TrustMovies is speaking of the old (and original) group of actors from Star Trek, that silly TV series in which the Starship Enterprise went zooming around the universe, teaching (and sometimes learning) important moral lessons to and from all those alien species it encountered. Couldn't you just puke? I did -- and quit watching that show very early on. Ditto the fairly dumb initial series of movies made from it. It has only been with the last couple of new Star Trek movies that I've finally come aboard. Sure, the moral lessons are still there, but, whew, they're packed into films that move and thrill and entertain (and feature a cast that can act and does not linger over each line of dialog as though it were something by Shakespeare).
TO BE TAKEI, from filmmaker Jennifer M. Kroot (shown at right), all about the life and times of the gentlemen, George Takei, who helped break the Asian actor barrier, later did some good PR for the cause of gay rights, and is now most concerned with getting out the tale, in the form of a new musical entitled Allegiance, of the Japanese-American internment camps set up during World War II. (Those camps were disgusting displays of rabid prejudice from a people that supposedly prided itself on "democracy.")
William Shatner -- who is shat upon rather often and probably deservedly in this documentary -- pronounces it: Tack-eye.) From his plastered grin (see poster above, photo below, and just about any and every shot in the documentary) to his so-happy-you-could-croak attitude and line delivery, this guy is always, and I mean always "on." You'll be looking for the off switch within minutes.
Gene Roddenberry to do an episode devoted to dealing with homosexuality is particularly interesting.
Shoah on the part of the filmmaker.
BD Wong and John Cho, Dan Savage and the late Senator Daniel Inouye as to what Takei has meant to them over the years. Of all people, Howard Stern seems to have had a soft spot for Takei, who was often a guest on his show.
AMC Loew's Village VII, and in the Los Angeles area, look for it at the Sundance Sunset Cinemas and Laemmle's Playhouse 7. To see all currently scheduled playdates, click here, and then click on SCREENINGS.