Garbage Day Reviews #2: Ready To Rumble

Where cinema trash, is cinema treasure.

Ready To Rumble (2000)

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Rotten Tomatoes: 23%         IMDB: 5.3/10

Written By: Steven Brill

Directed By: Brian Robbins

A movie that only could have only been made at the height of    wrestling’s popularity in the late 90s.


 

Plot Summary:

The buddy road trip movie, two lifelong friends throw everything aside and embark on a journey to save their favorite wrestler in his darkest hour.

The cult status of this movie is undoubtedly in question at the time this article was written and even in the pro wrestling community this movie is considered insulting in the portrayal of wrestling fans.

My Aside to this –

What I feel is an attempt to make fun/goofy characters look like total underdogs living out their wildest dream comes off instead like two goofy guys with crappy lives that are made to look stupid. Also committing the most foul adult pro wrestling fan thing to do: they think pro wrestling is real. That is where the movie can lose the prospective wrestling fan who wants to put themselves in the shoes of these characters. Perhaps this movie would be better suited for people who don’t care as much about the world of pro wrestling as the fans who are vested in it, but instead people who aren’t overwhelmed by the pro wrestling overtones to get to a goofy road trip comedy with a lot of funny moments. I will make my case for the humor below.


 

Reasons to check this film out!

– The CAST! Oliver Platt as “Jimmy King” shades of Jerry “The King” Lawler (pro wrestling legend), Dusty Rhodes (pro wrestling legend) and the Waco Kid (Gene Wilder’s “Jim” in Blazing Saddles), Joe Pantoliano as “Titus Sinclair” the promoter, Martin Landau as “Sal Bandini” and many other interesting casting choices outside of David Arquette and Scott Caan as the main characters. 

– An easy to follow story with an over the top “National Lampoons” style that would have probably been more popular in the late 80s/early 90s than a decade later with the wrestling fans.

– Writer Steven Brill also wrote characters for D2 and  characters/screenplay for D3 The Mighty Ducks sequels, Heavy Weights (1995) with Judd Apatow and a movie that has nearly the same ratings on IMDB (5.3) and Rotten Tomatoes (22%): Little Nicky (2000) and his latest effort Walk of Shame (2014) hit right above the same zone with IMDB (6.0) and Rotten Tomatoes (25%). His IMDB is proof of movies that have a lot of the same kind of over the top scenes and ridiculous character types as you see in this movie.

– Although I have never seen anyone write contrary, this is a very well shot movie by Director Brian Robbins who also directed Varsity Blues (1999). It adds to the easy digestion of this film, great driving shots and well done action scenes, not just the wrestling ones.

– A soundtrack that fit not only the movie but the a great time capsule of songs from the era.

– Sports comedy fans might give this one a try, it doesn’t try to outsmart you for not being a wrestling fan.  In a genre that doesn’t get much love anymore, what do you have to lose?

 

5 out of 5 Trash Cans

Retro Sports Report #2 Ice Hockey NES

The Retro Sports Report is about highlighting the sports games that still hold up!

Ice Hockey NES (1988)

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A simple sports game at its finest. Ice Hockey has effective strategy by allowing you to customize your lineup of 4 players with small, medium and large sized players to choose from. Small guys are the fastest but get knocked down the easiest, large guys are the exact opposite, and of course medium guys are exactly in between. It may take you time to find which combination works best for you and that also may change over time or depend on who you are playing against.

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The other part of the game that allows you to control the difficulty is the Speed setting of 1 – 5 ,  at the highest setting (5) it makes even the large players move very quickly.

This came is great for highly competitive people who enjoy their retro gaming. The challenge of being able to control your goalie and the skaters at the same time provides fun gameplay for all ages and as everyone gets better raise the speed up and enjoy improving at a whole new pace.

This game is best played 1v1 but can be enjoyed solo, but hopefully only to practice for the next time you have a group around to play!

I rank games on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the game that is so great it will never actually be made.

Ice Hockey 7.5/10

 

Garbage Day Reviews #1: Maximum Overdrive

Where cinema trash, is cinema treasure.

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

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Rotten Tomatoes: 17%       IMDB: 5.4/10

Written and Directed by Stephen King (yes that Stephen King)

Plot Summary:

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A cult classic that feels right at home as my first review. A film that even the writer/director himself discredits, citing it as the worst of his film adaptations.

I still wonder what made Stephen King choose “Trucks” to be his first directorial effort.  With so many other stories he has written that would have been far easier to adapt and direct, maybe his career as a director would have been different had he started with a less ambitious project.


Reasons to check this film out!

– If over the top action, strange dialog choices and an offbeat plot are things you look for in a movie, this has it all in strong doses.

– Fans of movies with heavy stunt work, at the time CGI wasn’t developed to a point that you could use it to shoot a movie like this. A few notable accidents happened on set, including one that caused the Director of Photography to lose his eye.

– The AC/DC soundtrack that drives this movie picks the pace up nicely even after the parts of the movie that drag the most.

– Not for Shushers! Great film to watch in a group of horror fans. Plenty of moments ripe for commentary and fun with a mix of people who’ve both seen the film and are seeing it for the first time.

