Welcome to another edition of NYGoutlaw's Electric Playground. In this review, all 4 movies have to deal with some sort of running away from someone else, or something. In tonights edition, I'll be reviewing Days of Thunder starring Tom Cruise, and Nicole Kidman, Shaun of the Dead, a brilliant Zombie film, The Princess Blade which is a movie I bought on a whim at Sam Goodies one day at the mall, and DodgeBall, which truly was an underdog story. Also, I will be checking out the wavebird as promised and checking out the Atari 2600 in my buried treasure or blast from the past section.
[b]Days of Thunder[/b]
So lets get this started shall we? Days of Thunder is a brilliant movie with an outstanding class of stars. Tom Cruise, who I dont think is all that good of an actor, aside from a few good roles, is pretty good as an Indy car driver who loses his ride and thinks Nascar is the next big thing for him to showcase his talents. But only because he believes its all about the driver, not about the car. Robert Duvall, one of my favorite actors of all time, is Cruise's Crew Chief. He sees something in Tom and tries to bring it out in him. Nicole Kidman is the love interest and the Dr. to Tom when he gets in his first Nascar crash. What this movie does well is it does not play on any of the big Nascar stereotypes but also gives homage to some of its better moments. The movie dosent have much that slows it down aside from campy love moments that could have been better. Overall, this is a really good film worthy of a 8 out of 10.
[b]Shaun of the Dead (Own)[/b]
We move onto one of my top 5 films of the year. Shaun of the Dead is an awesome film. Shaun who works at a electronics store is stuck in a dead end job with a love life going down the deep end...then the dead shows up, hilarity ensues and Shaun must become the hero. It plays homage to the Dead series so well, along with references to a Tarantino film and some great acting from its unknown British stars. What most people say dragged down the film at the end, I thought was great. It was a nice solid way to end the film. The only thing I felt went sour was right after the opening scene it slowed down alot before blasting me with goodness :). An excellent 10 out of 10 and an entry into the top 5 movies of the year.
The Princess Blade (Own)[/b]
I saw the Princess Blade last week while I was Christmas shopping, and I thought, what the hell, let me get something for myself....so I bought the movie on a whim. I wasnt dissapointed. The Princess wants to leave her life as an assassin when she recieves unwanted news of how her Mother died. Now shes on the run for her life, while trying to find her place in it. The action in this movie was exhilirating as described by Aint it cool news. The story was ok, a bit typical, but it carried itself well. I recommend atleast watching the Princess Blade atleast once. A 7 out of 10 for this one.
[b]Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story[/b]
My final movie for this review is for Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. No need for a synopsis here. I love Vince Vaugn in this movie. Simple but effective acting. Ben Stiller plays a reprised roll from Camp Nowhere pretty well. Not much to say on this movie but a great ending even though most dont think so. Great comedy moments as well. A 7 out of 10.
The Wavebird for the Gamecube is a pretty good wireless controller but it does burn up alot of battery unless you buy a charger. Its pretty cheap sitting at around 25 dollars. I recommend one if you hate cords...but if you dont...um...CORD LOVER!
I grew up on the Atari 2600. I just wanted to say a few quick words on it. It has propelled a few sequels to the next gen consoles and Im glad its getting its recognition as a pretty good system now.
Next time, my yearly awards in movies...Thats all for now.