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Not too long ago the trailer for the Ghostbusters Reboot film came out. The trailer was met with mixed reactions. Some loved it, some didn’t really care, but a good portion of the original GB fan base hated it! Since then, there have been a few people who have come out and pretty much said that no matter what excuses you’re making for disliking the trailer/film/cast, all it boils down to is that you are sexist.

Am I sexist? Well, maybe to some degree! I’m not going to lie, but I am the type of sexist who will watch a movie because it has women. I like to look at eye candy, and women are very attractive! So, while I maybe sexist, it’s not sexism that makes me dislike this movie! Bottom line, I don’t like the movie (based on what I saw in the trailer) because it looks like pure garbage. It’s nothing but your typical Melissa comedy. Now, Don’t get me wrong, I love Melissa! She is one of my favorite actresses. She’s hysterical! However her comedy just does not mesh with the Ghostbusters franchise.

Look, I admit that I could be wrong about this movie. It’s hard to judge a movie from a trailer alone. What I will say though is that it LOOKS like they stripped everything that made the original film good. The original movie was a blend of comedy and horror that fit so perfectly together despite the fact that horror and comedy are on different ends of the entertainment spectrum. Hell, I remember when I was younger,  the gatekeeper demon dogs used to give me nightmares, but now, it looks like ALL the ghosts are neon, pastel cutesy characters. Even the ghosts from the animated series “The real ghostbusters” looked more ghostly and horrific than the ones in this movie reboot.

If I am going to be honest, I admit that I do hate it when a movie/book/comic changes things drastically from the original. It’s not sexism, I am just not a big fan of changing things that work. I would hate if they remade Die Hard with Jennifer Love Hewitt in a tank top fighting terrorists (And let’s be honest, JLH is fantastic eye candy!) just as much as I would hate it if they remade ALIEN with Liam Neeson as Ripley. Just don’t change what works people!

I get it! The film company is trying to be PC! That’s great, but if you are going to be PC at least do it right! You have the women putting hearts over the dots of the radiation hazard symbol, because I guess they feel that women can’t possibly see a dot, and not change it to a heart. Hey, at least they didn’t give the girls hot pink jumpsuits covered in sparkles, and turn the proton packs into rainbow spewing ghostguns.  Please, if anyone is sexist it’s the people who assume a movie will be better because it’s been remade with women!

End of the day, I just don’t think movies should be remade, at least not when they are films that define our current pop culture! Still, if you feel you absolutely must remake a movie, at least rename the thing!  That way, when people want to watch the superior “Ghostbusters” it doesn’t confuse them and get them stuck with a sitcom in movie format.

You know what? Even better! Just stop trying to recreate pop culture. Reboots are basically saying “Yea, it was ok…but we can do better..” and you can’t! No, seriously you can’t. Actually, it’s kind of like a slap in the face when some director and writer comes along and says “Hey, all you people who loved the previous movie and kept interest in the franchise alive long enough to give us a chance to reboot it…we’re rebooting it, cause the original just wasn’t good enough”….I seriously hate reboots.

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The Amazing Spider-Man: The Game, is based on the new movie of the same name. It’s not a typical remake of the movie in game form either, it actually serves as a sequel. The events are tied to the events of the movie, and takes place a few months after the movie.

I will say, right out the door, that this game was better than the movie(Although, to be fair, it kinda would have to be right?) and is currently the best spider-man game I have ever played(taking the title away from Ultimate Spider-man game)

The first thing you are going to notice is that the graphics are eye explodingly beautiful! The attention to detail cannot be praised enough, and it feels more like a movie, than the actual movie!

Everything from the lens flares, to the window reflections, to the level of shine on cars! Even the water reflects so perfectly! I haven’t seen a game achieve this level of awesomeness in their graphics, since the last Uncharted game.

The controls are also top notch, and works well! They kind of have to, since the entire control mechanics is taken right from the much praised Arkham BATMAN games. In fact, much of the entire game plays like an Arkham game, with Spiderman instead of batman. Translation: Kick ass!

