The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Review

June 30, 2008 at 4:28 pm (Movies)

 

Flipping through my DVR I realized I had recorded a movie a while back, entitled The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. The documentary takes a glimpse into the world of competitive arcade gaming, where scores reach the millions in games like Centipede, Asteroids, and the one focused on in this film, Donkey Kong. Steve Weibe is a middle school science teacher who challenges the all time champ Billy Mitchell over and over again, beating each other’s scores back and forth throughout the movie. I really found myself rooting for Steve, the underdog, to beat Billy, who I quickly realized is a jerk. The movie spans about a 1 1/2 time, which is nice, but the movie kinda felt a little repetitive in that it’s just a lot of back and forth scoring. However, the interviews were conducted very well and all of the footage was put together nicely, making for a really good documentary over a very interesting topic. I found myself rooting, booing, and cheering, throughout this movie. I highly recommend it to any video game enthusiast, or to any fan of good entertaining documentaries. However, this one may be harder to find in your local video store, try finding it on TV. 

4 out of 5

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Scrubs-JD’s Funeral

June 30, 2008 at 3:30 pm (Television, Video)

This is a clip from Scrubs chronicling what JD thought his funeral would be like.

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Parental Discretion Advised

June 28, 2008 at 8:24 pm (Movies)

What should I take the little Batman to see this summer?

This is the summer time, and along with summer comes summer movies. These movies can include fighting robots, soul-searching homeless people, a feel-good comedy or even a rampant musical. However one thing that nearly every summer includes is a superhero movie, in any shape or form. However I have noticed a little trend this summer in superhero movies. The genre has sort of strayed away from younger audiences, and this summer is a prime example. These movies have moved away from the kid-friendly audience and moved toward more adult style, which sometimes comes along with the “real-life” superhero. Start with Iron Man, which is kid-friendly, not anything really exaggerative in any particular field. However, the movie really emphasizes the womanizing, drunken ways of Tony Stark. Then there’s the Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton, which I haven’t seen, but seems to be fairly reasonable for kids, not seeming to have any real adult themes. Then there’s Wanted, which is definitely not for kids with more than 30 F Bombs, graphic violence throughout, and more. Hancock is the next to come out the gate, and it doesn’t seem to be the most kid-friendly. WIll Smith is playing a homeless bum who uses unorthodox methods to fight crime. The movie got rated R twice, so parents should definitely use discretion. July 18 will mark the release for The Dark Knight, which may be appropriate for kids as far as swearing or drinking, but it might be a little frightening for children. The Joker’s look looks to be very frightening, while Two Face looks to be even scarier for the younger. Christopher Nolan himself said in an interview “No way I’m taking my kid to it.” Overall, this summer looks to be great for superhero fans, even if they may not be as friendly for kids. I personally would recommend for parents taking your child to see Iron Man and Incredible Hulk, as far as the others go, I’d just recommend you seeing them alone.

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Top Ten Movies I Wanna See Made

June 28, 2008 at 6:40 pm (Movies, Television)

  1. Monk-I’d so be first in that very straight line.
  2. Heroes-Don’t let the show go out in 15 years with a TV finale, let it go with a movie!
  3. A Movie Based On My Life-I’d Watch it.
  4. A Movie Based on the Founding Fathers-Chuck Norris could be George Washington
  5. A Movie Based on the Joker
  6. The Managers (See earlier post)
  7. Sanford and Son, Starring Morgan Freeman
  8. Carnage (Your welcome DS)
  9. Metroid Prime
  10. Antique Roadshow: The Movie!

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Hancock Clips-Your Calling, Origin

June 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm (Movies, Video)

This is another clip from the upcoming movie Hancock where Hancock is explained to him his calling, with another clip directly below depicting Hancock’s origin. 

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Dark Knight Review and Screenshots

June 27, 2008 at 12:34 pm (Movies, Quotes)

After much anticipation by myself, the first review for The Dark Knight has come in. One of the lead editors from Rolling Stone has submitted a review to Rotten Tomatoes, and has given it a 3 1/2 out of 4. Here are a few excerpts from the review-

“Just hang on for a shock to the system. The Dark Knight creates a place where good and evil — expected to do battle — decide instead to get it on and dance. “I don’t want to kill you,” Heath Ledger’s psycho Joker tells Christian Bale’s stalwart Batman. “You complete me.” Don’t buy the tease. He means it.”

Bale is electrifying as a fallibly human crusader at war with his own conscience. “

“Ledger’s Joker has no gray areas — he’s all rampaging id. Watch him crash a party and circle Rachel, a woman torn between Bale’s Bruce (she knows he’s Batman) and Eckhart’s DA, another lover she has to share with his civic duty. “Hello, beautiful,” says the Joker, sniffing Rachel like a feral beast. He’s right when he compares himself to a dog chasing a car: The chase is all. The Joker’s sadism is limitless, and the masochistic delight he takes in being punched and bloodied to a pulp would shame the Marquis de Sade. “I choose chaos,” says the Joker, and those words sum up what’s at stake in The Dark Knight.”

