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Galaxy Quest (1999)
Awww , they're going to help the little hurt one......Wrong !
In the vast universe of space comedies , GalaxyQuest is a shining star , the others are mere twinkly bits by comparison.
With such a stellar cast including the wonderful and delightful talents of Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman , you know you're going to rise from that armchair an hour and 42 minutes later a far happier person. Its worth half a star alone just to see Sigourney with blonde hair.
The acting , special effects , costumes and sets are all very creative and top notch. All the actors get an equal share of the comedy , but it's not just the dialogue that will have you in stitches. There are some wonderful visual elements in this film that will make you laugh your pants off.
GalaxyQuest will have you watching it over and over again , because a rare thing has occurred here. That magical X factor has been created , with just the right mix of actors , just the right mix of humour , and a take on something which makes you think , what if?
The crew of the NSEA Protector are resigned to watching re-runs , appearing at conventions and opening the odd shopping mall or two. Suddenly whisked away to a far off galaxy by aliens who think the GalaxyQuest episodes are real , they must play their parts for more than just ratings. My favourite scene has to be the childlike alien miners , or is it minors? Although this is a space comedy , there is a touch of romance , and at the end of the film , the actors who had grown so far apart when we first see them , finally end up a lot closer.
I would strongly suggest though that you get your hands on a copy of the DVD if possible. It has some very enjoyable out-takes on it , which includes Alan Rickman's specially equipped cabin on the ship. For some reason this gem of a scene was cut from the original version.
Yikes , it goes round corners !
Runaway is one of those lesser known or forgotten , futuristic sci-fi thrillers , that sits on the top shelf gathering dust. One day you notice it and take a look , and wonder how this cult classic escaped your notice for so long.
Imagine a world where most of your domestic and tedious labouring duties are done by your trusty army of house robots. You rely on technology , it takes care of most aspects of your daily life. That is , until your hi-tech criminal boss wants you dead.
This is a film crammed to the gills with some truly delicious and original hi-tech weapons and gadgets. Gene Simmons wants Kirstie Alley eliminated , and cybercop Tom Selleck and his new assistant have the enjoyable task of preventing it. Mini rocket bullets race around street corners , multiple lock-ons dodge the traffic as they race between the wheels of the automated cars , and tiny metallic spiders crawl ever closer towards you , ready to deliver their cargo of deadly acid.
The film benefits from some nice directing , and what also gives it a pleasing feel is that everyone seems to get an equal share of the credits. Take more than a casual glance at Gene Simmon's evil character though and you'll likely as not get a chill down your spine. Those menacing eyes are as cold as ice.
Even if you don't like Tom Selleck , give this film a try. I swear you'll never look in your rear view mirror in quiet the same way again !
Safe House (1998)
So how do you eat your Twinkie ?
***** WARNING - SPOILERS *****
They say that everything there is to know about us is held on computers somewhere , and that knowledge is power. It's also the ultimate life insurance.
Patrick Stewart (Star Trek TNG) plays Mace Sowell , a recluse and ex CIA operative , who is convinced someone is out to get him. His hi-tech home is his castle , and his sophisticated computer is his key and protector. Mace plays war games in and around his luxury home in order to keep his whits sharp , which is something his mind and memory are rapidly becoming the opposite of due to altziemers.
It takes a very talented , flexible and dedicated actor to play such a challenging , yet intriguingly absorbing role. This is done to perfection by Patrick Stewart , who ensures that your eyes will rarely leave the screen for fear of missing something. One thing it definitely isn't is a constant action movie , with dozens of SAS dropping through the ceiling at every opportunity. Though we are treated to some enjoyable and unexpected action scenes which gives the movie some zest. And Mace's mental condition is seen from a slightly humorous angle but at the same time without being insensitive , rather than delving into the dry , serious side of it.
If you're looking for a 'fatal attraction' style thriller with an original and unusual twist , then you should enjoy this movie. It's worth it just for the one liner right at the end !
Rocky Horror meets Billy Smart`s Circus
Forget elephants & chimps , cos we have something we`ll guarantee you`ve never seen before ! And like all good circus`s you`ll just want to be part of the act. This has to be one of the craziest , yet adorably tongue in cheek movies you`ll ever see. A chemical company does a sideline in `Special Attractions` at a circus. If you enjoyed the humour of films such as `Wishmaster` , only on a much lighter scale and without any jinns or spells and with a lot more laughs , then you`ll probably enjoy this one. Great acting , great make-up and a fresh original idea. It`s also due out on region 2 DVD 5/4/2004 , so go out and buy some popcorn , and enjoy the show.
Blake's 7 (1978)
Regret is part of being alive , just keep it a small part
Blake`s 7 was an awesome British sci-fi series, which was first shown in the UK the same night Star Wars premiered in London ( 2nd Jan 1978 ). Created by Terry Nation , father of the Daleks from Dr Who , it follows a band of outlaws who continually try to thwart the plans of a futuristic totalitarian government , the Federation. The real magic of the show , which resulted in a cult following and a viewing figure of about 10 million for the final episode ( a lot back then ) , is its diverse , yet beautifully and wittingly scripted characters. The sniping relationships mixed with subtle humour , the way out and over the top costumes and wobbly , yet lovingly crafted and original sets and spaceship models made the show unmissable. Both good and bad guys alike are flawed. And no-one is really safe , neutron blaster in hand or not. The show was forever being replaced with new blood. This sugar and spice approach gives it a wonderfully rich flavour , which keeps you coming back for more. And like a fine wine it just gets better with age , tasting just as good today as it did back then. This is a real sci-fi delicacy that any fan of the genre should try at least once.