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10-excellent flick or game, very little to nothing I find wrong with it.
9 -really good flick or game that is almost excellent but may have one or two flaws
8 -good like 9 however the flaws stand out more or it did not generate the excitement I was looking for
7 -pretty good for the most part the movie or game was enjoyable, but along with flaws it may lack plot development or something to that effect
6 -okay chances are it has a boring stretch or something that knocks the film down a peg or two, I might recommend this movie or game, but will say beware
5 -a neither good nor bad flick. Just enough good to keep it from being a bit unwatchable and just enough bad to make it something I probably would not want to see again unless it was a horror movie
4 -for the most part a movie I don't care for, but contains some good scenes or something to that effect, also a rather good score for me to give to a bad horror movie that kept me entertained because it was so bad
3 -usually when they start ranking here or lower they become boring or really low budget or unplayable if a game. it only gets a 3 because it might contain a shining diamond in the rough such as maybe a good performance
2 -usually the only thing making this type of movie from being a one is a good death or perhaps a good nude scene
1 -bad and boring and something I will not watch again unless it is to make fun of it
Shin Megami Tensei IV (2013)
You have the ability to change the city!
This game is the official fourth game in the Shin Megami Tensei series of game. The previous game, which was called Nocturne in the U.S., was released on the PS2 system, while the first two games of the series were never officially released in the United States. I believe they were both for the Super Nintendo console. So basically, not a series that releases games yearly so while you do have to wait for them, they are at least vastly different than a lot of games made these days. There are other games released that use the same things as this series and even carries the name, Shin Megami Tensei, but they are not part of the of the series for some strange reason I cannot fathom. They include the two Digital Devil Saga games for the PS2, Devil Survivor, Strange Journey and the Persona games which I can see not being included as a sequel in the SMT series because they are also kind of their own thing. Strange Journey though so could have been the fourth game and this one the fifth. The game has so many traits that one who has played these games has come to know and love and at times hate. You have demons you recruit and fuse, you have the ability to have multiple endings, the over world map is like it was in a couple of the games and the battles rely on you trying to exploit the enemies weaknesses while covering up your own. It was good, but not great as it did somethings I enjoyed more than the previous entry Nocturne, but it did somethings I liked less, thus balancing each other out and making me say I enjoyed this one about the same.
The story has four potential samurai candidates who live in a place called Mikado coming together to see if they will be selected to become samurai. Walter is a bit of a hot head and hates the status quo, Johnathon wants to maintain peace at any cost and Isabeau is a young lady who wants to do right by everyone. Then you have the main character you control who throughout the game and whose choices will end up putting you on one of these three individuals sides. You start out investigating a strange dungeon in what looks like an old style kingdom; however, about eight hours into the game you are thrust into modern day Tokyo and realize just how large this game is! At first I thought it was just going to be a dungeon crawler type game and then wham, a whole city to explore! You and your fellow samurai explore this city and do jobs for the inhabitants there and begin to learn the strange truth behind the kingdom of Mikado and Tokyo while trying to figure out whose side you should be taking!
The game play is classic JRPG in that you get turn based battles which I prefer. It is so much like a chess match and requires strategy. In action RPG games like the 'Tales' series (which I do enjoy), so often the fights are just running up to the enemy and using your powerful attacks over and over. Then there is the hybrid that sort of is in-between which I like the least. Common in online role playing games it was the type used in Final Fantasy XII and Knights of the Old Republic. Where you input commands and there is sort of a lag and you have to control all the characters while under attack. No, give me the player turn/enemy turn any day. One of my main complaints about the game is the Tokyo world map and the enemies. The map is, quite frankly, a hot mess! So hard to traverse as every little bit is named something different it seems and a few places have very similar sounding names making it sometimes difficult to find anything! Which brings me to the second complaint, while you are searching you are under constant assail from enemies! This is a pain, especially later in the game when the enemies are no match for you. It would have been so awesome had the made weaker enemies run from you.
