Friday, October 31, 2014

Fight Club

The first rule of Fight Club is to write a blog about the 10th anniversary BluRay release on the film's 15th anniversary! Time flies, as I cannot believe it has already been 15 years since Fight Club (trailer) hit theaters in 1999 when I was a junior in high school. Needless to say, the film came out at an impressionable time for me and it made quite an impact. It was one of the first films I bought on DVD while I anxiously awaited the release of my first DVD player that was the PS2. When I got my first apartment shortly after high school, me and my roommate must have watched Fight Club for what seemed like once a month for the year we had the place. I have never watched it again until a few nights ago when I pulled out the anniversary BluRay out of the backlog box.

Fight Club is based on the cult hit book of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. I ended up tracking down the novel and went on to read a majority of Palahnuik's other books in the years since. Palahnuik writes a lot of gripping mystery/thrillers, so I was ecstatic to learn later on that the specialist for this genre in film, David Fincher was the director attached to Fight Club. Edward Norton plays Jack, a man struggling with insomnia until he starts joining support groups for other diseases he does not have as a way to fight the insomnia. He then has an ugly confrontation with Marla (Helena Bonham Carter) who also attends all of the groups, which winds up to Jack abandoning the support groups and starting his own called Fight Club with his new best buddy Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). Things spin out of control wildly from there as Fight Club blows up across the country.

All these years later I still love Fight Club as much as I did in high school. It is only fitting that I re-watched this a couple weeks after I saw Fincher's latest film, Gone Girl. Fincher has a unique way he crafts his films by jumping around from scene to scene and catching me off guard when a film is taking place, and from which perspective, and the general timeline of the movie. This leads to picking up on little hints and clues on repeat viewings that usually go over my head initially. His style tends to lead to a grander sense of mystery where the film's big reveal or turning point make a far bigger impact on me than most others. In hindsight, I should have seen Fight Club's big reveal coming all along, and the film even kind of pokes at you for not being up to snuff on it too in a slight breaking of the fourth wall.

A few things I took away from the film all these years later is I love the general cinematography of Fight Club. It has a raw, gritty feel from beginning to end. I love the that a majority of the scenes are shot at night, and for whatever reason it is almost always raining. I think FOX went above and beyond making Tyler's dump of a house true to the book. The fights are appropriately bloody and gruesome compared to the average fight scenes in other flicks. Throughout the movie Jack and Tyler are constantly spouting out their words of wisdom as Fight Club grows, and it just blends in perfectly with the dark tone of the film.

I was a little bummed FOX did not go above and beyond for the BluRay release in terms of new extra features. When I traded in my old DVD release, I kept the collectible booklet that came with it because the BluRay did not have it, and its collection of interview quotes from the cast, crew and critics of the film is the closest thing I am going to get to a behind-the-scenes look on the film. All of the extras from the DVD release made their way to the BluRay, including a bunch of deleted/alternate scenes with commentary and I think Fight Club has the record for most versions of its own trailer it has on a home video release. Other than that there is a bunch of assorted b-roll footage taken between shots of the movie while parts of crew provide commentary on what it was like setting up specific scenes of the movie.

There are only two new extras to the BluRay, one is a sound mixer which allows you to make some unique audio mashups of certain scenes of the film, but I have never been a fan of these alternate angle features before and just avoided it all together. Flogging Fight Club is a fun ten minute excerpt of Fincher, Pitt and Norton accepting a meaningless Spike TV award of Fight Club being inducted into the 'guy movie hall of fame,' on the film's 10th anniversary. The host is a pre-psycho Mel Gibson. Fincher, Pitt and Norton have some fun accepting the award and take some harmless jabs at Spike TV for their unique award show. The big behind-the-scenes fan in me would have loved a grand making of special to be added to the extras, but unfortunately that booklet I kept from the DVD and the many commentaries will have to suffice instead.

The original four, yes four commentaries from the DVD make their way to the BluRay, but in a unique fashion. There is a new "Insomniac Mode" on the BluRay which displays a menu on the screen with all four commentary tracks available, and a little subject bar underneath each commentary track listing on what each commentary track is currently talking about. I watched the movie again and loved this feature as I jumped around a lot and it helped cover up random dead spots during the various commentaries. I remember originally listening to the Fincher, Pitt, Norton and Carter commentary, so this time I mostly listened to the track with just David Fincher and the track with Palahnuik and the screenplay writer, Jim Uhls. It is a great feature, and in the rare instance of other movies having more than two commentaries available I highly hope they take a page out of "Insomniac Mode."

