This article was originally published on December 10, 2014 but we think it still rocks!
We've come a long way since the days of Dr. Bowman's loosely fitting orange spacesuit in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Warrant Officer Ripley's battles with deadly bioforms in the Alien series: Cinema Space Tribute, a filmic montage from Russian video editor Max Shishkin, traces the history of these kinds of stories with clips from 35 of the greatest space movies of all time. His supercut film takes us from 1968's 2001 (which we paid tribute to as well) through Interstellar.
Cinema Space Tribute is narrated by the sinister baritone of Anthony Hopkins, performing "Do go into that gentle good night" by the poet Dylan Thomas. As Hopkins intones Thomas's dark and haunting lyrics "rage, rage, against the dying of the light", Shishkin launches us into the past; back, back, through 46 years of otherworldly film, set to the prolific soundtrack of "Mountains" by Hans Zimmer.
Dazzling images of Earth, seen through Man of Steel's superhuman eyes are quickly succeeded by the famed underbelly of Han Solo's beloved Millennium Falcon. Then, just as suddenly, George Clooney is flailing into Gravity's abyss, and Shishkin flashes the harsh red planet of Mission to Mars. Through this steadily-rising dramatic action, Shishkin touches upon cinema's ability to induce the wonder, reverence, fear, and emptiness in space, for those of us who haven't had the chance to visit yet.