UE11 gets another scene. Now, on with reviews. I’ve purchased a disgusting amount of stuff over the weekend and also saw flicks at Josh’s, so it’s time for some high speed reviews!
Movie: Soldier – Better than it has any right to be, considering you can summarize the plot into one sentence: Supersoldier trained since birth is superceded by a genetically designed model and ends up defending a postapocalyptic wasteland village from said genetic soldiers. W00t. Well, the meat here is in the photography, which uses uber-detailed sets and more color than you’d expect in a giant rusted junkyard… and Kurt Russel having a total of about 12 lines and somehow delivering his most psychologically deep performance yet is wild.
Movie: The Ring – I went into it expecting nothing much, and it actually disappointed me. I knew the plot going in, and once you have that, well… what else is there? It’s a slow, slow uncovering of a situation which has no actual mystery and once it’s explained, it’s not like it matters since the ‘save the day’ action is totally coincidental. I don’t get the appeal, The Cell did the whole ‘surreal imagery’ gimmick much better.
Movie: Ghost Ship – I’m a fan of the Frank Castle films (House on Haunted Hill, Thirteen Ghosts). They’re really great updatings of horror classics, usually with some nice twists and surprises and great set design! And this one flopped in both regards. It takes itself too seriously, the ship itself is boring, the ‘surprise’ is lame and aside from two special effect moments and the last 30 seconds, it’s uninteresting. Oh well.
Game Thingy: eReader for GBA – Nifty device! I got one with a rebate coupon and a bunch of game tradeins, along with six old NES games. Playing Excitebike and Balloon Fight again is a trip. I wish they didn’t scale the graphics, though; they look chunky instead of smooth. It’s also a pain to scan in ten strips of data to get a game, and the bulky thing hanging out the bottom of the tiny GBASP is annoying… but I’ll say it balances out well with the massive potential this thing has and the NES classics.
Game: GTA: Vice City for PC – I got the PC version after giving up on the PS2 one a friend loaned me, and it’s MUCH better on PC. Aiming is precise with a mouse, the graphics are excellent (aside from the ugly character models) and the music/style is perfect. Helicopter manuvering is much harder, though… but I can live with that.
Game: Pokemon Ruby – It’s Pokemon. Starts basically the same way, involves pokemon, does pokemony type things… pokemon. Yep. But I LIKE Pokemon, so hey, I’m game! I’d rather it be a simple update than a completely radical new direction with 67 RPG subgame systems like you typically get nowadays. I can do well in a game this straightforward.
Music: Weird Al, Poodle Hat – I liked Running With Scissors better; the songs were more listenable and were much edgier. But that said, this isn’t a bad album. I don’t know Avril Lavage or whoever the heck she is or the Nelly song, so I can’t connect to them… but there’s some real gems here, like the Bob Dylan style song done entirely with palendromes, and the Billy Joel “Pianoman” song which… well, I won’t spoil it. Give it a B, I guess.