All posts by Mike Perez

Box Office Numbers: June 24-26

FSoJ MP.jpg5.Free State of Jones, $7.7 Million

Some might say that an R-rated civil war flick with a $50 million budget isn’t the smartest idea, but with a great cast maybe something can come of it. With only a $7.7 million opening the studio can only hope that the film has legs and can make its money back. The real problem here is timing, in the middle of blockbuster season you shouldn’t release a civil war drama even if it has a star studded cast. With weak critical scores it doesn’t look good for McConaughey and Free State of Jones.

 

The Shallows MP.jpg4.The Shallows, $16.7 Million

A Shark and Ryan Reynolds baby mama, Blake Lively, are the stars of this film. With only 200 yards to the shore and a great white shark between her and safety. Not with great critical acclaim but a modest budget of $17 million can make this little movie profitable for them. Only in its first weekend of domestic release and it’s almost made all of their production budget back, and in the middle of summer they’re probably banking on the fact that moviegoers want to go see a shark flick right before they head to the beach.

 

CI mp.jpg3.Central Intelligence, $18.3 million

Now in its second week of release, this buddy spy comedy has brought in a worldwide total of $83.4 million, with a pretty hefty budget for a comedy of $50 million. Only dropping 48% from its first week which is relatively good for a comedy, and hopefully this can roll over into next week with The Purge: Election Year, The legend of Tarzan, and The BFG (Big Friendly giant, which is directed by Steven Spielberg and brought to you by Disney, the first time the two work together) being the only heavy hitters coming out next week, with a lack of a raunchy comedy this should give them a little more cash than they anticipated.

 

IDR MP2.Independence Day: Resurgence, $41.6 Million

20 years have gone by since the aliens first attacked the earth, and it isn’t a fun ride this time around. With Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman reprising their roles as David Levinson and President Whitmore, they must ban together to stop another alien invasion from consuming the earth again. Only making $41.6 Million opening weekend and on a $165 million production budget and that doesn’t include the marketing for the film, and there was a heavy marketing push for this film. There is light at the end of the tunnel for them with the foreign market bringing in $99.5 million overseas, with a worldwide total to $140.5 million.

 

Finding Dory MP.jpg1.Finding Dory, $72.9 million

The sequel to Pixar’s Finding nemo, which broke opening weekend records for an animated film last week with a $135 million opening and a big name to live up to in Finding Nemo which cameout almost 13 years ago. Have no fear Disney and Pixar are at it again in their money making ways with $286 million haul in domestically in just two weeks and almost $400 million worldwide, but with the BFG coming out next weekend, can Dory keep her spot at number 1 animated film in the box office right now?

Streaming Movie of the Week: Jurassic Park Triple Feature

jp triple pack.jpgNormally it’s the Streaming Movie of the Week, well today we say fuck normality and I’m going to give you a popcorn packed triple flick. That’s right you read what I wrote, a triple flick, don’t lie you aren’t doing anything this weekend and have six hours to spare to watch Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park III. Let’s not talk about quality once you get past the first Jurassic Park, the other two aren’t terrible, but they aren’t Oscar worthy material either. You have to know what you’re getting into before you sit down and watch a movie, allow yourself to get lost and captivated in the nonsensical story they have created for you, even if it’s corny and cheesy maybe that’s what they were going for and might be the whole essence of the movie.

In Jurassic Park you join Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Richard Attenborough directed by the great Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Now 23 years old last week, Jurassic Park still holds up great even with its practical effects and its lackluster cgi. With a great score composed by John Williams, beautifully shot by Dean Cundey, and cut together by Michael Kahn, it’s easy to see why Jurassic Park is so adored across generations. The Lost World: Jurassic Park is the second film in the Jurassic Universe, Starring Jeff Goldblum (reprising his role as Ian Malcolm), Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, and a quick appearance made by Richard Attenborough again (reprising his role as the enthusiastic theme park owner/ scientist John Hammond). Four years after the first Incident, two teams of scientist are sent to “Site B” (Isla Sorna) the second island where the dinosaurs are bred for Isla Nublar. While some crooked folk thought they would be able to capitalize on bringing dinosaurs to the modern-age, it actually fails and sends widespread panic throughout San Diego. The Lost World was Directed by Spielberg, but wasn’t written by Michael Crichton, but actually by David Koepp. Now I won’t put all the blame on this not being as good as the first on the writing but the general direction of the film, it seems as if they wanted to put too much into the film, but simply couldn’t get it under the runtime that the studio wanted. Finally at the end of your dino-triple flick we come to the 2001 film Jurassic Park 3, which also brings us the return of Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill’s character in the first Jurassic Park). When a divorced couple (William H. Macy, and Tea Leoni) loses their son off the coast of Isla Sorna, they trick Dr.Grant into helping them circle the island and give them any help they can (unknowing that they are actually there to find their missing son (Trevor Morgan)). As soon as they touch down on the island, things take a turn for the worse as a Spinosaurus grounds their airplane and eats their only satellite phone. Now stuck on this island Dr.Grant must help this family, survive this hell hole of an island make it out of their safely. This third installment in the franchise isn’t directed by Spielberg, but by Joe Johnston (Directed Captain America and Jumanji) who can’t fully be blamed for the films folly, but quiet possible an oversaturation of Dinosaur movies in the short period of time that the three films came out, because I would argue that the third film isn’t as bad as everyone makes it out to seem as long as you go in with an open mind. you can enjoy the three Jurassic films now with your Netflix monthly streaming membership. Now be off to stare at your T.V. or laptop for six hours and enjoy the dino-madness.toilet.jpeg

