Posts Tagged ‘Movies

27
Jul
10

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!

23
Jul
10

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.

14
May
10

Review – The Last Starfighter

“Greetings Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League, to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada.” Let me start off this quick review by saying that The Last Starfighter is one of the all-time classic sci-fi movies that shouldn’t be missed. As for the plot and the characters, here’s a general idea how it goes without giving too much away.

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10
May
10

Commentary – Why Video Games & Movies Don’t Mix

Now, lets start off this article by saying that some of the combos aren’t necessarily bad, but some of them aren’t great either. Video games and movies have been around since anyone can remember, but only in the mid 80’s did the two combine to make something so unholy.

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