August 05, 2002

Really Good Movies

Jason Kottke is happy that a director's cut DVD version of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is about to be released. It is true: it is the second-best Star Trek movie. But if you have not already seen the best Star Trek movie--Galaxy Quest--you need to go see it right now.

In fact, you also should go see Rat Race. These two movies--Galaxy Quest and Rat Race--are among the funniest things I have ever seen. I was surprised that they weren't much bigger hits. I wondered if my taste was screwy. I recently saw them again, and my conclusion is: No, my taste is not screwy--they are both really, really funny.


kottke.org :: Khan!!!!!! Frodo!!!!!!

A director's cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is coming out on Tuesday. It includes all sorts of interviews, commentary, and making ofs. It's disappointing that they didn't include the episode from the original series on which the movie is based...

Posted by DeLong at August 5, 2002 07:47 PM | TrackBack

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If you want a good DVD get Superman 1. It's got documentaries interviews screentests trailors voiceover of the director and writer etc.

Posted by: Bobby on August 5, 2002 08:11 PM

If you want a good DVD get Superman 1. It's got documentaries interviews screentests trailors voiceover of the director and writer etc.

Posted by: Bobby on August 5, 2002 08:11 PM

Now, not to get all Comic Book Guy on you, but what about Star Trek VI? I always ranked the best of Treks so:

1. Wrath

2. Undiscovered

3. Galaxy Quest

(Why, oh why, can't we get good Trek movies anymore?)

Posted by: Paul on August 5, 2002 09:20 PM

"Rat Race" is a reasonably funny remake of the much

funnier (and longer) "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World".

Much funnier than either could ever hope to be are

the Blackadder episodes Rowan Atkinson made before he decided to be progressively less funny as his career progressed.

Posted by: S. Baum on August 6, 2002 01:34 PM

It's interesting: about half the people I talk to think that "Rat Race" is a pale shadow of "Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"; the other half think that "Rat Race" shows what MMMMW should have been...

Posted by: Brad DeLong on August 6, 2002 01:51 PM

S. Baum: I wouldn't blame this on Roawn Atkinson. He was given progressively less funny scripts by Ben Elton, who is these days writing musicals like "We Will Rock You: The Songs of Queen".

Posted by: Daniel Davies on August 7, 2002 06:03 AM

The original Blackadder episodes are a sight to behold, especially when held up against the weaker later efforts. (Although there were still inspired moments all the way up to Blackadder III.)

I just saw the original episodes on DVD a few months ago, and was astonished. I also couldn't get that bloody theme song out of my head. "The sound of hoofbeats cross the glade..."

Brad: Nice bit on Galaxy Quest... now there's an example of a brilliantly inspired movie sabotaged by incredibly bad trailers and advertisements. I hadn't even considered seeing it until the reviews (and word of mouth) came in praising it to the heavens. Rat Race was pretty poorly reviewed, though, and I had avoided it... it's really that good?

Posted by: Demosthenes on August 7, 2002 08:37 AM

>>it's really that good?<<

Given any sort of buildup, you might not find Rat Race to be All That, it's really broad humor with few surprises. But I popped the DVD in on a nothing-else-to-do afternoon and had an unexpectedly good time. Some of the special effects are as over-the-top as a Tex Avery cartoon (the scene with the two brothers scrambling to get out of the car at the truck rally left me on the floor howling).

Posted by: nikzhowz on August 8, 2002 05:49 AM

Is Rat Race the one with the scenes involving the (Klaus) Barbie museum? Brilliant stuff .. although it does mark a low point in Cuba Gooding's slowly declining career.

Posted by: Paul on August 8, 2002 07:23 PM
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