Monday, August 23, 2010

Go Costco!

So I got an automated phone call from Costco stating that some eggs we bought a while back were part of the recall list. We took the remaining (10 or so) eggs back to the warehouse and they gave us a full refund. Now that's service! It's also one of the first times I've seen IT utilized appropriately.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Taipei Exchanges (Foreign Chinese Drama 2010)

Talk about a slow movie. This film putted along like an old person walking up a hill. It was one of those movies that tried to be artsy, but like all artsy films, they always take too much time and end up a disapointment.

The movie followed around a chick and her sister as the older one opened up a coffee shop. The younger one decides to make the shop an exchange venue where items could be exchanged for other items. After that I don't understand what happens....some dialog sequences take place and before you know it the main chick wants to travel the world.

The move will put you to sleep...very boring with absolutely zero plot.
Rating - D

Black Death (Action Drama 2010)

So I thought that this movie would just be some action film set in medieval times, but it turned into this weird religious flick.

Yeah this movie was set in England when the Bubonic Plague was killing off loads of peeps. Some Christians were sent to some village where nobody was dying and there they discovered a bunch of nutty heretics. Yeah there was a bunch of shit happening in terms of "turning" people and forcing peeps to renounce their religion. I don't know if it was supposed to be about morality or the strength of a person's actual belief system on threat of pain and death but yeah...

The end was just as blah as the middle. I'm sure there was some weird purpose to it all but I sure didn't care to know more.
Rating - D

Friday, August 20, 2010

Centurion (Action 2010)

Eh, this was a very blah movie. The beginning was OK and felt a bit like Gladiator, but the rest was just like The Last Legion or King Arthur...both of which sucked.

Action was nice...very bloody...but the story was just not there. The majority of it was watching a few soldiers booking it and evading capture. I find it funny how some Russian chick was in the film and she couldn't talk because the story said she got her tongue cut out. Yeah that or she can't hide her Russian accent, right?

It might be worth a rent if there is really nothing else out there...but it barely made it to that level.
Rating - C

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Beyond Exile: Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne (Book 2010)

This book is the sequel to the first Day by Day book. It was a great read with an as-engaging story as the first. My only complaint would be that it's a tad too short. Funny how I never thought that I would say that about a 277 page book. See, reading can actually be better than a movie sometimes. It's all about finding things that are worth your time reading, not those SAT-recommended stuff from HS.

If you've read the first book, you'll have to get this to continue on with the story. The next book should be pretty good too. I wonder how many there will be. God I wish this was made into a movie...I actually think it would make money as long as they didn't get a crappy screenwriter.
Rating - High

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Aftershocks (Foreign Chinese Drama 2010)

This was an OK foreign flick. It was about a fictional family who survived through a large Earthquake in North-East China back in the 70s. Lots of drama took place after the event so the plot followed around the characters as they went on with their lives.

It was a good movie for a Chinese one, but they still don't have the music down. The acting and emotional scenes were pretty good, but yeah for the rest they still have a way to go.

One scene was set in the time frame of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. It was kinda false in that it showed a bunch of helicopters flying in to help out with the situation. BS. When that earthquake first happened I never saw any hint of helicopters on TV or in any pics while in-country. It took forever and a day for them to get peeps out there. Aid and rescue workers flew in and went over land by foot or bus. The country did not have a robust-enough airforce in place to handle the situation. So that whole addition just added to the patriotic nature of the film.
Rating - B

Monday, August 09, 2010

I.O.U.S.A. (Documentary 2008)

As you may have guessed, this documentary is about the US debt and how it is on track to screw us over in the future. A lot of the more technical economic portions of the film went over my head but what I get is that we have borrowed a ton of cash and that it doesn't look like we'll be able to pay it back. All this means is that the country is much like a person who is underwater on their mortgage.

Of course this is very one-sided but I would like to see what other peeps think as a solution to this problem. The film mentioned that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are the entitlement programs that have the greatest chances of screwing over the system. It'll be interesting to see if this is right and what Congress will do about it at a later date.

Yeah with my luck it will be my generation who will be the ones who will take it for the team when these programs are axed out and everyone will be on their own. Are these policies and programs screwing over socialist European countries as well since they have things like free healthcare and the like?

All in all the film presented a mathematical problem of debt and how the future looks really bleak. As I recall they didn't have a solution so yeah dunno what to say. Hopefully the dollar does not plummet which would cause my savings account will be worth nill. That would be the worst-case scenario and boy would that suck ass.
Rating - B

Saturday, August 07, 2010

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell (Book 2007)

I was looking for a new series to get my hands on and I ran across this one. The reviews were good overall and it being a science fiction military-themed one gave me enough convincing to buy the first in the series.

The sample that I DLed was good, but as the plot thickened it showed itself to be a pretty weak book. First off there were way too much politics involved with all of the ship captains and such. The next thing was the all of the other captains seemed to be dumbasses with no strategic sense at all. And the last thing was that there was this hella annoying civilian politician female who was also a primary character. I hated this character, so every time she came along and was not thrown out an airlock, I went away disappointed.

The book started out reminding me a lot of Battlestar Galactica as it was a fleet on the run, but then it got bogged down by the lameness of all of the characters besides the main one. I know how the author stretched this series out into 6-sum books, but I'm not interested in how it all ends. I can make a few guesses, read a few one-line descriptions about each book, and pretty much know the whole story while also knowing that I have not missed anything in regards to plot or character development.
Rating - Low

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Starcraft 2 (RTS PC Game 2010)

So at long last it is here. This is one the last games that I was looking forward to since PC-gaming in general has gradually deteriorated in quality and selection over the years. Luckily, Blizzard still cares, as they produced a squeal that met and greatly exceeded expectations.

SC2 kicked ass. The story was great, cinematic cut-scenes were terrific, and the campaign missions were both different and challenging. I still don't like "Timed" missions but I guess it goes along with the storyline. There were a lot of 'em though... I don't know how long I spent in the campaign but it only took 2 evenings to clear it on mostly-hard mode. You were mostly able to play Terran, and for a few missions, Protoss, but no Zerg with this episode. The next two should be real fun if Wings of Liberty is any such benchmark.

Most peeps love the muliplayer aspect of the SC series. Although it's OK, it is way too strategic for my tastes. Counters are too distinct so if the opponent knows what units you are creating in mass, they can just counter you and lay waste to your base. That direct type of counter is much too annoying. Sometimes I get a noob who sucks and I can easily take'em out....but other times you get these super-nutty players who will just crush you. I don't like losing so yeah...

All in all I purchased this for the single-player and I think I got my money's worth. Although I will play online with friends here and there, I doubt MP will keep my interest for too long. Sadly the key is hooked into a account so no reselling of the game is possible. I wish more developers would create good games like this for a change, but yeah besides Diablo III and The Old Republic, I don't see anything else on the horizon.
Rating - High