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Manny’s Movie Musings: “The Expendables” is awesome; “The Expendables 3” is awesomely bad.   There are too many characters that are undeveloped, and so we don’t care about most of them (the original members are sort of safe, as fans already have an attachment to them); the editing seems like it was done by a film student; it’s rated PG-13 (so we get that corny, 1990s style James Bond violence); the action sequences are incoherent and so over the top that they can’t be taken seriously, and therefore the audience has no emotional connection to them because you get the feeling that no Expendable will be killed off; and many characters doing things that make no sense.  Oh, there is somewhat of a story here: The Expendables are hired to capture an arms dealer, things go bad, and many characters say lots of bad inside jokes that puts this movie into the comedy genre.  Lots of wasted money and talent, and lots of disappointed 1980s/1990s action movie fans like me.  My most memorable, movie moment of “The Expendables 3” is the scene when Mel Gibson (playing the lead bad guy) explains to Sylvester Stallone why Gibson became the way he is.  It’s the only well acted scene that gave this movie any real depth.

— M

“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” takes place about three decades after “Return Of The Jedi.”  A new threat to freedom and the Republic has risen: The First Order, led by Dark Side of The Force practitioner Snoke and his right hand man, Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver).  A weapon more powerful than the Death Star has been created that can destroy multiple planets at the same time from a great distance; and The First Order is on the verge of using this weapon to wipe out the Senate and the Republic, as well as the Resistance which is lead by Leia Organa (played by Carrie Fisher).  Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill), last of the Jedi Knights, is nowhere to be found; and the hopes of the Resistance and the Republic lie within BB-8, a droid that hides a map that can lead the Resistance to the whereabouts of Hamill.

Unfortunately for the Resistance, BB-8’s owner has been captured by TFO, and the droid is forced to fend for itself on a desert planet.  It wanders the sand dunes until it is rescued by a young woman named Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) who, with the help of John Boyega (playing the ex-Stormtrooper character of Finn), makes the dangerous journey to bring BB-8 and it’s precious cargo to the Resistance fighters.

Second place for my memorable moments of this movie is **SPOILER ALERT HERE** the revelation of who Kylo Ren is: the son of Han Solo.

Top honors for my most memorable, movie moment of “The Force Awakens” is **SPOILER ALERT HERE** the scene when Harrison Ford (playing Han Solo) confronts Driver to bring his son home and into the Light Side of The Force.  Driver confesses to Ford that he is torn between the Light Side and the Dark Side, and he needs Ford’s help.  Driver presents his lightsaber to Ford, who holds it along with his son.  Driver suddenly activates his lightsaber, and the blade goes through Ford’s body, killing him.  What no bounty hunter, gangster, or Stormtrooper could do, the son of Han Solo has done.  I can’t say I was shocked as I kind of saw the set-up for it, but…it was hard to accept that the cocky pilot, hero, pirate and rebel is gone.

Other Episode VII movie moments that deserve honorable mentions are: 1) the introduction of the Millennium Falcon by Ridley, who calls the ship garbage; 2) a Stormtrooper wielding a baton that can parry a lightsaber; and 3) the appearance of a female Stormtrooper — no, not Captain Phasma, but a low-ranking Stormtrooper (the voice is clearly that of a woman).

Writer/director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan have brought their talent and love to the third set of “Star Wars” movies, finally freeing “Star Wars” fans from the shadows of Lucas’ failures.  But before you start raising your Force FX Lightsabers into the air in triumph, “Empire Strikes Back” is still the best “Star Wars” movie so far; and “The Force Awakens” does stumble a few times.  Boyega’s Finn is too often the clown, ruining a great character (a soldier with PTSD seeking redemption and peace).  Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber (the one he lost when his father cut off his hand in “Empire…”) is in a chest owned by a character with small eyes and big glasses — what the hell!  Boyega’s lightsaber duel with Driver, and Ridley’s lightsaber duel with Driver produces so many unanswered questions that fans were forced to seek answers elsewhere (such as comic books or the novels) — hey, if I have to go online for answers, then the filmmakers didn’t do their jobs.  And some of the questions are still unanswered because some of the “answers” are just guesses.  Then you have rookie mistakes by Abrams in showing the face of Kylo Ren too early in the movie (which ruins the mystery of what is behind the mask) and an ending which belongs in a television series instead of the movies.  Oy!

Have we “Star Wars” fans been freed from the vile clutches of Lucas only to fall into hands of The First Order led by J.J. Abrams?  Difficult to see, always in motion is the future.

