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An Interesting Aspect of Patrick Stewart

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So I’m posting this because I was on IMDB the other day and found out something really interesting / fun about my favorite starship captain Patrick Stewart. While reading the trivia about him, I discovered that he “Is a self-confessed huge Reba McEntire fan” (IMDB). Not only was I surprised, but I additionally laughed really hard. However, this laughing was not directed at Stewart per say, but at the fact that those who are objects of fanboy obsession are fanboys themselves in their own right. This makes me respect Stewart that much more because it humanizes him in a way that I believe those that obsess over him can understand (I’m not saying that I obsess over him… I really enjoy him on TNG and American Dad). So with all of this said, I leave you with a video from Reba (and Kelly Clarkson that Stewart might not enjoy… but oh well, I just don’t know).

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August 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Castlevania Lords of Shadow

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A few days ago, I began this game. Thus far, I have a few evaluations that I can make about it as of right now. As a big fan of the franchise (I’ve played them since the NES), I find a few things odd about this game. While it takes a look at Gabriel Belmont, one of the first of the Belmont clan, the game itself does not revolve around the Castle Dracula like the other games do. On the contrary, you begin a journey that spans across the country hunting down the Lords of Shadow (big bad evil people) in order to restore the balance to the world and bring back you wife from beyond the grave. This all sounds good in theory and the game’s story is pretty okay for the most part.

As far as the graphics and overall look of the game, I’m impressed thus far. From the contours in our hero’s face to the rocky crags and crumbling ruins of castles, the game is beautiful. I’m playing it on XBox 360 and believe me when I first popped it in I was thrilled by the overall look of the game. The main characters and enemies looks are varied and the locales are engrossing and crisp. It feels like they could come out of the game and exist elsewhere. For me, it rivals the best of Square Enix’s games (we’re talking about the Final Fantasy franchise) in terms of the overall look and appeal of the game visually. The one thing I dislike is the fixed camera angle. I really wish they would have given us free reign simply to make the gameplay easier. As it stands, you get caught in the camera angle at times when large enemies are attacking / killing you.

As far as the story goes, it’s pretty much the classic Castlevania “the evil forces have taken / killed my wife and now I’m seeking to save her” plot. Till this point in the game, I have not encountered anything (and I’m on the second disc) that has made me go “Oh shit, I did not see that coming.” The story is decent and nothing more really. Also, I have a qualm with it lacking the Dracula character who is the central villain of the other games…thus far, I have not even heard whispers of this figure, and I’m almost positive that he will not even make a cameo appearance which makes me sad. However, this is not to say that the game is completely lacking of vampires because frankly that’s not true. Around 20 levels are didicated to a castle board that is filled with vampires, ghouls, skeletons and the like with a vampire lord at the end to be destroyed.

Gameplay is a bit rough sometimes. It’s hard to make Gabriel do exactly what I want him to do all the time. From the sticks on the controller being a bit to sensitive for my taste to other technical issues like that, Gabriel seems to have a mind of his own sometimes and thereby puts the gamer in sticky situations…it’s no fun to be in a heated boss battle needing to attack, but all of a sudden,  Gabriel starts absorbing neutral orbs (I will admit this is partially my fault as the gamer, however, its happening several times makes me believe that it’s also a command/button placement issue). Additionally, the mechanics of the game are a bit spotty such as falling from heights sometimes you’re fine from a 40 feet drop other times you die from falling 10 feet. It’s problematic.

Overall, I would give the game a 7 / 10 at this point in gameplay (I’m about to kill the lord of the vampires) because it’s a fun ride with decent controls. I’ve also played the other 3-D Castlevania games and this one is the best by far because they have ironed out some of the defects that hurt the previous games. With the fixed camera angle and clichéd story being held against it, I think that I would give it better. However, I’m not judging it completely. I’ll give you my final verdict when I finish the game.

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December 11, 2010 at 7:15 pm

X-Men Movie Reboot

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I am an X-Men fan through and through. It’s probably fairly obvious from my previous posts about them and how much I mention them in articles that they seem very unrelated to. I love the X-Men because every character is messed up in some way or other. There are no “perfect” X-Men…each brings their own maladies and dysfunction to the group. This is the beauty of the series because everyone can find someone that they can attach themselves to whether it be a popular character like Wolverine or Gambit or less popular characters like Psylocke or Wolfsbane.

Recently, after hearing talks of them rebooting the Spiderman movie series, I heard that they might possibly be thinking about doing the same to the X-Men. Immediately, my heart pitter-pattered in my chest because I would love to see them produced as amazingly as the new Batman series perhaps. I think that the first two of the trilogy that are in existence now are good movies (we won’t speak of the third because although it was passable as a movie, it made fans of the series and comics go “WTF!” in the theaters…some of us just happen to be a little more vocal than others). They actually have a lot going for them to have such an extensive cast. However, there are also some parts that are just awful.

Good:

–Casting for the most part was fairly spot on. Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart are amazing as the opposing leaders. Famke Janssen, Hugh Jackman, James Marsden, Kelsey Grammar, Rebecca Romijin, and a few others were amazing in the parts they played…I have a few scruples about the age difference between Famke and James, but that didn’t bother me as bad as some other things.

–The storylines, although not mainstream X-Men plots, were not bad. The idea of changing world leaders into mutants and killing all mutants are both very logical and followable plots. They create a journey that both movies are able to follow to fruition.

–Effects–They didn’t overdo them which is amazing. With a super hero movie, it is the tendency of most directors and crew to try to be overly flashy with special effects….this was not the case with the first two movies. They relied on very limited effects and let the storyline/acting take the forefront of the movie.

–Directing. Bryan Singer was amazing at capturing the heart of the X-Men’s universe. He seemed to understand the drives and motivations of most of the characters…he seemed to really get the ideas and the heart of the comics.

Bad:

–Haley Berry and Anna Paquin–While both are good actresses in their own right, they were not the right people to play Storm and Rogue (respectably). Berry played Storm too hot-headedly. Storm is practically a goddess of the weather…she gets pissed the weather changes. This is why she is generally seen as a very stoic person in the comics…in the movies, Berry gets angry and shows a variety of emotions that would cause the weather to go all sorts bad. Paquin just doesn’t live up to my standards as a Rogue in my book. One, her accent is not great. Two, I don’t think that Rogue should have been that young (no fault of Paquin’s). Finally, Rogue is one of my favorite X-Men. She is nothing that I envisioned her to be (I’ll admit that I have a personal bias here).

–The third movie….or as I like to call it, Barry yells a stream of obscenities at the movie theater. It was awful from a purely X-Men nerd stand point. Why? Because they (and I place most of the blame with Brett Radner) completely destroyed a treasured storyline (the Phoenix Saga), they went against the internal motivations of characters (Magneto would have died saving Charles from Jean…Charles would have never transplanted himself into another body), they killed multiple main characters and screwed over even more (Cyclops is dead, Jean is dead, Xavier as we know him is dead, Magneto has weakened powers and Rogue has none…honestly, what is this)…This movie managed to make me wonder if it would have been better to stop at the second movie because then they would have at least ended on a good note…instead of on crap…also, I’m not even going to include X-Men Origins: Wolverine because it’s so far from the original comic line that I’m not even going to get started…

All in all, I think that if they did decided to reboot the series, I would not be hurt by it because I think there is room for improvement. I think that if they found someone with the right vision like they have for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight that this series has the potential to be AMAZING …and I’m not just saying that because I love the X-Men….or maybe I am…who knows?