Friday 5 Answers for October 16, 2020Well this is super late but at least never... ha!
Beware this may contain some spoilers if you haven’t seen these old movies.
1. What’s your favorite film set in space?
I love science fiction and movies set in outer space or about space…. That said:
My all time favorite movie just happens to be set in space, so yes it is an all time space film. This now classic movie separates old science fiction and fantasy movies from the modern. STAR WARS was totally epic. I never saw anything like it before that. It set the standard of movie enjoyment for which I grade all other movies since. “Luke, the Force is with you, always”.
"Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" is my second favorite. “I am Your Father”!
In the Star Trek franchise there are many movies to choose, but the most spectacular one of them all is “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”. Ricardo Montalban was great in this movie! “Khan!”
Adding “2001: A Space Odyssey” to this one because at the time I saw it in 1968 it was pretty darn trippy, and also a milestone in the development of modern science fiction film.
Best movie based on a true story set in outer space? Hands down to 1995’s “Apollo 13” by Ron Howard. Great cast and even featured real live astronaut Jim Lovell in it at the end.
2. What’s your favorite film set at sea?
James Cameron’s TITANIC (1997)... The fictitious love story is what holds this film together which is an excellent docudrama of the unfortunate sinking of the infamous, unsinkable Titanic. Great characters real and imagined, big cast, good storyline, incredibly realistic special effects, great music, and the huge disaster! What’s not to like?
Other films set at sea that I liked over the years: The Poseidon Adventure (1973); The Abyss (1989): 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1956); Krakatoa East of Java (1969); The Final Countdown (1980); The Hunt for Red October (1990) and most recently Captain Phillips (2013) with Tom Hanks.
3. What’s your favorite film set in a non-U.S. city?
CASABLANCA (1942) - A great story of love and war set in Morocco at the start of World War II. I don’t need to explain it to anyone who’s seen it… and if you haven’t you should. It’s probably one of the greatest films from the 1940s ever made except for CITIZEN KANE (1941).... rosebud …
Other non-U.S. cities in film: Many James Bond movies occur in non-US locales, though they skip all over the world. Then there was a TV movie, sci-fi of course that I liked called CITY BENEATH THE SEA from around 1970.
4. What’s your favorite film set before the 20th Century?
The story of BEN HUR (1959) with Charlton Heston in the title role set in the time of Christ... approximately 20 to 33 AD. Always loved this movie from when I was a kid. "Ramming Speed"... "You live to serve this ship"... could almost qualify as a seafaring movie, but it is not. The chariot race is unforgettable and was the inspiration for the pod-race in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace". “Christ has risen”. They always play this at Easter on TNT.
Close second would be all of the "Star Wars" movies set "Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away".
Other before 20th century movies: "Gladiator" , "The Patriot”, “Braveheart”, “The Ten Commandments,” and westerns such as “Pale Rider,” “True Grit” and “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”, “Dances With Wolves”, “A Man Called Horse” and most of “Back to the Future Part III”.
5. What’s your favorite film set on a university campus?
Only a few come to mind. I think there are more high school movies than there are those set in college.
Legally Blonde (1999) - blonde law student saves the day
Rudy (1993) - he finally got to play!
The Paper Chase (1973) - law school students and stern professor
Animal House (1979) - Food Fight!!!!!