— M

The final movie of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, “Return of The Jedi” bestows upon fans the rescue of Han Solo (played by Harrison Ford), the truth of the connection between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill), a massive, Rebel Alliance offense against the Empire’s new Death Star; and the long-awaited, final duel between Vader and Skywalker.

For the hundreds of millions who have seen this movie countless times, there’s almost nothing I can say that you haven’t already read or heard about.  For those who still haven’t seen the movies, what are you waiting for? Take 6 hours of your life and watch Episodes 4 through 6.

So what’s so special about this Special Edition?  An enhanced, Sarlacc monster (you know, the big mouth in the desert that looked like an angry anus), a new song and dance number in Jabba’s palace (which I thought was not in the same tone as the rest of the scenes in that place, and therefore made the movie worse, new celebration scenes and music at the end of the movie, and a bunch of little things here and there that most won’t notice…ksjgl…wlodkwwwlloosp0-0%$…sorry, I fell asleep.  Okay, let’s keep it moving.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Return of The Jedi” is the scene when Vader’s helmet is removed.  After 9 years of the “Star Wars” trilogy, we finally see what is behind the mask!

Second place for my memorable moment of this movie is the scene ***Spoiler Alert*** when Mark Hamill realizes that Leia (played by Carrie Fisher) is his sister!  She is the person whom Yoda referred to in “Empire…” when Yoda said there is another hope.

Taking third place among my most memorable moments of “Return…” is the scene that had Fisher in the Slave Girl outfit that put a smile on so many young boys.   Princess Leia/Carrie Fisher was at her hottest!

3 years after “The Empire Strikes Back,” George Lucas and company ties up the first trilogy in a mostly satisfying way.  Ewoks, eh, I could have done without them.  I would have preferred the original vision of having Wookies instead of Ewoks.  Sadly, the Special Edition didn’t replace the midget bears with Wookies.  On the upside, “Return of The Jedi” is the movie that had the least tampering when it comes to the Special Edition.  And that is a good thing, because Lucas has a tendency to keep changing the first 6 “Star Wars” movies.  I’ll take this movie as it was, flaws and all, back in 1983 when it first came out, the same year my parents took me to the movies to see it.

Flaws are usually not a good thing, but they are part of what makes us what we are.

— M

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My parents bought me these 2 items when we saw the movie in 1983

Rarely does the second movie in a series surpass — regarding quality — the first movie.  “The Empire Strikes Back” (the original and the Special Edition) is one of those rare movies that does so.  And of all the “Star Wars” movies, this is my favorite.

“Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back” brings back all our loved heroes and hated villain from Episode IV: Mark Hamill as Luke, Harrison Ford as Han, Carrie Fisher as Leia, Alec Guiness as Ben Kenobi, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, and James Earl Jones/David Prowse as Darth Vader.  Three important characters are introduced as well: Yoda, the Emperor, and Lando (played by Billy Dee Williams, Mr. Colt .45 himself, oh yeah!).

To paraphrase the prologue, since the rebellion’s victory over the Empire in the previous movie, the Empire has mounted a major offensive and has been kicking the rebels’ butts all over the galaxy.  The rebels have regrouped and found shelter on a remote, ice planet called Hoth, but Vader’s obsession with Hamill has Vader sending probes everywhere, and it’s only a matter of time before Vader finds what he’s looking for.

Hoth is assaulted by the Empire, forcing the rebels to scatter as their defenses are shattered by Vader’s forces.  Hamill escapes and sets out on a quest to find the Jedi master, Yoda, to continue his training to be a Jedi knight.  Ford, Fisher, Mayhew and C-3PO (played by Anthony Daniels) are in the Millennium Falcon, constantly pursued by TIE fighters and Star Destroyers.  And Vader, not able to find Hamill, will settle for capturing Hamill’s friends in order to force Hamill out of hiding.

Oooooh, there are sooooo many good things to talk about this movie!  First, “The Empire Strikes Back” is not directed by George Lucas; that credit belongs to Irvin Kershner.  Also, the screenplay was written by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan — story by Lucas, of course.  I believe the two main reasons why “Empire…” is such a great movie are that the screenwriting and directing are excellent.  Lucas did his story a great service by relinquishing his directing and screenwriting roles to others.  Hey, let’s face it, Lucas’ talents as a director and screenwriter are hit and miss.   One day he gives us the awesome “American Graffiti,” and the next day he gives us “Red Tails,” a movie that I’m still waiting for Lucas to pay me restitution for having wasted my time on that piece of mediocrity.  Moving on!

