I don’t think there is a movie from my childhood that was more misleading than Space Camp. According to this movie, if you went to Space Camp down in Cape Canaveral you got to hang out with awesome robot sidekicks, super hot Kelly Preston, and Tom FUCKING Skerritt.
And then there was a chance that your group may be selected to sit in the actual space shuttle orbiter for a live fire engine test … and then you get launched into space by the aforementioned robot sidekick.
I watched the hell out of Space Camp partly due to the fact I was completely obsessed with NASA … and Kelly Preston.
This July the truly excellent Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA will be playing host Blob Fest 2013, its celebration of the 1958 B-movie classic film The Blob. During the weekend of July 12th-14th the Colonial Theatre will be the epicenter for all things Blob related, including a street fair and parade on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to its annual “Run Out” on Friday night (which is already sold out) there will of course be classic screenings throughout the weekend of The Blob, Them!, Tarantula, The Deadly Mantis.
I will forever curse Paramount Pictures and Director Stuart Baird for the fact that the last cinematic adventures of The Next Generation crew were captured on film in Star Trek Nemesis. The previous installment, Star Trek: Insurrection, (which was tentatively titled “Star Trek: How Picard Got His Groove Back”) was not very good by any means and there was definitely a lot riding on it.
Admittedly I was very excited for Nemesis spefically for the fact that Romulans were involved. During the course of The Next Generation they had some pretty significant story lines and an established history with Picard … how could it go wrong? Let’s count all of the reasons …
I was very sad to hear of the passing of Gerry Anderson, the creative force behind Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlett, Stingray, and Space: 1999. I was first exposed to Anderson’s “supermarionation” at a young age, watching old reruns with my father on Saturday mornings on the SciFi Channel (do you remember when they actually did that?).
But for me, Gerry Anderson’s legacy of greatness will be sealed by the short lived live-action series Space Precinct which ran from 1994-95 on the SciFi Channel. Looking back it really was Farscape before Farscape, very adult themes with a blend of live actors and cutting edge makeup and puppet effects. Anderson had a pretty tremendous run, and his technical achievements really are unparalleled.
Science fiction reached its pinnacle in the 1980s with films like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Blade Runner, Robocop, Predator, Aliens, and Terminator. Over twenty years later these films still are viable properties and their influence is notable when you take into consideration that direct sequels and reboots (err re-imaginings) have been seen for nearly all of the above mentioned films.
The collection of films I have assembled are no where near that influential. If anything they are known for their Saturday Matinee status and the hard earned money the 7 year old me wasted on a VHS rental, ultimately deceived by bad ass box art.
5) Omega Cop
A solar flare has decimated the globe, and it’s up to a single cop to maintain law and order, and martial arts superstar Ronald Marchini is that cop. Apparently he lives in a world where a solar flare turned people into savages with bad wigs and horrible make up. The producers must have spent all their money on getting Adam West to headline this shit show, because despite the number of people that are shot, there are no squibs.
4) I Come In Peace
Dolph Lundgren stars as Detective Jack Caine. He’s a cop with a bad attitude, who has little time of regard for the rules. He’s on a mission to find the drug dealers responsible for his partner’s murder. Little does he know that he’s on the trail of an intergalactic drug dealer, who apparently … “comes in peace”
3) Moon 44
Resources are limited in the Outer Zone, and the corporations need space fighter pilots to defend their claims. Who do you want behind the stick? Michael Pare of course! You know, Eddie from Eddie and the Cruisers. Also, if you pay close attention to the trailer you’ll notice two bad science fiction mainstays, Malcolm Macdowell and Brian Thompson.
2) Solar Crisis
Despite having a cast led by Charlton Heston, Peter Boyle, Tim Mathieson and Jack Palance and a $55 million budget Solar Crisis tanked. The Japanese production company shit a brick and sold it off to America where it became a favorite on late night TV. Little did I know that years later that this movie was a special place in my heart due to the shower scene featuring Annabel Schofield … it made me a man.
1) Robot Jox
In the future, war is no longer waged by armies but by giant fucking robots. Directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, Dagon) and a screenplay by Joe Haldeman (Forever War) it featured special effects that rocked my 7 year old brain. Shit was so cash.