Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The movies of summer.

      It has been quite the summer for movies and I would like to take the time to do a little review for the ones I've seen. I really should have done this for each individual movie as I seen it, but I am quite lazy, as anyone who knows me can attest. So, without further adieu;

1) The Avengers. Easily one of my favorite films, it was everything a superhero film should have been. It was action packed, epic, funny, and respected the source material while being it's own entity. I can't wait to see how the coming up Marvel films ties into it, as well as Avengers 2.

2) The Amazing Spider-Man. It was very good and I'm very conflicted whether I like this one or the Sam Raimi films better. I do prefer the mechanical web shooters from this film, but I felt Tobey Maguire was better as Peter Parker. I guess, if anything, I would take elements from this movie and the first Raimi film to create the "perfect" Spider-Man film.

3) Prometheus. One of the best scince fiction films I've seen in a long time as well as one of the most "pure" science fiction films I've seen in a while (as opposed to an action film with sci-fi trappings). It was well acted and filmed beautifully and I enjoyed it thoroughly. There were a few annoying and/ or questionable parts to it, but I doubt there's truly a perfect film out there.

4) Abraham Lincoln- Vampire Hunter. The less said about this; the better off we'll be. I saw it in a double feature with Prometheus and I'm glad I didn't pay for it alone.

5) The Dark Knight Rises. An excellent film and a proper ending to the Nolan Batman trilogy.Bane was awesome and Anne Hathaway was hot as Catwoman. My only real complaint is that I felt that there should have been someone a bit more attractive to play Talia al'Ghul, but that is a very minor complaint.

6) Total Recall. They tried and that's the best I can really say about it. Well...That and Jessican Biel and Kate Beckinsale or gorgeous.

7)Dredd 3D. I loved it. I felt Karl Urban did really well with the character and I hope it does well enough for a sequel, but I don't have my hopes up for that.

8)The Bourne Legacy. I didn't care for it, but I saw it a drive-in and it was constantly being interrupted by headlights and people blaring their car radios. I may try and see it again and re-consider my opinion.

   I'm sure I've missed some films that I've seen over the summer, but I hit the major ones here.

Trying different things.

        I readily admit to being a bit of a geek. I'm not as hardcore geek as many of my friends and acquaintances, but I do enjoy many of the same diversions. I love comic books, miniature war gaming, and table top role playing games, as well as gnre films and books. There are some things, however, within the sphere of geekdom I had pre-judged, but had never done previously. Two of these things I recently decided to try in an attempt to broaden my own horizons, X-Box Live and World of Warcraft, and I came away with different opinions on each.
       I had two coupons for X-Box Live; each for a two day free trial. After signing on for said free trials, I decided to play the online versions of the following games; Call of Duty- World at War, Call of Duty- Black Ops, Call of Duty- Modern Warfare 3, Medal of Honor, and Space Marine. I really enjoyed all of them, with the latter two being my favorites. I still prefer single player campaign for story purposes, but I'll probably get a paid X-Box Live account just to get more out of my games.
      I still don't understand why people pay for World of Warcraft. I'm playing the free version and I find it quite boring. It seems to be a lot of running around (as your character) and not much else. I can see playing it if you have nothing else to do, but I know that the game has had a hand in ruining marriages and I'm not sure why. I guess "To each, their own."