Thursday, May 28, 2009

Recent Movie

I don’t get to the show many times a year – it’s not so much the price of the movie that keeps me away, it’s the cost of pop and popcorn. It’s a sad thing when that costs you more than the admission to the movie! But it’s just not a ‘movie experience’ without it! But it was my sister Lisa’s birthday yesterday and that was her present from me to her – dinner and a movie.

Now I’ve been trying to get Lisa to do a guest post on here for a while but she hates romance and thus not a whole lot for her to post about. We did have a deal awhile ago – I’d read one of her kind of books if she’d read one of mine. And I put a lot of thought into which book to give her. I knew she would balk at straight up romance so I thought a nice RS might do the trick. And what better one thought I than Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard. It has a serial killer right??

Well – she welched on our deal – said it was to ‘romancy’. So that I thought, was that.

But as I was starting to do a review for Star Trek I had a scathingly brilliant idea. While Lisa may never read and review a romance, I know she enjoyed Star Trek. I emailed her and asked if she would do a movie review for me and (happy dance) she did.

So for your movie reviewing pleasure – may I present……

Star Trek

Review by LisaT – KristieJ’s sister

It was with great trepidation that I agreed to go with my sister to see the new Star Trek movie as part of my birthday celebration. Not that I don't like Sci-Fi - I'm a huge Sci-Fi fan - I watched all the original Star Trek's many, many, many times (who wouldn't love Captain Kirk and his ..... great ...... delivery ..... of.... his ..... lines......'s .....own .....sentence .....!!). I also watched all the other Star Trek's as they came along - both at the time and in re-runs. No, the trepidation came with the fact that Kristie wanted to see this movie. You see we, as a general rule, have totally different tastes in just about everything. She reads romance - I read (as Kristie calls them) "murder books". I don't want or need (or can even stand) romance in a book. I never read the ending of a book until I actually get to the end of the book - in my mind that would totally spoil the whole experience and why bother to read the rest of the book if you already know how it's going to end???? We also have totally opposite tastes in movies - I like action, adventure, sci-fi and horror - she (big surprise here) likes "chick-flicks", romance, the whole she-bang. So when she actually suggested that we could go and see Star Trek, my first thought was "Hold on just one cotton-pickin' minute - this is supposed to be sci-fi - not romance - I have a baaaaad feeling about this".

(at this point I must interject. Yes, I love romance type movies - but my all time favourite movie is Lord of the Rings - that's an action movie)

But all my fears were unjustified. Star Trek was, indeed, a Sci-fi flick with really not a whole lot of romance involved - just perhaps a teeny-tiny token amount - I won't elaborate so I don't spoil the fun. What it was, was a great prequel to the original Star Trek series with just enough "inside" moments for a true trekkie fan to love (like what exactly happened with the Kobiashi-Maru test and why James T. Kirk was the only person to ever pass the test, how Dr. MacCoy got the nickname "Bones", and what the heck is Ohura's first name (but you have to be quick to catch it)). I will admit that the actor playing Captain James Tiberius Kirk is, indeed, a "hottie". Hence (I think) the attraction for the "romance" set. I don't have anything against "hotties" - just mushy romance:)

But the new Star Trek is basically a great classic Sci-Fi adventure movie. The actors playing the younger versions of the original TV series characters were very well chosen. Checkov was great, as were Sulu and Scottie. The actor playing Doctor MacCoy got the original down pat, and the actor they cast in the role of Spock was just eerie in how much he looked like a younger version of Spock (or Leonard Nimoy). I give this movie two (unromantic) thumbs up.

Lisa T

And though this is Lisa's review - I have to just add that I LOVED it and give it the same! And I want to see it again. See - a romance reader and a horror reader can meet and share like minds!

And I thought I'd pass along this cute quizz. I have to say though - I wasn't too happy with who I am :-(

Your results:
You are An Expendable Character (Redshirt)

An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
Geordi LaForge
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Jean-Luc Picard
Deanna Troi
Will Riker
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Beverly Crusher
Mr. Scott
Mr. Sulu
Since your accomplishments are seldom noticed,
and you are rarely thought of, you are expendable.
That doesn't mean your job isn't important but if you
were in Star Trek you would be killed off in the first
episode you appeared in.

Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Quiz

And what would a great review be without a trailer.


Aymless said...

I really enjoyed this movie as well!

O_o Sorry you ended up an expendable redshirt!

Kristie (J) said...

Aymless: Want to go see it with me again? I think this is one I will be watching on the big screen again. From what I hear, there is one scene with Tribbles. I was too awed the first time to notice.
And it was a bit of an ego buster to discover I'd be killed of in the first five minutes :-(

Kailana said...

I loved this movie! I took my boyfriend to see it for his birthday. We talked about seeing it again, but as much as we enjoyed it, we are both too cheap! I was a little worried, but I thought it was done really really well! I am so excited for the next movie!

Kailana said...

Me again! I forgot to tell you that my sister is going to lend me 'North & South' so I can finally see what all your crusaders are talking about! It is more her movie than mine, but I might end up buying it... Have to see what I think! I will keep you posted. :)

Brandy said...

I am SO not a Trekki but want to see this movie! And if you want to sneak a romance book to her and she likes Sci-Fi, how about a Linnea Sinclair book? *G*

Aymless said...

Kristie: I would so go again! But alas you live so far away from me! :( There are Tribbles?! I want to see that! As to having died, this is Star Trek, you'll be back next week due to some weird space-time continium thingy or maybe as a cloned you! *g*

Brandy: Good idea. Linnea's a good choice I think (as long as it isn't the Zhombie one).

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

I luuurrved this movie! I wound up being Chekov! I def. want to see this again, I'm glad you liked it, loved Lisa's noting Kirk's way of's....own....sentence - great!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Kristie!

OMG!!!! I loved this movie, trying to talk someone into seeing with me again. Wasn't it amazing!

Wow! I loved Lisa's review!

I haven't taken the quiz, but I'll be reviewing and I'll add it to my post. Okay if I link your's to mine?

Dottie :)

nath said...

So glad that you both enjoy the movie, Kristie! :) It's really a great one and I loved it as well! :)

Heather Massey said...

Fun review! And kudos to Lisa for being willing to stretch her reading horizons.

I second the notion of Linnea Sinclair, and would also like to recommend Catherine Asaro's SUNRISE ALLEY and its sequel, ALPHA.

Great SF and I'd be surprised if she couldn't engage in the romances--especially with ALPHA. In SA the romance is more of a subplot and with ALPHA it's more pronounced, but without the romance tropes.

And if she reads them, Kristie, I would love to borrow her for my blog, lol! I think it'd make for a fun exchange.

orannia said...

Thank you Lisa & Kristie! I so want to see this movie. I was meant to go on the weekend but felt so unwell I had to cancel :( Am going to try again this weekend!

And although I am a science-fiction fan, I have to admit that the actor that plays James T Kirk is rather cute :)

D.L.ita said...

I loved this movie too. I'm not really a trekkie, but I was real excited for the release. And yes, Chris Pine is most definitly a hottie.

Ah! I took the quiz and I'm 85% an expendable red shirt. I doesn't give me a good feeling...