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Quick Update: My Bloody Valentine in 2D

I finished watching My Bloody Valentine, but in 2D this time. It kind of sucked without the 3D gimmick, and I'm glad I was able to catch it in its recommended 3D experience.

A lot of the shots done just seem so cheesy, ie. the multiple shots of stuff flying at the screen. Its very obvious that they were done specifically for the 3D effect, but it just comes off as bad when its 2D. Also, the way they shot the movie, without the 3D effect, it looks like another DTV horror flick shot on a bad HD camera.

Anyhow, hopefully when its released on DVD, they'll have a 3D version intact, with glasses included. Later geeks.

Metal Slug Anthology (PSP)

My friends, there's been a lack of gaming updates on my blog. The sole reason is Grand Theft Auto 4. I started playing it right after I finished Prince of Persia last month, and I'm still tackling it. I'm aiming for 100% game completion (a paramount achievement if I can do it), and if you're familiar with GTA games, then you'll know how crazy this undertaking is. Well, I'm almost there!

Anyhow, Metal Slug Anthology. This game is a collection of SNK's Metal Slug series which includes the first six numbered games plus Metal Slug X.

If you enjoy old school side-scrolling shooter games (like Contra) then surely you will love Metal Slug. It has a distinctly unique uber-violent cartoon style, chock full of blood and guts.

Throughout the series, you get to fight an eclectic mix of bad guys including soldiers, zombies, mummies and aliens. The first few games focuses more on fighting a faux-Nazi-type army led by a Hitler-like dictator. As you progress through t…

REVIEW HAIKUS!!!! (#1)

Well, needless to say, I watch a lot of movies but most of them don't get reviewed on my blog because either a.) the movies suck too much and not worth my time, b.) were too mediocre or c.) not geeky enough. So in the interest of fairness, from now on, if any movies I watch fall into any of the above categories, I now reserve the right to write (homonyms yay!) short haiku reviews of the movies in question instead of a full fledged review. On to the fun! And here... we... go.

The Uninvited

Korean remake;
Was better than expected;
Not too much on scares.

Banks played a good bitch;
Browning pretty good in lead;
Kebbel is a babe.







The Day the Earth Stood Still (remake)

Shames original;
It tries to make a statement;
Felt very hollow.

Reeves was good in role;
Jaden... let dad do acting;
John Cleese was surprise.







The Spirit

What a crock of shit;
Waste of talented actors;
Lion's Gate, you fail!

Fell asleep for half;
Frank Miller, stick with writing;
No more films for you!







Punisher: War Zone

Tried to be B…

Copeland returns to Toronto!!

It's been a few years since Copeland last came to Toronto. Last night they returned to play The Opera House to a packed crowd. This is the third time I seen them and This Providence play live and both were not a let down. It was pretty cool in that all the bands on the bill were scene Christian-based bands; the faith connection always makes things feel a step deeper for me.

Brooke Waggoner

The show opened up with Brooke Waggoner, who until last night, I never heard of. I think it took the crowd by surprise as they walked on stage with a few stringed instruments. She plays a folksy-indie-jazz style, which is pretty unique compared to the music I usually listen to. Her little ensemble consisted of a pianist, synths, a violinist, a cellist and a guitarist. It was definitely an interesting way to start off the show.

Paper Route

Paper Route then came on stage and added a more upbeat tempo to the night's music. With drums and a synth set, the mood was changed to upbeat rock comp…

TV: Kings and Eastbound & Down

Two new shows that have really caught my attention this season are Kings and Eastbound & Down.

Kings is a modern day retelling of the story of David from the Bible. It takes place in a fictional city called Shiloh within the country of Gilboa who are at war with the rival nation, Gath.
The story focuses on the ruler, King Silas and his family as they deal with all the issues of being in royalty and the public eye. There's a struggle for power and each member has his/her own personal agenda at the top. A young soldier named David is introduced and shortly after becomes a hero for taking down some "Goliaths" and saving the King's son from the Gath army. David becomes beloved by the Gilboa nation and is skyrocketed to celebrity-status. The story then focuses on David's eventual ascension to power and his headbutting with the current King.

So far, the story stays pretty true to the Bible, but of course some artistic liberties are taken. If you're at all fa…

The adventure to Adventureland!!!

When I was 16, I worked at Canada's Wonderland, the amusement park here in Toronto. I worked a bunch of the food stands/booths; booths where you bought slushies or snow cones or ice cream, and even a few popcorn booths. Those days were so slow; imagine 8 hours standing at a booth selling people shit. Man, I don't know how I did it. There were a few games that I played by myself to pass the time. One such game was to do my best to not look at my watch, and see how long I could last (I don't think I did better than 3 hours at my best even though it felt like 8). Another one I tried was to see how long I could fall asleep for before getting caught (I had sunglasses on to avert any attention). I was never caught, but the naps were no longer than 10 minutes at the most. And of course I'd oggle the tightly-clad teens whenever they'd pass by. The best was when... wait... I'm not gonna tell that story. Hey I was 16, I was raging with hormones. Ahhh, the memo…

My Return to the Zoo.

Rawr.

This weekend my friend Lorna treated me as her guest on a visit to the Metro Toronto Zoo. You see, she is a teacher, and on Sunday it was teacher's day where you were allowed free admission for yourself and a guest. It's been 18 years since I've been to the zoo here in Toronto, so when we planned it out a few weeks ago, I was majorly pumped! I mean I was going to see all sorts of wacky animals; most likely a bunch of animals I've never heard or knew existed... who wouldn't be pumped? But man, the place is expensive. If you couldn't get in free, you were looking at $21 CDN in admissions for an adult, or $13 for any children. So if you have a 5 person family, you'd be pushing $100 just to get into the park. Shit man. Them animals must be eating expensive shit.

So after a night of partying and clubbing with some school chums, I woke up early on Sunday to meet Lorna for our day at the zoo. I will say this. The day was awesome, but as we saw more and…

Wrestlemania 25!!!! SNORE!

Wrestlemania has come and gone for the year 2009. It was the 25th anniversary of their biggest PPV, but they certainly did not make it seem like they achieved this milestone. For the most part it was quite the snore-fest this year. I'm not going to go into the "whys", but if you watched the product in the past few months, I'm sure you know why. Anyhow, here are the results with some thoughts (bold highlighting winner):

Money in the Bank - CM Punk: I was screaming with excitement when Punk won. I started a poll on the F4W board~! about a month ago asking people who they think would win. I stated that I think Punk should win because now they can tell the story of how he's the only man to ever win the MITB match 2 years in a row, a feat no one has accomplished. If they were serious about making him a star, then I guess they should give him the belt when he cashes in the briefcase as well. I was listening to the post-Wrestlemania episode of The Law last night…

Dead Snow! [Foreign]

Now this was a great movie!

Dead Snow (or Død snø) is the new Norwegian horror flick about the Nazi undead. It has garnered much attention at film festivals around the world, including becoming part of the Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

Dead Snow is follows a group of medical students who go away on a snowmobile/ski vacation up in the mountains. In the middle of all the fun and games, a mysterious stranger stops by their cabin and informs them that the area they're in is cursed by Nazis from World War II. It's not long before the undead soldiers rise from their cold graves to exact terror on the helpless vacationers.

This movie was a thrill ride from top to bottom. There's just something creepy about undead Nazis in full regalia. Amidst all the gore and scares is a lot of humour. Yes it might be a bit dark, but its funny all the same. What plays into a lot of the humour is that the Nazis are never confirmed as zombies. We're given more…