It’s mid-week and time to set the Wayback Machine for Wayback Wednesdays (hosted by A Well Read Woman). The meme was originally intended to look back at the books we’ve read that have made a lasting impression on us. But I’ve expanded my responses beyond just books to other forms of pop culture. This week, I want to take a look back at a movie that celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and that I saw when it was originally running in theaters: The Last Starfighter
The Last Starfighter centers on Alex, a young man who lives with his family in a trailer park. Alex has big dreams of getting out of his home town and making something of himself, but he’s frustrated when a loan doesn’t come through. Little does he know that his ticket out of the trailer park lies in a video game that he sits outside the convenience store at the trailer park entrance. Alex is very good at Starfighter, one night setting a new high score on the machine and defeating the game.
A few hours later, a strange visitor in a strange car shows up looking for the person who beat the machine. Before Alex knows it, he’s being swept off into outer space. Turns out the video game was a test to try and find an Earthling that is a candidate to become an actual starfighter and join the armada to defeat the evil Zurg. Like all good b-movie villains, Zerg has his heart set on overthrowing the forces of good and has teamed up with a group of heavily made-up baddies to do just that. Continue reading
Mid-week means it’s time for Way Back Wednesday hosted by A Well Read Woman. This meme asks us to look back to those books we’ve read that have had a special impact on us.
For this week’s selection, I decided to go with Anne of Green Gables.
The series was first recommended to me by either a librarian as part of the summer reading program or by a teacher at school during the reading portion of my middle school years. And I’ve got to be honest that the first time I tried to read the book, I couldn’t get past the feeling that the opening paragraph was just a run-on sentence. Frustrated, I threw the novel aside and didn’t think anything more about it until….
(If you’re a certain age, you probably know where this is headed)
….the PBS miniseries.
I watched the miniseries (or bits of it) with my parents and decided that maybe I should give the novel another chance. So, we headed back to the library and I checked it out again. I made it past the opening paragraph and this time, something stuck. I found myself quickly reading the novel and then looking for its sequel.
I’ll admit I didn’t read the entire series (I’m not sure I ever have). I got to book three and began to lose interest in the adventures of an older Anne. But there’s something about her in the first two books that I really liked and I enjoyed reading. I wonder if I might not try the series again as an adult and see if I have any more patience with the later novels.
I think I’ve seen Megan Follows in guest roles on other TV shows from time to time and I find it difficult not to associate her with Anne Shirley and the pigtails she wore.