So overall, I thought this game was really good. Not as good as Persona 3 & 4 though, those two games are like the gold crown of the series of Shin Megami Tensei games. This one is difficult, but not as hard as Nocturne as I had little difficulty defeating the final two bosses on the 'neutral' route. Which is another thing, there are four possible endings and the 'neutral' route is the default best one and it is the hardest one to get. I managed to get it on my first play through without the help of a guide so that was very cool. Though, the ending was pretty good, it kind of halted suddenly. If I ever do want to play through the game again, it will not be as difficult as they include a new game plus where you can come back as strong as you were before and with the same equipment! Granted, that will mean nothing is going to even phase me for a while, but that just means I can enjoy the story more.
City Limits (1984)
You won't want to be in the city limits for long...
I saw this film as a part of an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and I hope that the film is a complete and utter incoherent mess is due to the edits done by this show in conjunction with the edits that the video distributor did to it, because if not, this film is more incoherent than any of the Coleman Francis films that were riffed on the show! That is saying a lot by the way as Skydivers and Red Zone Cuba are at times almost random scenes stitched together! This one has James Earl Jones, Rae Dawn Chong and Kim Cattrall and not a whole else to really talk about other than the fact this film also features future producer Dean Devlin in a small role and has a girl with a nice butt at the beginning of the movie. I sat there watching this thing in amazement as people do random things and do this and that and this is supposed to pass as a movie.
The story, what I can make of it, a guy wants to join this gang called the clippers in the city because that is the hip thing to do. Seriously, this film may have been the birth of hipsters. So he just leaves a really hot chick so he can ride motorcycles because it must be the most awesome thing to do. Well he runs afoul of another gang and he may or may not have killed someone, never really clear. There is some people trying to turn the lights on, but that isn't cool man, but driving around on motorcycles that take gas is! A guy sits behind a desk and does absolutely nothing in the film, but he's the man, man and it isn't hip to be the man! Lots of general riding of motorcycles, people use guns, rag tag group reforms and does their things on their bikes and radically different and hip outfits! My guess is people who liked this movie have children that now vape.
This made for an entertaining episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, but like I said, cuts they may have made to this film may be the main reason this film was so messy. I would try and track down an unedited version of the film, but I don't think I could sit through it without the riffs. It isn't a horror film like, The Incredible Melting Man that has some good goo effects that would be worth seeing unedited. About the only thing this one is going to offer is seeing that one girl's butt at the beginning and thanks to the fact Joel was not quite quick enough with that umbrella, I saw enough.
So, this film is pretty bad. It makes Coleman Francis movies seem like they have a point and it may be a film that foretold the coming of hipsters. Other than that, there is not much to it. You like a bunch of people running around and people on motorcycles and a lousy action scene at the end then this may be your cup of tea. However, this thing for the most part is a sorry mess and is not anything I would want to watch without MST3K. I thought Solarbabies was kind of a strange and outlandish movie about an apocalyptic future, but at least that one did a better job making it look like some weird future world. This one, not so much. Also, it is not heroic in the least to crush an unarmed man behind a desk and it is also a very anticlimactic way to take out close out your action scene.
Suicide Squad (2016)
In some bizarre way, this film just clicked for me...
I had heard that the reviews for this film were less than stellar so I was not sure what to expect. The reviews for Batman V Superman were not so good either, but I enjoyed that one and I am happy to say I enjoyed this one too. In fact, I thought it was more enjoyable than Batman V Superman. I cannot explain why, but it just really worked for me for some completely unknown and strange reason. Perhaps, it simply worked well with the myriad of mental issues I have and it blended well to form some sort of connection with my warped brain. I just do not know, but I am glad I enjoyed it as I took a gamble to see it in theaters and I would hate to shell out money for tickets and not like it. Not only did I like it, but the other two people I was with enjoyed it as well. It was not without its problems, which is why I give it a nine rather than a ten, but most of the issues are in the opening portion of the film. Once the squad is together and in the field the movie is off and running and it is nearly nonstop action the rest of the way.
The story starts out with a woman with a plan to bring together a team of meta humans and those with special skills to combat any threat from a superhuman. Basically, it picks up where Batman V Superman left off and Superman is dead so not only is he not around anymore there is always the chance that another like him turns up and perhaps this one will not be as friendly. Well, we are introduced to the candidates who are criminals for the most part. There is Deadshot, an assassin for hire, Harley Quinn the Joker's insane partner in crime, Killer Croc, Diablo master of flames, Boomerang and a mysterious woman who is possessed by a being known as the Enchantress. Well that last one turns out to be a huge mistake as she releases her brother and together they hatch a plan to take over the world. The team of criminals are assembled and forced to help a special teams unit as in Escape From New York and are led by Rick Flagg who is joined by a girl named Katana. They must enter the city and retrieve someone important, but the Joker is tracking their movements as he tries to take Harley back!
