FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
Captain Picard and his crew pursue the Borg back in time to stop them from preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. They also make sure that Zefram Cochrane makes his famous maiden flight at warp speed.
On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.
A prequel series, set 100 years before the original Star Trek series, which focuses on the early years of Starfleet, leading up to the formation of the Federation and the Earth-Romulan Wars. The series is set aboard the Earth ship Enterprise NX-01, captained by Jonathan Archer.
Following Kirk's encounter with Khan that left the Enterprise severely damaged and Spock dead, they return to Starfleet so that Enterprise could be repaired. Kirk's hoping to go back to the newly-created Genesis planet where he laid Spock to rest. But upon arriving, he is told that the Enterprise will not be repaired and that Genesis has become a delicate matter and until it is resolved, no one is allowed to go there or talk about it. McCoy is also acting strangely and is later detained when he starts talking about Genesis. Kirk is visited by Spock's father Sarek, who tells him that he betrayed Spock because being placed on Genesis was not what he would have wanted. He tells Kirk he is supposed to bring Spock's body along with his soul or katra as the Vulcans call it which he passes onto someone, and bring it to Vulcan for the final rites. Sarek assumes Kirk would have it but he does not. Kirk then thinks that Spock may have passed it someone else and realizes McCoy is the one who has... Written by
George Takei initially expressed reservations regarding the scene where the security guard called Sulu "Tiny". While Takei liked the scene overall, he felt that Sulu being called "Tiny" didn't make much sense, even when Harve Bennett explained it was due more to the large size of the Security Guard. When Takei first saw the film with an audience of fans, he came to recognize the scene (and Sulu's line "Don't call me Tiny") as a real crowd pleaser, which changed his outlook to a positive reaction. See more »
It seems everyone has heard of Genesis, a subject that is supposed to be classified. See more »
[Spock's dying words, repeated from the previous film]
Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh...
...the needs of the few.
Or the one. I have been and always shall be your friend. Live long and prosper.
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Leonard Nimoy is credited as director in the opening credits, but is not included in the cast list. There is a long gap between the name of William Shatner and DeForest Kelley, which lasts for the length of time Nimoy's name would have been displayed. See more »
After the massive success of WRATH OF KHAN, the studios found themselves at the beginning of a hot streak and immediately jumped into producing the next installment. The death of Spock (Nimoy) following the battle with Khan left the perfect storyline to follow, as fans would be lining up for the possibility of seeing everyone's favorite Vulcan return. It is discovered that Spock's mind-meld with Dr. McCoy (Kelley) left his katra, his spirit, cohabiting the doctor's mind. Spock voices his request to Kirk through McCoy that he must return to the Genesis planet, formed at the end of II when the Genesis device detonated inside the USS Reliant and the Mutara Nebula. With the Enterprise being decommissioned and the Genesis planet declared forbidden to access, Kirk makes a bold decision and his crew joins him in stealing the Enterprise from space dock to return his best friend's katra to the Genesis planet and ultimately to his home planet Vulcan. Unfortunately, a group of rogue Klingons have gained knowledge of the Genesis device and seek it's secret for its destructive properties.
THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK isn't as good as STAR TREK II, but it's still better than THE MOTION PICTURE. The film regains some of the mellow spirituality of the first film while continuing to integrate the action and humor that made the show so fun. My problem with the film was that it bounced between these two qualities and gave the film's pace a stop-and-go feel. The movie moves in bursts of excitement punctuated with long sequences that at times bored me. For example, the final act of the film where the crew arrives at Vulcan with Spock's rapidly matured new physical body was a drawn out ceremony where I found myself checking the time and waiting for it to end. My interest had waned as soon as the movie's main action had ended. The best moments are when everything's moving at an exciting pace as Kirk and his crew hijack the Enterprise or battle the Klingon Bird-of-Prey. I should also mentioned I loved the bar scene near the beginning where McCoy, losing his mind, enters a bar seeking transport to the Genesis planet. You can tell they found their inspiration from the cantina scene in A NEW HOPE and it was a fun sequence giving more screen time to my all-time favorite original series character.
The film marks Leonard Nimoy's first time directing a feature film, and I don't think he did too bad. He certainly did the best he could with a story that wasn't the strongest to begin with. It's a shame that even Nimoy himself couldn't wrangle a powerful enough performance out of William Shatner here. It's not that I don't like Shatner's work (he is and always will be the best Kirk there could ever have been), but I have seen now that he has limitations. In this film, Kirk experiences some heavy losses (both pretty crucial plot points that I don't want to spoil here in the event a reader hasn't seen the film) and, while they should've been moments for a heavy dramatic moment, I never felt it. When the Klingons decide to execute a particular captive to prove their seriousness, I never felt the weight of the loss through Shatner's performance. A brief flicker and then BAM, back to the action. It cheapened what could've been a great character moment for the starship captain who's always seemed so invincible. Too bad, it just falls a little flat.
Despite Shatner's performance shortcomings in the film, most everything else came together well. Robin Curtis replaced Kirstie Alley as Saavik (I guess her sitcom star status went to her head by this point) and does a well enough job filling her position. But while they lost one TV sitcom comedians, they gained two more: Christopher Lloyd and John Larroquette as Klingons. Lloyd is the film's main villain, the Klingon commander Kruge. He actually does a great job and is probably one of the better villains from the movie series, even if it did take me a while to stop associating the voice with Doc Emmett Brown. Speaking of Klingons, the film also introduces my favorite STAR TREK spacecraft: the Klingon Bird-of-Prey. I've always loved the design and any chance to see it in action is a treat for me.
When the movie is over, I'm happy to say the good outweighs the bad. It has some real slow bits but the parts that standout in my mind are only the best, and it leaves me with an overall good impression. While I'll not say it's the best STAR TREK film, it does have some important moments in series history and it isn't a bad way to spend two hours. Plus, you know, we're reunited with one of the most treasured characters in the franchise's history, even if it does take a while.
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