A cinematic history of Mars

It might not help you understand Curiosity's mission

Christmas on Mars 2008

Notorious freak band the Flaming Lips worked for years on this bizarre story of, well, Christmas on Mars. There's a Martian that becomes Santa, a special birth and lots of general weirdness. If you're a fan of the band, it's more or less a must-see. Everyone else...well, how high are you at the moment?

John Carter 2012

Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 1964.
Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 1964.

The final stop on our Martian journey thus far is actually pretty darn good. Sure, you're probably asking, "Wasn't that a huge flop?" It was, but that doesn't make it a bad movie. On the contrary, it's a lighthearted, family-friendly, cartoonish space opera that's a hell of a lot of fun. Taylor Kitsch (of Friday Night Lights fame) plays a Civil War era soldier who finds himself transported in Mars just in time to save the planet, and its princess, from the forces of evil. It's also adapted from the Barsoom novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs (of Tarzan fame), so if the kids love it, you can pick up the books and get them reading.

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