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Captain’s Log – December 11th, 2017

By December 12, 2017 Captain's Log

Monday, December 11th, 2017

One of my favorite movies of all time is Silent Running.  If you haven’t seen it, it is the movie that launched Bruce Dern’s career, and the directorial debut of legendary VFX artist Douglas Trumbull.  It was the product of a Universal Studios program to make 10 one million dollar movies and have new director direct them.  Yeah, 45 years ago, you could make a movie for $ 1M.

Well, there is a 45th anniversary screening with director  in L.A. and you can read about it on the Laemmle theaters blog. Douglas Trumbull and producer Michael Gruskoff will both be there.  Now I am in Atlanta now, so I can’t make it, but if you are a SCi Fi fan in Southern California, you need to go!

Silent Running is a film about what happens when we defoliate the Earth, and the only remaining vegetation is in orbit on three space freighters.  It features three “drones” Huey, Dewey and Louie, which were part of the inspiration for R2D2.  The movie is a much watch that holds up pretty well 45 years later.

It is also one of my favorite films of all time, and two years ago I was fortunate enough to get the original art to the iconic movie poster!  Yes, a Holy Grail of mine, I always say that if you had ever asked me “If you could have the original art to one movie poster, what would it be?” I would have chosen Silent Running, as it is such an important movie to me when I was young and remains one of my all time faves.  So yes, it is now framed and proudly sits in my living room.

So if you can’t go to the screening, at least get the Silent Running Blu-ray!


Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Jim Galbreath says:

    Amen to that, Alex! I was astonished at the theme and quality of Silent Running way back when I first saw it. It was very prophetic then, and it’s perhaps even more relevant today when there is an attack on protected monuments, plans to open uranium mines next to the Grand Canyon, and a serious proposal to raise admission fees to National Parks to $70 or more. Thanks for keeping us updated, and I look forward to seeing more of the “inside story” of progress on Axanar.

  • Larry Bown says:

    It’s in my 10 movies! Glad the original artwork has a safe home.

  • Jess says:

    Hey Alec!

    Knowing my background what do you think about the AA patch Bruce Dern has?

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