Bloody Hero Film Festival Recap

The weekend has come and gone. It was a long long one but a lot of fun. Chris Martin, the festival director, was awesome about letting Brian Smith and myself be on the jury and doing our little podcast from the event. We can’t than him enough. As far as the festival itself I have to say I was very impressed with the movies and shorts that were shown there. There were so many talented people that submitted it almost made me think I should get out before I have truly begun. But I won’t. Even if I’m the next Ed Wood I have to stick it out. It’s in my blood.

I am going to start by listing off some of my personal favorite movies I got to see while I was there or got to screen in advance. These will be in no particular order. I really enjoyed Matt’s Chance. I thought it was quite funny and I loved meeting the director and his co-writer/supporting actor over the weekend. They were great guys and I look forward to seeing what they do in the future. American Courtesans, a documentary from Kristen DiAngelo that is a very honest look inside the world of the sex industry. She was a very warm and smart woman and I wish her and her film success. Some Guy Who Kills People, a movie starring Kevin Corrigan and Barry Bostwick. This movie was funny, sweet, bloody, dark and just plain good. It already has distribution and will be available soon on DVD and Blu-Ray. I watched so many movies over the weekend everything is such a blur but I do want to mention some of the great movies from other countries – Agon, Crawl and Beyond The Grave. All of these films are worth looking for. Agon was filled with some amazing performances. 

I also want to take a moment to apologize to Tom Weston, director of The Wind That Blows, for not having a chance to see his documentary. I had a great time talking with him last night. He’s a great guy and I hope he can get distribution soon so I can watch it along with the rest of the world. 

Now let’s take a moment to talk about the short films. There were some really clever and funny ones, wonderfully dark ones, and great animated pieces that came through the festival. The first one I want to mention is a stop motion Lego animation by an eleven year old boy. It was called Parkour Race and it was very impressive. I always like to see when someone find that thing they love to do early in life. Pierre is a very gifted young man and I hope he keeps it up. Some of the other really cool shorts I got to see where Late Lunch, Time Out Of Mind, Whatever Happened To That Weird Kid?, Pride Of Caldwell, Paper People, Him Indoors, Kerry And Angie and Apartment 15. I hope I’m not forgetting anyone there. Several of the short filmmakers were at the festival as well. I loved meeting every single one of them and wish them success in everything they do.

I would like to apologize to Ryan Ondriezek for not having seen his short film before interviewing him yesterday. I hope I get a chance to see it soon.

Now I want to take a quick moment to talk about the people that made this festival so much fun for me. Randy Robinson and Rob Edwards – you guys are awesome. I can wait to get started on Ded Moroz so I can boss you around some more. Chris Martin – Brian and I can’t thank you enough for everything. Thanks for putting on the fest. And if you’re doing it again next year we will be there. Barbara Gresser – Thanks for everything you did all weekend. It seemed like anytime someone needed you there you were before they could even ask. Sylvie and Frank Cohen – You guys were awesome. Sylvie, I really want to see New World Order and I really want to get started on Ded Moroz to finally get to work with you properly and not just a quick gag on the podcast. Jai Yunae – thank you for coming out to do the podcast with us. You were awesome as always. Sorry we didn’t get to say goodbye before you left. Kevin Moyers – thanks for coming out, watching podcast, hanging out for lunch and just letting us do whatever we want on your network. Brian Smtih and David Sabal – I know you guys didn’t to spend as much time there as you would have liked but you were there when needed and did what had to be done. That’s why we’re friends. Kristen DiAngelo – It was a pleasure talking to you. Sorry we went to a gluten filled restaurant. If there’s ever a next time we know now. And last but not least Mr. Brian Burroughs – You made the long weekend so much easier. You were a lot of fun to talk to and I really loved your short film Shotrocity. 

Everyone go listen to The Gorram Nerd Hour on Wednesday for our show from the Festival.


Thoughts Of Past And Future

Here we are, just a few short months after I started this blog, and we have one short film nearly ready to show, another starting next month and The Gorram Nerd Hour has recorded nearly 20 episodes. All of that in just a few short months. When I started this blog I was talking about the features Brian Smith and I have been writing. We got detoured…but for good reason. We needed something to showcase our talent. We were a little arrogant to think that two writers with no credits to their names could get someone to give them money to produce and direct a movie of their own. Now we’ll have two things to show.

