Cinecast Episode 171 – Spiffed Up Stuffy Stuff

Waxing (on, and off) nostagic this week with glossy summer product. Two remakes from the heady cheese days of the 1980s dominated the multiplex last weekend: Will Smith Jr. in The Karate Kid and flying tanks in The A-Team. Contrary to what we say in the show it does not get very “spoilerific” at all; if you are over 30, these two films are more or less beyond that (your mileage may vary). Gamble has a quick take on the upcoming weekends behemoth Toy Story 3, from the perspective of someone (perhaps the only one) who didn’t like Toy Story 2. Kurt talks at length on The Duplass’ brother’s Cyrus which also opens this weekend in a few cities. Furthermore, in an ongoing behind-the-curve look at pop-cultural phenomenon LOST, Kurt continues to moan about the bad drama and stalling nature of the narrative, but does praise the heck out of the Season 2 closer and the Season 3 opener (there are *spoilers* ahoy in that conversation, be warned). Rounding out the show are DVD picks, a few other tangents – anyone up for Chinese cultural imperialism, or Communism vs. Fascism in 80s trash? How to parse TV awards shows? Ron Mann’s choice of having comic book authors read lengthy portions of their books on screen? Fashion Fan Boys? Oh, and another round of the piracy, file sharing, copyright debate ensues.

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The Vulcan Plea

Vulcan Alberta Enterprise ReplicaVulcan, Alberta: population of approximately 2,000 and a town that has become a tourist attraction due to chance and smarts. Latching on to the Star Trek coincidence, the town has embraced its connection with Star Trek fandom (if only in name) and built a solid tourist business but it looks like the town won’t be making any gains from the upcoming Star Trek film.

The enterprising community put forth a proposal to host the film’s world premiere, a proposal that was eventually supported by Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, and recently rejected by Paramount. There isn’t a single reason for the rejection but there has been speculation that the fact that Vulcan lacks a theatre could have played a major role in the rejection since a custom made screen would have to be brought in. One would think that since the campaign has been active since 2007, the studio would have started planning in advance to accommodate the request which would have been a nice gesture on the film’s behalf but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

There is a silver lining to this entire thing. Though the premiere will not take place in Vulcan, the studio has asked that representatives of the town participate in a media event taking place in Calgary a few days before the film’s release and if that’s not exciting enough for members of the community, there could be another fannish event on the horizon. The town is in negotiations to become “an officially licensed Star Trek destination”. What that means exactly I’m not sure but I am positive it will mean even more attention for the town.

For myself, I can’t wait for the next opportunity to drive through Alberta. We missed Vulcan on our last trip but I look forward to rectifying that sooner rather than later. Who knows, maybe by then they’ll be able to stamp my Star Trek passport.