Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

Director: Ken Finkleman
Cast: Robert Hays, Julie
Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Stephen Stucker, Chuck Conners and William Shatner

The very last thing I remember writing in my review for Airplane! was that too much of a good thing can be bad for you. This was before seeing Airplane II: The Sequel and it turns out I was explosively accurate with the statement.

The plot:
Ted Striker’s (Hays) luck hasn’t changed a bit. Having saved a plane full of passengers from their deaths and a lack of coffee in the first film, things were looking up. He even got the girl, Elaine (Julie Hagerty) as he departed the aircraft. And yet, he finds himself locked up in a lunatic asylum simply for passing negative judgement on revolutionary space shuttle, The Mayflower. Now, the Mayflower is launching into outer space. Cue computer malfunctions, romance, and William Shatner.


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American McGee’s Alice

Developer: Rogue Entertainment

Platform(s): PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 (packaged with Alice: Madness Returns)

Release Date(s): Oct 2000 (PC),Jun 2011 (PS3, Xbox 360)

Insanity. Lunacy. Madness… When it comes to depicting a persons’ state of mind, it is always more interesting to view the damaged psyche of an unhinged individual rather than that of the mentally stable pencil pusher. David Lynch knew it, Stephen King knew it, and if this game is anything to go by, American McGee knows it. Which is why he delves into the material of Lewis Carroll, a necessary part of any surrealists collection, and proceeds to crank it up to 11 on the sick and twisted scale. (more…)

Published in: on October 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Final Fantasy IV

Developer: Square

Platform(s): SNES, PS1, GBA, DS (alternative version of game), PSP (as part of Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection)

Release Date(s): Jul 1991 (SNES), Jan 2002 (PS1), Jun 2006 (GBA), Sep 2008 (DS), Apr 2011

Back to some good ol fashioned Japanese RPGs. Now, for those of you paying attention, you will note that Final Fantasy titles that I have reviewed have averaged quite low scores. Guffaw at this, for those days are long gone! Enter the age of “Holy momma, that’s awesome!”. The franchise is pretty huge, and it was at this point in the series that it becomes apparent that Squaresoft has some serious creative muscle. Like, big guns in the creative department. They could kill dinosaurs with that kinda creativity…well I’ve lost track of what I was saying, but anyway!


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Crazy, Stupid Love (2011)

Director(s): Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon

I am fully aware than in my previous post, I gave chick flicks quite a bashing. It may have appeared that my overall opinion of them is that they are dull and predictable mulch. This is both true and untrue. Whereas there are an enormous amount of below average chick flicks that act as a powerful emetic, there are some that rise above expectations, such as this.

The plot:
Cal (Carell) has just been divorced by his wife Emily (Moore). Drowning his sorrows in a local bar, he comes to the attention of Jacob (Gosling), a local womanizer. (more…)

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Metroid Prime

Developer(s): Nintendo, Retro Studios

Platform(s): Gamecube, Wii (as part of Metroid Prime Trilogy)

Release Date(s): Mar 2003 (Gamecube), Nov 2009 (Wii)

Awwwww yeah, Metroid in 3D! This would undoubtedly have caused a lot of worry when released first. The Metroid games were pretty well-known for being 2D platformer cum shooter games. Translating that to 3D would be a pretty big task. Luckily, Retro Studios, the company that took the game on board, knew what they were doing and released this utter gem to the market.

The Set Up:
Metroid Prime begins with our now familiar hero, Samus (more…)

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Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Director: Sharon Maguire
Cast: Ren
ee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent

Yeah, I watched Bridget Jones’s Diary, big whoop, wanna fight about it?
It’s films like these that lead me to believe that women know something that men don’t. The chick flick, a common staple in a woman’s life, the bane of mine. Cait, I hope you are reading this…

The plot:
Bridget Jones (Zellweger) is a sad little lady who can’t get a boyfriend, oh my god. (AND she has only 24 hours to stop a nuclear war with China!) (more…)

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Drive (2011)

Director: Nicolas Winding Refm
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman

I have never wanted to walk around chewing on a toothpick as much as I did after watching this film.

The plot:
A nameless driver  (Gosling) works on a Hollywood movie set doing stunts. By night however, he runs getaways. Seemingly for kicks. That’s what cool guys like Ryan Gosling like. Kicks. Despite this however, his life seems largely uneventful until he becomes involved with his neighbour, Irene (Mulligan), and her son, Benecio. Before he has to chance to experience anything resembling happiness, all hell breaks loose when Irene’s husband returns from jail. Forced to do a job in exchange for the protection he received in jail, the driver offers his assistance. Then all hell breaks loose……again. (more…)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight

An exotic jungle island. Dinosaurs brought to life. The world’s bubbliest mad scientist. So many elements of Steven Spielberg’s film seem, if in the hands of an amateur, so very unremarkable. After all, Jurassic Park was not the first film to bring dinosaurs to the screen. However, it was the first to make them memorable. (more…)

“Rosemary’s Baby” by Ira Levin

Babies are just downright freaky. This is fact. However, it was not always this way! You may be surprised to know that once upon a time, people found babies endearing, and lovable. Then along came Ira Levin and terrified a generation of parents, and further generations to come. (more…)

Published in: on October 8, 2011 at 12:02 am  Comments (1)  
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30 Minutes or Less (2011)

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, Aziz Ansari

Ruben Fleischer brought us Zombieland. A film that, frankly, reeked of once-lucky. It was an excellent film, and very unique. So much so that it seemed a given that its director wouldn’t be able to follow it up. Well, this is both true and false. Whereas 30 Minutes or Less does not stand out nearly as much as his previous work, it is still a wholly excellent film, utterly engaging and very enjoyable.

The plot:
Pizza delivery boy Nick (Eisenberg) is leading what is essentially a pointless existence. He is not alone however, as Dwayne (McBride), a man still mooching off his wealthy father, is in a similar predicament. Hatching a plan to get rich, Dwayne kidnaps Nick, straps a bomb to his chest, and tells him he has ten hours to rob a bank or else he will explode. Combust. Go boom. (more…)