Sunday, 26 June 2016

ID5 Resergence

When I saw the original the theatre was packed, this time it was nearly empty. But I suspect it wasn't for the obvious reason this is the sequel.

It's 20 years later, and the world is very different as humanity has come together after finding out about aliens. (Which is something I will give the movie, it doesn't fall back into the standard 'history is the same except for one hidden thing'.) The aliens return to follow up, but while there is a huge spaceship and such, it doesn't feel personal as the aliens are really interested in (*thing that could be a spoiler so I won't say*). It's up to the new military might to prove victorious, while dealing with soap opera that is their lives.

And that's one of the big problems of this movie. On the one hand, we have the new tech, so it doesn't feel as one sided any more. I never got the sense of desperation that we had in the other movie, so never felt moved when we got various 'we will defeat them' speeches. On the other hand, a lot of this movie are various characters sniping at each other, making none of them likeable, even the ones back from the previous movie.

And there are a few actors and actresses back. Although it's clear that some of them were only around for a day or two of shooting before being ejected from the script. Not to mention the obvious person who is completely missing. Otherwise it's the usual stock Roland Emmerick parts being presented.

It just wasn't as exciting as the first one, and so just came across as flat.

But that's not what I really want to complain about...


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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Phantatasm IV

And so we get this finale... uh...

We do get a sort of explanation for the Tall Man... but we also get people driving across the desert. A lot of people driving across the desert. Over the half the movie is people driving or walking amongst rocks. In other words, there is a whole of nothing happening for a long time. And what does happen... doesn't really explain anything. Or make a lot of sense. Or give any real sense of conclusion. So... huh?

This is what it was building up to, but there's a lot of building up with lots of random scenes, and there isn't really a payoff to speak of. So this is what we wanted? There was nominally another movie "Phantasm's End" which didn't happen, which might be what's intended to finish this off, but that didn't happen, so this just falls flat.

That said, I do want to say there are flashback sequences where we have the young version of the actors. Or at least it seems so. I'm not sure if they just put a large wig on Mike or got a lookalike or had leftover footage, but it matches the footage of over ten years ago very well.

One aspect of this series is how personal it is regarding Reggie and Mike and co, which isn't apparent in the earlier movies. If that was made more obvious (assume Don knew) then I think this series would work better, but since it isn't...

I know of people who like this series, but it takes too long to grow on me.


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Friday, 24 June 2016

Moonbase 3.3

It's the personal conflict episode.

Stress in a confined space is always a good source for drama, and it's no different here. In particular, there's one agitator, Adam, who casually talks to people and puts them on edge. It's not clear if this is deliberate, or unconscious, him acting this way. Which makes it all the better, because you can't point to him and say 'he's behind it all', so there's no clear villain of the piece. They do give a nice pat explanation at the end, because they have to, but no-one is on or off the hook.

It's that vaguery I like about this series. People are pushed to limits on the moon, and break in odd ways, and that's what makes the episodes. This is more character based than previous episodes, and the usual episode has some tech stuff. There is a bit here, but it's definitely background to this episode (and I was never really sure what the tech stuff was all about).

This series is hard to find these days, but I recommend it.


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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Puzzler World 2

And from the last game straight on to the second, Puzzler World 2.

This is largely a repeat of the same gameplay. Some puzzles are the same, some are different. This is a lot more mouse driven that the previous game, with Fitwords being drag-n-drop the word, rather than having to type it in.

This is slightly better than last time in getting from one puzzle to the next. Rewards are only after the second smaller puzzle, and is a wheel spin. I'm sure that I could learn how to give it enough spin to get exactly what I want each time, but I'm not there yet.

There are a whole lot of in-game trophies to get. I've got all the Steam Achievements, but still many trophies to go. And with the wheel spin, there's a random element to whether or not I'll get them in all in time.

And after the normal lot of 560 puzzles, there are some Master Modes ones to also play so... many many puzzles ahead. And I kept playing because there's so much audio I'm listening to.


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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Puzzler World

I've been caught up playing a simple puzzle game, Puzzler World.

There are about ten different puzzles, Sudoku, Crosswords, Fitword, Silhouette, Spot the Difference, and some others. After each puzzle is a simpler follow up puzzle of Hangman or Equation or Anagram and such.

There are 560 main puzzles, and they are mostly fun except... for completing each puzzle you click Continue, then select a Reward, then Continue Again, then Start on the next puzzle... and similar after completing the second puzzle. Gah! That's annoying! That's the worst thing about this, there are just too many clicks to move on from each puzzle. Once completed, just have the reward and move on.

Still, it kept my attention because it was simple to play while listening to audios and such. And I got all the achievements (not hard) and did every puzzle. Woo! Puzzle fun!


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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Dust in the Wind

It's a slice of life film about two young crazy kids in Joi-fen, in the movie Dust in the Wind.

Hyaun and Hyun live in the small town, and have aspirations of a better life in a bigger city. However, not everything works out for them, and then a military draft breaks them up... it's not a happy ending here.

It's a quiet movie and is, as I said, a slice of life movie. As such, it has a quiet charm about it that kept me watching, but it's only because the Film Society scheduled it that I ended up watching it. Not a happy clappy movie, but life rarely is.


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Monday, 20 June 2016

A Haunting Hoose 2

I said there was a sequel, and here it is!

The brother is back, and with a new family... and new paranormal problems that cause all sorts of fun. And by 'fun', I mean similar jokes to the last one, and ripping off other movies that just Paranormal Activity. The main ones are Sinister and The Possession, and definitely most of the main line from The Conjuring.

And that's about all there is. Rather than concentrating on one parody, they go for a scattershot approach, and that's where the weakness is. Last time, it was mainly one story, and that worked because they could focus the jokes into that story, whereas now they just jokes and randomly throw it into whatever scenes they can squeeze into whichever parodies. Keep it consistent guys, keep it clean.

Fortunately, there's no sign of a part 3...


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