Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Gamers: Dorkness Rising

The Gamers is a great little film I heard about from a friend. It's basically about a group of friends who play role-playing games, in particular D&D. The main protagonist is Lodge, who is the dungeon master and leading his friends through another run of the module he's creating in hopes that they finish it and he can base a story on it. We follow their adventures in the real world and in the game world as they interact with each other and kill some NPCs along the way. It's a fun film, and rather funny, though a lot of that humor is certainly more humorous if you have a background in D&D. The characters are likable for the most part and you end up caring if they can actually survive the adventure and also each other.

It's a rather low budget film, so don't go expecting a ton of special effects, but what they do utilize actually looks better than some of the Sci-fi channel dreck I've seen lately. At the very least they use more locations in the film other than castle and forest and make them look believable with what they have to work with, save for one room that is apparently a church or a gymnasium since it has a hardwood floor like a basketball court. It's well worth checking out. I got it on Netflix ondemand so if you have time to kill, check it out.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Zombieland

I finally got to see this little gem last night, and I must say, I was rather impressed. I had my doubts, as I'm not a giant Woody Harrelson fan, but he's actually one of the main draws to the film, as his character is a fantastic, gun toting, twinkie hunting badass. The gist of the film is this: the world has fallen to hordes of zombies and now the survivors have their hands full just trying to make it through the day. Nothing you haven't seen before, basically, but it's the little character interactions that make it special. The lead is a chronically afraid shut-in who meets up with Woody's life-loving rascal and then they in turn meet two sisters. They all make the devastated world interesting and even through the scares, you'll find time to laugh at their exploits. The rules for surviving the zombie holocaust are particularly great for laughs and also just good to know.

I particularly like that despite the usual zombie trappings, the movie doesn't fall into the "people are the real enemy" trap that so many movies do. In fact, Zombieland, much like Left 4 Dead, teaches us that the only way to stay alive is to stay together, as there is strength in numbers. Bravo to that. I always hate seeing this trope in monster films, particularly zombie films where it seems to pop up the most. I'll give it a pass in Romero's films as his are more a morality play on the decay of civilization, but in others it's just lazy and an easy way to get to a shock ending. Fortunately, Zombieland avoids this.

Check it out.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Go USA

It's that time again. The one that comes around every four years and unites all of us hockey fans that cheer for opposing teams to cheer for just one. That's right, it's the Winter Olympics, particularly the hockey teams. The women's team is kicking ass and soon the men will play and it will be magnificent and we will go of the gold. Let's go USA and kick some ass. Failing that, I hope teams with players from the Devils win the other spots. :)

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Week 4

The color on the whiskey is a little darker. I don't think it's much of a change and it probably won't be anything drastic for awhile. It's probably drinkable now and has a good flavor, but I'll hold out for another month or so. I must say that I'm not an expert on rye whiskey, so I don't know when it's exactly mature compared to bourbon or scotch, but it's getting there. Another month should do it. Five would be overkill, I think.