Monday, December 22, 2014

Cinema Cycle - Volume #5 - Blues For A Red Planet


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE: 12/22/2014

TITLE: Cosmos - Volume 5 - Blues For A Red Planet

FORMAT: VHS

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hours 1 minute

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 14.5 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 890.5 miles

SYNOPSIS: The study of Mars from the early 1900s through the present day (2000), along with the myths and possibilities of life on the red planet.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: There are things out there that we need to discover and find out before it is too late.

PROS AND CONS: One of the holy grails of documentary filmmaking has to be Carl Sagen’s Cosmos series.  You will learn more about yourself and the universe from watching this 13 hour program than you will ever learn in 6 years of grade school and 4 years of high school.  It should be required viewing for all people under 18 years of age.  

This series is a bit dated even though it is an updated edition to the original series.  This episode delves into the misconceptions about Mars and its early exploration.  A lot has happened since then, that unfortunate, Mr. Sagen did not live to see.  

In the epilogue segment where Carl Sagen updates the episode he gets a bit preachy regarding the human races squandering of opportunities and expenditures on military infrastructure.  You get a sense that he is a little miffed at how un-progressive the human race has become and that we need to get our act together.  Sadly, I agree with him.

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.

The summary of the project and a glimpse of what is coming up next can be found on my public LaserDisc spreadsheet.