Cats (2019)

Cats (2019 film) - Wikipedia
Cats (2019 film) - Wikipedia

Oh boy everyone…that’s basically all this review is going to sum up really. There is plenty to say and I feel WTF sums it all up really damn good. First of all, I actually like musicals and I respect Andrew Lloyd Weber for making something this bizarre in the first place; I’m sure we’ve heard the stories of Cats 2019 and are wondering how true they are. Is Cats a masterpiece or a bust?

So Cats primarily (we’ll get back to that) follows a abandoned cat who is left on the cold streets where she meets a host of other Gelical Cats who sing there way to a better life…

So yeah Cats is pretty much a dumpster fire as a film. Again, I respect the musical and as a stage show I think it works. If they made a animated adaptation I think it could have been better than this. Everyone is nightmare fuel to look at. The off-putting sensation you got from the trailer never goes away and during the more sensual dance numbers, I felt pretty creeped out; the dancing cockroaches made me shiver. This movie is full of truly talented people who feel really out of place here- Ian McKellen, Judy Dench, Idris Elba, and Rebel Wilson to name a few. While their presences are baffling, no one is this movie doesn’t try their ass off. Jennifer Hudson, despite the hideous effects, steals the show for me and she almost brought me to tears with her rendition of “memory”. The format of the story is fluid which hurts it; we get characters for a song, they disappear, rinse and repeat. While the characters look terrifying, the sets are great and again, I must stress this sincerely, the cast tries their asses off to make something out of this. In the end, Cats is a disaster that deserves to be seen to be believed, if not for the spectacle than to appreciate the work that went into it. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Eternals reveal trailer

I sighed through my way through this. I always found the Eternals a fascinating part of Marvel lore but they are definitely some of the weirdest parts. Did they need a movie? Not really and to add insult to injury, the trailer tells you how their existence poops on the MCU a little bit. Like most I’ll watch it but I’m not looking forward it. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Dying Light 2: Stay Human trailer

Dying Light stands out well among a sea of zombie games and is amazing in it’s own right. 2 has been delayed time and time again but finally the ball seems to be rolling and we have footage and a cool title. Suddenly I’m pretty pumped, ready to run, jump and kick some zombie ass once again. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Resident Evil VIII: Village

Resident Evil Village | CAPCOM

There are very few times I’ll eat my words. I thought introducing werewolves and vampires into Resident Evil, a game franchise famous for zombies and strange monsters, was a stretch. I thought thought we were going to get a solid game. I was absolutely shocked what we got and I’m thrilled to say Village is a new renaissance for the Resident Evil…

Years after escaping the Baker family and the Molded under the control of Eveline in Resident Evil 7 (Torsten’s thoughts) , Ethan and Mia Winters are trying to move on with there baby girl Rose, relocated in Europe under the protection of Chris Redfield. One night, Ethan’s whole world is shaken by Chris and he finds himself alone in a terrorized village of ancient monsters under the hand of four tyrannical lords under the mysterious Mother Miranda. Betrayed, alone, and desperate Ethan must venture into a terrifying new unknown to save his little girl…

There is so much I can’t say in this review and I don’t want to spoil. This game has some serious balls with how dark it gets and I have a lot of respect for it there and the level of storytelling they have. I respect the callbacks to 7 and Resident Evil 4 but it has it’s own identity. The gameplay is perfected from 7, adding more varieties of horror with a bit more action but not overdoing it. The graphics and score are beautiful. The story is surprisingly damn good and the villains are fascinating. As a weird bonus, because of the twists in the last act, it made me appreciate 7 more but also 0 at the same time. In the end, Village is fantastic and so far it’s my game of the year I can’t recommend more. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Leviathan

Leviathan (1989 film) - Wikipedia

Miles beneath the Atlantic Ocean, a group pf miners lead by a geologist are harvesting minerals from the ocean floor. During a routine sea-walk, a pair of crew members stumbles upon a Russian sea wreck named the Leviathan. Within the confines of the ship, there were casualties, questions, and a flask of vodka. It isn’t long before the crew discovers it isn’t booze in the flask and not only do the crew members that drank from it die, but suffer a series of heavy genetic alterations, creating a beast unlike any other. Can the survivors not only survive the beast but the crushing sea waiting to destroy them?

