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A recent post prompted some thoughts on an interesting discourse – whether people think the moon landing of 1969 happened or not. And, naturally, that made me think of movies set in space. Here’s 5 really great space movies!

capricorn_one_castCapricorn One (1977) 
It’s been a loooong time since I’ve seen this movie. But I really like it. It taps into the conspiracy idea surrounding the Apollo moon landings. It’s quite a clunky film but what an interesting plot!

Apollo_13_movie_1Apollo 13 (1995)
Ron Howard’s space adventure has some pretty intense action going on it, and it perfectly captures the horrors of what can go wrong, and the dramas that can unfold in a space mission. Plus there’s Tom Hanks.

Alien (1979) Directed by Ridley Scott Shown: Sigourney WeaverAlien (1979)
My favourite movie of the franchise. I love this, it’s perfect. The first act is cleverely drawn out. Although you just know something terrible is going to happen (“don’t touch the eggs!”) you’re quire relaxed and then BOOM – chaos and savagery unfolds. Great how the alien in the first movie doesn’t get much screen time – it’s a mysterious, creepy monster that lurks and scuttles in the corner of the frames. They should have kept it that way!

INTERSTELLAR-JPL-14-1940x1003.pngInterstellar (2014)
There’s a lot of cool things about this recent movie, the score being one of my favourite elements. It looks fantastic, too. There’s a huge contrast between space movies of the older decades and space movies of today (I do have a soft spot in my heart for cardboard box and paper-mache-looking space ships of the 60s, 70s and 80s), but Interstellar is one of the greats when it comes to cinematography.

moonMoon (2009)
Sam Rockwell executes a really memorable performance in this eerie sci-fi, thrilleresque number. This is quite a daunting plot that left me whirring.

Honorable mentions: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Fifth Element (1998), The Martian (2015), Gravity (2013), Wall-E (2008), The Star Wars franchise

What’s your favourite space movie?