Monday, 30 March 2015

2 Fast 2 Furious Review














2 Fast 2 Furious


Release Date: 5th June 2003 - Australia


Production Companies
Universal Pictures

Distribution
Universal Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 103 minutes


Budget: $76,000,000

Box Office Gross: $236,350,661
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Brian O'Conner has lost his
job after letting his friend
Dom Toretto, a street-racing
crime boss, escape the law.
Now he's back in Miami
with his old friend, Roman
Pearce. He's working under-
cover for the cops to avoid
punishment for his actions.
He's helping the gorgeous
Monica Fuentes track down
a shady businessman. And
he's racing again - this it's
for his life...


Cast
Paul Walker - Brian O'Conner
Tyrese Gibson - Roman Pearce
Eva Mendes - Monica Fuentes
Cole Hauser - Carter Verone
Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges - Tej Parker
Devon Aoki - Suki
James Remar - Markham
Thom Barry - Bilkins
Amaury Nolasco - Orange Julius
Michael Ealy - Slap Jack
Jim Auyeung - Jimmy
Mark Boone, Jr. - Whitworth
Mo Gallini - Enrique
Roberto Sanchez - Roberto
Eric Etebari - Darden
John Cenatiempo - Korpi

Crew
Director - John Singleton
Based on Characters/Story - 
Gary Scott Thompson
Story/Screenplay - Michael 
Brandt and Derek Haas
Producer - Neal H. Moritz
Co-Producer - Heather Lieberman
Production Designer - Keith
Brian Burns
Costume Designer - Sanja
Milkovic Hays
Director of Photography -
Matthew F. Leonetti
Stunt Coordinator - Artie Malesci
Visual Effects Supervisor - Mike Wassel
Film Editors - Bruce Cannon and Dallas Puett
Music - David Arnold


Review
It's been years since the unexpected tragic death of actor Paul Walker in a traffic collision. It occurred to me that I would finish reviewing the second and fourth movies of THE FAST & THE FURIOUS series just in time for the upcoming seventh instalment which is now due for release in Australian cinemas in April 2015. Around the previous years when Walker was alive and the original had made him a star, the series second feature 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS unfortunately did not exceed the standards of the first, mainly due to Vin Diesel's refusal to reprise his role in the sequel as he was busy with filming XXX. With Diesel nowhere in sight, the film is just missing the opportunity to leap forward into a better film worthy of the standards of the original. Thankfully, it still has the adrenaline rush with the racing sequences and driving choreography if only it worked better on the film's need-to-be-improved storyline.

With Paul Walker still in his lead role. It did not do much justice to pair Walker with Tyrese Gibson who re appears as a supporting lead in FURIOUS 5 (click here), he doesn't share the chemistry that Paul and Vin had.

This film as a standalone picture I feel would probably have been a lot more successful, but because you have the original masterpiece to compare it to it just does not meet its high quality.

Star rating: (5/10) Average


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Film Guru Lad's Top Movie Villains: Part 4 - Honourable Mentions




G'day, this is Rad Dingo and what I'm presenting here a list of honourable mentions for film villains which almost made it into the top 15 list of the greatest that are considered as most iconic villains portrayed in cinema.

Go (click here in part one), (part two) and (part three) if you haven't read the chapters on my list of these top vile monsters. Now stay tuned for the last part of No. 5.




Honourable Mentions


#1. Magneto (X-Men Trilogy)




#2. Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians)
















#3. T-1000 (T2: Judgement Day)
















#4. Agatha Trunchbull (Matilda)




#5. Howard Payne (Speed)

















#6. Predator (Predator)




#7. Emperor Commodus (Gladiator)















#8. Count Olaf (Lemony Snicket's A 
Series of Unfortunate Events)





Monday, 23 March 2015

Earth to Echo Review










Earth to Echo


Release Date: 3rd July 2014 - Australia


Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (Uncredited)
Panay Films

Distribution 
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Sci-Fi/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 86 minutes


Budget: $13,000,000

Box Office Gross: $45,336,704
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
After receiving a bizarre 
series of encrypted 
messages, a group of 
kids embark on an 
adventure with an 
alien who needs their 
help.


