Except in scale, how does this differ from some average Joe Sixpack building a boat in his basement?
Well, what TFA doesn't mention is the free environmental benefit. NASA was planning to tear the hangar down, but discovered just how monumentally expensive it would have been to remove several decades worth of lead paint from the structural members. This plan is awesome in its win/win mentality. In putting the facility to real use, Brin first had to mitigate that environmental hazard. Bonus for us (US).
Avatar came out in 2009, 8 years ago. You could argue there are some derivative ideas in it (as you could argue for any other work of fiction these days), but it was not a remake, not a sequel/prequel, and not a spin-off.
Avatar is simply "Dances With Wolves" in space.
"Moon" was interesting, but nowhere near as mind-bending as people claim.
In the last decade' majors, there's "Source Code". "Edge of Tomorrow" had potential, if they only hadn't cheated to keep the main characters alive at the end.
Great Indie stuff, though. "Safety Not Guaranteed," "The One I Love," "Time Lapse."
Classics are stuff like "Blade Runner," "12 Monkeys," "2001."
I think #10, bragging rights, is the main reason people I know go to movies. They want to be the first to see it no matter what it costs or what efforts they have to endure.
Except The Verge has no concept of bragging rights...
Bragging rights. Tell me which one sounds better: “When I saw A New Hope at midnight at the drive-in” vs. “When I watched A New Hope on VHS in 1982.” There’s no question, okay? That was just a rhetorical exercise.
Good. Because anyone bragging about seeing something called "A New Hope" is three years late for any credibility.
That happens at the highest levels of government these days, unfortunately.