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3DS Thoughts On The Way; Let’s Talk Arthur

I know I said I’d have 3DS thoughts and impressions written. They’re on their way. I’ve had the system for about two weeks now and I think that’s fair enough time to get to know the system, figure out it’s pros and cons, and get impressions from others I’ve shown the system to. Hopefully I’ll have them up Saturday but we’ll see. Oh and yes, I caved and bought Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition as well as Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, so I’ll give brief impressions of those are well.

On the other hand, I went and saw Arthur last night at midnight. My friend and I love Russel Brand so we were super excited to see it. Could we have waited til tonight or something? Sure, but where’s the fun in that?

Arthur is actually a remake of the 1981 rom-com film starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. I haven’t had a chance to see the 1981 film yet, but my friend tells me that this new Arthur, starring Russel Brand is actually a mix of the two 80’s films. They took elements from both and put them into one movie, which is okay by me. I enjoyed the movie very much and Russel Brand is hilarious as always. It’s a bit more tame, humor wise, than other movies Russel’s done. Namely, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, which is why I think if you’re not a fan of Russel Brands style of humor, you may actually enjoy this movie.

That’s it for now. I’m actually going to go read a book now briefly before Smackdown! comes on in a half hour so I’ll leave it at that.

One last thing, I think I’m going to try and end each post with a random quote of wisdom. It’s actually something I’ve been meaning to do for a while but I just kept forgetting. I know, I’m awful.

Were we fully to understand the reasons for other people’s behavior, it would all make sense.

– Sigmund Freud

April 8, 2011 Posted by | Games, Movies | , , , , | Leave a comment

Unexpected Post!

It’s been quite some time since I last wrote about anything! I was going to wait until next week, when school is officially over, but right now seems good. What shall I write about? Let’s catch up on some recent stuff just for this blog. Something more meaningful next time.

Movies:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1:
This movie is absolutely amazing. Just amazing! I’ve seen it three times and I could probably watch it a dozen more times and still not tire of it. Sure sure, some things were changed, as expected, but it’s really nothing major and it really does a great job of following the book and I cannot wait for part 2. The ending with Dobby… I just love Dobby’s final lines.

Ron
: Oh my God. What am I gonna do? My wife’s downstairs all alone!
Harry: Ron… you don’t have a wife.
Ron: Oh… right.

^I love it.

Games:

Donkey Kong Country Returns:
Retro studios have revived the Donkey Kong Country series after a long absence. Sure there were things like Donkey Konga, and Jungle Beat and stuff but did anyone really care for them? Not to my knowledge. DKCR is probably one of the best games of the year. While it’s a great game, with tons of replay-ability if you’re into time attacks. Keep in mind the game has an insane difficulty even for veteran gamers. You will die. And you will die a lot.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn:
After 8 years, Camelot finally gives us a third Golden Sun game. I have not finished it but so far it’s a pretty great game. Djinni summons have some of the best graphics on DS I’ve ever seen and are just amazing to watch. Not much else can be said at this time. I would so far recommend it. Only downside is everyone talks WAAAAAAAAY too much. Even for an RPG, sometimes you just wanna be all, “Shut the fish muffin up!”

TV Shows:

Psych:
Not much to say. Psych has been pretty solid this season. Still funny as ever and I love it. What was the line from the last episode?

Shawn (to lassie)
: Sir, I’m going to ask you to calm down or I’ll be forced to taser you in the face.

Great stuff if I do say so.

Bones:
Booths new girlfriend, Hannah, is so annoying. I really just wish she would die. Considering Brennan essentially confessed her feelings for Booth tonight and he was all, “eye luv hannah (montana) sew eye canknot luv u even tho eye ‘ave always luv’d u”. HOW ANNOYING!
Other than that Bones is still a rockin’ show and awesome as always.

I’ve also been watching Boardwalk Empire on HBO which is pretty great, but does have it’s boring parts and The Walking Dead on AMC. The Walking Dead is one of the best new shows to come out in probably the last 2 years or so. It’s a shame that this first test season only had 6 Episodes and I even missed the last one. I gotta try to find it. What sucks more is season 2, which thankfully is signed for 13 Episodes, isn’t until next Fall. Boo waiting.
If you like Zombies, you should definitely watch The Walking Dead. I’m sure all six episodes of season 1 are online in some way now. Go watch them.