Since I was a boy I have loved movies. I would sit and watch an action movie like any little would. I loved Commando, Lethal Weapon and Die Hard. I also had an affection for every other type of film. I didn’t care. If someone made I wanted to see it. Science Fiction, Horror, Romantic Comedy, Sappy Melodrama, Musicals. I just loved movies. What I took away from all of that was that it was what I wanted to do. I wanted to make movies of my own. At first I thought I wanted to be an actor until I took a drama class in High School and my teacher had me direct something for the first time. That’s when my passion made itself crystal clear. I loved the behind the scenes aspect of things. 

I always enjoyed writing. It has been a passion of mine for as long as I remember. What I wrote was always weird. I would go off and write a sequel to Romeo & Juliet in iambic pentameter or a western about aliens hiding among the townsfolk and planning on destroying the town with radioactive lima beans. So when Brian and I sat down to write Lepus I suggested we write the whole thing in Klingon save for the killer’s one line which would be in German. 

Sometimes I need to be reigned in.

We decided not to go with Klingon. But we kept Brian’s line in German. There is not one good reason for it other than it made us laugh. Lepus is a comedy, after all. We started off goofy with our next short film and decided to go darker once we started writing. Terrestrial will be a different side of our writing. It’s tone is more serious while still being quirky. 

As I write this we are only a couple days away from the open casting call for Terrestrial. I couldn’t be more excited about who we have coming in to read. a couple of our Lepus cast members are coming in for it – Jai Yunae and Randy Robinson. I loved working with them on Lepus. I can’t wait to see what they bring to this audition. We also have some other really talented people we didn’t cast for Lepus coming in for another go. Wilman Vergara II was someone I was really impressed with and just couldn’t find a good place to put him last time. This time he’s coming in to read for the lead in Terrestrial and I think he’s got a great shot at it. Adam Boggs is another up and comer I really liked and he’s coming in to read for us again. I was impressed with both of them so much. I’m glad they want to come in and try for this one. 

We’re still not at a point where we’ve been able to pay anyone for their work. It’s all just copy and credit basically. I’m amazed by the talent that has been willing to work with us for nothing. Hopefully by the time we get started on the next two parts of Lepus we have a budget…something to pay these amazing people for their time. 

Back to Lepus for a moment – The rough cut I saw a while back is good. I was really happy with how it turned out. It was a very rough cut with no score, no effects, no foley. But it was great, great enough for Walter Reuther (aka Scarlet Fry) to tell me it was his favorite in the anthology horror DVD we will be included on. And he directed all the other shorts. 

David Sabal, our wonderful renaissance man (DP, producer, editor) just got the score back from the composer. I asked for something similar to a score from the 80’s scifi and horror movies I loved so much. I wanted something like an old John Carpenter score. From what I hear the composer delivered. Hopefully I will hear it in the next few days. 

Now on to The Gorram Nerd Hour. We have been having a lot of fun recording our show every week. Brian and I love working on it. We are talking about re-tooling the show a little. The first twenty or so weeks have been about finding out what works and what doesn’t. We’re gonna be trying a few new things in upcoming episodes that could prove to be a lot of fun. We are also going to be spending the weekend of February 8-10th at the Bloody Hero International Film Festival at the Phoenix Convention Center. We will be recording our podcast, conducting interviews and serving on the jury. This is a big deal for us. I know I’m really excited about it. We may have another fun surprise for our listeners that weekend too. This will be a part of the re-tool of the show. Let us know what you think.

One last thing before I wrap this up. We had a friend from our Abnormal Entertainment family in town last weekend. Camm Harston, co-host of Raise Your Spirits with Camm and Kevin. While he was here Brian and I both guested on their show. We had a lot of fun and everyone should go listen.

Here;s hoping 2013 proves even better for Robot Vampire Productions than 2012. We’re already off to a great start.


My Thoughts On All Things Star Trek

My friend Isaac Hulke and I recently decided to do a limited series of podcasts about Star Trek. They will start posting soon here. In it we devote an hour to each series and then we will go movie by movie discussing each in detail.

We have recorded episodes about the original series and the animated series already. I have always been a very big fan of all things Trek but this has forced me to go back and rewatch many of the episodes of the various shows that made it great.

