Yo ho, an Ice Pirate's life for me
It's always amazing the level of spin given to Hollywood sequels these days. "Oh wow, they took a tired old plot and extended it for two more hours ... let's stand in line for half the night to see it!"
This week's example: The new X-Files movie subtitled "I Want To Believe." Well, I believe that if I want to see David Duchovny do some great acting, I'll wait until the second season of Showtime's "Californication," the only proof available to me that there's intelligent life in the universe.
The trouble is this: If you want entertaining, yet nearly B-movie status sci-fi action, just look back to the 80s. We had the market cornered on this niche. (Though "Fox Mulder" would have made for a great porn movie biz alias.)
TOP 5 FORGOTTEN SCI-FI CLASSICS OF THE 80s:
5. ICE PIRATES (1984): Robert Urich, Mary Crosby. "I hope no one minds but I have no intention of facing this sober."
4. FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR (1986): Paul Reubens, Sara Jessica Parker, Joey Cramer. "Hey, blimpo... too many Twinkies."
3. THEY LIVE (1988): Roddy Piper, Keith David. "You look like your face fell in the cheese dip back in 1957."
2. THE LAST STARFIGHTER (1984): Lance Guest, Robert Preston. "Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada."
1. STARMAN (1984): Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen. "I gave you a baby tonight."