for the long long weekend. Holly the evil satnav tried her best to get me stuck in traffic but I arrived there eventually. We spent most of the weekend watching movies. Many of them bad, most deliberatley chosen for that reason.Thursday:
The Fifth Element
: I love this film! So quotable. So gorgeous. So funny. Soi much action! Mila Jovovich with orange hair, kicking ass!Friday:
Disney's latest. So we have a rabbit voiced by Snow White from OUAT, who is the first rabbit ever to graduate from Police Academy. Despite finishing top of her class she gets put on traffic duty. She insists on being put on the missing animals case, and gets given 48 hours to solve it. She finds a con artist fox that she previously encountered ight have information and sets off to solve the case. This was really good. The jokes were perhaps a little predictable, and the plot was not that original - 48 hours combined with a couple of other buddy cop movies - but the main character was adorable. ("Ooh, ah, you probably didn't know, but a bunny can call another bunny 'cute', but when other animals do it, that's a little..."), but the animal society was really nicely thought out and the voice acting talent was great.Star Trek Tribbles
: Double tribbles. Trouble With Tribbles is still funny but it's a little heavy handed with the humour. Fortunately Kirk is po-faced enough that he does make a good straight man. DS9's followup "Trials and Tribbleations" is a lot more subtle with the humour, and throws in a lot of fan service, taking advantage of Dax having been around back then. We finally learn who it was throwning the tribbles at kirk.Saturday:
Two episodes. Both silly ones. One about a lucky rabbit's foot, the other about a wishing well. Poor Ted Raimi. His characters can never catch a break. I felt sorry of the teddy bear with existential angst.Bad Movie Marathon
Started with Flash Gordon
. It's daft and campy and almost too self-aware to quite qualify as a bad movie. The special effects may be crappy but the actual creativity in the design is fantastic!
Followed up with The Three Musketeers
. Pretty certain Dumas didn't have fleets of airships in the original story. Although several of the plot elements are, surprisingly, fairly accurate to the source material. Still convinced that Miulady De Winter should be a cat, though.
Finally, Masters Of The Universe
! A terrible film, amusingly starring Tom Paris and Monica from Friends. I seem to have offended a few people by saying how bad it is. But it has nothing to do with the series! No Prince Adam, no Orko, the characters do not look similar to their cartoon counterparts. Change the character and place names, and nobody would realise it was based on the toy range.Sunday:
Did role playing in the afternoon. Then followed up with an episode of MST3K. We went for "Time Chasers". A 1994 movie, made in 1990, that looks like it was made in 1982. It's about the world's most unattractive leading man, who builds a time machine in his plane, using a commodore 64 (which seems to be PC compatible). He tricks a blonde reporter and a representative of the evil company to come along so he can show off his technology and get funding (because self funding time travel is, apparently, difficult). He takes them to the future, then the reporter falls for him so they go back in time, to check out the 1950's, then go into the future again where it's turned into a dystopia. MST3K clearly cut a chunk out of this section because it's not all that well explained (and to be fair to the film the plot is
at least mostly coherent). So they try to convince the head of Evil Company™.
to not destroy the future. Evil Boss refuses and tries to have them arrested. Ugly Time Travel geek runs heroically escapes from cosmically inept security.
Ugly computer nerd and blonde reporter go back in time to try to convince himself not to give the demonstration in the first place. Evil Boss armed with a copy of the software, takes off after Ugly computer nerd, and shoots him down. And to be honest this part of the film isn't so bad. Anyway, after some running around the recent past, they escape back to the American revolution where they have a final showdown.Forbidden Planet:
An impressive film for its day. A lot of it still stands up pretty well. Special effects look a little dated, but not all that bad. The animated monster (animated by Disney Animator Joshua Medeor) still looks fantastic. Everyone loves Robbie The Robot. And, like Flash Gordon, you really get a feel that this is an alien world. Something that Star Wars never quite managed.Monday:Batman V Superman
. Meh. I don't hate it. I can see that there was a definite effort here to make something worthy and thoughtful. The problem is I found it dull. I couldn't really work out what the film was really about except for a bunch of vague excuses to have Batman and Superman in conflict. The film is too grim even for my tastes. There's no levity and not a lot of character development. Lots of plot threads that don't really get a good payoff, and a feel that Snyder wants to turn Superman into the X-Men.