Before recording last week I went back and watch the TOS episodes “Mirror, Mirror”, “Space Seed” and “The City On The Edge Of Forever”. They made me fall in love with the series all over again. There was so much being done in the series that was not only ground breaking but just great storytelling. In that podcast we also discussed what impact the show had on our present. Many of the children who grew up watching Trek wanted to move into finding ways to create the fictional tech that was used on the show. Many things we take for granted today came from people inspired by that show.

This weekend I have been spending some time watching some of the great episodes of The Next Generation. Being a reflection of our times in the 80’s and 90’s Gene Roddenberry used many things that really took a foothold in our culture and used them in the series. One of the major things was showing a Klingon being part of the Federation. Another was designating Troi as the ship’s counsellor as therapy was such a popular thing during that time.

The Next Generation has not yet proven to be as influential on our society as TOS but some things that were created for the show have since come to pass. The tablet computer being used as a reading device rather than carrying books around became one of the staples of Star Trek and has since begun to take a hold in our society today.

Not only have these shows influenced us in technological way but they have also given us some wonderfully entertaining hours of television. In TNG we had the introduction of some of the greatest creations in all of Trek – The Borg, Ferengi, Cardassians, and many other alien races that proved to have a lasting impact on Science Fiction by holding a mirror up to our society and showing us what we are. There were also some amazing introspective stories. One of the many great episodes was “The Inner Light”. I have had conversations with the writer of that classic episode and he said he was amazed by how beloved the episode has become. He now travels around to conventions and talks about his experiences. His name is Morgan Gendel. If you ever have the opportunity to meet this man you will not be disappointed. He is a very warm and engaging person.

I have spent a lot of time this weekend watching Deep Space Nine. It is sort of the forgotten child of Star Trek. People really should put it up there as one of the greatest creations ever to come from the Trek Universe. Instead it us constantly overshadowed by its predecessors. Voyager gets talked about more because of it sucked. And that’s a shame. DS9 was an amazing series that took a decidedly different journey. It was set aboard a space station and dealt with Federation officers being placed in a war torn part of deep space. It played in an entirely different sandbox. On a regular basis they dealt with loss, religion and racial conflict much more that than any of the other series dared to do. Sure, it moved into soap opera territory from time to time. They all did. But the show was much more daring and bold than anything that came before it.

And then there was Voyager. Wanting to get back to the fun of space exploration was the idea behind the show. They came up with a Lost In Space idea where they were cut off in an uncharted quadrant so far removed from Federation space it would take over 70 years at maximum warp to return. Instead of capturing the fun of TOS they opted to make Captain Janeway a nearly spineless person who would constantly ask “what did we do to offend you?” rather than take action. The secondary cast was horribly underused. The stories were weak and Neelix was possibly the worst SciFi character outside of Jar Jar. Enough said on that until the podcast recording.

Enterprise was an uneven show but really started to come into its own in its final season. It’s a shame the show could not have run at least a little longer. I would have liked to see Captain Archer and his crew dealing more with the beginnings of the Federation. And Scott Backula is just cool.

It’s nearly unanimous how people feel about the Trek movies. The odd ones are bad, the even ones are good. But does that hold true for the reboot of the movie franchise. You will have to time into the podcast to find out my feelings on the subject. We also offer trivia. We talk about the series that never was – Star Trek: Phase II, and many other things. I will be sure to let you know when they are available.

The Gorram Nerd Hour Weekly Poll

Recently Brian and I decided that we would leave it up to the listeners of The Gorram Nerd Hour to decide what we review during our “B Movie Review” segment on our show. We have been posting the polls one week before we record on our Facebook page. This week we chose five movies. Each of them bad in their own way. I’m going tom list them off to you with a little blurb about each film. If you would be so inclined please stop by the page and vote. 

1) Nazis At The Center Of The Earth – starring Jake Busey and Dominique Swain. The story is about a group of scientists who go below the surface of the Earth and discover the Nazis are there and still conducting experiments on people. It looks terrible.

2) Troll 2 – starring a bunch of nobody actors who never really worked again. It’s not really even a sequel to Troll. It’s about goblins turning people into plants so they can eat them…or something equally ridiculous. I’ve seen it and I still don’t know.

