Posts made in August, 2013

Elysium

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Movies/Music/TV | 0 comments

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I really wanted to like Elysium. I tried hard to do so. It was just too all-over-the-place to genuinely like as a film. There were moments that were excellent. The middle part from where he has the accident, gets the computer slot put in his head and the body armor graphed to his skeleton was great. The data retrieval run he goes on at that point is pure Shadowrun and had me cheering at the screen. But then… there was all this class differences, and haves and have nots, and space city in the sky and BLAH BLAH BLAH. The film just didn’t hold together.

Which was disappointing, because I really enjoyed District 9.

Matt Damon was fine – he’s a competent action hero. I’m not sure why Jodie Foster was in the film at all – she seemed extraneous and one-dimensional. No one else in the film is worth a mention.

In fact, I’m not sure I can review the film better than it was already reviewed over at i09. Check out their review. I agree with pretty much all of what is said there.

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Getting Back in the Swing of Things

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Geek Culture, Web Shows | 0 comments

Hey all -

Been gone for a couple weeks. Back to school shenanigans. Getting life done. Back in the saddle now and making time to get back to writing here.

Here’s some awesome stuff that happened on the Internet while I was away:

Can you tell I’m just a teeny tiny bit excited about the Burial at Sea expansion? I’m happy to have an expansion to be excited about, because the whole idea of the Clash in the Clouds expansion left me cold. Lots more shooting at things? Using weapons and vigours? Who cares. I don’t play Bioshock for the shooting, I play it for the story.

Over the next couple of days I’ll get caught up with reviews about Elysium, The World’s End, the Tabletop episode about Lords of Waterdeep, another Game Night story, and some cooking tossed in for good measure.

Check back daily. I’ll have updates rolling again.

Cheers!

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Tabletop Thursday – Star Wars X-Wing

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Games/Video/Board, Web Shows | 1 comment

Yay, new Tabletop! And it’s funny and engaging.

I get the impression from how this game is edited that the game takes a REALLY LONG TIME to play. The premise appears to be cooperative teams who play Empire or Rebel Alliance against each other. To be honest, it reminded me a lot of the ancient game Starfleet Battles — but that’s Star Trek (and far more complex) and not Star Wars.

Seth Green is funny and understated in that way I get the impression he always is. His wife, Clare Grant, is highly competitive. Mike Lamond (who I didn’t know before this episode) tries his best to keep Wil on task and focused on the game. Seth and Wil’s impressions of various characters from Star Wars are worth watching this episode alone.

Enjoy!

 

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A Bunch of Random Stuff (Geek Week)

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Comics/Webcomics, Geek Culture, Web Shows | 0 comments

It continues to be Geek Week on YouTube, but for some reason the nice everything-we-released-today lists have stopped arriving in my mailbox.

Not to worry, though. Here’s a bunch of random awesome from the Internet from the last two days:

  • Thor: The Dark World trailer — so looking forward to this. More for Hiddleston than for Hemsworth though, to be honest.
  • The Twelfth Doctor was announced! I really like the actor they picked. I remember him fondly from the film Local Hero. And I’m loving all the controversy around John Hurt suddenly appearing in the timeline. Can’t wait for the 50th anniversary episode!
  • Nerdist Videos - including Larry King’s Top 10 Superheroes, Grammar Slam, Anime Doctor Who!, Slash’s top 10 Horror Films, and the Blacklist presents top 10 Gangster Films
  • Geek & Sundry Remix
  • What if Batman Drove a Nissan?
  • From World of Heroes, Secret Movie Endings! Days of Future Past, Amazing Spider-Man 2,  and Avengers Age of Ultron.
  • Stan Lee Video Game Cameos
  • Videos from Tuesday — including Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Top 10 Reasons to Love Science, Slo-Mo Non-Newtonian Fluid on a Speaker, Why the World is Awesome in 60 Facts, Free Runner’s Epic Fail at the British Museum, Grammar Slam, How to Make a Giant Robot Mech, Science of Leeches and CarTube

And finally, if you aren’t aware of the video game review site Zero Punctuation, you should be. It’s hilarious. Though, generally only for games you’ve actually played.

Tomorrow on Geek Week it’s Gaming Day, so I can’t wait to see what is dished up then!

Oh, and I finally finished Shadowrun Returns. That last fight was a beast. Onward and upward!

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All’s Quiet on the Geek Week Front

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Comics/Webcomics, Geek Culture, Web Shows | 0 comments

Hoi chummers,

I’ve been busy trying to finish Shadowrun Returns and dealing with real life responsibilities for the last few days. I’m working on the final boss fight in SR right now and it’s a chafe.

So while I’m busy with that, I wanted to make sure you are aware of the fact that this week is Geek Week on YouTube. Yay marketing. But, I hope it’ll give some good visibility to some folks who are doing good work out there. Some of the videos they’ve posted I knew nothing about and was glad to discover them.

Today is day 2 of Geek Week, so I’ll add links to further Geek Week content to this post as they come out.

Day 1 – This series of videos includes SkyHook (with Freddie Wong), We Meet Again (Star Wars Parody), DramaBug CatBug (animated), Animated version of Patton Oswalt’s Star Wars Filibuster, RWBY Episode 2, 10 Best Blockbuster Fan Parodies with Brian Blessed, 10 Ways to Make a Hollywood Blockbuster for under $100, Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical, The Fallen, and Star Wars vs. Star Trek Street Fight.

Out of the first day, my favorites were the Star Wars Filibuster, the 10 Blockbuster Fan Parodies, Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical and the SW vs. ST Street Fight.

Day 2 — This series begins with a Naruto fake movie trailer, How To Be More Asian, Yogsquest Episode 2, 18 Days Episode 1, Chameleon Circuit – Teenage Rebel, 20 Best YouTube Animations from Around the World with Warwick Davis, and The Top 10 Mind Bending Facts about Dr. Who with Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman.

My favorites today were the Naruto trailer, How To Be More Asian, Yogsquest, 18 Days Episode 1 and the 20 Best YouTube Animations. 18 Days is written by Grant Morrison so if you enjoy his comics, I think this animated series will be a must watch.

 

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Two Fantastic Anti-Hero Shorts

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Comics/Webcomics, Geek Culture, Movies/Music/TV, Web Shows | 0 comments

I’m continuing to find phenomenal short films on YouTube so want to keep sharing them with you.

First up is a short about the Spider-Man vigilante, The Punisher. Thomas Jane, the lead actor in The Punisher from 2004, stars in this short film which was made in 2012. Ron Perlman is a secondary character in the short. Be aware – this short film is very brutal and violent.

 

The same folks who made The Punisher short film have made a Venom short film. I know what you’re thinking. “But Venom is responsible for making Spider Man 3 suck so badly!” Yes, yes. Give this a chance. It’s gritty. It reminded me a lot of The Blair Witch Project in terms of style and tone. It stars Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) as Eddie Brock. Do yourself a favor. Click on that link and scroll down to the two paragraphs under “Backstory”. Read those. Then watch this.

Watch all the way through the credits. There’s extra footage there to see.

I think both of these films are so well done that they put most of Hollywood’s superhero-themed offerings to shame.

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