As I alluded to in the intro, I originally saw Fight Club right when it came out way back when I was 16. The film hit at the right time for me to identify with its "fuck the system" mentality and to go to be your own person and stand up against bosses you have hated for years. So yeah, I may not have the most unbiased perspective of this film, which only makes me love this movie even more all these years later. I was worried I still had those rose colored glasses still on all these years later, but Fight Club still is as much of a great watch as it was 15 years ago.

Other Random Backlog Movie Blogs

21 Jump Street
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Bounty Hunters
Captain America: The First Avenger
Field of Dreams
The Fighter
Good Will Hunting
Running Films Part 1
Running Films Part 2
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Source Code
Veronica Mars

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan

There has been a decent amount of buzz in online wrestling circles as of late that Paul Heyman's last two years of exquisite manager work for Brock Lesnar and CM Punk has propelled into the very top with one other man as the best wrestling manager of all time. That other individual is the subject of today's blog entry which is for the documentary WWE put out in 2010 simply titled Bobby "The Brain" Heenan (trailer).

I feel ashamed it has took me four years to get around to this since I purchased it shortly after its release, and secondly because the main documentary feature is only 55 minutes long, about a good half hour shorter than the average WWE documentary. Nonetheless, WWE managed to cram enough extras on here to make it a two disc set. I have always liked Bobby's manager work and despised him like most other kids I grew up with, but I was just a kid when he was wrapping it his best work in the federation years in the late 80s and early 90s and remember him as more of an announcer in the early years of RAW and on Nitro.

I have some pros and cons with the feature. It starts off well, telling of Bobby's origins growing up in Chicago and first breaking into the AWA for his near decade long run there through 1984. Other than some brief clips in past WWE documentaries I never saw much of Heenan's career in AWA so it was a nice treat to see WWE give an adequate amount of time featuring the highs of Bobby's career there. WWE tracked down former AWA allies and foes such as Greg Gagne, Baron Von Raske and Nick Bockwinkel to share some classic Bobby stories like the birth of the weasel suit and how hometown crowds were eager to rip into him whenever he sporadically stepped into the ring there.

A good chunk of the rest of the feature is on his decade run in the then-WWF through 1993. It covers the rise of Heenan's stable throughout the 80s that fans came to recognize as "Heenan's Family" and featured a lot of the top villains of the 80s such as Big John Studd, Mr. Perfect and Andre the Giant. A lot of attention is focused on him managing Andre in the main event of Wrestlemania III against Hulk Hogan. I completely forgot about The Bobby Heenan Show, which was Bobby's own late night talk show that consumed a half hour of the old Prime Time Wrestling show in the early 90s for a few months. Vince McMahon went on to say here it was "ahead of its time," and if you call a half hour of fat girl jokes ahead of its time I guess you are correct with WWE's logic because that is one of the pillars for the humor they use on their programming today. I am not kidding, for the whole duration of them highlighting The Bobby Heenan Show, it primarily consists of Heenan bullying and berating women of size.

To put things on a brighter note, they transition to show the awesome on screen chemistry between Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan from their time doing play-by-play and announcing on Prime Time Wrestling. The feature does a nice job covering Bobby doing mostly commentary for his last couple of years in the WWE until Gorilla got promoted to on screen WWE President and threw him out of the company, literally, on one of the last RAWs of 1993 in a classic RAW moment.

The feature does a disservice to Bobby's run in WCW. He made his debut there in February 1994, and was with the company until he was let go shortly before it was acquired by WWE in March of 2001. For the seven years he spent there he was mostly an announcer as he hung up his managing jacket by this point, but for his seven year run there the documentary only dedicates two minutes to it. I should not be surprised because WWE usually shortchanges stars in documentaries when it comes to covering WCW portions of their careers. These two minutes mostly featured Bobby's wife and daughter saying Bobby had a terrible time there and the company was unprofessional to him. I have no idea how WCW treated Bobby behind the scenes, but I do know that Bobby was not on the level there either with him being notorious for drinking during telecasts and being drunk by Nitro main events and jumping the gun on the call where Hulk Hogan made his legendary turn and joined the nWo in 1996.

