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Recorded this on sunday night and this is the first of two Star Trek review podcasts. My co-host Mr.Gene is back and we have a special guest – Tony from the Cinemaviewfinder.com. You might have seen several of his posts on this site before and below is the latest review from his blog. Take a listen to our podcast, read the entry below, and enjoy all that Star Trek means to us as fans of this scifi series. If you want to do a direct download for all my past and present podcast, click here.

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2009

Movie Review: Star Trek (2009)

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek captures the spirit of Gene Roddenberry’s original creation better than any other subsequent spinoff or sequel has up until now. I’m even including the six films which starred the original cast led by William Shatner. This enormously enjoyable summer confection is still lacking the all important philosophical depth of the sixties-era sci-fi actioner. But with the once ailing franchise now reinvigorated by Abrams and crew, it looks like there will be plenty of opportunity to perfect the brew.

When I say the film goes back to Star Trek’s beginnings, I’m not kidding. We see the birth of our hero, James T. Kirk, during a turbulent battle in which his father dies at the hand of the Romulan villain, Nero (Eric Bana). There’s also a glimpse at the childhood of the stoic Vulcan, Spock, a painful time when he is teased and bullied for being half-human. Twenty minutes of this setup are a bit too much for anyone but the fanboys. It’s enough to know that Kirk (Chris Pine) grows up with a chip on his shoulder due to daddy’s absence, and Spock (Zachary Quinto) has his own – an inner emotional turmoil due to his mixed parentage – that he hides from his father’s race which forbids such emotions.

via Cinema Viewfinder: Movie Review: Star Trek (2009).

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Since my cold hit me hard yesterday, I was not able to see Quantum of Solace nor the two trailers – Watchmen and Star Trek. Lucky for me and you, Tony from Cinema Viewfinder was kind enough to share his review and insights for the latest James Bond film.

Read below for his review:

It’s funny how when you see a lot of movies, you start seeing parallels in some of them. In the case of Quantum of Solace, directed by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball), the 007 series’ first direct sequel, the film is designed much like a memory piece. In many respects, Quantum of Solace is about as close to surreal and stylized as I bet you’ll ever see a Bond flick get. And when seen as a companion to it’s predecessor, Casino Royale, it reminds me of what Soderbergh achieves with his Che films, The Argentine and Guerilla.

Casino Royale showed us the events that shaped the James Bond we’ve come to know in the long-running superspy series. Daniel Craig’s performance expertly spotlighted the brutal side of this government-sanctioned assassin who has an obvious chink in his steel armor for the women. When he loses his newfound love of his life, Vesper (Eve Green), to a shadow organization he was previously unaware of, the movie ends with Bond determined to make the destruction of the organization his life’s mission. But where to begin?

Forster’s film starts right in the thick of things with Bond in a stunning car chase through a tunnel in Italy. Only, this chase is staged as if a subjective memory, with aural ellipses in the action. This teaser is only the prelude to a film full of such surreal and dissonant designs. A shootout at a restaurant adjacent to an elaborate outdoor opera house becomes a dangerous ballet, the gunfight intercut with a performance of Puccini’s Tosca, with the opera serving double duty as the setpiece’s score. Even the opera stage, a giant eyeball, seems like something out of Dali. Later, Craig’s walk in from a Bolivian desert, where Bond was stranded, affords us the opportunity to see the unusual sight of the elegant suit clad man dusted up and surrounded by the impoverished locals.

And hasn’t that always been the appeal of the classic Bond? Sean Connery, and now Craig, always give spot-on performances because they know that 007 is essentially a gorilla in a tuxedo (this informed more by the Scottish working-class Connery than the more refined character of Ian Fleming’s novels). Bond is a natural-born killer, easier educated to mingle in the stratospheric circles his job required him to traffic in, since his inherent talent to coldly terminate is impossible to learn.

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Nov 11, 2008, 03:23 PM | by Jeff Jensen

Categories: Sci-Fi, Star Trek

JJ Abrams wasn’t a huge fan of the original Star Trek TV series as a kid,  but he does have one unabashed gee-whiz Star Trek memory: watching the first feature film (1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture) and marveling over the big reveal of the Enterprise during a long sequence in which James T. Kirk takes a slow-boat tour around the iconic starship. “The coolest thing about it—maybe the coolest thing in the movie—was when you flew around the ship, you could see all the different panels that made up the ship,” says the director of the forthcoming Trek reboot, slated for a May 8, 2009 release. “It was the first time I had ever seen that level of attention, that love of detail, given to the tangible, practical reality of the ship.”

Here, in this exclusive first look at Abrams’ take on the Enterprise, you not only see his vision of the ship, but his attempt to evoke that sequence from the first film that so captured his imagination. If you’re thinking, “Wow! It looks the way the Enterprise has always looked”—well look at the big Spock brain on you! Abrams wanted to take the original TV series Enterprise and the movie franchise Enterprise and fuse them together into a new yet familiar Enterprise. His ambition was a ship that felt very realistic, that could “stand up” to today’s f/x standards—and beyond. “If you’re going to do Star Trek there are many things you cannot change. The Enterprise is a visual touchstone for so many people. So if you’re going to do the Enterprise, it better look like the Enterprise, because otherwise, what are you doing?”

Fans and other interested parties will get more looks at the new Enterprise when the first trailer arrives this Friday, attached to Quantum of Solace. And if you missed the additional 11 Star Trek photos we debuted last month, click here and check ’em out.

via ‘Star Trek’: An exclusive first look at the Enterprise | PopWatch Blog | EW.com