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The Martian

I’m trying to be less excited about this movie because…well, it’s a big budget Hollywood movie…but I love this type of movie where it’s essentially a figure-it-out type of plot. The hero needs to make decisions and commit to a possibly flawed premise but is inherently smart enough (by inherently, I mean that nowadays, we’re pretty aware that to become an astronaut you have to be pretty freaking intelligent in the traditional study-your-ass-off sense, smart in a think-on-your-feet way, cool under pressure, confident but not arrogant, etc…because a deficient of any of those things could kill you and others) for a low-probability end goal to seem a bit possible, which is vital for me to root for him…I just don’t want the movie to be…dumb… 😛 .

I like this…

From the ending of “Ratatouille”, Anton Ego’s review of Gusteau’s:

“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new, an extra-ordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto: ‘Anyone can cook.’ But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.”