This is what filmmaking is all about. When you have a tiny budget, a grainy camera and some not particularly convincing actors, what do you do? You go and have fun anyway! Dark Star is funny, laid-back, and a lot of fun, from the stoned-out conversations about how the various astronauts we follow got onboard a mission to blow up planets around the galaxies for no apparent reason to the beach ball alien with claws glued to it. John Carpenter’s first feature film may be a lot less sharply-made than some of his later classics, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of his most entertaining and good-hearted films.