The DLC is where the game is lacking. I would love to have seen some campaign DLC. Mini-missions and so forth. Instead, I got Stan Lee swinging around gathering Pages, a few different “Be the bad guy and tear shit up” and of course, a spider-man inspired game of  Snake.

I would much rather have gotten a “Rhino is rampaging through time Square: Save the citizens and stop his carnage!” mission, or a “Vulture has been spotted above the city!” or some more Black Cat!

On the upside, while I am not looking forward to the movie Amazing Spider-Man 2, I am anxiously awaiting its game!

 

The A-Team Poster - Cannes Film Festival 2010

I rented the movie The A-Team the other day through VUDU, and while I wasn’t overly impressed with it, it was still enjoyable! However, not enjoyable enough to watch a second time. Although, it was enjoyable enough to watch a sequel if one ever pops up.

So, what flaws were in the movie? Well, to be honest; Not many! In fact, the few “Flaws” that exist aren’t even really flaws, just personal tastes. For instance, I didn’t feel the movie had an “A-Team” feel.

I also wasn’t too fond of the cast, although Liam Neeson did manage to surprise me. At first, I scoffed at the idea of Liam playing Hanibal but after watching the movie, it turns out I was wrong, and he does an excellent job portraying the character that George Peppard made famous back in the ’80s.

As far as Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson goes, he did a better B.A. Baracus than Mr. T ever did! As far as I am concerned, B.A. belongs to Quinton.

The rest of the cast though? Not quite so impressive. Bradley Cooper was tolerable as the Faceman, but Sharlto Copley was a horrible Murdock, at least in my opinion.

You know who might have made a good Murdock though? Johnny Depp. I know, it sounds lame, but I think he could probably pull it off, at least better than Sharlto did.

Why Depp you ask? See, Dwight Schultz and Mr. Depp have something in common. Their Eyes. Their eyes are quite similar, and they have that crazy man gleam in them. It’s that gleam that made Schultz a perfect Murdock, and he shares that gleam with Depp.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, I urge you to check it out, because while it might not be perfect; It still has an enjoyment factor, coupled with a nostalgia factor.

An old drive-in movie theater in California

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Why are theaters so damn popular? I miss Drive-ins! I keep hoping that one day, it will turn out that Theaters were nothing more than a passing fad, and Drive-ins will take its rightful place as the place to go and watch movies.

Let’s face it, Drive-ins are much cooler than theaters. What does a theater have going for it? Ok, the A/C is nice, I will give you that. Other than that though? Not a damn thing! Sure, you can go see movies even during the day, but seriously, what’s the point of seeing a movie during the day? Night-time is the time to watch things for entertainment value. I don’t care if its Plays, Television shows or movies!

Ok, you got me, Soap Operas are best watched during the day. I’ll give you that, but unless they are planning on releasing “General Hospital: The Motion Picture”, it doesn’t really matter!

You can go to the Drive-in wearing your pajamas and slippers, you can sit in the comfort of your own car and watch the movie, or plop out a mattress in the back of a truck and watch it laying down. Plus, since women folk always like to talk during movies, you have the option of talking about the movie in the privacy of your own car, without disturbing others who might be trying to enjoy the film.

I know, there’s only a handful of drive-ins still in existence, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t any good. I don’t really know what it means to be honest, but I think people should wake up, and demand that Drive-ins make a come back!

I will state this; if Drive-ins were still around, I would go to see movies on the big screen again. As it is, I just wait for the flick to get released on DVD. That way, I can still watch it in my PJs, laying down, and people can still come over and talk about the movie while I am trying to enjoy it.

Cover of "The Karate Kid (Special Edition...

Cover of The Karate Kid (Special Edition)

The 80’s provided the world with numberous things. Some of the things that they 1980’s gifted upon the world, was good music, and even better movies. In fact, one of the best movies from the 80’s in my opinion is The Karate Kid. Please be aware, that I am referring to the original, not the horrible remake with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.

