Saturday, April 30, 2011

New Zed Order: Survive By Todd Sprague (Book 2011)

This story revolved around a guy and his very large extended family hunkering down instead of traveling around like most protagonists in zombie books. Even though I suppose this works from the plot perspective, I felt that way too many things were just "too convenient". The way they got their guns, supplies, food, and other necessities was just plain too easy. Yes there was enough action to keep things realistic but it really...I'm sure it would be much harder to find resources and people with usable skills.

One annoying thing about the story was that too many paragraphs ended with the main character and his wife talking. She would say stuff about her not wanting him to leave the compound to risk his life for the group and him saying that he had to do it. I swear I read such a statement no less than 5 times.

The author did throw a few wrenches into the average zombie story. The first was some secret paramilitary organization up to no good, the whole last few chapters was odd and not explained fully, and the whole "ghost" thing with the brother-in-law stood out as well. Hopefully the next book does not take a sharp turn towards fantasy-land...

Overall it was OK. I'll be reading the next book so it kept me interested, but yeah the author still needs a bit of work.
Rating - Mid

The Eagle (War Action 2011)

This movie was fair. It was much better than many of the other stories that have been made revolving around the 9th Legion. The battle at the beginning of the movie was actually pretty good. Not big-budget like Gladiator but still not too bad.

The main bulk of the film wasn't too exciting. Just a lot of traveling and some bickering dialog here and there. The movie is only worth it for the beginning and the end...everything else was just filler.
Rating - C

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Rite (Thriller 2011)

This movie will be forgotten in about a week's time as it wasn't really good. Anthony Hopkins did what he could but he wasn't the main character so yeah...

What you see in the trailer is exactly what you get in the film from the plot standpoint. The ending is also what you would expect. The only thing that stood out was the make-up at certain scenes. Crazy how you can make a person look possessed by adding a bunch of black veins and such.
Rating - C

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Skyline (Sci-Fi Action 2010)

First off, could they have picked an uglier-looking main character? I mean look at Eric Balfour with his elongated face and just plain foul-looking mug.

So yeah all the rumors were 100% true. This was a shit ways around it. All of the characters were horrible and well hated, and I mean all of them. Girls and guys alike were all overacting, had horrible lines, and were excessively unattractive. The plot never explained anything about the invading aliens and the end was just plain stupid. It was one of those movies were I sat there in disbelief that they actually made this film; it was that bad.

No use on wasting time or money. Why? Because the plot goes like this. Ugly characters arrive in LA. The following morning aliens attack and start stealing bodies and brains. The main characters try to escape but are holed up in a condo. Aliens continue to attack and many characters are either killed or captured. The main dude's brain is taken and put into a husk. His eyes glow orange instead of blue hinting that he is in control of the husk. End titles. Such bullshit.
Rating - F

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Horde (Foreign French Horror 2009)

So I have to admit that when I watched this, there were no English subtitles so it was all French...a language that I understand all of 2 words. I really don't think knowing the dialog would've helped though.

The movie wasn't very good. It was about a group of cops going into a building to get at some baddies. A shootout commences and then zombies start randomly attacking. They make it to the roof where they see the city all up in flames cuz of the turmoil. They then band together to try to escape.

For a zombie flick it was a bit weak. All the characters were exaggerated. The black guys were huge and crazy, the female cop was very strong-willed, and another cop was all goody goody nuts as well. To put it lightly, all the characters blew ass and I didn't care if any of them survived. The zombies were the fast type that and had pretty good hand-eye coordination. But yeah as a film, it's worth skipping...the end was lame too.
Rating - D

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Dog Named Slugger by Leigh Brill (2010 Book)

So this was one of those free books that came around for the Kindle. I'd have to say that it was fairly educational in terms of how a disabled person gets a service dog. Crazy to think how well behaved these dogs can be trained to be.

Overall it was a good read. The author went into detail from the beginning to the eventual end. I'm sure you can predict what an ending entails; pretty sad.

But yeah for a freebie, it's definitely worth a read, especially if you like dogs.
Rating - High

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Legion (Action 2010)

Geez, not good at all. Yeah from the previews you might've guessed that this movie would be a flop, and that it was. The story was very bland, the characters were pretty uninteresting, and everything else about this movie sucked.