Cast
Teo Halm - Alex
Brian "Astro" Bradley - Tuck
Reese Hartwig - Munch
Ella Wahlestedt - Emma
Jason Gray-Stanford - Dr.
Lawrence Masden
Algee Smith - Marcus Simms
Cassius Willis - Calvin Simms
Sonya Leslie - Theresa Simms
Kerry O'Malley - Janice Douglas
Virginia Louise Smith - Betty
Barrett
Peter Mackenzie - James Hastings
Valerie Wildman - Christine Hastings
Mary Pat Gleason - Dusty

Crew
Director - Dave Green
Story/Screenplay - Henry Gayden
Story/Producer - Andrew Panay
Co-Producers - Adam Blum and
Ken Halsband
Producer - Ryan Kavanaugh
Production Designer - Kasra Farahani
Cinematography - Maxime Alexandre
Costume Designer - Judianna Makovsky
Visual Effects Supervisor - Josh Saeta
Film Editors - Carsten Kurpanek and
Crispin Struthers
Music - Joseph Trapanese


Review
I was in shock that the teaser for EARTH TO ECHO was released four years after SUPER 8 (click here) and I would hypothesise that these both movies were alike in terms of similar themes and inspirations out of Steven Spielberg's superbly fashioned classics like E.T. (click here) and THE GOONIES. Since J. J. Abrams' hit shook the many sci-fi loving filmgoers and had a lot of maturity and frightening content inside for the teens and young adults, it was without a doubt was similar to E.T. but very low-budgeted. Many of the people who have seen SUPER 8 mentioned a dozen times in their web chatting and reviews that they've considered it to be its knock-off, a sad truth nonetheless that its writers can't seem to think fresh ideas and may have taken some of its elements out of the box and into the ground it goes as they say. This is meant to be aimed at young audiences, I still need to mention the finer details of this film before I get on with the conclusion of this post.

The lead protagonists are shown to be less equal than the ones in SUPER 8 that all each had their different personalities and character developments, especially the girl with the blonde hair who almost bores an uncanny likeness to Elle Fanning's role in the original where she was a far more greater focus to the plot. I love the cute little alien robot design which although helpful to the film, he could have ended up as if he was the main character not that he is able to fall in the category with the more established film bots such as WALL-E and R2D2.

This isn't exactly an alternative feature that anyone envisioned it to be, but is a less scarier version of SUPER 8. It's a forgettable entry and I don't need to watch it a second time since it stands as below average.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Film Guru Lad's Top Movie Villains: Part 3



My apologies to you, it's been so long I've done part two of the best movie villains but finally, here it is and I would love to hear what you have to say about your favourite villains. If you missed the first two parts of this list, just go into these links of (part one) and (part two).

Please feel free to leave a comment.



#7. HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey)

Here's a different one that you
have not been expecting! HAL
9000 as his full name is the
benevolent artificial intelligent
machine which betrays the trust
of the humans and is perhaps
the first time, viewers have seen
a machine that turns evil. HAL
9000 is the precursor of those
machines who fall in well-
intentioned extremist territory.

HAL was built to monitor the spacecraft of Discovery One and its personnel. Over the course of the movie, he becomes very corrupt and he disagrees with those who give him orders to cancel a mission and this leads to a downward spiral of events. He begins to sabotage the spaceship in light of his own self-preservation and becomes a traitorous, operating system that seeks to take command over the humans who programmed him.



#6. Loki (Thor & The Avengers)

It's easy to feel sorry for Loki
because he always comes
second to his brother Thor who
is favoured by his adoptive
father over Loki himself. This
jealousy adds fuel to the fire
and causes him to have an
innate desire to rule as king,
overthrow his brother and win
his father's approval. Among
the atrocities, cunning and
power-hungry nature, Loki also
wipes out his own race The Frost Giants and manipulates Black Widow by giving her the information she needs just to start the heroes turning against each other. Fortunately, he meets his match when he comes against the great and powerful Hulk.



#5. Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars Trilogy)

If you think Darth Vader is
the only true big bad of
Star Wars, you know that
he only serves one man
Emperor Palpatine. Yes,
this evil Sith Lord is a
chess-master of villainy
and has done a lot of
monstrosity like misleading
everyone including Padme
to call off the Superme
Chancellor and to get
himself elected as the same leader, he then started the Clone Wars of playing both sides one another. He is responsible for turning young Anakin Skywalker into the evil and merciless Darth Vader and ordering the clone troopers to execute the Jedi except for a few. This master manipulating tyrant has started all the events of chain reaction that led to the birth of the Empire and the Jedi's near extinction. No one would stand up to him exclude for Vader's son Luke which he wants to turn him into the dark side.


