Tuesday, August 27, 2013

42 (Sports Drama 2013)

I don't like baseball much at all so it's always hard for me to sit through any baseball film. This movie did have some historical significance so that gave it an interesting boost. Was it good? Eh, it was OK. I mean it kinda felt like a Disney flick but then some of the more racist scenes came along and those were nutty enough to inject a bunch of emotion that a regular Disney movie wouldn't have allowed.

The main character, Chadwick Boseman, was fair for an up and coming actor but he didn't really draw me in as much as someone more experienced would've. Story-wise it was only OK and the rest of the characters barely did anything. So yeah that's all there is to say about this one.
Rating - C

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Emperor (Drama 2012)

Yeah this movie was one that totally felt like a made for TV film. It had that very unpolished and amateurish feel to it. The plot had a lot of potential to be like a Valkyrie, but yeah this movie had no level of depth to it at all so that made it impossible. Whoever wrote the screenplay really didn't know how to make a movie.

Since I don't even know if this film even made it into theaters or not, I won't comment more, but let's just label it as a definite no-go.
Rating - C

Monday, August 19, 2013

Per 20 Min Parking

So recently a trip was taken in a car to San Francisco. I've been there may times in the past but never driving. What I discovered was how insanely difficult it was to have and drive a car there. There's virtually no parking and you have to scour the world to find a damn parking garage. When you do, you're presented with insane prices ranging anywhere from $3 to $8 per 20 Min. Yup that's right, they plain just done away with the concept of 1 hour parking because they're too fucking greedy.

There're 2 negatives right off the bat...first is that you're forced to do math with numbers that aren't divisible by 5; we all know how inconvenient that it. Next is that you have to figure out how many 20s are in 1 hour. Easy if you're sitting all calm and jolly in your home, but not easy if you've just taken an awkward turn towards a parking garage and positioned your car in a very odd 70 degree angle in the middle of a lane. During this time packs of pedestrians are mindlessly rubbing up against your front bumper and a whole train of cars behind you are honking up a storm because you can't get out of the way fast enough.

To make matters worse, there are hidden one-way streets all over the place and many peeps in mini-delivery trucks or buses are blocking off various lanes on either side of the street depending on if its one-way or not. If you don't know which street to turn on you can either become stuck behind a bus for a few minutes or you'll miss your turn completely because there's no friggin' way to get back into a lane after you exit. You need like one whole block to strategically plan for any lane change or risk getting rear-ended or sideswiped. Even the GPS can't help you on the micro-block level. Yeah driving in a big city sucks ass.

Pacific Rim (Sci-Fi Action 2013)

So this movie wasn't really all that bad for what one could expect. For one reason or another the fight scenes in this movie were actually better than the thousands of scenes that Man of Steel had. I think it's because of the realistic physics and attention to detail vs just quantity.

As one may guess, don't expect too much of a story or great acting or nothin' like that because you won't find any of that here. You have a simple premise with a few actors doing their thing to move the story long so that you can get to the monster-robot fighting. I personally would've liked more guns and blade weapons vs just brawling but I'll take what I can get.

Overall if you know what you should be expecting then all is good. If not then I have no idea what you think this movie can be about because the trailer says it all.
Rating - B

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Knife of Dunwall: Dishonored DLC (FPS PC Game 2013)

So this was the first major playable DLC for Dishonored. There was another DLC released before this but it was more of a competitive addition and didn't have a real story like this one.

The plot of this DLC followed around one of the main baddies from the main game so it was interesting to play for the other side. I'd even wager to say that the magical powers of these Assassins were more powerful and useful than that of the primary Dishonored character. Either way, gameplay was the same, there were a few new enemies, and yeah it was a very short addition. It was worth a few bucks, but anything more would've been robbery.
Rating - Mid

Dishonored (FPS PC Game 2012)

So this game was a mix of Thief and Half-Life 2. Thief was an old school FPS where stealth was a large part of its gameplay and HL2 was what this game felt like it was built on engine-wise. Not sure if it really used the same engine but combat totally felt similar as the mobs were blocky and moved in weirdly-animated ways.

The game was kinda blah to be honest. I liked some parts of the stealth kills and magic, but the straight-on combat felt funny. The story was interestingish, but it seemed a bit too short and all of the "missions" were pretty much the same thing over and over again except in different locations. I didn't feel like there was a purpose in me being in one setting vs. another.

I got it during the Steam Summer sale so for around $10 not bad, just not great either. I cleared the game in a few days of casual playing so not a lot for longevity. Either way it was OK just not that impressive.
Rating - Mid

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse) by James S.A. Corey (Book 2011)

So this book was touted as being a space opera, but in my world I wouldn't define it as such. It was more of a philosophical analysis between the dichotomous nature of rational decisions. As such, the story was split between two main characters whose stories eventually merged. One guy was an officer on a trade ship and the other was a detective working for a security firm. The details that pushed the underlying plot along, revolved around the differing personalities of these two characters. One guy was a rule-based idealist while the other was a narrow-focused realist. Their conflict showed how the power of information can lead to wide-ranging results depending on the audience and the amount of facts.

From the writing perspective, the book was great in both style and structure. It's quite amazing when you compare this book to, let's say, a random zombie book where the author is some scrub who can barely put together a sentence.

Even though the writing was good and the story was OK, I was really looking forward to a space opera that had a lot more military space ships, battles, drama, and purpose. This book was bit more more micro in its content and I guess I'll admit that I didn't like the characters much. I will not be continuing on with this series, but it's more because this book wasn't my cup of tea and not because of the quality of the work.
Rating - Mid

Monday, August 05, 2013

Despicable Me 2 (Animated Family Comedy 2013)

Pretty plain and simple movie here. That's one positive thing about kid flicks; you don't have to use your brain and think one bit. Surprisingly I had a few good laughs...those yellow minion peeps were pretty funny in this film. So yeah overall it's exactly what you'd expect from a movie in this genre, but not supper cheesy childish thankfully.
Rating - B