March 1st-Planet of the Apes from 1968 (Director: Franklin J. Schaffner, Writer: Michael Wilson and Rod Serling Based on the Novel by Pierre Boulle, Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell, Maurice Evans, Kim Hunter, Runtime: 112 min)
Starting the month with the classic. Group of astronauts land on strange world where apes rule and men I saw this a few decades ago on basic cable, damn I remember very little of it. I’m actually surprised at how little action the film has. Its a well paced film that’s more about class structure and evolution. Asking big questions. I have mix feelings about Charlton Heston, he has a physical presence but I just don’t like his voice. The thing about the film that really struck was the raid, when the apes attacked the tribe of humans. Its done so well, such a brutal scene. The treatment of the humans at the hands of the ape, its just so brutal. There’s obvious parallels that I don’t feel like laying out because someone smarter than me could do a better job.
March 2nd-The Omega Man from 1971 (Director: Boris Sagal, Writer: John William Corrington and Joyce H. Corrington Based on the Book I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, Stars: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe and Rosalind Cash, Runtime: 98 min)
Another Charlton Heston movie and another scifi classic. A pretty boring movie. I stopped this film multiple times to watch and do other things. This is one of the three adaptations of the famed sci-fi novel I Am Legend but I’d rather rewatch the Will Smith film and I don’t think of that movie with rewatch value. I don’t why this film does not appeal to me, could be I just don’t much care for Heston. Maybe I’m waiting for the film to kick it up a notch. Either way, whatever.
March 3rd-I Come In Peace from 1990 (Director: Craig R. Baxley, Writer: Jonathan Tydor & David Koepp, Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Runtime: 91 min)
Barely a scifi film, I Come In Peace or Dark Angel as its commonly known now, is about a cop teaming fed looking into missing drugs and strange killings which lead them to an alien extracting human endorphins to sell on his planet. Yep. Anyway this cult classic is pretty good. Dolph doesn’t do a lot of fighting because its played mostly like a detective story. Similar in ways to Predator 2 actually, which came out a couple years later. hey both start with the leads dealing with non extra terrestrial crime. An alien shows up and fucks shit up. Feds show up, investigation continues, showdown with the alien. Predator 2 of course is far better. Anyway, pretty decent, a little cheesy.
March 4th-Logan from 2017 (Director: James Mangold, Writer: Scott Frank, James Mangold & Michael Green, Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart & Dafne Keen, Runtime: 137 min)
The final Wolverine film for Hugh Jackman finds him in a world where there are no new mutants. He’s trying to protect Charles Xavier, and plans for them to escape out on the ocean. Things change when Lara enters his life, on the run from an evil corporation looking to create weapons. This is the violent, dark, mean Wolverine film people have wanted. Its damn good. Its dark. Its a classic.
March 5th-Wavelength from 1983 (Writer/Director: Mike Gray, Stars: Robert Carradine and Cherrie Curie, Runtime: 87 min)
A couple sneaks into a compound that is run by the government experimenting on aliens that look like humanoid children. Yeah… Interesting little scifi film with the middle being most interesting as it follows military responding to the recently arrived aliens. The sleep chambers are alright. Rest of the movie, aside from the music is forgettable. The music is great though by legendary Tangerine Dream.
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March 6th-Fantastic Voyage from 1966 (Director: Richard Fleischer, Writers: Story by Jerome Bixby and Otto Klement, Screenplay by Harry Kleiner and Adaptation David Duncan, Stars: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O’Brien, and Donald Pleasence, Runtime: 100 min)
The scifi classic thats had many knocks offs and homages. A crew and submarine are miniaturized and put inside into an injured scientists to repair damage to his brain. The movie was fine. It plays out how I expected it. Kept thinking I’d be more interested in the Futurama or Archer versions. I bet the special effects were amazing back in the 60s. Look, old scifi ages badly a lot of times. This was alright.
March 7th-Flash Gordon from 1980 (Director: Mike Hodges, Writer: Lorenzo Semple, Jr., Stars: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Ornella Muti, Max von Sydow, Chaim Topol and Timothy Dalton, Runtime: 114 min)
Based on the comic strip that inspired serials, cartoons and serials. Flash and friend gets kidnapped by a scientist on a mission to save the Earth from Ming the Merciless. On their adventure teaming with Ming’s daughter and a couple of Princes. There’s a Queen theme song! Anyway, special effects were corny but set design and costuming were fucking amazing. The performances are the right side of campy. Flash himself is the least interesting person in the whole movie and the actor behind the least talented but its okay because this movie is just fun. I finally get it. I really enjoyed this one and wish they would’ve made the trilogy. Now I’m kind of curious of the exploitation film Flesh Gordon, though not inspired by this film and rather previous serials, I am very fascinated.
2. Planet of the Apes (1968)
3. Flash Gordon
4. I Come In Peace (aka Dark Angel)
5. Fantastic Voyage
7. Omega Man