#4. Agent Smith (The Matrix Trilogy)

While the first 'Matrix' film stands
out against the two sequels, you
know they had the same villain
who is menacing enough to look
like an Men in Black agent except
that he is a computer program that
looks like an agent and used to be.
Yes, that name would be Agent
Smith and this human-despising
rouge agent is now a virus bent
on absorbing the bodies of the
humans, other programs and his
former co-agents and changes
them into duplicates of himself.
His true purposes are never
revealed, it only hints that Smith is
not only plotting the destruction
of humanity, but to his creators
of the Matrix. While his confront-able nemesis Neo when revived almost puts him in deletion. In the end, he was returned back in the next instalments as the main antagonist and it probably makes him a more powerful and relentless foe.



Monday, 16 March 2015

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Review











Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home


Release Date: 18th December 1986 - Australia


Production Companies
Paramount Pictures

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 118 minutes


Budget: $21,000,000

Box Office Gross: $133,000,000
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Branded as fugitives by the 
very Foundation they swore 
to protect, the crew of the 
U.S.S. Enterprise dutifully 
returns to Earth to face 
charges for crimes committed 
in the course of rescuing 
a resurrected Spock.

But en route, it is learned 
that the Earth is being 
ravaged by a strange alien 
probe demanding a response 
from a life form that no longer 
exists.

Commandeering a captured 
Klingon Bird of Prey, Kirk 
and his crew bend time and 
space to save Earth and 
rediscover the meaning of 
friendship.


Cast
William Shatner - Admiral 
James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy - Commander 
Spock 
DeForest Kelley - Dr, Leonard
"Bones" McCoy
Catherine Hicks - Gillian
James Doohan - Scotty
Walter Koenig - Chekov
George Takei - Sulu
Nichelle Nichols - Uhura 
Robin Curtis - Saavik
Mark Lernard - Sarek
Jane Wyatt - Amanda Grayson
Brock Peters - Admiral Cartwright

Crew
Story/Director - Leonard Nimoy
Based on Series "Star Trek"/
Executive Consultant - 
Gene
Roddenberry 
Story/Screenplay/Producer - 
Harve Bennett
Screenplay - Steve Meerson, 
Peter Krikes and Nicholas 
Meyer
Production Designer - Jack T. Collis
Costume Designer - Robert Fletcher
Director of Photography - Don Peterman
Visual Effects Supervisor - Ken Ralston
Film Editor - Peter E. Berger 
Composer: Theme "Star Trek" - 
Alexander Courage
Music - Leonard Rosenman


Awards

1987 Academy Awards
Best Cinematography - Don Peterman (Nominated)
Best Sound - Terry Porter, David J. Hudson,
Mel Metcalfe and Gene S. Cantamessa (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - Mark A. Mangini (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Score - Leonard Rosenman (Nominated)


Review
I enjoy watching film adaptations of STAR TREKI still think STAR WARS is a much better sci-fi movie trilogy with far more memorable characters and aliens equipped with better storytelling. In re-exploring the fourth chapter that I haven't seen for quite a long time, the story brings the original characters in a journey travelling back to Earth in a different time where they interact in an unfamiliar surrounding. THE VOYAGE HOME was a changing to the TREK series in that it became less serious and had more of a focus on comedy as this film communicates a storyline that begins in the future in the year 2286 and ends up in the past in the late 80s. After THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (click here) proved to be divisive for Trekkers alike in both succeeding and disappointing them, this time director/actor Leonard Nimoy has scored big time in co-designing a feature with an unusual plot and with more hilarity that creates a comical version of STAR TREK.

It's surprising that THE VOYAGE HOME didn't actually wreck the entire franchise, otherwise THE NEXT GENERATION program may have not being made. Aside from the comedy and time travel, the usual elements are all there. There is a message about saving the whales which is melded into the plot with consequences which I will not spoil this information for you. 

There hasn't been a better Trek movie I saw since J.J. Abrams' first of his reboot series (click here), that film is definitely a treasure to remembered by all Trekkers and sci-fi film goers. 

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

My Ninth Important Message




G'day, this is RadDingo (formerly known as FilmGuruLad) and I'm not being inconsistent with mucking around my old reviews just as I already told you that I am fixing and then improving them. Once again, I've redone my reviews which consisted about 17 that you may or may not have already looked on my blog as you searched just as before I've erased its imperfections. I had to install more or fix the cast and crew descriptions, pictures, splitting paragraphs, re-wording the letters which didn't suit the reviews that were generally at their star ratings and writing down the last paragraph in one review. There is the list of the following names of 17 reviews that were linked to their original posts and I'm positively sure you may recognise those names before.



In revealing of one more further update, I've re-published the review of the romantic comedy 'Blended' which you can now, search it through the blog archive or go into the search tab from the above. I'll see you very soon as you go on-board on the Enterprise when the review of the fourth original instalment of 'Star Trek', 'The Voyage Home' reaches its posting on Monday. Live long and prosper!


Monday, 9 March 2015

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Review










Star Trek III: The Search for Spock


Release Date: 6th December 1984 - Australia 


Production Companies
Paramount Pictures

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG 

Runtime: 101 minutes


Budget: $12,000,000

Box Office Gross: $87,000,000 
(Worldwide)



Plot Summary
In the wake of Spock's 
ultimate act of sacrifice, 
the crew of the U.S.S. 
Enterprise returns to 
Earth from the newly 
formed Genesis planet.
Upon arrival, the crew 
learns that life back home 
will not be easier: Scotty 
gets reassigned, Dr. "Bones" 
McCoy appears to be 
going insane, and the 
Enterprise is about to be 
decommissioned. 

It is only when Kirk is 
confronted by Spock's 
father that he learns his 
old friend may have another 
chance at life if the crew 
can survive the Klingon 
interference and return to 
the Genesis planet.


Cast
William Shatner - Admiral 
James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy - Commander 
Spock 
DeForest Kelley - Dr, Leonard
"Bones" McCoy
James Doohan - Scotty
Walter Koenig - Chekov
George Takei - Sulu
Nichelle Nichols - Uhura 
Christopher Lloyd - Commander Kruge
Robin Curtis - Saavik
Merritt Butrick - David Marcus
Carl Steven - Spock - Age 9
Vadia Potenza - Spock - Age 13
Stephen Manley - Spock - Age 
17
Joe W. Davis - Spock - Age 25
Mark Lenard - Sarek
Robert Hooks - Admiral Morrow

Crew
Director - Leonard Nimoy
Based on Series "Star Trek"/
Executive Consultant - 
Gene Roddenberry 
Writer/Producer - Harve 
Bennett
Art Director - John E. Chilberg II
Costume Designer - Robert 
Fletcher 
Cinematography - Charles 
Correll
Visual Effects Supervisor - Ken 
Ralston
Film Editor - Robert F. Churgue 
Composer: Theme "Star Trek" - 
Alexander Courage
Music - James Horner


Review
After 2013, I have finally decided to do a review on a STAR TREK film, I quite find that the first two instalments weren't so bad after all in spite of being originally spun out of a program that created a cult following among the Trekkie fan bases everywhere. Since the now untimely passing of Spock's actor Leonard Nimoy, I have decided to post the review of THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (TSFS) to pay his respects. To resonate the fans of the Enterprise crew, TSFS continues the adventure only to go downwards of what many considered it to be the middle child of the original film series and it's almost near being the weakest instalment. There is no overbalance of the plot and action in a subpar Trek film, it feels there is nothing left to compensate the drama and the audacity which is all but spent on THE WRATH OF KHAN (click here). This was Leonard Nimoy's directorial debut and even he knew that this film lacked a spark that fans were disappointed with. He still could have done better in crafting a scene that had the same intensity and climax of the death scene in the second movie.

Christopher Lloyd who while in his big break at Hollywood is solid enough to showcase his performance as a Klingon commander who I consider is a very brooding antagonist. This consequently lead to Lloyd in the next year to eventually play a role of a scientist who would create a DeLorean time machine and be used by a teen slacker to travel back into the 1950s.

Could it be that THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK is a decent episode which due to lack of direction did not match the excitement and tears shown in THE WRATH OF KHAN? It's predecessor had started the story-arc of the Genesis, it'll have to wait until the fourth sequel is introduced to the Trekkers which would be released in the next two years in the final frontier. Stay tuned for the next Trek movie review until Scotty beams ourselves up!

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie


Friday, 6 March 2015

Paper Planes Review










Paper Planes


Release Date: 10th August 2014 - Australia
(Melbourne International Film Festival)


Production Companies 
Screen Australia
Australia Children's Television
Foundation (in association with)
ScreenWest (in association with)
Premiere Fund (in association with)
EMIG (in association with)
Arenamedia 

Distribution 
Roadshow Distribution
Archlight Films


Genre: Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 96 minutes


Box Office Gross: $7,360,872
(Australia)


Plot Summary
Paper Planes is a family
film that tells the story of
a young boy's passion for
flight and his journey to
compete in the world
paper plane championships
in Japan. This universal
heart warming journey
of a young boy and his
father reconnecting after
a family's struggle will
have us cheering them
all the way to the world
championships of paper
plane flying.


