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Hot Shots! (1991)
Definitely one of the better spoofs
This movie is a lot of fun to watch. Yes, there's a lot of spoofing going on, and one comedic line after the next, but unlike spoofs of today, they actually make sense and bring together a cohesive story.
That said, the other strength of the film is that, comedy aside, there actually is a storyline going on, and its pretty good. You feel like you're watching a movie, instead of a string of stupid "hey this is from this movie", "hey that's from that movie" scenes strung together.
Lloyd Bridges is fantastic as the clueless admiral, Carey Elwes plays one of the most egotistical jerks I've seen, and Charley Sheen's comic timing with his lines really bring this one together.
The other great part is you don't even have to have seen the movies its spoofing to understand what's going on or to laugh at the jokes. One of the best movie spoofs there is.
Rockman X3 (1995)
Good, if it wasn't for the music and lack of animation.
What's the deal with Capcom making great firsts (Mega Man/Mega Man II (NES) and Mega Man X (SNES)) and then letting them quickly go downhill from there? Mega Man X had great graphics, smooth animation, and one of the most enjoyable musical scores for the SNES. Mega Man X3, however, is just plain annoying to listen to. Almost all 8 of the robot masters have almost identical 1 minute looped electric guitar rampages for music (ugh!), and then so much of the smooth animation from Mega Man X is gone. There's just too many enemies that are only 1 or 2 frames. A horrible example of this is Sigma himself. Standing is 1 frame, shooting is his arm straight out for a 2nd frame. It just flickers back and forth as he shoots. It's almost embarrassing, and unpleasant to look at. Much of the rest of the game is like this.
Complaints aside, it is a fun adventure. The items are well hidden and enjoyable to find, as with the other X series. However, when you don't like looking at a game or listening to it, it's hard to enjoy the good things.
Family Guy: Peter's Got Woods (2005)
Great fun with James Woods
"Peter's Got Woods" is one of the better episodes of Season 4. In the episode, Brian tries to impress a new black teacher by suggesting the name of James Woods Memorial High School be renamed after someone more fitting like Martin Luther King Jr. After a fight with Brian, Peter stands against him and in turn quickly becomes best friends with James Woods. I give James Woods credit for portraying himself in such a fun and twisted manner in how he becomes overly obsessive over Peter's friendship. Not only that, but those that love Family Guy's parodying of famous movies will agree that the last thirty seconds of the show are worth watching the entire episode for.
Definitely a better 'movie' but not nearly as funny as the original.
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy had a lot better and realistic storyline than the original film. However, in a film such as this, a good storyline really doesn't make much of a difference. It was the crazy and comical situations that made the first film such an uproarious experience and this 'second' film just didn't have it. Yeah, there were some funny situations, but for the most part, I was bored watching it. It was very easy to tell that this film was not previewed in front of a test audience as there were some scenes that just dragged on a bit too long and went from the funny stage to the uncomfortable stage, such as the scene where Champ just goes on and on and on and on in the car about how he is really in love with Ron. Funny at first, but after a while, I was beginning to feel uncomfortable with it. In my opinion, they should have just sorted through it, found the funniest material (as there was some stuff that was WAY funny) and just compiled it into a longer edit of the original film. I own the DVD and I know I'll probably never watch it again. There are some scenes I'd really like to see, but I know that if I want to watch them, I'll just skip through the movie to find them and not watch the movie in whole. The best part of the DVD was the even MORE deleted scenes that were never used in either film and the multiple takes of the same scene, especially the ones that included Brick.
Collateral Damage (2002)
I tried to not listen to the other reviews.
I'd heard a lot of mixed reviews about this movie, but all in all, not too many of them gave it very high praise. I figured, hey, I'm an Arnold fan so I'm going to forget what they say and make the decision myself. I tried very hard to like this movie, I really did. It had an interesting idea, Arnold looked good and acted well, but it just really wasn't that interesting. There was action, yeah, but it didn't spark much interest. There was some adventure, yes, but nothing too entertaining. There was a nice plot and story, but nothing breathtaking. All in all, it just was, well, kinda boring. I didn't find it dumb, or poorly done, or badly acted, or anything like that. It was just boring. I'd recommend watching it if you like Arnold, enjoy watching movies for lack of anything else to do, and are entertained by just HAVING a story unfold infront of you. If that's you, you'll like this movie. But if you want to be entertained, enjoy an action movie, and want some excitement to your otherwise dull day, this isn't going to cut it. Rent one of Arnold's previous films like Predator if you want some awesome action.
Captures the feel of Aliens
Although it goes a little overboard (3 headed aliens, aliens that morph, fly, spit acid, roll into armored balls, etc...) mostly because it is a video game, this game does capture the feel of Aliens rather well. I remember playing this in the arcade when it came out in 1990 and was amazed by it. Somehow, something about it is just so Aliens it's creepy. If you can find it, give it a try. I guess there's arcade emulators out there on the internet now.
