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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Lack of Imagination

After blaggarding Hollywood on the blog yesterday, I did go to the movies to get out of the heat.

Movie Reviews:

I went to the theater and saw the latest Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond. It may be the last Star Trek that I go and see at the movies. Roddenberry's Star Trek was visionary and popular when it came out. Then there was Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine -- all the while the original cast (re-imagined) shot feature films, generally nostalgic reflections of the original television series.

Star Trek Beyond
Then they got too old for that and so ------ there was some sort of time warp/alternate universe event that gave birth to the latest version of Star Trek. In this most recent version, there is a homosexual homage to Hikaru Sulu, a character in the Star Trek media franchise. (Originally known simply as 'Sulu', he was portrayed by George Takei in the original Star Trek series)  Though there was never a hint that the character was homosexual before now, George Takei is a flamer (a very creepy guy in real life), and they translated that to the character in the film. 

Getting to my point, I find it somewhat disturbing (as with the fifteenth re-make of Spiderman) that people in 2016 can't come up with a more original film rather than the re-imagining of Star Trek for the umpteenth time. But I'm sure that so long as people keep going to Star Trek conventions wearing Spock ears, Hollywood will keep churning this stuff out.

My Score:  Originality (while keeping with the franchise theme) 6.5; Overall Impression 6.5; Should you go see the film? Up to you, depends on your taste and how desperate you are to see a movie. It's a  B-.


The latest in the Jason Bourne series, titled "Jason Bourne", was true to the franchise and the general plot that those of you who have seen one of these have come to expect (if you've seen one, you've seen them all). Hollywood didn't turn the hero into a tranny or anything like that. Thank you Hollywood. 

For those of you who have been to or lived in Greece, the sequences there (and on the Strip in Vegas) were a bit odd, because they didn't show the ubiquitous traffic. Having been to riots in down town Athens by the parliament building (near the US Embassy) and over in Omonoia Square, I didn't feel as if I was there in the film...it felt much more like Hollywood's imagined riot at Omonoia Square. In my last riot in Omonoia Square, back in 2003, there were two Hellenic police officers killed by angry Muslims right down from where I was. It just felt wrong when they did it in the movie. That notwithstanding, I give the film a generous B.
I worked with the Hellenic Ministry of Public Order and the Hellenic Department of Defense on security related matters on the run-up to the 2004 Olympics in that time frame.
Surprisingly, I preferred the remake with Jeremy Renner over the original film franchise with Matt Damon. I think that there is another in the remake version of Bourne with Renner in the works.