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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

27 Dec

Hey everybody! I know it’s been an enormously long time since I’ve posted (mostly because I’ve been busy writing), but I’m back for a while with great news: CHRISTMAS WAS AWESOME!

Okay, so first there’s the gifts my siblings got: my little brother got a brand new Toshiba gaming laptop with a slick screen and top of the line graphics card, Fable III Collector’s Edition, some other really cool video games, an ultralight, extremely durable remote controlled helicopter (from yours truly), and a lot of candy!

My younger sister got an incredible amount of toys, an amount way too high to count. I mean, it’s unbelievable how many toys she got, it’s ridiculous. You know that awesome toy you saw the last time you were at Toys ‘R’ Us, that one? Yeah, she has it. Oh, and she also got her first bike!

Then there’s my parents, who got some cool sci-fi books, some cookies, hugs, tools (from sis’, for Dad), cooking supplies (from me, for Mom), and some video games (Mom got Mass Effect 2).

My grandmother received some nice presents as well, one of the key ones (also from me (sorry)) being her Steamboat Willy snow globe, as well as Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (incredible book).

Lastly, there’s me. I got a new Toshiba gaming laptop (awesome), tools (awesome), a new basketball (awesome), Shutter Island and Inception (I’ve reviewed both on the blog, go look for those write-ups), Fallout: New Vegas (decent, so far), an Epic Mickey t-shirt (but not the game), Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Collector’s Edition (haven’t played yet) and some other stuff that I for some reason can’t remember off the top of my head. Ah well, it doesn’t matter. I’ll have reviews of Killing Floor and New TF2 up soon. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

My Thoughts On Inception

19 Jul

Some people might be upset that Christopher Nolan isn’t working on Batman 3, or whatever it’ll be called, right now. After seeing Inception however, I must say that anyone with that mindset shall forgive Mr. Nolan graciously. He truly has done a wonderful thing here. I’ll break it down into a few parts: plot (no spoilers), effects, cast, and the overall verdict. So now, let us dive into the dream world and let reality take a back seat to it.

THE PLOT: There’s two main concepts of importance in Inception. The first is extraction, which is essentially when a group of people go into a person’s dream, steal an idea of theirs, and then sell it to somebody or use it for espionage related purposes. The main character, Cobb, is one of the best (if not the best) extractors in the world. He’s very good at his job.

Then there is the seemingly impossible inception, which is where an idea is “implanted” into a person’s mind. The idea is that an idea simply can’t be drilled into someone’s head, but that he must be given something along the lines of the idea and come to the conclusion of the idea himself (I said “idea” a lot there, didn’t I?). It is a lot harder than just going into a person’s dream and doing that though. One must go into the actual person’s mind, and to do this is quite tricky. You’ll have to see the movie to find out how Cobb pulls it off, if he pulls it off.

One might wonder why Cobb would have to pull off such a difficult job. Well, you see, his home is in America. He can’t get back right now though because he’s in a bit of a mix up. It is believed that he is the man who murdered his own wife. He was framed, but that time has passed now. All he wants is to go home, and to do that he must pull off an inception for a very powerful man who promises a way out for Cobb. Cobb accepts the job and begins to assemble a powerful and loyal team to help him accomplish his task. And that’s a brief statement of the plot.

It’s definitely a movie for an intelligent type. I’m not saying the “average Joe” couldn’t watch it, although I must admit I saw quite a few confused faces exiting the theater. It starts off a bit confusing, but half the fun of the movie is trying to  figure out what happened at the beginning. Before I move onto the effects I want to congratulate any writers, namely Nolan, who worked on this thing. Just from watching it I can tell how hard it was to create such an elaborate story, and how it hard it must have been to pitch it to a producer. Well done.