Obviously those lows are not covered here, but I have seen WWE tastefully treat past controversies and lows in other wrestler's documentaries with class, but as the case is here, they decide to hide the lows and instead focus on the highs. I will give WWE the benefit of the doubt though in this circumstance, because Heenan has been fighting cancer for over a decade now. He was not interviewed for this DVD because by this point in 2010 the cancer treatments were taking a heavy toll on him, if you Google a recent picture of Bobby you can see for yourself, but I tip my hat to the man for sticking it to cancer since 2000. After covering his battle with cancer the documentary closes with his WWE Hall of Fame induction in 2004, and his peers closing with some kind words for him.

There are a boatload of extras on here. On the first disc is an hour worth of extra funny stories from his wife and daughter. There are also a couple of classic sketches in their entirety with Gorilla Monsoon, like the two showing off their pro golf tips with Sean Mooney and a riot of a sketch where the duo teamed up in Busch Gardens to search for, you guessed it, the Bushwackers. The second disc features five matches with Bobby Heenan, three of them being old school bouts from the AWA which were fun to watch with them being from a different time and era, along with him getting walloped by the Ultimate Warrior in one of his early WWE matches. WWE decided to include the entirety of the 1992 Royal Rumble match on here so we can witness the dynamic chemistry of Bobby and Gorilla on commentary for an hour, and the two are on top of their game here in easily one of the best Royal Rumbles yet where Ric Flair went the distance and wrestled for over an hour to emerged out of it as new WWF Champion. The extra features wrap up with Bobby Heenan and Gene Okerlund making their WWF returns at Wrestlemania X-7 in 2001 where they announce the infamous 'Gimmick Battle Royal' where the entrances are more entertaining and longer than the actual match itself!

Obviously I am at a crossroads on this DVD, on one hand it does a solid effort at covering his career through his WWF run, but as I stated above hides some nasty lows on Bobby's career, but for understandable reasons. If you do not mind avoiding the negatives and want more of a positive look at one of wrestling's all time best managers then WWE's Bobby "The Brain" Heenan gets the job done just fine. As for me, well, I'm a Paul Heyman guy.

Past Wrestling Blogs

Best of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 2
For All Mankind
Goldberg: The Ultimate Collection
Legends of Mid South Wrestling
OMG Vol 2: Top 50 Incidents in WCW History
RoH Supercard of Honor V
RoH Supercard of Honor VI
Warrior Week on WWE Network
WWE Wrestlemania 3: Championship Edition
WWE Wrestlemania 28
WWE Wrestlemania 29

Saturday, October 18, 2014

TMNT (2007)

Last weekend I got to be the cool uncle and watch my nephew for the night. Besides playing a ton of Minecraft on Xbox 360 with the five year old, I decided to throw in an animated movie for the little guy. I only own a handful of them, and well, I already covered Batman: Mask of the Phantasm last month, and there is no way I am going to let him watch South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, so that left us with 2007's CG animated TMNT(trailer) by default, and luckily it is in the backlog box!

I get a lot of odd looks from friends and peers when I tell them I do not own or care to go out of my way to watch the latest Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks animated films. The handful of those I have seen after my childhood years are well crafted pieces of cinema, but usually they do not scream 'must see' at me and only seem appropriate to watch at outings with the family. I am a huge fan of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon that dominated the late 80s and early 90s. That and GI Joe were probably the first two cartoons I remember getting addicted to. I know there were several iterations of the cartoon since on various networks, and have seen a few episodes of the various incarnations, including a couple episodes of the current CG series on Nickelodeon that seemed like a perfect evolution of the cartoon for a new generation of kids.

Flashback to 2007, and not earlier this year with the new live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film that was very disappointing, and if not for Will Arnette's superb performance, it would have been an outright catastrophe! Back on track, I have no idea where 2007's TMNT takes place in the official canon of television shows and whatnot, but there are a few subtle nods to the old live action trilogy of films in the early 90s. It also seems to have the same spirit of the classic Saturday morning cartoon, and it makes reference to Shredder no longer being around.

