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StarQuest

My Rating: 

1
Average: 1 (1 vote)

Favorite?: 

No

In an effort to take the title as the worst movie studio on the face of the planet way from current title holders The Asylum, Maverick Entertainment decided to rip off Star Trek with a truly horrible waste of time.  Lets take a quick list of the bad parts:

  • A snoozeworthy five minute monologue explaining their way from the space race to "FTL drives", to colonizing multiple planets and to the ubiquitous war,
  • A Star Trek-like font is used for the main title,
  • Horrible acting,
  • Pathetic "special" effects,
  • Terrible editing which in some cases leaves people just standing there for several seconds before they either read the next line off their queue cards or hit someone / something,
  • An utterly pathetic rip-off of Klingons as a genetically modified cybernetic human sub-species that randomly place high-voltage splayed power cables in their chest "gadget box" to "recharge",
  • A story that makes you want to instead read the intellectually superior "Go Dog, Go".

This has everything you need to get a good drinking game going, if you don't go insane first.  I forced myself to watch 25 minutes of this crud just so I'd have some ammunition to rip it to shreds, but at that I hit the eject button - the only reason I didn't immediately destroy the DVD was because it was rented from Blockbuster.

As a minor example of just how desperate they were with the script, they actually had the line "I'm a doctor, not a soldier damn it!"

Do not rent this movie!

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A Friend of Mine

My Rating: 

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Favorite?: 

No

At times difficult to follow because of the imperfect subtitles that lagged the dialog by about two seconds, this was an interesting story of a quiet, self-dubbed "mysterious" guy who, through dissatisfaction with his high ranking job as an insurance investigator, starts to really live his life rather than float along.  Though very slow, I really enjoyed it.

Thanks to Hulu.com for sharing it :-)

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Stardust

My Rating: 

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Favorite?: 

Yes

Book/Novelization: 

Though apparently very different from the book (so my wife tells me, I haven't read it yet), Stardust is a really great romantic fantasy adventure loosely based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name. Telling the tale of a certain Tristan Thorn and his week long trek into a hidden inner world for what started out as a quest to obtain a fallen star for the young lady he fancies, it quickly turns into much more, something richer and more meaningful. Along the way Tristan and his companion, Yvaine, encounter lots of unique characters, most notably an evil witch exquisitely played by Michelle Pfeiffer and a pirate / entrepreneur played by Robert De Niro in what is definitely one of the most unusual roles I've seen him in. One of my all-time favorites, and a movie my wife and I re-watch relatively often, we enjoy it that much.

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Heath Ledger dying so young is like..

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To continue the Dark Knight theme, I think that Heath Ledger passing away so young would have been like Jack Nicholson dying after making One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, which is such a breathtaking demonstration of acting ability. By this point in Nicholson's career he'd already received several major award nominations, as had Ledger, and each of these two movies (looked liked it) pushed each actor to their respective limits. Nicholson then went on to win several major awards, including the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in 'Cuckoo's Nest. Of course my comparison is not without its irony - Nicholson went on to play the Joker in Tim Burton's original Batman movie in 1989. Food for though.

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