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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 17): Princess of Mars / The X Files / Clash of the Titans

Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.

Quick thoughts follow…

  • Princess of Mars (2009) – No, not the 2012 Disney film…a direct-to-video release starring Antonio Sabato Jr. as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Virginian hero and Traci Lords as Deja Thoris. Yes, it’s every bit as bad as you’d think it’d be. I wish I could say there was some redeeming quality here besides it being only 90 minutes of torture, but it piled one atrocity on top of another: poor dialogue, poor acting, poor sound, etc. The special effects — which were often laughable — were the highlight.
  • The X Files (1998) – From my standpoint — that is, someone who watched the television show only occasionally and enjoyed it — the 1998 X-Files film felt comfortably like an extended episode. Good, but not as special as you’d think a film version would be. Perhaps because the television show was still on the air when this hit theaters…?
  • Clash of the Titans (2010) – Perhaps because my expectations were low, I found this remake of the 1981 film (which I enjoyed as a teenager, but found boring as an adult) to be more fun than not. Sure, there were some negative moments (bad acting and plot conveniences, for example), but I found the mythology to be interesting and the special effects served the story well.
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7 Comments on Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 17): Princess of Mars / The X Files / Clash of the Titans

  1. Come on, you watched that version of Princess of Mars and expected it to be good? That’s like watching a SyFy channel original and expecting to see oscar worthy stuff 🙂

    The only worthwhile moment in Clash of the Titans was the little in joke about the clockwork owl. Otherwise, it was crap!

  2. That direct-to-DVD Princess of Mars was unbelievably bad. Those horrid GOR movies from some years ago were better than this.

    My expectations were low for Clash…and it annoyed me poor Bubo got put on the trash heap. Otherwise, I guess I have lower tastes than, say, Derek. I enjoyed it.

  3. So I am not the only one who actually liked Clash of Titans.

  4. I thought the X-Files film was horrible. Yes, it felt like an extended episode and that’s the problem. Actually, the whole series was a problem. Much like Lost, I don’t think the writers had any idea where they were going when they started out. For me, X-Files demanded a real resolution not some jumbled together nonsense with a non-ending attached.

  5. Oh John. John, John, John. The ’98 X-Files movie was terrible. It was a 2-part episode with delusions of grandeur. (Duchovny was excited that he could finally swear!) (I wonder if they had/used the Scully Box… (bit of trivia there for folks to look up))

    Worse, I saw it with my cousin and her then-boyfriend, who sat next to me whispering the whole time.

    “What do you think that means?”

    “Who is that guy again?”

    “Do you think that guy is an alien?”

    “Is this part of the conspiracy?”

    ….so, maybe I have issues with this film that extend beyond the film itself.

    Princess of Mars… your 1st clue should have been Antonio Sabato Jr. Your second? Traci Lords.



  6. Jeff Patterson // March 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm //

    Patrick, are you questioning the honor of Traci Lords?
    (slaps Patrick’s face with his gloves)
    How DARE you, sir!

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