Gems Of The 1980s: “The Last Starfighter”

Posted on August 21, 2015

“The Last Starfighter” is arguably one of those highly influential movies that few have heard about. One of the first movies to entertainment-Junkies-last starfighterutilize computer graphics, it combines a pulp feel with a coming of age movie to create a wonderful little universe where larger-than-life action combines with personal drama, with an emphasis on mixing comedy and drama.

The plot is relatively simple: The Ko Dan Empire has invaded the Star League worlds and threatens to destroy their worlds. The recruiter Centurion has seeded the galaxy with testing devices disguised as video games in order to find pilots that have the requisite talent to run the GunStars. Alex plays one such game, and gets the highest score; he is soon carted off to headquarters of the Star League, but is saved from death by refusing to serve. But the starfighters meant to protect the League have all been killed in the attack, forcing Alex to return as the last starfighter.

Storywise, the movie combines a lot of different elements into one cohesive whole. While Alex is stepping into the role of saviour of the galaxy, he is also romancing his girlfriend by proxy: In order to ensure that Alex survives an android was left behind to act as a double, ,and that android provides for not only a lot of the humor of the movie, but also allows the romance to continue. There is also the interplay between Centurion and the alien Grig that adds an ironically human touch to the movie.

As noted, the film also has the first use of computer graphics as more than merely background effects. Although computer graphics had already been used in a number of movies, this was the first movie to use them interactively; the actors had to respond to effects that they could not see and would not exist until well after they were done acting. Although primitive by today’s standards, they are nonetheless the cornerstone of the movie rather than merely just part of the scenery. All told, “The Last Starfighter” is one of those weird movies that everyone should see at some point just because it is such a fun little movie with a lot to offer.

Pitch Perfect 2 Review

Posted on August 04, 2015

pitch perfect 2 movie reviewPitch perfect 2 features a celebrity cast as a result of the unexpected success of the first movie.  In this sequel, the Barden Bellas are back and are better than they ever were.  However, their success ended rather quickly when they were embarrassed in front of the president of the United States, which results in the Bellas being removed from the Aca-circuit.  The Bellas then regroup and decide that, in order to get themselves back in the circuit, they need to win an international competition that would prove to be almost impossible.  The bonds of friendship and teamwork are tested as the Bellas work together to get themselves back on the Aca-circuit.

Pitch perfect 2 was a movie full of hilarious lines and awesome vocals.  If you enjoyed the first movie, you will definitely enjoy the second.  The first movie deals with the Bellas first coming together and features them trying to successfully navigate the world of college while balancing their acapella group.  In the second movie, the Bellas are a much closer group of girls.  They are finishing up their college careers but are yet somehow still on the bottom of the acapella ladder.  The plot is full of the girls trying to win their way back to the top.

One of the great things about Pitch Perfect 2 is that the celebrity cast is developed further for the audience.  The audience gets to know more about the characters and gets to feel like they know the cast.  While the same cast is used, the development of the characters is pushed further than in the first movie, which allows the audience to get to know the characters on a deeper level.

The song selections for this movie are geared toward a much younger and hipper audience, as most of the songs are all current.  The cast performs these incredibly well; and the jokes and punch lines are all hilarious and well executed.

Pitch perfect 2 is the ultimate sequel to the original movie.  If you were someone who enjoyed the first movie, you will enjoy the second just as much.

More movies in your own home movie theater

Posted on March 14, 2013

 

We all love to go to the movie theater to relax after a long day of work. Even if you need to tide traffics jams to go to the movie theater, you are willing to endure this to be able to watch a movie. The sight and sound of a movie theater is what makes us go back there every so often. We easily get lost in the movie scene because of the bigger than life pictures and surround sound that takes you there beside the characters in the movie. This may prove to be costly in the end but we continue to do this because we love to go to movie theaters and see movies. If you can bring home a movie theater, it will be good and I am sure you will love the idea. However, before you say no, think again. Going to the movie theaters every single day is definitely costly in the long run. Additionally, if you know the basic components of a home movie theater, you may not think twice and will definitely leave right now to acquire your own home movie theater.

A complete setup of a movie theater in a big room is definitely only accessible to the rich and the famous. However, if you have meager budget, you can have the home movie theater for yourself knowing the basic components and setting up the home movie theater in a smaller room. You may convert you den to a home theater room. You only need the three basic components and you may already enjoy watching movies with no limit.

If you have a television set, which I know you do, that is about 27 inches, you run away spending for the first major component of your home movie theater. The second major component, which I think you have, is the DVD player. If your DVD Player has progressive scan that is wonderful, however, even without progressive scan, your DVD player may work as the second component for your home movie theater. The final piece of the puzzle, which I want you to spend on, is the home theater speakers. You need three high-quality home theater speakers for your home movie theater. You need to place one on the right side, one on the left side and one on the rear center of the room. These are the three basic components of your home movie theater. You may now start enjoying unlimited movie and enjoy watching movies with your whole family. I am sure you will agree with me that this is the best part of owning your own home movie theater.

The set up for your home movie theater with the three basic components is the best perfect setup for small rooms. However, if you have a bigger room for your home movie theater, I am sure you have a bigger budget for your home theater. Then you may want to consider the recommendation of home theater experts, you may add more speakers up to six home theater speakers and may need to compliment it with subwoofer to maintain the surround sound effect for your home movie theater. If you want a bigger picture, you may want to consider buying a home theater projector. You may also acquire home theater seating and television cabinet if you want to compliment the home theater design to make up a complete package for your home entertainment. All these additions to the basic components may be necessary if you have a bigger room. If the room is smaller, then you may only need the three basic components for your home movie theater.

Having to be able to bring home the sight and sound you run after in movie theaters may be very efficient and less costly. Aside form the fact that you enjoy life with your family beside you watching movies after movies in your very own home movie theater.