Archive for June, 2006

Superman Returns (2006)

Superman ReturnsFour and a Half Stars

Who’s in it

Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Parker Posey, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Kate Bosworth

Should you see this movie?

Yes. If you liked the older movies, then you may not like this, but I think this is a much more modern version of Superman, closer to how he should be, using today’s technology to make him happen. It is violent, it’s engaging, and it’s a story that really shows how alienated Superman feels in a human society. These are my gripes, however. Bosworth, worst casting ever possible as Lois Lane. Too young, terrible acting, completely unbelieveable. That is it. I will comment that I watched all of the old movies before I saw this one. I thought that Christopher Reeve played a better Clark Kent, and Brandon Routh, although a little young, played a tremendous Superman. But the flying scenes, the plot, the idea behind the whole movie was very awesome and I hope that it kicks off a whole series of successful movies directed by Bryan Singer. He is a great director, a true artist whole is dedicated to what he does and I am really glad he took over the project. See it and figure out what you think, but like Batman, it helps erase the late movies that left such a bad taste in people’s mouths.

My Pac-man progress – Touchup and Mame

I bought my first Pac-man in Indianapolis in June of 2006 and I was working on some cosmetic issues on it nearly 6 months before I started blogging about arcade games. As a result, I didn’t write updates on all of the daily things I did to the cabinet, and I didn’t get to write about the decision to make the cabinet into a Mame machine.

I thought I would add some photos of the machine to date, talk a little bit about what I did and what I learned, and what is next to finalizing the never ending Mame Pac-man project. (more…)

Team America (2004)

Team AmericaTwo Stars

Who’s in it

Voices: Trey Parker, Matt Stone

Should you see this movie?

I think you’ll know if you have an interest to see this movie. If you know who those names are, and what you will see when you get involved in anything they do, you go prepared and are still shocked. I will give this to them, an all puppet animated feature that tackles world politics, only they could pull it off. It was a decently entertaining movie that I wouldn’t probably watch again with over the top puppet sex and violence, but it was something else to see the amount of work that went into it, and is a nice progression for these guys, they keep trying to push the bar.

Zoolander (2001)

ZoolanderThree Stars

Who’s in it

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Milla Jovovich, Christine Taylor, Jon Voight, Jerry Stiller, David Duchovny

Should you see this movie?

I would say, probably not. Now, that said, I only heard terrible things about this movie from people that don’t have the same movie tastes as me, but I think Sarah and I both found this movie funny because of who we are with. We saw most of this movie in Cleveland with my college friends, and it was so off the wall stupid that I found it funny. It has a ton of good actors in it, so you would hope that the idea would be successful, an inside look into the world of male modeling. No, seriously, just that by itself is funny, and the movie does a good job of mocking a possible simplicity of male model intelligence. Use your best judgement, not for everyone.

You, Me, and Dupree (2006)

You, Me, and DupreeOne and a Half Stars

Who’s in it

Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson, Michael Douglas, Seth Rogen

Should you see this movie?

No, this one sucked more than you could imagine. It was half awkward “Meet the Parents” humor and half pity humor, and that sort of thing hardly ever works for me. I thought this movie might be worth .50 cents, but it wasn’t. Dupree is a loser friend who is a free spirit and can’t find his way and is into all sorts of weird stuff. The movie just drags on as this person hates this person, and then someone else doesn’t like someone else and the other people are friends, and on and on. Not funny, you sit there wondering what else you could be doing, skip this one with all you can.

Raising Arizona (1987)

Raising ArizonaOne Star

Who’s in it

Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman

Should you see this movie?

No. Dated and not funny but more disturbing, I hated this movie and can’t think of many people in my circle of friends that would find it funny. We saw it as a recommendation, and because there are some clips in “SceneIt”, and typically I like Cage. But this is before he became big, and it is no wonder why he didn’t get there with this movie. It reminded me some of Mad Max and is really dated in a bad way. Skip this at all costs.

Mission Impossible 3 (2006)

Mission Impossible 3Five Stars

Who’s in it

Tom Cruise, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Kerri Russell

Should you see this movie?

Yes, this is the best one. J.J. Abrams directed this one, the creator of LOST, but that didn’t affect my decision in any way. In this movie Cruise had moved on, which is a typical storyline, but is pulled back in and crosses the wrong guy. His new wife is threatened and he has to do a job for the bad guy, he has to get “The Rabbit’s Foot”. The difference, even though the story isn’t new, is that it is gritty, it hits close to home, and Hoffman is one of the scariest men alive in this movie. The stunts are awesome, the effects are great, it all supports the story so well, engaging, entertaining on the edge of your seat excitement, if they keep making them at this calibur I will see them forever and ever.