Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…
Battle Beyond the Stars
A battle beyond time, beyond space.
A young farmer assembles a band of diverse mercenaries to defend his peaceful planet from an evil tyrant.
"Battle Beyond the Stars," in all its B-movie, space fantasy glory is one better villain away from being a passable film. New World's space-based update of "The Seven Samurai" is ambitious, but its budgetary limitations and character issues prevent it from being the grander space spectacle it might have been.
Following a young farmer who builds a team of rag tag mercenaries to face an evil despot named Sador, the film is derivative but obvious about its influences. The story is a token hero quest made interesting by the cadre of characters met along the way. The characters are not necessarily original, but they are compelling. Sador, played to hammy extremes by John Saxon, is the one weak link that…
Some notable names in the production of this B-grade sci-fi film: Produced by Roger Corman, Script by John Sayles, music by James Horner, special effects by James Cameron. Onscreen, we're not so lucky... Richard Thomas gives a weak lead performance, John Saxon's worse as the bad guy, and when it comes right down to it, everyone else is pretty bad too... it all feels like a collection of first takes by a bunch of kids making a film in their back yard. Storywise, it's a remake of The Seven Samurai, by way of The Magnificent Seven (with Robert Vaughn making a return appearance), but it is so inferior to either film that it's only good for laughs and maybe for…
"Battle Beyond the Stars" is prime 80s cheese. It's goofy, campy, and sports some halfway decent visuals. It runs a tad long, but for the most part, it's an entertaining watch.
Soporific Star Wars knock-off, complete with a Korngold-biting score and a plot which filters Flash Gordon space opera through a familiar genre narrative (lifted, in this case, from Seven Samurai / The Magnificent Seven). Notably absent: enthusiasm.
George Lucas’ name has become a byword for crass over-commercialization, but the fact of the matter is that the original Star Wars is a movie informed by overwhelming affection—for the heroes, for nifty special effects work, and for a certain kind of predictable, the-bad-guys-wear-black storytelling.
A childhood favourite as Jon Boy Walton recruits a rag tag bunch of freedom fighters to take on John Saxon and his evil side parting.
Of the films that were quickly knocked up to cash in on Star Wars this is one of the best - A great score and some fine model work probably make it more memorable than it really deserves. Sybil Manning sticks in the mind too.
Stick it on a triple bill with Krull and Flash Gordon and that's pretty much my childhood viewing right there.
"The Varda teach us that each form has its function." - Shad
Unlike Starcrash, Battle Beyond the Stars is a Roger Corman work that homages Star Wars and other SF films for a thematic purpose. John Sayles script, while not without hokey comedy, intelligently adapts the structure of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Sturges' The Magnificent Seven, borrowing notions of interculturalism from both. The latter film, in particular, is referenced as Robert Vaughn nearly reprises his role from The Magnificent Seven. Sayles and Corman also include homages to Amazon B-films (St. Exmin), Doctor Who (Nestor), 2001: A Space Odyssey (Neil), Greek mythology (Dr. Hephaestus), and the generic similarities between Westerns and SF films. Narratively, the intermingling and unification of alien species…
Strangely badass little B-movie fare.
Half the cast sleepwalks, the other half actually tries.
John Sayles wrote this, of all people.
I wish I had been able to crew this thing.
It tries so very hard and falls even harder.
Does that spaceship have boobs?
Loved it as a kid but not so much as an adult. Cheesy Star Wars rip-off with poor special effects, low-rent script and hammy acting. Still vaguely enjoyable though and a good nostalgic rewatch.
Harmless enough. Battle Beyond the Stars hovers somewhere in the mediocre middle of early 80's science fiction. It's bad, but not laughably bad. The main character is Bland McBlandson and the villain Dull the Unimpressive, so this film mostly takes its moments from the supporting cast: the mercenaries coming to save planet Akir (the film is heavily inspired by Sichinin no Samurai (Akira Kurosawa; 1954) and even more heavily inspired by (read: shamelessly ripps off) Star Wars (George Lucas; 1977)). This supporting cast ranges from the hilariously dorky Nestor (plural) to the overly sexualized Barbarella-wannabe Saint-Exim and the actually kind of fun, but sadly underused Space Cowboy.
Like its cast, pretty much everything in the film ranges from chucklingly bad…
Is to Star Wars what a Nissan Micra is to an Apache Helicopter.
Este explotation de Roger Corman a costa de Star Wars tiene cosas curiosas, como esa nave espacial del protagonista, de silueta vagamente femenina, o la variopinta panda de aliens que el protagonista recoge para defender a su planeta de un remedo de Darth Vader, y que le vale a la película su loco nombre español, Los Siete Magníficos del Espacio. Por desgracia,hay poco más que sea salvable en una película que bajo los estandars actuales, incluso haciendo abstracción de las limitaciones técnicas, es dificilmente defendible en términos de guión, diálogos y dirección.
Dumb de dumb dumb
When the peace loving planet of Akir is threatened by the maniacal Sador, it is up to one of the young inhabitants to leave and seek help.
Low budget SF movie based on The Magnificent Seven, which itself was based on the classic Seven Samurai, and the result is a fantastically enjoyable romp. The plot is ridiculous for the most part, but it just seems to work as it mixes action, humour and cheese and presents the viewer with a story that is pure unadulterated fun. The production values are actually quite good and some of the visual effects shots have been re-used in other movies and games that followed it. The ensemble cast all play their roles with glee,…
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
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