“That movie is how old?!?”


Yeah.

That was part of a conversation held at my house this past Sunday, while Michi and I were enjoying the Super Bowl(tm) “Big Game” with friends. I brought up the fact that Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Yep. Just let that sink in for a moment.

So, I got to thinking: What other movies celebrate milestone birthdays in 2011? As it happens, is rather long. I’ve compiled a subsection of said list, featuring movies I like for one reason or another. Some of these, as you might imagine, are prime candidates for a Wayback Review, as was done with Commando last year when it celebrated its 25th birthday. I imagine that other landmark films will receive some kind of retrospective treatment, as I did with a handful of titles which celebrated their own milestones during 2010 (Jaws, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Back to the Future, to name a few).

Anyway, check out this list, which as I said is not complete by any measure, but is rather a subset of titles I like, or at least that I feel deserve to have some serious ReviewSnark thown their way. Feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and candidates. Entries marked with an asterisk (*) are ones I’m marking as potential Wayback Review targets.

Partial list of ‘old movies’…behind the cut!

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Happy 25th Birthday, Commando.

It’s a week or so late, but here we go: The first “Wayback Review” of something that ain’t a Star Trek episode. Tonight, we turn the Wayback Snark Machine on that 80s Arnold Action Classic, Commando, which was released twenty-five years ago on October 4, 1985.

Really? That long ago? Damn.

commando-poster

So, whaddaya say? Should we take a stroll down memory lane? Alrighty then. Here’s what I wrote as I live-blogged the movie in all its shameless Awesomeness.

Come with me if you want to live. Or laugh. Or groan. Or whatever.

Ward’s Wayback Trek Reviews: Entry #17!

The latest in a (more or less) weekly series of reviews throughout 2010, on randomly-selected episodes of the original Star Trek series, and presented in a “live blog” format as I rewatch the episode. Why? Well…why not?

Tonight’s episode:
“The Way to Eden”
third season
episode #75
original airdate: February 21, 1969

Summary: The Enterprise picks up a shipload of hippies looking for a planet called “Eden,” and hijinks ensue. Oh, and this is the one with Spock trying to fit in with the cool kids. Yeah, that always works.

Episode observations and other detritus behind the cut….

Ward’s Wayback Trek Reviews, Entry #16!

Wow! Has it really been *two months* since the last time I did one of these? Where did the time go?

(I know. I can hear some folks saying “What? It’s only been two months? Damn!” Today’s just not your day, is it?)

The latest in a (more or less) weekly series of reviews throughout 2010, on randomly-selected episodes of the original Star Trek series, and presented in a “live blog” format as I rewatch the episode. Why? Well…why not?

Tonight’s episode:
“The Tholian Web”
third season
episode #64
original airdate: November 15, 1968

Summary: The Enterprise finds a missing starship, the Defiant, and hijinks ensue. Oh, and this is the one with…you know…the Tholians. And Chekov screaming like a little girl. Again.

Episode observations and other detritus behind the cut….

Ward’s Wayback Trek Reviews, Entry #15!

The latest in a (more or less) weekly series of reviews throughout 2010, on randomly-selected episodes of the original Star Trek series, and presented in a “live blog” format as I rewatch the episode. Why? Well…why not?

Tonight’s episode:
“For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky”
third season
episode #65
original airdate: November 8, 1968

Summary: The Enterprise encounters an artificial asteroid which contains a subterranean “generational colony,” and hijinks ensue. Oh, and this is the one where McCoy gets a little action.

Episode observations and other detritus behind the cut….

Wayback Reviews of movies?

In the comments to the last Wayback Trek Review, fellow LJ-er liquidcross wondered if I’d considered blogging about Back to the Future, which as any self-respecting geek and/or movie fan knows, turns 25 this summer.

Yeah, you read that right. 25. I’ll wait here a bit, and just let that sink in.

