Air travel often allows one to catch up on films missed and provides opportunities to see ones that you might have been unaware of. I finally decided to catch up with Christopher Nolan's critically acclaimed space thriller, Interstellar (2014). I've had chances to see it before on flights and was reluctant, because it seemed like a film that need to be seen on a larger screen format. However, I was put off by the almost three hour run time. I have to say that I was underwhelmed, all the pseudo-science concepts and talk-using Matthew McCounaughey to spout them doesn't make them go down any easier. It was at least an hour too long if not more, and seems to fail in every level of comparison to Alfonso Cuaron's 2013 Gravity: direction, special effects, acting, enjoyment, length, etc.
I caught a couple of gems that I was not aware of before. The first being a well-researched and important documentary from Robert Kenner, Merchants Of Doubt (2014). It is based on a book by Naomi Oreskes and Erick M. Conway that identifies parallels between the global warming controversy and earlier controversies between tobacco smoking, acid rain, and the hole in the ozone layer among others. However, it's not clear that even if you rationally reason with people, they continue to hold out for the slimmest of hope to believe something contrary to their core values. it should be required viewing in school in the US.
The other unknown gem was John Curran's 2013 biopic, Tracks, about female explorer Robyn Davidson's trek across the Australian outback with camels that was feature din National Geographic. It was based on her memoir that originated in the magazine article. Of course the film had amazing cinematography and standout performances from the leads, Mia Wasikowska (Davidson) and Adam Driver as the accompanying photographer, as well as the supporting cast. it makes me want to learn more about the original story.