“Eckhart earns major props for scarily and movingly portraying the DA’s transformation into the dreaded Harvey Two-Face, an event sparked by the brutal murder of a major character.”

“Go ahead, complain about the movie being too long, at two and a half hours, for short attention spans (it is), too somber for the Hulk crowd (it is), too smart for its own good (it isn’t). The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination. It’s full of surprises you don’t see coming. And just try to get it out of your dreams.”

  

  

 

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Guitar Hero: On Tour Review

June 27, 2008 at 12:02 pm (Video Games)

 

One of my favorite, if not all time favorite music-based game series has gotta be the Guitar Hero series. If you need me to explain or tell you what Guitar Hero is, come out from under your rock. The newest installment takes the series where it’s never been before: on the road. Guitar Hero: On Tour uses the DS’s GBA port for a handheld device to implement the classic array of buttons for the player to jam out with, uses the touch screen to strum the guitar, and watch your notes head for you on the left screen, all while holding the DS sideways, of course. I personally really enjoy the little peripheral, the buttons feel nice and smooth, and the playing experience during gameplay really comes across well-implemented and fun. I actually really enjoyed the songlist for this game, tracks like All Star, What I Want, Heaven, China Groove, and more really get my foot tappin. Sure it’s not the best songlist ever, but they portray the “on the go” presence. The graphics are good for the DS (I mean, come on, you can’t expect HD), and the audio, although fuzzy at times, is good for on the go. You’ll notice I keep coming back to “on the go”. That’s because that’s what this game is about, being able to take a fun rhythmn game on the go with you, to play on vacation, at a relative’s house, or any time you wanna drown out an annoying person with The Steve Miller Band. The only minor downpoints can be that the songlist is a little short and sometimes the presentation of menus and such can be a little lacking. I really enjoy this game, and look forward to playing it a lot more in the future and on the go.

4 out of 5  

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A Week Free From Earl

June 22, 2008 at 4:25 pm (Video, Weapons of Mass Enjoyment)

For those of you who may not know, I will not be here for the next few days. I am leaving for summer camp to do some teen leading. I’m leaving tomorrow and will be coming back probably around Friday afternoon, Lord Willing. Pray for me, and more importantly the young kids I’ll be leading. I’ll miss you guys, and look forward to checking back in first thing Friday afternoon. As always, I’ll leave you with a video to remember me while I’m gone. Don’t talk about me too much on messenger.

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Get Smart Review

June 22, 2008 at 6:48 am (Movies)

“I’d Like to request a cone of silence.” If you are looking for an action packed comedy laugh-fest, Get Smart is definitely the movie for you. Maxwell Smart becomes a field agent at Control, and is paired up with the lovely Anne Hathaway to help stop a global domination plan by Chaos, Control’s arch-nemesis. Steve Carell is just about perfect in this movie. He does an excellent job of portraying the bumbling secret agent, while making it funny and refreshing enough to help you enjoy it. Anne Hathaway does a great job as Agent 99, even adding some depth to her. The Rock Dwayne Johnson plays great for his role, Alan Arkin is a great chief, and Masi Oka, Hiro himself, even does well with Bruce, the tech geek. There were several funny moments in this movie, including Maxwell’s period of fatness, the swordfish incident, and my favorite, Maxwell trying to get out of the bathroom on the airplane with his mini crossbow. I was a little afraid they had shown all the jokes in the trailer, but that’s simply not the case. The movie spans near 2 hr, which can get a little long in theory, but still holds up. Also, throughout the movie the plot kinda got a little twisty. You don’t even have to be familiar with the show to enjoy the movie, I had never seen the show. If you don’t like Steve Carell, you may not like this as much, the same goes for if you don’t like slapstick. This movie is great from beginning to the very intense ending sequence. Nevertheless, this movie is an purely entertaining movie for anyone with a sense of humor to see. 

4 1/2 out of 5

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Rubberband Man Commercials

June 21, 2008 at 12:28 pm (Television, Video)

Here is a classic commercial from Office Max, featuring the rubber band man himself.

 

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Nathan and A Speedster Heading For Season 3

June 21, 2008 at 12:20 pm (Television)

During a recent interview, IGN was able to talk to Nathan Petrelli and Hiro Nakamura themselves, Adrian Pasdar and Masi Oka. When Adrian was asked if the elder Petrelli brother would be returning, Pasdar said yes, and that two bullets to the chest wasn’t enough to stop him. It has also been confirmed that Hiro will have a new arch-nemesis, a woman with the power of super-speed, which should throw a spin onto Hiro. The speedster will be played by Brea Grant. Heroes Season 3 is set to return with a 3 hr premiere September 22nd. 

