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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Movie review: Se7en (rewatch)

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.



Friday, October 19, 2012

Anime review: Natsume Yuujinchou Shi

The fourth season of Natsume Yuujinchou is here. But is it as good as it's predecessors? The answer is "I guess..."



Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him. Containing the names of these spirits, a binding contract was formed between the spirits and the owner of the book. Now, Natsume is determined to free the spirits and dissolve the contracts. With the help of a spirit cat - Madara/Nyanko-sensei, his days are filled trying to return the names to these spirits. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Just started (sort of): Dragon Age II

I didn't really like Dragon Age: Origins - And yet I've started playing the sequel. Bad move.


Ok, technically I haven't "just started" playing Dragon Age II. In fact, I'm pretty sure I'm over the halfway point. But I figured that I should at least make a post saying that I am in fact playing it. A big reason as to why I want to state that I'm playing it is because it has been eating up a whole lot of my time. Time better spent elsewhere to be honest. Mainly because I have so damn much I SHOULD do. Like watching anime, writing reviews, studying for my C# class, continue studying C++ or for the CCENT, or looking for actual work.

But no, instead of doing any those actually important and useful things I'm playing this mediocre RPG. So why do I do it even though I think it's mediocre? Because one thing it has gotten right is the addictive aspect. It's easy to think "I can play a little while longer" every time I beat a group of enemies or finish a quest - even if I didn't really enjoy doing those things. This is what I like to call "braindead gaming".

However, I'm not sure wether it's better or worse than Dragon Age: Origins yet.

Game review: Bayonetta (Xbox 360)

Killing angels have never felt - and looked so good!


Bayonetta is a third person shooter centering around a sexy four-gun wielding witch named Bayonetta who spends her days killing all kinds of angels in the most stylish manners.

What did I expect from Bayonetta before I began playing it?
I had heard that the game's pace was very fast, the visuals were cool and the heroine - Bayonetta herself was smokin' hot. That's about it.

Did it deliver on these aspects? Hell yeah it did! That and more!

One thing I hadn't heard about it that I love is the immensely entertaining "combo fighting style" the game uses, which I consider to be a mix of a fighting game and a hack n' slash. Or maybe most hack n' slash - like God of War and Devil May Cry - are like this. I haven't played many games in this genre. But if they're like Bayonetta, then consider me a future fan of those two franchises :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dishonored live preview

I'm watching a live streaming preview of the first-person stealth assassin game Dishonored at gamespot.com.



I have read a few articles about Dishonored in LEVEL (a Swedish gaming magazine), and from those articles, it seemed like a pretty badass game. My impression of it has only strengthened from watching bits of this preview. Generally I'm not too fond of sneaking games. I did somewhat enjoy Deus Ex: Human Revolutions - which I stealthed myself through. But besides that one... nah.
Dishonored however looks really fun, intense and challenging. I am definitely going to play this (although it's gonna be a while until I do that because of othergames I still haven't played) when I get the chance.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Just started: Bayonetta


I recently started playing Bayonetta - the game where you're a witch (who is a total babe) that hunt angels and demons. 

What I had heard about it before I started playing it was that it was a very high-paced and stylistic action game. That description is completely spot on! The story and characters may not be anything to cheer for. But the game oozes style from every part of it's being. And the speedy arcade style battles are furiously entertaining and addictive. Despite that I've only played through four chapters so far, my need to improve my own score and increase my halos (the game's currency) has gotten me to re-play those chapters several times.

I just hope that I won't get sick of this game before it ends. But right now I absolutely love this game!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Anime review: Ben-To

While innocently reaching for some half priced bento, You Satou finds himself beaten up on the floor of a supermarket. He soon learns that getting half-priced bento is an all-out brawl between customers. Satou is invited to the Half-Priced Food Lovers Club by one of the top fighters, Sen Yarizui (a.k.a. The Ice Witch), in order to train to compete in these battles.

Movie review: Looper

In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe. But Joe makes the biggest of mistakes when his older self gets sent back and manages to escape.

I went into Looper with extremely high hopes. I'm not fully sure where these expectations came from, but ever since I've heard about this movie, I've wanted to see it. And the more I noticed people and critics praising, the more I wanted to see it. I was so eager to see it I nearly wet myself. So it's no surprise why I came out of the theater a tad let down.

