When my father & I arrived in Novi Friday night, we decided to drive to the Expo Center to make sure we could find it easily in the morning. We drove around the building, and were a little concerned since it didn’t look very large. We could see in through the glass doors, and it didn’t look like very many vendors were set up. But when we arrived the next morning, we were pleasantly surprised to see that it looked much larger on the inside, and there were quite a number of vendor booths! We were allowed in 30min prior to general admission, since I had purchased tickets early by mail. There was a table of freebies, where I picked up the movie poster for Batman Begins.
Generation X, the not-so-famous pilot movie that was supposed to usher in a tv series that never made it to the small screen, was inspired by the original Marvel comic series by the same name.
With the villain cast with the annoying, over-actor Matt Frewer (Max Headroom-himself) and a strange plot, is it any wonder it flopped? The movie centered around the Emma Frost (the White Queen) played by Finola Hughes with a bad wig, Sean Cassidy (Banshee), a small group of teenage mutant students who come under attack by the mad-scientist doctor (played by Matt Frewer) in their dreams.
In this version, apparently all mutants with the x-gene have some level of telepathy. I guess they felt sorry for JubileeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s limited powers of a neat fireworks display. And two mutant teens, Buff and Refrax, were created just for this movie. Characters like Chamber, the mutant with half of his face missing and replaced with just energy, and Husk, who can shed her skin to take on the substance of whatever material she chooses, were too high of a budget for them to take on. Though this movie did not have much display of mutant powers. It was still a good representation of how teens act and treat each other when theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re different. The teens were cast pretty well, as was Banshee.
Even though the special effects were cheesy, and the villain was extremely annoying, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still a fun movie. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad I found it on Ebay.
I just saw a sneak preview of Sahara last night.. found out about the free tickets at the last minute & jumped at the chance! This isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really categorized as a science fiction movie, but at many points it sure felt like it. Some aspects of the movie were much too hard to believe.
Steve Zahn is a favorite comedian of mine, & I usually enjoy Matthew McConaughey films. Penelope Cruz, I could take or leave. And my opinions of them didn’t change after this movie.
I’ll give a basic rundown of the plot for those who don’t know much about the film.
Dirk (McConaughey) has a life-long goal of finding a legendary Civil War battleship. When he receives a old Confederate coin from a local in Africa, he believes the ship somehow made its way across the ocean and into Africa. The other story (which became the main plot & somehow overlapped DirkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s story) was about a couple doctors in search of a source of what they think is the beginnings of a plague that had started spreading through certain villages in Northwest Africa. The plot was really stretching it at points, especially trying to get the two stories to converge. At times I felt like I was watching two separate movies. But I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to give anything away to those who will watch the film.
All-in-all it was a very fun, action/adventure movie. Without Steve Zahn though, I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have liked it as much. He added a lot of laughs in areas where the movie might have draggedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ and in some areas where there was action happening too! I think they hired Cruz on just her looks or cool accent, because she definitely didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t shine as an actress. She was in most of the movie, but she had the personality of a houseplant. McConaughey played the same role he always doesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ the cute, funny, hero… who needs a shave.
Wow. This is now one of my favorite books. It jumped back & forth between the “past” (in the days of Surak, the father of Vulcan enlightenment).. telling the story of how the Romulans broke away from the Vulcans.. very interesting, if not a little confusing.. and the “present,” where a race called the Waatari claim that the Romulans are murderers that kicked them out of planets that supposedly belonged to the Waatari (Romulus & Remus).. and plan on Romulan genocide because of it.
The Federation is torn, because of an uneasy truce with the Romulans and not knowing exactly what happened when the Romulans found their now-homeworlds… the Romulans’ history is sketchy and filled with myths, so that not even most Romulans know what happened in their early history.
This first book tells the tale of one Vulcan man’s journey.. meeting and befriending Surak and eventually being forced off-planet because of the civil wars. At the end of the book he ends up leading a “wagon-train” ship to the stars, full of Vulcan refugees, never to return home again.
The “present-day” story involves a few of the original Star Trek cast… Ambassador Spock, Captain Saavik (Spock’s wife now), Admiral Uhura, and Admiral Chekov. These lead a fleet of non-sanctioned Federation ships, a few Klingon, as well as some Vulcan ships into the Neutralized Zone to meet up with the Waatari (as well as the Romulans) to try to find out the truth, in hopefully the most peaceful way.
Spoiler Warning:… in the last page of the book, it looks like Chekov is killed in a transporter accident, while he’s wrestling with one of the Waatari! But as we all know… no one stays dead forever in Star Trek.
Dhampir by Barb & J.C. Hendee. It’s a cross between the Blade series and Lord of the Rings. Magiere, her half-elf companion Leesil, and his mysterious dog are con-artists who pretend to rid small villages of supposed-vampire infestations. But when they decide to settle down and go straight, they just happen to pick a village with actual vampire residents. Here, Magiere discovers her true destiny, whether she likes it or not.. that she’s a true vampire slayer.. a Dhampir. Half-vampire herself, she is a living person, but has all the strengths of the “Noble Dead” (vampires). This is an action-packed vampire-slayer book with heart. The Hendee’s do a great job of exploring the main characters, even the “Noble Dead” themselves. I highly recommend this book to any fan of the vampire genre.
Galaxy Quest is my favorite all-time tv/movie spoof.. they overtly poke fun at Star Trek & it’s fans. The shows are nearly identical in nature. All of the (human) characters were well developed & hilarious. My favorites are Guy Fleegman/Sam Rockwell (Crewman #6) and Fred Kwan/Tony Shalhoub.Ã‚Â I still have to laugh outloud when guy screams, a delayed-reaction after transporting. And Fred’s reaction is priceless, like a kid in a candy store.
The main storyline is that these once-popular actors of a hit show called “Galaxy Quest” are now out-of-work actors since their show got cancelled. Ã‚Â An alien race sees reruns ofÃ‚Â the showÃ‚Â and thinks it’s realÃ‚Â and asks the former crew for help fighting their enemy. The aliens even made their ship to be exactly like the one on the show. The actors are too ashamed to tell them that the show isn’t real (instead of historical archives), so they go along with it, trying to assume their tv show roles.. and comedy ensues.Ã‚Â But there really is an evil nemisis trying to destroy this naive race. The actors even have to enlist the help of some over-the-top, extreme fans of the show (some trekker’s dream, i’m sure.. for the show to actually be real) to save the day, since they know more about the technical aspects of the ship from the cancelled show than the actors do.Ã‚Â I love the line when Jason Nesmith/Tim Allen calls up one of the kid geeksÃ‚Â and tells him that it’s all real. The kid yells, “I knew it!”. Yeah, these kids are grounded in reality.