Thankfully this post is not as long as it could be. As I said, next post will have something better. This was just something to get back into the swing of things. Now bed for me.

‘Til next time.

Have an opinion about anything in this post? Leave a comment below!

December 10, 2010 Posted by | Games, Movies, TV Shows | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Zombieland

Well, I just lost everything I wrote about Zombieland because my page backed up and I know there’s suppose to be an draft auto-saver or something but I don’t think it did anything to save it.

Anyways, in short, Zombieland was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen all year. It has a strong cast of characters who just seem to work off each other really well. It’s full of hilarious moments and even has a surprise guest actor (to keep the surprise do not go to IMDB. It makes it even better).

Run down of characters include Columbus, the nerdy virgin kid who is afraid of almost everything, especially clowns (he narrates the movie at times too). Tallahassee, the BA of the group. He has a “twisted” sense of humor when it comes to killing zombies but he loves killing zombies. Wichita, Elder sister to Little Rock and great at conning people. Love interest to Columbus. Little rock, Wichita’s 12 year old sister, con accomplice. Also stupid as anything as she doesn’t know who even “Gandhi” is. But of course she knows Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus.

The story for the most part is semi-lighthearted, throwing a bunch of hilarious parts and one liners after another. But there are some serious moments and we get to see brief flashbacks of each characters (of the main four) pasts before the outbreak.

I’m going to leave it at that, I really enjoyed the movie and I would love to see it again. It’ll definitely be one I add to my DVD collection. If I had to give it a star rating out of 5, I’d say 4/5 stars personally. I can see many zombie fans and video game fans enjoying this movie.

Oh, and stay for after the credits, there’s a lil somethin’ extra.

October 3, 2009 Posted by | Movies | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Johnny Depp Now Debating PotC4

Johnny Depp seems to have lost most of his passion for the new Pirates of the Caribbean project (now named Potc: On Stranger Tides).

I’ve got to jolt right now, so I’ll link you to the IGN.com article about it. It’s quite an interesting turn of events.

Article found by clicking here

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Movies | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Final Destination

Friday evening I had the pleasure (in a way) to go see The Final Destination and Rob Zombie’s Halloween II. I’ll share my thoughts now on one of the movies. Let us start with The Final Destination.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!

Firstly, I did not see the movie in 3D. I wanted to but couldn’t, so I cannot comment on the 3D of the movie. Now, if you’ve seen another other Final Destination in the series you know what you’re in for. Main character A is doing an activity with Main character B and their less important character friends. Main character A has a premonition about how them, their friends and some other minor characters they don’t know (or in 1 and 3’s regard, they vaguely know from school) are going to die. And then they snap back to reality, and save some of the people because they freak out over the premonition and get out of deaths way. Which ends up making death mad and then death manipulates the persons surrounding to come back and still kill them. Main character A figures it out, tells Main Character B and they try to stop deaths plan so they can live, which they fail at.

The formula for the movie hasn’t changed at all. The only thing that has changed is how people die, which while unique and quite gory, are only like small road bumps in the story we’ve seen four times now. I like the Final Destination series, I really do, I just wish the formula was changed up a bit, that the story was a bit more interesting than what we’ve seen before. Add more depth to the story somehow. The only new thing I really saw in the movie is that Main Character A has a second full blown premonition. Which was kinda cool, I do admit. I don’t recall any of the other movies having a second fleshed out premonition.

The characters were boring and to be honest I don’t think I remember a single characters name. Well, Main Character A’s name is Nick… I think. All I remember them by is how they acted. Main Character A, his girlfriend Main Character B. Their friends, “stuck up prissy girl” and the guy friend “preppy tool”. “Racist guy”, “Cowboy”, “Black guy”, “Tampon mom” and “Custom car guy”. Some good names right?

I think the coolest part of the entire movie was the opening credits. It was a cool montage of a lot of the previous movies deaths using skeletons, and it showed how the deaths affected the body when they happened. What bones broke and how far in objects may have gone. This effect was used once more in the movie, and it was one of the cooler effects, though I think they only did it cause showing the actual death would have been way to gory.

