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08 January 2005 @ 07:56 pm
Movies, Books and Video Games  
So I finished Painkiller on the PC today. I'll be playing it through again in an attempt to garner a few more of the Tarot cards, since I only managed to get 3 of 24 the first time through. You get them by meeting certain conditions each level. Some of the conditions are impossible to meet first time through. Normally I never play games twice, but since this is a shooter and actually pretty good I think I can play it twice, more if I can find some levels to download. I give Painkiller a 7 out of ten on the vermscale. I've also gotten to about stage 17 in Front mission 4, a very good game and fair story so far.

I watched The Returner this week, a Hong Kong film that was very good with sfx to match anything hollywood would have done. It concerns a girl ( a very cute japanese girl ) sent back in time 80 years to stop an alien invasion. The flash forwards during the movie give you a glimpse of the future, with mankinds last stand in a tibetan monastery. The aliens are typical Litte Greys but in battle armor ( much better battle armor than in ID4 ) with force shields. The also use craft that morph to look just like earth planes, hey its japanese what do you expect? But very well done. The main character ends up teaming with an assasin who was in the process of killing his nemisis ( who gets away and causes all manner of trouble later )another assasin. The gun play and the little martial arts are good and the sfx are very well done. All in all I give it an 8 out of 10 rating on the Vermscale.

I also watched So Close, another hong kong film, this time a guns and martial arts fest with 3 very hot asian women, two sister assasins, one a police detective. The fight seens were very stylish and sexy and well done, both gunplay and martial arts. The sisters are in possesion of a computer program that lets them hac into any surveillance system on earth through a satellite they own. One sister falls in love and wants to quit but the other wants to keep going and drags her back in when she botches a hit. I can't really say any more after that point without ruining the plot. Sorry such a bad review but I'm being lazy tonight. I give So Close a 7 out of 10 on the Vermscale.

I'll be watching the 3rd harry potter movie, an anime movie called Sabre Marrionette R which is like the 3rd movie after the series and another hong kong movie, this time a demon possession/cop flick with an american star in it, David Morse, a much under rated actor I like a lot. I'll let you know how they are.

I just finished the 11th (?) Discworld novel, Moving Pictures. It was very good, as usual, but a tad long. I'll give it an 8 out of 10 on the Vermscale. Now I'm reading a novel set in the Warcraft universe. The Well of Eternity, first in the War of the Ancients trilogy. It's okay so far but it doesn't flow as well as it should. It's written by Richard Knaak, supposedly a NYT best seller. His style tries to be descriptive but seems forced to me. Hopefully the plot will carry the book if the prose doesn't. I'll let you know.


Anyway, I think I'll go watch a movie now, later friends.
 
 
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