Seven “earth-like” planets, including three that may be habitable – to some forms of life – might be orbiting Trappist 1, a dwarf star about forty light years from the Sun.
It is unlikely any of these planets are remotely similar to Earth though. The planets in the Trappist 1 solar system are not a destination we can pack up and move to, if the human race needed to, for whatever reason. Even if we were capable of travelling there, which we are not.
The message is simple. We have to look after our own planet, in order to ensure our survival.
Last Train, in this case the last service of the day on a suburban line in the Canadian city of Toronto, is a short documentary directed by Matt Knarr, and filmed by Will Snyder.
Catching the last train of the day is a world removed from travelling during the day, or the morning and evening commuter peaks. The silence of the almost deserted platforms is eerie. The fluorescent lights of the trains and stations seem harsher, to the point they’re bleaching.
But there can also be a certain camaraderie amongst last train of the night travellers, an experience that’s elegantly captured here.
Otto (Brendan Gleeson) and Anna Quangel (Emma Thompson), a working class Berlin couple, become disillusioned with Hitler and the Third Reich, after their son is killed in battle, in Alone in Berlin, trailer, the latest feature of Swiss actor and director, Vincent Perez.
They covertly embark on a campaign of civil disobedience, leaving hand written postcards around the city, urging Berliners to resist the Nazi regime. Based on the book of the same name, written in 1947 by Hans Fallada, “Alone in Berlin” opens in Australian cinemas on 2 March.
Pixar in a Box is an online series of tutorials in the making of animated films, compiled by US computer animation film producers, Pixar, in partnership with Khan Academy. The course looks quite extensive, and would make for a good grounding for anyone interested in film production.
Samantha (Zoey Deutch), a popular, well off, high school student, is fated to relive the day of her death, repeatedly, until she untangles all that is wrong with her life, in Before I Fall, the fourth feature of US director, Ry Russo-Young.
Based on the 2010 novel of the same name, by US young adult author Lauren Oliver, the trailer conjures up thoughts of Groundhog Day, though there seems to be a little more mystery to this story. “Before I Fall” opens in Australian cinemas on 2 March.
Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is a hard nosed, formidable, and much sought after political lobbyist, working in Washington, D.C., in Miss Sloane, the latest feature from British director John Madden. It opens in Australian cinemas on 2 March 2017.
The trailer looks promising, and I can’t think of a film Chastain’s been in that I didn’t like. All going well, I’ll be going along to a preview screening next week, and all things permitting, will write a review before it opens.