Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ladies and Gentleman, My Name is Paul Heyman

I wrap up 2014's wrestling series of blogs with a BluRay from WWE Home Video that came out a few months ago that I have been anticipating for quite some time. That is right, it is another somewhat timely review with my third wrestling related blog of a home video release of 2014 in 2014 with my entry for Ladies and Gentleman, My Name is Paul Heyman (trailer). Read on to find out why WWE's documentary on who I feel is hands-down the best talker and one of the top managers in the business, is easily WWE's best home video release in quite some time.

Paul Heyman stated shortly before the release of this video that he has been dodging the home video department since he came back to WWE with Brock Lesnar in 2012 to do a tell-all story of him. He has been reluctant to let it all out on the air, but the persistent filmmakers at WWE Home Video finally got to him along with many of Paul's colleagues over the years and put together an in depth two hour look at the life and times of Paul Heyman. I have heard past interviews on many different media outlets with Paul throughout the past quarter century, and have always wanted to know more about the various pit stops along the course of his career and The Life and Times of Paul Heyman gives what seems the appropriate amount of time to the many parts of his time in and out of the squared circle.

It could be that Paul is such a naturally gifted talker that he can command my full attention at any part of his story, no matter how significant it is in the big picture. However, almost every facet of Heyman's life is significant because of how much it differs from the stereotypical wrestler documentary who broke in through independent territories and eventually landed a gig in the big leagues. While there is an element of truth to that in Paul's tale, the way he wound up to where he is today is so astoundingly different that my eyes were glued to the screen throughout whether parts of these stories were recycled or new to me.

A good chunk of the early part of the biography is how Heyman broke into the business as an enterprising photographer for what were essentially his own self-published fanzines at the time, and how he conned his way into a press pass for old school Madison Square Garden shows in the former WWWF in the late 1970s. Legendary wrestling journalist, Bill Apter is brought in to recollect how much he loathed Heyman for stealing many prized shots, and later on Heyman goes on to tell through his photography days how he made connections with talent behind-the-scenes that paved the way for him to break into the business as a manager under the name Paul E. Dangerously.

I never knew too much about Paul Heyman's brief runs in the AWA and Memphis territories, so it was enlightening to hear Paul talk about how much a learning experience the AWA was and how much heat he generated from his short time in Memphis. Lawler of course is brought in to add about how delighted he was to do business with Heyman so much that he had to grant him an early exit from the promotion. The documentary really kicks into gear when recanting memories from Paul's run in WCW from 1988 until 1993. I do not remember much of Heyman doing color commentary at this time, but hearing Ross and Heyman present day give props for learning from each other for calling a year of action in his early days in WCW was particularly insightful to hear today. Also, somehow after watching countless WWE home video releases I do not recall much early 90s WCW content, so it was also refreshing to see a good portion of the feature talk about Heyman's big break in WCW forming the Dangerous Alliance stable and the wars they faced.

From there the documentary shifts to Paul landing in and taking control over ECW. I was a little worried we were going to get a rehashed Rise and Fall of ECW segment here, but the documentary has a fresh take on it for this biography. In The Life and Times of Paul Heyman, it covers ECW by mostly focusing on just how the promotion effected Heyman, and how he took control of the promotion a couple years in and rode the highs, but unfortunately was not able to get the promotion to grow accordingly to the high demand enough that he was forced to close up shop after going bankrupt. There are many fascinating interview snippets here with former ECW colleagues such as Tommy Dreamer, Gabe Sapolski, Joey Styles and Todd Gordon who shed some light with new details concerning rumors of WWE loaning ECW money to make ends meet in their final months and just having a new perspective on Paul all these years later after the fact made this portion of the documentary easily the most enticing to indulge.

It is worth restating this ECW portion of the feature is not another three hour rehash of previously released content and does not overstay its welcome. It covers the longest and arguably most pivotal part of Paul's wrestling career in just over a half hour, and its new perspective on ECW makes it a cannot miss part of the feature. That is not to take away anything from The Rise and Fall of ECW, which is an incredibly comprehensive, three hour documentary on the old ECW in 2004 from WWE that should be a must watch for any wrestling fan.

