Hubble 3D


“This is not a documentary,” Alfonso Cuaron said of his new movie Gravity to No kidding. Nobody in a documentary talks the way George Clooney and Sandra Bullock do in this spectacular yet sometimes silly space-set thriller. But I’d love for it to be a gateway to some great documentaries about astronauts and NASA missions and the like, so I’ve compiled a list of favorites that are relevant to the plot. Sure, I could have opened this week’s Movies to Watch list to fiction films, too, but there is less need for me to highlight obvious movies like Apollo 13 and Space Buddies. Also, I’d like to use this opportunity to give a shout out to Dan Schindel’s Doc Option column over at our sister site Nonfics. This week he chose to recommend two true stories for your listening pleasure that relate to Gravity because they involve spacewalks gone wrong. Since he (cleverly) didn’t go with one of the docs I’d have picked, now I get to list them all below.



While much of Hollywood is still struggling to find balance amidst the wash of the 3D and IMAX explosion, there is an organization that has been making interesting and wonderful films on the giant-screen format for years. The folks at NASA.



Here we go again on another beautiful Friday afternoon (it’s raining in Austin) with a quick edition of This Week in Movie Posters. I say quick, because this wasn’t a great week for movie posters, but there are a few notables.



Space nerds, mount up. Previously I’ve blogged incessant rants of love in the direction of space, and the documentaries that have chronicled our journeys there. This is no exception.



Hopefully they’ll all happen at once. But something tells me we’ll have to experience them separately. And in movie form.

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published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015

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