The science fiction genre can sometimes be taken a little too seriously.
Mom and Dad Save The World (1992), is the perfect movie to shake up the genre.
Marge Nelson (Teri Garr) and her husband, Dick (Jeffrey Jones) are the average middle aged married suburban American couple. On a distant planet, Emperor Tod Spengo (Jon Lovitz) spies Marge through his telescope. He kidnaps Marge and Dick, planning to blow up the Earth and force Marge to marry him. Reliving the episodes of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon that he enjoyed as a boy, Dick, with the help of the planets inhabitants will rescue his wife, save the planet and return the natural heir to the throne.
This is one of those movies that is so ridiculous, that I wonder what the executive who green lighted this movie was smoking. The fun of the movie is how completely absurd it is. But it is a very funny movie and isn’t that what we all need every once in a while? A deeply absurd movie that makes us laugh?
I recommend it.
Star Wars is a world wide cultural phenomenon. No matter where you go around the world, most people know something of this franchise.
How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise, was written by Chris Taylor and published last year. It is part biography, part filmography and a real treat for Star Wars fans. The book starts by tracing the origins of Star Wars by delving into the childhood of the franchise creator, George Lucas. Partially based on the Flash Gordon serials, Lucas also draws elements from the popular western and adventures series that were part of American pop culture during the 1940’s and 1950’s. The book follows Lucas through his adolescence, toward film school and the film franchise that would make him one of the most recognized and respected men in Hollywood.
As a Star Wars fan, I very much appreciated the interviews and the work that the author put into this book. I feel like that when we get to know an artist as a human being, we can appreciate their art even more because we understand the cumulative experiences that led them to create that art.
I recommend it.