That's not to say that it was a bad movie. Not at all. In fact, it was a good sci-fi sction thriller. It had suspense, action, good characters, human drama, and even some comedy, and it didn't get tied up in the whole time travelling aspect.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Review: Invisible Worlds

Invisible Worlds is a BBC documentary mini series about things in our world that or eyes don't have the capacity to see. Too fast movements, infrared light, microscopic activities are some subjects these three episodes discuss.

The actual title (on IMDB at least) is "Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds". Richard Hammond is the narrator/presenter of the three episodes. And that's all he has to do with this series. Which is why I don't want to classify this series by that name. If he had been the main producer and/or the director, THEN I might have felt comfortable calling the series by that name.

Anyway, on to the actual documentary.
First things first; I loved this documentary. I loved it because it's gorgeous (duh, it's BBC), informative, interesting, cool, and really entertaining. I never felt bored while watching this. In fact, I was glued to the screen from the very first minute to the very last. I saw with some friends and we marveled at some incredible sequences and laughed because of some other ones.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Just Started: Ben-To

CHAAAAAARGE!!!
Ben-to: One day a poor freshman high school student named Satou You discovers a bento (boxed meal) on sale at half price at the local supermarket. Only to find out about the extreme fighting that breaks out over those half-priced bentos.

Expectations: Many annoyingly clichéd moments and stereotypical characters, but still filled with funny and silly stuff (hopefully at least).

First ep: Turned out to be somewhat better than that. No annoying clichéd moments, characters aren't very entertaining though, everything is silly - but not portrayed silly enough, and the humor wasn't 'lol' funny - just 'chuckle' funny.

Seems decent enough, with room for improvement.

Anime review: Another

In the spring of 1998, a 15 year old boy named Sakakibara Kouichi transfers to the countryside town Yamiyama. He soon grows suspicious of the fearful atmosphere surrounding his classroom - class 3. In particular, there is a strange girl named Misaki Mei who wears an eyepatch and is always alone drawing pictures.

Another is in many aspects a classic horror tale.The music, the setting, the mysterious and secretive inhabitants, and death. These aspects are nothing new, but used right it can result in an effective scary story.
Surprisingly, the end result turned out quite well.

The first half of the series was honestly very creepy. Now, while it wasn't actually downright scary, it is still among the scariest anime I've seen. And that is ...kinda sad actually when you think about it.
However, it's not just some creepy and gory scenes spread out over 12 episodes. There's also a mystery, a couple of romantic moments and some decent character development.
...But it's mainly creepy and gory scenes.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Just started: Another


It began with a very classic horror story vibe. Dark visuals, slow piano background music, a strange young girl, a new person in small town in the country side where the inhabitants all act secretive, and there seems to have been a horrible murder there years ago.
None of these aspects are anything new, but if they're handled right, the end result could be very good. However, horror stories usually end disappointingly, and this anime somehow seems like it's gonna fall into some "harem pitfalls". It just has that kind of appearance.

So, I'm hopeful, yet hesitant.

Anime review: Bakuman 2

Bakuman 2. the second season revolving around a pair of manga authors - Mashiro Moritaka and Takagi Akito - and their peers, as they try to make a name for themselves in the intense business world of manga publishing.

This was a terrific choice for my "return to anime", because it's so easily digestible and thus easy to marathon. I blasted through it in two days, and it didn't feel like a chore for a single second. When a series hooks you in in such a way that you just don't wanna stop watching it, you know they're doing something right.

One of the main reasons why I love this series so much is because of it's fantastic cast. Every single character is well written. They each have their own distinct personality, no one is perfect and we constantly get to see things from their perspective. I love how characters can be complete assholes at one moment, and very likable people in the next moment. Now that's what I call life-like :)

The cast is - to be honest - one of the overall best anime casts I've come across. And I've seen quite a bit of anime - or TV series all together. That is because every character is great by themselves, but also have very entertaining interactions with each other. Even minor aspects like Miura's and Yamahisa's rivalry is very entertaining, despite not amounting to much story-wise.

As for the negatives of this season; I feel that some may consider this to be TOO similar to the first season, because there is A LOT that is very similar. Personally, I just consider it to be more of the good stuff :)

Then there's also the OPs and EDs. They're not terrible, but they are definitely boring and I skipped them nearly every time. Granted, it's not a big thing and has nothing to do with the actual story, but for a series that's all about creating stuff the public will like, they sure dropped the ball in this aspect.
Also, I wasn't very fond of the whole "Takagi might cheat on Miyoshi" subplot, but fortunately,  it resolved itself both fast and satisfyingly. By the way, this seems like a good time to mention that Miyoshi is one of my favorite characters in the whole series. While not actually doing all that much, she is one of the strongest supporting pillars in the entire show.

