Watching this movie now, I still don’t understand how it wasn’t a HUGE hit!!!
John McHale left the Navy in disgust over a few things. Things like how his superiors treated him and his men. He has retired to an island paradise that is very close to the Naval base where his former crew is stationed. Making his living as a seller of merchandise ranging from beer to ice cream to calendars may not seem like much of a way to make a living, but McHale’s heart is ultimately in the right place though as he uses his earnings to support the island locals. This peace and tranquility is halted when terrorist take over the island as the home base of their operations. The lead terrorist, Vladikov, is an old acquaintance and the two are soon pitted against each other when McHale is recruited back to the Navy and charged with stopping the terrorist threat in the area.
Hollywood suckles upon itself yet again for more content bringing you this movie based on a 1960′s era television show about the mis-adventures of a Navy crew in World War II. Less than twenty years after the war it was based on may have seemed too soon to be making fun of the war but waiting thirty years after the series ran to reuse the content seems cheap. I had seen some of the original series and if you put it in the time and place it was made in it was funny. Trying to bring that same humor to a more modern time had to be a difficult task and on-screen it fell short. In the end it felt like the movie basically used the title for name recognition. The humor was somewhat of a rip of and didn’t playoff as well. The names and location seemed like the only things that carried over from the show without feeling fake. Even all the star power packed into this movie could not save it. Put in perspective of its 1997 release, the cast should have been a big draw. Tom Arnold led the cast but was completed by the likes of David Alan Grier, Dean Stockwell, Debra Messing, and Tim Curry.
With all that said, I still laughed when I watched it. The humor was funny at least to me. Maybe it didn’t hit other people the same. You have to step back and realize that the humor was trying to work in that space in between realistic and cartoonish. Do you really expect a diving suit to fill up like a balloon in real life? Reusing the McHale’s Navy name wasn’t necessary for this. It could have just as well been called “The Caribbean Cruisers”.
Go ahead and watch the movie if you Netflix. It a fairly wholesome comedy that really won’t offend people. Not sure that I’d recommend putting out money for a disc copy though.
Nothing really matters and so what if it did?
A beautiful and simple game – yet hard to explain.
The game begins with you as the player in a desert watching what looks like a shooting star fall behind a distant mountain. The journey then begins as you make your way to the downed star. Walking through the desert you find unknown ruins and perhaps other travelers on the same journey.
This PlayStation exclusive is truly a work of art. If you are into the action packed, run and gun games then this is not for you. Journey is exactly what its name implies. You as the player are taken on a journey through a beautifully imagined and crafted world towards an unknown goal. Even after finishing the game once, I am still unclear as to what exactly was happening or why but I am looking forward to playing it again. It may be that there is no set story or meaning but it is more left for the player to make his or her own interpretation.
The mechanics in the game are as simple as the scenery is gorgeous. The player has essentially two actions besides moving, those being jump and voice. The jump action can result in a glide ability depending how many ribbon like pieces the player has accumulated. Whereas the voice action, which really doesn’t make true vocal sounds, can be tapped for a quick voicing or held then released for a more powerful vocalization. Voice actions can activate items like murals or the aforementioned ribbons. Gameplay is simply making your way to your goal. There are some chances to explore along the way but there are no enemies to defeat or puzzles to solve along the way. Granted there is one enemy-like entity that you are best to avoid but if it does contact you you are merely thrown back slightly. The multiplayer element is seamless to say the least. Two different players joined and left my game with little or no notice.
Playing this game is like no other. It has the best blend of imagery and music that I have ever encountered. The sheer simplicity that the game makers used and were able to convey such emotion with is astounding. If you are looking for a great game experience that is like no other than take the time to play this game. The total game will take little over an hour to complete.
Available only through the PlayStation Network, Journey will set you back about $15. Well worth the investment since most likely you’ll play it more than once.
This movie had a ton of fail potential but pulled out a solid performance and became one of the better zombie movies I’ve seen.
