Film and TV

Alex Cox on Bill the Galactic Hero, Biggest Student Movie of All Time

No matter the time or place, even in deep space or the far future, war is hell, and the little guy always gets the worst of it. But when that little guy is the hero of director Alex Cox's adaptation of Harry Harrison's Bill, the Galactic Hero, at least you get a few laughs along the way, plus the hope of a happy(ish) ending. Given the state of endless war in which the United States finds itself mired, Cox's take on Harrison's anti-war cult classic -- a project he's wanted to tackle since just after he finished Repo Man in 1984 -- couldn't be more timely. And its lo-fi sci-fi action, brought to the screen thanks to Kickstarter and a cast and crew made up largely of students from the University of Colorado at Boulder, should provide the perfect realization of both Cox's style and Harrison's message. Before the film's world premiere Friday, December 12 in Boulder, we spoke to Cox about the process of making "the biggest student movie of all time," how Roger Corman almost brought it to the screen in the '80s, and how being a narcissist helps get your art seen.

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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