The Worst Star Trek Movie in History to be Back in Theaters

Why? That’s a valid question. Star Trek: The Motion Picture Returning To Theaters For Its 40th Anniversary.

There’s an old proverb. (Not Klingon, as far as I know.) “Even numbered Star Trek movies don’t suck.” So of course they’re bringing back 1, the worst of the worst.

To mark the film’s 40th anniversary, there will be nationwide Star Trek: The Motion Picture showings on September 15th

If you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. If you haven’t seen it, don’t bother.

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Another Movie I’m Glad I Didn’t Pay to See

I had forgotten I was on the library’s waiting list for Aquaman. It has been a long time since I signed up for that. While I liked the Marvel Cinematic Universe, at least before burnout set in, the DC Universe, aside from Wonder Woman, hasn’t worked well on the big screen. Some of the DC-based TV shows worked for a while.

The version of the DVD the library had only had one “special feature” about how the director was all about “world building.” It showed. The dialog was stilted, mostly because the delivery of the actors was wooden, or maybe the script was just that awful. Someone at DC should re-watch the original Spider-Man movie directed by Sam Raimi, for how to do superhero origin story, stay true to the material, and still make it fresh. Aquaman is a movie that is quite literally all about the special effects. I thought movie companies learned in the 1990s that isn’t enough to base a movie on. (Sometimes even bad movies can come with interesting ‘special features’ about how the movie was made.)

Anyway, I saw the movie, while having access to my own refrigerator, ( in another part of the house, but still), was able to stop the movie whenever, and was able to blog, surf the web, partake in the occasional Twitter storm, etc. So the 2 hours or whatever were not exactly wasted.

True Lies

1994 was a pretty good year for movies, and True Lies was a damn good movie. Just the right mix of action and humor. It was released 25 years ago today, on 15 July 1994.

The Truth Serum scene and what follows in 4 parts.


The part in which Jamie Lee Curtis has the best line in the movie. “I married Rambo.”

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The InBetween

Not that anyone cares about my TV watching preferences, but I’m a sucker for certain shows. And the latest is The InBetween from NBC.

It is almost a relaunch of The Ghost Whisperer, from 2005, but with a police procedural wrapped around it. I loved The Ghost Whisperer. Well I loved the first few seasons anyway, but I always felt if could have been a bit darker. The InBetween is darker. The hauntings are darker, the police procedural set in Seattle PD makes the show more about murder/crime than about being honest with your family, which was most of the point of The Ghost Whisperer. It has a bit of the feeling of the show Grimm, which I also liked very much, but without the wry humor of that show.

The main character, Cassie, (played by Harriet Dyer, an Australian actress) can see and talk to ghosts, and occasionally just gets visions/messages from them. Her foster father is a Seattle homicide detective, which probably means that the show is being filmed in Vancouver.

It helps that Paul Blackthorne is playing the foster father, and for once they are letting him use his own accent (British) and not making him use his (slightly forced) American accent. I first ran across him in the TV adaptation of The Dresden Files, but you might know him as Star City Police Detective Quentin Lance from DC comic-show Arrow. He’s quite good, and the other people in the cast are also very good. Especially Justin Cornwell, who plays “the new guy” who has to be introduced to the whole paranormal aspect of policing in Seattle.

Anyway, I’m enjoying it and the 1st 5 episodes are available at NBC at least until July 17th. (I think NBC only gives you 5 freebees, and then they start to roll off the stack in first-in, first-out fashion, or maybe they keep the Pilot on tap for an extra while.) The trailer is below, and this link is in case YT objects to privacy settings in your browser.

FTL

I stumbled across a YouTube channel called Dust recently. They have short SciFi films that manage to be (mostly) better than the stuff that Hollywood comes up with. Some are foreign-language. (Russian or Spanish are the ones I’ve seen.) The one British short I’ve seen had a bit of the humor I grew to expect from Torchwood, or Doctor Who.

Case in point, FTL. It’s a 15 minute film that tells an entire story. With decent special effects. Hollywood would tell the same story, add 3 supporting characters that didn’t matter, a cast of 100s, and make the film last 2 hours. And then RottenTomatoes would ban people who said it was too long, and say you could only review it if you bought tickets thru them.

Hollywood is Officially Out of Ideas

For reasons that escape me right now, I was looking at upcoming releases of movies. I do most of my movie watching by getting DVDs from the library. (My PC won’t play Blu-ray disks.) It’s free, and I love free. The shows and movies are new if I’ve never seen them before.

And I don’t give Hollywood, and their insanity industry, even a shinny nickle of my money. (Which I like.) But I do occasionally see a movie in the theater if I think it will be worth it. (The last movie I paid to see was Wonder Woman, and it was worth the price of admission.)

But anyway, in that search for upcoming movies I eventually tripped over yet another version of Charlie’s Angles, which the folks involved described as follows.

Reboot of the 2000 action comedy based on the 1970s television series.

If that doesn’t scream, “We have no idea what to do next,” I don’t know what would. (Well, there are some other candidates for that in the list below.)

Other stuff planned for this year… A remake of Child’s Play, another Rambo movie, another installment of The Fast and The Furious (which seems to be veering into Science Fiction). A new Jumanji movie, and another Star Wars installment. A remake of Midway, that won’t be nearly as good as the original, though I’m sure the special effects will be superb. Do we need another Terminator movie with both Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger? Well one is teed up for later in the year. DC is giving us Joker. (Is it the DC Cinematic Universe?) A hand full of sequels (for movies that shouldn’t have been made in the first place) and some kids movies. Add in a few Social Justice screeds, and you have the entire year. Well, there is the upcoming Spider-Man movie, in case you haven’t had enough of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Someday Hollywood is going to do something interesting and unique, and I will fall out of my chair. In the meantime, I guess the really new and interesting stuff is on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/whatever.

Oh, and as far as the Star Wars franchise films go… I defer to Larry Correia: My Russian Bot Review of The Last Jedi. (All the bad reviews were supposed to be from Russian bots.)

So today, don’t think of me as American novelist Larry Correia. I’m Lavrenty Krasnov, Cossack movie reviewer, who thinks that the Last Jedi was a dumpster fire of suck. Pass the vodka, comrades, because shit is about to get real.