In TMNT, the turtles are no longer the feared group they once were, for whatever reason Splinter (Mako Iwamatsu) sent the leader of the group Leonardo off to Central America on a spirit quest of sorts in order to become a better leader. April 'O Neil (Sarah Michelle Geller) tracks him down over a year later to tell him the rest of the turtles have fallen apart without him. Splinter put a ban on their crime fighting ways, so Michelangelo (Mikey Kelley) and Donatello (Mitchell Whitfield) got day jobs doing birthday parties and IT support, respectively. Raphael (Nolan North), ever the rebel, takes up the vigilante moniker of 'The Nightwatcher' and finds his own ways to stop crime until Leo returns to reunite the group.

Naturally, the turtles got to have a antagonist, and this time a man cursed with immortality (Patrick Stewart) is trying to recapture 13 monsters he unwillingly unleashed into the wild. His plan to do so backfires, throw the foot clan into the mix and you got a party the turtles need to stop. Sometimes the plot does get a bit much to follow, even with this being a kids film because of a lot of constant changing alliances. That is the only real hang up I have with TMNT. I do like the new portrayal of April O' Neil and Casey Jones (Chris Evans) being an item and both now participating in kicking butt with the turtles in the final act's big showdown sequence. The CG looks fantastic, and holds up nicely seven years later. It looks very similar to how the animated series is on Nickelodeon, so if you are familiar with that animated series you will be right at home with TMNT. I own the DVD of this, so I can only imagine how awesome the BluRay looks.

Upon further research on the ever reliable Wikipedia, series co-creator Peter Laird assisted in production of the film and stated that this film existed in its own universe separate from past media endeavors, but gave it his endorsement as a spiritual successor to the aforementioned animated series and films. And that is what I constantly thought as I watched this too, as it seemed to treat the cartoons I grew up with from the 80s and early 90s with respect and this is how the Ninja Turtles would have evolved into today. Watching it again, I am relieved that director Kevin Munroe did not go with so many cheap and easy laughs like the new Ninja Turtles film from earlier this year. TMNT did not come up with the crap that Ninja Turtles did such as countless terrible jokes and puns, atrocious product placement, and a horrible origin story of a child April 'O Neil rescuing the turtles from a lab fire and dropping them off into a sewer for refuge where Splinter taught them karate from a random how to learn karate manual he found lying around in the sewers.

There is a decent collection of extra features on the DVD release. There are a ton of deleted and alternate scenes, with commentary from Kevin Munroe. Some of the scenes vary in quality from early animated storyboards to cinema quality CG, and Munroe justifies each cut made. Munroe also has a commentary by his lonesome, and I listened to the first half hour of it and he sounds very grateful for the opportunity to do the franchise justice. He provides pretty good insight, but it would have been awesome if Laird or another cast or crew member would have joined him to bounce off of. I will also give Warner Bros. props as this being the first and only DVD I can recall to offer captions for the commentary itself, which I took advantage of as sometimes the audio levels in some commentaries occasionally blend together with the film's audio track.

Both the 2007 and 2014 turtles movies did well at the box office, both also did not perform well on Rotten Tomatoes with TMNT getting the nudging win at 34% compared to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sitting with 22%. If you want to spit in the face of the canon of the Ninja Turtles and consume an all around terrible film while you are at it, then by all means rush out and see Michael Bay's version of it instead. I will admit TMNT is not a grand epic Ninja Turtles film by any means, but this is far better than a 34% aggregate, and it is still enjoyable today and I had a blast watching it again with my nephew.

Other Random Backlog Movie Blogs

21 Jump Street
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Bounty Hunters
Captain America: The First Avenger
Field of Dreams
The Fighter
Good Will Hunting
Running Films Part 1
Running Films Part 2
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Source Code
Veronica Mars

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mortal Kombat: Legacy

In 2010 director Kevin Tancharoen released the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth to Warner Bros. as a pitch for a new live action Mortal Kombat film reboot. Warner Bros. passed on the film, but gave him the consolation prize of making a live action web series. This led to 2011's Mortal Kombat: Legacy (trailer), which was originally released as nine separate episodes on and later compiled onto a BluRay release which is the subject of today's entry! The second season of Legacy is out next week on video, and Tancharoen confirmed he is set to direct season three.

