Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Unleashed Half-Blood Movies

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
It is a rare breed of video game that can make up for short comings in it's game play with a strong story. Unleashed does it up, down, left and right though. Experiencing difficult spikes, maybe a boss is knocking you over from a full health bar to none at all or maybe your about to turn off the system in white hot frustrated rage? Don't worry a cut scene is right around the bend to swoop you off your feet and keep you playing for the rest of the night. Knowing that the story it tells between episode III and episode IV is canon in the SW universe makes the game even cooler. That is not to say that the game play is all bad, being a bad ass Jedi assassin makes for some pretty cool scenarios on occasion.

I Love Movies
Mehtul put me on to comedian Doug Benson's podcast about movies and his love for said medium. It was about two weeks ago that I started listening to the back catalog and now my cheeks hurt from laughing and I am behind on all of my other listening. The format is essentially Doug making some jokes, bring out guest comedians and them making with the funny for 30 minutes to an hour. They talk movies of course, as the title implies, but they also tangent all over the place. The only warning I would give is that the show is made or buried by the quality of the guest. Doug is a funny dude, but he can't save a comedian who is intent on drowning themselves and the podcast.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Our trips to the movies are few and far between these days so we pick and choose what we see with great care. We were both bit with the Harry Potter bug after seeing the first film, mind you neither of us has taken the time to read the books. Something we should hope to rectify one day, but regardless the films are first class. So it was a forgone conclusion that we would see the sixth installment in the series and thankfully it lived up to the rest. It would have been nice to see a true ending to the story THBP told, but as I understand it the book did the same thing, essentially setting up the final volume. Which will be broken into two films Kill Bill style.

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The Wise Man's Fear
Dynasty of Evil
100 Bullets Vol. 07: Samurai
Batman: Batman and Son
100 Bullets Vol. 06: Six Feet Under the Gun
100 Bullets Vol. 05: The Counterfifth Detective
100 Bullets Vol. 04: A Foregone Tomorrow
100 Bullets Vol. 03: Hang Up on the Hang Low
100 Bullets Vol. 02: Split Second Chance
30 Days of Night
100 Bullets Vol. 01: First Shot, Last Call
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1: Back on the Street
Uzumaki, Volume 1
Runaways vol. 1: Pride and Joy
The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 2: Dallas
The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite
Batman: Hush, Vol. 2
Atomic Robo Vol. 4: Other Strangeness