Sunday, January 28, 2007

Sunday, Lucky Sunday

No, not just because I found the Ultra Magnus/Skywarp box set. No, this particular luckiness stems from having just watched Lucky McKee's The Woods. Set in New England in 1965, this is the story of a girl who is sent to boarding school because of problems at home. However, the school, set deep in the woods, isn't as idyllic as it might first appear, playing host to a number of eccentric faculty and a particularly sinister headmistress. Then, young Heather starts to hear voices and experience terrifying visions and it's up to her to find out whether she's going insane or there is something more diabolical going on.

A tersely paced tale that is well acted and suspenseful, this flick is a great followup to McKee's previous effort, the odd-girl horror story May. Likewise, this tale also deals with an outcast girl but Heather is a little more outgoing than May was and also seems to be developing a talent for witchcraft, for lack of a better description. This angle keeps getting played up but doesn't give you the payoff until the end, which is nice, letting you enjoy the harrowing ride that you signed on for. Delving into particularly Argento-esque imagery in the last fifteen minutes, this tale definitely keeps you guessing even when all the cards have been laid out on the table and ends on a particularly satisfying note while bringing the story full circle to events that were foreshadowed in a tale earlier on in the movie.

Bruce Campbell plays it straight as her concerned father but only shows up for about 15 minutes of screen time. I may be off with that. I didn't time it. Worth a watch as it is a good movie and an excellent horror movie that has a couple of nods to Evil Dead in it as well.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Sound advice

It's official. A grail from my youth is now in my possession. What is it? Why it is Generation 1 Soundwave, everyone's favorite cassette Transformer. Truth be told, it's not a real G1, since it's a reissue and also uses the Soundblaster mold so he can fit the two cassettes that he comes with, Ravage and Lazerbeak, inside. I must say, that doesn't faze me a bit and just makes him more awesome. Not a bad little toy with an easy transformation for himself and his robots. Definitely worth picking up if you were a fan of the original.

Also scored recently was Classics Jetfire. He's everything you've wanted in a Jetfire toy and more. I'll take some pictures of him shortly, as well as Soundwave. Jetfire is pretty awesome in the fact that you can make him look like any number of version of the character, be it the G1 Super Macross figure, the Skyfire cartoon figure or the Jetfire we know from the comics. Definitely worth picking up if you see him. Be on the lookout for Cliffjumper and Ramjet as well as the Ultra Magnus/Skywarp 2-Pack.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Swing Low

I've been playing a lot of golf lately. Odd time, I know, it being the winter despite a warm spell. Fortunately, I'm not playing real golf, I'm playing Super Swing Golf on the Wii. I was never a golf person. I think the last game I played a lot was Golf on the Intellivision. I played some Mario Golf too but I was drunk and didn't own the game so that doesn't count. I'm a big fan now. I've never played a game as aggravating and as exhilirating as this one. Well, I probably have but I'm being dramatic so you can let it slide. It's amazing how everything can come down to a couple of feet difference between you and the opponent.

I'm digging it. The colorful characters and courses help as well. I mean, one of the courses is an aircraft carrier. That just fucking rock. Also, you can dress up your characters and one of them is a ninja. See, that sentence started off gay but ended with rock.

I've been playing more Zelda too. It's still awesome, probably the most awesome filled game I've played in a long time. It looks nice graphically and using the controls to swing the sword is like second nature. It's hard to go back to a standard controller. Just beat Temple #6 and I'm still pressing onward at the 30 hour mark. I love it.

Mini-Impressions of games I have from the holidays:
  1. Excitetruck: Fun arcade racer with amazing controls and courses. It's the type of game you can just pass around the controller with friends.
  2. Rayman - Raving Rabbids: Insane mini-games for multiplayer and single-player mayhem.
  3. Metal Slug Anthology: Sprite based side-scrolling shooter that can't be beat, and you have 7 games on the disc.
  4. Castlevania - Portrait of Ruin: Best CV since Symphony of the Night. The partner system can't be beat.
  5. Mage Knight: Fun turn based SRPG with its roots in Heroclix
  6. Contact: Quirky RPG with real time combat from Atlus.
That's it for now.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Happy 2k7

Still alive. Just working on some stuff. More to come in a day or so.