Terra Cresta (1990 - NES)

This early NES shooter is not the worst game in its genre I've ever played, but it's plagued with some bad flicker and slowdown problems, and is lacking in depth and stage design. For a full review, click here.
Rating: 2/5

The Avengers (2012 - Theater)

Right up front I'm going to admit that you should take this review with a grain of salt, partially because I have very little knowledge of the Avengers (and have seen none of the previous movies these various characters have been in), and partially because I didn't see this movie under the utmost ideal conditions. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to do something I'd never done before and decided that "seeing a movie in a drive-in theater" would be it. While the experience was a lot of fun, many scenes in the first 3/4 of this movie are dark and were somewhat-hard (if not impossible, like the car chase in the beginning) to follow on a drive-in theater screen.

At least the final and biggest battle is in broad daylight, so that part was a lot more enjoyable, but the best thing about The Avengers for me was Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Again, I'd probably get more out of this if I was more familiar with the characters, but I didn't dislike it, either.

Rating: 3/5

Chimpanzee (2012 - Theater)

Chimpanzee is a Disney Nature documentary that follows the adventures of a baby chimp who, through a series of circumstances, is adopted by the patriarch of his tribe, which I guess is so unusual that it's what made it worth making into a movie.

As one might expect, the movie shows chimpanzees doing chimpanzee things - such as looking for food, eating it, and fighting with rival chimp gangs for it. Speaking of which, it's sort of weird how this movie makes heroes out of one group of chimps and villainizes the other. Uh, but doesn't the other group have to eat, too?
Rating: 3/5

Clue (1985 - DVD)

After watching Clue through to the end and seeing all three endings, I came to the realization that probably the best way to "watch" this movie is with two or three friends while taking notes, and when it gets to the end, before the first solution is revealed, stop the movie, compare notes, and try to figure out what happened (I guess, kind of like the board game the movie is based on).

Maybe it's just my lack of familiarity with murder-mysteries, but it seemed to me like the movie was really good at misdirection. There are times when a character would not be present or say they were going off to do something and I totally thought nothing of it. Even though it's not a laugh-a-minute riot, there is some really good humor and great performances, especially from Tim Curry.
Rating: 3.5/5



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