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Monday, November 22, 2010

Dark Star

Dark Star (1974)
Written by John Carpenter, Dan O'Bannon
Directed by John Carpenter
Starring Dan O'Bannon, Cal Kuniholm, Dre Pahich, Brian Narelle

In the year something-or-other, hijinks ensue on a ship which has the mission of destroying planets and/or stars.  The highest jink surrounds a "smart bomb" which selectively listens to reason.

The Woman
this was pretty damn horrible. it wasn't funny. in fact, it wasn't anything. the only good thing i have to say about it was that it was only about an hour long. and all the characters looked the same. they all had that jim henson look of 70's long hair and beards. to-to-totally lame. do not watch under any circumstance.

While I gladly accept responsibility, I have no memory of why I added this movie.  As Carpenter's first feature, you can see some competent direction here, but there's not much more than that.  There are some funny jokes but none of the running gags are of the appropriate length.  Attempts at political statement/humor are toothless, and I'm not sure if the philosophical discussion at the end is intended to be taken seriously.

The only mildly interesting part of this experience is that it wouldn't surprise me one bit if the inspiration for R2D2 came from the pod sticking out of the top of this ship.

1 comment:

  1. This was classic for one reason: this was the thesis for John carpenter & Dan o bannon's film school. The only reason it turned into a real movie was because it got to big. Picture it against other film school short films and that's where it shines.