Battling Evil in Another Dimension

The Greatest Movie EVER!

Hold onto your joysticks, because The Last Starfighter is the Greatest Movie EVER!

This movie contains:

Intergalactic Con Men.


Grumpy Aliens.

I see what you did there.

Friendly Aliens.


Good Humored Aliens.

Alex Rogan, The Last Starfighter

Unlikely Heroes.



Good thing the university sent their cutest Seismologist.


  1. Hollywood says:

    And you thought the dude from Total Recall had a vagina face. That friendly alien has a face only a penis could love.

    Also Tremors is my favorite, and I am gonna stab you for doing it with somebody other than me. I’ve seen them all even the old west prequel!

  2. Daryl Surat says:

    This film is undoubtedly what Jack Thompson saw to make him realize that videogames are in fact, murder simulators that are training our children to be killers.

    We really need another film like The Last Starfighter, because it was films like this and Top Gun which captivated the imaginations of gamers everywhere to create demand for space sim action games such as TIE Fighter, Wing Commander, and Freespace. That entire genre has ceased to exist, and I want it BACK!

  3. Ian says:

    Tremors … fantastic. Don’t forget about the short lived Sci-Fi television series.

  4. vaughn says:

    Tremors, i hope this comes out befor the 25th so i can have a great present.

  5. Steve Harrison says:

    Ya know what I remember most about Last Starfighter? How Atari had intended to market a Last Starfighter game in arcades but the technology just wasn’t there to even closely duplicate what was shown in the film, but they HAD developed the control layout and all that. Then, years later they introduce a multi player spaceship combat game and lo and behold, it’s Last Starfighter in all but name! Same controls, a nifty ‘team play’ system (pilot/gunner), little GunStars running all over the place but no DeathBlossom…

    I loved that game. It was damn hard to hit the enemy unless you were in synch with your pilot!

  6. Kerensky says:

    Speaking of video games, some fans went and made their own port of the arcade game based on the gameplay shown in the movie. It’s here.

  7. Daryl, you forgot X-Wing, the original jam. I had the privilege to create custom boot disks for X-Wing in order to allocate enough memory to play it. It was the early days of 486 SX and the miracle of a 4MB SIMM module. 2400 baud modem was the bizness.

    I miss those days…

    The Last Starfighter, TRON, and WarGames made geeks thinking that they could save the world through playing video games. Now, I’ve played my fair share of Space Invaders, but no one ever asked me to save the universe. And I was ready… dammit! What a waste… all those hours to perfect my hand and eye coordination.

  8. Kamon says:

    I remember having to put altered versions of autoexec.bat and config.sys on all sorts of boot disks in order to play all those old space sim shooter games properly. Good times. Undoubtedly the pinnacle of the series in question was X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter. What a fantastic game.

    Speaking of fantastic, The Last Starfighter is definitely the Greatest Movie EVER! I’ll always love that fanfare composed by Craig Safan. And man, did I want a Gunstar-1 of my own when I was a kid.

  9. Thalasion says:

    Tremmors next time? You sir, have just won.

  10. Keith says:

    I hadn’t seen Last Starfighter since…man, since it was out int he theaters. But they recently played it on the TV, and I was reminded of how much fun it was. I appreciate a time when kids’ movies weren’t complete twaddle, and you could actually have some fun, blow some chumps up, and smoke cigarettes.

    After Last Starfighter, Krull was on. My head exploded shortly there after.

  11. akuheibakery says:

    Woo! Tremors next time! Kevin Bacon’s finest hour? It’s certainly Fred Ward’s.

  12. Firest says:

    The only thing I really remember about Starfighter is the last battle scene, with the alien co-pilot trying to pump “our hero” up, and the Death Blossom. The rest of the movie was really forgettable for me. When they used to show it on TNT’s Monstervision (Joe Bob Briggs commentary on Maximum Overdrive, and many other movies, was as good as the movie itself) I’d usually channel-surf until the big battle at the end.

    And I’m ecstatic that you are doing Tremors. Burt Gummer is one of my all-time favorite characters. What you need to do is a extra long review covering the two sequels and the TV series (if you can find the TV series anywhere).

  13. DensityDuck says:

    Does the commentary discuss the design of the Gunstar itself? The design is very similar to a 1960s gunship helicopter, the “AH-56 Cheyenne”. This helicopter had the pilot in back and the gunner up front, and the gunner’s seat would actually rotate to face the same direction as the gun turrets were pointing.

  14. P.A. says:

    They really had to cheap out on the CGI in some scenes (inside the asteroid, the award ceremony) because they ran out of money. They should re-do the cgi on it and release it as a special edition.

    I could go for a sequel too. Xur did get away after all.

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