Movie Review – 21 Jump Street

I will admit that I never really watched the television show, 21 Jump Street.  I was far too young for the edginess that was the late 80s and the procedural nature of two undercover officers posing as teens in high school and busting up the cheer club or whatever.  I was around the age of 3 at the time so I couldn’t comprehend much at the time, but through my pursuit of pop culture knowledge, I came to learn that the show was a serious undercover format and that High School is apparently dangerous as Compton.  So while this show has faded into the pop culture lexicon, thank the idealess Hollywood Execs and their penchant for making the old new again for bringing back this crime drama and turning into something that we can all handle, a buddy cop comedy.

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Movie of the Day – Friday

Yep.  It’s Friday.  I do have a job and I got shit to do.  Other than that, there isn’t a lot to go off of on this movie.  A strong cast, funny dialogue, all presented in the time span of one and the best of the Friday series.  Also Bernie Mac and Chris Tucker are at their best in this movie.  Funny roles and some stellar one-liners.  This is also the only likeable role I have seen Ice Cube in a long time and sort of marked his downward spiral into the Are We There Yet territory.

Sit back and relax with Friday, which is on Netflix instant stream.  I’m out!

Craig (Ice Cube) manages to get fired on his day off (though he claims it’s through no fault of his own) and spends the day hanging out with his buddy Smokey (Chris Tucker) and trying to avoid his father (John Witherspoon), who wants him to find another job immediately. Smokey (whose name might have something to do with his tremendous fondness for marijuana) has even more serious problems; he was given $200 worth of weed to sell by Big Worm (Faizon Love), but he ended up smoking it instead, and if he can’t come up with the money by the end of the day, he’ll be in a world of hurt (and will put Craig in the same place just for being his friend). And Deebo (Tom “Tiny” Lister, Jr.), a gargantuan bully who roams the neighborhood on his bicycle, has it in for Craig, while Craig tries his best just to stay out of his way. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Movie of the Day – Anaconda

This post will either be series of snake puns or a serious discussion of the merits of a snake, horror movie and the effect that it had on pop culture (namely people hence forth calling their penis a “anaconda”).  I choossssssssse both options.

Alright, I know that this isn’t the sort of post I expected to write about.  It’s not a great movie nor is it a terrible.  It straddles that line between insanity and genius while giving me gruesome deaths by snake strangleholds.  It has cheesy dialogue and John Voight for reason  donning a ridiculous accent.  This is one of those movie that you watch on USA network on a Sunday afternoon once yard work has been completed.  It’s bad, but you can’t look away.

The movie’s plot/story line, I think I can get it down to 5 sentences or less.  A group of National Geographic documentary crew is in the Amazon Rain Forest looking to film some long forgotten group of natives in the Jungle.  The group picks up this drifter, John Voight, and he says that he can lead them to the tribe, but has evil plans of his own.  After leading the crew astray, he reveals that he is after a giant 40 foot snake and promises riches if it is captured alive.  Well he hijacks the boat crew, leading the snake to them and the snake proceeds to pick off the crew one at a time.  The crew fights back against both John Voight and the snake and struggle to slither away from the situation.

Honestly, the plot is probably not important since I was honestly rooting for the snake the whole time.  Not a single character is likeable and I eagerly awaited their inevitable death.  The death scenes were genius.  This snake might have well been in the wild west since it was lassoing the shit out of the crew, even catching some in midair.

I dig this movie for what it is and that is seeing scene after scene of Jennifer Lopez in and out of the water.

Also snake deaths and cheesy monster movie tropes.  If you’re drunk, watch it, if not then get drunk and watch it.  Cheersssssssssss!