 

5 out of 5 Trash Cans

 

 

 

The Witcher 3 So far.

It comes with actual Paperwork!!!
It comes with actual Paperwork!!!

 

It comes with PAPERWORK!!! Unlike every other new game that comes out. So a big thanks to #Cdprojektred

 

IT’S A SINGLE PLAYER GAME FOR ONCE!! SCREAMS THANK YOU FOR NOT PUTTING DUMB MULTIPLAYER IN THIS FOR NO REASON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I have been playing a lot of newer games lately to try to gain a good feel for the new world outside of just playing old school games and Borderlands a lot. I had played the first 2 Witcher games prior to this one, so I really was just waiting for a good chance to have some down time to actually enjoy the story, as the other two were pretty involved. But, I wasn’t expecting how ridiculously huge this world is. I’m honestly a little put off by it, but not in a negative way. I really enjoyed the Witcher 2’s balance of a decently large world that I could eventually navigate through without using the map.

Wither 3 is almost, for me anyway, impossible to navigate without the map, or using the quick travel that has been made popular in huge sandbox titles like Morrowind titles and Fallout. (or Two Worlds…)

My main beef with this is that I haven’t found a quick medium for the map yet, or using the menu very well. There is a lot of time spent in the pause menu. I’m sure if I was playing it on PC it would be a lot more functional in that area, and I do understand the limitations of a console game with a lot of menus to access. This really isn’t that big of deal honestly. But, It gets annoying when I find a new area, finish the small quest or find the items, and then hit the select menu to save because these big world games are relentless on this next problem.

FREEZING…. For Farts sake… I love that companies spend amazing amounts of time creating a vast planet for me to travel through, but they really need to figure out a way to cut out the freeze problems. I haven’t had a lot in the Witcher 3 yet.. But that’s one of the main reasons I can never stick with these HUGE sandbox world games. But.. moving on.

I waited a while on getting this game because a lot of people I know that were playing it were mentioning a lot of glitches that hadn’t been fixed yet. After doing a small investigation into the earlier on problems. I saw that the majority of it has been fixed, but that doesn’t stop the game from having TONS of hilarious things happen all the time.

Like this guy laying in bed? when I jumped through his door in the middle of the night.
Like this guy laying in bed? when I jumped through his door in the middle of the night.

 

This is one of them that I grabbed a photo of. I should have taken a few. This entire family were all floating in the air asleep. They were supposed to be in beds I’m sure, but there was only one bed in the house, and it was a family of 5. I laughed pretty hard, and then saw the Dad sleeping in the Stove.

There are a lot of these I’ve noticed throughout the game that don’t really bleed any problems into the mechanics at all. But some of the really obscure ones happen when you leave the menu, or die and the game reloads.

Once my game loaded and Geralt (your main character) was just jumping up and down and wouldn’t stop. I laughed for a about 20 seconds before I had to quit out, and go back in the game. Sometimes when you leave the main in game menu. Roach (your horse) will instantly toss me off of him. (which happens when it’s fear meter gets to high while surrounded with baddies). AND the worst one is when the game just decides to sit on the loading screen forever, and you have to actually power off your system and start it back up. There is another glitch that happens occasionally where your game won’t load, and you have to go into your system settings and quit out of the game and reboot it. I’ve noticed this with a few Xbox One games, but normally you can just boot another game off your hard drive and then reboot the other game. Witcher 3 sometimes doesn’t let you do that and you just waste more game time.

Now those are the crap problems I’ve had so far, and it’s literally just gripes really. I understand this game is pushing a lot of juice, and that sort of thing happens. Now, we can get to the goods.

First and foremost. If you enjoy sex scenes and nudity in your games. This one has that ready for you. So there’s that.

The plays mechanics are all in third person, which I love the old school feel of that. The only problem that falls in with this is when you get surrounded by enemies.. you’re gang banged to death, and have to wait to reload your game, and hopefully you saved before you decided to fight that stuff… or it loads your last in game save. Just a warning.

The storyline so far is fairly simple. I’m chasing after my daughter, and have no idea where she has been or where she is going, but the story line of finding her webs you into hundreds of quest to take care of, and if you are going to level up and have money.. You need hundreds of quests. And the story lines and people in the game give a large thumbs up in regards to being believable. Plus you can answer stuff how you want. Be a good proud Witcher, of just tell people you won’t help them, and be a jerk. (and not level up or get money)

There are tons of mythological monsters about which is amazing. I haven’t ran into everything the game has to offer yet and I’ve played for almost 50 hours so far. AND, I’m only like level 11 , and still haven’t even marked up 20% of the second area map yet. THIS GAME IS HUGE!!! ( It won some awards for BIGGEST GAME EVER)

 

I could keep blabbering on about all the different things you can do in the game, but I honestly haven’t even learned it all yet. I’m just now starting to get into making my own armor, swords, spells, and goods to make goods.

And I’ve got a pretty good deck of cards for the in game mini-game.

 

– I will be back for a round 2. or just a regular old full game review.

 

Thanks for reading this if you did. Pass it along to anyone that’s wondering if they should buy it or not.

FTB-