Thursday, January 29, 2009

Special announcment

I have something to say! In response to how stupid the Academy Awards have been recently, I've decided to hold the first EVER annual G-MAN movie awards! It's time to celebrate REAL movies!
I'm not going to announce the nominees, you'll have to wait until the awards. The awards should be a few days before the Oscars. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

G-MAN reviews "They Live"

I love 1980's pop culture! I love the 80' movies, I love the 80's TV shows, I love the 80's music & I love 80's B-movies! They're delightfully cheesy! A good example of cheesy 80's B-movies is John Carpenter's "They Live".

The film stars Roddy Piper as a down-and-out construction worker. One day he stumbles upon a par of sunglasses that can see aliens in disguise & subliminal messages. He figures out that the aliens are in control of the world, so Piper decides to take matters into his own hands.

For a concept that sounds like it was envisioned by Dale Gribble from "King of the Hill", it's pretty good.

When you see Piper, you might think he's a stand-in for Kurt Russel, but he brings a lot to the screen. After all, it is Piper that gave us the line....
"I have come to chew bubble gum & kick ass....and I'm all out of bubble gum!"



The alien effects are cheesy to the point of self parody. I'm glad John Carpenter made this a low budget film, because it wouldn't work as a big budget film. Unfortunately, a remake is in the works, and they'll probably do it on a bigger budget, ruining the charm of the film.

The action scenes are pretty well done, despite the low budget.

HITS

Delightfully cheesy
Memorable lines
Good action scenes

MISSES
Upcoming remake


OVER ALL: If you want a great 1980's B-movie, then you'll get exactly what you want.

G-MAN gives "They Live" a "Great Eight" out of "Ten"

Monday, January 19, 2009

G-MAN reviews "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension"

When "Buckaroo Banzai" was released, the studio had just released without decent advertising to gain public interest. Reviews were mixed, but it later went on to have a strong cult following.

The film stars Peter Weller (who later went on to play ROBOCOP), as a Japanese / American scientist, Buckaroo Banzai. He's a neurosurgeon, jet car tester, Samurai in training AND a rock star. During a test of a jet car, Buckaroo passes through a rock wall using an over thruster (a devise he has been working on for years). Unfortunately, thousands of yeas ago, the black lectroids banished the red lectroids to the eighth dimension (where Buckaroo went when he passed through the rock wall). But when Buckaroo went through the rock wall, he left an entrance leading out of the eighth dimension, so now the red lectroids can escape back to planet 10. If Buckaroo can't stop the red lectroids and their leader, Dr. Lizardo (played by John Lithgow), the black lectroids will be left with no choice but destroy planet earth.

So, yeah, it's a complicated plot, but that's what makes the movie good. You have to be smart to understand the film 100%.

It has great cast. Including Peter Weller (who later played "ROBOCOP"), Jeff Goldblum (who later stared in "Jurassic Park"), John Lithgow (who went on to star in "Third Rock from the Sun") & Christopher Lloyd (who went on to star in "Back to the Future").

One thing that's great in the movie is that the movie is essentially a live action cartoon.

The only downside is that the film announces a sequel ("Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League"), but it was never made. A cartoon show was attempted, but was never made. Actually, I'm glad that it wasn't made into a cartoon, because that would ruin the appeal of the film.

HITS

You have to be smart to understand the film
Well written
Good acting
Great cast
It's a live action cartoon
It makes a universe all in one movie

MISSES

No sequel
Just not perfect

OVER ALL: We need more movies with titles like this. Why not "The Adventures of Jerry Jamaica across the Bermuda Triangle"? Or "The Adventures of Geronimo Jim against the Killer Sharks of Alcatraz"? Or maybe "The Adventures of Buffalo Bill & the Cattle Raiders of the O.K. Corral"? How about "The Adventures of Sly Cooper Against the League of Ragnarök"?

G-MAN gives "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" an "Awesome Nine" out of Ten!

"Burger King" movie?!?!

Just yesterday, I was looking up some more upcoming movies, and then I noticed on a website, that Burger king confirmed a feature length movie based on the Burger King mascot. Yes, that creepy SOB is getting his own movie, the whole world could just end!!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

New Blog!!!

I have recently started a new blog, "SLY COOPER FANS". This is where I'll post most of My "Sly Cooper" articles, enjoy!

- G-MAN

Monday, January 12, 2009

G-MAN reviews "Gran Torino"

Hey, it's the G-MAN again! Sorry about taking so long for the review, but I just needed to think My thoughts through, enjoy!


When I first saw the trailer, and I saw Clint Eastwood threaten the gang members early in the preview, I thought: "Oh My God, Dirty Harry is coming back"! Then, after watching the rest of the trailer, I realized that this wasn't "Dirty Harry 6". Although, I still went to the movie. Why? Two words: "CLINT EASTWOOD"! His role as "Dirty Harry" Callahan is enough to convince Me that he just might be My favorite actor ever. So, lets get the review started!

"Gran Torino" starts out with Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) at his wife's funeral. His grandkids show up wearing football jerseys and belly button rings to the funeral (worst grandkids in the world), so this leaves him PISSED.

Walt is an ex Korean war veteran, as well as a racist. So of course, he's not at all happy when a Chinese family moves in next door. Later in the film, a teenager from next door tries to steal Walt's 1972 Ford Gran Torino, but fails. At one point, the kid (I don't know how to spell his name, but I'll just call him "the kid") has to do chores around Walt's house. Walt & the kid start to develop a father-son like relationship, and Walt starts to become a better man over the course of the film.

One thing I liked about this film is that sometimes you can see the similarities between Walt & "Dirty Harry" Callahan. Particularly the scene some thugs are attacking the kid on Walt's long, then he comes out with a rifle & says "Get of my long!!"

My only problem is that this wasn't "Dirty Harry 6". I just hope that EA games will finish the video game & will have Clint Eastwood in the reprising the role. Because if they don't make a sixth movie, a "Dirty Harry" game with Clint Eastwood should be a very good replacement.

HITS

CLINT EASTWOOD
Great story
great characters
Great writing
Great cinematography

MISSES
To bad it's not "Dirty Harry 6"

OVERALL: You should see this movie. It does qualifie for a "Best Picture" nomination, and I think it should be nominated as well. But I'm still rooting for "The Dark Knight". You know what, Instead, I'm putting this film at number three of My favorite films of the year, and removing "WANTED"!

G-MAN gives "Gran Torino" an "Awesome Nine" out of "Ten"!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I've been mentioned on a website (again)!

Recently, a wikipedia page about "Fog Warning" has been posted. What's interesting is that the "Reception" part, they pointed out that My review was the most notable of all the early reviews. That's pretty cool.

- G-MAN

Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Making of "Sly 2 : Band of Thieves" (parts 1 & 2)

I know it's little late, but I would just like to say Happy New Year! So I thought I would start the year with the making of My favorite game of all time, "Sly 2". Enjoy!