Film Interstellar Discussion

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07:21:45 PM Apr 22nd 2015
I think it's heavily implied Donald is a Millenial born in the late 1990's or early-2000's. It's really interesting to see our generation portrayed as the elderly in more futuristic movies.
03:20:57 AM Apr 23rd 2015
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Your generation. This Gen X'er is starting to feel long in the tooth.
11:26:12 AM Mar 16th 2015
Random question... was this movie supposed to be named Gravity at some point in its lifecycle? I haven't found anything stating that (mostly since Googling "interstellar" and "gravity" is kind of a hopeless dream) but the movie made me really feel like that was its name at some point in developmen.
01:37:49 PM Jan 29th 2015
Idiot Ball and Informed Attribute : Mann cut communication with Cooper and Brand, maybe suspecting a distraction manoeuvre. That would inply that it wasn't a idiotic error and would not subvert the informed attribute of Mann being the best astronaut.
08:36:24 AM Nov 23rd 2014
So I'm wondering why no one bas posted how the scene in the tesseract is an example of And I Must Scream? Admittedly it is only temporary but he is clearly seriously disturbed by watching himself and screams at the top of his lungs in a futile attempt to communicate. He does learn how shortly after, but a momentary example I would say.
01:51:32 PM Nov 29th 2014
If you think it was an example, then add it.
02:03:12 AM Nov 20th 2014
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"Days of Future Past: The Crapsack World mentioned above is in many ways the Dust Bowl and Great Depression of the 1930s on a global scale."

That's a curious way to put it... the Great Depression of the 1930s DID happen on a global scale (and it arguably led to the rise of Hitler and hence the outbreak of WWII among other things).
09:06:06 PM Nov 13th 2014
Fridge Logic, maybe? The Ranger is shown as able to lift off and climb to space on its own — under crisis conditions from the surface of a planet with more than twice earth's surface gravity — but is shown as requiring what looks like a Saturn V to get to Endurance, waiting in low earth orbit.
09:09:36 AM Nov 17th 2014
Fridge examples aren't tropes. Please don't add them to main or YMMV pages.
09:56:39 AM Nov 17th 2014
They can be added to YMMV pages, actually.
03:04:14 AM Nov 25th 2014
I see this as fridge brilliance or a shown their work - By using the booster stages to get to orbit at the start of the mission, the Ranger is able to save all or most of its fuel load for visiting the destination planets and (potentially, as it isn't shown) carry additional cargo to the Endurance that would be subsequently unloaded.
07:29:22 PM Nov 12th 2014
As I understand it, Go Mad from the Isolation refers to actually "going mad", like Mann, or at least (from the page) depression, hallucinations, inability to function normally in society, terrible dreams, etc. I do not think Romilly's stiff behavior is worth mentioning under this. (I actually had him as an aversion, but I'll concede he may not be that.) A referendum here is more productive than an edit war with Captain Crawdad, so what say anyone else?
01:36:37 PM Dec 21st 2014
I am with you on Romilly. He actually seems to have turned tranquil over those 23 years.
01:22:10 PM Nov 10th 2014
Woah, I was eating breakfast and was wondering "if the 5th Dinemsional Aliens knew how urgent Earth's situation was, why the hell would they add 2 years to the mission by building the wormhole aaallll the way at Saturn, of all places?"

Wikipedia: Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture.
10:58:29 AM Nov 10th 2014
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  • Shout-Out:
    • The narration used in the trailer and shots make it look like Nolan is paying Homage to Terrence Malick (one of Nolan's inspirations for filmmaking).
    • The first scene features a recollection of the current day dust storm is reminiscent of how John Steinbeck described the 1930 Dust Bowl in the first chapter of The Grapes of Wrath.
    • The shot of the NASA base when Cooper first finds it is the same composition and set-up as the Cheyenne Mountain exterior shots from Stargate SG-1.
    • The cylindrical layout of Cooper Station may somewhat remind viewers of one of Nolan's previous films, as well as the O'Neill Cylinder colonies from the Universal Century.

None of these look like strong contenders for Shout Outs.
  • This might be an homage, but it's also just narration. What specifically makes it link to Malick?
  • The film is obviously referencing the Dust Bowl, but I don't see anything specifically about Grapes of Wrath.
  • This sounds strong, but I find it highly doubtful that Nolan is deliberately referencing Stargate SG-1. Can someone confirm that it's the exact same set-up, and if so that Stargate didn't take this from something earlier?
  • Space stations are cylindrical for gravity. The shape itself isn't a reference to anything.
01:38:03 PM Dec 21st 2014
01:07:36 AM Nov 9th 2014
I found this movie funny, in a way, as it can serve as a great example of just why GMO food products are needed. The blight that wipes out the majority of food crops in the world(leaving humanity with corn as their main staple, instead of wheat, and a sparse few other viable crops) would be one of the first things GM Os would be immunized to through genetic engineering.
08:40:35 PM Nov 15th 2014
That's not how that works. GMO's are less resistant to blights because of Monoculture.

Yes, they resist disease better, but if they are overwhelmed by a disease, there's no chance for the survival of the crop: When you have a variety of crops, their differences can buffer the lethality of a blight.

Granted, that's just a case for having diversity in the crop: All the crops could still be GMO's if they are sufficiently differentiated.
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