Animal House review

“Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”

The Scoop: 1978 R directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi, Tim Matheson, and Donald Sutherland

Tagline: It was the Deltas against the rules… the rules lost!

Summary Capsule: Delta House fights against the administration, fellow students, and oppression of parties everywhere.

Justin’s Rating: Spank-a-Doodle-Dandy

Justin’s Review: There are scenes in this movie that are certainly innovative and fascinating, and even more that draw attention to sheer crudity and a spirit of gross-out. The point where I nearly lost my lunch came in a “morning after” scene, where a college co-ed and her professor are milling around the house. The professor is Donald Sutherland, who parades around in nothing but a shirt and effectively moons the audience. That, my friends, shocked my hormones into a coma from which they still have not recovered.

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Adventureland review

“I’m amazed at how tiny my paycheck is.”

The Scoop: 2009 R, directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Ryan Reynolds

Tagline: It was the worst job they ever imagined and the best time of their lives.

Summary Capsule: the summer before going off to graduate school, a young man’s parents can no longer provide him with the money they promised so he has to take any job he can: welcome to Adventureland!

Kyle’s Rating: Kristen Stewart can do no wrong EVER

Kyle’s Review: Although I surely would have enjoyed Adventureland without it, having seen I Love You, Man helped enlarge Jesse Eisenberg’s lead performance immensely. Paul Rudd, already enshrined in the Comedy Hall of Greatness, delivered above and beyond what was expected in his role. Yet Rudd couldn’t overcome his script’s inability to sketch a wholly believable male not only born without the skills to form normal male friendships but seemingly incapable of even attempting to fake the behaviors allowing her to “fit in” socially. I Love You, Man is very, very funny, don’t get me wrong. But there is a consistent distance throughout that, basically, never let you forget you’re watching a fictional comedy film. Is that a bad thing? Not at all.

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Happy 20th birthday, Mutant Reviewers From Hell!

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Some of you (maybe just a few!) might know that my writing career got started a long time before Massively, Bio Break, and WAAAGH! I, along with several friends, used to write movie reviews daily about cult films that would tickle our odd fancy.

So the story goes that back in 1997 when I was in my junior year of college, an internet friend named Kym and I were talking about our mutual love of strange movies and decided to start up one of those fancy “world wide web sites” that were all the rage. I registered for a free Geocities account (yes, Geocities!) and started cobbling together the site that would eventually be called Mutant Reviewers From Hell (MRFH).

It was dorky only in the way that ’90s websites could be: distracting backgrounds, animated gifs, MIDI jukebox, web counters, guestbooks, and the like. Yet it was also the spark of something special. Kym and I would post short and (hopefully) entertaining counterpoint reviews about the same movie, giving readers multiple perspectives on various flicks. At the time I was working at video rental stores (look those up in your history books, kids) and had an unlimited access to all sorts of crazy films.

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WEGAF Reviews: Top Ten Golden Age Western Heroes

Hi, everybodee!

Well, I guess it’s been a while. No, scratch that, I know it’s been a while, and for that, my apologies.

Why so long since a post? Well, you see, there was something causing me, shall we say, a sort of… creative constipation, video-wise. A project which I thought would be short, but wound up ballooning into a monster, a giant, galumphing monster, accompanied by technical failures and creative challenges a-plenty. It was one of those situations where every time I thought I was almost done, some new, unconsidered detail reared its ugly head and sent me hurtling back to the beginning again.

It was, without doubt, the longest, most difficult video I’ve ever made – so long, in fact, that I had to split it into two parts. But I persevered, and here it is at long last! View, ladles and germs, my exhausting but, at last, rewarding behemoth of a project – the Top Ten Golden Age Western Heroes, Parts One and Two!

As I’ve already said, it’s long – very long, over an hour in total. So you may want to space it out a bit. But I hope you’ll watch it, because despite all the sweat and frustration I had to go through to get this thing done, I honestly do think I came up with something worth watching here. There are a few characters that you may have heard of (I’ve mentioned a couple of them before), several that you probably haven’t, and a number of interesting details thrown in along the way.

(Incidentally, hope you like the title cards. I’ve decided I’m going to be making them for all future videos, just to give ’em that professional look – the old ones will get them too, eventually.)

And actually, I did make a few other videos since my last post – I just haven’t posted any of them here because, well, they’re fill-in things that vary in quality. But a few of them are decent, so here’s a link (again) to my YouTube channel if you’d like to check ’em out:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeezda04oUpl1JG-4Y7LayA/videos

Right, that just about does it for now – but rest assured, I shall be posting more videos here, and soonish. I’m already hard at work on a new one, and things are going very nicely so far, so while I won’t jinx myself, stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy these two!

WEGAF Reviews: Return of The Flag

Another new video for you – and this one’s a special one. Why? Because one year ago today was the show’s first anniversary – and mathematically speaking, that means today is the show’s second anniversary! Two-year anniversary video! Wahoo!

It’s also special because it features the show’s first repeat performance, as it were. Yes, back from my very first episode two long years ago, The Flag is here once again to strut his stuff! Cue more hyper-patriotic nonsense with all the subtlety of a star-spangled brick! It’s not only what he does best, it’s the only thing he does! (So I guess it’s a good thing that it’s what he does best, ’cause, y’know, kinda sad otherwise…)

So, yeah. Hope you enjoy it, and thanks to everyone who’s stuck with me so far. There’ll be a few more videos between this and my next anniversary, I promise. And speaking of videos, because now seems like as appropriate a time as any to re-post it, here’s the link to my channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeezda04oUpl1JG-4Y7LayA/videos

Happy anniversary!

GHOSTBUSTERS (2016) VLOG

Here I am again with another video review, this time of the controversial 2016 version of Ghostbusters. It could perhaps be described as a bit of a rant. I hope you like it.

Stay tuned for more videos as well as more standard reviews/articles shortly – I know I haven’t done a lot here lately, but there is stuff waiting, and you will be the first ones to see it once it’s ready.

BATMAN V. SUPERMAN VLOG

Hey, ’tis me! And here are my thoughts on the notorious and much-anticipated Batman V. Superman, recorded at a most unseemly hour. What are said thoughts? Well… that’s what the video is for, right?

Stay tuned for more – I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a video, but there’s one on the way soon; it’s in the works now, and should be completed… well, I won’t say when exactly, but, yeah. Soon.