April 3rd: Going to outer space?

Right, well I’m back off holiday and despite innumerable distractions I’m going to review the seven films that I’ve seen and carry on watching. Hopefully we can get the traffic back up on this site!

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84. Supernova (Thomas Lee, 2000)

Who is Thomas Lee? According to many sources Thomas Lee is the director of Supernova but according to others Walter Hill directed it. Some even suggest that Francis Ford Coppola had a hand in the film. The truth is that Thomas Lee doesn’t exist. He is a figment of the imagination, conjured to save the blushes of the many hands that touched this film. Walter Hill has apparently signed a non-disclosure agreement to never say anything about the production and it isn’t certain if Coppola ever really acknowledged his involvement. If you want to read a fascinating article about the production then check out David Hughes’ excellent book The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made. It is this book that prompted me to watch the film. For a taster check out this Times article about great sci-fi movies we’ll never see.

But what of the Supernova film I managed to see? Well it claimed to be some kind of extended cut but it felt very clipped to me. In the 22nd century (I think) the crew of a kind of ‘space ambulance’ are called to a distress signal at an abandoned mining facility. Things start to go from bad to worse as they pick up the lone survivor, the clearly demented Karl Larson. They also find his prized possession, an alien artifact that has odd effects on the crew members. It doesn’t seem to be able to stop Robin Tunney from getting her tits out at the drop of a hat though. There is one point where Lou Diamond Phillips (yes, him from La Bamba) appears to have sex with a future alien bomb. That’s strange. It isn’t worth hunting down a copy of Supernova without knowing the back-story, it is a pretty average piece of cinema and the deleted scenes weren’t nearly as mental as the rumoured scene of Lou Diamond Phillips turning into a 6′ baby.

3 thoughts on “April 3rd: Going to outer space?”

  1. Hope you had a good time, and plenty of sausage.
    Just reading the 10 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made Times article you linked to, and the fact that they didn’t make number 9 almost makes me cry. Ridley Scott’s I Am Legend, WITH ARNIE!
    We ought to go to Hollywood and kick every single Warner Brother in the shins for that.
    Regarding the film above, though, you’ve actually made me want to watch it, despite saying it’s average. What’s wrong with it in particular?

  2. There’s a distinct lack of shape to the story and you’re often thinking that so much more could have been made of different parts of the story. There are some cracking ideas but the whole thing is really just a collection of cliches because it doesn’t follow through with them.

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