May 172009
 

startrek_smalltheatricalThe fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel; Running Time: 2 hr. 7 min.; Release Date: May 7th, 2009 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence and brief sexual content.

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

I have tons of time off available from work, and in fact, have to take some of it or loose it. So I took some time off Friday afternoon and went to see Star Trek. Lay didn’t want to see it. This is certainly one of the better movies.

Let me start off by saying that I suppose I might qualify as a trekkie. I don’t own any memorabilia, I can’t speak Klingon, and I’ve never attended a convention. However, I did love the TV show as a child, and I’ve seem all the movies. I’ve been disappointed with a number of those.

I thought the overall theme and general spirit of of this movie was consistent with that of the original series. I did have a little trouble with the opening scenes, as they seemed a little bit too much like “today” for something taking place 300 years into the future.

Otherwise, I liked the movie. I could see all the younger versions of these characters turning out as they did in the TV Series. The cinematography was good, and the music was a good fit, including the original TV theme. The writing in this film is fantastic. Though some standard science fiction plot devices are used, what they say about this film is true. It can appeal to Trekies and non-Trekies alike, even though being one does help you understand the nuances of the characters, especially Kirk and Spock. The main accomplishment of the writers is their simplicity. Sure, the plot may look familiar, but it is fluidly and BELIEVABLY executed. Keeping Trekkie-level complexity out of the plot not only expands the viewer base, but also allowed the writers to focus on delightfully placed humor and character development that is consistent in the eyes of Trekies, and intriguing in the eyes of newcomers.

I loved how Leonard Nimoy was brought in for a small part, and I thought Scottie was introduced in a fun way. I would recommend seeing this movie.

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Sulu is Gay

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Oct 292005
 

It seem George Takei, Sulu, the Helmsman on Star Trek, has decided its now safe to come out. I know that, despite Hollywood being full of gay people, it was, for so long, a terrible place to be out if you were actually in show business. At least that’s what I always read. Of course, the out cry from the audience those thirty or so years ago would have been pretty loud I guess. So, I sort of understand.

On the other hand, it would have been nice if he’d come out a little sooner. I guess he figures the Star Trek franchise if pretty much finally over, so he won’t be invited to make any more cameo’s.

Star Trek: Generations

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Jun 242004
 

Star Trek: Generations (1994)

Capt. Picard, with the help of supposedly dead Capt. Kirk, must stop a madman willing to murder on a planetary scale in order to enter a space matrix.

Directed by
David Carson

Genres
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama

Cast
Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Malcolm McDowell, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, William Shatner, Alan Ruck, Jacqueline Kim, Jenette Goldstein, Thomas Kopache

VHS

I’ll admit it, I’m a trekkie, and I’ve enjoyed most all the movies.

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