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Still Watching the Skies: Episode 66 “The Wandering Earth”

Posted on Feb 22, 2020 by | 0 comments

The Wandering Earth


Cody, Robert, and Nat journey all the way back to 2019 to look at a huge blockbuster that barely made a dent in the American consciousness with China’s THE WANDERING EARTH.

The Wandering Earth

THE WANDERING EARTH is China’s biggest blockbuster. It grossed $700 million worldwide last year, although only about $6 million came from the United States, making it one of the biggest films of the year. Which was quietly buried on Netflix after a limited theatrical release.

Nevertheless, THE WANDERING EARTH is a big, classic disaster movie and a relative crowdpleaser. The stakes don’t get much bigger. The premise is intriguing. And there are a lot of familiar cinematic touchstones to make it translate easily.

The Wandering Earth

THE WANDERING EARTH is very reminiscent of a Roland Emmerich blockbuster. It’s big, it’s action packed, it features a sprawling cast, and it definitely aims for emotions over logic. We have a lot to say about the logic of the film, but it’s kind of a secondary concern.

The Wandering Earth

But, logic problems aside, there’s a lot to discuss and admire. The huge scale and ambition if nothing else. And some of the sheer beauty of the images.

The Wandering Earth

As a bonus, we take some time off to discuss the 2010s in film. Some of our least favorite films and some of the general trends.

You’re not going to need to round up a rag tag group to be the only hope of mankind to listen to this episode. You can give us a play below or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.

Time tracks:

THE WANDERING EARTH Discussion: 0:00 to 44:20
The 2010s – Least Favorites & General Trends: 44:20 to 1:19:22
Next Film and Outro: 1:19:22 to End

Next month, we take a look at the beginning of Hammer Films as a box office force and films that changed the direction of horror with THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN. We hope you’ll join us too.

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