Friday, March 5, 2010

Holy Crap! Judge Reinhold and William Zabka In One Film?!

OK, here are the two biggest problems with this movie: Judge Reinhold and the sibling sub-plot. Nothing against Judge Reinhold, he's a decent enough actor when it comes to lighter fare like fathers inhabiting their sons bodies or flinging coffee into a robbers face but in this film we're expected to believe that Judge Reinhold is an ex-Black Ops Officer? Can't do it; my apologies. Knowing that Judge took this role to pay the rent and get a free trip to Bulgaria makes it a bit more forgivable from his point of view, but the casting director really should have gone for a younger, more athletic B-movie actor, like Antonio Sabato Jr. Sorry Mr. Reinhold, no hard feelings. Things are looking up for good ol' Judge, however, because he's got at least 14 more Santa Clause movies he can do with Tim Allen and Eddie Murphy is trying to revisit a time in his career when he was still relevant by going forward with Beverly Hills Cop IV.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Man Cannot Live By Bread Alone

This post was supposed to have appeared on Monday but, in its infinite wisdom, Blogspot chose not to display it. Therefore you get a fun little Thursday evening post. You're welcome.

While I was playing lots of video games on sabbatical I had to find a suitable yet quick meal to prepare for myself and Future Mrs. Attack Resistance. Her mother had recently purchased a box of Thai Kitchen Original Pad Thai Stir-Fry Rice Noodles With Sauce. It should be noted that ordinarily we avoid these boxed meals and instead opt for food that is as unprocessed as possible, but this was there and I hadn't been to the store in a while so I opted for the easy way out. Was it good? Was it bad? Did we violate anyone's closely held personal values? Read on to find out!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Who You Gonna Call? Vodka Makers!

Today, I'd like to do something a reviewer is never, ever supposed to do: I'm going to endorse a product without ever having tried it.

Some of you may say, "Who cares? Only three people read this thing anyway." To which I can only reply that I know of at least 5 people that read this blog. So suck it. What amazing doodad is out there that would make me say, "YES! BUY IT NOW!" without ever laying eyes on it? What wonderful invention of the human mind could be so mind blowing as to force me to give up what small shred of journalistic integrity I have? Ladies and gentlemen it is a product unlike no other. A concoction that knows no equal. A legal recreational consumable with the single greatest celebrity sponsor in the known world...

Saturday, February 27, 2010

You Are Standing In An Open Field West Of A White House...

Many, many years ago before there was such a thing as the Internet, Halo, or more than 16 colors on a screen at a time, there was a quiet revolution in computer based gaming. That revolution was called Text Based Adventure! How fondly I can remember sitting in front of my dad's old Commodore 64/128 module awash in a blue glow from the computer monitor I was sitting much to close to, reading text on a screen and typing things like 'go north' so that the screen would 'move' my character forward and give me a new description of where I was. It was like reading a book, but playing a game! It was better than those lame-o Choose Your Own Adventure novels because I didn't have to turn the page hundreds of times. It was, in a word, Glorious.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Would You Kindly Return To Rapture?

After I finished beating Mass Effect 2 (twice), I was ready to take another trip under the sea to the beautiful, Ayn Rand inspired city of Rapture. Another fantastic sequel, Bioshock 2 continues the story of the first game but with a pretty big (daddy) twist. This time, instead of fighting these guys until your health bar is at just a sliver, you actually are a Big Daddy. You are Delta, the first of the Big Daddy experiment/program and at the beginning of the game you are rendered unconscious by a fairly nefarious person who, besides not knowing the order of the Greek alphabet, is a bad, bad lady.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Back In The Saddle Again

One of the questions I've been asked a lot lately is, "Who the Hell are you?" This is followed very closely by, "Why are you in my house?!" However, a far more important question (and a sadly distant third) is, "Why haven't you been making any blog posts?" My friends and readers, I have not one, not two, but three very valid, very believable excuses. I'll share all of them with you over the next three days, and even throw in some other goodies until we get back onto our regularly scheduled Mon., Wed., Fri. routine. You're welcome!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

