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Wayback Wednesdays: The Last Starfighter


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

last-starfighterThe 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


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Way Back Wednesday: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


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.

anneofggFor 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.



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