Space Truckers (1996)
Before Arrival there was Charlie Sheen in The Arrival. Ryan takes a look at an unusual 90s sci-fi film...
When it came to sci-fi movies, 1996 was a crowded year: at the high end of the budget spectrum we had the invasion movies Independence Day and Mars Attacks; towards the middle we had John Carpenter's disappointing Snake Plissken sequel Escape From La, while Rutger Hauer starred in the cheap and cheerful Crossworlds and the brilliantly titled Omega Doom.
Throw in the startlingly botched Island Of Doctor Moreau, Star Trek: First Contact and Stuart Gordon's fun sci-fi oddity Space Truckers, and you have a busy 12 months in genre movies. Somewhat lost in the static was The Arrival, a nifty genre thriller which had the misfortune of coming out just a few weeks before the bigger, splashier Independence Day. A more modest and quirkier movie than Roland Emmerich's invasion flick,
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Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck,
Eric Fox, "Face/Off's" colorful 'Eric F.', sat down with us to talk about the show, art and horror.
Fox got voted off just one episode before the finale, but his flamboyant look, infectious laugh and outstanding artwork made 'Eric F.' one of the most memorable contestants to ever participate in the show. Fox had nothing but positive things to say about the Syfy show and his experiences on it.
"The fanbase is incredible," Fox said. "I get emails from parents and little kids saying how I've inspired them. Kids that have slightly alternative appearances and get ridiculed for how they look walk around with a little more self-confidence knowing if I
…but let’s be honest. You’re here to laugh at some films, and who am I to delay that? With much ado, let’s get started.
The Plot: Space truckers go to an alien planet, and Olivander accidentally impregnated by a xenomorph. No one at the time realizes that’s what’s happened, though. All they know is their friend has a giant spider-alien thing clamped on his face. Despite Ellen Ripley telling them it
With Hollywood producing so many movies ever year, it is no surprise that they are often full of clichés. Jeff Smith created this montage under the Bottoms Up Productions label for acclaimed movie blog FilmDrunk.com, showing clips of some of the biggest movie clichés from a total of 102 films. The list of films are below the video. Enjoy!
“You Just Don’t Get It, Do You?” – A Montage of Cinema’s Worst Writing Cliche from Jeff Smith on Vimeo.
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1. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
2. Breaking and Entering (2006)
3. Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)
4. Annapolis (2006)
5. Daylight (1996)
6. Platoon (1986)
7. The Invincible Iron Man (2007)
8. Tooth Fairy (2010)
9. Hud (1963)
10. The General’s Daughter (1999)
11. Clockers (1995)
12. The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)
13. I Sell the Dead
Stephen Dorff is recalling the time Oliver Stone tried to fob him off. Stone was casting World Trade Center, looking for an actor to play the cop who finds Nicolas Cage buried alive in the rubble. Dorff wanted the part, but Stone wouldn't give it to him. "He said, 'Stephen, I like you, you're a good actor, but you don't look like a cop. You're too cute.'" The actor was outraged. "Oliver," he countered, "what are you talking about, man? I look like this now cos I'm not playing the part! If you give me the part, I'm gonna look completely different, I'm gonna sound completely different. That's my job. Are you telling me that I can't do my job?"
Dorff's impassioned plea earned him a second audition.
Hopper was born in Dodge City, Kansas on May 17, 1936. He moved to San Diego, California with his family in the late 1940s, and began studying at the local Old Globe Theater while attending high school. He soon signed with Warner Brothers and was featured in a small role in 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause. He was later featured as Jordan Benedict III, the
Hopper also played the villainous role of The Deacon in Kevin Costner’s Waterworld, John Canyon in Space Truckers, El Niño in 2005’s The Crow: Wicked Prayer and, who can forget his portrayal of the iconic King Koopa in 1993’s Super Mario Bros.
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The Crow: Wicked Prayer
Early in Hopper’s career, he starred alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, and he was a two-time Academy Award nominee for his producing work on
Having made his big screen debut in 1955's iconic "Rebel Without a Cause," opposite his friend James Dean, Hopper biked to fame as director/co-writer and finger-flashing cyclist, along with Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, in 1969's "Easy Rider." That movie, which was embraced by the burgeoning youth culture, signaled a generational change in Hollywood and also earned Hopper a best original screenplay Oscar nomination, which he shared with Hopper and Terry Southern.
He was also nominated for an Oscar for his performance as an alcoholic high school basketball coach in 1986's "Hoosiers."
Hopper, like many of the characters he played early in his career, was known for his sometimes anarchic off-screen moves and drug use in the first half of his life.
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