The biggest minus I give it is that it is very childish/cheesy at times with some overly dramatic speeches and statements here and there. It may sound like a minor thing, but it's stuff like this that makes me weary of recommending many anime to my non-anime watching friends (i.e. all my friends). This is however nothing that detracted much of my overall enjoyment of it.

Nothing out of the ordinary here. Just another day in the manga business.


I'll end with saying thatI found this season be just as good as the first season. If you liked the first season then you'll almost definitely like this one as well. If you didn't like the first season, then you may as well stay away from this one.

"More of the same" has never rung so true and yet been so fulfilling.

8/9

Friday, September 28, 2012

More Gintama!


 


THIS IS THE GREATEST NEWS EVER!!!1!11oneon!

Sket Dance "handing over the baton" to Gintama
Yes, for those who are late to get this month-old news - like me - you can now rejoice, because according to Anime News Network, Gintama will start airing new episodes on October 4th. Gintama will be returning. Sket Dance will be handing over it's time slot to Gintama.Which really makes me wanna check out Sket Dance. But this post is about Gintama!

For those who don't know about Gintama, I feel sorry for you, because the parody/comedy goldmine that is Gintama is easily the series (anime or not) that I have laughed the most and the hardest to. I must have laughed myself to tears at least two dozen times while watching this. I wouldn't call it the "best" comedy, because they do have some episodes here and there that either focus on serious action (episodes I don't like at all) or touching drama (which is really moving sometimes and really boring other times). But it is without a shred of doubt the funniest series I've ever seen with it's character's outrageous reactions, deformed facial expressions, out-of-the-blue parodies, meta jokes, toilet humor, and constant fake-outs that they're getting cancelled.

Watch to episode 25 at least, dammit!
Now, if you haven't seen it but is planning to, keep in my mind that the first 15 to 20 episodes are among the worst of the entire series. I know, it's pretty inconveniant. But the way I view it is as some sort of test: "Get through these 'meh' episodes and you'll be rewarded with over 200 episodes of pure gold".

I remember once a few years ago when I felt really blue over a certain thing and nothing seemed to help. I felt down the entire day. Then I began watching the latest Gintama episode and I didn't even make it through the opening sequence before I had a huge grin on my face. It's truly the best 'pick me up' there is :)

I usually try not to overhype things I think are really good. But I just can't help it in this case, I love this series THAT much. And if you don't like it, well that's your opinion - but it's a stupid opinion. How can you not love stuff like this?

Let's go people-sledding!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Movie review: The Invention of Lying



I caught The Invention of Lying on TV yesterday. It started out great, the basic idea for it is really interesting. The world they live in where everyone tells the truth without holding anything back is hilarious in a refreshing, yet horrible way. This hilarity factor is of course greatly aided by Ricky Gervais' comic timing.

However, it does become quite a bit less entertaining the way it unfolds. That's not to say that it becomes terrible - just less enjoyable. But while it does take that route, the development of the main characters, and even this entire world is both well done and believable. The ending was also better than I expected.

All in all it's a decent and comfortable film.

6/9

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

More studying

In my previous post I wrote about how I'm studying for Cisco's CCENT certificate. That has however been put on a slight backburner (a couple of days before I even wrote that post - which was written just a few minutes ago ^^).

Why?

Because I've started a short course about how to use social medias for marketing. I figured that this class would be a much better way to get a decent job at least until I get my CCENT, but preferrably all the way until I get my CCNA.

Either way things go, Im pretty sure I'll also sign up for a certain IT education in a University. I'm taking it because then I'll learn more things than just the stuff the CCENT exam takes up (although that is quite a lot), and because I'll be able to study this even if I do have a job at the same time. Plus, if I have both a CCENT (and maybe a CCNA) AND a degree from this university, I'll surely find a well paying IT job pretty easily.

Now, this could (and mostly likely will) not happen until after quite a few months. So it's nothing I'll see pay off right this moment.

Oh, btw, the class I'm currently taking is being taught by a Swedish company called "MiROi".

