REVIEW: BACK TO THE FUTURE

Starring

Michael J. Fox (The Frighteners)
Christopher Lloyd (Going In Style)
Lea Thompson (Howard The Duck)
Crispin Glover (Alice In Wonderland)
Thomas F. Wilson (The Heat)
Claudia Wells (Vitals)
James Tolkan (Masters of The Universe)
Marc McClure (Superman)
Wendie Jo Sperber (Grease)
George DiCenzo (Exorcist III)
Casey Siemaszko (Stand By Me)
Billy Zane (The Scorpion King 3)
Courtney Gains (Children of The Corn)
Norman Alden (Ed Wood)
George Flower (Power Rangers In Space)

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future (1985)In 1985 Hill Valley, California, teenager Marty McFly and his girlfriend, Jennifer Parker, are chastised by the school principal for tardiness. Marty auditions for the Battle of the Bands, but is rejected for being too loud. At home, Marty’s father George is bullied by his supervisor, Biff Tannen, while his mother Lorraine is an overweight, depressed alcoholic. Lorraine recalls how she met George when her father hit him with his car.Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future (1985)Marty is invited by his friend, eccentric inventor Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, to meet him in the parking lot at Twin Pines Mall. Doc unveils a time machine built from a modified DeLorean and powered by plutonium stolen from terrorists. Preparing to demonstrate it, Doc sets the date to November 5, 1955: the day he invented time travel. Moments later, the terrorists arrive and shoot Doc. Marty escapes in the DeLorean, but inadvertently activates the time machine by hitting 88 mph.Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future (1985)Marty finds himself in 1955 and without the needed plutonium to return. He walks into downtown Hill Valley, and encounters the teenage George in the diner, who is bullied by his classmate Biff. After Marty saves George from an oncoming car, he is knocked unconscious and awakens to find himself tended to by an infatuated Lorraine. Marty tracks down Doc’s younger self to help him return to 1985. Without access to plutonium, Doc explains that the only power source capable of generating the necessary 1.21 gigawatts of electricity for the time machine is a bolt of lightning. Marty shows Doc a flyer from the future that recounts a lightning strike at the town’s clock tower due on the upcoming Saturday night.Doc instructs Marty to not leave his house or interact with anyone, as he could inadvertently alter the future; because of this, Doc refuses to heed warnings from Marty about his death in 1985. Marty soon realizes that his actions earlier that day have prevented his parents from meeting and he will soon be erased from existence if he does not find a way to introduce George to Lorraine. Doc formulates a plan to harness the power of the lightning, while Marty sets about introducing his parents to each other. After Lorraine asks Marty to the school dance, Marty concocts a plan: he will feign inappropriate advances on Lorraine, allowing George to “rescue” her. The plan goes awry when a drunken Biff attempts to force himself on Lorraine. George, enraged, knocks out Biff, and Lorraine follows him to the dance floor, where they kiss while Marty performs with the band.Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future (1985)As the storm arrives, Marty returns to the clock tower. After a few mishaps with the cable, and the DeLorean refusing to start, the lightning strikes, and Marty is sent back to the future. Back in 1985, Marty finds that Doc has survived the shooting, as he had listened to Marty’s warnings and worn a bullet-proof vest. Doc drives Marty home and departs to explore the future. Marty awakens the next morning to find that his actions have changed the timeline; George is now a successful author, Lorraine is fit and happy, and Biff is now an obsequious auto valet. As Marty reunites with Jennifer, the DeLorean appears with Doc, insisting they accompany him to 2015 to resolve a problem with their future children. The trio board the DeLorean and travel into the future.Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future (1985)Back To The Future is one of the most enjoyable time-travelling classics. It’s over 30 years old and it still hasn’t gotten old. Sadly, they don’t make it like this these days but then again we always can revisit them. That’s why they’re classics.

REVIEW: THE MUPPETS (2015)

MAIN CAST

Steve Whitmire (Labyrinth)
Eric Jacobson (Sesame Street)
Dave Goelz (Dinosaurs)
Bill Barretta (Kim Possible)
David Rudman (Sesame Street)
Matt Vogel (Muppets Most Wanted)
Peter Linz (Between The Lions)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Julianne Buescher (Dinosaurs)
Riki Lindhome (Much Ado About Nothing)
Layla Alizada (Chasing Freedom)
June Diane Raphael (Bride Wars)
Utkarsh Ambudkar (Ride Along 2)
Keegan-Michael Key (Due Date)
Jordan Peele (Little Fockers)
Topher Grace (That 70s Show)
Elizabeth Banks (Power Rangers)
Margo Harshman (The Big Bang Theory)
Jere Burns (Bates Motel)
Meagen Fay (La la Land)
Josh Groban (The Crazy Ones)
Laurence Fishburne (Hannibal)
Jay Leno (The Simpsons)
Lea Thompson (Howard The Duck)
Christina Applegate (Bad Moms)
Nick Offerman (Cursed)
Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games)
Ed Helms (The Hangover)
Reese Witherspoon (This Means War)
Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies)
Jason Bateman (Identity Thief)
Chelsea Handler (Hop)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper)
Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project)
Joan Jett (Highlander: The Series)
Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills, 90210)
Willie Nelson (The Dukes of Hazzard)
Phil LaMarr (Free Enterprise)

 

The documentary/mockumentary style of the show was actually one of the enjoyable parts about the showe, and they paid attention to detail in keeping with the style of one, such as the odd moment of shaky cam, and framing shots designed to look like someone trying to film in tight corners (peeking in on a conversation between Kermit and Ms. Piggy). The design of the puppets remains the standard of what is expected from a contemporary muppets production, with a few new background muppets that were adequately designed. Denise’s design was…awkwardly serviceable. There has been contention that she is depicted as a younger and skinnier replacement of Ms. Piggy, and I would agree there seems to be some truth to this, particularly with how her personality is portrayed so far. There is also similarities particularly to the earlier incarnations of Ms. Piggy from the original muppets from the 1980’s in her design, She does stand separate just enough visually from Ms. Piggy to be her own character.