There are many new things in this movie that were not in Episode IV.  AT-ATs (All Terrain Armored Transports); AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport, you know, the one that looks like a mechanical chicken); Snowspeeders; Twin Pod Cloud Cars; TIE Bombers; Imperial Probe Droids; Super Star Destroyer; Tauntauns; Wampa Ice Monster; multiple wardrobe changes for Hamill, Ford, and Fisher.  What else…?  Vader has become more fearsome, killing his officers who disappoint him, prompting fearful looks from his Star Destroyer crew anytime he walks by.  We get a much improved, lightsaber duel thanks to Lucas hiring an expert swordsman to handle the choreography.  Ford shows what a badass pilot he really is.  Mayhew’s Chewbacca is shown to be more than Ford’s co-pilot, he is also a mechanic and great friend who shows sorrow and anger when Ford’s life is in peril.  Hamill is now part of a love triangle with Fisher and Ford — shocking, disgusting, and possibly titillating (depending on what floats your boat)…you know what I mean if you’ve seen Episode VI.

Now I will list the most interesting, new additions to this Special Edition version.  More shots of the Wampa Ice Monster, new shots of the Millennium Falcon flying through Bespin Cloud City, Hamill screaming as he falls after his fight with Vader, and a few shots of Vader preparing to go back to his Super Star Destroyer after his fight with Hamill.  Yeah, no major changes here; but then again, when you have a near perfect movie to begin with, why mess with it?   Sadly, Lucas messed with “Empire…” again years later.   By the time the Lucas dies, there may be a dozen versions of “Empire…”

Okay, time for some trivia.  Remember the scene when Hamill was in Bespin, and he was tailing the guard detail that was escorting Fisher to Vader’s ship?  Remember the Imperial officer who used Fisher as a shield from Hamill’s possible attack?  That officer is the same guy who played Boba Fett!  Also, Hamill had a car accident prior to the filming of “Empire…”  When I was a kid, I always wondered why Hamill’s face changed considerably from Episode IV to Episode V.  I didn’t know back then that Hamill was in an accident that damaged his face.   Having his character’s face mauled by the Wampa monster was a good cover to explain Hamill’s altered features.   Oh!  Oh!  You’re going to like this one: remember when Ford had the Falcon attached to one of the Star Destroyers as a way to hide from his pursuers?  Ford was watching the fleet break up, and he said something to Fisher like “if they follow standard Imperial protocol, they’ll dump their garbage before jumping to hyperspace.”  How did Ford know all this?  Well, I read somewhere a long time ago that Ford (Han Solo) used to be a soldier of the Empire, but was booted out when he fought another Imperial soldier who was maltreating a Wookie named Chewbacca.

As great a movie as “Empire…” is, it’s not without shenanigans.  When the Millennium Falcon is shadowed by Boba Fett’s ship after the garbage purge of the Star Destroyers, Ford had no clue that he was being followed.  Are you kidding?  Take a look at how close Fett’s ship was to the Falcon!  Hey, I love this movie, so it gets a pass.

Fourth place in my most memorable moments of this movie is the scene when Ford is about to be lowered to test out a carbon freezing process that may kill him.  Fisher says “I love you” to Ford, and Ford answers back with “I know.”  Ha ha!  What a cocky bastard!   That reply worked on so many levels.  By the way, I read that “I know” was not ad-libbed.  Ford was supposed to say something like “I’ll be back,” but Ford wasn’t sure he wanted to come back for  Episode VI, so they changed the line.

Third place in my memorable moments of “Empire…” is the scene when Yoda is telling Hamill about the Force.  How it surrounds us, and binds us.  That living things are luminous beings, not the “crude matter” that our bodies are made of.   These few words of Yoda packs a huge punch, because he touches on religion, the afterlife, and the need for being connected to the world around us.  The thought that our spirits, our minds, go on long after our bodies are gone is a great comfort to many people.

Taking the runner-up spot for my memorable moments of this movie: the scene when Hamill leaves Yoda and forsakes his training to look for and save his friends who are being tortured by Vader.  As Hamill’s X-Wing fighter ascends, Guiness says “that boy is our last hope,” followed by Yoda replying “No, there is another.”   Ooooh, that’s a big one there!   Episode VI reveals who this other hope is.

