Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer

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Damn I want this game. Like a good trailer ought to, we get glimpses of the majestic, epic beauty of the old west in the trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 but we don’t get much of an idea of a plot except for Dutch being referenced at the end, making me think this maybe some kind of prequel. In one way I’d be fine with that, getting to see a young John Marsten get in with the gang he’d hunt down in the original.  I was a huge fan of the first Red Dead Redemption and my hopes are high for the sequel, not too many times I can lasso someone and toss them in front of a train after all.

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Pod (2015)

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Pod is the story about a brother and sister trying to help their delusional brother who has locked himself in the family lake cabin. The movie starts with a man hunting and his dog being killed. After blindly shooting a few rounds he hits something and panics.

This around the time he locks himself in and his brother and sister arrive. What follows  is a thrill ride of paranoia delusion that you can honestly believe is happening. The acting is very well done, and they do a very good job of telling the very real story of what so many veterans go through each and every day. Having spent time with a few Vietnam vets I can honestly say this is quite accurate. The paranoia of being followed or having  a tracking chip in your gums was greatly done…However in this case our paranoid and delusional soldier really was experimented on by the government and they really did send a creature to kill him. I won’t ruin all the finer details but please go check this one out and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

DEATH WISH – Trailer

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On November 22nd, the latest adaptation of the novel Death Wish by Brian Garfield will be released. This time starring Bruce Willis and directed by Eli Roth. The original couple of films with Charles Bronson were some of the grittiest and violent movies that I had ever seen, but they were also a serious character study of a man driven too far. I’m interested to see what this team brings to modernizing this film.

Here is the trailer for the original film from 1974.

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A Dark Song

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This movie has a nice start to it. Woman buys a house and gets in touch with a guy for a magical ritual for love. Wait no plot twist its to talk to her deceased son one last time. Wait, there is another plot twist…oh wait there is another. Yea its like that. This move tries real hard to be artsy and doesn’t do a very good job at it and the ending is not only badly done but most people will see it coming about a mile away. The idea behind this movie was cool, but they were badly implemented and I can not in good conscience recommend this movie. So good luck, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

 

Claymore

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Do you enjoy sexy ladies, giant monsters, crazy ass sword fights, or mi-devil stories? If you said yes to one or more of these things, Claymore is an anime for you. Set in what I take to be mid evil times, people are in fear of humaniod beasts called Yoma. These things are vicious as hell and pretty unkillable, except for a Claymore. A Claymore is a human female/ Yoma hybrid trained as a warrior to kill the beasts; they are faster, stronger, have ridiculously quick reflexes, and rarely age. It has to be a young woman that is changed, males don’t react favorable to the hybrid process. They are controlled by a mysterious Organization, who collect money for the Claymore clearing the town. So essentially they are pimps. Any way, our main focus is on a Claymore named Claire and her human companion boy Rocky as she aims to destroy a talented Claymore turned full Yoma who murdered Teresa, the once greatest Claymore and who had saved Claire as she herself saved Rocky.  I loved almost everything about this series but towards the end it starts to drag a little for me. While I usually don’t like happy endings, I was really invested in Claire and Rocky’s friendship, as I was Claire and Teresa’s. I love Skyrim and the scenery and score reminded me of it a little bit. This show features one of my favorite fights in all of anime, Teresa the ranked #1 Claymore vs 2-5 and it’s gorgeous and badass to watch. If you want a short but rich anime to watch, I highly recommend Claymore and you can find it all dubbed on Hulu. As always thank you and may the gaming gods be with you.

Dead Awake

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It is very rare I hop onto Netflix, pick a movie knowing it will be a cliche dumb movie watch it anyways and end up completely wrong and enjoy myself completely. This is one of them. Not only was I wrong, not only did I enjoy myself, but I actually ended up thinking more than I probably should about how so many different cultures from different sides of the world thousands of years ago experienced the same thing.

The story starts out at a party, seemingly a combination birthday party reunion between two sisters that quickly turns to a sleep walking conversation to a sleep paralysis conversation to a fight and someone leaving. I don’t remember her name but honestly because one the same actress played both Kate and Beth Bowan as they were twins and two she ends up dead quickly. The living sister quickly teams up with dead sisters boyfriend Evan to find out what her strange dreams mean that they are now both having before it kills them as well. What follows is a roller coaster ride of trying to stay awake not seen since The Nightmare on Elm Street movies and a war between science and the mystical. With out a doubt if you have access to Netflix watch this movie, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

I am the pretty thing that lives in the house

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Be happy I love you Savior. This is probably the strangest bad thing I’ve reviewed so far. Things like Aliens: Colonial Marines were just flat out bad, and I’m going to tell you now I didn’t like this movie but it’s weird why not.

Much like the movie Darling I reviewed, this is a really artsy horror film. It centers around a young RN named Lily who moves into the house of a once famous author who’s suffering from severe dementia and has to take care of her. Iris Blum, her patient barely functions in her grand sterile white house…except for the rotting spot that develops in the wall. Lily is curious why Iris won’t call her anything but Polly and discovers the famous book Iris wrote was about a real woman named Polly Parsons who got murdered and buried in the wall and Polly told her the story…

I have to say the narrations for this movie are beautifully written. The cinematography is beautiful. The acting is strange and slightly off putting, which combined with how isolated the house feels and how quiet it is can be quite creepy. So why didn’t I like it? It’s boring. Plain and simple. The movie ends when it just feels like it’s starting to build up to something. The fact that there is rarely dialogue but narration, while as I said is well written, feels pretentious after a while. The ending flat out pissed me off with how anti-climatic it felt.  If this was a novella or short story, I’d call it a damn good one. As a movie, nah. I recommend this to a film student or aspiring writer like myself as a teaching tool but I can’t as a actual horror movie.  As always you guys are awesome, thank you for your time, and may the gaming gods be with you.