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screencap Friday: what the flick? #35

Friday fun! Here’s a screen capture from one of the DVDs in my collection (and it’s definitely from a movie, not a TV show). Guess the movie for fun and, well, fun. No prizes, just bragging rights. But hey: one guess per comment — no fair hogging all the guesses.

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  • MailmanClavin


  • Ryan

    Apollo 13?

  • Transformers

  • Joanne

    The Soderbergh Solaris?

  • Hdj


  • I am pretty sure it’s none of the above.

    Is it Event Horizon?

  • emag42380


  • Pen Dragon


  • Doa766


  • Anne-Kari

    Well I’m tempted to guess Ben Hur, because I swore I would do so every week until it happened to be that…

    But what the hell. Serenity?

  • MaryAnn

    No one’s guessed it yet.

  • Air Force One?

  • Hdj

    space camp?

  • Ryan

    Gonna go way out on a limb and say Executive Decision.

  • Snakes on a Plane?

    (This was, in fact, my first guess, but I discounted it. But, since no one else has guessed correctly (yet), I thought I would give it a try.)

  • Could it possibly be Sunshine? I swear I have seen these lockers before, but I can’t for the life of me remember exactly where.

  • Doa766

    deep impact/armageddon?

  • Cate

    Space Camp?

  • I’m going to go out on a limb and guess it’s Star Wars: A New Hope.

  • MaryAnn

    Still no winner.

  • Eric


  • Please tell me this is not from Mission to Mars.

  • Doa766

    red planet/the hole?

  • Monster Inc. ?

  • Jan Willem

    Flight Plan?

  • Live free or die hard

  • Bill

    Pitch Black?

  • MaryAnn

    Clayj got it (sorry): it’s from *Mission to Mars.*

  • Gah. I can’t believe you own that piece of shit movie, MaryAnn.

    I knew I’d seen it recently, on Starz or something. I went to see it when it first came out (that was the Mars year for Hollywood… we also got Red Planet that year). I knew it was going to be a trainwreck going in, but had to see how bad for myself. I didn’t disappoint in its abysmalness. (Abysmalosity? Abysmaliciousness?) Occasionally I’ll watch it, or parts of it, if it’s on one of the premium movie channels just to remind myself of how talented people can just totally fuck up under the right (or wrong) circumstances.

    So now I have won this contest twice, once for a really great movie (Children of Men) and once for an utter piece of drek. There is truly balance in the Force. :-)

  • MaryAnn

    What can I say? I’m a Mars geek.

  • Then I suppose I´m a Mars geek too, ´cause I liked it too !
    Red Planet, instead, was dreadful !!!

  • Are you all watching the movie with the sound turned off or something? Because each time I hear that awful organ-music soundtrack and bad trying-to-sound-like-2001 dialogue, part of me just wants to run into the bathroom and throw up.

    Red Planet wasn’t spectacular, and in fact it has some bad science (Burchenal, a geneticist, says the wrong letters for nucleotides, and then proceeds to call something a nematode that clearly isn’t — not to mention, an atmosphere couldn’t occur in the way the movie describes), but it was light-years better than Mission to Mars.

  • doa766

    mision to mars is oneof the worst movies of all time

    when they get to the space station don cheadle’s character attacks them with a bat because he think they’re aliens (he does this having seen them already!)

  • DOA, thanks. For a minute there I thought I was taking crazy pills or something. ;-)

  • Ryan

    Mission to Mars was one of the most terrible movies ever made. It’s really difficult to cast Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins, and Connie Nielson and end up with JERRY O’CONNELL being the most likeable actor in the film.

    But man, that ending with the alien and all the sci-fi psychobabble…ugh. Set science fiction back at least five years.

    I do remember though, the car ride back after watching it was a lot of fun, because I went to see it with a friend, and another friend (who hadn’t seen it) picked us up…and we had to describe it to her…and we could barely talk we were laughing so hard recounting the plot.

  • Nathan

    I think Mission to Mars was the first movie at which I laughed out loud at the product placement… I think it was M&Ms floating around in zero-g or something.

  • Hdj

    At Epcot center there’s actually a ride based on the mission to mars movie where Gary Sinise narrates the mission. You can choose how intense you want your launch to be theirs green for an easy flight and yellow for really intense. I did yellow =)

  • Trust Disney to pimp one of their own movies (it was from Touchstone Pictures) at EPCOT.

    Now, if you want to talk some serious Mars, whatever happened to the Red Mars/Green Mars/Blue Mars miniseries, based off Kim Stanley Robinson’s trilogy of novels, that was supposed to be coming to the SciFi Channel? They announced it something like 7 years ago. Those books have some real science and if done right, it would be epic.

  • Ryan

    Red Mars was a great book, one of the best I have ever read, but I think you would need a Peter Jackson-esque effort to really do justice to the scope of that book. Think how much time and how many characters it spans…I think that would be a tall order.

    I didn’t like Blue/Green Mars as much (though they were both well written) but I think maybe they would be the starting point, and use the events of Red Mars as a sort of backdrop for the series.

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