I remember when watching “I Love the 70s” on VH1 a long time ago I heard about the car wash song and that it was based on a movie. I even wanted to try and work at one the car wash places around here where I live but I never really saw the movie until I watched it on demand to see what it was all about.
This movie starts off with 1970s Los Angeles and a bunch of guys who work at the car wash. It’s surprising how car wash places used to hand wash the car or put it through a cycle where you can watch it go by. Today now you just go in along with the wash cycle.
This movie is mostly just a bunch of people who hang out at the car wash and work there. There’s also a taxi driver and a preacher played by George Carlin and Richard Pryor, they’re not in this movie much just so you’ll know. Also, there is this hooker who gets dressed in the car wash bathroom at times as well they even mention a pop bottle Bomber but nothing really comes of it in the movie. The end though at night worried me a bit though it didn’t end too badly from what I saw.
Anyway, this movie seemed like a nice little movie from the 70s and the soundtrack is amazing. You can give it a watch if you want just a little laugh for escapism or what life was back then, “can you dig?”.
I didn’t get a chance to watch this in theaters and heard this won 3 Oscars as well for music, costume design, and production design. So I watched this recently on Disney+ to see how it was and it seemed okay a bit. Watching the an I wondered why they weren’t explaining what Vibranium was or what it does exactly. The opening explains how Wakanda was able to get the Vibranium and why they stood in hiding for so long until recently.
Then the movie starts in the past at Oakland, California, where these two black guys with some guns and stuff. Then some Wakandain lady soldiers come in and the previous Black Panther T’Challa’s father. Since his brother stole some Vibranium to help out the city somehow and the other guy was spying on him. T’Challa’s father ends up killing his brother and it flash’s forward to the present where T’Challa helps some people in motherland Africa from a slave trade. When liberating the slaves T’Challa encounters a past girlfriend and after that he goes back to Wakanda for the trials to be king.
When doing so this Gorilla or Yeti tribe chooses to fight T’Challa and he is given this weird potion to power himself down so there’s a fair fight. Kind of weird since why would they have something like that. T’Challa defeats the Gorilla tribe’s leader and T’Challa is king now, T’challa then does this spirit journey as a way to do some soul searching. After we go to this scene where Killmonger and Klaw steal some Vibranium in this museum. Klaw is this guy who stole Vibranium a long time ago and has this robotic hand that shoots sonic waves.
Back in Wakanda T’Challa and the committee decide to find Klaw and his last whereabouts were that he’s in South Korea. They end up capturing Klaw with help from a US Agent as well. Then Killmonger breaks Klaw out and in the crossfire the US agent gets hurt badly and T’challa takes the US agent to Wakanda to heal him. When the US agent gets healed T’challa mentions that opening scene in the movie and that it was about his father and uncle and how his uncle fell in love with an american women and had a kid with her. T’challa’s father ends up killing his brother but for some reason they don’t try to find his kid and just leave him there. That kid ends up being Killmonger somehow as well.
Later Killmonger ends up killing Klaw and goes to Wakanda showing Klaw’s body and that he killed him. After that Killmonger goes to the council meeting to show them and T’challa that he is descended from the throne. T’challa also helps out the US agent get medical treatment as well in Wakanda. Killmonger demands that he and T’challa do that ritual fight to be the king even though T’challa doesn’t have to do that. T’challa ends up doing the ritual fight with Killmonger, during this fight Killmonger wins and he really didn’t cheat for anything like that. T’challa is then thrown off this waterfall and presumed dead, Then Killmonger takes the throne and after his spirit journey or something like that and then destroys the plants that give the rulers of Wakanda their powers.
Killmonger plans to send the Vibranium to all these street kids as a way to change the balance of powers. Though this whole idea of giving the rest of the world Vibranium at times feels like it would cause more harm to the world and even to each other as a people. Plus this movie doesn’t explain what Vibranium does, or if they run out of it, and is more like a device for the plot to go forward. Or what will happen when Wakanda runs out of Vibranium and that was a story for this comic called “The Future Foundation” from awhile ago. Just feels like that’s all they have and if you rely on a resource too much it will run out eventually.