The actors and actresses all do a good job. I especially enjoyed Will Smith's Deadshot as he is probably one of the few people that can make an assassin for hire a sympathetic character. I also enjoyed Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. A lot of people have been complaining about the amount of screen time Jared Leto's Joker received, but I thought how was presented worked as he is not a member of the team, he is just someone trying to get his girlfriend back and does so in strange ways. He was almost like Micheal Keaton as Beetlejuice, not really in the film for very long, but he made an impact any time he was on screen. The main problem I had with the film was the first portion of the film as it was at times, a bit hard to follow. The characters are introduced, but then it flashes here and there; however, this stops once the team is dispatched and after that it is almost all action the rest of the way.
So it was not a perfect film and from all the negative reviews it is not going to be a beloved film by everyone. That being said I really enjoyed it. The music clicked for me, the characters clicked for me and the action was great and kept me entertained. That is all I can ask for. It also sets up next year's Justice League film which I saw a trailer for and it sadly had almost the same amount of humor in it than the entirety of Batman V Superman. The trailer was like two minutes long so that should say something. This film, too, had some more comedy and at the same time dark so it melded really well. I would love to see these characters turn up again in another Suicide Squad film or in other films in the DC movie universe as they really made the film work for me.
The Stranger (1973)
It started off interestingly enough, but never really takes off
I watched this pilot movie for a television show that never came to be on the riff show, Mystery Science Theater 3000. Apparently, it too received the same treatment as such other MST3K classic episodes Pod People and Cave Dwellers where we get a title sequence that comes from an entirely different film all together before being treated to the actual film. It is a rather misleading tactic and one has to wonder why they do it. In Pod People, the film they show actually looks like it might be better and more horrific than the one we get. In Cave Dwellers, the film they show looks more serious and older than the one we get. Here, we get a super science fiction looking show and what we get starts out somewhat promising and then kind of falters by really going nowhere all that special. From this film, it looks like the show was going to be a take on an earlier show, The Fugitive with a few science fiction elements, but not all that many considering it takes place on another planet. Basically, nearly everything thing is the same on this planet our hero finds himself on right down to the cars!
The story has three astronauts experiencing some trouble in space. One of them ends up in a hospital where there is something not quite right. Turns out, that he is not on Earth, but another planet where some sort of oppressive government which at first is trying to get information from the astronaut, but then switches to wanting to kill him because he may pose a threat to their 'perfect' society. He goes on the run and gets the aid of a nurse and a man who happens to help with the space program, but has disdain for the order so he and the astronaut devise a plan that may get him off the planet.
This made for an interesting episode of MST3K. Honestly, during the first section of film I was actually more interested in what was happening in the movie than their riffs as it played out rather good...at first. Then it never goes anywhere and just becomes "The Fugitive" only with the very light science fiction elements. Thankfully, their riffs were good when the story was going stale so it made for an entertaining episode of the show. I liked how they kept trying to get up and leave when the movie looked as if it were going off due to commercial.
So, it was not a totally bad film, but it just needed more. It was interesting up to a point and then it just became kind of a mess. It becomes guy on run and bad guys closing in and then guy finds a way to slip passed them. Pretty sure this one would not have lasted for too many seasons because there is only so much you can do with the premise. The government pretty much had a lot of people under its influence so it would have started becoming unbelievable say he had kept running into people who just happen to hate the order. So, probably for the best it was just a one episode wonder, the main bad thing about it though is no closure.
Riding with Death (1976)
Jim Stafford is the glue that holds these two unrelated television episodes together!
This 'movie' was featured on the cult television show Mystery Science Theater 3000...I have movie in quotes, because this is just another in a long line of television episodes strung together to form a sort of movie. It is kind of like the Master Ninja movies that MST3K also riffed where the two movies were just four episodes of the show mashed together. Though, they try to add some dialog into this on to make it seem like it is one continuous film, though you can tell the things that were added such as the comments about the elusive Robert Denby and the strange scenes where Abby, one of the characters, is watching what is going on with the main character through a television. The show this particularly bad movie came from is a show called the Gemini Man starring Ben Murphy as some sort of agent who can turn invisible. Like the Incredible Hulk in that it was one of those shows made during this era where they would lead up to the grand effect. In that one, it was waiting for David Banner to become the Hulk and in this one it was waiting for Ben Murphy to become invisible, though that is a lot less awesome than Banner becoming the Hulk which is probably why this show would have long been forgotten if not for being riffed by MST3K.