I know I already went on about how they didn’t change the formula, but I think the biggest disappointment to me was the ending. When I hear the movie referred to as “The Final Destination” I think it’s the end or the last in the series. Now, I don’t know if there will be more Final Destination movies. If there are, I seriously hope they make some changes to the formula or I may not even bother seeing it. My problem is, if this is the last in the series, then the ending is a total let down. If this is the last movie, I wish this group of people really did stop deaths plan and that someone was able to change their future. But it doesn’t, everyone who was suppose to die in the beginning ends up dying in the movie and while it’s probably expected by everyone, I wish it didn’t end that way. Especially if this is the last of the series.

I guess that’s it. Overall I’d say I’m kinda disappointed with it, but I did enjoy seeing the deaths. I just think the story has become stale and they need to shake it up a bit somehow. When determining which one is your favourite movie in the series I guess it comes down to which one has the deaths you like the best.

August 30, 2009 Posted by | Movies | , , , , | Leave a comment

Takumi-Kun: Soshite Harukaze ni Sasayaite

Recently a friend of mine has gotten me to watch some live-action Yaoi movies. Now, I am a straight male, but I’m not afraid to watch a movie that revolves around gay guys, or even see two guys kiss and such. I’m going to use the next couple of blogs to write about them.
I’m going by what they’re uploaded as on Youtube. First one up:

As always, SPOILERS AHEAD

(click the name to go to the video)
Takumi-Kun: Soshite Harukaze ni Sasayaite
Subtitles: Yes

Takumi-Kun: Soshite Harukaze ni Sasayaite is the first Yaoi movie she got me to watch. One of the main characters is Takumi Hayama (bet you didn’t see that one coming), a shy boy who suffers from Anthropophobia; in short, he has a fear of people, especially when they try to touch him; he ends up pushing them away, even with the slightest of touches. Movie starts with Takumi entering a cafeteria to eat lunch. He’s approached by a boy, Daisuke Nozaki, who swiftly gets to the point and asks him out on a date. Takumi declines and Daisuke gracefully admits defeat, but says he won’t give up yet.

An onlooking classmate, Izumi Takabayashi now approaches Takumi with his “fanclub”. He apparently doesn’t like Takumi’s attitude, gets angry and one of his fanclub members throws food at Takumi. Enter Saki Giichi (shortened to Gii), the idol of the class because of his grades and good looks. He jumps in and uses his body to cover Takumi, taking the blow and mess from the food.

The next day Takumi is informed by his old roommate that he has a new roommate, who just happens to be Gii. They have a very brief encounter when moving into their dorm, and then Takumi goes for a walk, where he’s knocked out. He awakens inside of the music room, with Gii. This is where we find out Gii likes Takumi, and thus starts the main purpose of the movie. It may seem like I’ve spoiled a lot but I haven’t. This but merely the first 12 minutes of the movie or so and I left out some details shared. There is plenty more to see and learn.

Since this is the first one she got me to watch I wasn’t sure what to think going into it, but I can honestly say I enjoyed it. It’s a pretty cute love story, and the actions and things Gii does for Takumi to win him over is probably stuff most girls could only hope their guy would do for them. While the movie is cute, when it comes to Takumi’s past it does have a darker more serious tone. Watching Takumi’s past unfold is interesting, but if you’re like me, you’ll guess most of it by the end.

If the ending of the movie doesn’t having you in awe by how cute it is, then you’re most likely a homophobe and all I have to say to you is; Get over it. Just be thankful there wasn’t any nudity or buttsex scenes. Just some kissing.

I’ll be talking about the other three I’ve watched so far later in the week. If you do by chance end up watching the movie, make sure to let me know what you think of it. I’d love to hear other peoples thoughts.

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Movies | , , , , | 1 Comment

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Director?

With the director of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies off doing new projects, Disney has to go out and find a new director to take over the movie franchise. I’m sure Disney has talked to many, many directors to see who would be most suited to take over the franchise. Their decision? Right now it’s looking to be Rob Marshall, the director of Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha. The only two movies he’s done although he does have a third movie in post-production right now.

