February 16, 2014: Stargate (1994)

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Cast and Crew: Roland Emmerich (Director); Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson

What It’s About: A mysterious artifact, uncovered in Giza in the 1920’s, allows intergalactic travel.  A team of special forces operatives (headed by Kurt Russell, in one of his more strait-laced roles) escorts a researcher (James Spader) to test out the portal; stranded on the other side of the universe, they then explore the seemingly Egyptian society they encounter on the other side.  Unfortunately, a malevolent and technologically advanced alien has a nefarious plan for the powerful transporter, and our heroes must use their wits, brawn and knowledge of how to speak ancient Egyptian to incite a revolution and escape the machinations of Ra (Jaye Davidson, in his one memorable role after The Crying Game).  Spawned an infinite series of spin-offs with, reportedly, more films to come in 2015.

Why Watch it Today?: On February 16, 1923, Howard Carter and his dig team opened the burial chamber of the tomb of Tutankhamen.  Carter’s bold trespasses spawned a raft of myths of vengeful mummies’ curses.  This movie plays into another thread of ancient Egypt-related conspiracy theory: the idea that their technology was so advanced, the pyramids must have been built by aliens from another planet.

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2 comments on “February 16, 2014: Stargate (1994)

  1. […] pair strike up a strange friendship.  Jody tells Fergus about his girlfriend, Dil (Jaye Davidson, Stargate), and asks him to find her if things go […]

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