The Martian

SUB-GENRES: Survival DIRECTED BY: Ridley Scott WRITTEN BY: Drew Goddard (screenplay); Based on the novel by Andy Weir RELEASE: 2015 PEW PEW: If you’re an action-only kind of person, your attention might wander. The climax is thrillingly suspenseful. CAT FOOD: The story is very human, with helpings of isolated frustration and triumphant displays of will,…

Alien

SUB-GENRES: Horror DIRECTED BY: Ridley Scott WRITTEN BY: Dan O’Bannon (screenplay); Dan O’Bannon & Ronald Shusett (story) RELEASE: 1979 PEW PEW: The film takes a while to build up and, even at its most suspenseful, isn’t about action. CAT FOOD: The inter-crew drama and the implications of corporate and military greed are fertile ground for…