I am kind of a Mortal Kombat nut. I have always been awful at the games, but remember being addicted to at least several entries in the series since the gore-filled fighting game started creating controversies in arcades in its 1992 debut. The original 1995 film is tied with Hitman as my favorite videogame-to-film adaptation, while the sequel in Annihilation unfortunately ranks at the bottom of the barrel of videogame films with other atrocities like Super Mario Bros. and practically everything directed by Uwe Boll. I was psyched this would lead to another Mortal Kombat film, especially with the latest game installments still lighting up the sales charts, and every now and then you hear rumors that Warner Bros. has it in the works, but eventually the rumors prove false.

Mortal Kombat: Legacy is split up into nine episodes, with each episode running around ten minutes and focusing on the origin story of one or two specific MK warriors. The first two episodes focus on Jax (Michael Jai White), Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan) and Kano (Darren Shahlavi), and it has the look and feel of the final act of gangster film where they track down and raid the base of a crime lord. The action is raw and gritty just how I like it. The Johnny Cage (Matt Mullins) episode is exactly how I wanted it to be, where Cage was a once prominent martial arts movie star, and is now struggling to make it in the direct to video market. Cage was always my favorite fighter from the games because of how over the top he portrayed his movie star persona, and Legacy captured that character to a T!

The origins of Kitana (Samantha Tjhia) and Mileena (Jolene Tran) are a two part episode that dive a bit deeper into the Mortal Kombat lore than I care for. Part of me feels like they easily could have compressed it into one episode. Tancharoen got the blessing from Warner Bros. to take a few artistic liberties and mix up the origin story for Raiden (Ryan Robbins) significantly compared to his origin from the videogame. It is a fresh take on the character that I think works for the universe Tancharoen is crafting. Mortal Kombat's two signature ninjas, Scorpion (Ian Anthony Dale) & Sub-Zero (Kevan Ohtsji) dives deep into both ninja's clan rivalry in another two part episode, but is more fascinating and better paced compared to the Kitana & Mileena episodes. The final episode is all about Cyrax (Shane Warren Jones) & Sektor (Peter Shinkoda), but this episode felt more like Tancharoen paying homage to the opening of Robocop in a nice special effects spectacle of Cyrax and Sektor getting robot-ified.

There are five extra features totaling up for about a good 45 minutes of behind the scenes content. Fight is the beefiest extra that goes in depth on the choreography and stunts of the fight scenes. Fan Made and Expanding the Netherream interviews the cast and crew and game creator Ed Boon on how Legacy came to be and what life was like behind the scenes. Mysticism and Gear are all about the aforementioned MK lore and special effects and costumes used to make the characters true to their videogame origins.

The Mortal Kombat junkie in me is a little sketchy recommending this as a standalone purchase, especially you can still watch the series on Machinima's channel on YouTube for free. Most of the episodes are pretty entertaining, but each one has opening and closing credits to skip through for a not-so-seamless watch between episodes. I did see Target has a three-in-one BluRay with this packaged with both of the live action films from the 90s for $12.99, which is a pretty good deal and my recommended way of picking this up. I have managed not to catch any of season two so far and am looking forward to its release on video next week!

Previous TV/Web Series Blogs

2013-14 TV Season Recap
Angry Videogame Nerd Vol 7
Seinfeld Final Season

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Star Trek IX: Insurrection

Jonathan Frakes blew away expectations for his debut at the director's chair with Star Trek VIII: First Contact, so it was no surprise he was back for the follow up film I am covering today that is 1998's Star Trek IX: Insurrection (trailer). While he falls short of matching his previous effort, Frakes still delivers an intriguing Star Trek experience in the theaters that is like nothing else before it.

In Insurrection the crew of the Enterprise has uncovered a sinister plot between their very own Federation alliance they are a part of and the Son'a race who are trying to transport the entire population of the Ba'Kus race off their homeworld so the Son'a and Federation can exploit the planet's mysterious powers that grant eternal youth. Naturally, this does not fly with Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) as he finds himself in a moral quandary over the matter.

