Monthly Archives: February 2014

3 Reasons Why I’ll Probably See Godzilla

In the past week, the new trailer for the newest Godzilla movie premiered, and it has me quite excited.

There are three big reasons why I’ll probably go see this movie.

1) It’s Godzilla

Godzilla movies are my guilty pleasure.  I have seen almost all of the Toho movies, many multiple times.  I still love to watch Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla: Final Wars.  They are not good movies, but they are quite fun.

2) It’s Not That Godzilla

In seeing a lot of Godzilla movies, I have, sadly, also seen the Sony Godzilla movie that came out in the 1990s.  It was… well, it was not what I had hoped.  Godzilla did not look anything like the Godzilla I grew up with, and it seemed to waffle between bad horror and bad comedy.

At least they did pay homage to the Gojira/Godzilla naming… though it was in passing.

3) It Feels Like The Original Godzilla Movie

There are not a lot of people who have seen the original Godzilla movie.  I do not mean the American release that has Raymond Burr cut into it as reporter Steve Martin (yes, that’s right, Steve Martin), but the original Japanese film.  I have, even watched it with subtitles.  Yes, it is still a guy in a rubber monster suit as Godzilla.  But the movie is so much more, exploring a nation’s fear of the nightmare unleashed with the harnessing of the atom.

From what I’ve seen in the new trailer, this new version of the film has that same feel to it, a darker film more in line with the original Godzilla than the movies that have followed.

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Picks of the Week – February 26, 2014

After last week’s misadventure, things are back on track as I got some new books to take a look at this week.

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5 Games I Still Want To Buy… And Play

2014-02-26 00.52.59I have been building my game collection for the past year or so.  I have picked up card games and board games.  Some have been games that allow for solo play, others I’ve played with friends and in groups.  And some of them still wait for their turn to be played… whenever that may be.

In spite of everything I have picked up already, there are still some games that I want to buy for my collection with the intention of playing them at some point.

Here are five of them.

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5 Very Annoying Fluxx Cards

I have played Fluxx a lot.  Not just the main game, but many of the variants as well.  I like the game because it is unpredictable (which many people who don’t like Fluxx cite as a reason).  Games played end up being pretty fun (mostly).  It doesn’t hurt that the game is easily tossed into a book bag, travels well, and is pretty easy to pick up.

There are, however, a few cards that make me cringe when I see them come into play.

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Sunday Gaming

Sunday was the usual X-Wing day.  I played a squad made up of two Millennium Falcons and a B-Wing, the same squad that I played last week.  I played only one match.  Unfortunately, I lost this match going against a squad that had 2 X-Wings, a Millennium Falcon and a Moldy Crow.  I think I fell into the old ploy of focusing on what I thought were the most dangerous targets.  In this case, it was the Falcon with its 360 degree firing arc, and the Moldy Crow equipped with a turret and the ability to boost friendly ships to skill level 12.

I’m going to try the squad out once more, though I don’t think that I am going to field this squad in the tournament coming up in 2 weeks.

I also played a few games of Oz Fluxx.  This version is more family friendly than others (specificly Cthulhu Fluxx), but there are a lot of cards in it that are just really annoying (Green Spectacles being one of them).

Saturday Songs – February 22, 2014

Let’s go with a classic.  From Eliminator, here’s ZZ Top with Sharp Dressed Man.

Picks of the Week – February 19, 2014

Book Review – Ex-Purgatory

Ex-Purgatory (Ex-Heroes, #4)Ex-Purgatory by Peter Clines

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of alternate realities in comic books. Often they are a cop out because they allow the creators to twist characters around in all sorts of directions before resetting the world back to the norm, and undo everything in the story.

That being said, I really like Ex-Purgatory, probably because of the good use of an alternate reality.

As with the other books in Clines Ex series, We follow the adventures of superheroes St. George, Stealth, ZZZap, Cerberus, and others as they deal with a post zombie apocalypse Los Angeles.

Well, sort of. This book begins with our heroes in a world pretty much like our own, not even realizing who they are. Throughout the book, clues are dropped. Moments of superhuman ability, flashes of a nightmarish world, and one hero, Corpse Girl (introduced in Ex-Communication) who seems to remember the world that was. Can our heroes return to their own world? More importantly, why would they want to return to a world that is overrun with the undead?

Clines once again manages to evade the obvious pitfall that can come with zombie series. It is far too easy to put the main characters through the same heroes fight zombies pattern. But Clines doesn’t. In fact, the zombies are almost tertiary to the main plot in this book, acting only to remind the heroes of the world they should remember.

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