Last weekend I watched three movies that I hadn't seen before!
I thought I would briefly review each of them.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
This is most definitely a classic, and is regarded as one of Sidney Poitier's best films.
That being said, I didn't really like it. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
It is a film about racial prejudice in the south, wrapped in the context of a murder mystery.
Basically, Sidney Poitier is a professional, educated, well-dressed, well-paid black man, who finds himself in a southern town full of ignorant, white-trash, people. It was frustrating seeing him mistreated, but it was somewhat satisfying to see the times when he totally made them look like fools.
I expect that the film was more impacting when it was made in 1967. Today it was mostly just frustrating.
Hot Rod (2007)
This is most definitely a stupid movie...but it is deliberately trying to be stupid...so that makes it alright. It is stupid in the same way that Napoleon Dynamite is stupid. Also like Napoleon Dynamite, it is absolutely hilarious! I was rolling through most of it. It is probably the kind of film that is more funny when you watch it late at night with a bunch of friends. I would probably give it 3 stars out of 5.
The Big Heat (1953)
This was definitely the best film I saw over the weekend. Classic film noir! As classic as they come! I loved everything about this movie! The characters were great, the story was excellent, it was just an all around good film! I don't want to say too much about the story, but it is a classic detective/murder mystery/mobster film. It is super cool when the main character goes all vigilante on the bad guys. And there was some genuinely shocking stuff, considering this was made in 1953.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. This is one that I need to own.
Alright everyone...It's time I introduce you to one of the heroes of my youth...
Who is Tex Murphy?
He is only the hero in some of the coolest computer games of all time!
Mean Streets, Martian Memorandum, Under a Killing Moon, The Pandora Directive, and Tex Murphy: Overseer!
Here's a brief introduction:
It's the mid 21st century and earth is in a post-apocalyptic state. Radiation, darkness, and mutants, are all common place.
Tex Murphy is a hard-boiled P.I. of the old school, who is often down on his luck, and unable to ever get "the girl".
Willing to take on nearly any investigation that comes his way, he unwittingly gets caught up in cases that get continually deeper, until they reveal conspiracies that threaten the entire world!
If you need someone who can find your lost puppy...and save the world while he is at it...Tex Murphy is your guy!
Sounds awesome, right?!
The problem is that it's been 14 years since his last adventure.
But now, Tex Murphy is fighting to come back!
The people behind the Tex Murphy games have launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to generate the funds needed to create Tex's new adventure!
They are asking for fans, both old and new, to donate.
I have made my pledge!
Perhaps I got caught up in the nostalgia of my youth, but I pledged WAY MORE than I originally planned.
Ha ha! I just want another Tex Murphy game so badly!
Their goal is to raise $450,000, and they still need another $100,000.
The deadline is June 16th!
If you love great games, please donate!
Did I mention that there are some great incentives for those who donate?!
You can take my word that the Tex Murphy games are AWESOME...or you can try them yourself!