Beverly Hills Cop

January 27, 2012


One line review: Beverly Hills Cop is a mix of comedic pranks and buddy cop action, and it’s average in both.

Movie Title: Beverly Hills Cop

Actors: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher, Ronny Cox, Steven Berkoff, James Russo, Jonathan Banks, Stephen Elliott, Gilbert R. Hill, Art Kimbro, Joel Bailey, Bronson Pinchot, Paul Reiser

Director: Martin Brest

Year: 1984

Genre: Action / Comedy

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 82% – Classic ’80s Murphy vehicle; fun but foulmouthed.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): So apparently Dr. Dolittle made Action/Comedy movies before making a ton of family crap, and it didn’t impress me too much. A lot of this movie depends on your enjoying watching Eddie Murphy laugh at his own jokes and enjoying the same electronic music over and over again. The comedy was hit and miss, and I quickly got annoyed with Eddie Murphy, while the action was just slapped on at the end. This is at best an average movie, and I don’t see why it ended up being so memorable. Maybe other people appreciate Eddie Murphy’s antics more than I do.

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Indiana Jones Trilogy

November 6, 2010


One line review: A fantastic trilogy of action packed movies that have helped define more genre cliches than almost any other series.

Movie Title: Raiders of the Lost of the Ark / Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom / Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Actors: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Alfred Molina, Wolf Kahler, Anthony Higgins, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Philip Stone, Roy Chiao, David Yip, Ric Young, Chua Kah Joo, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody , John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover, River Phoenix, Michael Byrne, Kevork Malikyan, Robert Eddison, Richard Young, Alexei Sayle, Alex Hyde-White, Paul Maxwell

Director: Steven Spielberg

Year: 1981 / 1984 / 1989

Genre: Action / Adventure

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes:

Raiders of the Lost Ark – 94% – Featuring bravura set pieces, sly humor, and white-knuckle action, Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most consummately entertaining adventure pictures of all time.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – 85% -If it was a sign of the times for Indiana Jones to take on more of a comic-book aspect, the film’s accomodation of darker themes and explicit imagery came as something of a shock to many.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – 89% – Last Crusade is pure kicks, and I would never fault this spunky blast of quips and near-misses for trying to vanilla its way back into the hearts of millions.

My rating: *****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): The biggest thing I’ve learned during this little experiment is just how many movie references and cliches have been ripped from previous movie series. Indiana Jones borrowed it’s fair share from things like Zorro or cowboy films, but the sheet number of films that have eithere made vauge references or just straight up copied the entire movie is amazing. The Indiana Jones Trilogy still rises above any of those other movies because it is just a constant barrage of action. These movies know exactly what they need to do to entertain their audience, and they do it well. A fantastic trilogy


A Nightmare on Elm Street

August 15, 2010

One line review: A vividly imaginative horror movie that definitely deserves it’s spot in history.

Movie Title: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Actors: John Saxon, Ronee Blakely, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss

Director: Wes Craven

Year: 1984

Genre: Horror

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 95% – Wes Craven’s intelligent premise, combined with the horrifying visual appearance of Freddy Krueger, still causes nightmares to this day.

My rating: ****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): A beautifully simple concept that results in a wonderfully creative movie. This movie absolutely deserves it’s spot as a classic horror film not only for it’s gory death scenes but for the paranoia and fear it instills in it’s audience. As usual, the original movie doesn’t have some of the short comings that it’s sequels have been accused of. Freddy might throw out a joke or two, but he’s by no means an absolute jester. Wes Craven found the perfect mix of creepy one liners and bone chilling humor to burn Freddy Kruger into the history books of horror film franchises.


Revenge of the Nerds

May 31, 2010

One line review: Yet another 80’s comedy that is short on logic and long on stupid humor; how many more of these do I have to go through?

Movie Title: Revenge of the Nerds

Actors: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese, Curtis Armstrong, Larry B. Scott, Brian Tochi, Julia Montgomery, Michelle Meyrink, Ted McGinley, Matt Salinger, Donald Gibb

Director: Jeff Kanew

Year: 1984

Genre: Comedy

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: Family

Rotten Tomatoes: 76% – Somewhere in all the fluff and garbage is just enough heart to make Revenge of the Nerds one of the forefathers of a generation of light-hearted comedies like American Pie, American Pie 2 and American Wedding.

