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February 13, 2015

Random thoughts on actor Raúl Juliá

Filed under: Perspective,Videogaming Rant — Tags: , , , , — Bryan @ 6:27 pm

I was recently watching a video review on YouTube and in the running commentary one of the speakers made a reference about The Street Fighter movie and how sad it was that it was such a crappy movie and how it was such a waste that it was Raúl Juliá’s last movie he ever made before he died.

I’ve heard this comment trope before and frankly it’s irritating. Regardless of the quality of the film, he chose to work on that project as an act of love for his children. Can you imagine how it would feel to have your father spoken about 20 years later in statements of pitty? Can you also imagine how excited his kids were when he took that role and how amazing it was for them to see their dad doing something so cool and being involved in something that they were personally invested in only to have the world piss all over it? Can you imagine a father’s last major work before he died being an act of love for his kids?

No, you probably can’t. You probably never even considered this aspect of the story until this very moment.

As a father and a gamer, The Street Fighter movie and Raúl Juliá’s part in it represents to me an amazing statement about what an awesome dad he must have been, in addition to being a fantastic actor. And 20 years later his acting is still amazing and keeps his spirit with us. Even if there are only a few people in the world that enjoy The Street Fighter movie, I hope his kids are in that select few as it’s a pretty special thing.

March 22, 2010

Vincent Price is awesome :)

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — Bryan @ 6:44 am

We’ve watched a couple of Vincent Price films lately and ended up “discovering” a film that none of us had ever heard of called Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs. The movie was a total 60’s b-grade spy film parody where Vincent Price plays the role of the super villain out to take over the world. You just need to see it. It’s all kinds of awesome. Apparently it’s also a sequel to another Dr. Goldfoot movie that was released a year earlier that we need to watch now because the first one is apparently even better from the reviews I’ve found. Both films are on Hulu as of the writing of this post (here and here).

Speaking of Vincent Price, we also recently watched The Last Man on Earth (completing our I Am Legend related movie watching short of a the most recent direct to video production). I would have to say that all things considered this version seems to run closer to the book than any of the others. If you’re looking to watch these movies yourself I would say the canon (contrary to Wikipedia’s thoughts) would be:

  • The Last Man on Earth
  • The Omega Man
  • Night of the Comet
  • 28 Days Later (& 28 Weeks Later)
  • I Am Legend
  • I Am Omega

All of these are pretty awesome taken individually, and of course each has it’s own set of issues or variations on the book story. If you’re adverse to gory violence though, stay away from the 28 Days/Weeks movies. On that note, I can’t say anything one way about goriness with the last one on the list as I still haven’t seen it.