Then T’challa’s mother, sister, and that US agent, try to find T’challa’s body and is found at the Gorilla or Yeti tribe’s village. T’challa’s family gives him the last of that Vibranium plant while he’s in the show like cold therapy. They then go back to Wakanda to stop the Vibranium from being shipped around the world and US agent remotely pilots a fighter ship to shoot the other ships with the Vibranium.
Then there’s this ground fight between Black Panther’s army and Killmonger’s army and there’s also these war rhinos as well. Then at some point Black Panther and Killmonger fight each other in CGI with their armors but it feels like Black Panther is fighting Black Panther. At the end of the fight I thought there would be something like Black Panther beats up Killmonger but doesn’t kill him as a way to break the endless cycle of violence like their parents. I was wrong, Black Panther ends up killing Killmonger and after that T’challa ends up going to where Killmonger lived in Oakland and makes a community center there. He also opens up boarders to Wakanda to the rest of the world.
This movie felt, okay, it’s just that sometimes these Disney Marvel movies seem to formulaic and too clean. Just feels like you need to be a bit deeper at times instead of this woke writing since that is all it is, on the surface. People have layers and sometimes there is ulterior motives and not just “because I felt like it” at times. It just feels like at times the deeper, complex, writing for these shows seems to be gone but I like to have a little faith in those days.
I checked this out a while ago at the public library and started reading it on and off. I liked the art of this comic and the one-page stories this had. The best one I liked was “Diary of a Consumer” where it showed vinyl and CDs from 1993 to 2003, where there were so many of them back then, now there’s barely any today.
This made me want to read print media again since I feel like I spend too much time on tablets and e-readers. Feel like it might mess with my eyes or something like that. This review might be a bit short but it’s a bit hard for me to read print and comics at times since some comics are hard to find. I hope to find more at my library next time though.
Just so people know I saw John Carpenter’s remake of this on the sci-fi channel before I saw this original movie. I didn’t even know it was a remake until a bit later from cinemassacre. Checked out the original movie out at the library to compare and contrast. This movie was based on a sci-fi book called “Who Goes There?” and in the book the alien is a shapeshifter. Where in this movie it is a vegetable that feeds off of blood.
Watching this movie had a lot of talking parts in it until the monster showed up. What is amazing about this movie is that it takes place in the Antarctic wastes, where if you try to call for help or run, it will be a while before someone comes to rescue you, making you feel stranded.
Around the end one of the scientists tries to reason with the thing but the other people end up burning the thing to death. In the end, they say to “Watch the skies.” before the credits roll and at the end, this film seemed okay compared to John Carpenter remake of the movie. Since there was a lot of other movies with the sci-fi feel they had a better message in the 1950s, like “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. This movie still made me like John Carpenter’s the thing even more because of the intense suspense the movie gives you, even at the end. Give it a watch if you like those 1950’s sci-fi movies in the end.
Watched this at the movie theater a while ago and was surprised at all the monsters they had in this movie that were in the TOHO movies. Also was surprised that King Kong was also mentioned in this since I thought that Kong: Skull Island wasn’t related to the Godzilla movie in 2014. In this, though it takes place 5 years after the 2014 Godzilla movie and the monster research group Monarch trying to search and study the monsters after Godzilla attack and King Kong was discovered.
It is then discovered that this lady created a machine that can talk and control the monsters or Titans as the people in this movie all them. Then the lady and her daughter, after awaking Mothra, are captured my Eco terrorists to awaken the rest of the Titans on earth frozen in ice. Along the way the lady’s father is called in my monarch to help stop the lady with the Titan device known as Orca.
After awaking a Titan known as Monster Zero, or King Gidorah, She mentions to the guy that the Titans might actually help the world since humans destroyed the planet and the Titans might restore the planet to the original state it was in. It doesn’t make sense but this movie is more about the monster than careter development. There’s thenthis fight between Godzilla and Kind Gidorah and it establishes that King Gidorah gets his power from electricity for his blasts.
After that Monarch goes to Mexico because Rodan has awakened and King Ghidorah goes there as well. Godzilla also tries to fight King Ghidorah and King Ghidorah loses ahead but then it grows back after a bit. When Godzilla and King Ghidorah fight there was also all these bright flashes and quick cuts. I had to close my eyes a bit as well and was glad I didn’t get a seizure from all of that.