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
How did this happen?
How does Alien: Resurrection have a higher rating (on www.imdb.com) then Alien 3 does? I'll WATCH Alien 3, I might even like it, but this movie is a total piece of trash. Alien 3 had a point, it was meant to be a dark, moody version of the Alien world and it succeeded. There was a story behind Alien 3. It might not have been the most exciting, but there was evidence that someone who cared had worked on it. Alien: Resurrection is an example of Hollywood making a little more money off of a franchise. There's barely any story, just a bunch of people trying to get off of a space ship, most of which characters we WANT to die. Just a dumb movie all around. In comparison to Alien 3, Alien 3 is definitely the superior film so I don't understand how Alien: Resurrection was rated higher.
The Scorpion King (2002)
Fun, just like it should be.
I enjoyed this movie for one reason only, it was fun to watch. But think about it, what more could anyone want? I enjoyed myself and that's really all that should be necessary. As for the content of the movie, I though that it was kept real enough so that the "cheese" factor never got in the way, but it never took itself too seriously to be ridiculed for incorrectness. Dwayne Johnson "The Rock" did a very good job. He definitely has a career as an actor and has a warm screen presence. He's the kind of character you couldn't help but to like. I think his biggest bonus was the fact that he never went over the top with his acting. It never seemed like he was "trying" to act, but that he was just playing the part. My only complaint was this (may contain spoilers): Considering that this IS a prequel to The Mummy Returns, how did he turn into that hiddeous scorpion creature shown in The Mummy Returns? Why was he evil in that movie, but a good guy in The Scorpion King? Even though this was a movie to explain his origin, it never got around to explaining his origin and I was left wondering "wait a second, what about..." The only thing I can think of was that he was poisoned by the scorpion venom and the sorcoress said something about "if he lives, scorpion venom will always run through his veins" Is that it? It that ALL the explanation we're going to get?
Who knows. Oh well. It wasn't enough to ruin the movie for me. Either way, watch it, have fun, grab a bowl of popcorn and just enjoy yourself. The more you expect, the less you will get. Expect to be entertained and you will, but expect a movie of epic proportions and you'll be disappointed.
The Last Unicorn (1982)
We watched this film in class when I was in the third grade, and I remember thinking then, "wow, it's been a looong time since I've seen this." I enjoyed watching it then and was fascinated by it. It also reminded me of why I had enjoyed it when I was younger. (A 9 year old remenisencing about when he was younger?)
That was 14 years ago and a thought of this film has always had its place in the back of my mind. I've always been able to remember movies quite well (if someone saw a movie last year, and I saw it when I was six, I can probably tell you more about it then they can) and had always wanted to watch it again. No film has stuck in the back of my mind for so many years like this one has.
Several days ago I got my chance and was immediately brought back to the wonderment I had experienced when I was younger. It was just as I remembered it and it was amazing watching all those things I had locked away somewhere in my mind coming to life again (the Red Bull, the skull on the shelf, Fortuna with her Harpy, Robin Hood walking through, the loving tree, just to name a few of the things that stood out in my mind) I watched it from beginning to end enjoying every second and have not been able to get it out of my mind for the last several days.
An incredible fantasy story that is so immersive on many levels. Excellent story telling. And thankfully not made JUST for little kids! It's gripping and will make you think.
And on a final note (literally), why can't Disney take some hints from the music in this film? As soon as I heard the theme song playing in the intro, I was filled with feelings of sorrow and compassion. The songs had EMOTION in them! Imagine that! (Obviously Disney can't, with their campy little sing-a-longs).
Great classic. Now I just need to find a copy of the book and then wait for the movie adaptation!
Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)
Just wasn't that funny.
It would be a natural assumption that since Tim Allen is the main character in this movie, and that since this movie IS supposed to be a comedy, that some of Tim Allen's lines would have at least some humorous content to them. About 90% of his lines were flat and were spoken like they were SUPPOSED to be funny, but just weren't. As for the rest of the movie, why is it that since someone is raised in the jungle, they are complete idiots? His son could speak two languages, seemed rather intelligent, and yet, he'd kill someone elses fish and eat them, steal catfood from the cat and eat it, and do other stupid things that someone with common sense wouldn't do. The things he did were more embarrasingly stupid then funny and just didn't create all that many laughs. Now if we want to look at the point of view of the movie being meaningful as far as a father/son relationship...well...ok, a big time, job oriented guy with a hot new girlfriend finds out he has a son (with his devorced wife, who is of course, really cool) and the two don't get along until then end, when they suddenly do. Like we haven't seen that story before. All in all, just not all that well done. I think the idea could have worked but it was just a poor choice of a final script. Rent if you're bored, it'll entertain you, just don't expect anything all that good.