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The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

Sheridan Ford, ed.
New York: Frederick Stokes & Brother, 1890.



What follows is 6 of my childhood’s beloved space films. They were all spawned by the success of Star Wars and all watched again and again on VHS tapes I borrowed from a video-club called “Quick Film” circa 1986.

  • Battlestar Galactica (1979) - the pilot of the TV series cost so much, that Universal Studios released it theatrically as a feature-film.
  • Flash Gordon (1980) Big space opera produced by Dino De Laurentiis (Barbarella, Conan, Dune etc..) with fabulous, over the top soundtrack by QUEEN!
  • Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) Totally a cult film. I shall never forget the entity called Nestor (5 alien clones acting as one), who orchestrates an assassination attempt of space tyrant Sador with a chopped hand. That scene terrified me as a child! Honorable mention to George Peppard of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” fame, appearing as the Space Cowboy!
  • The Last Starfighter (1984) - Together with TRON one of cinema’s earliest films to use extensive CGI to depict it’s star-ships, environments and battle scenes.
  • Enemy Mine (1985) directed by Wolfgang Petersen. An almost forgotten masterpiece. Dennis Quaid as a human forced to coexist with an reptilian alien on an inhospitable planet. Two species evolving from enemies to friends.
  • Flight of the Navigator (1986) Disney film, about a 12-year-old boy named David who is taken on a long ride by an alien spacecraft.

ENEMY MINE (1985) - Directed by Wolfgang Petersen (DAS BOOT) and stars Dennis Quaid (INNERSPACE) and Louis Gossett Jr. (IRON HAWK). Kind of a peculiar film especially in the scifi genre. The second act felt like CAST AWAY with Gossett’s Jeriba substituting for Wilson the volley ball.

The movie looks great and Gossett did a great job portraying Jeroba and the creature make-up was pretty amazing. Nice score from Maurice Jarre. Was surprised to see that the movie is more drama than science fiction. Quite watchable in my opinion but too cutesy at places.

3/5 stars