Tuesday, August 23, 2005

We're taking bets that the Duck wasn't as bad as people think...

In a new bi-monthly(Meaning twice a month. So many people get that wrong.) feature at WTBT we are going to explore an older movie that has not gotten it's due. These by no means are Oscar worthy films, but they should be remembered in our pop culture history. The first movie to be reviewed will be Howard the Duck.

Howard the Duck was made by George Lucas in his first non-Star Wars/Indiana Jones movie. Although he did not direct or write it was seen as his failure. There was a pretty solid cast with Lea Thompson and her big 80's hair as the heroine and Jeffrey Jones fresh off his Ferris Bueller fame as the villian. It also had Tim Robbins as a geeky guy.

The plot of the movie was that Howard was mistakenly beamed from his home planet to Cleveland and now needs to help save the Earth from the Dark Overlords of the Universe. It had some really cool 80's special effects as it was worked on by ILM. The dialogue had a ton of duck related puns. Howard read Playduck and knew how to fight using "Quack-Fu". The movie got a ton of bonus points for having Lea Thompson in her underwear a number of times during the movie. There was a ton of great comedy especially whenever Jeffrey Jones was trying to be the uber-villian. If you are bored one night this would be a great rental and you can end your night doing the DUCK.

10 comments:

T said...

Sure, not George Lucas' greatest achievement...but it does have it's good moments. I mean, he did "discover" Lea Thompson and had the "directorial insight" to put her in her underwear.

Anonymous said...

This was the first movie that ever scared the crap out of me. The "Dark Overlord" was very frightening to me at the age of 7.

- Danielle

Duke_of_Earle said...

Uh, I think that's "semi-monthly," but who cares, right?

GMadrid said...

Both work actually.

Lisa said...

Did you ever notice that the Olsen twins look just like Howard the Duck?

Anonymous said...

http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/bimonthly

Anonymous said...

bi·month·ly (b-mnthl) KEY

ADJECTIVE:

Happening every two months.
Happening twice a month; semimonthly.

GMadrid said...

So what does that mean? Bi-monthly is both twice a month and every two months. So both work. Thanks for clarifying that anonymous.

Anonymous said...

Excellent, love it! »

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