The story is a bit messed up in places, but first things first, we are introduced to Intersect where Sam Casey is an agent who can go invisible. He is tasked with driving some sort of fuel additive to an installation, but the creator of it just wants to embezzle some money. He does what he cant to get his fuel additive to explode as it becomes extremely volatile after a certain length of time. Abby, a woman who also works with Intersect, gets caught and is trapped with the bottle of additive. Then we are thrust into the car racing portion of the movie that really does not make any sense. One can say a lot of things about the first portion of the film, but you do know what is going on. This one just has a guy named Robert Denby who is elusive blowing stuff up at random. Why he is going to blow up the race car may have been explained better in the actual show or perhaps the reasoning was cut by MST3K, but this portion of the film is a bit confusing and the only thing that binds this two episodes together is Jim Stafford as Buffalo Bill, an annoying redneck type who sings lousy!
This made for a rather funny episode of MST3K as they were making fun of the 70's a lot in the first portion of the film and making fun of Stafford and the strange nonsensical plot during the second portion of the film. The bumps for this one were also very funny as I loved the one featuring Servo doing his song for the 70's. All in all a very good episode as they had a lot to work with, this television episodes or some times pilot episodes always make such funny episodes of MST3K.
I cannot say whether the actual show this 'movie' was made from was any good, but I am pretty sure it was not as these two episodes are pretty bad. It also only lasted like eight total episodes, though there were a lot of shows that only lasted this long or maybe a bit longer that I enjoyed. Manimal, Automan and Tales of the Golden Monkey are three shows off the top of my head that did not last long that I loved as a kid, but then again, kids are stupid. This one probably did suck as the only thing that differentiated it from other things was Casey's invisibility and that was not that awesome of an effect to pull off. Short lived show that was turned into a movie that would have been buried had MST3K not unearthed it.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016)
Nathan is back in form and ready to give it one last go!
This game was a return to form for me. I enjoyed the first game a bit, but I thought it had some flaws as far as the combat, but then the second part came out and it literally seemed that they addressed all my problems with the game. Part two was by far my favorite as the third game just seemed a bit of a step back. It was still great and I enjoyed it better than the first game, but it did not hold up to the second game. I think part of the reason this is the case is the fact that the third game was rushed a bit as a lot of the problems with the game was the story just was not as good. Well, I am very happy to report that the fourth game (and possibly last one of the series) returns to form and while I did not think it surpassed the second game of the series, I do think it is on par with it. The story fired on all cylinders as once again you are thrown right into the action, the graphics were incredible...though the previous three games all looked great and the game play was very enjoyable. Though I have to admit I was cursing up a storm during some of those last gun fights!
The story starts with Nathan and another guy on a boat being chased by unknown soldiers. The boat ends up going down and we flash back and learn that Nathan had a brother. We see how younger Nate and his brother Sam were when they were kids before flashing some years later to find out they are in some prison in South America. Apparently, they teamed up with a another guy and bribed their way into the prison because on the backside of it is an older prison where they may be a clue to the whereabouts of a pirate named Avery's treasure! Something happens and Nathan believes Sam dead and we flash to the present where Nathan has retired and is living with his now wife, Elena. Nathan is leading a mundane life now, that is until Sam shows up needing help and once again Nathan is looking for something that seems nearly impossible to find. Sully gets him back into the game and soon they run afoul of the other guy in the prison named Raef who has not given up on Avery's treasure as Nate did and a mercenary named Nadine. Their adventures will once again take you all over the place and into exotic locations as they try to track down the lost pirate treasure!
The game play is pretty standard for an Uncharted game, the main addition to this one is the use of ropes to swing around, Indiana Jones style. The combat is pretty cool, but it can get frustrating at times when troops seemingly appear out of nowhere during some of the gunfights, but most of the time you do have the option to try and stealthily kill them. One surprising aspect of this game that differs from previous games is the lack of any strange enemies as there is usually something that is almost monstrous that attacks you in these games, but not here. The enemies in this one are pretty much exclusively Nadine's mercenaries, there are not even any animals or anything running around and getting into the way. Most of the levels though are fun and it was fun being able to walk around the city when they were trying to get to the one tower. There are also a couple of vehicle chase scenes and a lot of parts of the game where things are collapsing causing for some awesomely tense action scenes!
So, this game was great, probably the best game I have played on the PS4 so far. Scratch that, it is the best game I have played on the PS4. The action is incredible and they managed to keep you involved with the story and there were very few flaws in this one other than a couple of the shoot outs near the end of the game getting frustrating. They are the same people who brought us, The Last of Us, but Nathan is such a better fighter than Joel that these games get nowhere near as annoying as that one did. From the ending, this may be the last game in the series, though I could see there possibly being a couple of more. Nathan still looked in relatively good shape, but how it ended suggested Sully would not be doing more than making a cameo if it did happen; however, if this is how it ends, so be it. At least it ended on a very high note.
Swamp Women (1956)
The girls did look good in those short shorts...
I saw this film as part of an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 which, honestly, is probably the only way I would have ever watched it. If it had never come on the cult riffing show, chances are very good that I never would have seen this early Roger Corman movie. There are a few films that I have seen on MST3K that I also saw uncut, but the show did bring a lot of films to the table that I may have otherwise not seen. Early Roger Corman films, to me, are usually very boring and plodding. He then became super awesome in the mid-70's and during the 80's where he made some incredibly cheesy, but very fun to watch horror films. Then he returned to badness in the 90's again where he even remade a few of his earlier films that were pretty fun to watch and managed to drain the fun right out of them the second time around. During the early portion of his career, a lot of his films where like this one. Lots of padding to go along with a slow moving plot, almost as if the scripts were written as a television show and were stretched to movie length. Not many films during his early days before the films like Piranha and Humanoids from the Deep, that really could catch your attention. However, you had to give it to him, he did make a wide variety of movies as this one is a crime caper, he did westerns and he did a few horrors as well. Most of his films that were featured on MST3K came during this era of his career.
The story has a man and his beloved, well not really his beloved, enjoying Mardi Gras. For some reason the young woman wants to go into the swamp and look at this guy's oil wells. Meanwhile, a female officer is about to go undercover in a prison where she is going to help three hardened criminals escape so that they can lead the cop through a swamp to some diamonds the females stashed there during an earlier heist. Well, the two groups converge and wackiness ensues! Well, there is a scene with a gator that is sort of wacky, but what you actually get is scenes of scenery going by, camping, death, more scenery, more camping, more death and so on. I think after they completed this film they moved up the road and filmed, "The Gunslinger" as a couple of the actresses in this one are also in that one, though this one may have been the second one filmed...
This made for an okay episode of MST3K, though there are only so many riffs one can make about the fact there is not a lot going on besides looking at the swamp. The gator attack scene made for a few chuckles as the one girl was clearly not in the swamp, but rather in a pool. This one was a funnier episode than "The Gunslinger" though, but not as good as say, "The Undead". All the films were Corman movies.
So, not really a great film by an stretch of the imagination. It would never of held my interest without the gang from the satellite of love riffing it. The only thing in it worth seeing are the girls in their shorts. Otherwise, all the film contains is a lot of arguing and a lot of swamp. Pretty sure in real life they would have figured out the one woman was undercover before they ever made it to the swamp, but you got to suspend your disbelief a little for a film such as this. One of those films that probably would have benefited from being made in the 70's or 80's because then we may have been treated to a couple of topless scenes and maybe a gory gator kill, as it is though, the film is mainly just looking at women in shorts in the swamp...
Great effects, completely absurd story and characters...
I saw this movie as an episode of the cult television show Mystery Science Theater 3000; however, I also saw this movies years before it aired on the show as a kid. Suffice to say, it is one of the better films riffed on Mystery Science Theater as it features some very good practical effects and good gore. What it does not feature is a good story or characters. That is this film's downfall and why I can only manage to give this film a score of five. The makers of this film did a wonderful job with the worms here as they actually seem to be overrunning the town in horrific numbers! The deaths are cool too and the makeup done on Roger's character is superb, but you are going to have to sit through a lot of plot points that make no sense and a premise that will have one scratching their head to get to the finale which is pretty cool.
The story has a person from New York coming to a small Georgia town to do some antiquing and he is going to be staying with a girl, her sister and their mother. I only assume he is from New York, another reviewer said he was from Atlanta, but Roger makes a joke about New York, the sister says something about New York, and Mick himself says something that suggests that he is in fact from New York. Of course, if this is the case, how in the heck did he ever meet Geri in the first place? It isn't like there was Facebook back then. This is a absurd plot point and one of many. Another is the town's power going out and a line electrifying the ground causing worms to go crazy in the first place. I know this is a horror and you have to suspend your belief, but I am pretty sure a line going down in a way depicted in the film has occurred more than a couple of times and there have never been killer worms so they really needed to come up with a better means of turning the average worm into a flesh eating creature of death. Well, things get off on the wrong foot as Mick just cannot wait in a truck for five minutes and goes into a cafe and gets on the wrong side of the law and the truck that Geri borrowed from Roger had worms and they all escaped during the day and this also makes no sense because why would the worms in the truck feel the effects of electricity going into the ground and go rouge? I mean it is clearly established at the end that when the power is repaired the worms went back to normal so worms not in contact with the ground should not have been affected! Long story short, Mick and Geri try to figure out what is going on, Geri's mom seems to be losing it, Roger seems to be turning into something of a worm after a face biting incident and we finally get to see the worms overrun the town!
This made for a great episode of MST3K as they mainly did poke fun at the absurd story and characters. A lot of the awesome effects were cut from the show, but those effects did not need to be riffed because they were good! A saw in the message board where some were saying the score for this was too low and suggested it was just those of us who enjoy MST3K bringing it down and we follow whatever they say is bad, but MST3K did not create the plot holes and idiotic story arcs that are featured in this film. Why would Mick, leave the house and go running through the woods to get plywood? He could only haul one piece, I don't think that would have made much difference. I've already mentioned what is wrong with the electricity being the cause and I could probably go on and on about what is wrong with the plot. The good effects and pretty decent attack scenes cannot cover up all the holes in this thing. MST3K mainly focused on just these issues, just because you have a great makeup artist on your team and you have conjured up a few good scenes does not excuse you if you sport a bad story.
So there you have it, it is worth a look and it is a film that I could watch without Mike and the bots and have done so before. I would like to watch it again though just so I can see the parts they had to leave out because they were too graphic. People who have only seen the MST3K version are missing some of the most awesome scenes such as Roger falling in the boat, Mick finding Geri's mom covered in worms and some claim that you can see her still sewing and Roger coming back for one more round after being tossed to the worms. Still, you have to sit through a lot of bizarre story to get there. Is Geri's mother secretly having an affair with Roger, whose skull is it in back of Roger's truck and why would a woman ever want to sleep with that sheriff? Of course, as annoying as most of the characters are, it will make you cheer on the worms as they finally get to have their revenge!
A stage show interrupted occasionally by a fortune teller/zombie plot
I saw this film thanks to the riffing show, Mystery Science Theater 3000. Not sure if I would have ever come across without them, but who knows? Perhaps, I would have eventually come across it in one of those huge packs of public domain horror films. I may have given this one a shot too, though this film predates the George Romero zombies so there is a chance I would have taken a pass on it even if it was in one of those packs and I had bought it. Sure enough, this film features the typical zombie that was in films before we got Romero's totally awesome flesh eating walking corpses. This one features the zombie that is not dead in a true sense, more in the fact that someone has control over said person and has their soul and is able to get said person to do their bidding. Best example of this is the horror film, White Zombie starring Bela Lugosi. The fact that the zombies are going to be of this variety and not the flesh rotting on the bone type can be forgiven as that type of zombie was still three or so years off. However, what makes this film so bad is the fact that over 50 percent of the film is just watching people sing, dance and tell awful joke. Heck, it may comprise 60 percent! In between these truly horrific shows we get a bit of plot about evil fortune tellers and a hopeless slacker who gets mixed up in her plans for revenge!