CCENT

I have recently started studying for Cisco's CCENT certificate - "Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician". I mainly began doing this so that I could have an "advantage" when looking for entry level IT jobs. And if I want higher than entry level positions I'll try to go for Cisco's higher level certificate - CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate).

I used to think I was pretty good at this kind of stuff. But after having seen a few video lectures on this stuff, I realized just how poor my knowledge on this stuff is :)

Which is one reason why I really love studying for this stuff. Another reason is that this subject simply really interests me. I really want to know more about this subject. And I want to be able to do this for a living, or even as something I can brag about being able to do :P
Not to mention how many different kinds of jobs one's able to find with these kinds of certificates. And of course, the higher certificate 'levels' one has, the more different kinds - and higher payed - jobs one can find.

A minor downside to taking this certificate is that I need a job to be able to take because I need to travel to Stockholm - which costs a bit of money - and pay about $150 to take the exam. There's of course no certainty that I'll pass it on my first try either.
In the future I would really like to be able to take their highest certificate - the CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) - which has been said to be the equivalent of getting a Ph.D and is generally reported as the highest salaried certification in IT.

Monday, September 24, 2012

No Lawless in Luleå

Live in Luleå and want to see Lawless in the theaters? Haha, f*ck you!

A friend of mine and I were gonna go see Lawless in the theater on the premier date. But to our devastating horror we found out that Lawless - for some so far unknown reason - isn't being shown in our city. Granted, we do live in quite a small city (Luleå) in Sweden. But still, it's not like Lawless is some minor independent film with no-name people attached to it. The director, John Hillcoat, has previously made The Road, and it contains such actors as Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Shia LaBeouf and Gary Oldman.

Not to mention that the big blockbusters of the summer either has stopped showing in the theaters or are in their last days. So a movie like Lawless should be quite a big attraction at this time of the year. Now, I'm glad that a movie like the French "Intouchables" gets shown, but is there really more of a need to show a romantic comedy such as "Hope Springs" or the latest Resident Evil flick - "Resident Evil: Retribution"?
I'm assuming that some people would argue that Hope Springs have just as much of an audience as Lawless has. But to them I ask: 'But does it have an equal amount of viewers who will see it in the theaters?'. Because the kind of people I know that would love to see a movie like Hope Springs barely goes to the theaters at all. And if they go, they go to see the more "major" films, like the upcoming James Bond movie - "Skyfall".

Perhaps this is simply the ramblings of an upset spoiled nerd who hae already seen some of his most anticipated movies of the year this summer (The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises & The Amazing Spider-Man), and still wants more. Or perhaps this is a justified outcry of a faithful costumer of cinema who has seen this abominous mistake for what it is and brings truth to the people!
...ok, it's the first one.


Movie review: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy



A friend of mine and I felt in the mood to watch a really silly comedy, and since neither of us had seen Anchorman in at least 5 years, we decided to rewatch it. And it was most definitely worth it :)

I haven't laughed this hard in several weeks. I nearly keeled over laughing in the "fight scene" and the scene following that. Not only that, it's also one of the few times when I've seen that particular friend of mine laugh just as hard. So we certainly enjoyed the movie.

One thing I just have to say is that it was actually sillier than I remembered. And I remembered it to be pretty damn silly. So effectively - it was ultra-silly! So much of the entire movie seems to be adlibbed. There are entire scenes where I wouldn't be surprised if it was completely made up of us Will Ferrell adlibbing the entire thing. One example that comes into mind is when Ferrell is having a conversation with his dog, Baxter, quite early on in the film.

While this isn't a "good film" by my standards, it is exactly what it advertises that it is, and it works extremely well. And therefor, I feel no quarrel with giving Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy an;

8/9

And I willl now anxiously await Anchorman 2.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Webcomics

In the previous post I said I'm obsessed with memcenter.com. So it should come to no surprise that I love a kind of "cartoon-y" type of humor. Which brings me to something else I love to watch and laugh to;

Webcomics!

I've loved comics just about my entire life. I've read them from as far back as to when I first learned to read, and I spent at least an hour yesterday reading comics. Now, when I say comics I don't mean comic books like Batman, Spider-Man, Watchmen etc, but titles such as Calvin & Hobbes, Garfield, Nemi (Swedish comic), and Zits.

As for webcomics, the kind of stuff I mostly read are the more cynical and twisted, but still very silly and humorous. My biggest favorite is easily Cyanide & Happiness. Here's an example:



There are threee others I also love to read.