After ECW, the biography goes in great depth in Heyman's first run in WWE from 2001-2006. Aside from a few appearances from the 1997 ECW invasion angle on RAW, and owning one or two of ECW's very first DVDs that hit the market, this was my first main exposure to Paul Heyman on a regular basis. I remember loving him and Jim Ross teaming up in color commentary for most of 2001 and the documentary gives more present day insight from both men and shows clips of how even though the two bickered a lot on air, that they brought out the best in each other and I absolutely enjoyed that year for announcing on RAW. Go back and watch Wrestlemania X7, it is easily one of the best Wrestlemania cards of all time, and it also helps tremendously that it has one of the best announce teams of all the Wrestlemanias with Ross and Heyman.

From there it shifts to Paul's behind-the-scenes work being the head writer for Smackdown in 2002 and 2003 and later his stint as on air GM of Smackdown back when the roster split of RAW and Smackdown actually meant something for a few years. I was surprised to learn from Heyman here that he takes more pride here in Smackdown's rating success over RAW than all the success he had with ECW. I really liked how the documentary covers the controversies that got Heyman off of writing Smackdown, and how Paul ended up embracing WWE's version of a demotion to working in their then-developmental promotion, Ohio Valley Wrestling. It is here where we get great perspective from some of the talent Paul helped groom for success such as Beth Phoenix and CM Punk who I presumed must have been interviewed for this shortly before he departed WWE. Throughout the feature, Paul makes it clear his favorite aspect of the business is developing talent, and it was great to see this justified so throughout the documentary with interviews with from former aforementioned ECW talent, stars that had great runs under his command in Smackdown like Edge, Big Show and Brock Lesnar, then-OVW talent like Beth and CM Punk and present day stars such as Natalya and Renee Young.

I was wondering if WWE was going to really go into detail on their version of ECW that lasted from 2006-2010. Heyman did not hold anything back and I love how he matter-of-factly states how he absolutely hated it and how it got sabotaged from the beginning and eventually got him out of the company at the end of 2006. The feature highlights some of his business ventures he attempted while out of wrestling for five and a half years before returning and focusing on the success he had upon returning in 2012 managing Brock Lesnar and CM Punk. The documentary closes with talent and Paul himself reflecting on his legacy, and whether or not the talent considers themselves Paul Heyman guys/girls.

For the extra features, we have an assortment of classic Paul Heyman promos totaling roughly three hours. As I stated before, I never saw much of his old AWA and WCW promos in their entirety until this BluRay, and you can tell from his very first promos on here from the AWA in 1987 that Heyman was a natural on the microphone, and that he only got better with every succeeding promo. His WCW work is where he exploded with the Dangerous Alliance stable, and established his trademark oversized cell phone always at his side, so it was awesome to see a great collection of WCW and ECW promos where we saw one of Paul's multiple great runs on the microphone. There are some incredible in-depth vintage promos from Heyman, and then there are some nice quick little bite sized ones where him and Jim Ross in their old WCW announcing days hilariously attempt to hype up the ill-fated tag team of the Ding Dongs and witness Sting berate Paul for messing with his action figure.

Disc two has most of his best WWE promos from 2001 until earlier this year. Probably my favorite promos included on this collection are where Paul interviews a teddy bear in his old "Danger Zone" segment in the AWA, handing out the first ever "Paul E. Awards" to every member of the Dangerous Alliance, hyping up ECW coming to PPV, trashing Vince McMahon towards the end of the ECW/WCW Alliance invasion angle in 2001, boasting over conquering Undertaker's undefeated streak the day after Wrestlemania XXX, and of course the unforgettable Vince McMahon performance review of Heyman in early 2013. Two more classic promos I wish that could have made the cut, but my links here will have to suffice for now, are a "Extreme Debate" between Heyman and Jerry Lawler on RAW in 1997 which was my first time witnessing a memorable Paul Heyman promo, and Heyman's awesome promo boasting over Brock Lesnar's dominating victory over John Cena the day after Summerslam 2014 where he emphatically ended it in perfect candor with "Eat, Sleep, Conquer...John Cena."

