A fun movie tomorrow night
This evening MrsDoF and I watched “Pete’s Meteor,” starring Mike Meyers (Wayne’s World, and Shrek). Something tells me he was trying to “show his range” because the funnyman was playing a former addict whose life was catching up to him. The movie takes one down turn after another (in the context of a goofy but tragic Irish plot). Despite an attempt at a happy ending, it’s not a particularly happy (or good) movie. But tomorrow we can fix all that…
I once knew a fellow who was so devoted to Star Trek that he fashioned his own movie-prop quality Klingon uniforms and makeup. He knew every line from every episode and movie, and could dispense amazing high-resolution trivia. Occasionally, he also held a job for months at a time.
Compared to him, I’m a complete failure as a Star Trek fan, but I did enjoy the movie; “Wrath of Kahn” where Ricardo Montalban (sp?) wreaks terrible vengance on Captain Kirk. And it’s at the Normal Theater this weekend. Cheesy fun!
“Vengance is a dish best served cold. And Kirk,
it is very cold… in space!”
The other movie this weekend was “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” which I have been meaning to rent. But my favorite old ‘50’s SF movie would have to be “The Day The Earth Stood Still.” I love this scene:
“The aliens have achieved much longer lifespan through their superior medical science.” (offers pack to other doctor) “Cigarette?”
“Thank you, don’t mind if I do.”
Saw that one at the Historic Normal Theater a few years ago. Lots of audience participation there – movies are more like a party.
UPDATE: Movie was a lot of fun, lots of hootin’ & Hollerin’ from the audience and we sat with a friend from work. I got the bit of dialogue quoted above wrong – oh well.
The Normal Theater hands out movie reviews when you buy your ticket, which is really keen. You can read up on the history and making of the movie while getting your popcorn. It seems that Wrath of Kahn was made for only $10m, due in large part to Roddenberry handing production chores over to TV producer Glen Larson. The result was a movie regarded by fans as the best Trek movie, even though the special effects are, well, not-so-special.
The first Trek movie, Star Trek, The Motion Picture is regarded by fans as the worst one – and it cost $40m in 1979 to make. The moral of the story (in case George Lucas is reading this) is: your special-effects budget is only tangentially related to how much your fans will like the movie.