Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Todays illustration is brought to you with the combined power of Flash and Photoshop. It's like a Black Mage and a Knight teaming up to deliver awesome fighting scenes! Except not.
Monday, March 30, 2009
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The sheer idea of it sells itself as wonderful. It's a post-apocalyptic wasteland, full of raiders, mutants and giant ants that breath fucking fire. Seriously, those fire breathing ones scared the hell out of me the first time i met them. I was wandering around on the outskirts of the capitol when i saw an ant in the distance. Meh, i thought, an ant. Time to get some batting practice. So i sauntered up and bopped it on the head with my baseball bat. It then proceeded to turn around and set me on fire.
I also like the different morality choices, and how you can play completely different games from other people. Personally, I'm a pretty friendly guy. I will help people out, i'm polite and i try my hardest to reach a solution with a minimum amount of bloodshed. Doesn't mean i'm bad at fighting, but i will try the diplomatic route first.
Wilson and i play pretty similarly, he put a lot of his skill points into the speech option, which i found interesting. His character is a talker, and although we're both the sort of guys who play good characters, i think that i usually let my guns do the talking in the end.
John on the other hand, is a different kettle of fish. He will kill everyone. He killed the damn dog that's supposed to be your companion for crying out loud. Someone looks at him funny, they die. Someone wanders by him in the wasteland, they die. He was so fucking evil, that when he went to the town of slavers, they got out of his way.
Theres also a sort of randomness to the experience that i like too. I, for example, have yet to see a Deathclaw. They're supposed to be these huge, fast moving demon things that will mess you up three ways to sunday. I have yet to meet one.
But i'm looking forward to it, me and ol' Betsy will be ready too.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Review that appeared today in the Fiji Times, written by meeeee :D Also, look at Goku...look at HIM! They didn't even try to get someone who looks like the guy from the anime. Which would have been hard i admit, most peoples eyes aren't huge and anime-like. O_O
The Dragonball series of manga and anime (Japanese comics and cartoons respectively) are extremely popular in the east and west, mainly because of its simple themes and endearing characters. Drawing on the classical story Journey to the West, it follows the life of Son Goku and his quest of self-improvement through fighting a myriad of enemies. The film is loosely based on the source material, with many changes to make it more modern.
The story goes that two thousand years ago an alien named Piccolo and his demon servant Oozaru almost destroyed the earth and seven mystics managed to seal him away deep within the earth. In present times, he has escaped and seeks the seven Dragonballs to revive his servant and destroy the world. Goku with the help of his friends Bulma, Yamcha and Master Roshi, must stop him in order to save the world. A pretty straightforward story, and personally I’ve seen more plot development in an episode of Power Rangers.
The acting is suitably cheesy, with characters cracking jokes at themselves and no one taking themselves too seriously. Even the villain Piccolo (played by James Marsters under four hours of prosthetics) is so over the top that you can’t take him seriously. The only exception would be the main character of Goku, played by Justin Chatwin. In the comics and anime, the character of Goku is someone who is cheerful and revels in meeting new people and then fighting them. In the film, he’s very serious. As a teenager he appears to have no friends except his grandfather and is kind of a loner. He eventually comes out of his shell, but it’s very contrary not only to the character of Goku, but that of the rest of the cast.
The casting of Goku was also a point of contention for many fans of the series. James Marsters doesn’t look at all Asian, which one would assume Goku to look like, since it’s based on a Japanese comic book. However, the film developers have explained that since he’s adopted that they could take some liberties with his look. It’s not a huge deal, but does make the main character seem somewhat out of place.
Ultimately Dragonball Evolution is an action film, and the action is pretty good. It has a healthy dose of humor (which is expected as it was produced by Stephen Chow, who wrote, directed and starred in the excellent Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle) although when it tries to be serious it fails. The special effects are amazing though, with fancy fireballs, explosions and crumbling cities that get a deserved oooh and a few aaah’s too.
