No one single element must be present to create a memorable fight scene in a movie. Fights that stick out in our memory can be the result of various qualities.
The greatest science fiction movie ever made is John Carpenter’s brilliant study of the effects of rampant consumerism on human psyche. “They Live” seems particularly well suited for the medium of film so it may come as a bit of a surprise to discover the original source material was a short story written by Ray Nelson way back in 1963.
Wow. Talk about your homicidal robots! Ted’s appearance on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” has always seemed slightly off-kilter and out of step with the primary focus of evil in Sunnydale. And yet there is no denying that Ted belongs fully to the creepy zeitgeist infecting this oddball little town. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Ted–other than the fact that he is played by John Ritter–is that he is a homicidal robot that was built in the 1950’s.
The similarity between the Cyclops of “The Atomic Submarine” and the Rigel VII aliens who occasionally pop in for a visit to Springfield even extends to the deep, commanding voice that is tinged with just enough self-satisfied superiority to make it even more unwelcome and threatening.
May the 4th be with you! The universe that George Lucas created way back yonder…
If you are at all interested in Doctor Who specifically or the lovably geeky worlds that converge across the civilized world during various conventions devoted to science fiction and fantasy fiction, then you are doubtlessly already familiar with Alisa Stern and the Doctor Puppet. If not: get ready, because you will be.
If “Quatermass and the Pit” represents the peak of cinematic achievement as it relates to films about the Red Planet, then a case can certainly be made that “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” represents the nadir. And that is saying something because a lot of bad movies have been made that touch upon Mars.
Anyone looking around today can see that despicably evil acts are committed hourly, but it’s a tragic and long-lasting mistake to attribute evil acts to evil people. Nobody is born evil. It is learned and even more importantly—as is illuminated so brilliantly by the story of Anakin—most people who commit truly evil acts not only don’t believe they are doing so, but are convinced they are saviors. Anakin Skywalker becomes convinced he is bringing peace to the galaxy; Hitler was convinced the world would thank him for exterminating the Jews.