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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 9)

As before, here are my quick takes on the genre-related films I’ve watched in the last several weeks…a set of poor viewing experiences, as you can see…

  1. The Princess Bride (1987) – Destined to be a classic, if not one already. Although I saw this years ago, this is still a magicical film that perfectly combines adventure, humor and charm.
  2. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) and…
  3. Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) – I knew I was in for trouble re-watching these movies that I remember fondly from my childhood. Atrocious overacting, illogical plot progressions and awkward pacing were not enough to overcome Ray Harryhausen’s dated (but somehow still charming) stop-motion animation. Oh, and is that Tom Baker as the bad guy in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad? Yikes!
  4. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) – How do you mess up a zombie movie? I can’t remember the last time I was this uninterested watching a movie that sounded good enough to watch in the first place.
  5. 9 (2009) – I loved the animation and the post-apocalyptic setting, but Shane Acker’s story needed more fleshing out to make it more cohesive. And interesting.
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7 Comments on Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 9)

  1. Dean Stevenson // May 1, 2010 at 7:47 am //

    Wow, that’s a bit harsh on the old Sinbad films.  Sure, they were no masterpieces yet they have a certain charm to them.  While the acting was never all that good, the stories were decent.  One thing they excelled at was the imaginative realm in which they were set.  I think it’s easy to snipe them 30 years later when we have so many examples of good CGI.  As a kid they were incredible, and as an adult, I see them as fond reminders of my youth.  I wonder what a kid would say upon watching them today.  Probably something about how obviously fake the creatures are but maybe, just maybe, the stories would capture their attention.

    I wanted to like 9 more than I did.  I’d give it a 3 instead of a 2.  Not bad for a film that was essentially made while the creator was still at university.  Sure beats Eraserhead.

  2. “The Princess Bride (1987) – Destined to be a classic, if not one already.”

    Ummmm, yeah, it’s been considered a classic for quite some time now. Where’ve you been? ;o)


    Oh, and it’s Shane Acker, not Ackerman. (Got Forrest J on your mind?)

  3. >>Where’ve you been?

    Watching crappy Sinbad movies

    >>Got Forrest J on your mind?


  4. The Sinbad films are all about Harryhausen.  The monsters and magic of those creations live vividly in every kid’s memory, and while that is where they are probably best served, every once in a while it’s cool to revisit what captured your imagination so powerfully as a nine year old.

    Acker’s 9 – just a beautiful film with so much key creativity and potential, and a terribly thin script.  One of my most anticipated films last year (and probably my biggest disappointment).  Still, I anticipate great things from Acker in the future.

  5. @Dean: The special effects were the only thing I did like about the Sinbad films.  I watched them with my kid, who liked them well enough and isn’t anywhere near being the hater I am.  Yet. 🙂

  6. I would certainly say that Princess Bride is a classic.  It is a movie that is as fun and fresh today as the day it was released.  It also has a special place in my heart because it was my first date with the girl who turned out to be my wife of 21 years now.

    I’m really disappointed about 9.  It looked so good and all I’ve read are lukewarm to bad reviews and have no interest now in actually sitting through it.  It is a shame because it looks great.

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