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The Late Movies: Star Trek Trailers

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Let's have a little fun: let's see how the trailers for the Star Trek movies have changed over the years. To me, we see decreasing emphasis on character and increasing emphasis on action and explosions. There's also as a progressive increase of the cheeky Shatner-style wisecracking, until Shatner stops being in the movies and the franchise becomes (at least for a while) very action-oriented. Anyhoo, BEHOLD:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

"The human adventure is just beginning." This is the teaser trailer:

And the full theatrical trailer:

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)


Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

"If you do this, you'll never sit in the Captain's chair again." When has that ever stopped anyone in Trek?

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

I distinctly remember watching, and loving, this in the theater. "We're going to attempt...time travel!"

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

"I do not think you realize the gravity of your situation."

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)


Star Trek (VII): Generations (1994)

"I was out saving the galaxy when your grandfather was in diapers."

Star Trek (VIII): First Contact (1996)

"Maximum warp."

Star Trek (IX): Insurrection (1998)

"How many does it take before it becomes wrong?"

Star Trek (X): Nemesis (2002)

"Don't be so vain."

Star Trek (XI) (2009)

"Are you afraid or aren't you?"

So What's Your Favorite?

I'm very partial to Trek IV and V (the earliest ones I saw in the theater), but I dug the most recent reboot (technically XI) quite a bit too. Post your opinions in the comments, and if you like snark (and can handle some weirdness), check out the amazing Red Letter Media reviews of the later films.

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Radio Flyer
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Tiny Star Wars Fans Can Now Cruise Around in Their Very Own Landspeeders
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Radio Flyer

Some kids collect Hot Wheels, while others own model lightsabers and dream of driving Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder through a galaxy far, far away. Soon, Mashable reports, these pint-sized Jedis-in-training can pilot their very own replicas of the fictional anti-gravity craft: an officially licensed, kid-sized Star Wars Landspeeder, coming in September from American toy company Radio Flyer.

The Landspeeder has an interactive dashboard with light-up buttons, and it plays sounds from the original Star Wars film. The two-seater doesn’t hover, exactly, but it can zoom across desert sands (or suburban sidewalks) at forward speeds of up to 5 mph, and go in reverse at 2 mph.

The vehicle's rechargeable battery allows for around five hours of drive time—just enough for tiny Star Wars fans to reenact their way through both the original 1977 movie and 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back. (Sorry, grown-up sci-fi nerds: The toy ride supports only up to 130 pounds, so you’ll have to settle for pretending your car is the Death Star.)

Radio Flyer’s Landspeeder will be sold at Toys “R” Us stores. It costs $500, and is available for pre-order online now.

Watch it in action below:

[h/t Mashable]

Artist Makes Colorful Prints From 1990s VHS Tapes

A collection of old VHS tapes offers endless crafting possibilities. You can use them to make bird houses, shelving units, or, if you’re London-based artist Dieter Ashton, screen prints from the physical tape itself.

As Co.Design reports, the recent London College of Communication graduate was originally intrigued by the art on the cover of old VHS and cassette tapes. He planned to digitally edit them as part of a new art project, but later realized that working with the ribbons of tape inside was much more interesting.

To make a print, Ashton unravels the film from cassettes and VHS tapes collected from his parents' home. He lets the strips fall randomly then presses them into tight, tangled arrangements with the screen. The piece is then brought to life with vibrant patterns and colors.

Ashton has started playing with ways to incorporate themes and motifs from the films he's repurposing into his artwork. If the movie behind one of his creations isn’t immediately obvious, you can always refer to its title. His pieces are named after movies like Backdraft, Under Siege, and that direct-to-video Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen classic Passport to Paris.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Dieter Ashton


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