Personally I liked Chicago (minus Renée Zellweger) and Memoirs of a Geisha was probably a bit too long, but worth at least one watch. I’m not sure how I’d feel about Marshall taking over PotC. If he doesn’t stray too far from the foundation it’s set on, it could be an excellent film. It will have Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow which means one thing will be the same still.

Regarding Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly, they’re pretty much confirmed to not be associated with Pirates of the Caribbean 4.

August 2, 2009 Posted by | Movies | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Resident Evil Movie

Searching around IGN has produced this news. They are starting work on another Live-Action Resident Evil movie, so for those of you hoping for a sequel to Resident Evil: Degeneration have to wait a bit more. I haven’t heard any news on that yet. The new movie will be Entitled Resident Evil: Afterlife. I could tell you everything said in the video, or I could just let you watch it for yourself at the link below:

Resident Evil: Afterlife interview

I’m not sure how I feel about this news. I wasn’t a fan of the first three. I’ll have to follow it and see where it goes.

July 24, 2009 Posted by | Movies | 1 Comment

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Well, first off, I must admit, I completely failed. I meant to bring some paper and writing utensils to take notes of the movie. That did not happen, around 9:30 I get a text from my friend saying they’re letting people into the theatres already. So I rushed out the door and headed to the theatre to make sure I got some seats, even though it didn’t start until midnight. So, this is not going to be a review as much as it is just a rambling of different thoughts.

WARNING: MAY CONTAIN POSSIBLE SPOILERS

What I’ve been going around and telling people is that HBP was “Epic Awesome”. This response from me is purely based on production of the movie. This does not reflect how well the book was adapted. Truthfully, I’ve given up on how well they adapt the book, all the little nuances that fans would expect them to do, for example, in Order of the Phoenix Dobby is suppose to tell Harry about the Room of Requirements. In the movie, Neville Longbottom is the one who tells them about the ROR. Things like that don’t bother me anymore, as much as it’d be nice of them to keep it as faithful as possible, they have to take some liberties. The CGI to have Dobby show up for a few scenes in OotP would be a waste of money on their part. So I understand why they change some things. As long as they get the main points across and it still retains the most useful information, I’m fine. Though I would have loved to see the fight on the Quidditch Pitch in OotP between the Weasley Twins and Harry and Draco. Ah, well.

Half-Blood Prince continues the trend the most recent movies have set, which is using a more darker, mature theme, often times shooting in what feels like a blue filter (and most probably is) to make everything seem darker. (See Tim Burtons Sleepy Hollow for an example of blue filter). With the advancement of the Darker and more mature themes, I’m not sure how HBP scraped by with a PG rating. Especially with some of the more crucial parts towards the end. (Example (bout half-way into the movie): One scene shows a girl, Katie Bell-Gryffindor Chaser-being cursed, raised into the air, screaming, and then violently dropping to the ground.) The Pensieve flashbacks to scenes with Tom Riddle are not exactly cheerful, either. Not to mention the movie is full of subtle, and some not so subtle hints of sexual attraction between characters. This doesn’t even cover half of it; Blood is present multiple times throughout the movie, and Bellatrix has this nasty obsession with setting things one fire and blowing things up.

I really wanna know what the MPAA was thinking rating it PG; it’s most definitely a PG-13 movie. Maybe it’s because of all the humor in the movie. There’s plenty of it, from Slughorn hiding as a chair, to Ron’s Quidditch tryouts, and even the line Ron delivers after Harry saves him from being poisoned. The humor flies around plenty, so maybe that’s what the MPAA gave the PG rating for. Let’s take a look at HBP (PG Rating) and OotP (PG-13).

Half-Blood Prince has a PG rating for “Scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality.”

Order of the Phoenix has a PG-13 rating for “Sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.”

Really, which one seems like it should have the PG-13 rating? Both, in a way, but HBP more so than OotP.

Anyways, Half-Blood Prince was a great movie experience and probably the best Potter movie so far. I really enjoyed it start to finish and want to go see it again. I definitely recommend it to anyone who has seen the other Potter films or even read the books.

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Movies | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment