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The first of a great series.
The Metroid series began with this relatively small (the ROM is only 128 kBytes, or 1MBit), but well designed game. It has always been one of my favorite titles, and is one of the greatest influences in my personal efforts to create games of my own. From this title is one of my all time favorite tunes, the music used in Kraid's hideout. I highly recommend this game.
I would, personally, rank this game as my third favorite in the Metroid series, my favorite being Super Metroid and my second favorite being Metroid Prime; I don't like to rate different types of games against each other because they aren't really the same thing, are they?
Red Dwarf (1988)
I love this program.
I've read through the reviews, and I've noticed many of the comments generally support my view of Series 1-5, but a few fail my Series 6 view, and pretty much none support my Series 7 and 8 views. Series 6 changed the format of the program completely, putting the crew on the Starbug and making the plot a chase down on the dwarf, but while some of those who have commented claim this to be a weakness, I find it to be a strength, especially with the increased cooperation between Lister and Rimmer, despite the continued animosity between them.
Series 7 begins very strong, and while it does have a few weak points in the middle, I still find all of the episodes to be acceptable, and I found a number of hilarious jokes, especially after Rimmer leaves the crew. For example, Christine's response to Dave's "Definitive" comment, especially considering the way he is dressed, is a strong retort, and Kryten's response to his dinner preparation is a hoot. Series 8 is a little weaker than Series 7, but it still has awesome classics, like Cassandra, and Pete, and Rimmer's response to Death in the final episode is unquestioningly hilarious.
I love Red Dwarf. The program is witty and funny, and I would recommend all eight Series with 4 being the strongest and 8 the least in this respect, though still excellent. My favorite episode is "White Hole".
Doctor Who (1963)
"Would you like a Jelly Baby?" Tom Baker
Doctor Who ran longer than an individual television series of its time, and only a few PBS series, such as Sesame Street, have ever rivaled it in this respect. In its twenty six seasons, a wonderfully broad range of tales were told, many of which were not classic Science Fiction.
A number of purely historical settings were used many times, such as the first story's focus on how man discovered fire. My personal favorite of this type was the Peter Davison episode "Black Orchid", set in early twenties England.
One of my all time favorite episodes was the Tom Baker story "Nightmare of Eden", where the Doctor and Romana solve a mystery on two space ships. Tom Baker is also my favorite of the seven doctors, although I wish he had spoken more legibly in some scenes. I loved his tendency to speak to the audience, as if he were on the set of a stage rather than in the middle of a film.
Colin Baker, while somewhat tactless, still represented the role of the Doctor superbly, maintaining the characteristics that the Doctor represented.
Sylvester McCoy, my favorite after Tom Baker, added a personality that truly made the Doctor come to life in a way he had never accomplished before. He also stared with my favorite of the Doctor's companions, Ace, who showed great courage and still found time to be witty.
I could continue with many more comments, but I would like to end with this: Doctor Who had a fascinating concept that has enlivened my imagination. It's format allowed for many ideas, such as how the Tardis is really laid out, to be thought on while telling excellent stories with limited resources.
I Accuse My Parents (1944)
I am really surprized this has a lower rating than Mitchell.
I watched this movie (the MST3K version), or rather I ignored most it; I was busy working on my computer at the time, and this really wasn't worth interrupting that for; I did catch most of the jokes provided by Mike, Tom Servo, and Crow. As many previous critics on this page have mentioned, this film has a great deal of short comings, from a lack of acting, to a lame, bone headed story.
I would say, however, that it had one redeaming feature the film Mitchell, which I gave a lower rating to, lacked; a plot. Although I paid little attention to the movie, I did notice that something happened during the film, and it did point towards, and reach, an ultimate conclusion; although little of the film, from the beginning to the end, was actually worth paying attention to.
One day, lad, all this will be yours! What, the curtains?
This is one of the most non-sensical movies of all time. I greatly enjoyed the film from its opening credits to the really absurd anti-climatic ending. The movie is so enjoyable I have found great pleasure in memorizing lines from the film.
I think the best sequence in the film is most certainly "The Tale of Sir Launcelot", a scene which has absolutely nothing to do with the story, but has dialog that brings some of the best laughs. Another real favorite is the "Bridge of Death", a scene I have almost memorized in its entirety.
Other highlights in the film, in my opinion, include the opening scene, "Bring out your Dead", "The Black Knight", the witch scene, "Camalot", "The Tale of Sir Robin", "The Tale of Sir Galahad", "Tim the Enchanter", "The Killer Rabbit", and the animator's fatal heart attack ("Death on an Animator"?). Still, I won't say the rest of the film is less enjoyable, just a little less memorable than the rest.
The best thing about the film is learning about how bad some of the filming conditions were, or how difficult a time the Monty Python troupe had in making it. The actors really had a difficult time in making the movie, and yet they still gave their best effort to make the film humorous. Like always, the film was a group effort, with each of the actors giving their all. This film is truly a classic.
Sit back and relax, you're not going anywhere
There is only one reason to see this film, to sit back, relax, and laugh yourself to death for an hour and a half [and one minute]. I have to say I've seen it the full way through twice, and I completely enjoyed it both times. There may be some who will criticize the film for its lack of plot, or its overly simplistic story, or its incredibly cheesy special effects, but I think they miss the point.
I loved Strange Brew because it gave me a chance to reset myself and just relax. There was no need to think about what is happening because the comedy was perfect for the vacant mind, and I need the rare occasion to let my mind go blank; it's the only time it truly gets a break. The unfortunate thing is too many other stupid guy movies have failed to give me the same satisfaction.
The only major, full length lampoon of Star Wars
I have enjoyed Spaceballs for many years since the first time I saw it. It made fun specifically of Star Wars, but also added comic lampoons of other science fiction/fantasy films. There are jokes that stem from Star Trek, the Wizard of Oz, and almost certainly many other classic films, I just can't think of any at the moment.
How many films have successfully mixed the genre's of science fiction and comedy so successfully? There are certainly well done films, such as Ghostbusters and Men in Black. Spaceballs certainly deserves a place within these ranks; a place I personally have given it.
There are also no other full length films I can think of which have sought to lampoon Star Wars, if there are any, I can't think of, or I am not aware of them. Although I won't say there aren't other good jokes on Star Wars, I think Space Balls is the all time best.
Great Science Fiction Comedy Film
Ghostbusters introduced a new way of making comedy films that few films since have properly duplicated; the art of mixing special effects with humor. Even the horrible special effects work, simply because the film uses them so effectively.
Bill Murray was the best choice for Peter Venkman, a person whose easy to dislike, but impossible to hate. Bill made Peter work, and made the romance between Peter and Dana Barrett believable.
Dan Aykroyd, who also co wrote the film, also made Ray Stantz work excellently, a man no one could hate, no matter how stupid he acted. I loved his speeches, which made the circumstances he was in funny and enjoyable.
Sigourney Weaver also made Dana Barrett a fun character who made her place in the movie by being sensible, not deliberately funny. The non-sense of Zuul, which she also played perfectly, also turned out to be great fun.
Harold Ramis, Dan's co-writer, gave Egon Spengler a great part as well. It was entertaining to see him serve as the straight man while everyone else were making so many jokes, yet still remain one of the funniest characters in the film.
Annie Potts receptionist/secretary also made the film fun; her perfect New York accent and her attitude made the part fun to watch.
Rick Moranis also made his role fun to watch; I have to respect an intelligent man who can play a moronic character so well, and Rick's character did great in the role.
And to ignore the great parts William Ackerman and Ernie Hudson gave to the film would be a great act of injustice; Ackerman was easy to hate, and willing to play the fool, to an extent, while Ernie did a wonderful job as the fourth Ghostbuster, giving some of his best lines in the film during the battle against Gozer.
I wish more films would take the example from Ghostbusters; the use of personality and good acting is far more important in a film than special effects, but special effects, when used properly, make a film excellent.
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Not as good as the first, but still great
Ghostbusters II was not quite as good as the first, but I would still recommend it to friends. While I felt the second film lacked the first's sense of desperation, the cast still did a good job at doing everything necessary to make it good.
Again, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Annie Potts, Rick Moranis, and Ernie Hudson were great in their roles. I would say the comments I made about them for Ghostbusters reflects my opinion of their roles in Ghostbusters II.
My major complaint about Ghostbusters II, as I've mentioned before, was the lack of desperation the first film had. The villain didn't induce the same sense of terror Gozer did, and the final battle between the Ghostbusters and Vigo wasn't as spectacular.
Still, despite its failures, it was still a much better film than most others in the Comedy/Special Effects genre. It was still a great deal of fun to watch and excellently done.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Entertaining cross between a Lampoon and a Dedication
In the recent past, I've seen the honorable genre of comedy twisted into a despicable excuse for terrible, sex-filled sludge. Galaxy Quest is an immense relief to that image; if only it weren't a well kept flower in a junk yard of crap. I've seen many films I liked better, but far more I hated more.
The first thing I noticed was how well Tim Allen molded himself into his role. I like his humor, though I can appreciate the opinions of those who don't, and I thought he worked well in the film. Sigourney Weaver, who has also been an eye-pleaser to me, performed excellently as well; I love her response to the criticism she received for doing her job. I would like to note that I also have high opinion of all the other actors in the film, I just don't like to write long reviews.
Few films I've seen in the last few years seem to use Special Effects as an excuse for not having a plot or a story. Despite having seen several other critics on this site whine about their lack, I found the movie had a well thought out story and a sensible, believable plot. I didn't laugh continuously, but I enjoyed the entire film.