 

And finally…my most memorable movie moment of “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back”…most of you “Star Wars” fans would have to agree that it is the scene when Vader revealed to Hamill what happened to Hamill’s father.  I don’t know about you, but I get the chills every time Vader utters those lines.

May The Force be with you.  Unless you’re a d*@k, in which case may you always have sand in your shoes that you can never fully get rid of.

— M

This is me a few years ago geeking out with my Force FX Lightsabers.

This is me a few years ago geeking out with my Force FX Lightsabers.

This is my most prized, "Star Wars" toy, because it has a lot of sentimental value to me.  It is a 1977 Darth Vader action figure that is in near mint condition, with an intact lightsaber that is still tight.

This is my most prized, “Star Wars” toy, because it has a lot of sentimental value to me. It is a 1977 Darth Vader action figure that is in near mint condition, with an intact lightsaber that is still tight.

In the 1970’s, writer/director George Lucas created a magnum opus of science fiction and fantasy and religion, complete with innovative visual and sound effects that has changed how we experience movies.  That great work is “Star Wars,” later to be named “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.”  Lucas, not being satisfied with the production quality of his movie (mostly due to budgetary constraints), decided to fiddle with “Star Wars IV,” modifying some scenes and adding in completely new scenes.  So, in 1997, he released the Special Edition of “Star Wars IV.”

In another time, in a place very far away, an evil, galactic empire has constructed a Death Star, a space station that can destroy a planet with one blast.  Sowing fear and terror to subdue the empire’s territories are its primary purposes; total destruction of planets not falling in with the program will be its task should the rebellion against the empire not cease.  The main players in this story are Mark Hamill (who plays a young farmer who will soon be thrust into the heart of the rebellion against the empire); Carrie Fisher (who plays a Princess, rebellion sympathizer and prisoner of the empire); Harrison Ford (playing a cocky pilot/smuggler who reluctantly joins the rebels in rescuing Fisher); Alec Guinness (as a mysterious, old man who guides Hamill to his destiny); and David Prowse/James Earl Jones (as Darth Vader, terror of the empire, right hand man of the Emperor, wearing an all black outfit with a fully enclosed helmet, with a very intimidating breathing sound).

Now that I’ve gotten the synopsis (which most movie fans already know) out of the way, let’s talk about the more fun stuff about this movie.  First, I’ll talk about the major changes.  The greatest change is an all new scene between Ford and crime lord Jabba The Hutt.  Originally shot with a human playing Jabba, the scene ended up on the cutting room floor as it was redundant and it didn’t look good.  But with 1990s technology, Lucas had the human actor replaced with a computer generated image of Jabba (based on “Return of The Jedi”).  The result?  A redundant scene (due to most of the dialogue being repeated from an earlier scene) that looks cool the first few times you watch it.  After that, the fallacy of adding this scene becomes very obvious.  What’s more, we see Boba Fett hanging back with Jabba’s other henchman!  The super-cool factor of seeing Fett was destroyed when, at the end of the scene, Fett stops walking, looks at the camera, and then moves on.  It’s like Lucas screaming, “Hey, guys, did you notice Boba Fett!”  Yeah, dude, we saw him.  I guess we have to count our blessings that Lucas didn’t put a name tag on Boba Fett in day-glo colors to make certain that everybody notices him.  This scene, by the way, is one of my most memorable, movie moments of this Special Edition.

Another big change to the original is the addition of dozens, if not hundreds, of characters moving about the Mos Eisley Spaceport.  Lucas wanted a busier spaceport than he originally created, and now he has it.  Speaking of the Spaceport, there is a Spaceport scene that Lucas modified much to the horror of “Star Wars” fans.  That scene is the one where Greedo has a gun on Harrison Ford, talking all kinds of trash and obviously intending to kill Ford right then and there.  So what does Lucas do?  He has Greedo shoot first — and miss horribly — and then have Ford shoot back and fry Greedo with one shot.  Lucas, dude, WTF!  There was absolutely no need to modify that scene!  Oh, man, I think Lucas thought Ford came off as a bad guy because he shot first.  If that’s the case, Lucas’ fears were unfounded, as Ford shooting first was clearly an act of self defense — Ford’s life was in imminent danger of serious injury or death.  This controversial scene is my most memorable, movie moment of “Star Wars IV” Special Edition.