3) The Stuff – starring Michael Moriarty and Garrett Morris. Directed by Larry Cohen. This movie is like Soylent Green meets The Blob. People are eating this new yogurt type substance called The Stuff. Eventually it begins to control you and then you explode.I have also seen this movie. I grew up watching it a lot. I actually really like it but I know it’s bad.

4) Easter Bunny Kill, Kill! – I don’t know who stars in it. It looks terrible. I only put it on the list because of the title. And since I start shooting our short film Lepus in a few days I figured it would be fitting.

5) The Dentist – Starring Corbin Bernsen. Directed by Brian Yuzna. A dentist goes crazy when he discovers his wife has been sleeping with the pool boy and goes on a killing spree. Again, I’ve seen this one too. It’s wonderfully bad. 


I’m gonna list of a few of the movies that didn’t make the list –

Big Bad Mama, Monkey Shines, Monster Dog, Faust: Love Of The Damned and Children Of The Corn: Genesis.

What’s Up With Supernatural?

I am recent convert to the long running series Supernatural in the CW. I was really impressed with the first couple of seasons feeling like a new way to get my X-Files fix. Then the focus shifted and I found I still really enjoyed the series. When they got into the angels and demons kind of mythology I really dug it. Castiel was a great addition to the show. I watched seasons 1-6 in a very short time on Netflix and really liked them. I will admit season six felt a little clunky at times but I stuck with it and loved the way it ended.

Season 7 has recently been added to Netflix and I began watching it recently. From everything I heard it was the weakest of all the seasons of the show. The first episode where Castiel assumed the role of God was interesting but I don’t like that they have knocked him back down from series regular to a guest star.

What I am about to say may spoil things for some who haven’t watched all of season 7 yet but I had these things spoiled for me so I don’t think I should hold back. If you don’t want to know then stop reading now.

Still with me? Okay, let’s get started. From what I understand season 7 brought many changes – Bobby gets killed, Castiel dies and many other things change. I get that they need to keep the show fresh and killing one character and adding in new ones is a good way to do it. Joss Whedon did it all the time on Buffy and Angel. He probably would have on Firefly and Dollhouse had those series lasted. But it seemed like he knew what he was doing when he did it…except for maybe Anya. That one still bothers me and because of my love for Emma Caulfield (her web comic, Contrapussy, is really good. Check it out) but because I felt that it was handled poorly. Eric Kripke, the creator of Supernatural, had stepped down as show runner and handed it off to Sera Gamble. While a talented episodic writer I don’t think the choice was good for the show overall. I think she has moved the show in directions that have hurt more than helped. I know Kripke is busy with his new show Revolution but he should have put more work into finding a suitable show runner. From what I understand Gamble has been replaced for season 8. Let’s hope the new guy does better. Gamble did some good work but also harmed the show quite a bit.

I want to finish season 7 and get current so I can start watching episodes as the air because I am a fan. Ackles and Padalecki have great chemistry together. I enjoy the Sam and Dean dynamic. I love the car. I would also love it if they could get back to dealing with less serialized stories and move back to the fun of the stand alone episodes. Let’s hope season goes well. Most shows don’t last that long. I’m amazed when genre television goes past one season let alone seven. My fingers are crossed.

From The Makers Of Lost, Supernatural and Iron Man Comes Revolution

Right now NBC is screening the entire pilot episode of their new television series Revolution on their website. Created by Eric Kripke, the man behind Supernatural. Executive produced by JJ Abrams and directed by Jon Favreau. Revolution is the story of what happens if we were suddenly thrust into the dark ages by a strange incident that destroyed anything electrical.

I am a fan of all three people I mentioned so what did I think of this high concept pilot? The show is just as much a science fiction series as it is a western, beautifully shot with a very interesting concept. There are a lot of interesting visuals depicting church steeples almost completely submerged in water, cities left nearly destroyed after the blackout and many other things. Favreau has a very good visual eye and made it look great.

Kripke, as a writer, is a talented man. He crafted the first few seasons of Supernatural into a great story that evolved from a story about brothers chasing the supernatural to bringing in angels and demons, crafting what could have been a weak show after less than a season into something worth continued viewing. But can he do the same here?

As much as I love JJ Abrams I find the shows he produced but doesn’t create a bit on the weak side. Just look at Alcatraz. Will this be the next Lost or Six Degrees?

