One of the true highlights of Passengers is the performance given by Michael Sheen as Arthur, a robot (“android, technically”) bartender. On a big, lonely ship, Arthur’s straightforward charm is a welcome sight for sore eyes … especially if you’re awake on a long journey through space when you’re supposed to be asleep.
'2001: A Space Odyssey' tops POTUS's viewing list of eight favorites in the November issue of Wired magazine, for which he served as guest editor.
Though it’s set decades in the future, The Martian is well-grounded (and well-versed) in modern-day popular culture. Ridley Scott’s unrepentant crowdpleaser, starring Matt Damon a botanist-astronaut accidentally stranded on the red planet, is loaded with playful references to TV shows, books, and video games; music cues certain to bring a smile; and callbacks to classic sci-fi films, including one of the director’s all-timers, Alien. With The Martian set to dominate the box office for a second weekend, we went through and catalogued all the Easter eggs to watch out for the next time you make a date with Damon’s Mark Watney. Let us know what we missed in the comments.
Christopher Nolan may be widely regarded as one of the most masterful filmmakers of our time, but he grew up idolizing Luke Skywalker just like you and me. The London-bornInterstellar director, who rose to prominence with films likeThe Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, told us that George Lucas’s 1977 sci-fi game-changerStar Wars was the movie that made him want to get behind the camera. Also a pivotal influence that many critics have already noted: Stanley Kubrick’s2001: A Space Odyssey, which Nolan remembers was re-released when he was young amid the post-Star Wars pandemonium. "My dad took me to see it on the very big screen in Leicester Square.
With a résumé that included 'Dr. Strangelove,' '2001: A Space Odyssey,' 'A Clockwork Orange,' and 'The Shining,' Stanley Kubrick’s spot in the Hollywood pantheon was secured long ago. The late American auteur, who died in 1999, remains such a towering force that his work continues to live on in fun and fascinating ways.