Saturday, July 12, 1:30 A.M.
I just got back from seeing Men in Black. Excellent flick.
A capsule review:
Men in Black is both one of the funniest and most entertaining films I've seen in months. The basic premise isn't really one to be taken seriously, and fortunately, they didn't. The special effects are great, the aliens well done, and pairing Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith was a stroke of genius. The only real complaint here is that there's not enough of it. The movie could have used another 20 minutes, and the plot could have used some depth.
<RANT>They ran a trailer for Starship Troopers. I have extremely mixed feelings about this... It looked impressive, but dammit, they've butchered the book. No power armor, no drops, the bugs look nothing like arachnids, and the battle scenes have close packed infantry fighting hordes of bugs using some sort of automatic rifle.
As for any of the book's politics or philosophy having made it in, forget it. This is strictly a bug hunt. Maybe I'm drawing too many conclusions from a trailer, but I doubt it. Is it too much to ask to have one good movie made from a Heinlein novel?</RANT>
A few related links:
The official Starship Troopers page -
Judge for yourself, but this looks like an attempt to duplicate fascist propaganda to me. Doesn't exactly seem very encouraging.
You can buy the book at Amazon.com. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it. If you plan on seeing the movie, read it first.
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