The last major change in the Special Edition of Episode IV that I will talk about is the addition of a scene between Mark Hamill and the character Biggs Darklighter.  Both are friends, going way back to their hometown planet of Tatooine, and now they reunite on a secret, rebel base, getting ready to launch an assault against the Death Star.  What’s important about this scene is it reinforces Hamill’s great ability to fly a ship, as mentioned by Biggs to the flight leader who asks Hamill if he is sure he can handle the X-Wing fighter.  Yeah, I know, there’s a bit of shenanigans going on here.  Hamill is going from low-tech, farm spaceships to a high-tech, fighter ship…with virtually no training!  At least none that the movie shows.  There are more shenanigans in this movie, of course, but this movie is so cool that I don’t want to harp on them much.  I’ll talk about some trivia instead.

Did you notice the stormtrooper hitting his head at the top of the doorway during the scene when the stormtroopers went into the command center where C-3PO and R2-D2 were hiding? Interesting that Lucas kept that in the movie.

Did you notice that Darth Vader’s light saber was white in the shot where he was walking toward the Millennium Falcon after he finished his duel with Alec Guinness?

Did you know Carrie Fisher thought she wasn’t going to get the role of Leia because she thought she was too short and chubby?

Did you know that when Lucas previewed this movie to his filmmaker friends, many of them basically said, “better luck next time, George”?

Have you noticed that many of the helmets in this movie are shaped like d@*$heads?  That Fisher’s spaceship in the opening sequence is shaped like a dildo?

And this part is really funny: the first time Hamill sees Fisher’s ­image, he is clearly enamored with her.  Hey, bud, put away the lightsaber; Hamill’s Luke has more in common with Fisher’s Leia ­­­­­­­than he knows.

I have seen “Star Wars Episode IV” over 50 times in its various iterations and will see it many more times before my time is up in this world.  It not only provides great entertainment, it also teaches about having faith, that there is a greater force in the universe that we can tap into to help us in our daily lives.  It tells the importance of friendship, courage and sacrifice.

Now, “Star Wars” fans, go watch this movie again.  You know you want to.  From the first movie to the last, so that you’ll be ready for the next “Star Wars” movie next year.  May the force be with you…unless you’re a jackass, in which case may Jabba sit on your face until you asphyxiate.

— M

Laserdisc set of "Star Wars" Episodes IV, V, VI Special Editions.  $102.99 from Tower Records!

Laserdisc set of “Star Wars” Episodes IV, V, VI Special Editions. $102.99 from Tower Records!

“American Graffiti,” George Lucas’ homage to Cali teens and young adults during the 1950s cruising scenes, is a classic that every generation can connect with.   Whether you were a teenager during the horse and buggy years, or a young man with an eight-cylinder, 2012 Pony car, “American Graffiti” has moments that seem very familiar to most of us.  Cruising in your ride, making out in your car, street racing, break-ups and make-ups with your girl or boy, going to dances, going to a cheeseburger joint, getting your car stolen, and making decisions on what to do with the rest of your life after high school.

For men, this movie has a greater fascination for us, because it’s a movie that prominently shows cars and all the glory they bring.  Cars allow us to pick women up during a date, and take them wherever they want to go — gone is the embarrassment of having to pick up your date on foot and waiting for a bus.  Cars give us confidence: we believe the power, speed, and beauty of these machines are infused with our bodies as we get behind the wheel.  Cars give us the first taste of raw freedom and control.  It is an awesome thing.

“American Graffiti” treats us to a young, George Lucas, back when he knew how to write and direct.  We are also treated to very young stars such as Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, and Mackenzie Phillips.  And of course, there’s the music that keeps the nostalgia going for the rest of the movie.

My most memorable, movie moment of  “American Graffiti” is the scene when Charles Martin Smith is handed the keys and safekeeping of Ron Howard’s car.  The joy on Martin’s face is something every driver knows, as at some point, we were given the keys to our first ride.   The whole world fades away, and for a brief moment the only thing in life worth living for is to drive that car.

And for many of us, the love of cars goes on for the rest of our lives.  One very, very late and cold Friday night I decided to take a drive from Queens, NYC, to Suffolk County, Long Island, using the back roads.  The trip took several hours, and for the most part I was the only one on the road.  My senses were heightened from not having to waste any thoughts on traffic or careless drivers.  I took in every sight and sound of my vehicle and the streets.  I enjoyed every bit of it like it was my last night in this world.  I felt free.

