Archive for July, 2010


Netflix Pick of the Month – Real Genius

Our Netflix Pick of the Month is the 1986 sci-fi comedy Real Genius. The movie features Val Kilmer in one of his earlier roles as Chris Knight, a Genius college student who creates a powerful new laser, one which the military wants to use for nefarious purposes.

The film opens with a video presentation in which a space-based laser weapon incinerates a man from orbit with pinpoint precision. The CIA, wanting this as a “peacetime” weapon, contracts Professor Jerry Hathaway (played by William Atherton to develop the weapon. Along with several of his most brilliant students, Professor Hathaway enlists the help of 15-year-old math prodigy Mitch Taylor (Gabriel Jarret) to help with the project. Loads of student hi jinks and hi-tech gadgetry come into play throughout the film, as well as some teen-aged romance along the way between Mitch and Jordan (played by Michelle Meyrink). After the laser is completed, it gets stolen by the professor for CIA use, but in the end, the students get a measure of payback against their wayward mentor.

Overall, it’s a great film, with a lot of out of this world gadgetry & a good dose of student romance. There’s a good dose of humor throughout the film, and the ending is one of the funniest scenes around. Hope you got enough popcorn to go around, cause this is a fun little popcorn flick that you’ll enjoy to the end!


Review: The A-Team

In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if nobody else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.

Today in 2010, the newest rendition of the A-Team is an over the top action flick that comes up a bit short to the charms of the original series. Sure, it’s a great action flick when it comes to outragous scenes (a tank in mid-air vs a aircraft), but that’s honestly all it has going for it. There’s very little chemistry between any of the main characters, and frankly they try too hard to emulate the original rather than making the film something truely unique. Overall, it’s a fun action film that you may enjoy so long as you don’t take it too seriously.


Review: Deathsmiles

A horizontal side scrolling shoot ’em up released by Japanese developer Cave back in 2007, This game was recently ported over to the XBOX 360. The game itself features several different versions of the original game, which varies from the original arcade version to the “mega black label” version that adds 1 new playable character and a couple extra stages, to XBOX specific versions featuring only slightly enhanced graphics.

Plot wise, Deathsmiles is about as simple as they get. You choose from one of 4 young (and questionably dressed for their supposed age) girls who have to fight through various areas against amassed demonic hordes. Beyond the lolita factor, the gameplay itself is standard bullet-hell fair with enemies coming at you from both sides (similar to the classic Forgotten Worlds). Graphics even with the enhanced 360 version modes are subpar at best, making me wonder if this was just a straight port of the arcade versions without any real effort on the developers part. Also, this is a game which has achievements for practically everything, including pausing the game. Beyond the difficulty of getting a 1-credit playthrough of the game, getting achievements is simply a matter of playing through multiple times over.

The collectors edition of the game runs $49.99 and features a bonus soundtrack & a collectors face plate. Beyond that, the game content itself is barely even worth a 800 point download let alone the price of a full game. At best it’s a all right rental, but definatly not worth the money.

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