The military tries using the oxygen destroyer to kill Rodan, Godzilla, and King Ghidorah, but it fails to kill King Ghidorah, probably because he’s from space or something like that. I don’t know, I went to the bathroom when they were going to explain why it didn’t work on him. As King Ghidorah makes his way to Boston since the lady scientists daughter took the Orca to try to lure him there.
The Monarch team then tries to find Godzilla to help combat King Ghidorah and find this ancient civilization where Godzilla is hiding in underwater. Along the way Mothra finally hatches from cocooning and we hear the Mothra song which sounds pretty good. Back at the underwater civilization they try to find a way to invigorate Godzilla by using some nukes from the submarine they’re in. It works and Godzilla ends up defeating Ghidoriah and Rodan with help from Mothra.
At the end the other monsters show up and bow to him to pay respect. The credits roll and it starts with the Godzilla song from Blue Oyster Cult but with a new song. This movie was okay but the monster fights were amazing and the movie put more time on the monsters then human element. If you want to see this for the monsters, go right ahead, but don’t except a good story.
Thought about this movie from 1999 for a few weeks now since the main plot feels kind of true for reality tv, contests, and game shows today at times. I’ll tell you a bit later in this review and you’ll know what I’m saying. This movie is a black comedy mockumentary about this Minnesota town and it’s high school Beauty pageant it’s going to have. Only a handful show up and along the way someone tries to kill off the contestants one by one.
One of the contestants is a young Kirsten Dunst before the Spider-man movies. Another is this anorexic girl from last years contest in some hospitals eating disorders ward. People in this movie keeps saying if they’re on Cops which is a bit of a joke in the end. Near the end when it’s found out who was killing all these girls it’s a bit shocking. Then there’s the pageant State finals and most of the contestants get food poisoning and there’s this big scene of all the other contestants throwing up. Kirstin Dunst ends up winning since she didn’t eat the food there.
At the end where the winners of this pageant go to this make up place that promoted the beauty pageant. Sadly the make up place was shut down after problems with tax evasion around the time of the documentary, permanently. Then all the other contestants go crazy and attack the building but Kirstin Dunst just gets back on the bus, showing self control and being calm through it all. Then the movie explains what happened to the runner up in the pageant, the killer, and Kirstin Dunst, then it ends.
What really gets me is not only the dark humor, how overly competitive people can be, and it’s also PG-13. The story also felt a bit realistic since a lot of people in these contests, reality tv, and even game shows can be overly competitive even though it’s just a contest. They have other accomplishments and stuff to fall back on if they lose this and it isn’t important. You can give this a watch on Hulu since it popped up recently and is considered to have a cult following.
When I first heard about this movie when it came out I thought it was just trying to catch onto the vampire craze after Twilight came out. To those of you who don’t know, Daybreakers is about this near future where something happens and the world is mostly vampires. There’s also this story were vampire kind is running out of blood soon and trying to make a substitute for the blood crisis. Something about if they don’t find any more blood they’ll go feral and mad. Always wondered about this problem with Zombies and Vampires, where what if they kept eating and eating until there was nothing is left to eat
This move stars this vampire hematologist played by Ethan Hawke, who though the human resistance, finds out a cure for vampirism. Along the way, he helps out the human resistance and meets their leader played by William Defoe. The resistance leader mentions something about when he was a vampire, he was in the sun, burning, and then landed in the water and that somehow cured him.
Along the way, the vampire guys brother tails him and gets the vampire government to follow him to protect vampire kind. Vampire guy helps the human resistance and helps them buy is covered in a wet blanket and being exposed to sunlight. After a few times, it works and vampire guy is now human. Then after that, the vampire government then gets the feral vampires and puts them out in the sunlight to burn I think as a way to not sympathize with the human resistance.
Then vampire guy tries to reason with his brother but ends up biting and turning the resistance leader. Vampire guy goes to his business place where he worked to try to reason with his boss, played by Sam Neill. His boss tries to turn the hematologist guy back into a vampire but it backfires and ends up turning him human as well as the human resistance leader. Since when your back to being a human it’s permanent even when you try to turn them back into vampires. At the end what’s left of the human resistance gets in a car riding into the sunset promising a cure and having hope.
