Remember in the first season of the show when the Enterprise crew travelled back in time to 1966? And now exactly twenty years later they have to travel back to 1986? It’s almost as if their fictional timeline is parallel with our own. Isn’t that weird? Oh, I can’t blame them too much. Having any futuristic cast of characters travel back to whatever “Present Day” is is always at least a little intriguing. And the fish-out-of-water scenario (no pun intended) makes for some of the funniest moments in Star Trek history.
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. What a horrible title. Putting the name of the guy who died in the last movie right in the title of its sequel can mean only one thing: he’s coming back. Just imagine Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Search For Han Solo, or Zombieland 2: The Search For Bill Murray. And the fact that Leonard Nimoy would be directing this entry probably didn’t keep a single “Trekkie” in suspense for very long. A more appropriate subtitle may have been The Vulcan Mind, or something that didn’t specifically refer to Spock. Or maybe they should have done another sequel to a popular episode from the show like last time. But it doesn’t matter now. Spock’s passing was a pivotal moment, and it would have been illogical not to build on that momentum.
“KHAN!!! KHAN!!! KHAAAAAAAAN!!!” And now every TV show and movie that ever quoted that line suddenly makes sense. I first heard about The Wrath of Khan from Seinfeld, when Kramer was learning Karate, so I was really looking forward to this one. Also, most “Trekkies” consider this movie to be the best Star Trek anything that ever existed. Does that mean it’s all downhill from here? I hope not, because if I wasn’t hooked before, I sure am now.
10 years after the show was cancelled, the entire cast of The Original Series reunited to make the first movie in a franchise that’s still going strong to this day. With Star Wars becoming a monster success in 1977, renewed interest in all things Sci-Fi motivated producers to rush the first Star Trek movie into production. Unfortunately, like all rushed productions, it leaves a lot (and I mean a lot!) to be desired.
I’ll admit: I didn’t even know this Animated Series existed until I decided to delve into all things Star Trek. And after I found out about it, I strongly considered skipping it, if for no other reason than real “Trekkies” don’t consider it part of the canon. It’s a cancelled show that’s a sequel to another cancelled show. And it’s animated, something I don’t do too well unless it’s raunchy like Archer or hilariously eccentric like Invader Zim. But with only 22 half-hour episodes, I decided to give it a go.
The Magnificent Seven is out in theatres, and it seems as though, once again, Hollywood is trying to make the Western genre into a viable moneymaker. Will they succeed? On this episode of Shouts From the Back Row, Gill, Robin, and TK discuss the Western genre and talk about their favourite Westerns. Click here to download the episode!
Shouts From the Back Row’s theme music was composed and performed by Vince Nitro!
For a brief period in the 90’s, summer camp kid comedies were hot stuff. Within this niche genre we find such movies as Heavyweights, Addams Family Values, and the subject of this post: Camp Nowhere (1994). The story of a summer camp run by kids with Christopher Lloyd as their makeshift guardian, Camp Nowhere is pretty unremarkable…except for the fact that it features very brief appearances from a young Jessica Alba. Alba is just an extra in this movie – she doesn’t have any lines, and you could very well blink and miss her in the clip above (she’s at 0:58). The video below, however, gives you a better look, and is basically a slideshow of her career.
Space, the final fron—nope, not doing that! After 50 years, we all get it: Star Trek is a space show, with fast ships and quirky aliens and exotic new worlds, and the kind of visionary technology that would later inspire things like cellphones and the Internet. You don’t even need to see a single episode to know characters like Captain Kirk and Spock. And if you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory, this show should make that show even funnier. (Particularly Sheldon.)
An American civilian sets out on his own to find Osama Bin Laden.
2016 has been a pretty strange year for movies, filled with mediocre blockbusters and some truly bizarre smaller-budget films. I thought Swiss Army Man was going to be the weirdest movie of the year, but it looks like Army Of One will be giving it a run for its money. Nicolas Cage looks like he’s been completely cut loose, and this could very well be one of his best performances in years. And Russell Brand as God? It’s kinda brilliant.
Army Of One comes out November 4, 2016.
Is it just me or does the black-and-white credits remind you of the cloak-and-dagger, noirish opening to True Detective? Jonathan Nolan definitely shares his brother’s knack for arresting imagery such as the cold open with a nude Rachel Evan Wood deprogrammed in a chair while a fly scampers across her face and her lifeless eyeball. In a complimentary fashion, the crane shot of the frontier town has the scope of Michael Cimino’s exorbitant Heaven’s Gate.