9/22/2014

The Last Starfighter (1984) - Alex Rogan (Lance Guest)

A forgotten classic of science fiction teaches us everything we need to know about life. Back in 1984, the American space opera flick directed by Nick Castle, The Last Starfighter, opened. It told the story of Alex Rogan, played by Lance Guest, who plays an arcade game that gets him recruited by an alien named Centauri, played by Robert Preston, to fight in an interstellar war. The movie was a hit, but suffered for its comparisons to Star Wars. But the story has more in common with the legend of Excalibur and is wholly original. It also stands as one of the earliest movies, along with TRON, to use extensive computer-generated imagery (CGI) to for its starships, environments and space battle scenes. As an avid arcade gamer I loved the movie and am always surprised how few people know anything about it.

Here are some life lessons from this forgotten classic.If you've never seen the movie some of the images will be strange, but the message is universal.

1. Don't fear death, but embrace life


2. Don't think too much of yourself. No one likes someone with a big head


3. See every change as an opportunity


4. Don't get stuck in thinking the way you always have. Look for the other solution to the problem


5. When you get an opportunity, stay positive and carry on


6. Never be afraid of the challenge

7. Always get enough sleep, so you can be yourself in the morning


8. Money isn't everything, but it helps sometimes

9. Do what you love. You never know what it might lead to


10. You'll never see anything in the universe greater than love




This post is part of the "Underrated Treasures Blogfest" hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh


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Everyone has a favorite movie or band that no one else has ever heard about. For whatever reason, they remain undiscovered and underrated. Now is your chance to tell the world about this obscure treasure!

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26 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You never know where it might lead.
Campy but fun movie. Think I saw it in the theater.
Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

Clarissa Draper said...

I loved that movie! I watched it many times. I love the life lessons, especially the one about the big head.

Loni Townsend said...

Excellent list. I remember that movie, though I was young when I watched it. Very nice.

Bish Denham said...

I too enjoyed The Last Starfighter and I like the lessons you've pulled from it.

jeremy [retro] said...

Yes... Yes... Yes... I love this film and interesting timing, I just interviewed the composer from this film on Friday last. http://www.jmhdigital.com/

DAVID WALSTON said...

Loved this movie! I haven't seen it in years I need to look for it.

Miranda Hardy said...

I loved this movie. Need to see it once again

spacerguy said...

Bigger budgets paved the way for better actors and more convincing pyrotechnics, 1984 was a great year.

Pat Dilloway said...

I'm surprised no one's done a remake of it yet. I loved that movie when I was a kid. The best part is when one of the bad aliens asks, "What do we do now?" And the other's monacle dealie goes over his eye and he says, "We die." Which they do.

Tony Laplume said...

A movie I finally saw for the first time a few years ago. I love it.

Jo Wake said...

I love The Last Starfighter, it is one of my favourite movies. I have an iTunes copy of the movie.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hey, I remember seeing this movie years ago! Great pick for the Underrated Treasures Blogfest.

Al Diaz said...

Somewhere in the depths of my memory, I seem to recall some of these scenes. I think I saw this move. I saw all movies with starships on it after StarWars. :)

Maurice Mitchell said...

I’m glad it still holds up Tony!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Best line ever Pat. I was trying to think of a life lesson for it, but I couldn’t come up with one.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Well worth the money Jo. I got the 25th Anniversary Edition in the Walmart $5 bin which is almost a crime.

Maurice Mitchell said...

It was a great year Spacerguy and SFX have come a long way.

Maurice Mitchell said...

It’s a classic David!

Maurice Mitchell said...

It still holds up Miranda! The Beta unit is hilarious.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I saw it was young too Loni, but I remember being blown away by the special effects.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Go for it L!

Maurice Mitchell said...

I had to get rid of my giant holographic head yesterday and I still miss it Clarissa.

Maurice Mitchell said...

It’s a good time Alex, and thanks for hosting.

Jo Wake said...

That was a good deal. Paid more than that for my iTunes version as I recall. Pity they never made a follow up, Zur is still out there after all.

mike spain said...

Great choice, I enjoyed the list!

J Lenni Dorner said...

I love how you did this post. Excellent work. :)

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