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The Office 4, Prom Night, The Forbidden Kingdom, Young @ Heart, and 21 Boxarts

June 20, 2008 at 7:43 pm (DVD, Movies, Television)

I know it’s a super long title, but I am a big fan of DVD boxarts, and thought I would share my findings with you, the viewer. Below are thumbnails for the DVD releases of The Office: Season 4, Prom Night, The Forbidden Kingdom, Young @ Heart (Which I want to see), and 21.

    

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The Dark Knight Two Face Clip

June 19, 2008 at 6:42 pm (Movies, Video)

This is a clip from the upcoming movie, The Dark Knight, in which Harvey Dent shows his new split persona in a bar.

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New Monk Season 7 Episodes

June 19, 2008 at 4:26 pm (Television)

Recently I posted a few new Monk episode titles for Season 7, however I just came across a few more, along with info on all the new episodes.

 

  • Mr. Monk Buys A House-When his new neighbor plays his music too loud, Monk decides it’s time to move. He takes a huge step and buys a house that turns into a money pit, particularly when he hires the handyman from hell who is determined to rip up the entire house. Brad Garrettguest stars. 
  • Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever-Natalie becomes the new lotto girl in California, and Mr. Monk finds himself a little jealous of Natalie’s fame. She is embroiled in a scandal when the lotto machine is discovered to be rigged. Malcolm Barrett guest stars.
  • Mr. Monk Takes A Punch-Mr. Monk feels he is too over the hill and will never pass the SFPD physical. He finally gives up on his dream of reinstatement and finds it liberating, but a case in which he meets an boxer making a comeback in the ring re-inspires Monk. Robert Loggia and James Lesure guest star
  • Mr. Monk Goes Underwater-A former friend of Mitch’s dies in a locked room aboard a submarine and everyone cries suicide. When Monk and the crew investigate, the ship suddenly descends and Monk finds himself trapped on-board, underwater. 
  • Mr. Monk and the Genius-Monk goes up against a Bobby Fisher-type chess genius who always appears to be two steps ahead of Monk. David Strathairn guest stars.
  • Mr. Monk and the Pretty Face-Monk develops a crush on a model who is accused of murder. Despite the overwhelming evidence (including her confession), Monk is determined to prove her innocence.
  • Mr. Monk’s 100th Case-Dateline covers Monk’s handling of a serial killer case (in which four people were killed) and the gang gathers for a viewing party to watch the piece. As Monk watches the interviews of his biggest friends and adversaries, he realizes that victim #3 was killed by someone else and must solve the crime.
  • Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized-After Monk seeks a new form of therapy (hypnosis), he finds himself reverting to his 9-year old personality. 

 

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Be Kind Rewind Review

June 19, 2008 at 5:57 am (Movies)

A movie I was a little unsure of at first, Be Kind Rewind is definitely one of my favorite movies of the year. The story follows Mr. Fletcher (Danny Glover), a man who runs the run-down “Be Kind Rewind” video store, along with his young apprentice Miles (Mos Def), whose friend Jerry (Jack Black) pretty much destroys anything he touches. After being electrocuted severely at the power plant, he accidentally erases several of the VHSs at the store, which prompts the two to “swede” all the tapes, making their own versions. They swede multiple films, including The Lion King, GHostbusters, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Rush Hour 2, Robocop, and my favorite, Driving Miss Daisy. Along the way they run into trouble from the FBI and the city, but it all comes out well. Going into this movie, I’d heard some bad impressions, people thinking it wasn’t that funny or whatever, but I really enjoyed it. It was about as funny as I thought it would be. Jack Black is classic Jack Black in this one, his goofy antics and smart dialogue really shine in this one. Danny Glover is also great, and Mos Def, who I haven’t seen in too many movies, I found to be a very relatable character. The movie really has a nice flow, they don’t play off the “sweding” too much, but they utilize it enough to make it hilarious. This one is also kinda like Dan in Real Life in that, it’s not the funniest movie ever, but it has several good genuinely funny times. Don’t go into it expected the funniest movie you’ve ever seen. There were several funny moments, many of which are during the sweding, although there are other moments that made me laugh. “Just face it, Mr. Fletcher is illiterate!” The Driving Miss Daisy scene was probably the funniest in the movie though. A very comforting thing the movie did was take my mind off some things, it helped me relax and it immersed me. It’s just one of those movies you remember for a while as “just a good, fun movie”. Overall, Be Kind Rewind is one of the most fun, original movies I’ve seen in a while. The comedy is genuine from Jack Black and the gang, and the acting provides good support. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys good movies.

5 out of 5

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