The Gentleman Bandit – Short Story & Solo RPG Review

Recently I Entered a Writing Competition

While I didn’t win “Fusion Fight“, I did enter it and wanted to share my experience with you regarding that contest. For it we were all tasked with writing a short story that blended two genres together in 500 words or less. So naturally I decided to do something a bit wacky and took a solo role-playing game to tell my tale. In Allision Arth’s game, The Gentleman Bandit, you play as the titular character and write a poem to leave behind at the scene of your latest crime. So let’s dive in and take a look at both the game, and the story it helped me to generate. Continue reading “The Gentleman Bandit – Short Story & Solo RPG Review”

Stardew Valley Review – I Just Can’t Stop Playing

Chucklefish Stikes Again!

Some of you may remember my look at Starbound not too long ago. I greatly enjoyed the title racking up over 40 hours in just over a week (that’s a lot for me). Having had such a wonderful time with that title, I decided to give the other Chucklefish game in my (grossly large) backlog a look. Stardew Valley is a Havest Moon like game that came out in Febuary 2016. Did it manage to capture my attention like their other title, or did it come up lacking? Continue reading “Stardew Valley Review – I Just Can’t Stop Playing”

‘The Angry Birds Movie’ Film Review.

Score: 3.5 out of 5

ho00002960The island where the birds in ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ (based on the ever-so-famous mobile app that received 1 billion downloads and was played in high schools back in the early 2010’s) reside is as colorful as all the characters themselves. The animation is exceptionally beautiful to look at and very impressive despite its cartoon nature; yet the film is not only pun-and-soundtrack heavy, it comes off as gross and more catering to child audiences (a lot of children were cracking up while watching this beautiful movie).
I admit that I laughed during a scene where Red (Voice of Jason Sudeikis), the cardinal with a huge temper problem and star/mascot of the games themselves, reacts to a doctor birds’ tapping of his knee with a slap to the face. I especially adore how its major action sequence involving the birds, the pigs, and a huge slingshot was adrenaline-pumping and very rewarding to fans of ‘Angry Birds.’ Its story even gives the characters more depth and takes time to be a movie while also trying to be a comedy. There are also a couple good jokes and many attempts at pointing out its own flaw at character cliches.

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‘Eye in the Sky’ Film Review.

Stars: 5 out of 5

eye-in-the-sky-poster-lg‘Eye in the Sky’ ranks above ‘Zootopia’ as this year’s best film by far. Alan Rickman (who has played Hans Gruber in the first ‘Die Hard’ and Severus Snape in the ‘Harry Potter’ series) has been gone for months and his soul will live on through this political surveillance-thriller named ‘Eye in the Sky;’ directed by Gavin Hood. I felt tension as I was sitting in a small independent theater for almost two hours where I was immediately hooked during the 20-30 minute mark. I have to give praise to ‘Eye in the Sky’ for the feeling of suspense in similar vein to films such as Clint Eastwood’s war-biopic ‘American Sniper’ and Sidney Lumet’s courtroom drama ‘12 Angry Men’.

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‘Keanu’ Film Review.

Stars: 3.5 out of 5
 
keanu_posterKey and Peele are getting more recognition with their cancelled variety comedy series named after them, and this took place after their ‘Mad TV’ years. While Keegan-Michael Key is in almost every comedy/animated film that has, or is coming out, we’ve never actually seen his good friend, Jordan Peele in anything, have we? So both Key and Peele have decided to take their buddy humor to the big screen in the cutesy Gangster comedy ‘Keanu,’ which also happens to star a cute kitten which Peele’s character names Keanu (as a tribute to Keanu Reeves).

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‘Ratchet & Clank’ Film Review.

Stars: 4.5 out of 5
14045_poster2I’ve only played maybe one of the ‘Ratchet & Clank’ games years ago and I have always imagined childhood memories turning into movies and how they would turn out; luckily, ‘Ratchet & Clank’ is a breath of fresh air despite holding a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes. I really enjoyed this film for its crisp and colorful animation, sense of meta-humor, in-jokes and PlayStation Easter eggs for the fans to laugh at and enjoy.

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‘Purple Rain’ Classic Film Review.

Stars: 3.5 out of 5
 
purple-rain-poster-bigRest in peace, Prince. Your music will live on in our hearts for the rest of our lives. Also, judging by the emotional impact I had when watching ‘Purple Rain’ in a crowded theater tonight, I will say that this movie is one I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I can’t say that Prince’s first feature film is flawless or even a great movie, but it is one that makes you think and start to appreciate life more because of it.

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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ Film Review.

Stars: 3 out of 5

bw2-rtdtsr1sht-rgb-0111-1-web-56d8cdce6bae3-1Nia Vardalos looks like she hasn’t aged much since the first ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’ The first film happened 14 years ago and was based on a one-woman show that she did, which Tom Hanks thought was a good idea and called her up to let her know he wanted to produce the film version. The movie happened to be one of the highest grossing movies of all time, but since the 2010’s are a decade where everybody is making cast reunions with films like ‘Dumb and Dumber To,’ ‘Fuller House,’ ‘Zoolander 2,’ etc. Vardalos decided to write the idea for a sequel with Tom Hanks still being a producer of the film. Disappointingly, I enjoyed the first film better.

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‘The Jungle Book’ Film Review.

Score: 3.5 out of 5
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jungle_book_ver5The jungle has never been brighter, the story has never been more mature, and the effects are quite decent in Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book.’ Jon Favreau – who you may know as the director of ‘Iron Man’ 1 & 2 and ‘Chef’, which he took the main role as a struggling cook – has given us his vision of not only the Rudyard Kipling books, but the original animated Disney movie which showed us a positive dancing blue bear named Baloo who became friends with a stubborn, yet cheerful man-cub named Mowgli. In this film, Mowgli is played by Neel Sethi, who is almost comparable to the animated man-cub. Sadly, his performance is disappointing; his delivery starts off as a boy who can’t project or scream when a bear wakes him up.

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