March 28, 2007

To Boldly Go Back to 1982

Apparently, watching War Games a few weeks ago has put me in the 80's mood. I've got a hankerin' to dig up the outstandingly awesome 113 minutes that is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Chock full of some of the most iconic moments of cinema, the rest of the Star Trek franchise is either prologue or epilogue to this movie as far as I'm concerned. An entire generation of people developed a heightened fear of insects crawling into our ears thanks to an early scene of that movie.

Beyond the death of Spock, the spectacular Genesis machine and the budding career of Kristie Ally, I most enjoy the battle of overacting between Shatner and Montalban that mirrors the contest between their characters. Check out this clip to get the idea of the extent to which these actors go to upstage each other and even their own characters.

This clip features Shatner's much parodied Khan! scream. Watching it again, I get the feeling that scream has been parodied so much that the original is too subtle. Almost too subtle.

Anyway, everyone is invited to my house for the movie this weekend.

Fun Fact: The actors playing Khan's men were Chippendale dancers by night.
Rating: $6

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