Remembering Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy -- image from Star Trek.com
Leonard Nimoy — image from Star Trek.com

 

by Robert Gillis 2/2015

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Leonard Nimoy. The man from Boston who did so well for himself as an actor, poet, writer, director, photographer, has passed on. He was a role model and inspiration for so many.

Although not recently, I attended MANY Star Trek conventions in the 1980s and early 1990s and saw him speak twice. He was always a gentlemen, always graceful, always so engaging, so grateful, always had so much to say.

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Robin Williams, 1951-2014

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by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 8/2014

In September 1978, at one of the most depressing and lonely times in my life, a new actor burst onto the scene in a hilarious show called “Mork and Mindy.”

Robin Williams weekly comedic insanity was a gift to a very sad and lonely boy — he helped me find my joy again. Every Thursday night, I knew I’d be laughing.

Back in those pre-VCR, pre-DVR days, I used my cassette recorder and audio-taped episodes of Mork & Mindy every week.

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Whatever Happened to the Man of Steel? — My review of the 2013 Superman film

Henry Cavil Superman 03By Robert Gillis 7/2013

Usual disclaimer applies: Yeah, yeah, I more than understand that Superman is a fictional extraterrestrial comic book character who flies and shoots fire from his eyes. Usual retort to said disclaimer applies: While he never existed, Superman is also an iconic mythical character who has served as a heroic inspiration for millions, made a positive difference in the world for 75 years; he is the ultimate father figure, the ultimate role model, and the ultimate action hero, and a great force of good.

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Retro-Review “A Christmas Carol” (1951)

by Robert Gillis 1/2012

There have been countless adaptations of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” over the last century. One of my annual Christmas traditions is to watch several of them. This is one of my very favorites…

Version: 1951 (VCI Entertainment)

Note: The film was released in Great Britain under the title, “Scrooge.” United Artists released the film in the States as “A Christmas Carol.”

Scrooge: Alastair Sim

Cast: Kathleen Harrison (Mrs. Dilber), Mervyn Johns (Bob Cratchit), Hermione Baddeley (Mrs.

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Thoughts on the 2009 J.J. Abram Star Trek movie

by Robert Gillis, 5/2009

Approximately three gazillion people have written reviews for this new Star Trek film, and about 90% are positive. (This pleases this Trekker immensely, and the idea that a TREK film will break $200 million — and possibly $400 million or more, is just incredible.)

Since so many reviews have been written, covering every aspect of the film, a review by me wouldn’t be very interesting. For a detailed history of the film, cast, creative process and far more, visit www.TrekMovie.com, which I consider to be THE Star Trek site on the web.

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Humor: The missing William Shatner scene in J.J. Abrams Star Trek 2009!

Trekmovie reported, “…Star Trek: 2009 writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman said that William Shatner’s cut scene was in the movie and then was written out in a later draft. It would have been at the very end of the movie when Spock Prime meets the younger Spock and speaks to him about the long and enduring friendship that Spock and Kirk needed to form. Spock Prime would have said “Don’t take my word for it” and produced a small holographic device that would have projected a message from the elder Kirk.”)
Presenting … The missing Shatner scene!
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Retro-Review: “A Christmas Carol” (1984, George C. Scott)


by Robert Gillis – December 2008

There have been countless adaptations of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” over the last century. One of my annual Christmas traditions is to watch several of them. This is one of my very favorites…

Version: 1984 (CBS)

Scrooge: George C. Scott

Cast: David Warner (Bob Cratchit), Frank Finlay (Marley’s Ghost), Angela Pleasence (The Ghost of Christmas Past), Edward Woodward (The Ghost of Christmas Present), Michael Carter (The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come), Susannah York (Mrs.

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Thoughts on the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie teaser trailer and what trekkers REALLY care about

Enterprise under construction
by Robert Gillis

Acknowledging,and still standing by, what I wrote previously (CLICK HERE) about the idea of an eleventh Star Trek movie, I must admit that I am following development and production of the film closely and am liking what I am hearing and seeing so far.

Perhaps JJ Abrams will succeed in breathing new life into the tired (exhausted?) Trek franchise after all.

That said, recently the impressive teaser trailer for the film was released.

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Retro-Review: A Christmas Carol (1999) starring Patrick Stewart


By Robert Gillis

There have been countless adaptations of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” over the last century. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to watch several of them. This is one of my favorites…

Version: 1999 (TNT)

Scrooge: Patrick Stewart

Cast: Richard E. Grant (Bob Cratchit), Joel Grey (The Ghost of Christmas Past), Ian McNeice (Albert Fezziwig), Saskia Reeves (Mrs. Cratchit), Desmond Barrit (The Ghost of Christmas Present), Bernard Lloyd (Marley’s Ghost), Dominic West (Fred ), Liz Smith (Mrs.

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Review: SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT


SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT REVIEW
by Robert Gillis
4/2007

Published on
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SPOILER WARNING-THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SIGNIFICANT SPOILER INFORMATION ABOUT “SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT.”

THE ROAD TO THE RICHARD DONNER CUT:

Starting in 1977, director Richard Donner filmed SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE and SUPERMAN II simultaneously. In order to make the deadline for SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, at some point in production it was decided to postpone filming the remaining scenes needed for SUPERMAN II until after SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE was finished.

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Retro-Review: A Christmas Carol (1938) starring Reginald Owen

Retro-Review: A Christmas Carol (1938) starring Reginald Owen
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Published in the Boston City Paper, 12/2006

There have been countless adaptations of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” over the last century. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to watch several of them. This is one of my favorites…

Version: 1938 (MGM)
Scrooge: Reginald Owen

Cast: Gene Lockhart (Bob Cratchit), Kathleen Lockhart (Mrs. Cratchit), Terry Kilburn (Tiny Tim Cratchit), Barry MacKay (Fred), Lynne Carver (Bess), Leo G.

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Superman Returns Review


After nearly two decades, the Man of Steel is back!

Superman Returns Review

Published in edited form in the Foxboro Reporter June 2006
and in the Boston City Paper in edited form in two parts June and July 2006


By Robert Gillis

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! SIGNIFICANT FILM PLOT DETAILS REVEALED! IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE FILM YOU MAY WANT TO STOP READING NOW.

Superman is far more than a comic book character.

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Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, A Review

StarWarsby Robert Gillis
published in the Foxboro Reporter, May 1999

Of the eighty quadrillion reviews written or televised in the last three weeks about this eagerly awaited Star Wars prequel, most seem to have a common summary: The film is technically brilliant, stunning and innovative in its scope and visual computer-generated wizardry, but painfully slow, actually dull in some places, and has little or no character development and little human drama.

I was disappointed to learn that the critics are correct.

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Star Trek: Insurrection Review

Star Trek Insurrection
Star Trek: Insurrection
By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 12/1998

Star Trek continues to live long and prosper. “Start Trek: Insurrection,” the ninth Star Trek feature film and third film outing for the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (ST:TNG) cast, is a solid action story, featuring a morality tale, humor, and for the first time in a while for a Trek film, romance. In addition, this movie features far more location shooting than any previous trek film, which gives the film a grand scale.

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Movie Review: Titanic

TitanticBy Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 2/1998

Disaster movies have been popular for years. Take many big name (and not so big name) celebrities, place them in a dangerous setting, add incredible special effects, then watch them survive (or die trying).

There were disaster films set in airplanes (“Airport” and its many sequels) capsizing ships (“The Poseidon Adventure,”) burning buildings (“Towering Inferno,”) cities destroyed by things from outer space (“Meteor,” “Fire in the sky,”) as wells as floods, fires, earthquakes and all kinds of other celluloid catastrophes.

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