There are three matches featuring Paul Heyman, with an old WCW match from 1989 where he teams with the original Midnight Express against Jim Cornette's new Midnight Express in a surprisingly lackluster match with too much stalling. The other two are more entertaining affairs where he teams with a young Brock Lesnar destroying the Hardy Boyz in 2002, and a match in 2013 where he teams with Curtis Axel against CM Punk in a no DQ match that was far better than it had any right to be. For BluRay Extras there are an hour and a half of extra stories that did not make the main feature covering Paul's entire career, with many interesting stories such as Paul riding his bike off of his parent's house, Jim Ross giving an in depth reason why he considers Paul one of his few true friends in the wrestling business, and Stephanie McMahon sharing an incredibly touching story about Heyman. This extra 90 minute assortment of cutting room floor stories are incredibly entertaining and provide extra details on how the gears rotate in Paul's brilliant mind for the business and are well worth the extra few dollars for the BluRay release.

Ladies and Gentleman, My Name is Paul Heyman is easily the best WWE-made documentary in recent years. A lot of the times I get that ugly feeling where WWE cannot help themselves and sugar coat certain aspects of the past with their revisionist history, but here it feels that they did not hold anything back, or at the very most lightly danced around some touchy topics, but left a whole lot more room than one would presume so you can easily read between the lines. Watching all these old school AWA/WCW/ECW promos for the first time was quite the entertaining history course, and reliving all those great WWE promos never got old for a second. Again, make sure to get the BluRay release for all the bonus story goodness, which adds up to a grand total of the best eight hours of content WWE Home Video has put out in quite some time.

Past Wrestling Blogs

Best of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 2
Biggest Knuckleheads
Bobby The Brain Heenan
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
ScoobyDoo Wrestlemania Mystery
Superstar Collection: Zach Ryder
Warrior Week on WWE Network
WWE Wrestlemania 3: Championship Edition
WWE Wrestlemania 28
WWE Wrestlemania 29

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hercules: Reborn

2014 has not been kind to the legendary warrior Hercules, at least not in cinema anyways. Before this year, if someone said Hercules and movies in the same sentence I would have thought back to one of the last hand drawn animated Disney blockbusters of the 90s. Fast forward to 2014 and a trilogy of duds bearing the son of Zeus' name pretty much have ruined the chance of anymore Hercules movies hitting the big screen. First there was Legend of Hercules, which I have not seen yet, but has went to garner critical lashings as one of the worst films of the year. A few months later we got The Rock landing the big role in Hercules, which took the character in a refreshing twist, yet what seemed like mindlessly fun summer popcorn flick turned out to be one of my own personal picks for worst of the year. Then out of nowhere my same awesome friend that gave me wonderful past birthday gifts dropped off his latest 'present' in the form of 2014's third movie with the demigod in the form of Hercules: Reborn (trailer).

If you were like me, you had no idea this movie existed until my friend informed me he saw it in the direct-to-video section at Wal-Mart and he instantly thought of me when he saw the DVD art with "starring WWE's John Morrison" in big letters at the top of the DVD with Morrison front and center. Never mind the fact that Morrison's real name is John Hennigan and he has not been in the WWE for over three years and does not have the right to use that name outside of the company, and this is not even a WWE Studios film! While being on the front of the DVD, Hennigan is not the main actor of the film, that honor goes to Christian Oliver who plays the role of Arius.

Things start off well for Arius; he recently announced his engagement to Princess Theodora (Christina Ulfsparre) and General Nikos (Dylan Fox) promotes Arius to captain of the army. Things quickly turn for the worse as Nikos is on the losing end in military politics and his jealousy over Theodora leads him to lead an uprising and kidnap Theodora. Arius escapes and attempts to find the legendary Hercules (Hennigan) to assist in a rescue, but good 'ol Hercules turns out to be the town drunk living in shame and agony for killing his family. Now it is up to Arius to bring back the demigod to his old glorious ways and rescue his wife and vanquish Nikos once and for all.

