Monday, August 1, 2016

Podcast: Supernova (2000)

This is it, the big finale of our "great directors making horrible films" summer concludes with Walter Hill (credited as Thomas Lee)'s Supernova! Nick Vanzant (James Spader) is a newcomer to the crew of the Nightingale 229, a medical ship populated by actors on their way to TV superstardom (in a decade).

Possibly the worst trailer of all time.

Nick and Dr. Evers (Angela Bassett) hate each other but then love each other, but a rescue mission turns into a total rip-off of It! the Terror From Beyond Space, when they save Troy, the son of Angela Bassett's old no-goodnik flame Karl (Peter Facinelli). "Troy" turns out to be a web of smug lies smuggling proof of alien life, a Georgia O'Keeffe-like contraption that seems to have strange side effects like increasing T-count and turning people evil, on board the Nightingale. Will sexy James Spader and Angela Bassett be able to jettison the space-scum before it's too late?

Some Space-Notes:
  • Noted Troll Armond White loved Starcrash, I mean, Supernova. His review is here.
  • Does touching the Space Vagina (© 2016 Your Stupid Minds) turn you into a Teenage Caveman? It probably does.
  • The truly bizarre story of Francis Ford Coppola's cutting edge butt-darkening technology has been detailed elsewhere on the internet, but it's super weird and worth telling again. A very brief scene of zero-g sex between Bassett and Spader was created from existing footage involving two completely different (white) actors, one of whom was then darkened with CGI. The scene is available here.

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