AmazingSuperPowers:

bug comic:

Penny Arcade:

Then there are some that I find to be pretty damn funny, but are either just not quite as good as the first four, or there's jst not enough of them for me to place them on that same pedestal. Some of those included are The Loading Artist, Whomp comic, and Awkward Zombie.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Obsession of the moment

I almost always have some sort of obsession - a certain movie, song, artist, website, excersice form or whatever. Sometimes I have several obsessions at a single time. This mostly happen when I have a certain obsession that have kept with me for a longer period of time. And this kind is currently my only obsession.
For a lot of people (most people?) that obsession would be Facebook. But for me, it's none other than memecenter. I go through this site several times a day and I go through each and every featured meme on this site. I still haven't gotten around to making memes myself though.

If you like humor (who doesn't?), check it out if you haven't already.


Googled myself

I just googled myself - with my real name - and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't find any single thing about myself. It does have something to do with me having a very common name. But still, nothing? I'm guessing it's because I'm never called by my actual name by my friends IRL, but with a nickname I've had just about my entire life. Not to mention how I pretty much never use Facebook either. In fact, the only social media I use where my real name is written is my Twitter. And even there my username is "Kenikki_".

I do have to say that I don't find this to be negative at all. Sure, some may say that I don't turn up because I live such an event-less life, but I think it's merely because of the lack of Facebook usage and how I try to keep my online life seperate from my IRL life.
When I'm online I pretty much always use a couple of certain usernames. Mainly because of this exact thing. I don't want to be able to be tracked online. I'm quite paranoid about it. So in the end I'm pleased with the result.


Upcoming stuff... for real!

Ok, this time I really will return. I swear :)

Here are some things I'll write about:

Reviews:
I Saw The Devil
Hangover II
The Woman In Black
Iron Sky

Other stuff:
Yojimbo vs. Fistful of Dollars
Cisco certificates
TTC - Your Deceptive Mind
MiROi education

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Game review: Timeshift (Xbox 360)


Despite being quite entertaining, it was quite bland and forgettable. You'd think that wouldn't be the case with a FPS shooter whose game play centers around bending time to your will, but unfortunately it is. However, it was not only bland, it was also a bit of a copycat. The main character is a "silent type" hero who's a physicist that a lot of the time dukes it out in a repressed modern city where the antagonistic ruler appears on huge monitors throughout the city babbling about various stuff.
Sound familiar much?

Unlike the struggles of Gordon Freeman, the story and characters here were completely boring and uninteresting. Hell, they're practically nonexistent. Even though I played through the entire game sober ( which wasn't the case with games such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion or Fable II) I had no idea who the antagonistic was or what he was after. There wasn't a single character in the entire game I can with clear conscious call an actual character. Not even the playable protagonist. That can't simply be filed under lazy writing. No, it's so much more than that. That's either incompetence or the creators just didn't care. Personally, I believe it's the latter, because there didn't even seem to be any attempt at it. They only seemed to care about making a fast paced shooter with cool time altering abilities. And in that regard they... somewhat succeeded. I say somewhat because while it was pretty entertaining, I can't help but feel that they could have done so much more with their set up. For instance some more difficult puzzles or battles which would require some strategic thinking. Unfortunately, there wasn't any of that in this game, resulting in an overall mediocre experience.

If you're interested in this game, then my advice is to leave your brain at the door and just enjoy blasting some soldiers in slow motion or completely frozen time.

5/9

Still nothing... but just wait.

So yeah, 20 days later and I still haven't posted anything new here. Nothing at all. And that's despite that I've watched (and re-watched) quite a bit of stuff, both good and bad. I have also listened to a bit of music and there have been a few minor (very minor) turning points in my life. And I'm not gonna forget about a certain insight I had last night when I was watching TV while being somewhat... intoxicated.

Anyway, this time I'm hoping to actually get started with my writing. At least a bit more.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

So... I haven't written a single thing in here in just about a month. What's that about? Have I simply wasted all my time only hanging out with my friends, working, and learning C++?

Of course not! I've spent my time watching sitcoms, playing games, drinking buckets of wine, and getting a tan.

The details of these amazing feats will be posted as soon as I feel like it.

Have a nice day.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Series review: Frasier S1 (re-watch)

Frasier is a sitcom revolving around the radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane and the people close to him. His radio producer Roz Doyle, his younger brother - Dr. Niles Crane - who's also a psychiatrist, his dad - Martin Crane - who's a retired cop that has to move in with him because of an old injury, his dad's live-in physical therapist Daphne Moon and his dad's dog - Eddie.