One thing I will give Hercules with The Rock is that it early on establishes Hercules as this legendary warrior capable of great heroics to the point where no one believes he exists. In Hercules: Reborn, Hercules' name is not even dropped by the cast until about 20 minutes into the film after Nikos has led his uprising and Theodora is kidnapped when Arius says rather matter-of-factly that he is going to a random town he hears where Hercules resides for assistance. For about half of the film, Arius is trying to rid Hercules of his drinking habits and bring out the Hercules of old as they venture an unknown, seemingly infinite distance back and forth to rescue Theodora. I had some problems in this instance where bad things are happening to Theodora while Arius does not appear to be making much haste to get Hercules on his side.

There were mostly competent performances from this cast of unknowns. Out of this cast, minus Hennigan the only other actor I mildly recognized was James Duval from a couple of bit roles in major films around the turn of the century. Duval plays Horace, the best friend to Arius, who is along for the ride to get Hercules on their side. Hennigan is not terrible as Hercules, minus a couple of dramatic lines where he went too over the top. He even works in some of his notorious parkour-style WWE moves that seem ridiculously out of place here that you cannot help but laugh when he busts them out.

For the action scenes I went in expecting a low-budget version of 300 and Hercules, and that is what I got, complete with 300-esque globs of blood splattering with every sword slash. I did get a chuckle with how Hercules dealt with Nikos in the climatic final battle, and I think if Hercules: Reborn would have went overboard and indulged in more of these ridiculous fight/action moments it could have went a long way. In the short behind-the-scenes extra feature the crew talked about using legit swords because they did not have access to fake ones where they filmed in Morocco, and if that is actually the case then props to the cast for literally risking their lives on the set.

Other than the nine minute making of video, the only other main extra is a two minute gag reel along with about nearly a dozen other trailers for direct-to-video films from the fine folks at Asylum Home Entertainment. It is worth noting the back of the DVD case lied to me, because it states there being deleted scenes, but alas there are none to be found on the disc. A small nitpick I feel worth griping about is no option for subtitles; I find it inexcusable for that no matter what the budget is for a film.

I went in expecting this to have worse-than-TV-movie production values and somehow be worse than Hercules with the Rock. I think I set my expectations too low because while this is by no mean a five star film, it is not one of the worst films of the year either. It is pretty obvious throughout there was not a huge special effects budget, and the quality of the acting and action is subpar to the two other Hercules films this year. I get the feeling the filmmakers at Asylum knew this going in and gave it their best effort and made it as passable and competent of a direct-to-video movie as they could given the parameters they had to work within. So to finalize, Hercules: Reborn is the best of the three Hercules movies this year, and goes to great lengths to skip my worst of the year honors and does a commendable job at being an enjoyably generic BC-era action film.

Other Random Backlog Movie Blogs

12 Angry Men (1957)
21 Jump Street
Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Bounty Hunters
Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Clash of the Titans (1981)
Field of Dreams
Fight Club
The Fighter
For Love of the Game
Good Will Hunting
Hercules: Reborn
Marine 3: Homefront
Marine 4: Moving Target
Rocky I-VI
Running Films Part 1
Running Films Part 2
ScoobyDoo Wrestlemania Mystery
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Source Code
Star Trek I-XII
Veronica Mars
The Wrestler (2008)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Star Trek (XI, 2009)

A few days ago I finally got around to watching the 11th Star Trek film in the franchise, 2009's Star Trek(trailer). Paramount took seven years off after releasing Nemesis, and released this prequel with an all new cast based on the origins of how Spock and Kirk and the rest of The Original Series crew joined Starfleet Academy and first became colleagues on the Enterprise. I was especially looking forward to seeing this again for the first time since it hit theaters five years ago now that I have seen all the prior films and have a better understanding and appreciation of the Star Trek universe in general this time.