In closing, Dragonball Evolution would be the perfect film to take your kids to on a Saturday afternoon. They’ll love the funny characters, boo and hiss at the villain and spend the rest of the day acting out the fighting scenes. Older people though, may find it a bit tiresome, but if you’re looking to escape the heat and eat some popcorn, I can’t not recommend this film.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
So this weekend i had to find something to do to kill some time. My family were all going out and i was the one who drew the short straw to stay home and "guard the house from threats". So i went to the vidjagame shop and bought me some Psychonauts. I wasn't in the mood for another RPG, Disgaea 2 kinda sucked that outta me for a while, and i wanted a hop and bopper, you know? A platformer that required little brainwork and more manual dexterity.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Review that appeared in Fiji Times yesterday, written by me :D
Comic book adaptations are the new black. Relying partly on nostalgia for already popular characters to sell tickets is kind of cheap, but it does make for entertaining cinema. Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Ben Gibbons is a Hugo Award winning graphic novel. It has been praised for its depiction of superheroes not as gods and goddesses, but as superbly flawed people who have to make difficult decisions. While wearing spandex.
The film is extremely faithful to the novel. Much like in 300, Director Zack Snyder seems to have used the book for his storyboards. Visually stunning with a gorgeous washed out palette, the film is high on the eye candy meter. The scenes set in Vietnam (which America wins thanks to its superheroes in this alternate timeline) is particularly well done, with vibrant colors and a wonderfully framed camera.
Without revealing too much of the plot, the murder of a superhero called the Comedian leads vigilante Rorschach to a conspiracy that could threaten the world. All the other heroes are retired due a government act that requires them to hand in their masks or face prison time. Rorschach is one of the last heroes still active, and he begins to warn other heroes who may be next for the “mask killer”. Thus, we are introduced to our cast of dysfunctional heroes.
Dr. Manhattan, the only technically “super” hero, who through a scientific experiment gone wrong (do they ever go right?) has the power to manipulate matter on a molecular level. However, he has started to distance himself from humanity and finds it hard to fit in with normal people.
Ozymandias, who after the government act revealed his identity to the world, has made millions in the merchandising of his and his fellow heroes images. Nite Owl, who overweight and retired, tries every night to convince himself that he doesn’t miss being a hero. Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattans girlfriend, who is watching her lover fall more and more out of love with her. Finally, we have Rorschach, described as a sociopathic vigilante who has no mercy for those who prey on the weak and a moral code as rigid as steel.
As a fan of the comic, seeing these characters on the silver screen is a dreamlike experience. I was particularly worried about Rorschach, but when he spoke for the first time I was sold. If you haven’t read the novel though (and I urge you to) you probably have no idea what to expect. Don’t go in expecting something along the lines of Spiderman or Ironman. It isn’t an action flick, more an exploration of flawed people who have to save the world. The closest thing I can compare it to would be The Dark Knight Returns, with added pathos and two parts dysfunction.
And please don’t take your kids to see it. Watchmen was based on an adult graphic novel and pulls no punches. Coarse language, sexual content and some extremely disturbing imagery (you can tell that it’s the same director of the Dawn of the Dead remake) mean you should leave the kids at home for this one.
In closing, I appreciate the faithfulness to the original novel, but for someone who knows nothing about these characters, it may be hard to get into. Give it a try though, immerse yourself in this alternate depiction of 1985, where blue men walk on mars, people dress up as owls and patrol the city streets and where heroes aren’t so much super but human.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
From an adaptation point of view, i would say is about 90% faithful. Making something like watchmen means you can't take huge liberties without pissing someone off. Case in point, i have no quarrel with the ending. (Spoilers up ahead, uh-duhhh) I actually think that it makes a bit more sense. Also, i'm sure the giant explosion made John all a-quiver. I do however, have an issue with Rorschach hacking someones head in with a hatchet when in the comic he just tied him up and left him to DIAF (die in a fire).
Sure, i can see how it would be really similar to Saw. So? Watchmen came first, its an integral part of Rorschach becoming who he is, and instead of delivering justice he murders the fucker. I was not a happy camper.
Lawrence... was disappointed. I mean, we all have our own way of looking at things, i like how i can argue with him about things like this though. It makes it much more interesting than just agreeing on everything and shit.
Watchmen, for me personally, is about what it would take to unite the world. How people who are supposed to be heroes can let millions die for the sake of world peace. It's about how its less about the super, and more about the human.
But thats just me :)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
So i watched Watchmen. I don't think i've ever had to seriously think about a film review as much as i will have to think about this one. It makes you think about so many things at the same time it actually made me a little depressed. Which was probably the point and a testament to Alan Moores writing and the gang who adapted it for the screen.
More on this as it develops. Watch this space.