October 11th, 2015

politics

Links I found interesting for 11-10-2015

cinema

The Martian

F and I went to see The Martian last night. I had read the book for the Clarke Award, and enjoyed it very much (though obviously not quite as much as the ones we shortlisted); it was by far the most widely owned of all the books submitted on both LibraryThing and Goodreads. The film did what I hoped it would do, and included almost all of the set piece scenes from the book, making them at least as good as they had been in my head. I'm not going to claim that it's Great Art, but I do think it's Hugo-worthy and I expect it will be on my list for Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) - the only other film I've seen in the cinema this year was The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which came out in 2014 and so would have been eligible for this year's Hugos (but didn't even make the top 15).