For those of you not in the know, The Karate Kid was about this wimpy Italian kid who got beat up by a gang of children who happened to be  kung-fu masters, however his janitor, which apparently was a super-ninja decided to step in, beat the other kids up. In the end, the wimpy italian kid, had to end up learning karate by doing chores around his janitors house, and then beat the kung-fu bully up in some kind of karate championship.

Now, when I explain it like that, the movie sounds a little hokey, but at the time it was pretty kick-ass, and was apparently cool enough to spawn 3 more sequels, granted each got progressively worse, but that’s beside the point! Hell, most don’t even count “The Next Karate Kid” as part of the series.

However, the 80’s were good at more than just producing good movies, and cranking out some keen tunes. The 80’s was also very skilled at milking a good thing. If something was popular, you were guaranteed to see a cartoon, a set of toys and probably a comic book series. That’s just how the 80’s rolled! They kept milking a good thing until they killed it.

The Karate Kid was no different. I had most of the Karate Kid action figures, and to be honest, I thought they were pretty cool. The kicked and even Karate chopped! However, they really ruined the movie franchise when they release an Animated series. Unless you have actually seen an episode of this cartoon series, you will never truly know how horrible it was. Sure, I can paint a picture, but it just wouldn’t be the same!

Although, thinking back, at least Daniel Son isn’t an 80’s movie icon that went on to fight aliens like Indiana Jones! Well, come to think of it, he might have! I never watched all the cartoon episodes, but that seems like it would be a plausible plot for an episode. Kung-fu martians invade earth, and the karate kid has to stop them. Yea, it was probably done.

Cover of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventur...

Cover of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

 

 Back in the 80’s they released a movie about teenage time travelers. No, I am not talking about back to the future! I am referring to Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure, which starred Keanu Reeves in one of his earlier roles. Unlike the DeLorean from back to the future, Bill & Ted used a phone booth, kinda like the TARDIS but nowhere near as cool looking, and definitely not as roomy.

The movie centered around 2 highschool losers, who needed to pass a history test so they could perform at a music event. To ensure this happened, a Time traveler came back in his phone booth, and took the kids out on a journey through time. All so they could pass their history test. The premise sounds extremely stupid, I agree. However, the movie developed quite a large cult following, and even spawned a sequel, as well as a comic book series, An animated series, as well as a short-lived television series despite the films sheer stupidity.

That was then, and thankfully the world moved on. Bill & Ted is perhaps the worst film franchise in the history of bad film franchises. It basically, is a film better left to rot in the past. Forgotten for all eternity. Will that happen though? Hell no! Apparently, they are in development of Bill & Ted 3. Seriously, a third film after this long? It’s not even a reboot, it’s part three! They actually want to continue the so-called story, and not just recreate it to make it less lame.

The Godfather

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I remember when I was younger, my mother used to pretty much let me watch what I wanted. Within reason of course! She trusted my judgement on what I could handle. She was right to do so, because I knew what not to watch, because being human, I have the basic ability to tell when something is either going to freak me out, or scare the begeezus out of me. There were a few things I wouldn’t watch back in the day. The exorcist and The Shining being two of the biggest ones that stuck out in my mind.

One thing that I did watch a lot of was, Sci-fi flicks and Mobster flicks, though I doubt I would have watched a sci-fi mobster flick. Not because my little mind couldn’t handle it, but because that’s too damn cornballish even for me!

I loved Mobster flicks, and learned a great deal! I learned that Vinny and Vito were pretty common italian names, but nowhere near as common as Donald.

Yes, I said Donald! You read that right. I admit, that was slightly flawed, since I have learned that the most common Italian male name is probably Antonio, and that Donald isn’t very common at all! However, it seemed like every time I watched a Mobster movie, there was either a Vinny or a Vito. Occasionally both! Also, They were always led by some guy named Don. Yes, I have since learned that Don is not short for Donald. I have learned that there is no fictional character named Donald Corleone.

Yes, I did feel stupid. Although, thankfully I had the ignorance of youth to shield me.