As a pilot episode it did a good job setting up the ideas to be explored during the course of the series. There were moments in the pilot that felt a bit clunky but most pilots feel that way. The upside is that Billy Burke is awesome in it. He was the only thing I liked in the horrible Twilight movies. With Revolution he’s given a chance to truly shine. There is some great fighting toward the end of the episode that shows Billy Burke transforming into Billy Badass.

The rest of the cast is good. I am excited to see where they take Zach Orth’s character. Most of them seem a little too beautiful and clean to he living in a post-apocalyptic world but it was the same on Lost. I would watch at least a few more episodes to see if I like it. The pilot was strong enough to warrant at least that much.

3 out of 5 stars. Revolution premieres September 17th on NBC.

Time To Weigh In On The Doctor Who Premiere

Stephen Moffatt has been one of my favorite British television writers for years. I loved Coupling. I have loved what he’s done since running the show with Doctor Who. I loved his modernized version of the Jeckyll and Hyde story simply called Jeckyll. I especially love his version of Sherlock. So it is with great sadness I have to say that I wasn’t much of a fan of the latest premiere of Doctor Who entitled Asylum Of The Daleks.

The story opens with the Doctor being taken by a woman who was a hollowed out shell of a person who was a slave to the Daleks kidnapping the Doctor. Then they found Amy and Rory the same way. Amy and Rory had just signed divorce papers and hadn’t been travelling with the Doctor for some time. They all wake up to find they have been taken aboard a Dalek spacecraft where the Daleks ask for help from the Doctor.

Apparently there is a planet that is filled with Daleks who have gone mad. Rather than kill them the Dalek leaders created an asylum for them to live out their lives. There is a threat on the planet in the form of a young human woman who had crash landed there a year prior and she was causing problems, possibly creating a break in the force field that would release the crazy mad Daleks on the universe.

It never seemed clear to me why the Dalek asylum was never mentioned before when it was believed at one time that all Daleks were wiped out in the time war. It also never seemed clear why the Daleks would need the Doctor to save them. But the thing I really didn’t like was how they handled the story of Amy and Rory. The last time we saw them was in a shop where Amy stopped to sign autographs and Rory was with him. They seemed happy and suddenly we are to believe that things fell apart over the course of a year to the point where they ended in divorce. It just seemed like poor writing. Sure, it made for a great moment later when Any explained herself but it still seemed like a cheap way to get an emotional moment put into the show.

There were some great things in it as well. I don’t want to spoil one of them which happened at the end but I really liked it. I am still very excited to see where the series goes this year. I just hope that they get back to the great episodes like last years opener, The Impossible Astronaut. That was an exciting season opener.

I Am The Apex Predator – Chronicle Reviewed

I had just been remarking to my roommate about the movie Chronicle when he suddenly said “I’m gonna run to the store and get a soda. Do you want anything?” I graciously said no and a few minutes later he came home with a copy of Chronicle from the Redbox along with his beverage. The time was already midnight.

The movie was written by Max Landis, son of John. As I hope you all know John Landis is the man behind such great films as An American Werewolf In London, The Blues Brothers, and The Stupids Kentucky Fried Movie. Max had previously worked with his dad writing an episode of Masters Of Horror called Deer Woman. Max proved he didn’t need his dad here and was talented enough on his own. This was also director Josh Trank’s first feature film and he proved to have a lot of talent himself.

The movie was shot in the popular found footage style that Hollywood seems determined to shove down our throats but rarely works. This time it did. The reason is that the three main characters develop the power of telekenesis and can float the camera around them. This made the movie feel like a more traditional film while still adhering to the rules of the found footage formula.

The characters in the film are rather typical high school stereotypes. You have the outcast, the popular kid, and then there’s the kid who is too cool to conform. But Landis and Trank were smart enough not to treat them like stereotypes. Each character began to grow and change due to their abilities very quickly in the film causing them each to step out of their comfort zone and become more than they were. We only see them as stereotypes for maybe ten minutes.

As the movie progresses we begin to see their powers getting stronger and it begins to tear at their friendships. All of this was handled expertly by Trank and his troop of actors all leading up to the inevitable climax.

Sure the story was a simple one. You could say the same about some of the greatest films in cinematic history. What matters is not the simplicity of the story but how the writers, directors and actors choose to approach the material. This movie was done in a way that felt fresh and new despite the found footage obstacle and and simple story.