Cast
Ed Oxenbould - Dylan
Sam Worthington - Jack
Nicholas Bakopoulous-Cooke - Jason
David Wenham - Patrick
Ena Imai - Kimi
Deborah Mailman - Maureen
Terry Norris - Grandpa
Peter Rowsthorn - Mr. Lickenhooper 
Julian Dennison - Kevin

Crew
Writer/Producer/Director - 
Robert Connolly
Based on a Inspiration/Paper Plane Consultants - Dylan Parker and James Norton
Writer - Steve Vorland
Executive Producers - Eric Bana, Jonathan Chissick, Gary Hamilton, Andrew Myer, Bernadette O'Mahony and Ying Ye
Producers - Liz Kearney and 
Maggie Miles
Production Designer - Clayton Jauncey
Costume Designer - Lien See Leong
Director of Photography - Tristan Milani
Visual Effects Supervisor - John Francis
Film Editor - Nick Meyers
Music - Nigel Westlake


Review
There is something about PAPER PLANES that makes you want to reminisce the days of your childhood and take a trip down memory lane when you used to fold paper and make it into a flying object. It's definitely a tip of the iceberg in terms of balancing light-hearted drama and entertainment; PAPER PLANES is suitable to all ages and will appeal to a diverse audience. I must admit, there are some big names in Australia that were involved in the process of making the whole project. Even Eric Bana was one of the producing executives of this film.

There's a lot to talk about the stars that had played their parts in the movie including the two known Aussie celebrities Edward Oxenbould and Sam Worthington. Young Ed is nicely carrying his innocence of youth as he is capturing the main young lead and he has already established himself a solid beginning to a prosperous career after also having appeared in ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (click here). The soon-to-be acting legend Sam Worthington is ideal for this supporting portrayal as the boy's widowed and seemingly careless father. 

Although this is no joke to you that PAPER PLANES is an excellent motion picture, I had sincere doubts that Australia would once again beat Hollywood and give you an interest and inspiration of teaching kids how to make paper planes.

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

WarGames Review









WarGames


Release Date: 4th August 1983 - Australia


Production Companies
United Artists (presents)
Sherwood Productions (produced 
in association with)


Genre: Drama

Rating: PG

Runtime: 108 minutes


Budget: $12,000,000

Box Office Gross: $89,658,531
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Computer hacker David 
Lightman can bypass 
the most advanced security 
systems, break the most 
intricate secret codes and 
master even the most 
difficult computer games. 
But when he unwittingly 
taps into the Defense 
Department's war computer, 
he initiates a confrontation 
of global proportions - World 
War III! 

Together with his girlfriend 
and a bizarre computer 
genius, David must race 
against time to outwit his 
opponent ...and prevent 
nuclear Armageddon.


Cast
Matthew Broderick - David Lightman
Ally Sheedy - Jennifer Mack
Dabney Coleman - Dr. John McKittrick
John Wood - Dr. Stephen Falken
Barry Corbin - General Jack
Beringer
Juanin Clay - Pat Healy
Kent Williams - Cabot
Dennis Lipscomb - Watson
Joe Dorsey - Col. Joe Conley
Michael Madsen - Lt. Steve Phelps
Maury Chaykin - Jim Sting
Eddie Deezen - Malvin

Crew
Director - John Badham
Writers - Lawrence Lasker and 
Walter F. Parkes
Producer - Harold Schneider
Production Designer - Angelo Graham
Director of Photography - 
William A. Fraker
Film Editor - Tom Rolf
Visual Effects Supervisor - Michael L. Fink
Visual Consultant - Geoffrey Kirkland 
Music - Arthur B. Rubinstein


Awards

1984 Academy Awards
Best Writing, Original Screenplay - Lawrence Lasker
and Walter F. Parkers (Nominated)
Best Cinematography - William A. Fraker (Nominated)
Best Sound - Michael J. Kohut, Carlos Delarios,
Aaron Rochin and Willie D. Burton (Nominated)


Review
For many of my childhood memories include watching the old films that belong to the nostalgic 80's like THE NEVERENDING STORY (click here), the first TRON (click here), E.T. (click here) and even the SHORT CIRCUIT feature. I haven't mentioned one movie that doesn't compare itself to these family classics. For a film that takes place years ago when WARGAMES was made in an era when computers were an integral part of our lives, films like these have paved the way to other computer focused hits. At better, I felt this feature was certainly not perfect in spite of its plot while thoughtful and thought provoking. Its predictability is just what prevents this film from going over-the-top even when it's aged in many years.