The only good thing was that there was one scene where the main character, Michael, battled another angel with actual wings. Usually in all movies involving angels, they always find a way to remove the wings so that the scene becomes cheaper to produce.
Rating - D

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived by Paul S. Kemp (Book 2011)

As a precursor to the actual game coming out, this book does a splendid job of setting the mood of the time frame for SWTOR. The book has 2 running storylines. The first is of Darth Malgus and his activities after his sacking of Coruscant, and the second is about a female jedi named Aryn, who is out to kill Malgus because of his transgressions.

The characters and story were both very well written and developed. I totally felt like I was back "in" the world of Star Wars, just like playing KOTOR. It was a complete story from start to finish and I'm very impressed with this author. I'll definitely be looking into his other works to see if they can reach the same high standards that this book has set.
Rating - High

Friday, April 08, 2011

Battle: Los Angeles (War Drama 2011)

So this movie was OK...not the greatest but not the worst either. The whole thing seemed to be a very long recruitment ad for the Marines though, if that is even believable.

Yeah throughout the whole film the characters were really an afterthought as everything concentrated around peeps shooting aliens or being shot by aliens. There were so many artificial scenes where people would be "tough" or "sentimental" or "courageous". It's kinda like watching a movie on TV but before you knew it they weirdly shoved God into the mix and then you find out that you just got duped into watching part of a religious flick. I'm all for the military and war and such, but this movie really should've been on a recruitment website and not an actual movie because it really wasn't one.

Special effects were good, the military stuff like a bunch of helicopters in formation was nice, and some musical inserts were OK as well. Acting was blah, the main character played by Aaron Eckhart was a bad pick as a primary, and the rest of the peeps I don't even remember.
Rating - C

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Fantasy 2010)

This was a pretty good Potter movie. It totally felt like you were ditched in the middle though. I think they should've just made the film into a single, 4-5 hour extraviganza instead of splitting the last book into 2 movies.

Yeah because of the splitting it's hard to rate it because it really did feel unfinished. It has been a few days and all I remember are just a few key scene sequences here and there. I barely even remember all of the characters because it has been so long since I've read the books or seen the other movies.

Either way acting and special effects were good. Music at key moments were excellent as well. One more to go.
Rating - B

Sunday, April 03, 2011

The Green Hornet (Action 2011)

Man this movie was straight up, fucking rediculous. It was so so so so bad I can't even articulate it enough. Everything in it was God-awful...such an abomination to films in general.

So yeah, story was ass, the main villan was a joke, Jay Chou can't speak English, and all of the car and fight scenes were just so bad.
Rating - F

Friday, April 01, 2011

The Infection by Craig DiLouie (Book 2011)

So this book was definitely not as good as others I've read. I'm still trying to pinpoint the actual cause, but I have a feeling that it was because the story didn't flow too well.

The book starts out fine, having a regular guy being dumped into a world where people start screaming, losin' it, then coming back. Soon afterwards he meets up with a group of survivors and they start their journey out of the city. This is all good and dandy, but 2 issues arose that made the reading all the more cumbersome.

The first is the fact that the story kept on jumping around from the main plot to the background story of a specific character. It totally ruined the flow, as every time I had to readjust myself to the location and perspective of another character. I know that other authors have done this and it has worked well, but for this story, it just didn't seem right.

The second might be a spoiler of sorts, but I don't care. Instead of having just zombies, you also have these alien-mutated creatures that are out to get the humans. This ruined it for me. I like zombies and only zombies...if I wanted a Sci-Fi book I would've bought one with spaceships and such. I think if the author would've integrated the source of these alien creatures, the story might've made more sense, but it didn't. Instead all we get is: humans get infected and start screaming, then they "die and come back as zombies, then alien creatures start appearing and using humans as gestation nests, then titan-sized aliens appear.

One additional thing that bothered me was that in one scene it said something about a character flicking off the safety on a Glock. Glocks don't have a physical safety; I knew that back in Jr. HS and I didn't know shit about guns back then. So obviously the writer is not a gun person; fair enough, but hell...why couldn't he just ask someone or do a bit of research himself? If I was going to write a book and put an object that I didn't know anything about in it, I think I would have the sense to ask someone about it so I wouldn't look like a fool.

Obviously I am not recommending this book to anyone. In the writing world you get one chance and Craig DiLouie blew it.
Rating - Low