Mini-Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians 2

Release: May 5, 2017

Story: The Guardians of the Galaxy (played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Baustista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper) are on the run from a race of gold-skinned, uptight aliens; the Ravagers, led by the blue-skinned Yondu (Michael Rooker); and Gamora’s vengeful sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan). They bump into Peter’s long lost father, a powerful celestial being known as Ego (Kurt Russel). With Ego is his assistant Mantis, a childlike empath played by Pom Klementieff. Ego wants Peter (the leader of the Guardians, played by Pratt) to join him on the planet he created to help accomplish the immortal Ego’s life purpose, but Peter and Gamora (Saldana) are suspicious of Ego’s intentions.

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I’m doing something a little different today: a review of a short. A two-and-a-half minute short, to be more specific. Silent (2014) was made by Moonbot Studios, which was responsible for the beautiful and touching Oscar winning 2011 animated short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. That earlier short showed a clear love of film and storytelling through gorgeous animation and references to Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) and The Wizard of Oz (1939). It was also happy and sad in all the right ways. It’s not the best short ever, but if you can, look it up and you’ll have a good 15-minute escape. I wish I could say the same for Silent. Continue reading

Mini-Review Mondays: The Last Starfighter

The Last StarfighterRelease: July 13, 1984

Story: Alex (played by Lance Guest) is a normal 20-something guy living a mundane life in a small town trailer park. When he’s not working as a repair man, he’s hanging out with his girlfriend (played by Catherine Mary Stewart), telling some a-holey guys his age that he won’t be stuck in the trailer park his whole life, and playing the towns only video game, an arcade game called The Frontier. After Alex gets the new high score, he’s visited by a mysterious alien (played by Robert Preston), who says he invented the game in order to find a person suitable for the prestigious, galactic, starfighter program (basically a team of crack space fighter pilots). Alex is reluctant to join when he learns of the life threatening odds, but is forced to confront his fears when an evildoer named Xur (played by Norman Snow) destroys all the other starfighters and has his eyes set on conquering the whole universe. Aiding Alex is an alien named Grig (played by Dan O’Herlihy), who functions as his navigator, and an android called Beta, which has assumed Alex’s appearance and identity back home to distract enemy assassins while it also throws a wrench into Alex’s relationship with his girlfriend with its lack of understanding of certain human customs.

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