5 Video Games That Take Me Back To My Childhood

Here’s a follow-up to my post from a couple of weeks ago.  After listing five films that take me back to my childhood, it seems only fair that I list five video games that do the same.

I’ve been playing video games ever since I was old enough to pick up a controller. I remember playing hot seat with my brother on his Atari 2600, trying to beat each other’s scores on games like Crystal Castles and Dark Chambers. Looking back now, I realise that was the start of what would become a lifelong hobby.

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Worst to First … Beverly Hills Cop

There are some actors that seem to be born for a specific role, a role that you just couldn’t imagine being played by anyone else.  Whenever I think of Eddie Murphy, the first thing that springs to mind is his time spent as the wise-cracking Detroit detective Axel Foley.

It was a career-defining role for Murphy, which makes it all the more unbelievable that Beverly Hills Cop was written with Sylvester Stallone in mind.  How different would that have been?!

I grew up with two older brothers so I had access to some action/comedy gems during my formative years.  One such film was Beverly Hills Cop.  Seeing this film and it’s sequels for the first time at an early age makes me look back on them with fondness.  When I watch them now I’m instantly taken back to my youth, but I can see now what I couldn’t see then; that not all action movies need to be serious and unsentimental.  Beverly Hills Cop showed me that they could be silly and amusing too.

Anyway, that’s enough of my longing for days of old, here’s my attempt at rearranging the Beverly Hills Cop movies from worst to first.  Starting with …

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I could be wrong but … “Commando” is the perfect action movie parody

Commando ticks so many boxes it might as well be called ’80s Action Adventure: The Movie. All of the trappings of that particular genre are present.  A hulking, barely clothed protagonist? Check.  A threadbare plot that serves only to tie action sequences together? Check.  Multiple explosions with acrobatic stuntmen flip-flopping away from them? Check, check, check.

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I could be wrong but … The upcoming “Blade Runner” sequel is a HUGE mistake.

There’s no denying the credentials of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner; it’s a genuine masterpiece.  In the past I’ve written at length about my deep-rooted affection for it.  In fact, one of my earliest posts on this blog was a gushing, one thousand word appraisal of its complex themes and characters.

So you would assume that I’m incredibly excited about the upcoming sequel, Blade Runner 2049?

Well you would be wrong.  Very wrong.

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Guilty Pleasures: Mortal Kombat (1995)

Just to be clear, I’m not going to waste your time by trying to convince you that Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mortal Kombat is a great movie.  It really isn’t.  The acting is awkward at best, the writing is downright awful and to say that there are holes in the plot would erroneously suggest there’s a semi-coherent plot in the first place.  With that said, however, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable cheese-fest and well worth a gander.

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Guilty Pleasures: Lake Placid (1999)

From the filmmaking duo of Steve Miner and David E. Kelley comes this under-appreciated horror comedy. On paper it’s an interesting team; Steve Miner cut his directorial teeth on cult horrors such as Friday the 13th parts 2 and 3, and writer David E. Kelley wrote the hit television series Ally McBeal. With that in mind, we can already ascertain what we’re in for before the opening scene; desert-dry humour combined with the odd bowel-emptying jump scare.

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