The main cast: Roz, Niles, Daphne, Martin, Eddie and Frasier
Frasier is often hailed as one of the best written sitcoms out there, and I agree. It's very clever and witty, the stories are always interesting, none of the cast ever breaks character just to fit in a certain story line, and most important of all is that it's really funny.

Like all the best sitcoms Frasier is a very character driven show. Every conflict here derives from the characters own personalities and how they all differ from each other. And yet it never feels forced and it often manages to give us a touching conclusion to it's episodes. In the first season these conclusions belong to Martin and Frasier, but the rest of the cast all get their moments later on in the series.

The final episode of the first season is one of the best written sitcom episodes I have ever come across. It's up there with the likes of 30 Rock's "Reunion" (S03E05) and Malcolm In The Middle's series finale. Not only is it a terrific episode on it's own, but it's also a summary of the show as a whole with the story lines, conflicts, and general behavior and interactions of the main cast as they appear throughout the episode.

Frasier may be one of the best written sitcoms of all time and I relly enjoy watching it, but it's not laugh out loud funny all that often. Sure, there certainly are times when I've burst out laughing because of it, but it doesn't happen all that often. That and the fact that there a bit too many "awkward comedy" scenes in it keeps me from giving this season a full score. It's pretty damn close to it though.

Score: 8/9

Movie review: Prometheus

An exploratory team follow ancient directions to a distant planet in search of mankind's origin. It doesn't take them long to discover something much more dangerous than they expected.


Before I went to see this film I had barely heard a single thing about it. All I knew was that Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender starred in it, Ridley Scott directed it, it would most likely have some connection to the Alien franchise. That's about it. And yet I was really excited to see it. I'm not even sure why. Great advertising I guess.

The movie itself is quite a slow burner. It takes it's sweet time building up the setting and some of the cast before finally delving into the action. I'm not saying this as a complaint, but as a compliment. I tend to like these types of movies, if the payoff is good enough. And it is here. While not being excellent, it do deliver entertaining and exciting action packed sequences throughout the second half. However, what it lacks is the deep character introspective it pretty much promises by the way the movie starts. That's not to say that the cast is filled with nothing but shallow stereotypes. Far from it. Several of the characters are interesting and engaging. But outside of Michael Fassbender's character - David - the movie doesn't really delve far into the psyches of the crew. We get a peek, but that's it. In fact, that's an issue with the movie all together. For a movie that's ultimately about finding answers, we don't get that many answers. The movie teases us by bringing up a heap of questions, but sidesteps us with the answers.

Unfortunately, the movie isn't without it's stupid moments as well. Where the two dumbest scenes both revolve around the geologist and the biologist. In these scenes they act so confoundingly idiotic - especially for crew members on an expedition like this - that they're nothing more than the equivalent of dumb blonds in a teen slasher.

David (Michael Fassbender)
On the technical side it certainly succeeds. It looks and sounds great and the acting occasionally shines. Noomi Rapace does a solid job - although her swedish accent peeks it's way through here and there, and Charlize Theron is great as the seemingly cold authority figure whose humanity still well up to the surface during harsh moments. But the stand out performance is definitely by Michael Fassbender as the robot, David,  whose curiosity is oozing out of his entire being. It's also aided by the fact that David is by far the most interesting and multi-layered character in the whole movie.


In the end I felt like it could have been quite a bit better. I was hoping for a smarter movie that's more character driven with the way it was set up. But as it is, I still really liked it as a theater experience. It was explosive and entertaining. And despite it's flaws I still think it's worth a watch.

P.S. The 3D is absolutely pointless. There is not a single scene in the entire movie that warrants a 3D viewing. In fact, I often took off my 3D glasses and noticed that quite a bit of scenes didn't even have 3D in them.

The good
Exciting entertainment
The visuals
Michael Fassbender/David

The bad
Lacks answers it sets out to provide
Not as character driven as it initially seems
Some dumb and unnecessary scenes
3D

Score: (weak) 7/9

Monday, May 28, 2012

Series review: Supernatural S1

It didn't take me long to finish the first season. I basically pulled a marathon and finished it right away. Supernatural is definitely one of those easily watched shows. Kind of like a sit-com. There's no heavy drama in it that drains you mentally - despite the show being good - like "In Treatment" for example.