What would you do when the world is over run with zombies? In the midst of rush hour traffic, Gerry must decide. He and his family were following their normal routine when the world went asunder. Crazed panic and madness abound as people out of control ravage the city. Nobody knows what is happening and nobody wants to say it but the zombie apocalypse is happening. Now Gerry must reluctantly help the United Nations forces that he left for his family in order to keep them safe. Nothing is easy and nowhere is safe. The normal can be turned at any moment and nobody knows why. Gerry must travel the world to find answers so that he can keep his family safe.
Having seen this film at a drive-in and on Blu-Ray, I’ve been blown away twice. Seeing it on an ultra-big screen is an experience that so many are missing and unfortunately is fading away. If you have a drive-in near, you really should support it. This was the first movie I ever saw at one and the experience was memorable. Having worked at a theatre, it was a unique feeling that has no way of being replicated. Back to the movie…
Having heard of multiple production issues on the endeavor, I had many doubts that it would be any good. Production was apparently stopped at one point. Re-writes were done. Re-shooting happened, I guess. Edits and re-edits were reported as well. How they pulled this off I’m not sure. Post-release, I’ve read and heard statements that the writer of the books says it has little or nothing in common with them. Having never read any of them, I can’t vouch for those statements
What I do know is, that through it all a quality production was presented to the people. I am not a big zombie or horror movie fan but this movie was genuinely entertaining. Brad Pitt is not a favorite either and even I enjoyed his performance. The fact that they worked opposite of many film mechanics resonated with me. Perhaps the biggest non-traditional element was the speed of the zombies. In most movies, the zombies are the slowest creatures on the screen but in this movie they are the fastest. Be warned that not everybody makes it and sacrifices are made.
I was turned from a hater to a fan of this film and would tell many people to watch it. They left enough open for sequels but I have no idea if any are coming. If I know anything about Hollywood it is that they like money and if they think that a sequel would make money, they’ll make it.
The horse bucked me off, kicked me in the head, and stomped on my balls – I think it would be more advisable to get away rather than get back on.
Here I am back again – dying. More good times in Titanfall. The review went up last week but I just keep playing. That also means I keep dying.
I’m still chasing more regeneration challenges. Some of them I can get pretty easy while other are trying my patience. Sniper rifles are not my friend. Let me demonstrate…
Be prepared to laugh, a lot.
The year is 1980, several years have gone by and Ron Burgundy it still reading the news with his salon quality hair on display. Now married and with a son, Ron and his wife are a team on-screen as well as off as they host a New York news show together. Quickly though their bliss is turned asunder. Ron’s idol, Mack Tannen, is retiring but much to his dismay Ron will not be his successor – his wife will. This is too much to bear for Ron and he loses his job, his wife, his son, and his mind. At the depths of his insanity, an opportunity is handed to Ron to be an anchor for a new twenty-four hour news network. Ron accepts and begins the task of getting his new team back together. They will assemble and change the news industry forever.
Looking at everything they put into this movie, I can see why it took as long as it did to make it. The star power in this movie is astounding and does not disappoint. Even the small parts and cameos are hilarious. Everybody from Harrison Ford to Will Smith to Chris Parnell to so many others all deliver. The story is not completely original as it seems to copy a lot of the same plot line as the original with slight modification. This was huge concern I had when they first announced the sequel but the amount of comedy complete eclipses plot issues. I really want to tell you all about this movie but you should see it for yourself. If you thought Brick Tamland was funny in the first movie you better just strap yourself in as his role is much bigger and funnier in this movie.
This movie is an absolute laugh-fest. I would argue that I may have laughed more at the sequel than the original. I may have even hurt myself laughing. It’s going to take a few more watches for me to make sure I saw everything. A good friend of mine had rented this so I watched it with him and another friend. Amazon is asking a paltry $17 for the viewing trifecta of Blu-ray, DVD, and digital. For those not will or able to commit, Redbox will let you rent it. Sorry but just like the original you won’t find it on Netflix.
Here’s a quick Birck Tamland compilation from the original Anchorman, just to make you laugh right now.