Night of the Living Trekkie

It’s Star Trek night at my place. I’ve picked up the DVD and am enjoying all the bonus features. For the first time I’m lusting for a Blu-ray player and a 32-inch HDTV. I’ve refused to be such a conspicuous consumption kind of gal, but I’m such a Star Trek geek that it seems perfectly logical to spend way too much money just to see this movie on a bigger, clearer screen.

Damn this Star Trek obsession!




Star Trekkin’ Again – The Gals Can’t Help It

I did it again. I went to see Star Trek. That makes it the seventh (eighth?) time. I can’t help it, I’m obsessed.

As the movie only has two times per day this week at our local cinema, I’m assuming that it won’t be around next weekend. The funny thing is, the theater was packed today. It’s one of the smaller theaters at our 11-screen cineplex, but the movie is still bringing in people here in Flagstaff.

Maybe it’s the Father’s Day crowd and the other showings this weekend were sparsely attended, but overall it’s holding up very well. It’s still one of the top 10 movies this weekend, placing number 7:

1. THE PROPOSAL – 34.11 million – 34.1 million
2. THE HANGOVER – 26.86 million – 152.9 million
3. UP – 21.34 million – 224.1 million
4. YEAR ONE – 20.20 million – 20.2 million
5. THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 – 11.30 million – 43.3 million
6. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2 – 7.30 million – 155.9 million
7. STAR TREK – 4.70 million – 239.4 million
8. LAND OF THE LOST – 3.98 million – 43.7 million
9. IMAGINE THAT – 3.10 million – 11.3 million
10. TERMINATOR SALVATION – 3.07 million – 119.5 million

It may eventually earn 250 million dollars in the U.S. by the end of summer. A very good record for a movie. It’s still leading the box office totals for 2009, but Up will eventually win that spot.

I do think that the audience isn’t just young geek-boys, like the Transformers crowd. Star Trek seems to be pulling in lots of female fans. Star Trek seems to fit the strange niche of big special-effect filled chick flick. There’s not many movies like that out there, but Star Trek seems to have found a way to bring us women into the theaters. My sister described the attraction women have for either Kirk or Spock as similar to how men can decide whether it’s Ginger or Mary Ann. I think it’s easier for women to enjoy this film because neither Kirk or Spock are infallible — there’s no superhero who can vanquish the enemies with a quip and an act of violence. It takes Kirk and Spock working together with a team of talented staff to come up with victory. And face it, Kirk doesn’t win many fistfights in the movie.

It’s not just the women I’ve talked to about how much they like the film. The IMDB ratings for the film show a  female preference for the movie. At every age group, women rate it higher than men.

Votes Average
Males 58,934 8.4
Females 10,875 8.9
Aged under 18 2,627 9.0
Males under 18 1,872 8.9
Females under 18 752 9.3
Aged 18-29 46,515 8.5
Males Aged 18-29 39,135 8.4
Females Aged 18-29 7,206 9.0
Aged 30-44 16,371 8.3
Males Aged 30-44 14,176 8.2
Females Aged 30-44 2,025 8.7
Aged 45+ 4,188 8.3
Males Aged 45+ 3,334 8.2
Females Aged 45+ 805 8.6

So, I’m not alone. Star Trek is a hit. My biggest worry about the movie, once it’s gone from the local theater, is how soon it will come out on DVD. I’m not the patient type. Do I have to wait until Christmas?

Hmmmm…maybe I need to grab some of my gal friends and go see the movie…just one more time.

Star Trek review

For my birthday today I made it to another showing of Star Trek. I’m really stuck on this film. I love the action and plot. I have a crush on Chris Pine as Jim Kirk, and I still am trying to figure out what episodes of the series will never occur in this new alternate timeline (sorry about spoilers, but what happens does freak me out if I think about it too much).

I wrote not only a review for the paper I write for, but also a side article about the world of Star Trek.  Here’s the review. Here’s the article.

I’ve seen the movie four times and am already planning another one this Friday. My sister, another Trek fan, will be joining me in the Phoenix area for another showing. What an addiction!

Living the Good Life

It’s a lazy weekend for me. Nothing specific on a To Do list other than write a review of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (overdone and klunky, but great special effects).

I’ve lounged around the place today, but made it out for a nice hike with Spencer. Flagstaff has been hit with lots of rain the last few days, so our hike on rain-soaked trails through the woods smelled wonderful, and Spencer loved romping through every mud puddle he encountered.

More clouds gathered, thunder began to crash, and Spence and I headed home. We barely made it back before a torrential downpour started.

Now what to do? Read? Watch a movie? Go out? I’m not sure what to do to finish up a relaxing day.

Tomorrow I have a few things planned. It’s my birthday and I’m treating myself to another viewing of Star Trek (hey, let me revel in my geekitude). I’d like to make it to CrossFit for the morning class. It’s a nice way to celebrate being 51 years old.


All right, I’m rethinking the pink and orange-striped bermuda shorts. I’ve tried everything on that I bought yesterday — trying things with different items in my wardrobe. I keep thinking that those silly striped shorts would look good this summer. I’ll go back tomorrow to Savers and see if they’re still there. If so, I’m buying ’em!

On another obsession for the weekend: I went to see Star Trek again last night. Yep, I’ve seen in twice in a two days span. I have the feeling it won’t be my last time. I think I need to go rent or buy some of the DVDs of the series or movies.

Obsession, Dilettanteville style: shorts and Star Trek.

Star Trek and What Happens Now?

Trek Movie PosterStar Trek lived up to the reviews and is a fun, action-packed movie. A lot of it works for people who never got into the original series, and it works for the casual fan. Shoot, it even works for people like me — who grew up watching the series in multiple repeats.

I never got into the other series in the Star Trek universe. It was always The Original Series (TOS) that my memories drift to when I hear Star Trek mentioned. So, what happens now?

By the end of the movie, so many changes have occurred in my understanding of these famous characters. Nothing can be assumed. I want another movie, but how will it all play out now?

And yes, I loved the movie and am thinking of going back tomorrow for a repeat viewing. It’s fun, exciting, and fascinating (I need to say that word with an eyebrow cocked up and a slight tilt of the head), but it’s weirdly upsetting.


I went out of town for the weekend and haven’t posted anything since late last week. What to say? There’s more reviews I could post, but my allergies are taking a toll on me and I’m feeling wiped out. Yeah, copying and pasting one of my reviews into WordPress is soooooo hard. Sheesh. Just allow me my flimsy excuses.

So, here’s a few interesting things I’ve found fun and/or interesting:

  • Pay Now, Live Later has a nice video about eating habits that I’m trying to achieve:

    His take on exercise can also be found here.

  • You can catch some nice videos of the Crossfit Great Basin Regional Qualifiers held here in Flagstaff.
  • I had a mini physical over a week ago. I loved my new cholesterol results. I’ve been working hard to get my HDL (the “good” cholesterol) up. Having it at 60 and above is optimal. Last physical it was at 46. Now my HDL is up at 71.
  • Poor Chuck Wicks got sent home on Dancing with the Stars. I was sort of rooting for him. Oh well.
  • I’m too excited about the upcoming Star Trek movie. Here’s a scene of a young Kirk (Chris Pine) trying to pick up cadet Uhura (Zoe Saldana) in a bar. I’m telling you, they never mentioned that in the original series:

Okay, I guess I did have something to post about.