The best Star Trek film of all time is Wrath of Khan. This is an undeniable fact. The reboot may be the best looking. The Voyage Home may be the most fun. But Wrath of Khan is the best overall film. The story is fantastic. Building upon one of the greatest episodes of the original series (Space Seed for those of you don’t know your episodes very well), we get to watch the violent return of the best villain in Star Trek history. But you also get to watch Kirk deal with the fact that he’s getting older and what that means. What do life and death mean to a man who’s spent most of his years travelling through space instead of building a home and a family. Wrath of Khan is intelligent, fun, and action-packed. And it had some really posters too.
We have not been good blog owners. We have not fed and walked you everyday, nor have we even thought of you everyday. Our jobs and schedules were allowed to get in the way and cloud our vision. And sure, we could explain how one of us got a new job and the other changed schedules from working overnights to working evenings, but what would that be? It would be a handful of useless excuses.
It comes down to this. I can’t speak for Lara, but I have not wanted to write anything in a long time. This was perhaps obvious as the output of this blog slowly dwindled away to near nothingness. But now it’s out there. I didn’t want to write anything, and I really wasn’t watching too many movies. When I did watch something it was an episode or two of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Those could probably prove fascinating to write about, but I never tried.
Eventually, it reached this point. Nothing posted in a long time and deep feeling of guilt and disappointment. It’s not even that I feel like I should be doing this. I want to do this. I just don’t have any self discipline. And that’s stupid.
Later this month I am going to Fantastic Fest. This is my first film festival, and I’m very excited about it. But beyond that initial excitement of “AAAHHH A FILM FESTIVAL”, I think this has forced me to come to terms with myself. It’s forced me to realize how lazy I am. And that needs to stop. Not just so I can be a better blog owner, but so I can be satisfied with who I am.
It’s possible this means that you are going to be getting several posts about the Power Rangers in the future. But it also means that I am going to be ready for this festival.
To us here at Lara and the Reel Boy a movie isn’t just a movie, it is an experience. We like to pride ourselves on the ability to pinpoint where and when we watched any film, the atmosphere, and who else we shared it with – because that all goes into how we view the movie itself. To honor the importance of the encounter with every film, we have decided to make a top five list in which we share with you our
When I was growing up, I always looked forward to Christmas Day. I mean, I think that’s kind of obvious. We all did. But for me, it wasn’t just about the presents. That was definitely part of it. I loved getting a brand new package of Muscle Men (remember those?) or Dino-Riders. But after present opening time was over, and all the Christmas rolls were eaten, most of the extended family would just sit around napping. It was then that the other thing I was looked forward to would happen. I would get to go see a movie with my Dad, my Uncle Art, and possibly the rest of the family. But it would always be Dad and Uncle Art. I saw many Disney movies this way. I also saw several Star Trek films on the night of Christ’s birth. By the time I was in high school it had turned into a small sci-fi outing every year. And I loved it. I’ve always loved going to the movies. Since I was a child, I’ve thought there was something magical about seeing a film in a theater that you just can’t quite capture in a home. And Christmas was the one day a year that I could count on going to the theater. Sure, I went other times during the year, but I went on Christmas Day EVERY year. And I always looked forward to it.
Now, I’m older. I’m not getting to spend Christmas Day with my extended family. Thus, there will not be a ritual outing to see whatever sci-fi movie comes out on that day. I’ve kind of bummed about it. But I’m thinking that I’m not the only person with this family tradition. I am going to attempt to go with my wife this year. Unless I’m working. We’ll carry on by ourselves. But that means I’m not going to my uncle’s choice. I have to pick this year. So I’m going to post the trailers of the movies I will be deciding between if I am able to go to a movie on Christmas Day. This is my way of narrowing it down. And maybe it will help you if are lucky enough to enjoy this same tradition.
Happy Thanksgiving from Lara and the Reel Boy! We hope you don’t burn the turkey, that you enjoy the transition into Christmas (yes, Christmas movies here I come!), and that you can reflect on many things that you are thankful for. Here are our Top Five Movie Things we are thankful for from this last year. Continue reading
For this edition of the Top 5 List we decided to go with something a little more personal. Everyone has watched a movie, seen an animal of some sort and thought, “Oh my gosh! That’s so cute! I wish I had one of those!” Well, Lara and I are no different. We’ve both done the exact same thing countless times. The difference for us is that those instances usually occurred during a science fiction movie. Or a horror movie. And we wanted the monster. So this list is an attempt to narrow down all those fantasies into something a little more manageable. A short, concise list to give the genie if we ever find him. Continue reading