Posts Tagged ‘Star Trek’

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Go Boldly: “Star Trek: Into Darkness”

May 19, 2013

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Finally, the new Star Trek movie. And it only took four freaking years! Hey thanks, J.J. Abrams, for taking time out of your busy schedule to make good on the promise of the franchise reboot. I mean, I know you had to make that E.T.-Meets-My-Midlife-Crisis movie about the kids who dick around for two hours and then meet a monster. And, yeah, that was totally worth putting off the new Star Trek film for a couple more years. But, hey, the new movie is here and it was almost worth the wait.
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Star Trek Roundup! “Star Trek” (2009)

May 18, 2013

In preparation for my review of Star Trek: Into Darkness, which will be posting soon, I’m re-posting a couple of previous Star Trek reviews. Live and long and prosper, amigos.
star_trek_movie_poster_imaxNow this is a summer movie.

After the self-serious, leaden, insert-gun-in-mouth grimness of Wolverine, we now have a blockbuster that understands the importance of being light, airy, and fun. And inexplicably, that movie is a Star Trek film. Well, I guess if we can elect a black President, we can make a summer blockbuster out of Star Trek—a franchise which seemed to have hacked up its death rattle sometime around the early 2000s.
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Star Trek Roundup! “Star Trek: Nemesis”

May 18, 2013

In preparation for my review of Star Trek: Into Darkness, which will be posting soon, I’m re-posting a couple of previous Star Trek reviews. Live and long and prosper, amigos.


Okay, kicking off Reader Request Week here at The Flickering Screen we have Star Trek: Nemesis for loyal reader Quiconque. Qui left a comment on my review of In the Spider’s Web stating: “if you’re willing to sacrifice a few more brain cells, I would greatly appreciate an analyisis of Star Trek: Nemesis, if only to have someone else explain the plot to me. I watched it last night on cable, and I saw a clone and a Deanna Troi rape scene plucked fresh from fanfic, but other than that I don’t know what happened.”

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1982, Best Summer Ever: “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”

August 2, 2012

Is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan the most successful film sequel ever? Yes. Yes it is. Oh, I’m sorry—that was not rhetorical. It’s almost impossible to overstate how important this film is in the Star Trek canon. In June of 1982, when it first hit screens, Trek was still just a short-lived, but well-known TV show that had spawned a logy, overblown movie that had failed to fulfill Paramount’s dreams of creating a franchise that could compete with Star Wars. Writer-director Nicolas Meyer was given a substantially-reduced budget, but made a film that was fleet, exciting, and most importantly tapped into the humanism of Trek that made people like it. Not only did it draw non-Trek fans, but it created a visual and storytelling template that would successfully carry Trek for thirty years, four additional series, nine more films, and earn Paramount billions (that is with a B) of dollars from the franchise they so desperately wanted. If any sequel did more heavy lifting than that, I don’t know what it is. But what’s so great about it? Here are a couple of things:

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Second time’s the charm: Sequels that are better than the original

February 21, 2012

More often than not, sequels are a bad idea, and usually little more than a mercenary cash-grab that trades on the familiarity of the original. That is especially true now, in the time of direct-to-DVD retailing that allows franchises to continue ad-infinitum. But it was true even in the days before DVD and even home video. Was there ever a reason for The Sting 2? Or The French Connection 2? Or even Jaws 2? I mean, beyond the promise of filthy lucre? No, not at all. And yet, every so often we get a kind of unicorn—a sequel that eclipses the original. They’re not so rare as all of that, yet still they are the exception to the rule. Still, with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance being a much more fun film than its predecessor, it seems like a good time to look at some of these outliers. The one that always springs to mind first for me is…

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The first final frontier: “Star Trek”

May 17, 2009

star_trek_movie_poster_imaxNow this is a summer movie.

 After the self-serious, leaden, insert-gun-in-mouth grimness of Wolverine, we now have a blockbuster that understands the importance of being light, airy, and fun. And inexplicably, that movie is a Star Trek film. Well, I guess if we can elect a black President, we can make a summer blockbuster out of Star Trek—a franchise which seemed to have hacked up its death rattle sometime around the early 2000s.
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The final final frontier: “Star Trek: Nemesis” (for Qui)

August 25, 2008

Okay, kicking off Reader Request Week here at The Flickering Screen we have Star Trek: Nemesis for loyal reader Quiconque. Qui left a comment on my review of In the Spider’s Web stating: “if you’re willing to sacrifice a few more brain cells, I would greatly appreciate an analyisis of Star Trek: Nemesis, if only to have someone else explain the plot to me. I watched it last night on cable, and I saw a clone and a Deanna Troi rape scene plucked fresh from fanfic, but other than that I don’t know what happened.”

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