Star Trek (rebooted)

Quite enjoyed JJ Abrams’ revisiting of Star Trek, despite having been dubious about the idea of making a prequel to the original series.

Chris Pine, who plays the young James T Kirk, filled the role with aplomb. For that matter, the casting was superb, with particularly strong performances from Zachary Qunito (Spock) and Karl Urban (McCoy). And Simon Pegg, as Scotty, was less dour than the original but played a great comic foil. Eric Bana played a great bad guy, though I might have liked a slightly more heroic finale.

While there were some mannerisms and in-jokes to appeal to Trekkers, you don’t have to be a fan to enjoy this flick. It’s got the character depth and a mix of humour and drama to make it appealing. Though I would like to see a Trek movie that didn’t need a time travel plot.

melbourne horror con

Just found out about a convention in March in Melbourne featuring a swag (well, four) actors, who’ve appeared in horror movies and TV shows, and for some inexplicable reason, Suicide Girls. I guess for a certain demographic horror and T&A go together. Pity, that. Anyhoo, the Hub horror con reads like one of those Star Trek-style cons where the guests parade through a Q&A panel or two and sign autographs for a fee, and certainly the talent is attractive (Suicide Girls not included, attractive yes, talent… debatable): Robert Englund, Brad Dourif, Jeffrey Combs and Tony Dodd, and a promise of more to come.

Also of interest is the Supernatural con they’re planning for April, with the stars of the TV show Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. Incredibly, tickets costing $1400 and $800 have sold out. Are these boys hot or what?

There is also some do related to Twilight, but I think both the book and movie are naff, so I didn’t check that out 🙂