Joshua (dragonguyver) wrote in spadortch,

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movies and games

Couple things I want to give the rundown on.

The Negotiator

Made in 1998, F Gary Gray directs this great, seriously intense movie starring Samuel L Jackson and Kevin Spacey, the story of a cop who is framed for the murder of his partner, because he was investigating a conspiracy to steal money from the disability fund. Our hero soon finds everything he loved is being stripped away from him by the ones who killed his partner.

Well it gets complicated because our hero is actually one of Chicago's top negotiators, and when he has reached his last straw, he takes his own hostages, and this of course brings in the opposing negotiator.

It's really a fantastic idea, seems simple, kinda like NARC, but the ethical law concepts this film explores are interesting, and the little chess game of wits between our two main characters is very engaging.

I would've liked this film better if it left it a mystery to the audience that our protagonist was innocent of the murder and that the conspiracy was real. That would've made the movie completely amazing.

final score... 89
Kevin Spacey is awesome.

They Live

John Carpenter directs this 1988 scifi classic starring "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and KEITH DAVID (who is awesome). Nada is a construction worker who, like many people around him, are pretty down-on-their-luck. Having a hard time finding work or places to stay, he ends up in a homeless community and gets work at a construction job. Nada, though, gets his hands on a pair of sunglasses (find out how) and sees the world for what it really is. That under every magazine and sign and billboard is a subliminal message of control, and that, in fact, most of the rich and powerful people walking around him are not human at all....

This movie was awesome. And it freaked me out. I started thinking "OH GOD THEY'RE EVERYWHERE THEY CONTROL EVERYONE!!!!!!"

The themes of control and of the human race being held down by these soulless alien oppressors were very compelling, and the dimension of having humans betray their own race and helping these creatures was fantastic and very well done.

It features some good gore and violence on behalf of Roddy and Keith shooting a lot of aliens. Also, there's a very gritty and realistic alley fight between the two, which is just superb.

Oh, and this film has the greatest line ever: "I have come to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum."

Final score... 97.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This is the new game for the X-Box. You get to play as the fab four mean green original mutant turtles, based after the new and very cool cartoon on FoxBox (which I reviewed back in January I think).

This game is fuckin fantastic. The fighting system is solid and not overcomplicated, the enemies diverse enough but not too much so. The graphics are superb and everything works to invoke the feeling of being in the cartoon. Music is appropriate and relates to the series, as well. There are cutscenes from the TV series that tell a story about your current mission, but don't get in the way of the action, and it generally fits well with the game action. You also unlock new techniques and special extra stuff like character designs and stuff for the show.

I definitely recommend playing this game two-player. It's much harder in the one player since all the enemies will of course gang up on you and you'll have no one at your back. In two-player, it's a blast though. You also better make sure you access the option menu first thing and lower the difficulty to easy. Carl and I had some rough spots on the normal difficulty. I'd also take away the hit effects, the BAM and SMACK old Batman TV show style stuff that appears when you hit an enemy. For me they just cluttered the screen and made it hard to see where I was or who I was attacking, and it also has nothing to do with the show, either.

Final score... 94
They're the world's most fearsome fighting team. They're heroes on the half-shell, and they're green. SING IT WITH ME! When the evil Shredder attacks, these turtle boys WON'T CUT HIM NO SLACK!

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

This brand new game for the PS2 follows yet another Belmont, this time into 3-D, and with a much better result than the N64's attempt. Unfortunately, it does not reach the glory of the holy Symphony of the Night from the PS1.

The graphics are fucking fantastic. Seriously, the environments and the monsters all look goddamn amazing. The action is classic Castlevania with a few modifications from games of late. But you are a Belmont - Leon to be exact - and you use a whip.

Carl and I only played this for about an hour, but I was ultimately unpleased. The game starts off with a very tedious and boring and poorly acted interchange between Leon and this other guy, who ends up giving him the enchanted alchemical whip (what the whip has to do with the process of turning lead into gold is beyond me, but maybe it has to do with the ridiculous stiff whip animation during this cut sequence). But this starts off the game badly and you just get a bad first impression.

Furthermore, the beginning of the action is very... non-actiony. It reminds me of Devil May Cry way too much, but with an even worse camera and even slower to begin any good action. Seriously, you wander around way too much at the beginning with no real fighting for my taste.

See, this is why Symphony of the Night kicked ass. It started with kicking ass, it ended with kicking ass, and everything in between the start and the end was kicking ass. So simple you'd think the game makers could get it right. Only through a miraculous accident like said game, it seems.

And, also, Leon looks like a Tidus rip-off. Another glam bishonen pussy.

Final score... 63
Belmonts are pussies. Give me Alucard.
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