Anyhoo, it got me started on the notion that, perhaps, it’d be fun to apply the Wayback Review style to a film here and there, particularly if it’s celebrating a milestone birthday of some sort. 2010 is a good year for that sort of thing, just from a quick scouring of IMDB as well as my increasingly-unreliable memory. Some candidates which present themselves:

  • The Empire Strikes Back – 30th birthday, released May 1980 (already missed this one, but nothing says we can’t go back)
  • Back to the Future – 25th birthday; released July 1985
  • Commando – 25th birthday, released October 1985 (imagine the fun we’d have with this one)

Of course, there’s also one of the true classics, Jaws, which turns 35(!) tomorrow, June 20th:

I’m seriously contemplating pulling this one out and giving it a spin. Thoughts? Suggestions?

Assuming this becomes a habit, I’m already eyeing next year, when the original The Day the Earth Stood Still turns 60. Awwwww, yeah.

Oh, and I’ve even been asked if I might review the recent This Ain’t Star Trek XXX flicks. Can’t say I considered this with any real seriousness, but a thought that did occur to me would be to review it like an uber-fanboy, bitching and moaning about the lack of effort put into recreating the sets, uniforms, music etc. to the exacting degrees demanded by the apoplectic fandroid contingent. Sounds like a good idea in theory, but then a bunch of people in Star Trek costumes would start boning on screen and my head would explode from the juxtaspositioning of two such disparate events.

So, I don’t think that’ll be happening.

Ward’s Wayback Trek Reviews, Entry #14!

The latest in a (more or less) weekly series of reviews throughout 2010, on randomly-selected episodes of the original Star Trek series, and presented in a “live blog” format as I rewatch the episode. Why? Well…why not?

Tonight’s episode:
“The Cage”
original unaired pilot
episode #1

Summary: It’s the first pilot, baby! The Enterprise journeys to the mysterious planet Talos IV in response to a distress call, and hijinks ensue. Yes, this is the one with Captain Pike, and the bumpin’ and grindin’ Orion Slave Girl. Boo-yah.

Episode observations and other detritus behind the cut….

Ward’s Wayback Trek Reviews, Entry #13!

The latest in a (more or less) weekly series of reviews throughout 2010, on randomly-selected episodes of the original Star Trek series, and presented in a “live blog” format as I rewatch the episode. Why? Well…why not?

Tonight’s episode:
“And the Children Shall Lead”
third season
episode #60
original airdate: October 11, 1968

Summary: The Enterprise arrives at a remote Federation outpost and finds that all of the outpost’s adult members have apparently committed suicide. Meanwhile, the children seem not to give a tinker’s damn, and hijinks ensue. Yes, this is the one with Gorgan the Hutt.

Episode observations and other detritus behind the cut….

Ward’s Wayback Trek Reviews, Entry #12!

The latest in a (more or less) weekly series of reviews throughout 2010, on randomly-selected episodes of the original Star Trek series, and presented in a “live blog” format as I rewatch the episode. Why? Well…why not?

Tonight’s episode:
“Shore Leave”
first season
episode #17
original airdate: December 29, 1966

Summary: The Enterprise crew takes a much-needed rest break on a supposedly uninhabited planet, and hijinks ensue. Yes, this is the one with Finnegan, the giant White Rabbit, and McCoy sneaking peeks while a yeoman changes her clothes.

Episode observations and other detritus behind the cut….

Ward’s Wayback Trek Reviews, Entry #11!

The latest in a (more or less) weekly series of reviews throughout 2010, on randomly-selected episodes of the original Star Trek series, and presented in a “live blog” format as I rewatch the episode. Why? Well…why not?

Tonight’s episode:
“Operation — Annihilate!”
first season
episode #29
original airdate: April 13, 1967

Summary: The Enterprise answers a distress call from a colony on the planet Deneva, and hijinks ensue. Yes, this is the one with the Flying Jellyfish from Hell.

Episode observations and other detritus behind the cut….