity in Hollywood.