The story as a guy refusing to have sex with a fortune teller which angers her. She calls in her very deformed assistant, throw acid on the guy refusing sex and the credits role. We then watch two people dance before being introduced to the stars of the film, a hopeless loser and his foreign friend. They pick up a girl and enjoy a day frolicking at the fair while we see more dancing and soon the loser ends up falling for the fortune teller's sister and ends up getting mixed up in the teller's plans for murder! Which seems kind of unnecessary as I am doubting anyone was going to be telling the cops what they had saw at the teller's place. Meanwhile, we watch three or four dance numbers, three or so singers and a very bad comedian as Jerry (the loser) tries to find a way to get not mixed up before he is turned into a zombie!
This made for a rather good episode of MST3K as they were really able to tear into the whole stage show aspect of the movie. This film would have been a complete bore without them as most of the film was just long shots of nothing when it was not very mildly risqué women dancing and singing. Apparently, the director of this film made other movies that were also pretty bad, but I am not sure if any more of his films were riffed. This one was riffed good and it helped liven up what would have otherwise been a very disappointing film! Though something they kind of missed was the fact that at the end of the film it was nighttime and then as the police started chasing Jerry it was like day.
So no, this film is not good and if I had not seen this film with the help of MST3K it would of been a bit boring. Just not a lot of film in this other than watching what is a bunch of amateurs trying their hand at dancing and singing. I mean, just wait till you see the one guy come out with his guitar and that pretty much tells me, this film was cast with a bunch of wannabe musicians. The show where most of the stage numbers takes place is supposed to be a girly show too, well an entire family could go and no one would have to worry about seeing anything to gratuitous with the exception of Carmelita the stripper whose nakedness is more implied than actually shown...
A unique platform game for the PS3 system
I managed to get this game for only five dollars and have to say that it was money well worth spending. It is a platform game that is done in a unique way as the story is presented as a puppet show. The game also uses a lot of humor as it unfolds and features quite a lot of levels and secrets to uncover too. It's a shame a game like this kind of flew under the radar as it was something different, yet everyone gets so stoked for series games like Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed that release essentially the same game every year with the only differences being a change in setting or a new scope on a sniper rifle. I have heard from quite a few that both series have been disappointing as of late, but they still will buy the latest installment. This one was not super great though, it was just a good game. The game play was at times frustrating, not so much because it was insanely difficult or anything, but rather the fact it was just hard at times to control the two characters on the screen at the same time meaning I most likely missed a few extras due to the fact I could not focus on the more exploratory character at all.
The story shows us that the Moon Bear has taken over the moon from the Goddess of the moon and he devours the souls of Earth's children to gain more power. One of these boys though is special as he has the ability to wield a magical pair of shears to fight back against the titanic foe. A titanic foe that has eaten your character's head! That is okay, a cat shows him that he can use a number of various objects to sustain him as the boy under the guidance of a witch must find the moon stones which were broken apart. Once joined again, the moon goddess will return! He is also joined by the daughter of the sun as they go through many sections of the moon in search of the moon stones which are guarded by the Moon Bear's generals!
The game play is a platform type and for the most part linear in nature. The unique aspect is that it is presented as a puppet show as you have a narrator and you hear people in the 'audience' as you play. Generally you go left or right and up or down, and the boss battles are usually rather epic. You use the shears to cut through enemies, find things and travel along certain paths at times. You also gain other abilities as you progress as you get a shield that helps you repel and reflect things, a bomb to help you blast through objects, a hook that lets you grab and pull and a wrestler's ability to have great strength and bonk people from above. The game play could be more varied as a couple of times it looked as if it might do a top down format, but these sadly only ended up being cut scenes. You control the main character in the game and you control the sun daughter too. You use her to uncover secrets and this generally earns you more heads. Which is another somewhat disappointing aspect of the game. You have all these unique heads and you'd think that they had different abilities, but they only do a quick animation sequence and other than finding bonus stages do nothing as far as helping further your progress.
So, all in all, a rather good game. Nowhere near perfect mind you, but I cannot complain as I only paid five dollars for the thing. It has a lot of levels in it and there are plenty of things to uncover as I do not think there was a single level in the game where I found all the heads! The comedy was pretty funny, but there were times when the characters kind of talked over each other and I missed some of the dialog. However, despite these minor flaws, I would rather play a game like this any day to the typical yearly released and over hyped games that others so drool for, but then complain when they are not any good.