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Throwback Thursday: Is Dark City a Space Opera?

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. It’s very hard to talk about this week’s film in regards to space opera without veering heavily into spoiler territory, so I would suggest that if you haven’t seen it, backing slowly out of the room with your hands raised in a state of surrender and come back after watching it....

Throwback Thursday: Flash (AH-AHHH!) Gordon Is the Savior of the Universe

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. If you’re talking about a colorful, science-fiction adventure that has lots of different scenery, space battles, and melodrama, and you aren’t talking about Star Wars, odds are you’re thinking of 1980’s Flash Gordon. Brought to the silver screen by producer extraordinaire Dino De Laurentiis, Flash Gordon tells the pulpy...

Throwback Thursday: Solaris Is a Philosophical Meditation On Communication

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 greatest inventions in the Star Trek universe is the universal translator. It allows different species to communicate through instantaneous translation. It is a little problematic when the series randomly decides to have people speak a specific language without translating it for the audience (Picard loves to...

Throwback Thursday: Starcrash Is the Movie We Deserve

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. Once again delving into the halcyon days of my childhood, I remember relaxing during summer vacation and being able to catch film matinees on the local TV stations. One film seemed to play fairly regularly and was everything for my young pre-teen mind: scantily clad space women (which are different...

Throwback Thursday: With No Melodrama or Space Battles, 2001 Is Still a Space Opera

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. After a short overture, we’re brought into this film by the opening strains of Richard Strauss’s “Also sprach Zarathustra.” Then the tile card appears. Even if you haven’t seen the film, you’ll know by those musical strains what I’m talking about: 1968’s Stanley Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s rare...

Throwback Thursday: The Force Is Strong With Star Wars Fandom

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 officially started this column in January 2015 and went weekly in March of that year. We are now at the one-hundredth Throwback Thursday column. With such an arbitrarily historic number (seriously, thank you for giving me a platform to share my enthusiasm for film), I thought it would be...

Throwback Thursday: Fantastic Planet Is a Space Opera Unlike Any Other

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. The Twin Cities’ largest-run convention, CONvergence, is six months away. I know it seems ages from now, however the main theme for this year is space opera, and what better way to gear up for it than to take a look at some of the films that could be...

Hidden Figures Reminds Us That Black Women Are Important, Period

In 2011, a friend of mine had passes to see The Help and asked if I wanted to go and see the movie with her. I took one look at the poster and said, “No thank you.” After hearing the glowing reviews of the movie, I contemplated giving it a shot, but I couldn’t shake the feeling of dread that gnawed at the pit of my stomach. In 2013, movie reviewers tackled 12 Years a Slave. They said it...

Throwback Thursday: In Memoriam 2016

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. We lost a lot of great entertainers in 2016, and a couple really hit home for me personally, as I’m sure some did for you as well. Some people might question why we put celebrities on a pedestal when people in Syria are being ravaged, killed, and displaced; when...

Throwback Thursday: To Every Year a Vanishing Point Comes

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. We’re living in antagonistic times: our country is incredibly divided. In the short term, I don’t see things getting better. In the long run, though, periods of turmoil can spur introspection and eventual growth, with artists usually leading the way for the rest of us. Films, in particular, help...
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