M

Harrison Ford stars in this suspense/thriller/action movie as a bank, business exec whose family has been taken hostage by bank robbers.  The bank robbers want Ford to hack into his job’s computers and remove $100 million from 10,000 of the bank’s wealthiest customers.  If he doesn’t comply with the robbers’ demands, his wife and two rugrats will take a dirt nap.

This is a decently made thriller that has one good surprise twist that caught me off guard.  It moves along at a good pace; and it’s enjoyable to see Ford try to outwit the bank robber that is tailing him and listening and watching him with a pen microphone/cam.  Ford’s attempt at ditching the spy pen is laughable; but hey, he’s a bank exec, not James Bond.  He’s supposed to stumble through his puny attempts at rescuing his family.  By the way, I was hoping the robbers would kill the boy rugrat.  I just found him annoying and goofy.  Plus I don’t like kids.   I would’ve given this movie high compliments if the boy was silenced forever.  That would have been a nice surprise, as Hollywood movies usually don’t kill off kids; and as a result, it adds to the predictability of Hollywood movies.

Anyway.  Ford is looking really old here.  But he still has the size to be formidable.  Thankfully, the movie doesn’t make him a bad-ass who easily whips the bad guys.  His fights are raw and clumsy, as they should be due to his character’s age and line of business.  I happen to like it.  It’s more realistic.

And so we get to my most memorable, movie moment of “Firewall,” and that would be the scene where Ford and the main bank robber — played by Paul Bettany — are in separate stalls in a bathroom.   They hear someone flush a toilet, and that same someone goes right out the door without washing his hands.  Bettany tells Ford something like, “And that’s why you shouldn’t eat peanuts at the bar.”

And that’s why I prefer not to shake people’s hands, with very few exceptions.  I prefer to give people a “pound,” or what you non-urban folks call a fist bump.

M

Ever heard of the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover?”  Well, don’t judge a movie by its title.   I thought this movie was part comedy due to the title, and I was wrong.  Yes, there are some funny moments here and there, but overall this is a serious, Western/Sci-Fi movie.  The opening scene sets the tone for this movie, where several men are quickly killed in a brutal fashion.  That pretty much ruined my notion that I was watching a Western/Sci-Fi/Comedy.

“Cowboys & Aliens” is about an alien race that comes to the western part of the U.S. back in the 1800s to seek that which they deem to be rare and valuable.  The humans get in their way and so they are killed or kidnapped for experimentation.  Cowboys, being rough and tumble and not taking crap from anyone, decide to look for where the aliens are holed up and lynch every single one of them.  There’s a problem with that idea though.  The aliens are much more advanced technologically and physically.

The movie stars Daniel Craig, and we first see him waking up with a nasty wound to his side and wearing a gaudy looking bracelet on his left wrist that even Liberace wouldn’t wear.  Is he human?  Is he an alien?  Is he a Western fruit cake?  Even Craig doesn’t know, as he has amnesia.  We find out later that the Chandler Bing, Liberace House of Crap bracelet is actually an alien weapon that he got by accident.   How Craig got the weapon is one of the stupid things in this movie.  Basically an alien takes off his bracelet weapon and places it next to the wrist of Craig, his prisoner.  Why?  You tell me, dude.

How can an alien race so advanced as to build spaceships do something so retarded as leave their weapon next to the hands of their prisoners?  It makes no sense right?  But then again having advanced technology doesn’t always come with common sense.  We humans have built spaceships.  And we do the most stupid things like: believe what our politicians promise us; readily give up our freedoms that millions have fought and suffered for just to feel a little more safe; ingest things that we know will give us cancer; buy more than what we need and so we end up in debt for the rest of our lives; spend so much of our free time watching tv shows that keep us distracted from the real news that is happening all around us, etc., etc.

So, Craig teams up with Harrison Ford (who plays a mean, old fart who always looks like he’s trying to pass hard stool) and other cowboys and one cowgirl and a bunch of Chiricahua Apaches to rescue the people who have been kidnapped, get payback, and keep the aliens from invading the rest of the U.S.  There are a lot of action, a body count of maybe 3 dozen and  vicious and gory kills.  This movie is not for the rugrats.

My most memorable, movie moment is the scene where — spoiler alert here — one of the main characters comes back to life.  It turns out this person is not human, but part of an alien race that has been invaded and almost wiped out by the aliens invading Earth.

I like this movie.  Not enough to buy it, but enough to watch it one or two more times.   It’s not “Unforgiven” nor is it “Alien,” but it is good entertainment.

M

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