Since NASA got that rover tooling around Mars this week we were thinking, damn we love space. And what’s the next best thing to space? Movies about space! So here’s the latest Nitehawk Cinema Staff Picks – let the over-sharing begin…
Andy: Solaris…not the one with Rosemary Clooney’s kid or nephew or whatever…god he’s handsome.
Ross: Space Cowboys. All other sci-fi movies are too fake. This one gets it right.
Alyse: SPACEBALLS. When I was a lil kid my brother and I acted out the entire “asshole” scene to my parents and we got away with it. Best dialogue ever.
Joe M: Wow. Alien would be the one I’d take out to dinner. ALIENS is the one I’d take to bed. Muppets from Space (highly underrated) is the one I watch in the morning in my pajamas, and Explorers (1985) with River Phoenix and Ethan Hawk is the one I’ve tried to actually recreate with my buddies since I was 9.
Joe P: I really loved Serenity and the show that preceded it. I have seen that movie a bunch. As far as NASA movies are concerned, I will go with Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie. At the end, they do go to space…
Vince: Serenity! Cowboy spaceships, Chinese profanity, and cannibalistic crazies!
Rhys: The Fifth Element. Kinda makes me wanna bone Bruce Willis in a way that makes me feel awkward when I watch him in Moonrise Kingdom.
Mason: 2001: A Space Odyssey. Made in 1969 and still taking place in a believable, mysterious future we still haven’t reached in 2012.
Matt: Star Wars (1977). While a cliche, it’s still my favorite sci fi film, since it’s essentially a throwback to Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and all those pulpy serials from the 30s. But if we can pick more than one, I’d like to nominate Dark City and Metropolis, since each combined film noir with great science fiction, and the latter especially for pretty much launching the entire genre.
Lexi: I’m split between two – Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking which is actually a Discovery Chanel special, but is as good as any movie and Contact. Into the Universe blows my mind with metaphysics and I don’t have to take a class to learn how to do crazy equations. Plus, Stephen Hawkings gets amped on science. It’s great. In Contact Jodie Foster travels through a worm hole. Also great.
Brian: Since Alien has already been worn out, I’ll go with Enemy Mine and The Fifth Element running a close third.
Jen: Favorite space movie? Easy. Office Space.
Andy part deux: Space Jam. Or anything starring Kevin Spacey. K-Pax is a good one. He’s from space.
John: Fantastic Planet. After being let down many times over the years by mediocre Sci Fi novels with awesome cover art this film brings the book cover to life and lets you stay in that world.
Billie: Event Horizon, gives me chills just thinkin’ about it…space madness.
Amanda K. Barbarella. Jane Fonda with pageant hair, a blind boytoy angel named Pygar, and a bisexual tyrant played by Keith Richard’s girlfriend: yes.
Max: Star Trek 2 hands down.
Jeremy: I know this isn’t all that original, but the first 3 Star Wars movies were definitely my favorites. I also loved the original Black Hole when I was a kid. I haven’t seen it in years though, and I’m sure now I would probably think it’s a bit lame….
Emily: I really loved Spacecamp as a kid and now when I look at the cast I love it even more. Though when I learned that I would not get to go to actual space at space camp I thought that was bush league and no longer wanted to go. A poor choice. Gattaca is another favorite of mine (but the space part of it is really just backdrop). Rethinking my career choice and starting all over at space camp now seems like the right thing to do. Vincent Anton would tell me that it is possible…
Lindsey: Also, hands down my favorite space movie would be Mars Attacks, obvi. All-star cast, an early Natalie portman as the presidents daughter, exploding heads, and Tom jones serenading wildlife at the end of the world. Win.
Kris: My favorite movie about space is a little documentary called A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon. Bear with me. This is a 45 minute documentary by Nashville kook Bart Winfield Sibrel, who is CONVINCED that the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the space program in general, is a massive hoax the US Government used to hoodwink the world into thinking we were technologically superior to the Soviets. There’s a lot of talk of killer radiation belts and footage of rockets exploding on the launchpad and absolutely none of it is even remotely convincing. It’s like reading a weirdly entertaining D- research paper.
To close, here’s the most awesome video on the internet: Buzz Aldrin punching the filmmaker in the face.