THE SPECIAL EFFECTS: Holy crap were the effects in this movie fantastic. Some of the stuff that you see the team do during the inception is just badass. And some of the “dreamy” environments totally blew me away. There is one scene that I won’t spoil for you, but it is probably one of the most well done hallway fight scenes ever. It’s a hallway where the gravity of the room is constantly shifting from the floor, to a wall, to the ceiling, to another wall, and back again. It’s just great.

One thing I’d like to point out is how hard it is presently to “wow” me with effects anymore (ever since Avatar came out). I must say though, these effects were top notch and Christopher Nolan definitely did some great directing. How well timed everything was is just stupendous.

THE CAST: Talk about an awesome casting director! Holy crap was this some cast. It was like the cast of an Ocean’s movie. Everyone played their roles very well. If I had to pick favorites, which is hard because everybody did a great job, I’d say DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page and Tom Hardy did the best out of the whole cast. However I must give props to Cillian Murphy, whom I did not expect to care about that much in the movie (you’ll see why when you watch it). Great job to the whole cast though. I loved everybody in this friggin’ movie. Except Mal, but she’s the villain so I’m supposed to hate her (no but Marion Cotillard did a good job).

THE OVERALL VERDICT: Though one must definitely be thinking a bit while watching this movie, Inception is an awesome ride. I must inform anybody hoping for a perfectly logical film of something very important: it’s a dream. Nothing is supposed to make sense in terms of physics and such. Dreams are illogical, and that’s what makes some moments in the movie so good.

If you haven’t seen Inception yet, you should go check it out right now. It’s well worth full price, and has an ending that’ll send chills down your spine (the good kind). I love it. And even though it’s as long as The Dark Knight, you won’t be getting that feeling of, “it should’ve ended way back there.” I was sucked in and never bored. I’m sure that most of you readers will enjoy it. I know I did.

My Thoughts On Toy Story 3

12 Jul

When I saw the first trailer for Toy Story 3 I became very nervous that PIXAR was about to make their one flop. Then when I actually saw the movie I was reminded tat PIXAR doesn’t make flops. The third movie in this trilogy (and yes, it is the last one) is probably the best PIXAR movie I’ve seen to date next to Up (and I don’t say that lightly) and is one of the better films of the year. If I was to make a list of the best 100 movies of the past decade, this would have to be on it. I won’t spoil too much, but I will give you enough data to be able to call this a review.

First I just want to make it known that if you’ve seen the first two Toy Story movies, then you will absolutely love the opening scene of Toy Story 3. I’m not going to tell you what it is, but it’s phenomenal what they do with elements from the first film, as well as the second film. It’s very charming to see how much PIXAR cares about their fans who grew up with the series (the first one came out the year I was born).

Next, there’s the plot. I won’t say much, but it’s very surprising and dark for a “kiddie” movie. The cover is that Andy, the owner of the toys from the movies, is now seventeen and is heading off to college. He hasn’t been playing with his old toys for some time, and at first decides to put them all up in his attic and take Woody with him off to college (he’s a special toy). However, after a series of coincidences (that are a bit complex and hard to explain in a review without spoilers), all of the toys end up being donated to a daycare called Sunnyside.

Upon arriving at the daycare the toys at first believe they’ve entered a paradise where they’ll always be played with. Soon enough, however, they discover that the kids who will be playing with them aren’t exactly “mature enough” to use them correctly, and are tortured roughly by the new children. Not only that but the entire daycare is ruled under an iron fist by a toy who shall remain nameless at this time. The basic goal of the toys in this film is to escape from this “prison daycare” and get back to Andy’s house where they belong.

That’s a very brief description of what Toy Story 3 is. I don’t want to say too much, as you may have noticed, for the very reason that the effect you will feel while watching it will be ruined overall if I tell you too much. That’s the truth. I can tell you this much though, I don’t usually get affected very much by movies, especially animated movies. In this one, I friggin’ cried. Yeah, I’ll admit it. I got all watery-eyed at the end. It’s a beautiful movie, honestly. It’s absolutely hilarious and well worth the full price. There’s no cheap gags or anything like you’ll see in most movies made by Dreamworks. It’s a nice ride, and I’ll gladly go on it again, and again, and again, and…

My Thoughts On Trumbo (2007 Film)

17 Oct

Okay guys. I literally just finished watching my favorite movie of all time. This is a documentary about a man named Dalton Trumbo. It is so eye opening, hilarious, inventive, and has the best excerpts in any movie I have ever seen, ever. I’ll break it down for you. We’ll start with the excerpts.