Up until this point, Insurrection is probably the Star Trek film that features the most scenes not taking place on the Enterprise (nor any other spaceship for that matter). A majority of the film takes place on the planet that is home to the Ba'Kus. The Enterprise crew lands there to investigate something that triggered a hostile reaction out of Data (Brent Spiner). Watching the Enterprise crew interact with the Ba'Kus is amusing as Picard teases finding a true love, and Data tries to find his inner child. Shortly after arriving they notice the planet's powers are having an effect on the Enterprise crew too. Some examples are Picard starting to sport a smidge more hair, Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Troi (Marina Sirtis) rekindling their romance in a high school-esque flirty way, and Geordi (LeVar Burton) no longer needing any visual enhancements to see fully.

I really like how Insurrection has a different approach at an antagonist this time around. Ru'afo (F. Murray Abraham) is the leader on the Son'a, and while you can tell there is something not right with him, for a majority of the movie he is constantly being a thorn in the side of Federation leaders trying to maintain a cover up until Picard throws it in their face. It is not real late in the film that you get to see his true sinister side, which is somewhat milder when compared to villains of previous movies.

Throughout this film, I could not help but think that Paramount was shooting for Insurrection to be Star Trek: The Next Generation's version of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. By that I mean that of the first six films that featured the cast of The Original Series, The Voyage Home was the only one that put comedy at the forefront of the movie, while the trademark sci-fi action and drama the series was known for played a supporting role and I kept feeling that was the motif that Insurrection was going for. While I would break down The Voyage Home as 75% comedy and 25% sci-fi action/drama, I will nudge it a tad differently with Insurrection being about 55% comedy and 45% action/drama.

Maybe that is where Insurrection misses in some aspects. The Voyage Home went all in on comedy, and pulled it off in ways I never thought one could make a movie about time traveling whales possible. Insurrection did not quite go all the way in on comedy, and while I appreciate its lightheartedness, when it came down for the big showdown with the antagonist that usually transpires in past Star Trek films, they could not quite pull that off because they did not go all in on the action either. Of the 13 minutes of included deleted scenes on the disc, there a couple more scenes that amped up the comedy that probably could have helped benefit the film if they made the final cut.

Speaking of extra features, once again Paramount jam packed this BluRay with well over four hours of material. And thanks to the 1.5x playback feature on my PS3, I was able to get through it all to report back on in a third less of the time it would have normally taken. Unlike most of the past discs I covered of the BluRay set, Insurrection only has one commentary on it, and it is a freshly recorded one with Frakes and Sirtis. Frakes' commentary is better this time around than in First Contact since he has someone to commentate with, and listening to the two reflect back on the film over a decade later with a fresh set of eyes brings in some interesting insights from both.

There are a few of the many previously released extras going out of your way to watch if you have not already seen them on past releases. The Story is a 17 minute interview with screenplay writer, Michael Piller who discusses the challenges I mentioned above of balancing the serious and comedic tones of the film. Making Star Trek IX: Insurrection is a 25 minute look at how the film came to be and how it tries to make a return focusing on the life principles The Original Series was based upon. To round off the noteworthy orginal extras, Beautiful Alien Women is a 12 minute overview of the cast and crew's favorite actresses from the films and television series, with plenty of fan service flashbacks included. There are not as many new HD extras, but what they have included is well worth checking out, including Westmore's Legacy, which is a 12 minute piece honoring the man responsible for Star Trek's costumes and make up. There are also new interviews with Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner, and another installment of Trek Roundtable where four critics gather and breakdown Insurrection.

While I may have picked apart some issues I have with Insurrection, I still quite enjoyed it. It is a nice change up to the Star Trek film formula, and it was nice to have a more lighthearted affair after the huge Borg scare in First Contact. I think if you go into this thinking of it more of a two part The Next Generation special, you will get more out of Star Trek IX: Insurrection than giving it motion picture-esque expectations.

Star Trek Film Ratings

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - 5.5/10
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn - 10/10
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - 7.5/10
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - 9/10
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - 6.5/10
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - 7.5/10
Star Trek VII: Generations - 8/10
Star Trek VIII: First Contact - 9/10
Star Trek IX: Insurrection - 8/10