The characters themselves were for the most part good. Kermit (Steve Whitmire) plays a decent aggrieved boss man just getting over a relationship with a co-worker, Ms. Piggy (Eric Jacobson), with some long suffering moments akin to said awkward post-breakup, but there is also care and dry humour in him that balances out the negative moments, he is definitely the star of this episode. Fozzie (also Eric Jacobson) was himself as the unfunny but optimistic bear, even in a romantic relationship (despite its awkwardness here and there), and that static nature of him was enjoyable to see, particularly as he balances out Kermit’s more serious inclinations.

The story for the show was actually really enjoyable. The plot flows well with the mockumentary style, the fact that this is very similar to The Office (2005-2013) is likely no surprise to anyone, but the use of the muppets working through the show’s premise with all the strong personalities (for the most part) and the wacky nostalgia that was the muppets wraps all together for an interesting viewing for the most part.
Overall the show had a rather interesting start to it and as the show developed it became even for interesting, I personally enjoyed it and was sad to find out thatthere would be no season 2.

REVIEW: HOWARD THE DUCK

CAST

Lea Thompson (Back To The Future)
Jeffrey Jones (Sleepy Hollow)
Tim Robbins (Green Lantern)
Ed Gale (The Polar Express)
Jordan Prentice (Mirror, Mirror)
Holly Robinson Peete (Mike & Molly)
Richard McGonagle (500 Days of Summer)
Miguel Sandoval (Medium)

Twenty-seven-year-old Howard the Duck (Chip Zien) lives on Duckworld, a planet similar to Earth but inhabited by anthropomorphic ducks. As he is reading the latest issue of Playduck magazine, his armchair begins to quake violently and propels him out of his apartment building and into outer space; Howard eventually lands on Earth, in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon arriving, Howard encounters a woman being attacked by thugs. He defeats them using a unique style of martial arts. After the thugs flee, the woman introduces herself as Beverly Switzler (Lea Thompson), and decides to take Howard to her apartment and let him spend the night. The following day, Beverly takes Howard to Phil Blumbertt (Tim Robbins), a scientist who Beverly hopes can help Howard return to his world. After Phil is revealed to be only a janitor, Howard resigns himself to life on Earth and rejects Beverly’s aid. He soon applies for a job as a janitor at a local romance spa. Because of unfair treatment by his boss, Howard resigns and rejoins Beverly, who plays in a band called Cherry Bomb. At the club at which Cherry Bomb is performing, Howard comes across their manager (Tommy Swerdlow), and confronts him when he insults the band. A fight breaks out, in which Howard is victorious.Tim Robbins in Howard the Duck (1986)Howard rejoins Beverly backstage after the band’s performance and accompanies her back to her apartment, where Beverly persuades him to be the band’s new manager. The two begin to flirt, but soon after that they are interrupted by Blumburtt and two of his colleagues, who reveal that a dimensional-jumping device they were inventing was aimed at Howard’s planet and transported him to Earth when it was activated. They theorize that Howard can be sent back to his world through a reversal of this same process. Upon their arrival at the laboratory, the device malfunctions when it is activated, arousing the possibility of something else being transported to Earth. At this point, Dr. Walter Jenning (Jeffrey Jones) is possessed by a life form from another alternate dimension.When they visit a diner, the creature introduces himself as a “Dark Overlord of the Universe” and demonstrates his developing mental powers by destroying table utensils and condiments. A fight ensues when a group of truckers in the diner begin to insult Howard. Howard is captured and is almost killed by the diner chef, but the Dark Overlord destroys the diner and escapes with Beverly. Howard locates Phil, who is arrested for his presence at the laboratory with no security clearance. After they escape, they discover an Ultralight aircraft, which they use to search for the Dark Overlord and Beverly.HOWARD THE DUCK, 1986. (c) Universal Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.At the laboratory, the Dark Overlord ties Beverly down to a metal bed and plans to transfer another one of its kind into her body with the dimension machine. Howard and Phil arrive and apparently destroy the Dark Overlord with an experimental “neutron disintegrator” laser; however, it has only been forced out of Jenning’s body. The Dark Overlord reveals its true form at this point. Howard fires the neutron disintegrator at the hideous beast, obliterating it, and destroys the dimension machine, preventing more creatures from arriving on Earth, but also ruining Howard’s only chance of returning to his planet. Howard then becomes Beverly’s manager and hires Phil as an employee on her tour.Honestly, yeah the plot is a bit much to grasp, but cut the movie some slack, it’s about a duck for goodness’ sake! For me, it still makes me laugh and I have a ton of fun watching it. I loved seeing Tim Robbins and Howard trying to get to the factory to destroy Jeffrey Jones before he could take over the world, Tim was absolutely hilarious! Yes there are a few things about this movie that are over the top but I still think that this movie is just mindless entertainment. Hey how many movies do we have where a duck saves Planet Earth.