Sunday, June 9, 2013
9 June 2013
Natalie Portman b. 1981 (Star Wars, V for Vendetta, Mars Attacks)
Johnny Depp b. 1963 (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, many Tim Burton films)
David Koepp b. 1963 (Screenwriter, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds)
Picture slot = Cute Girl invoked. This of course is from V for Vendetta, with Portman in possibly the least glamorous role of her career. Doesn't really matter, she's still very cute.
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier released, 1989
It is universally acknowledged that odd numbered Star Trek movies suck and Five is a good pick for the suckiest. Writer/director William Shatner may deserve some credit for this.
But I wanted to acknowledge it because I was at a showing when I heard the best line from an audience member not on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
I see it with my brother, not on opening night. A much more serious fan friend saw it earlier and he told me not to expect much. Spoilers to follow.
(Dude, the movie's 24 years old. If you haven't seen it, it's on you, not me.)
The ship is hijacked by someone who wants to find God. They find God behind a weird barrier in space. God wants to get through the barrier, so He proposes merging with the Enterprise to do this. Kirk asks the reasonable question: If you're God, why do you need to merge with a starship to do this?
God shoots lightning bolts out of his eyes and singes Kirk something fierce, but doesn't actually kill him. (He's Kirk, for pity's sake. He eats all powerful beings for breakfast.)
So, sitting a few rows in front of my brother and me are two stoners. One of these young gentlemen, doing an unintentional but flawless Keanu Reeves impression, turns to his friend and says,
"Dude. God's an ASS-hole."
Prediction: 1978: aliens are draining the oxygen from a small New England town.
Predictor: The Time Tunnel (1967)
Reality: The show went into the far future a few times, but both the episodes when they are in the near future are set in 1978. That makes aliens and space travel believable.
Wait... I just used the word "believable" when describing an Irwin Allen TV show.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
OMNI Future Almanac time once again, this time putting forward a list of soon to be extinct critters. Let's see how many are still around.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!