Trailer Tuesdays: Some Nonromantic Faves (Just in Time for Valentine’s Day)

Howdy, readers!

As usual, our yearly Valentine’s pairing extravaganza will be showing up later today. To balance out that romance-filled spectacle, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite feminist movies that don’t have strong romantic messages for the not-so-romantically-inclined to curl up with on this fine Tuesday night.

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This is how people watch movies, right? (via videostereo)

Hit the jump to find out what we picked, in no particular order!

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Fanfiction Fridays: #BringHimHome by MelRows

Buzzfeed @buzzfeednews

3 Hot Ticket Items This Black Friday: Ares 3 Action Figures, Under Armor (NASA line), Limited Edition iPhone: Ares bu.zz/2G9S0yw


WatneyWatch 34m ago

Mark Message Notification: “TECHNICALLY IM A SPACE PIRATE. RE INTL LAWS.”

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Fox News @FoxNews

Has Mars Finally Cracked Mark Watney? Fo.x/5Fi3nI

kdeebsrawr:

omg listen up you fuckers i’m pre-law at georgetown. i can barely type i’m laughing so much. mark is a fucking dork. so technically no country can own anything in space unless they put it there. and if you’re not in any country, maritime law applies. NASA put the MAV there so NASA owns it, but Mars is “international waters.” because mark lost contact with NASA, no one can tell him to board the MAV, so when he gets there next year, technically he’ll be fucking “stealing” the MAV while in international waters aka a pirate. But he’s on fucking mars so he’s a fucking space pirate.

#mark watney #space pirate #literal fave mark watney #bringhimhome #bae


Patricia Watney @PatWatneyOfficial

Merry Christmas Eve! Thank you for your thoughts & prayers, but please direct any donations to Mark’s fav charities. List here: bit.l/G7w9iL


WatneyWatch 1h ago

Mark Message Notification: “SCHIAPARELLI OR BUST”

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I certainly didn’t go into this week thinking the coolest fic I’d read would be a story for The Martian. Even though I loved the book and liked the movie, I’m not sure if I’d exactly call myself “in the Martian fandom”. But here I am, ready to tell you about this fantastic fanfic.

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In Your Face, Neil Armstrong: The Martian Movie Review

mark watney matt damonA few weeks ago I encouraged all of you to go check out Andy Weir’s novel The Martian (or the audiobook version, if you’re like me and spend a lot of time in the car). Even if you’re not usually a fan of astronaut-survivalist, will-he-or-won’t-he dramas, this book has great messages about the human spirit and includes lots of diversity to boot.

Last Friday I went to see the film on opening day—I was excited enough to fork over $23 for my ticket, popcorn, and some cherry Coke for The Martian. And with recent announcements about NASA finding water on Mars, the buzz for this film couldn’t be any better. So how does it measure up? Is it as good as the book? Well…

Spoilers below the cut.

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The Everyman vs Every Human: Why The Martian Is Worth Your Time

the martian bookI’ve been traveling a lot for work lately, and instead of listening to the same twenty songs on every radio station I pass, I’ve opted for an Audible subscription, so I can entertain myself with audiobooks. My first choice was The Martian, by Andy Weir. The Martian follows in a well-established heritage of survivalist fiction, but in a way that counts as science fiction. There’s a movie coming out next month starring Matt Damon and a bunch of other famous actors, which is what initially inspired me to “read” the book. The premise for The Martian is simple: American astronaut Mark Watney is left for dead on the surface of Mars when his team is forced to flee a massive dust storm… except whoops, Mark’s actually alive. What follows is a story of questions: Can Mark survive? Will he ever be able to contact Earth, and if he does, can he even survive long enough to come and get him? How much is one person’s life worth, anyway?

I won’t spoil the ending for you, I promise. But I do want to take a look at how The Martian is a wonderful, thought-provoking new addition to the world of science fiction on multiple levels. Science fiction isn’t just about advanced technology and space stuff; the real hallmark of the genre pushes for answers to the big questions of life in new ways. It imagines what could be, not what is. The Martian has a universal quality to its story, and that’s what makes it a success.

Minor spoilers for The Martian below the jump.

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