The Day the Earth Stood Still

June 20, 2010

One line review: The anti-war / anti-violence message of the movie has either been lost to time, or is lost on me.

Movie Title: The Day the Earth Stood Still

Actors: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, Lock Martin, Drew Pearson, Frank Conroy, Edith Evanson, Tyler McVey

Director: Robert Wise

Year: 1951

Genre: Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 94% – Socially minded yet entertaining, The Day the Earth Stood Still imparts its moral of peace and understanding without didacticism.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): I always hate it when I watch a highly rated movie, only to either find myself not impressed or simply bored. I can’t fault this movie for it’s acting or production. Even it’s special effects (for the time) are fairly good. However, I found myself completely uninterested in the great dark secret that the space man was bringing, and overall cared little for the outcome of any of the characters. I feel that this movie is simply one that either can’t be appreciated in this time frame, or simply can’t be appreciated by me. I just found it dull and pointless.

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Star Trek I – IV

March 14, 2010


One line review: The first four Star Trek movies are a fantastic representation of Star Trek, combining the exploration, the action, and the cheesiness of the series.

Movie Title: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins, Grace Lee Whitney, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Jeff McBride, Paul Winfield, Kirstie Alley, Ricardo Montalban, Phil Morris, Scott McGinnis, Robin Curtis, Robert Hooks, Jane Wyatt, Catherine Hicks, Mark Lenard

Director: Robert Wise, Nicholas Meyer, Leonard Nimoy, Gene Roddenberry

Year: 1979 / 1982 / 1984 / 1986

Genre: Action / SciFi

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes:

Star Wars: 50% – More of an event than a movie…more flash than content.
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan: 90% – Considered by many fans to be the best of the Star Trek movies, Khan features a strong plot, increased tension, and a sharp supporting performance from Ricardo Montalban.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: 76% – TThough it may be short on dazzling special effects, The Search for Spock is still a strong Star Trek installment, thanks to affecting performances by its iconic cast.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: 84% – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is perhaps the lightest and most purely enjoyable entry of the long-running series, emphasizing the eccentricities of the Enterprise‘s crew.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least):
I decided to stop at the first four Star Trek movie, partially because the Angry Video Game Nerd reflected on Star Trek II, III, and IV as the closest thing that the Star Trek series has to a trilogy. It certainly does a fantastic job of representing the Star Trek series. The first movie capturing exploration, the second and third representing more of the action side, and the fourth representing the cheesy and silly plots. I believe Wrath of Khan is my favorite of the movies, mostly because the entire film seems better written, better acted, and an absolutely fantastic film.

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