Still Watching the Skies: Episode 26 “Barbarella & Dark Star”
This month, Nat, Cody, and Robert go on a journey to the kookiest regions of outer space with Jane Fonda in BARBARELLA and with John Carpenter’s and Dan O’Bannon’s student film turned feature, DARK STAR. Both rather unique creations, although we much preferred one. In addition, we have the winner of a contest for tickets to the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival and reviews of several films that played there.
First up is BARBARELLA with Jane Fonda in full sex kitten mode and one of her most iconic roles. It’s probably Roger Vadim’s most famous film too. Based on a comic book by Jean-Claude Forest, Barbarella tries to prevent war by making love. Often. Clearly BARBARELLA was a product of the 1960s, but how does it stand up to time? It’s clearly a product of the free love sixties but is Barbarella a sexy trailblazer or just a sex object?
DARK STAR is clearly a film from the hangover period after the sixties. A film where the big joke is about the tedium of space travel. Does it stray into tedium? Do we see signs of the greatness of John Carpenter and Dan O’Bannon to come? Does it engage in ideas as well as silly shenanigans? We have a lot to say about DARK STAR.
But wait, there’s more. We share top 5 lists of our favorite science fiction films, well two of us actually make choices, and Robert discusses EMBERS, THEY CALL ME JEEG, and UNDER THE SHADOW from the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival. Only minimal padding here.
Next month, we journey to the former Soviet Union with Tarkovsky protege’ Konstantin Lopushansky and experience nuclear holocaust through DEAD MAN’S LETTERS. It’s sure to put us all through the wringer.