Posts Tagged ‘21st’


Why I’m Bummed About The New GoldenEye

November 21, 2011

Back in…1999 or 2000, somewhere about there, I was given GoldenEye 007 for the N64 as a birthday gift. By this point, I’d already rented it at least half a dozen times, if not more. I loved the game, it must have been the only one I’d played for weeks (now that I think about it, that game might be why my grades went down towards the end of middle school going into high school). It was my first taste of local multiplayer, too. I’d played games before, but with GoldenEye it felt like my first time all over again.

And that paragraph right there, those four sentences and one parenthetical, is why I can’t get excited about the new one. I am physically and mentally incapable of genuine excitement about this game. I’ve seen the gameplay, and the game looks very, very good. I have nothing to complain about with this game, aside from the changed story. The visuals are great, the action is fantastic, and if it were any other game, even if they just made it a generic Bond game, I’d be so fucking there.

But because of my history with the original, I’d never be able to enjoy this. There would always be a filter over my experience colored by the N64.


Review: Training Day

August 21, 2011

It seems about time for me to do a movie review, after two game reviews in a row. And what better time than towards the end of the month, so that I can take it off the list of “shit that needs doing”.

So. Training Day. Ethan Hawke plays Jake Hoyt, a young cop with the LAPD. He’s scheduled to be evaluated to work in narcotics with Alonzo Harris, played by Denzel Washington in a departure from his normal roles. Hoyt meets Harris in a coffee shop, and from there they go to the “office”, a modified ’79 Chevy Monte Carlo. Harris convinces Hoyt to tell him the real reason he wants in to narcotics, which is to make detective. They head to a park where they see one of Alonzo’s informants dealing in the park, and instead of arresting the buyers he simply confiscates the drugs. He forces Jake to smoke one of the joints, not telling him it was laced with PCP.

On their way to a dealer’s home, Jake spots two thugs assaulting a teenage girl, whose cousin happens to be a Mexican gangster. They go to the dealer’s home with a faked search warrant so Alonzo can steal his drug money. They stop at LA’s notorious Baldwin Village neighborhood to visit Alonzo’s girlfriend and young son, and then proceed to a meeting with the “Three Wise Men”, high-ranking members of the LAPD and LA justice system. They tell Alonzo that they know about his debt, and he gets approval from them to “cash in on an account”, giving them the confiscated drug money in exchange for an arrest warrant. Jake and Alonzo head to a nearby car park to meet up with several other narcotics officers and gear up for a raid.

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Review: Back to the Future Season 1 and Episode IV

July 24, 2011

I, like many people, was completely unaware that there was a Back to the Future cartoon, but there were two seasons on CBS in the early nineties. And I’m going to look at both of them for you. This is Season 1 and Episode IV: Double Visions.

Like all cartoons in the early nineties, Back to the Future: The Animated Series incorporated educational elements in with the core cartoon. Unlike all other cartoons, these educational segments contained the powerful one-two punch of Christopher Lloyd, reprising his role as Doc Brown, and Bill Nye, who actually conducted these mini-experiments. These experiments, on things like creating a small electromagnet from a nail or making a lemon battery, or lessons on water pressure or drag, are safe enough to preform at home that the viewers would immediate wake the nearest sleeping parent to ask them for help.

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