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.
I don’t know how I caught wind of Pandorum, but from the two trailers that have been released it looks like an intense scifi experience. It doesn’t seem that we get very much of that these days, which really is a shame. Starring Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid, according to the official website, Pandorum is about:
Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. It’s pitch black, they are disoriented, and the only sound is a low rumble and creak from the belly of the ship. They can’t remember anything: Who are they? What is their mission?
With Lt. Payton (Quaid) staying behind to guide him via radio transmitter, Cpl. Bower (Foster) ventures deep into the ship and begins to uncover a terrifying reality. Slowly the spacecraft’s shocking, deadly secrets are revealed…and the astronauts find their own survival is more important than they could ever have imagined.
Yeah, I’m down for this one. Apparently it was co-financed by some German production company and is technically an independent release here in the States, which is scheduled for September 18th.
When the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gets a scoop that is completely unrelated to the latest Steelers signing or Pirates trade I become slightly hesitant. According to their website, Zachary Quinto will be Spock in JJ Abram’s reboot of Star Trek. Zachary who you ask? He’s best known for portraying the super powered baddie on the completely underwhelming Heroes. TrekMovie is also linking to the report and one from E! Online which indicated the deal is as good as done. There’s even a photochop of Quinto as spock (very nicely done).
Quinto’s casting also makes sense in a “six degrees of separation” way. Quinto stars in “Heroes” with Greg Grunberg, who starred on “Alias,” which was created by J.J. Abrams, who is producing and directing the new “Star Trek” film.
I can’t say I’m thrilled with this casting. I found Quinto’s portrayal of Sylar as bland and unimaginative (which contributed to the awful season finale). I’m surprised this got out just days shy of Comic Con which was supposed to be the big reveal. Between this news and Matt Damon saying that he is too old to play Kirk, this fanboy is losing his Enterprise-sized chubby for this project.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens this week at Comic Con. Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan
A press release from the SciFi Channel gives the (limited) details:
â€œSci-Fi.com has ordered a 10-part webisode series based on the multi-award-winning â€œFarscapeâ€ the fan and critical darling that has been widely recognized as one of the greatest sci-fi series in television history. Executive-produced by Brian Henson and Robert Halmi, Jr., and produced by The Jim Henson Company, in association with RHI Entertainment, the series will revive and expand the beloved â€œFarscapeâ€ universe.â€
Granted webisodes aren’t the preferred outlet for one of my all time favorite shows, but this is a start. Here’s my line of thought: maybe now that Stargate SG-1 is ending (where two of Farscape’s principals now reside) is over, SciFi needs another show (with a fervent fanbase) to help anchor the ratings. As you may recall, Battlestar Galactica is over in 2008 … and there will be a giant gap in the lineup.
Word on the InterWeb is that we’ll start to see these webisodes roll out around October.
I am an unabashed Flash Gordon fan. The classic Queen theme song is my ring tone on my phone. I just purchased the “Flash” from Stylin Online. The 1980 film adaptation is part of my trifecta of movie awesomeness along with Big Trouble in Little China & Transformers: The Movie. You can imagine my excitement when SciFi Channel announced that they were making a new Flash Gordon series. w00t! At this time there isn’t much known about the show. Entertainment Weekly did have a mini feature on the new show. This time around Flash is a world-class triathlete who gets sucked into Mongo through some wormholes. Count me in. Whoever this guy is, he’s got the look. I just hope that this new series embraces the lighter side of the character. It will be a nice balance to the uber-seriousness that is Battlestar Galactica.
A major point of contention has been whether this new series will use the iconic theme song by Queen. Well, Scramble Network linked up to the teaser trailer on Scifi.com, and if you listen closely you’ll hear a familiar tune. Absolutely stoked for this one. Now if just someone would call me I could hear that very same tune … sigh.