Okay, so all of the excerpts in this are read by very famous celebrities. Two of them are a couple of my favorite actors of all time: Liam Neeson and Paul Giamatti. However I have to give credit to all of the actors who read the excerpts because they did an amazing job. They were all extremely charismatic and brought Trumbo’s words to life so well that I felt like he was in the room saying them to me. It was incredible absolutely incredible. I won’t spoil anything, but my favorite one’s were the last one, the first Paul Giamatti one, and the one on masturbation (it’s a friggin’ scream).

Anyhow, the excerpts were so well done and I am so proud of everybody involved with the making of them.

Now you may think after what I’ve said that the excerpts overshadow the documentary part of the movie, but no. The great thing about Trumbo, is that the importance of both parts of the movie is balanced perfectly. You’re always excited to get to the excerpts, and you’re always excited for more documents. And some of the stories are amazing. They’re all told in great detail and you feel very satisfied after each one has been told. Some are very sad, but some made you laugh out loud. Some are very heartwarming and some are very mysterious, making you feel like a detective on the biggest case of your career. It’s an awesome thrill ride that anybody can enjoy.

I recommend Trumbo to writers and people in the movie industry, as well as people considering getting into politics. This movie is practically flawless and there is a reason I call it my favorite movie of all time. Buy this movie, now! It may be a little late to be talking about this, since it was made in ’07, but hey, if you think that way consider it “an oldie but a goodie.”

My thoughts on Windosill

27 Sep

Okay, I’m just going to come right out and say it. Windosill it the most enjoyable gaming experience I’ve ever had. This game is unbelievably great. What Flower is to the PS3, Windosill is for the PC. Only in my opinion, it has ten times as much meaning and is ten times as creative.

In Windosill, you control a small steam kart (whom I have named Karty (just go with it)) through a small number of puzzles. You might exoect to play a game where you must utilize your skill from the previous level to beat the next, but Windosill is different. Windosill’s puzzle are all comletely different from each other in every way except for one detail, you need a cube, and you have to slide it a hole. How you obtain them in each task however is completely different for each level. And each level is more and more creative every time.

The game is simple, but it’s so magical and so wonderous that you’ll never want to put it down. I probably sound really cheesy when I say that, but it’s just that good. And it’s only $3.00 on Steam here in the US. Oh, and don’t you dare use a strategy guide to solve the puzzles. It will ruin, and I mean ruin, the experience.

Play Windosill now. I promise you it will change the way you look at games, forever.

My favorite character in video games....ish.

My favorite character in video games....ish.

Eric Parker, Lengendary Hero

26 Sep

That isn’t an overstatement either, that headline up there. In fact in my opinion it’s an understatement, it should be:

Eric Parker, Epic-Super-Ultra-Mega Hero.

I’ve been to all of this guy’s fights, and I’m actually good friends with him. He’s a really cool guy, and a champion kickboxer. And he’s a champion for a reason, he’s friggin’ scary good in the ring. I seriously urge you to go see one of his fights the next time you can (most are down here in Florida, but you never know when they might go further out of state). He’s great at what he does. He had his knee dislocated, and popped it back into place, during a fight. Oh, and he won that particular fight. In fact he hasn’t ever lost. Here, check out this knockout mashup of him. It’s really cool. Also, I would like you all to know that he trains at Tiger Schulmann’s Clearwater (I know because I train there as well). It’s a great school full of great fighters. Here’s the mashup:

http://roddman.com/ClientArea/EricParker_TSMMA.html