Documentary Double Feature: “To Be Takei” and “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step”

George Takei would undoubtedly vocalize his saucy trademark, “Oh myyy,” on reading that he and Nat Hentoff make apt bedfellows for a double feature review.  But recent viewings of their biographical documentaries reveal a number of meaningful parallels. Continue reading “Documentary Double Feature: “To Be Takei” and “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step””

Star Trek (Abrams, 2009)

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Gene Rodenberry’s franchise gets a J.J. Abrams makeover.

A dear friend and Trekkie (I’m not a fellow Trekkie, though I’ve seen almost all the movies, the original series and a few of the first spin-off series’ episodes) summed up his lifelong Trek fandom up ’til this month’s release of J.J. Abram’s re-do: “It’s like you’re married for thirty years; the first twenty-five years are fine, basically genial, often lovely; the last five years are unspeakably hideous and you seriously consider filing for divorce; then she goes out and gets a stunning makeover to make her appear like a sleek, jaw-dropping enchantress, and you’re momentarily enamored all over again; but then two weeks later, you discover you have absolutely nothing left to talk about.” Continue reading “Star Trek (Abrams, 2009)”