So I haven’t been posting as much, which I said I would. I sincerely apologize for that outcome. I have been very busy with other things, but that is no excuse. In response to my inactivity I will be reviewing several things instead of just throwing up one big review.
I have always been a huge supporter of the Resident Evil video games. So, of course, when the first movie was produced I was fanboying (yes, not a real word) out! To my dismay, I hated the movie. I hated it to the point where I never bothered to watch that movie again, or experience any of the sequels. Recently I was speaking to my girlfriend about movies and Resident Evil came up in the conversation. When I explained how I felt about the movie series she asked, “Why does it have to be close to the video games at all?”, to which I responded with “Because it was based on them”. She then very cleverly pointed out that I might have more enjoyment if I forgot the fact that I am a video game fan, and just watch the movies with an open mind. I hated to admit it, but after milling it over a few days, she had a point. I pride myself as an artist of having an open mind, and yet sometimes someone has to pull me back in from preconceived notions. The outcome of this was me buying Resident Evil: Extinction and Afterlife.
Resident Evil: Afterlife introduces new things to Resident Evil no question, however it does have some nods to fans of the video games. I must also admit that in her role, Milla Jovovich is very good. However, even with me having an open mind, this movie just is not what I want it to be, a good movie. Some of the acting is quite good but some of it is also very bad. The biggest complaint I had about it though was at the end I vocally said, “Is that it?”, and those words should never come out of your mouth at the end of a movie, not with the connotation mine had. It felt like the entire movie could have been condensed to about half the time. Nothing is really resolved, and it doesn’t feel like anything is gained besides a new villain to hate. The problem is, did the movie series really need a new one? A bunch of new people are introduced, and almost all are killed off. That seems fair enough for a survival horror movie but does a survival horror SERIES need that to happen? None of it really made sense. The best grade I could give the movie is a C-, and I am being quite generous at that grade.
Onto video games! I love video games so very much. I also have an amazing girlfriend, and she bought me FIFA 13 the day it came out. It was a wonderful surprise, as I have been going through a lot of issues lately. I hate to be that guy, but I have to start with the graphics. Outstanding! One of the clubs I support is Napoli, and Hamsik looks perfect. I could not be happier. The controls, are extremely smooth and complex. I actually learn a new trick every few days. Most importantly, the battles on the pitch are wonderful. You’ll see arm and shirt holding, trips, dives, elbows, slips, and just about everything else seen in a soccer match. The list of players is just crazy. I not only have accurate subs, which is a must of course, my reserves are the real deal, with proper rendering. The only real issue I had with the game was their rating system. I get where some come from however major players like Kaka, Torres, Henry, and Cavani are vastly underrated. This would not be a problem due to the ability to edit stats, if the edited stats didn’t occasionally erase themselves. Even with the stat issue, solid A. If you are a soccer fan, go out and get this game now.
Besides being a fan of certain tv shows and movies, I am an avid reader, which I hope you already knew about me. I picked up a wonderful book by Rachel Maddow (one of my favorite political commentators) called Drift. She takes the time to explain a lot of what war spending breaks down into, laws we might not be aware of and also expresses her value for human life. The book is written with her no-nonsense speech and tongue in cheek attitude, so if you are looking for something more cut and dry this might not be for you. No question, B+ and if Maddow puts out another book I will purchase it ASAP.
My final thoughts are on television. There are some really solid shows if you know where to look. Glee has been really good, Big Bang Theory is solid, and The Voice gives fans of music a real show without superficial judgement to watch. Even some of the new shows have tremendous promise and I would do television a disservice by not giving them a mention. Revolution is very good, it is no Lost, but still good. Coma, if not for the spoiler from trailers, would be an outstanding, breakout show. I still give the show credit, because the acting is great and the story is well done. Even though Coma and Revolution are great, the standout has got to be The New Normal. I cannot recall the last time I laughed so hard from a television show, maybe the first season of Big Bang Theory. This show needs to be on tv, and it needs to stay there without being touched by writer changes. I want at least 3 years out of it because it could become as important socially as Glee, which seems fitting because the same writer, Ryan Murphy, created both.
I thank you all so much for your patience with me and my random schedule. I will try my best to make more frequent posts. Even if it is only random chatter or short reviews, it really would be better than nothingness.