Going into Star Trek's theatrical release in 2009, it was easy to notice that the brand was in a bit of a lull for a few years. It is worth reiterating it was seven years since the last film. On top of that, Star Trek: Enterprise was prematurely cancelled in 2005 after just four seasons, making the new fall 2005 television season the first without a Star Trek series since The Next Generation debuted in 1987. Paramount went to fixate this by bringing in JJ Abrams to direct this film, fresh off his breakout success on the hit television series, Lost. JJ was not shy admitting he did not have much experience with Star Trek until he got the director's gig, but was adamant on this new film retaining the essence of Star Trek while making it contemporary for a new generation.

There is an extended early years opening montage for both Kirk and Spock. For Kirk, we witness his birth as his father, George(a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth) takes the captain's chair of the USS Kelvin as it is under attack by this film's villain, the Romulan, Nero(Eric Bana) and his ship, the Narada. After a montage of a couple other childhood events, we finally fast forward to Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) as young adults joining Starfleet Academy. The two are not the close friends we knew them to be and kick off their relationship as bitter rivals once Kirk is brought to trial for cheating on Spock's Koboyashi Muru exam, yes that same one that kicked off the opening of The Wrath of Khan. The two eventually have to put their differences aside as Nero resurfaces and goes at great cost to get the attention of Kirk and Spock as the two are fresh on the maiden voyage of the very first Enterprise we all grew up to know and love.

All the primary crew members you remember from The Original Series are back and fresh out of Starfleet for this new film. I love all of Paramount's picks for their new cast selection as not a single actor disappointed for the new versions of Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Bones (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho), Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and Scotty (Simon Pegg). Even with the elder, Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood) at the helm of the Enterprise, there was a little part of me that felt like there were a few too many tweens aboard the Enterprise, but as soon as the action kicks in those reservations are understandably put to the side since a emergency crisis rushes the Enterprise into her first tour of duty. Speaking of the Enterprise, I absolutely love the updated look of the ship. It just instantly pops out at you and seems all new with a vibrant white interior, yet there is still the ever-present captain's chair and a few other nods to the past so it still captures the classic Star Trek look and feel.

While I have stated on previous blogs here I have never been a hardcore Trekkie, I have always identified with it more than Star Wars as I appreciated Star Trek's emphasis on dialogue and their style of sci-fi action over Star Wars. Abrams amps up the action here with more in-your-face close combat sequences than I am use to in previous Star Trek films, but somehow, someway Abrams found a way for all this more-than-average action to seem totally appropriate and not out of place. This is easily one of the most action heavy Star Trek films to date, but there is still plenty of scenes featuring the trademark dialogue heavy scenes full of the vast Star Trek lore and history to not make this feel like this extra dose of action is being forced against your will, but more of a natural evolution for the Star Trek brand.

I never thought the old school Star Trek phazers would gel in today's latest and greatest sci-fi movie gadgetry, with even the last couple of Star Trek films putting the classic phazers to the back seat as the crew upgraded to those heavy duty phazer rifles. In this Star Trek, Abrams brought back the phazers, and to my surprise made them seem especially effective and not as laughable as I thought they would come off in modern sci-fi cinema. There are plenty of other nods I already mentioned, and yes expect a red shirt moment for the ages in this Star Trek. Being this film is already five years old I feel it is safe to say that I loved how they found a way to tie this film in with the previous Star Trek canon and have it still stand on its own as a new canon among itself.

If you recall my blogs on the last few films, I was really impressed at how fast the CG and special effects were improving. They increased exponentially so in the seven years since Nemesis, because while I still think Nemesis has some terrific CG that still holds up today, you can tell Paramount spared no expense and let the people behind production at Bad Robot pull out all the stops because this blows Nemesis out of the water with some unbelievably awesome CG. All the shots of the Enterprise whether it is just cruising in warp speed, or in the middle of an intense dogfight look remarkable.