This movie deserves to seen by anyone who calls themselves a fan of the comic book and Superhero genre of filmmaking that is so popular right now. It may not be on the same level as a Christopher Nolan Superhero movie but it is far better than many of the films in that genre over the last ten years. This movie does have its flaws and doesn’t get a five star rating from me but it is close. I have seen the movie three times now and I am still amazed by it every time I have watched it. 4 out of 5 stars.

Starship Troopers Reviewed – Would You Like To Know More?

Given that just last night I watched Total Recall I decided to revisit another classic Paul Verhoven movie. Troopers was based on a novel by Robert Heinlan with a screenplay by Robocop writer Ed Numeier (sic). It starred Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Neil Patrick Harris, and Denise Richards. There was also a great supporting cast in the film including Michael Ironside, Clancy Brown and Jake Busey.

Paul Verhoven was quoted as saying he could never get through reading the book this film was based on, claiming it was boring and a little depressing. That could be why the movie takes a more humorous approach at the material. More than any of his previous science fiction films this one really takes a no holds barred satirical approach to its subject matter.

The movie plays on Nazi themes as well as exploring the nature of war and whether there is really any one person or thing to blame. If you look closely into the film you begin to see that it was us who first invaded the bug’s home planet. They struck back. Then there is the idea of not being a full fledged citizen unless you enlist in military service like many communist countries.

The movie, on its surface, is a fun man vs. giant bug story with lots of blood and over the top violence. It can be enjoyed on multiple levels. Hell, even if you just want to see Dina Meyer naked you can watch the movie and not be disappointed.

Over the years there have been a couple straight to video sequels to this movie and an animated series. None worked as well as this one. The second movie was more like watching Mimic than a Starship Troopers film. The third brought Van Dien back as Johnny Rico and was again written by Ed Numeier. He also directed. The tone was closer in this film but still failed to capture the magic the way Verhoven had brought his previous scripts to life.

Overall the original Starship Troopers was a big, fun, violent social commentary the likes of which we may never see again. I’m sure we certainly won’t see it in the remake which the producer says will have more CGI and less violence.

4 out of 5 stars.

Proposed Sequel News – Ghostbusters and Independence Day

I have no problem with sequels…when they’re done well. But I can’t help but feel aprehensive when I hear about them, especially when the franchise has sat dormant for a decade or more.

First up is Ghostbusters 3. There has been so much talk about this movie from so many entertainment sites. There were rumors of Bill Murray not even reading a recent draft, shredding it and sending it back to Dan Aykroyd to smaller he’s of the writers of Year One doing a draft that everyone rejected.

The latest news is that Etan Cohen, writer of the recent Men In Black 3, being hired to write a draft. This could be both good and bad. He worked on King Of The Hill, Beavis & Butt-Head, Idiocracy, and Tropic Thunder. Those were all co-writing gigs. Men In Black 3 was a solo credit and look how that turned out. Under the guidance of treats like Aykroyd, Ramis and Murray he may create a great story but we may never know.

At this point, like many fans, I almost feel like they should just give up on trying to make a third movie. Maybe that time has just simply passed. I love the first movie and enjoy the second one, flaws and all. But a third one after all these years just may not find a way to live up to fans expectations.

Next up is Independence Day. I don’t know why Fox didn’t make a sequel right away. The only thing I can figure is that the rights are held by the filmmakers and not the studio. Dean Devlin, co-writer and producer of the original said that he and Roland Emmerich have figured out the story and are currently writing the script. No word yet on whether they can get Will Smith back.

My guess is that since Emmerich’s latest film, Anonymous, barely even made it to theaters and Devlin has done nothing of note in years other than producing the television series Leverage that this is not about coming up with a great story and more about getting their names back out there.

Don Coscorelli, director of the Phantasm films, said once that people wouldn’t give him money for other films and so he kept going back to the series. Even after Bubba Ho-Tep he is struggling to find distribution for John Dies At The End. I wonder if Emmerich and Devlin are feeling the same pressure right about now. After Stargate they made Independence Day and it put them on the map. Then the goodwill was gone after making Godzilla and they dissolved their partnership. Emmerich went on to make several high budget movies about disasters and the box office returns slowly shrank. It seems to me it’s more about getting back in the good graces of high powered executives. I hope I’m wrong. I hope they can make a movie closer to Stargate again.