T’is the season for holiday movies, and there are some that are cute and funny, and some that don’t quite make the grade, and some of them can climb a grade so steep, it’s a wonder that we can ever come down from the experience. So, as the Yuletide season comes before us, it is time for Musings to give The Polar Express a second look.
Set in the mid-20th century, a young boy (voice-actor Tom Hanks) of about maybe ten or eleven years is doubting the existence of St. Nickolas. There is much information out there to dissuade him. The headlines from the local papers, the reference books that say the arctic is frigid and devoid of life (which we know is untrue!). The boy, whose name we never really learn, is really doubting his beliefs this season. He hears things outside, in the house, and is hoping to be proven wrong. He gets up, sees the milk and cookies are still out, then goes back to bed, about to give up hope. His parents check on him, and to them, he is out like a light, and they think not even a speeding express train could wake him. Read more...(817 words, 99 images, estimated 3:16 mins reading time)
Since Clisair started a crystal ball rolling about 80s sci-fi and fantasy films a week or so ago, I’ll bring in another movie not to be missed for so many reasons. It’s a great fun story for one, and it was the first movie to completely use computer animation for its space scenes. Let’s go to Northern Cal in the mid 80s. Video games are still pretty much 2D, but the one in the trailer park that Alex Rogan lives in and helps maintain is very special. It was designed as a test to find new fighters for the fight against Xur and the Kodan Armada out on the “frontier” Alex is a simple guy who wants what most teen boys want, a shot a good college, to marry his steady girlfriend, Maggie, but all that gets put aside the night he meets Centauri. Robert Preston, a great actor who excelled in every role he played, best know as Professor Harold Hill, in “The Music Man”, is Centauri, an alien recruiter who designed the video game tests. He wisks Alex away to the “Frontier”, and Alex is now on the biggest adventure he’ll ever know. Alex gets as far as the Starbase when he realizes he was drafted, and ask to not be part of this war, as he has to many responsiblities at home, and he really should not get involved. When he gets back home, things really turn for the worst. He’s got a bounty on him, and to save his family, from the bounty hunters, he has to save the galaxy. Read more...(401 words, 19 images, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)