Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
A comedy of Galactic Proportions
Decades after the success of the sci-fi series "Galaxy Quest," the show's washed-up stars -- Jason Nesmith, Gwen DeMarco and Alexander Dane -- are unwittingly recruited by actual aliens to pull off an intergalactic rescue mission.
Galaxy Quest tells the story of a group of actors of a science fiction television series who have to play their roles in real life when an alien race needs their help to defeat their grumpy enemy. It's fantastic - and funny - how such a stupid premise works so well in a cleverly written script that pretends to satirize the industry of sci-fi films and television series. Everything works wonderfully in Dean Parisot's film, from the very compelling characters - every single one has its own charm - to the ironic storyline and to the constant jokes that actually make you -genuinely - laugh. The wonderful characters that accompany us in this incomparably entertaining adventure are awesomely brought to…
I’ve been avoiding this one for years. The combination of Tim Allen and memories of Spaceballs didn’t make me want to run to the DVD rental shop despite knowing the Star Trek theme. What changed was seeing favourable ratings pop up from time to time in my stream here on LB. I was still suspicious, as there are many people who love Spaceballs, so I broke my rule and read some reviews. Well, it seemed like an interesting premise, so I stuck it in my watchlist. No way my Star Trek averse wife was going to watch, so it would have to be held for a solo night. Well, the opportunity arose tonight.
The execution of the first act was…
One of the most ridiculously awesome films ever made. It's impossible to talk seriously about this because it's just so damn fun to watch.
You've got a hilarious script, parodies of nearly every sci-fi trope in existence and the cast...well, it's Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell and Tim Allen turning everything up to about 100 and then running away with it.
How can anyone say that they don't like this?
Oh my god, this film looks like it was just as much fun to film as it was to watch. WHERE DO YOU EVEN BEGIN? I can't believe I didn't see this sooner, what a lovely little film. Alan Rickman at his snarky best, SAM ROCKWELL! SAM ROCKWELL SHOULD BE IN EVERY SINGLE FILM IN THE WORLD. AND LITTLE BABY JUSTIN LONG EEEEEE HE'S SO CUTE.
The aliens were so hilarious, everything about this is just pure fun. Incredible.
Let's get out of here before one of those things kills Guy.
The criminally underrated Galaxy Quest. The only thing that could possibly make this film better is if the Star Trek spoof was dropped in favor of actually being about Star Trek with the original cast playing caricatures of themselves. The cast we get though is fantastic regardless, even though Tim Allen is among them.
Allen actually does a decent job here as the William Shatner of the group, but he looks better then he actually is thanks to a fantastic supporting cast. Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Enrico Colantoni, Missi Pyle and the list just goes on with everyone being spot on. My favorite being Rockwell as Guy who realizes he's the "red shirt" of the group and is constantly paranoid that he's about to be killed.
My favorite unofficial Star Trek film.
This movie is one of my favorites so a warning should be given. Gushing is going to begin....now!
This movie has a brilliant cast. I'm not going to name all of them, but they're all fantastic. I will mention that this is the movie that brought both Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell and Justin Long to my attention. I also want to say that we all know Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver are great actors, but this movie reminds me of how funny they are too, and how I wish they did more comedy. Finally, a defense of Tim Allen. He's easy to pick on, as he tends to make sitcoms that appeal to the lowest common denominator and his movie…
God bless Tony Shaloub.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not sure how, or why, it took me 15 years to finally watch this movie.
Loved the ending! And the CGI is flawless!
Real talk this movie holds up WELL
This is the kind of movie where as soon as you find out that a character hates his catchphrase, you can be guaranteed that he will unironically use it in a climactic moment. But it's also the kind of movie that has just enough charm that this predictability, hitting every beat exactly when you expect it to, doesn't bother you very much.
I saw this when it came out in theaters in '99. It was for a friend's birthday party and I was pissed because I wanted to watch The Green Mile or Man On The Moon or something instead. I didn't pay attention to this movie that day and like a proper little jerk, I repeatedly told my friend how stupid the movie was that he chose for his birthday.
I now just watched it for the first time since 1999 and pretty much loved it. Maybe I wouldn't have actually enjoyed it as much when I was 12 or 13 but I was still a total dick either way.
"Never Give Up, Never Surrender!"
A witty, enjoyable parody of Star Trek culture and fandom. Still retains its whimsiness on rewatch.
I am probably the only person in the world who hadn't seen this already. I honestly enjoyed it, but still found it a little slow in parts. I think you can't really go wrong putting Alan Rickman and Tony Shaloub in the same thing, and I think this might be the first time I liked Tim Allen in something.
Mostly, it just made me miss Stargate Atlantis. But then again, almost everything does.
I just discovered one of my favourite comedy, it just took me 15 years to find it. What a delightful film that is very much a love letter to old TV shows like Star Trek, Space 1999, Battlestar Galactica and the like. While poking fun at the old tropes of these TV shows they are also a loving tribute to the spirit of of those selfsame shows. Everyone involved seemed to be giving it their all and that coupled with a smart hilarious script makes this a damn near perfect film
- Pulp Fiction
- Fight Club
- Blade Runner
- The Big Lebowski
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of…
- Eagle vs. Shark
- Black Dynamite
- Death to Smoochy
- The Happiness of the Katakuris
- The Great White Silence
- Glengarry Glen Ross
- Grave of the Fireflies
- The Grifters
Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…