Leviathan is a movie I grew up with, and off the bat I have to say it’s a pretty decent B movie. This movie is trying to be Alien and The Thing just underwater and it does pretty decent at it until you get the creature effects. Back in 89, I think the effects were fair enough but today, in 2021, the creature effects are pretty cheesy looking. I do have to give credit though, the underwater scenes and general atmosphere are impressive for the time and have a great sense of claustrophobia. The acting is pretty fair but admittedly Ernie Hudson was my favorite character in the movie and had my favorite line in it. The score fits and adds to the movie in a couple spots. In the end, while not great by any means, Leviathan is a decent B movie worth checking out. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Bar Rescue

Bar Rescue (TV Series 2011– ) - IMDb

One of the very few things I claim as a guilty pleasure is reality TV. Of course, reality TV is never real but it’s pretty fun just to see the shit show for the camera. My all time favorite is Bar Rescue. Master businessman and bar expert Jon Taffer travels the US, saving bars from neglect and failure with a slew of experts. What can I say, I love watching crappy bar owners getting ripped apart by Taffer and seeing how bad is truly bad before the rescue. You will see some gross things in this show, and frankly, it did make me think twice before entering a bar. The show is great for learning new recipes not only for drinks but food as well which is unexpectedly cool. I have to say, in a world of bullshit reality tv, I find myself fascinated where reality and fiction divides; I believe Taffer is a good dude, I believe most of the gross shit in these bars is real, and I absolutely don’t believe all the back door you see is real because- hey there is some damn good camerawork for these private moments. In the end, like most shows of this kind, it’s repetitive but oh so satisfying and I recommend checking it out.

Venom: Let there be Carnage trailer 1

Here it is, the debut of Carnage, a fan favorite gritty psychopath and nemesis of Venom. First of all, again, actual Venom and especially Carnage look great. Everything else looks lackluster. I’m hoping for the best and I know Hardy will give his all but will it be enough? May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Adventureland (2009)

I think the weirdest part of this movie for me is seeing a young Ryan Reynolds. Seriously nthe dude hasn’t really aged in the last like 12 years. Did Betty White check out and toss the keys to the fountain if youth to that guy?

Anyway, back to the movie. Adventureland is about a kid that was supposed to go to Europe for the summer and when his dad gets demoted can no longer pony up the money as a graduation gift as promised.

So our college grad James (Jessie Eisenberg) decided to get a summer job to save some money and go off to college in New York to further his education, but before than he falls in love with our cute Emily (or Em as she is called played by Kristen Stewart) that has a horrible relationship with her step mom and works at adventure land to piss off her parents. Coincidentally this is also the only job James can get.

These two hit it off but we soon discover our married local handyman/musician/cool guy Mike Connell (Ryan Reynolds) kind of has this thing with cheating on his wife. By that I mean he does it a lot. This summer with Em.

Connell isn’t exactly a bad guy so much as he is a um…ok so he is a bad guy but he is friendly, but he also never exactly gives James bad advice even when he discovered he had a thing for Em despite the fact he wasn’t exactly happy with it.

Honestly while I would like to say that whole thing is a side part of the plot it really is just the plot. It isn’t a love story however, this is simply used as a focal point to explain how one summer and a change of perspective can change what you see as important and that when things change that doesn’t mean they are over.

James for example loses all the money he saves up for New York and the friend he was supposed to stay with decided to go to a different school. He soon realizes however that doesn’t mean he can’t still go to New York and work his way through school.

Each character has a sort of summer that either changes them or at least makes them examine what they are doing, and it is good for a laugh along the way and that honestly is all I ask for. I can happily recommend this movie. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

May The 4th..Be With You

It is that day of days all nerds look forward to, unless you are kind of a dick like myself then you look forward to tomorrow and the revenge of the 5th. (Sorry guys, no fun post, just a movie review tomorrow.)

This is a week for dorks and nerds, geeks and dweebs. We got it’s gonna be May, and May the 4th and revenge of the 5th and our friends kind of hate us for the horrible puns, and I get it. The memes even annoy us. We do it out of habit, we do it out of a misguided attempt to be annoying. None of us however really find it funny. But please, don’t tell everyone else that secret, I’m pretty sure we can get a few more years out of this.

Hopfully you guys watched some Star Wars tho, or at least played a Star Wars game or if you are like me scrolled past a decent Star Wars meme. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory, and may the 4th be with you.