Let’s go to Mars!

The Mars Generation: a 2017 Netflix documentary follows the aspiring astronauts of tomorrow on the journey to Mars. Just like the prospect of going to the moon inspired a whole generation, the prospect of going to Mars now inspires the next generation of astronauts – the very people who might be on the Mars mission.The Mars Generation

The documentary relives the history of our space exploration, celebrating the great things we have achieved so far, featuring famous experts like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye and Michio Kaku. It also introduces us to the newest technologies and ideas NASA are developing on our journey into space, with the self-declared “spacenerds” participating in their yearly astronaut camp.

Throughout the documentary there is a sense of wonder around the adventure that lies ahead. The dream of going out there on such a grand journey is not far away from coming true, you can see it in the teens eyes – they will be the generation that finally goes to Mars. And now, I have a gleam in my eye – I know my generation will see them go out there and explore, and it makes me hopeful for the survival of the human race. So dream with us, and remember: smiles are contagious 😀

Enter the Spirit World

Spirited_Away_(Amerikansk_DVD)Imagine you are 10 years old, and moving house with your parents. As you’re driving along you get lost and find a strange village. Suddenly your parents fall in a trap and you end up in the spirit world, alone.

Although I believe many have seen and enjoyed Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s works, I still want to recommend a long-time favorite of mine – Spirited Away. For those who are curious about anime or japanese movies, this is a great place to begin. This cosy family movie is beautiful and well-made, making it great entertainment for all ages.

Chihiro’s journey in the spirit world is filled with many strange creatures, from small and fuzzy soot spirits, to witches, even dragons and a no-face demon. Taking up work in a bathhouse Chihiro ventures through a world very different from her own, making some friends along the way. This adventure is surprising and it’s charming story will move you.

It comes as no surprise that this great piece of cinematic beauty is the most successful film in Japanese history, won an academy award, and was voted fourth best film of the 21st century. Like me, a whole world fell in love with the Japanese animated style and the wonderful stories from Studio Ghibli. Please share, and remember: smiles are contagius 😀