Monday, February 4, 2008

Greetings Starfighter

I just realized it has been two weeks since my last post.  It probably doesn't matter that much, because I don't think I have many readers anyway.  But I know I have a least one, and that's what really matters.  So to you my faithful reader, I apologize.  I do have a good excuse though.  I was in the process of moving from Utah to New York, and now I'm in desperate search for employment.  Also, I haven't seen any movies lately that bugged me.  I did see the movie Juno, and I really liked it.  Maybe I'll have to watch it again to find something about it that bugs me.  I know there's something there.

I did actually watch a movie a couple days ago that would be a good one to write about today.  Remember the great '80s movie The Last Star
fighter?  Well neither did I!  Apparently this was was one of those science fiction "cult classics" as they say.  But, I don't remember ever watching it as a youngen.

They say this was the first movie to do all special effects entirely with computer animation, as opposed to using models.  That's pretty cool, so I won't be complaining about some of the bad special effects.  Actually now that I think about it, they weren't bad special effects at all.  They just looked a little dated and too computery.  But, in a way it makes total sense.  The movie is about a kid who plays a video game that ends up training him for real outer space combat.  So I guess the outer space combat should look computery.

Anyway, to the things that bug me.  When Alex arrived on Rilos he couldn't understand anybody.  They attached a chip to his collar that allowed him to understand the alien language.  Later when he goes back to Earth with the alien Grig, everyone can understand Grig.  It's a miracle.

When the evil KO-DAN finds out that there is one starfighter still alive they send an assassin to Earth to kill him.  How did they know he was on Earth?  Earth wasn't even part of the Star League.  There wasn't even supposed to be an earthling on the Starfighter squad.  And I don't understand why they sent such a horrible assassin.  He is hidden directly above Alex, and he has a laser gun, but for some reason he decides to grab Alex by the jacket instead of shooting him.  Of course Alex gets away and runs to hide somewhere else.  The alien again finds himself directly above Alex with a perfect opportunity to kill him with the laser gun.  For some reason before shooting Alex, he decides to poo on him, like he did the first time.  This time Alex recognized the Alien droppings and was able to get out of the way before he was grabbed again.  (note: it doesn't actually say that the strange little droppings are poo, but there is no other explanation that I can think of.)

Even though the plot of this movie was kind of weak, I really liked it.  I wish I would have seen it years ago.  You know what makes a good movie for me?  If after watching it I can't stop thinking about it, and I have to go online and look up information about it.  This movie did that for me.  I even put a post on  I never do that, because I think most of those people are losers, and the things they post are usually dumb.  Well my post wasn't dumb.  My post was awesome.  Just like this blog post.  Maybe someday I'll be a Starfighter.  I'd show Xur and the KO-DAN armada who's boss.

One can only dream.

Isn't this the creepiest thing you've ever seen?


Anonymous said...

I am an avid reader of your blog. Keep it up.

Russ said...

I can't believe you don't remember The Last Star Fighter. Steve and Brad and I used to watch it over at your house all the time. You and David must have just been playing Teedas and missed it.

DeeDubya said...

I loved Last Starfighter as a kid. Aimed at at great market, video game players who's parents thought nothing would come of them if they spent all their days blasting aliens.

I am now a graphic designer, which includes 3d graphics, so I guess films like this (and video games) were an inspiration.

Keep up the good work.

(PS I saw Juno last weekend and it's a brilliant movie)

Anonymous said...

I know it's been way long since this blog was posted, but I just had to add something that bugs me lol. When Alex arrives on Rylos, he can't understand anyone. They give him a computer chip which allows him to hear English. Miraculously, the chip somehow also makes the aliens APPEAR to be speaking English lol. In other words, they're actually speaking English instead of Alex hearing English.