Keep hearing about the movie growing up and never really watched it until now. Also, the Homefront games made me want to take a look at this since the movie had the same premise. Freedom fighters against communist forces who invade America, though in that game it’s the North Koreans and this movie it’s the Russians.
When the movie starts it mentions that all the other nations have fallen to the Communists. Then America later gets attacked by Soviet paratroopers in this town somewhere. Some people are able to escape into a national park to see if the fighting dies down. Then after looking around the town, they find out they took some of the kid’s parents to these “Reeducation” camps. One of the kid’s parents goes “Avenge Me!” before they get and to be killed.
Along the way, some Soviet soldiers go into the park the kids are camping in and the kids end up killing the Soviet soldiers. That ends up making the kids want t fight and become a resistance group to defend America and keep saying “Wolverines!” since that was their school’s mascot as well.
As the movie goes on the freedom fighters struggle a bit and in the end create a spark of hope for America and get a monument for the park they stayed in. This movie seems okay and Patrick Swayze was pretty good for the time. In the remake though the invading enemies were originally Chinese but, made a last minute change to North Koreans as a way not to get rid of chinese movie goers. I might not review the remake since sometimes it doesn’t quite feel right or not have the soul the original movie had.
I had this on pre-order a long time ago from GameStop back in November 11th, 2011 for the PS3. When I finally bought it and played it back home it was an experience for me and other players at the time. You first start as some prisoner in some town and when your are about to be beheaded a dragon shows up. As it is destroying the town the tutorial goes on as well as some decisions to start with.
After that you slowly try to find a way to stop the dragons from destroying people as well as other adventures to go on. At the end of the main quest it feels like playing the game doesn’t end and there is so much other stuff to do. There’s even DLC and the PC gaming people created all these mods for the game to expand upon. People still play this game today but i feel like when you play a game for so long by yourself it gets boring. Though it also makes me feel like gamers are fickle and always want more new games and other stuff. Though if you haven’t played this game give it a chance since it is an amazing experience. They made versions of the game for the Xbox 360, PC, and the PS3, also made special editions for the PS4, the Xbox One, and the PC but I think it’s just okay.
Recently I saw the DC movie Shazam! and it was pretty good and lighthearted and doesn’t take itself too seriously, almost like Aquaman. The movie is about this kid, Billy Baston, who is given magic powers from the wizard Shazam, played by Djimon Hounsou because he is of a pure heart. The name Shazam is also an acronym for the Greek pantheon, S for the wisdom of Solomon, H the strength of Hercules, A the stamina of Atlas, Z the power of Zeus, A the courage of Achilles, and M for the speed of Mercury. The last one is a bit off since Mercury was the Roman name for Hermes.
When Billy gets this power he ends up having fun with it with his friend Freddy helping him along the way. There is also a villain, Dr. Sivana, who wanted this power that was at the Rock of Eternity when the wizard Shazam tried to recruit him and Sivana failed. Sivana wanted this eye that the 7 sins whispered to him about for ultimate power. The wizard Shazam also mentions that he tried to recruit someone a very long time ago but nearly destroyed civilization.
Along the was Billy tries to find his mom who was lost at some fair when he was little. Also when he is Shazam he abuses his powers at times but he learns responsibility later on. At the end where Billy confronts his long lost mother it’s a bit heartbreaking but kinda lets Billy move on. During the final battle between Sivana and Shazam, Billy learns he can transfer his power to his foster siblings and they end up being something of a Shazam family.
At the post-credits and maybe the end credits they try to build up some of Shazam and his enemies, like Mr. Mind and maybe even Black Adam. Mr. Mind I think is some kind of super intelligent worm or Caterpillar from outer space, which is weird since he seems a bit out of place for a Shazam villain. Black Adam is considered an evil Shazam though he gets his powers from the Egyptian pantheon instead of the Greek pantheon.
Originally Shazam was called Captain Marvel but I guess since Marvel had a Captain Marvel, DC changed his name to Shazam. Also earlier in the 1970’s they also made a show about Shazam as well and had the Egyptian Goddess ISIS in it as well. She would later make it in the comics aand team up with Black Adam since she also gets her powers from the Egyptian pantheon. Anyway, I hope we get a sequel to Shazam soon and hopefully see Mr. Mind in it as well. Give this a watch if your tired of all these dark serious comic book movies now and would like something more lighthearted.