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester.
As for the show itself, there's not much I can say about it that I haven't already said in my previous post. What I can say is that if you're someone who likes stuff like the movie "Constantine", then this is a series for you. It contains plenty of similar elements. Hell, they're almost exactly alike outside of the main character(s). In fact, I'm convinced the comic book series "Hellblazer" is one of the biggest influences for Supernatural.

Because I'm such a fan of the subject matter of the series and I'm giving it quite a high score.

Score: 8/9

Friday, May 25, 2012

Started: Supernatural

Supernatural is a TV series centering around two brothers, Sam and Dean, whose been trained to fight demonic and various other supernatural phenomenon by their father after their mother was killed by one when they were small children.

When I first heard of this series and saw the main actors I quickly shuffled it off as another bad or mediocre fantasy or sci-fi (since they usually wear the same quality brand) series. Then I caught a few episodes on TV and I was - to put it mildly - impressed. Good writing, acting, production value, entertaining and free from that lame and dorky atmosphere those type of series usually are infested with, nor is it filled to brink with juvenile melodrama like Smallville for example.
This show dark, cool, interesting, but also funny. The best part of the series is the interaction between the two brothers.

So I decided to buy the first season dvd because I have a crappy limited internet and the dvd was cheap. After seeing the first three episodes I can definitely say that it was a worthy purchase.

It was however difficult to decide whether I should have bought this or the first season of the most praised TV series since the first season of Dexter - Breaking Bad. Personally, I do think that Breaking Bad is probably the better series of the two, but I'm just not in the mood for it at the moment.

Started: Shakugan no Shana III


So I recently started watching Shakugan no Shana III. I'm currently three episodes in. While I can't really say that it's terrible so far, I don't like it. I am so sick of these characters and their childish behavior. I know characters of this sort are nothing unusual within anime - which definitely has something to do with why I'm so of them - but the fact that I've had to endure two whole seasons with these characters already certainly adds to my aggravations.
I'm pretty sure I'll still with it throughout the whole 26 episode season though, because SnS is quite a big title and I want to be able to properly chime in with my opinions in future discussions and to fill up my "watched anime of the year" list.

All I have to do now is to pray it wont get (much) worse as it goes on.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Movie review: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (re-watch)


This is my third time re-visiting this comedic murder mystery story. I still think it's impressively written and executed with it's 4th wall breaking style and witty dialogue and narration. However, like with all mysteries, it can never be as intriguing as it was the first time around and the comedy does lose some of it's edge once you know what's coming. But the fact that I'm still so entertained by it at this point goes to show just how well told the film is.

The strongest aspect of the movie is the interaction between Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. Their characters are already funny and interesting on their own, but it's when they're together the movie really shines. The differences between these two characters make for such hilarious banter that one can't help but to laugh out loud whereas most movies with similar kind of witty banter merely make you chuckle. The banter is however not the only hilarious aspect. There's also Robert Downey Jr.'s narration which breaks the 4th wall so often that by the end there's nothing left of it except crumbs.

Even though I keep hammering in how funny this movie is, don't go into it thinking that's a pure comedy. Because it's not. It may have plenty of comedy, but it has no shortage of action, mystery and drama. It's also very effective in those areas. It's very well rounded and it's the kind of movie I think a lot of people will love, and those who doesn't will at least enjoy it. I recommend that anyone why hasn't already seen this should go watch as soon as possible.

Despite my so far never ending praise for this film, I'm not going to give this my highest score because it somewhat lacks what my all time favorite films have - re-watch value. Granted, I do still like it despite that this is my third time watching it. But I don't love this time around. It's incredible on the first watch, but - like I said earlier - it loses a lot of it's edge after that. 

Score:  8/9

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Movie review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy




It's a story about British spies in the 70s where George/Smiley (Gary Oldman) tries to flush out a Russian mole among the top chain of MI6.

I really wanted to like this movie. It seemed like the kind of film I'd enjoy. Spies gathering information on one another not knowing who to trust, filled with a cast of phenomenal actors and directed by Thomas Alfredsson, who directed "Let The Right One In" which is one of my all time favorite films.