Games In My Pants: Don’t Get Fired!

DGF 1This weeks game buzzing in my pants is thanks to Don’t Get Fired!, a little indie RPG brought to you by an even smaller game developer in Quick Turtle.  Hassled by your parents to get a part time job anywhere, you decide to push pass what they say and pursue your passion in some corporate office. After getting rejected a few times you finally land a position as an intern in some big office. Working your way up the corporate ladder is no easy feat, constantly getting fired or resigning to do various reasons (work fatigue, a critical error, a lack of work for you to do, even missing a project, or bringing the wrong kind of nuts).

After getting fired a couple times you should be able to pick up the lay of the land, and be able to get a promotion or two in before you’re disappointingly let go, but as you climb the corporate ladder you’ll gain experience and become able to upgrade yourself to work harder, faster, and more charismatic so you’ll be able to smooth talk your way to another promotion. Surviving in a modern day Korean company isn’t all that easy as you’ll learn by your 30th company you join that you’re absolutely useless and that you can and will be let go for any and every reason possible, so it is in your favor to not get to down on yourself when you can’t keep a job.

With only two games under their belt, QuickTurtle is quickly becoming a great mobile gaming developer, but why should you listen to me, I’m an idiot on the internet. You can download Don’t get fired! yourself on the Google Play Store and the App Store for free and don’t forget to let us know what you think of Don’t Get Fired!DGF2.png

Games In My Pants: Nonstop Knight

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Creators of Royal Revolt, Flare Games  bring another great game to your phone with Nonstop knight. Nonstop Knight is a fun little mobile 3D dungeon crawler that is a great addictive time passer, and it’s one of those games that likes to reward you while you’re away, so it’s nice a nice treat whenever you come back. As you travel further into the dungeon learning new abilities and leveling up your knight as you slay skeletons, , goo blocks and much more.

Earning gold as you slay down your enemies to upgrade your weapons and gear to help you on your journey. Occasionally you do get that lucky chest drop with an item that can come in handy or that you might just want to sell for some extra gold pieces when you finish a level, or kill a boss. With a certain set of abilities you start out with collecting runes to enhance them or learn some new abilities and replace some of the old ones that just aren’t as useful anymore as you traverse deeper into the dungeon. With an endless dungeon you can literally play this game for the rest of your life, taking breaks as you please with your little buddy earning you some gold. Nonstop Knight is available on the Google Play Store and the App Store costing you absolutely nothing and don’t forget to check out the rest of Flare Games library.nonstop knight.jpg

Netflix Movie of the Week: Small Soldiers

small soldiers poster.jpgSmall Soldiers was one of my favorite movies growing up, now going back to watch it the cheesiness still holds up. When a toy company decides to put missile technology inside of their new line of action figure, but they aren’t all friendly as half of the new group of toys begin to attack the neighborhood in chase of the Gorgonites. Why lie? Small Soldiers hits almost every action movie cliche, but its fucking wonderful for it, seeing this onslaught of action figures being chopped and hacked by Gregory Smith and a Young Kirsten Dunst (which I had a massive crush on in my younger years  aka. Mary Jane) with help from the Gorgonites who just want to live their lives. This young adult action flick, directed by Joe Dante (who directed Gremlins 1 and 2), so you get that cheesy 80’s movie with that cheesy 90’s action movie and he blends it in such a way that you’re mesmerized by all the cheesiness (you can’t help but realize you‘ve already reached the bottom of your bag of popcorn and you still have another half of the movie to go).  With the writing team of Gavin Scott, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and Adam Rifkin adding modern day morality issues to such a 90’s movie, integrated in way that would give moral standards to the youth of the time (plus whdoesn’t like seeing action figures ripped to shreds?). If you’re browsing through Netflix and don’t know what to watch go ahead and give Small Soldiers a shot.critique-small-soldiers-dante43.jpg