The year that was. Often as we prepare for the new year we look back and try our best to remember the good times. We’ll get to those later. As for now, let’s look back at those movies from this past year that drove critics to mass suicide and continued to lower the bar on what we consider film. Get ready folks, it’s time to bash the worst movies of the year!
You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada. If you got the reference than this post is for you. Just the other night I popped in The Last Starfighter and was amazed at how well it held up in both story and effects. I always wanted to play the video game (in hopes that The Music Man might show up and take me to the stars, too). Discovering someone actually made the game as freeware (using the original look and music of the film) and posted it online gave me a happy which I’m more than willing to share.
The controls take some getting used to, and, if you happen to beat the high score and Robert Preston actually shows up remember you’re more than likely having a psychotic break (as he’s been dead for over 20 years), but, on the off-chance you’re not, let me know if there’s room in the space-car for me.
In the realm of vampire flicks Twilight has made a name for itself this year with a successful jump (at least at the box office) to the big screen. There is however a smaller (and much more critically acclaimed) vampire movie out there that will finally be getting a wider release this Friday. The Swedish film also involves a young boy and girl, one of whom is a vampire, and the nature of their unusual friendship. Our KCFCC pal Dan Lybarger went so far as to dub it “the Anti-Twilight.” You’ll have to wait until Friday for our review, but for now we’ll share the trailer for Let the Right One In.
“During the next four months Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum is playing host to one of the largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia combined with real-life examples of how such technology is being applied for business and social advancement.”
“The museum’s computing and mathematics curator Matthew Connell helped develop the exhibition and, while not a self-confessed Star Wars aficionado, is very interested in comparing the science fiction to today’s science fact.”
The exhibit includes the Millenium Falcon, Podracers, droids, bionics, and, of course, lightsabers.
I had this plan to regurgitate all number of Holiday themed posts from yesteryear but thankfully I took a gander in my inbox and found a nugget that’s both timely and supremely awesome. I’ll let Randy (from whom the e-mail originated) set the scene:
Merry Christmas Everyone!
The Pointed Sticks are one of those vintage power-pop bands that I never heard the first time around. Hailing from Vancouver in 1978, they were signed to Stiff Records and released just a handful of singles and one full album (in 1980) before calling it quits. Miraculously, they reunited 25 years later, recorded and released a new album, and toured Japan. “Power Pop Christmas” is a new song for 2008, a self-aware bubblegummy power-pop Christmas tune that name-drops loads of power-pop bands and alumni, some of whom I’ve only heard by name, and some I’ve never even heard of. While it verges on “inside-baseball,” it’s catchy, spirited, and fun, and a nice way to usher in Christmas.
With that said, give your ears and eyes a present all their own:
One was an ousted king, the other was a talk show host no one took seriously. The pair would cross swords in a series of interviews in early 1977, and to everyoneâ€™s surprise David Frost, out-classed and out-smarted from the start, did what no one thought possible. Ron Howard adapts the award winning play for the big screen keeping the two stars of the stage to give us his best film since Apollo 13 and what just might be the best film of 2008.
Leave it to Tom Cruise to make a movie which celebrates the nobility of the Nazi party (and release it on Christmas Day no less). Valkyrie, although filmed quite beautifully (with many, many loving close-ups of its star) simply doesnâ€™t work. When a film about assassinating Hitler makes you feel sorry for FÃ¼hrer you know thereâ€™s a problem.
It’s the middle of Oscar time but studios also know that audiences can handle only so many heavy dramas. So they release more famiily friendly fare (i.e. stupider and less well made) in hopes of pulling in those who don’t want to see flicks about alcoholic blind step-parents dealing with their sexually dysfunctional marriage and their gifted yet subtly retarded youngsters (if you like that pitch, I got more for you Hollywood execs!). In that vein your pals at RazorFine offer you reviews for such lighter fare – Marley & Me (starring a dog, one of the Wilson brothers, and the girl with the cool haircut from Friends), and Adam Sandler’s attempt to make Disney film – Bedtime Stories, both hitting theaters in time for Christmas.