Monday, July 27, 2009

Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer AC130 (Official HD)

This looks to be the best First-Person Shooter of all time! From this small snippet, it would appear that Infinity Ward really listened to the players and put everything we wanted into this game! November is looking to be so sweet this year!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Terminator: Saved


I just got back from viewing Terminator: Salvation, and my first thought was “New Chekov is a badass!” My second thought was, “what the HELL is wrong with people?”. All week long I’ve heard previews and reviews describing the movie as “blah” or “mediocre”, and listing it among the heaps of failed movies that had great potential.

Really? This movie only had great potential? I’d say that this movie not only had that potential, but that it lived up to every bit of it! One of the claims I’ve heard repeatedly is that Terminator: Salvation is as cold hearted and lifeless as the robots it features. Having watched it, I can’t fathom that those critics saw the same film as I did. Sam Worthington’s Marcus Wright character embodies what this movie is all about: Salvation and Redemption.

Terminator: Salvation shifts focus from the previous movies in the franchise, which often dealt with the question of Fate vs. Free Will. The newest installment asks a different question: Does everyone deserve a second chance?  Once it is understood that this is a film about redemption and not fatalism, all of the plot elements begin to align themselves properly. There are really two redemption stories here: that of Marcus Wright, and that of John Conner and Humanity. It is a similar story to another movie that bears a more than striking resemblance: The Matrix. The story of Neo (aka, Mr. Anderson) is also the story of Humanity getting a second chance to survive. We created the machines, and they deemed their creators unworthy of their legacy, and so they felt subjection the only fit place for us. But just as we built the machines, we also built the morality and ethics which guide their every move. This is something they cannot fully fathom, because cold logic is incapable of really identifying with the Human Condition.

And this is ultimately what saves Humanity, both in the Matrix and the Terminator movies: the Human Heart. We are made up of more than cold logic, we have emotions and feelings and WILL. And what is most important to us, is that we Stay Alive. That is why we win. This is also why Terminator: Salvation also wins, because it tries to convey the source of the differences between Humans and Robots. Sure, it wasn’t T2 by any means, but it was a hell of a lot better than T3 and in my opinion about on par with the original Terminator movie.

Ultimately, if you’re a fan of the film series, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by this movie as long as you realize the focus has shifted from fate to redemption.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

My FCBD Reflections

Yesterday I went to my very first Free Comic Book Day (FCBD)!!! It felt so good to be around some of my fellow nerds! I've known about FCBD for about a year now, though last year I simply sat on the fence and moped in disgust at my severe timidity. This year, refusing to let my timorous nature get the best of me once again, I set out to my local Library which was holding the free FCBD events for my area.

Sadly, I was a bit late for most of the really fun stuff, but I did get to see a cool guy dressed up in a (very well made) Storm Trooper suit! There was also some free popcorn and a few giveaways (I was surprised they gave away a copy of Watchmen, seeing so many children were there! lol).

I was only allowed up to three comics, so I chose to get two from Marvel (Wolverine: Origin of an X-Man, and The Avengers), plus one from DC (Blackest Night). I think these were some solid choices, and I'll be sure to give my review of them all once I've read them (I'm still reading my graphic novels first). I was a bit bummed that I missed out on the TMNT reprint of their original first issue! That would have been an outstanding addition to my burgeoning TMNT collection of "stuff".

What I was happy to see were the masses of young minds and old gathering to thrill in their shared love of the comic medium! I began reading and collecting comics roughly around 1989, and I remember going to comic stores where there might be anything between 0-10 people in the shop on any given day! When I'd talk about superheroes at school, many of my friends were so ill-informed as to think Superman and Spider-Man existed in the same world, or had regular run-ins together! Being a fan of comics was a relatively small niche back then, so I am immensely happy to see that it has finally "arrived" in the mainstream world, where people are really beginning to see that this is a wonderful medium for telling all kinds of delightful stories. I anticipate that future celebrations will grow increasingly more lavish and "geeky"! Maybe next year, I'll even fully unleash my inner nerd and attend Free Comic Book Day as Han Solo or Boba Fett? Let us only hope!
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

“La Moustache”

Last night I watched a wonderful French film titled “La Moustache” (2005), directed by Emmanuel CarrĂ©re.  ItLaMoustache was the story of an amazing journey into madness and mystery, as the plot centers around the strange happenings of a man who decides to shave his mustache on a whim!


I actually love foreign movies, even to the point of preferring them to traditional Hollywood fare. What I enjoy most about them is their general respect for the audience. Foreign directors are less apt to treat their viewers as too stupid to appreciate a complex plot…or even a plot at all. Sadly, most of the big premium movie channels show little in the way of Independent or foreign films, so what I usually do is either rent them or check them out free from my local Library. That’s certainly a good place to start, and since they’re free, you risk nothing if the movie doesn’t quite live up to your tastes.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Not For the Young At Heart


Today was supposed to be the day that I started back up with my online classes after a two-week holiday. Instead, it has turned into the “Day I Waged War on the Youth of America”. This congressional declaration came about as I stumbled upon this article, which virtually puts a bullhorn in front of the mouth of youngsters everywhere as they scream: “Old people, LEAVE THE INTERNET ALONE!!!”.

I’m sorry, but I wasn’t aware that one of the first acts 02emperor350of President-Elect Obama will be to ban usage of the Internet for anyone over the age of 25! I must have been sleeping in some kind of geriatric narcolepsy, and missed it.

What is it that makes younger people feel like they have the corner on the Internet and its vast horde of social treasures? Maybe it’s because they’ve grown up with technology as second-nature, so that perhaps they feel some sort of entitlement…but this feeling is flawed as they didn’t “create” much of what’s out there; that particular accomplishment was generally performed by “older people”.

Social Networking sites are designed to enable people to connect with old friends, socialize with current friends and even find new ones. And the last time I consulted my “Being Human” manual (pg.5), it said that’s something all people like to do! I can understand the fear or aversion of being “spied on” by their parents, but do they honestly think the desire to socialize via the internet is limited to the young? I find it incredibly difficult to believe that these same young people will magically give up social networking once they’ve reached the age of 26 and beyond! I mean, if they’ve grown up with this stuff, its all they know. Why stop?

So my message to all the youngsters out there: enjoy your youth while you have it, but realize that one day you, too, will no longer be “young”. There will come a day when you’re on the verge of 30 years old, and that’s when you’ll realize something you can only barely fathom right now: that at the age of 30, you still feel EXACTLY as you did at 20, only a bit wiser for it. And when that epiphany hits you, the first thing you’ll want to do is reconnect with those from your past…so that you can feel young again via the device known as nostalgia. Every social network in existence is built by the power of nostalgia, as people seek to reconnect with those that make them feel young again. So, don’t begrudge us this potion of mana…one day you’ll be taking sips as well.