The Martian: "Castaway" In Space

The Martian: "Castaway" In Space


Getting stranded on another planet probably won’t happen to most of us, but it's pretty interesting to see what would happen if it did. “The Martian” is, as far as I know, a pretty good depiction of what would happen (assuming that we were smart as Matt Damon’s character in this film). “The Martian” is directed by Ridley Scott, who directed other great sci-fi films such as “Alien” and “Prometheus,” so people were expecting a lot from him when he started directing this movie, and he does a great job doing so. This movie also has an all star cast, which is honestly an understatement. Actors such as Matt Damon, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jessica Chastain star in “The Martian,” and I would list the others, but there is way too many superstar actors to list off!

The movie begins when the crew of Ares III is exploring Mars and a storm hits. Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain), who is the commander of the mission, decides that her crew is in jeopardy and that they have to leave the planet. Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is left behind because he is presumed to be killed during the storm that hits. Once the crew leaves, we find that Matt Damon is actually alive, and he has to find out how to live on Mars with the supplies that he has remaining with him all while NASA has to figure out how to get him back to Earth.

The casting in this film is beyond phenomenal to say the least. It’s kind of like stacking a sports team up with all stars; you know the movie is going to be good. Matt Damon delivered a very believable performance as Mark Watney. His acting makes you really want the character to survive on Mars, and you do end up rooting for him throughout the movie. He also manages to be very funny throughout the stressful situations that he gets put into during the movie.

A lot of the actors and actresses in this film also deliver stellar performances, as to be expected from actors of this caliber. Their acting was so good that their characters make you want them to succeed when trying to figure out how to save Mark Watney. The only gripe I had with the casting was that I wanted to see more of Donald Glover, otherwise known as Childish Gambino. He didn’t really have a big role, but I loved how quirky his character was, so it would have been interesting to see more of him in the movie.

I would say that this movie was very entertaining to watch. It does a good job of balancing suspenseful moments with comedy and exposition throughout. The casting is phenomenal, and acting was great as well. It’s interesting to see how Matt Damon’s character tries to get out of the situations he gets put in, all while seeing all of Earth try to figure out how to save the guy. I don’t want to make any early predictions, but I honestly think that this movie could get nominated for an Oscar. I would definitely recommend seeing this, and give the movie a rating of 88%.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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