Sadly, I didn't enjoy the movie particularly much. It's all too slow and yet kind of hard to follow even though I really payed attention to it (I even re-winded it here and there because I missed a line or two of dialog), there's a major lack of emotion in the film and it has no weight behind any of it's revelations. Even the big final one concerning who's the mole. When they revealed that I simply reacted 'oh... ok'. I didn't get exactly how they found out it was him, or why he did it outside of "the west is so ugly these days".

As for the emotional aspect of the film, there were only like 5 to 10 scenes (scenes, not sequences) where a character expressed any emotion, and it was still very downplayed in half those scenes. The acting is very good though, especially by Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch. Thomas Alfredsson also manages to give us great visuals and a strong atmosphere. But that's just about all the praise I can give it.

I can understand why people like it, and I'm not saying that it's a poorly made movie, but it simply failed to entertain me. So I don't care for it.

Score: 4/9

Rating system

Since I just posted a movie review and gave it 6/10 I figured I should explain just how my rating system works.
Well, it's nothing special, but I've noticed that a lot of people think of 7/10 to be decent or alright and anything below 5 is absolute garbage.

For me, it's like this:

0 - The very worst I've seen (Disaster Movie)
1 - Pure garbage
2 - Terrible
3 - Bad
4 - Below average
5 - Average
6 - Above average
7 - Good
8 - Great
9 - Fantastic
10 - The very best I've seen (LotR: The Fellowship of the Ring)

As you can see, I only have 1 movie each for 0/10 and 10/10. This is because I want 5 to be right in middle, average. So while I'll write #/10, it's in actuality #/9. It's just that 10 looks better as a final number.

I'm also working on a graphic design for the score, which I'll probably be done with in a few days.

Movie review: Hamilton: In The Interest Of The Nation

This is one of the few Swedish action films made to look like a Hollywood action flick, like "The Third Wave". In that regard it succeeds, and while it is worse than several of it's Hollywood counterparts, it's also much better than plenty of them. In the end, it places itself right in the middle of it all. Unfortunately, this means it's very forgettable. Just like "Hamilton" from 1998, starring Peter Stormare, which I honestly can't remember a thing about.

As for the film itself, it has a fairly straightforward plot; Bad guys have heavy weapons and a 'sinister' plan, hero is sent after them, some 'twists' ensue and the hero takes care of it all whilst dealing with his/her inner demons.

That's pretty much the extent of it and it's something we've all seen loads of times. So, the thing to consider is not what is done, but how well it's handled. And for the most part, it's handled nicely. 
Hamilton's personal conflict comes out of left field which is very welcome, but it's not handled any better than simply 'adequate' when it could have amounted to so much more. The antagonist is somewhat of a blank slate until the end where it's hastily touched upon that he really thinks that what he's doing is the right thing. That's something I truly appreciate in movies but is unfortunately and surprisingly not done enough despite being something so simple.
One thing that's really distracting when watching this the Swedish actors' english accents. Especially Mikael Persbrandt's. Downright terrible. He really should have worked more on it. 

I don't feel like writing much more about it. Whoever is reading this obviously gets my overall opinion this movie and why by now, so I'll end it with a summarizing line;
For a Swedish action film, it's great, for an action film overall, it's decent.

Score: 6/10

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Diablo 2 revisit

Considering that I have no money and a shitty internet connection I can't participate in the Diablo 3 craze. So, to still my Diablo urges I decided to revisit Diablo 2 with a new character for the third (possibly fourth) time.
But as I was playing it, I noticed that I didn't really enjoy myself. The game play is monotone (I use fireball 99% of the time), the loot isn't very fun (I've had the same weapon since the first act), it doesn't have an engaging atmosphere and it's a bit too easy and dull outside of the boss battles.

Diablo must be possessing players to make them addicted.

Why do I feel like this now when I've so long remembered this to be one of the greatest games of all time?
Maybe it's because I've already played it so much in the past. Or maybe my tastes in games have changed that much in recent years. Or perhaps it's simply because I'm playing single player and not online. Whatever the reason is, it just wasn't fun to play Diablo 2.

However, by the time I've sorted out these thoughts, I realized that I've spent the majority of the last four days playing this game. So, while I do have complaints about it now, it is still highly addictive.

Playing it did still my urges for Diablo 3. It however reawakened my urges for World of Warcraft.
Which I can't play because - as I stated in the beginning - I have no money and a shitty internet connection.

Very first post

This will be the very first post for my - hopefully - long running blog.

In here I'll mostly write about anime, but topics such as games, sit-coms & movies will appear now and then, here and there.

Let's get started!