“Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” (1989): God only knows…

I’ve been a Star Trek fan for almost as long as I can remember, and one thing I’ve seen over the years is that there is rarely consensus on what constitutes good Star Trek.   Even the best episodes & movies have their detractors, and the worst always have their champions. I myself have quite…

Logan’s Run: “Renew, renew…”

In the days before 1977’s “Star Wars” changed movies forever (at least for my generation), cinematic science fiction, with rare exceptions like “2001” and “Forbidden Planet,” consisted largely of cheapie monster flicks or dystopian nightmares. One of the more successful of the dystopian movies was “Logan’s Run” (1976), based a bit loosely on a novel…

“Demolition Man” inspires joy-joy feelings 25 years later…

It was an October evening some 25 years ago (checking my hands for liver spots) when a friend and I were up for a movie.  We went to a theatre that wasn’t too far from my old apartment, and decided to check out the new Sylvester Stallone futuristic action opus, “Demolition Man.”   I’d been…

Searching for Spock, and the issue of recasting…

News broke earlier this week that “Star Trek Discovery” has recast the role of “Spock” yet again, and the actor they’ve chosen is Ethan Peck (grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck).  This isn’t the first time “Star Trek: Discovery” has recast a previously established role for the new series. Mark Lenard was the original actor to play…

“The Meg” is a big, silly, tongue-in-cheek fish tale…

I make no secret of the fact that I think 1975’s JAWS is one of the most perfect pieces of cinema ever stitched together in an editing bay.   Even its imperfections add to its perfection.  So yeah, I may be a teensy bit biased when it comes to reviewing shark movies, since every shark…

Day 5 of Star Trek Las Vegas 2018, final log entry…

First off, I want to apologize to any readers who’ve been following my posts from Star Trek Las Vegas 2018 for the previous four days.   I meant to file a post last night, the last night of the event, but I didn’t crawl back to my hotel room till around 8:30-9 pm and my…

Star Trek Las Vegas 2018, Day 4 … a Galaxy-class surprise!

Links to previous posts on Star Trek Las Vegas: Star Trek Las Vegas, Day One: August 1st, 2018… Star Trek at Las Vegas, Day Two: August 2nd, 2018… Star Trek at Las Vegas, day 3: Keep on trekking… Now it’s the end of Day 4, and by now the whole internet is ablaze with the…

Star Trek at Las Vegas, day 3: Keep on trekking…

As the familiar narrative voice of the late Majel Barrett Roddenberry might say, “Last time on Star Trek, Last Vegas…” Star Trek Las Vegas, Day One: August 1st, 2018… Star Trek at Las Vegas, Day Two: August 2nd, 2018… Day three of the annual Star Trek convention in Las Vegas was a day for revisiting…