Quick Review : Metroid (NES)

It took me nearly fifteen years to get past the first few screens of Metroid. I first attempted to play it when it came bundled as an extra with Metroid Fusion (if you linked the GBA up to the Gamecube and Metroid Prime. I gave up after ten minutes. Next, when the remake of Metroid came along, Metroid – Zero Mission, I attempted to play Metroid again (it came as an extra). Half an hour into it, I gave up. Subsequent attempts ended in quick failure until I purchased a NES Classic! Here, I used the save system to carefully progress through the game. It was still as frustrating as ever…but I managed to get through it (without a guide!). Continue reading

Review: ‘Aliens’ (1986) (Or…How To Do A Sequel!)

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(SPOILERS AHEAD!)

“All right sweethearts, you heard the man and you know the drill”

‘Aliens’ is yet another film that I’ve watched over and over again since I was barely out of a single digit age. I taped it on ITV one year and wore the tape out with constant use. Of course, when the Director’s Cut came out on DVD, I immediately upgraded to that! It added depth to the film’s various themes. That’s the version I always watch! Not sure I could handle the theatrical cut anymore…But, suffice to say, it is one of my favourite films. Not only is it a case study of how to do a sequel, but it can also stand on its own without the first ‘Alien’ to hold it up. Yes, the two are different beasts, and suit different moods and tastes. But I’d say ‘Aliens’ is more accessible than ‘Alien,’ and take that as you will! As it celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year, it would be a shame not to review it! Continue reading

Review: ‘The Fly’ (1986) (Or…How To Do A Remake!)

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(SPOILERS AHEAD!)

“It’s cleaner on the inside”

Welcome to Blog Post 300! It’s taken me a while to get this far (I should be on Post 500 by now, but I am rather lazy!), but as I’m here, I’d like to talk about one of my favourites films of all time…David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly.’ It’s his magnum opus, his greatest box office hit, and one of the great sci-fi horror romances of all time! It features an incredible performance by Jeff Goldblum, a riveting soundtrack by Howard Shore, and some of the most grotesque scenes in cinema history. Not only that, but ‘The Fly’ is the epitome of a remake done right. It expands and evolves on the original in ways that modern remakes could learn more than a few things from…Plus, it’s 30 years old this year! Continue reading

Review: Stephen King’s ‘IT’ (The Book, Not The Film!)

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“Everything down here floats”

I’ve just read Stephen King’s ‘IT’ for about the tenth time. Ever since I laid my hands on it, in a school library at the age of fifteen, I’ve reread it every few years or so. I had been a fan of Stephen King since the age of seven or eight, but had never gotten around to read ‘IT.’ However, I stumbled upon ‘IT’ in the school library. A half-baked memory arose from staying over at my grandparents and watching the TV movie based on the book. I could hear a clown saying something about floating. I remembered showerheads attacking a weedy little kid, a blood bubble bursting in a pipe, and a massive spider. So I immediately picked up the book and began to read it (and, funnily enough, I finished the book in my grandparents house!). Continue reading