NICOLAS CAGE'S DARK FILM "WEATHERMAN" IS WORTH A LOOK

Robert Berry
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It's a shame that the marketing campaign is making this look like a big time comedy. With numerous shots of Nicholas Cage getting pelted with shakes and sodas, and a goofy edited sequence where his wife reminds him not to forget tartar sauce to the point where it becomes fate that he does, many folks in the crowd clearly thought this was going to be a laugh packed affair from start to finish.

The Weatherman is dark. There are laughs, but the laughs are largely uncomfortable laughs that make you feel guilty for doing so. Its an incredibly well done film with serious dramatic scenes that are likely to give both Nicholas Cage and Michael Caine Oscar nominations. The script is smart and Gore Verbinksi's direction is brooding and understated.

I think this is Cage's best work since Leaving Las Vegas. As tortured Weatherman David Spritz, who's trying to jump start his career, parental role, failed marriage, and the relationship with his father, Cage is perfectly cast. And though Michael Caine seems to be in 800 movies per year, his performance in this film as Cage's seemingly perfect father is outstanding.

Most of the folks I talked to in the theater afterward did not like this movie at all. The woman running the publicity for it said she hated it as well, so take my opinion for what is worth. If you like dark comedy dramas, and like Nicholas Cage, though, I think you'll find it a pretty deep, meaningful, and entertaining film.


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DOMINO is the real life story of a model turned bounty hunter of the same name.  If this film is any indicator of what really happened, Domino apparently had a poorly written life surrounded by underdeveloped characters who existed in a universe of nauseatingly choppy editing, eye straining lighting effects, and epilepsy inducing light flickers.

Don't let the impressive cast deceive you.  It's a crime that someone could put together an ensemble consisting of  Kiera Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken, Lucy Liu, Delroy Lindo, Mena Suvari and squander it on such an utter piece of crap.  Had they all hopped in a van and drove to Robert Rodriguez's ranch to make a sequel to SIN CITY, the world would be a better place. 

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THE TOP 10 CLASSIC ARCADE GAME SONGS!

I love classic arcade game music almost more than I love Devil Dogs (sorry, Marcia).  And it's the classic games o' the 80s that always have the best music.  Here's a trip down memory lane with the best of them all. 

#10 SPY HUNTER
Featuring a modified synthesizer version of the famous Peter Gunn theme, it really gets you in the mood for hunting spies.  Pretty much all you did in this game was drive down the street and shoot every car you saw, so they might as well have named it "Super Highway Kill Spree" and it would have probably been more appropriate. CLICK HERE to listen.

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THE HALLOWEEN BABE GALLERY

Most people would be happy to lose their rotten yappin' kid on an international flight, but Jodie Foster can't seem to relax after she wakes up with her daughter missing.  Nobody else on the plane remembers seeing her, and she's not on the passenger list.  Sound like an episode of The Twilight Zone?  If it only it were that short.  The 88 minute search for the wandering brat is about as exciting as it sounds.  Why someone as skilled as Foster is wasting her time with this boring mess is perhaps the biggest mystery of Flightplan.  If you'd like to hear our special audio review of the film, check out Episode 18 of our podcast!  You can CLICK HERE To subscribe via iTunes, or CLICK HERE to get details on how to listen for free with other means.

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100 SCARIEST?

Halloween is right around the corner, and so is our vast library of world famous spooky features.  We'll be revising the 100 SCARIEST MOVIE SCENES OF ALL TIME so if you have some suggestions for changes let me know.  Just CLICK HERE to read the original from 3 years ago, and then email me at rberry@retrocrush.com with your new suggestions!

SELLING FOR CAPTAIN O

To poor comic book readers who couldn't keep up with the stiff inflation rates to continue purchasing Jughead each month, there were many money making opportunities to be had within the pages of the comics themselves!  I sold seeds door to door for The American Seed company, and enterprising young kids could also sell America's favorite newspaper, Grit!  Keith Lowell Jensen explores the pleasures and perils of selling overpriced greeting cards door to door, all in the quest to win "fabulous prizes".

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COOL FIREFLY LIGHTS!

Not too long ago, I was really missing how cool fireflies looked at night. They don't exist where I live anymore, so in desperation I turned to the internet to see if there was a way to order live fireflies, and release them in my backyard.  I figure one night of firefly magic might be worth it.  They're one of the great nostalgic things from my childhood that I wish I could have again.  Of course, fireflies can't survive a night in a glass jar, let alone UPS shipping, so I came up dry. 

What I did find, though, is a kickass company called Firefly Magic that sells sets of custom made LED lights that you can put in your yard and enjoy the same eerie firefly light effects every night of the year!  I got a solar powered set of 12 lights that I had fully installed within 30 minutes of taking them out of the box.  They're now one of my favorite things, as my friends and I love just staring at them in my backyard at night.  They have the same color and random pulsing pattern as the real thing.  I've got a short video of them in action that you can watch if you CLICK HERE. Give the fine folks at FIREFLY MAGIC a visit and check them out for yourself.  I can't think of a more unusual and rewarding gift you could give.



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retroCRUSH's favorite artist Johnny Ryan is back with an all new, all fantastic issue of Angry Youth Comix.  Arguably his best issue yet, this epic features wigs made of crap, retarded Hitler, giant robot prostitutes, and a special trailer for TRUCK MASTERS 6!  Pick it up at your local comic shop, or buy it from FANTAGRAPHICS on the web.  When you compare that to the price of your average $300 Colon Surgery Book, it's quite a deal!  If you like Tales From The Crypt parodies with tampons in them, CLICK HERE for a special tale from Johnny.  And for our final Johnny Ryan plug of the hour, kindly CLICK HERE to check out all the swell original art he has for sale, including some swinging new watercolors featuring The Unknown Comic and more!

IT'S THE COOLEST KEYCHAIN EVER!

The TV B GONE keychain is becoming my favorite toy.  With its ability to turn off (or on) any TV by just holding down the button and pointing it at the tube of choice, the mischief possibilities are endless!  You can turn TVs off at restaurants, department stores, even your own set.  I've tried it out with smashing success, visiting Target and turning of a set connected to an XBOX that some kid was playing very intently.  The local Chinese joint that plays the TVs too loud are no longer a problem, and when walking past a Radio Shack that was closed for the evening, I pointed it through their window and turned on a few of their sets to catch the end of Monday Night Football.  Now if only they could invent one of these that turned off car stereos!  Pick up yours today at THINKGEEK.com.


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