My Kids’ First Time Watching a Star Trek Film

Last week, my oldest son (who is 8 years old) told me he was really interested in whales. He’s been learning about them in school, and once something piques his interest there is no stopping him in his quest for knowledge about that topic. He just drinks it up like a thirsty camel.

George and Gracie in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.I told him that there is an entire film devoted to humpback whales, and he was beside himself with joy. I was of course referring to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. I cracked open my entire Star Trek film library and showed him the discs of the original six films, along with the four Next Generation films and Star Trek (2009). I don’t have the two most recent films because I haven’t been in a movie-buying mood for the past few years unless it’s something really special.

Two of my younger kids caught wind of their older brother’s plan to watch Star Trek IV, and they wanted to join in on the fun. They love doing just about everything together, so I wasn’t about to try to keep them apart. The more the merrier. I enjoy sharing the things I love with the people I love. So we all sat down on Friday night and watched the film together. Here are some of my observations about how my kids reacted to what they were watching. Continue reading

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Sergeant York Is a Film That Makes You Want to Be a Better Person

Alvin York looks up when he realizes that he has just seen the hand of God in his life.Sergeant York came out in 1941 (the same year as Citizen Kane) and it was a huge smash hit. It made the equivalent of more than $400 million in today’s dollars and it was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, among a host of other Academy Awards. Gary Cooper took home the Best Actor award, beating Orson Welles in his most famous role as Charles Foster Kane. What is Sergeant York? I had never heard of it until a few years ago and so I decided to check it out, and I was rewarded immensely for doing so. I would like to introduce you to it now. Continue reading

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Justice League Proved to Be Even More Like Superman II Than I Predicted

Last summer I noted that there are only two kinds of Superman movies: an origin story and a return story. At the time, I knew that Justice League would fall into the latter category and basically be a repeat of Superman II. After the rest of Earth’s heroes prove to be no match for a Superman-level villain, they have to call in the Man of Steel to return from the grave to fight their battle and win the day. But little did I know that there was a big way in which Justice League would be even more like Superman II than I thought. Continue reading

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What Makes the RoboCop vs. ED-209 Fight So Memorable?

Last week I promised to reveal my favorite robot fight. And here it is: Continue reading

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This Is My 2nd Favorite Robot Fight in a Film

It might seem like putting the cart before the horse, but I would like to share my second favorite robot fight in a film. Why not share my favorite one before the second favorite? To draw out the suspense! But not too long because I will reveal my favorite next week. Continue reading

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Batman & Robin Tarnishes Batman Forever

There are plenty of reasons to dislike 1997’s Batman & Robin. Chief among them is the fact that it tarnished its perfectly decent predecessor, Batman Forever. Everything Batman Forever got right or at least didn’t do too bad a job at, Batman & Robin found a way to completely botch. And it makes Batman Forever look bad when you see what it led to.

The two films are structured almost identically from the opening scene to the final shot. Let’s go through some of the moments in Batman & Robin that cast a pall over Batman Forever. This list is by no means exhaustive, but they are some of the moments that just irk me. Continue reading

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Why Is Two-Face So Easy to Manipulate?

Last week we dissected the Two-Face Meets the Riddler scene in Batman Forever, and this week we’re going to revisit that scene and add a little twist. Have you ever noticed that this scene mirrors the one in The Dark Knight in which Two-Face meets the Joker? Take a look at them back to back and you’ll start to see some interesting similarities. Continue reading

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