Masters of the Universe (1987)
No one important, really, but I'll list 'em anyway ... Movie and stage design engineer Gary Goddard started and ended his feature film directing career with Masters of the Universe. He went on to create attractions for Universal Studios, including the awesome Spider-Man ride and Terminator 2/3D: Battle Across Time.
Supergirl screenwriter David Odell penned the movie's script. Like Goddard, he's was shortly booted out of the feature world a few years after its release.
Rocky Balboa face-puncher Dolph Lundgren heads up a cast that includes a young Courteney Cox, Robert Duncan McNeill (Star Trek Voyager's Tom Paris), and Oscar nominee (but not for this movie) Frank Langella.
What's it about?
The now-defunct Cannon films would have you believe that this mess is a magical adaptation of the popular 1980s Masters of the Universe toy line and animated series that brings the action from mythic Eternia to modern-day Earth.
Director Goddard would have you believe that it's a loving tribute to the work of legendary comics artist Jack Kirby, particularly inspired by his Fourth World saga.
Why should you watch it?
Nostalgia. Plain and simple. I'm sure most He-Man fans have revisited this film at least once in their adult lives. If you haven't seen it since you were a kid, then trust me when I say that it's not that bad. Most parts are actually quite enjoyable in an oh-so-'80s, low budget, cardboard set kinda way.
Plus, this movie is probably on a lot of nerd's minds with the recent news that Predators scribes Mike Finch and Alex Litvak are writing a new version for Columbia. And it could be a lot of fun to watch again with the knowledge that Goddard was fighting with the studio the entire time to make the thing look more comic booky and Kirby-esque.
Trust me, you'll have a good time with this flick. You could even make a drinking game where someone takes a shot every time Lundgren looks like he's about to be attacked by bears. No wait, don't do that ... I don't wanna be held responsible for anyone's trip to the emergency room.
See you for the discussion on Monday!