Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies I-X' started by F. King Daniel, Sep 8, 2012.
The Carbon Unit
I always liked The God Thing.
Almost -- it was Superman: The Movie.
Yeah, but the title as presented in the film was just plain Superman, with no subtitle. I'd be curious to know why it was marketed as Superman: The Movie. (Pending documented confirmation, the "event" idea certainly sounds right.)
On the other hand, in the case of Star Trek, the subtitle was and is included, when presented in the film Star Trek: The Motion Picture. (The colon was not typed, but the colon is common style for separating title and subtitle.)
Presumably the same reason as Twilight Zone: The Movie, Transformers: The Movie, GI Joe: The Movie, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. Plus The Muppet Movie, The Simpsons Movie, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, The Brady Bunch Movie, etc.
If something originated in another medium, it makes sense to call attention to the fact that this is a movie, something distinct. Not only because of the "event" factor, but because not all promotion and discussion of the film will be in movie posters or theater marquees. Some of it will be word of mouth, tie-in ads, etc. So it's worthwhile to point out that it's a movie and not a comic book or TV show or whatever.
It goes the other way too. RoboCop: The Series, War of the Worlds: The Series, Friday the 13th: The Series, Men in Black: The Series, Godzilla: The Series, Highlander: The Animated Series, Batman: The Animated Series, Blade: The Series, etc.
Now, does it make Superman: The Movie classy just to be called Superman on screen? I sorta think so.
Though I enjoy TMP more than others, the title that came to mind was:
Star Trek: 15 minutes of Plot, 100 Minutes of Special Effects, and 30 Minutes of Actors Staring at Special Effects
But, that might be a mouthful.
Star Trek: Staring at Special Effects
Star Trek: The Next One Will Be Better
Star Trek: Episode 80--A New Thing (you can adjust the episode number if you want to include the two pilots and/or the animated episodes)
Star Trek: Prodigal Son
Star Trek: Blaster Beam
Star Trek: Ovsotuhl-Ozhika
Star Trek: The Motionless Picture
Star Trek: Weekend at Admiral Nogura's
Star Trek: Tedium
Star Trek: Watching Paint Dry
Star Trek: Hours Would Seem Like Days
I kid, I kid... It's a very good movie though it gets a little drawn out in the middle. It ranks #6 out of 11 for me and I still pop in my ST:TMP DE DVD once a year or so.
BTW, I think Star Trek: In Thy Image would be a very good title.
STAR TREK: DECKER'S UNIT
Star Trek: The Book Was Better
Star trek :The slow motion picture
Star trek:Bald chick-flick
The God Thing! I knew there was another Phase II era name. But I couldn't remember it. That gets my vote.
Star Trek Into Ambien
Actually, does the title "Superman" actually appear on the screen? I remember a big "S" at the beginning of the flick, but . . . .
It does in this one, as seen above. But it's interesting how often Superman and Batman movies and TV shows don't show the actual character name in their opening titles. The 1988 Superman animated series didn't (though announcer Bill Woodson said it multiple times), B:TAS and S:TAS didn't, and I believe the title screen for Batman Forever was just the Batman logo with "Forever" superimposed on it. I find it interesting how that suggests that the Superman and Batman logos have essentially become ideograms, like in Chinese or Egyptian -- a single symbol representing a specific word. You see "(Bat-symbol) Forever" and you know it's pronounced "Batman Forever."
BEST CREDITS EVER.
EV-FUCKING-ER. NO ONE WILL EVER HAVE BETTER CREDITS THAN SUPERMAN. NEVER TRY.
Star Trek: "The Changeling" with better special effects, better music, and some padding to fill out a movie-length run-time.
eh, I think that's a bit wordy for a title.
Separate names with a comma.