How a lot of that CG and special effects were accomplished are covered in the film's plethora of extra features. The initial BluRay release I bought of Star Trek earlier this year is just the film and a commentary track, which is all I have noticed to be available right now whenever I saw Star Trek for sale at retailers. I later tracked down a pre-owned copy online of the three-disc set that was only available during its initial video release that was jam packed with all these extras, and if you are into extra features I recommend you do the same. I listened to a majority of the commentary with JJ Abrams, Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. Being a five person commentary, it was a delight that there was nearly nonstop, very involved and focused discussion with each person trying to cram in as many production stories and other random anecdotes as possible. Also make sure to watch the deleted scenes as there were a few noteworthy scenes that did not make the cut, mostly from the intro setting up Kirk and Spock's childhood, and an early side story that features a brief cameo of the Klingons.

There are 10, yes 10 behind-the-scenes features totaling nearly four hours and there is not a poorly made one out of all of them. If I were to only recommend a few as must see however, absolutely make sure to check out Casting, which is a half hour look at how each new cast member was determined and interviews with each one on what they were able to learn from their predecessors and some new wrinkles they were able to weave in. To Boldly Go is a 16 minute feature rating each of the five main people behind production at Bad Robot on their Star Trek expertise and how that related to their vision to "make Star Trek cool." Starships is an in-depth half hour look at how they redesigned the Enterprise for this film and a quick look at designing Nero's ship, The Narada.

It is too bad that Disney had to swoop in and throw a bunch of money in Abrams' face to get him to make the next Star Wars movie, because he did a phenomenal job with Star Trek and its successor, Into Darkness which I will be covering here soon. These two new Star Trek films, along with the documentary Trek Nation were the impetus for me to track down the first ten films and rediscover my appreciation for the franchise. Regardless if you are a hardcore Trekkie, an off and on fan like myself or have zero Star Trek experience under your belt, this film can be watched by anyone and is the perfect jumping on point for newcomers to the brand because it is essentially a modern day origin story for the cast of The Original Series.

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
Star Trek X: Nemesis - 9.5/10
Star Trek XI (2009) - 10/10

Additional Star Trek Blogs

Star Trek Evolutions and Captains Summit BluRay Bonus Discs

Star Trek: Captain's Summit & Evolutions BluRay Bonus Discs

There were two more bonus discs that I did watch that came with the first 10 Star Trek films on BluRay. One was titled, The Captain's Summit, and was bundled with the first six films, and the other was titled Evolutions and was included with the set that had the films with The Next Generation crew. Both were quick watches at little over an hour each, so here is a quick recap of them.

The Captain's Summit is more entertaining since it is Whoopi Goldberg hosting a roundtable with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Jonathan Frakes and Patrick Stewart. It was awesome watching these four exchange stories and compare and contrast the differences on the set of the television series and films and behind the director's chair. I was surprised Shatner still is surprisingly hung up on some things and have a hard time letting a few topics go and came off as a little bit of a curmudgeon in some parts where he more or less took over the hosting duties from Whoopi and dominated the conversation. Shatner outbursts aside, it was obvious these four were just getting comfortable towards the end and could have easily went for another hour.

Evolutions has a few interesting short documentaries on various other parts of the Star Trek universe, but most of its features are dedicated to the final day on the Star Trek Experience exhibit in Las Vegas that closed down a few years ago and what it was like behind-the-scenes at this tourist exhibit that was on its last day in operation after running for just over a decade, including a big pre and post show ceremonies with the crew of the exhibit. I think they should have just went all out and dedicated the entire disc to it, since about nearly three quarters of Evolutions is aimed towards this exhibit, but is still another interesting look at another aspect in the Star Trek universe I had no idea existed until I watched this.

Props to Paramount for going all out on the extra features for the first 10 films by bringing over all the countless hours of previous DVD extra features and throwing in new commentaries on each film and nearly another hour of bonus extras on each film in HD too. If that was not enough they gave us these two other bonus discs in HD to boot. While it was fascinating learning about the Star Trek Experience exhibit on Evolutions, if you were pressed for time and had to watch just one I would recommend The Captain's Summit because of the unique dynamic between the four main personalities of all of Star Trek and all the stories they indulged each other in.

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
Star Trek X: Nemesis - 9.5/10
Star Trek XI(2009) - 10/10