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Throwback Thursday: Star Trek: The Motion Picture Boldly Makes a Television Series Into a Film

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. There’s one franchise I’ve steered clear of in these columns. One that has over 50 years of material ranging from television, films, cartoons, novels, and comics. You name the media, Star Trek has been a part of it for over half a century. What do you focus on? In...

Throwback Thursday: The Alien Menace Is Real in Starship Troopers

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. In a newsreel that takes a page out of the Triumph of the Will playbook, 1997’s Starship Troopers opens with a clip for military service and citizenship, and it doesn’t let up on the jingoistic propaganda for the rest of its runtime. While a modest success at the box...

This Week in Geek (6/12/17–6/18/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 12th through Sunday, June 18th. Movies in the Parks: The Martian What: Movies When: Monday, June 12th 9:00 p.m. Where: Bryant Square Park The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will be presenting movies in various parks throughout the city over the course of the summer, and one of the screenings this week is The Martian, a...

Throwback Thursday: Delving Into Frank Herbert’s Dune

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. In compiling the list of space opera films I wanted to cover before CONvergence 2017, I added one of my favorites: David Lynch’s would-be opus Dune (1984). However, when I had my one-year anniversary column at Twin Cities Geek, I covered the entire oeuvre of Lynch (which you can find...

Throwback Thursday: Galaxy Quest Is an Homage, Not a Parody

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. One of the first panels I remember attending at CONvergence was a discussion about which parody was better, Galaxy Quest or Spaceballs. The consensus was that the two were hard to compare since they came from entirely different mindsets. While Spaceballs sent up everything having to do with space operas,...

Dead Men Talk Too Much in the Latest Pirates of the Caribbean

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been going for 14 years. It started out as a fun popcorn flick trying to capture the joy of the ride at Walt Disney World, and it succeeded initially. That success was mainly due to Johnny Depp’s whacked-out turn as Captain Jack Sparrow, but as the years progressed the plots got more entangled, with periphery characters all given moments in the spotlight. In the fourth film, 2011’s On Stranger Tides, the franchise...

Throwback Thursday: Spaceballs the Review!

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Spaceballs was my introduction to Mel Brooks. I was 12 years old and visiting my grandmother for the summer (I think it was an excuse for my parents to have time to themselves). She was the type of grandparent that spoiled me. She took me to see three to four...

Throwback Thursday: In Space, No One Can Hear an Alien Scream

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. With the imminent release tomorrow of the latest film in the Alien saga, I figured now would be the perfect opportunity to look at this space opera franchise and what the individual production teams have brought to each installment. As discussed in last week’s column, a confluence of events...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Isn’t Your Father’s Arthurian Story

There have been numerous films set around the exploits of King Arthur and his Round Table. Most have focused on Arthur’s rise to power, his love triangle with Guenevere and Lancelot, or his later years. (For just one take, see my look at 1981’s Excalibur here.) But King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is something different. Never before have I seen so many of the standard tropes of this legend removed to create something different, yet also familiar. Guy...

Throwback Thursday: Dark Star Is an Excavated Classic

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. I’m going to start off this throwback with a big ol’ declarative sentence. Dark Star is not a good film. There. I’ve said it. You might be wondering why I’m devoting a column to its existence, then. It might not be a good film, but it is an important...
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