My rating: **

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): I’m growing seriously tired of these stupid 80’s comedies. They have nothing to support them but their crappy characters and gags. Yes, Ogre is a fun character and basically the only reason this movie is getting all the way up to 2 stars. However, I feel that there’s so little to actually enjoy with this movie. I don’t know if watching all these movies has somehow made me a cinema snob, but I’m simply embarrassed to be caught watching these movies. Perhaps I’m out of the age range, and find it childish now, but this movie just feels worthless to me.


Star Trek I – IV

March 14, 2010


One line review: The first four Star Trek movies are a fantastic representation of Star Trek, combining the exploration, the action, and the cheesiness of the series.

Movie Title: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins, Grace Lee Whitney, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Jeff McBride, Paul Winfield, Kirstie Alley, Ricardo Montalban, Phil Morris, Scott McGinnis, Robin Curtis, Robert Hooks, Jane Wyatt, Catherine Hicks, Mark Lenard

Director: Robert Wise, Nicholas Meyer, Leonard Nimoy, Gene Roddenberry

Year: 1979 / 1982 / 1984 / 1986

Genre: Action / SciFi

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes:

Star Wars: 50% – More of an event than a movie…more flash than content.
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan: 90% – Considered by many fans to be the best of the Star Trek movies, Khan features a strong plot, increased tension, and a sharp supporting performance from Ricardo Montalban.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: 76% – TThough it may be short on dazzling special effects, The Search for Spock is still a strong Star Trek installment, thanks to affecting performances by its iconic cast.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: 84% – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is perhaps the lightest and most purely enjoyable entry of the long-running series, emphasizing the eccentricities of the Enterprise‘s crew.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least):
I decided to stop at the first four Star Trek movie, partially because the Angry Video Game Nerd reflected on Star Trek II, III, and IV as the closest thing that the Star Trek series has to a trilogy. It certainly does a fantastic job of representing the Star Trek series. The first movie capturing exploration, the second and third representing more of the action side, and the fourth representing the cheesy and silly plots. I believe Wrath of Khan is my favorite of the movies, mostly because the entire film seems better written, better acted, and an absolutely fantastic film.

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Ghostbusters

January 18, 2010

One line review: A fantastically enjoyable film that keeps a fast and funny pace throughout the entire movie.

Movie Title: Ghostbusters

Actors: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson

Director: Ivan Reitman

Year: 1984

Genre: Action / Comedy

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% – Ghostbusters is an infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, featuring a hilarious deadpan performance from Bill Murray.

My rating: *****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): Each of these famous movies are forced to live up to different expectations, however this one did the best job. Within twenty minutes of the movie, all the pieces were there and the gang was ready to start busting ghosts. From beginning to end this movie is delivering sarcasm, one liners, and fantastic quotes. Ghostbusters never allows you to stop and think about the silly premise or nearly non-existent plot because there are so many jokes to laugh at. All of the actors deliver a perfect ensemble to ensure every kind of humor is here to make for a fantastic movie.

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Police Academy

November 7, 2009

PoliceAcademyOne line review: An average movie with a few funny moments, and plenty of vulgar moments.

Movie Title: Police Academy

Actors: Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall,     G.W. Bailey, Bubba Smith, Donovan Scott, George Gaynes, Andrew Rubin, David Graf, Leslie Easterbrook, Michael Winslow,     Debralee Scott, Bruce Mahler,     Ted Ross, Scott Thomson, Brant von Hoffman

Director: Hugh Wilson

Year: 1984

Genre: Comedy

Method of Viewing: TV

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 47% – Police Academy at its core is a harmless, innocent poke at authority that does find a fresh background in a police academy.

My rating: ** – A Good Movie

My assessment (the first 101 words at least):
The more I think about this movie, the more I dislike it. The movie itself is actually surprisingly forgettable, with each character devolving into nothing more than their cliches. The only memorable parts for me are the vulgar comedy scenes that I hated. However, there are at least enough funny scenes to keep you entertained for the duration of the movie. Still, there are better ways to spend your time, and I certainly have no plans of watching any of the sequels. This movie is good for some laughs here and there, but there’s little else to enjoy with this movie.

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