Five geeky film alternatives for those fed up with the Super Bowl
It's Super Bowl time! That's always exciting. The Broncos are playing! That's even more exciting. Unless, of course, you don't give a single fuck about football. Typically -- stereotypically, at least -- geeks aren't supposed to, just like we're not supposed to be able to get girls/guys, dress ourselves stylishly, or walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded. Of course, lots of us like football just like lots of us can do all those other things (okay, I can do the first and last, but my "cargo pants and zombie shirt" look is a million miles from stylish). Still, just as with any stereotype, there's some truth to it. Plenty of geeks will find themselves with nothing to do while sports are enjoyed by basically everyone else, but why should they have to feel left out? They should get to enjoy some sweet sports action of the geeky kind, so I've come up with this list of five of my favorite sci-fi sports movies to keep you busy up to -- and on -- game day.
Giant robots fighting to the death for the amusement of spectators never looked cheesier! This late '80s clunker is low-rent, goofy and cheap-looking, and those are its good points. Actually, its good points are the fact it was written by science fiction author Joe Haldeman (author of the classics Forever War and Forever Peace, not to mention some other great shit, and directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator!). Also, giant robots fight a lot, and you can never go wrong with that.
Death Race 2000
A young Sylvester Stallone and an always-awesome David Carradine anchor this Roger Corman-produced classic about a cross-country race where the drivers mow down pedestrians for points. Much like the real Super Bowl, the race is used to pacify the populace while rich assholes and politicians run things for their own benefit, but this isn't a movie about social commentary and making you think. This is a movie where David Carradine runs over a lot of people in a super-cheesy-looking race car, which is a lot more entertaining than thinking. Yay sports!