The original Hollywood teen sensations, Matt Broderick and Ally Sheedy who I thought did a good job in capturing their character personalities. This having been the first time Broderick has played a character who is a troublesome high school student; and many would consider Matthew's breakthrough he will soon play another troublesome teen who is more laid-back, less skilled of hacking and is very iconic as it ends with the name who would for all time be remembered as Ferris Bueller.

I know of WARGAMES as a film which influenced a new avenue for pictures to create stories that are similar to its originality and premise including SUMMER WARS, SNEAKERS and HACKERS as much-needed examples. It's nowhere near as flawless as it could have been with a bigger budget and better direction, but has a lot of memorable moments and it is nice to watch for people with an interest of computers. No hacking this post and just instead leave your opinions on the comment tab.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie



Monday, 2 March 2015

In Memory of Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) (Updated)





Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)


G'day, this is RadDingo, I'm  
not sure if you have or have 
not watched Star Trek and I 
have very sad news to inform 
you that the actor Leonard 
Nimoy who is well-known in 
film and television roles such 
as Captain Kirk's faithful half 
Vulcan, half human companion 
Mr Spock has now passed 
away on February 27th 2015 at the age of 83. This has been tragic that someone who is very recognisable to portray character who is without any emotion is now gone above the stars.

Prior to working on Star Trek, Leonard began his acting career in 1951 where he was mostly seen in 50 of the minor parts he plays on old B-grade movies before scoring a big part on a movie called Kid Monk Baroni. When playing the title role, Leonard Nimoy actually believed it would cement him into becoming Hollywood's most desired and this never proved to be true for Leonard until years later. He then went on to star in a 12 part science fiction serial and made it through television serving in supporting or guest appearances most notable though of these shows are 'Bonanza', 'Perry Mason', 'Dragnet', 'The Twilight Zone', 'Get Smart' among the various others that he chose to appear in. In 1965 came Leonard as he was fit to play the Human/Vulcan hybrid of an officer on a upcoming science fiction show instead of a role on a soap opera that he was offered to join. That said, the famous character of Spock and the show 'Star Trek' didn't air until 1966 when it was on NBC and during the show's production Leonard formed a long brotherly like relationship with his co-star and actor that played Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner whom he first met while they both guest starred together in a episode of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E'

In 1969, after 'Star Trek' was cancelled in its third season, Leonard joined the cast on the 'Mission Impossible' show in which he replaces the lead character portrayed by Martin Landau and his tenure only lasted until the sixth season. Continuing to make roles in cinema and in television as he co-stars with Yul Brynner and Richard Crenna in 'Catflow'. Leonard reprised his role of Spock in the animated series and again in 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture'. After the first two features were directed by Robert Wise and Nicholas Meyer, this gave Leonard the opportunity that not only he would star as Mr. Spock, he would also like to direct the third instalment of the franchise. Doing so, he becomes the first Trek actor to appoint himself as the director resorting in films in not just one but two chapters like 'The Search for Spock' and 'The Voyage Home'. This new-found gift of Leonard as a director that paved the way to him directing four more movies including the notable heart-warming comedy THREE MEN AND A BABY.  

Leonard occasionally done a lot of voice work in animated features most notably is Megatron's upgraded counterpart Galvatron in a film based on 'The Transformers' (click here) and voiced himself in two episodes of the prime-time animation 'The Simpsons'. After 8 years of having been in film and 18 years of retiring the role of Spock, Leonard eventually returned to play once again, only this time, he plays the older version of his character in the J.J. Abrams reboot of 'Star Trek'. Again, he would return as Spock Prime in a cameo of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' which would later be the last time he play as Mr. Spock. 

Leonard wherever you are now, I don't care if your performance as Spock or the show that your character is featured in are appreciated by everyone else. All I can say is I have always been a fan of your work and my final words to you are...... live long and prosper! 

Don't forget to look at two of the YouTube clips of Leonard's great field of movie performances which are highlighted below.