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November 6, 2008

Classic SF: The Last Starfighter

The film with an awesome message: if you're good enough at videogames you get to fly spaceships! Combine with state of the art (for then) CGI and you have a perfect film for eighties teenage geeks.

 

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You'd think that, but you'd be wrong. I actually saw this movie in the theaters back in '85 with some of my geek buddies. We were definitely entirely the target audience for this film, but we were all pretty disappointed and bored by it, though I remember thinking Rogan's love interest was cute.

The only part that we really talked about afterwards was that sweet tracking shot that panned around the space car while the stars in front of it shifted red and the ones behind it shifted blue. THAT was super-neat, and easy to do. Surprising I've never seen anything like it in any subsequent movie.