Posts Tagged ‘4th’

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Review: Dexter

December 4, 2012

First and foremost, UNICEF is raising money for children in Malawi schools to get desks. There are kids over there who are sitting on concrete floors and dirt floors, and it’s really doing a number their ability to learn. If you can, if you would like to give, you can do so here: UNICEF

Second, things are stabilizing a bit, but updates are still going to come in fits and starts for the foreseeable future. I won’t be following any schedule, which should help things.

And now, your featured presentation.

There is a Dexter video game.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Showtime series, Dexter is about a blood spatter analyst with the Miami police. And he kills people who evidence shows have been wrongly freed from the justice system. And collects their blood. Not in, like, jars or anything, but on microscope slides. Get it? Because he’s a foren-you get the picture.

There is a game based on this.

I am absolutely shocked that this game got made. Mainly because you play a killer. And it’s a game where you actively stalk and kill people (albeit, yes, people who are themselves killers). It’s kind of weird.

As for the game itself, it’s not bad. It follows closely the events of the first season, with the first kill in the game being Dexter’s first victim in the show, the choir director who was dead five minutes into the pilot. After that, you return to Dexter’s lovingly-rendered apartment where a message from his adoptive sister Debra awaits. And that’s where the game starts to impress me, because they got all of the voice actors to come in and reprise their roles for the game. And all of them give good reads, with the notable exception of Julie Benz who, in her defense, was about a season away from leaving the show.

The game itself isn’t bad – the first season is done well even if the graphics look a bit dated (c. 2005-ish). But the sticking point is that the game is kind of…unsettling, as a game where you play a serial killer might well be. It forces you to think like a serial killer to a certain point, and frankly that’s a place in my own head where I don’t want to go. And having Michael C. Hall’s dark narration over characters with soulless eyes really isn’t helping matters any.

I…I can’t recommend this game. But it’s not for anything in particular with the game. It’s the fact that the source material really shouldn’t have been adapted to a game. It just really gives me the creeps.

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Review: Total Extreme Wrestling 2005

April 4, 2012

I suppose, given the nature of the beast, that I can’t legitimately talk about a professional wrestling simulator without talking about professional wrestling itself.

American professional wrestling has its roots in the traveling carnival system. Early on, it was more of a show of athletic competition but as time progressed, the carnival promoters started adding fictional backgrounds, costumes, and stories to the shows. And then around the start of World War I, it came out that these matches weren’t entirely about the athletic competition anymore.

Combined with the retirement of Frank Gotch, a legend of his day (for perspective, think of it as if The Undertaker or Hulk Hogan stopped having anything to do with wrestling), this revelation sent professional wrestling into a tailspin that it wouldn’t fully recover from until the invention of television. This was the birth of modern professional wrestling.

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Hiatus

October 4, 2011

At approximately 10:35 AM on October 4th, 2011, my grandmother passed away. She was 78 years old

See you in November.

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Review: The Warriors and Back to the Future Episode II

March 4, 2011

 

A modern re-telling of Xenophon’s Anabasis, The Warriors pits nine men of the Coney Island gang, the Warriors, against all of the gangs of New York City as they make their way back home. And all of these gangs are out for the Warriors’ blood, because they’ve been falsely accused of murdering Cyrus, leader of the most powerful gang in the city, the Gramercy Riffs.

During a midnight meeting called by Cyrus, he is shot in the chest by Rogues leader Luther, played by David Patrick Kelly. He immediately accuses the Warriors of the murder, and they are forced to flee. Taking the subways and running on foot from the enemy, the Warriors must traverse the 30 miles from Van Cortlandt Park back to Coney in the course of one night.

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Review: Heat & SWAT 4

February 4, 2011

Heat may be one of the seminal crime dramas, at least in part due to starring two giants of the genre, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. Neil McCauley (DeNiro) and his team plan to rob a bank with an estimated twelve million payoff. Meanwhile, homicide lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Pacino) is hot on their trails, investigating an armored car robbery and murder. The robbery culminates in a six-minute long running gunfight through the streets of Los Angeles, which makes it a strong contender for greatest bank robbery ever committed to film.

If you have ever seen someone or heard someone doing an Al Pacino impression, this is the movie they were quoting. “She got a GREAT ASS! And you got your head…ALL THE WAY UP IT!” Seriously, Pacino in this movie would give Christopher Walken a run for his money. The casting department for this movie is full of geniuses. Between DeNiro and Pacino, there is no way this movie would end poorly.

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