How To Eat Like A King, But Stay Thin As A Pauper

The other day, an old friend of mine read my post on James Kakalios' excellent book about physics called The Physics Of Superheroes and said to me, "That was the first thing you've liked, isn't it?" That comment set off a chain of thoughts that went (something) like this:

It wasn't the first thing I liked, was it?
No, I liked Fallout 3.
You did say it was derivative, though.
It's a reboot of a ten year old series, of course it's derivative!
Hey man, I'm just sayin' is all...
I like pizza.

So, in the interest of not being such a Negative Nellie, I thought I would post another, more obviously positive review. This one is for The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook - Concise Edition.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Repeat After Me: Radiation Will Not Give Me Superpowers. It Will Kill Me.

When I was eighteen years old I was bitten by a spider. At first I thought it was going to be the greatest event of my young life; I had spent nearly two decades idolizing Stan Lee's Friendly Neighboorhood Superhero so you can only imagine how excited I was. Super strength, 6th sense, sticking to walls and such, they were all going to be mine! Two days later there were violent looking red streaks in my legs where the spider goodness venom was wreaking havoc in my cardiovascular system and a day after that a painful swelling in my genitals forced me to hobble into a doctor's office to receive treatment (consisting of anti-goodness venom pills and a steroid pill that was about the size of a golf ball).

Friday, February 5, 2010

I'll Have A Moxie... So Long As You're Paying Me

I don't know if there's a better way to describe this soft drink, other than to give you some direct quotes I found while surfing the interwebs recently:

"I found some bottles of Moxie at a local BevMo. Upon tasting I found it to be terrible. Is this normal? Could my bottle have been bad, old, tampered, etc?

I can't even identify the general flavor of the stuff. It seemed to be vaguely like black licorice but then i was hit with a strong medicine after taste. I am not joking when i say i have had liquid antibotics that have tasted better.

What gives? This almost destroyed my faith in quality soda. I was going to switch entirely to Safeway generic cragmont soda. Luckily i had a bottle of Stewarts grape on hand to save me."

Thursday, February 4, 2010

So Close. So, So Close.

If you've never watched a Zombie movie before, or if you're just now getting your feet wet in the genre, you should know something: There are a lot of really, really bad zombie movies out there. In fact, in a recent study, the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television found that for every Romero zombie film there are approximately 112 horrible knock offs (I made that up, I have no idea what the actual ratio is).

To be honest and blunt, The Quick and the Undead is a Romero knock off. Accept that. It's full of zombie clich├ęs, sub par writing, and the atypical way-the-hell-over the top gory makeup you've come to expect from a low budget feature such as this. What makes this movie tolerable? What sets it apart from its brethren films like Dead and Deader (the world misses you, Dean Cain)? A great idea.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Upstart Programmers from Maryland Reboot A Venerable Game Series...

After I played this game for about an hour I decided that it could have just as easily been titled OblivionShock. The heritage of this game is so blatantly obvious that anyone who has played video games in the last 5 years could instantly spot homages, allusions, and outright thievery from a dozen games or more. Somehow, I don't mean this as a bad thing.

While it's clear that Bethesda Softworks (a Zenimax Media Company) used the exact same engine as they did in one of my favorite games (Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion) and were very heavily influenced by the 2K Games 2007 release BioShock (both feature the ability to craft new weapons from scrap, a 50s kitsch theme, and a wonderfully retro soundtrack) you should not make the mistake of thinking that this game cannot stand on it's own two legs.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Comic Book Movie Fail

Since J.D. Salinger died recently, I thought it would be appropriate to review the Captain America movie they made for 200 bucks back in 1990. My reasoning should become apparent soon.


First of all, who knew that famed recluse J.D. Salinger even had a son, let alone a B-Movie actor son? That's right, the actor who plays Steve Rogers/Captain America is Matt Salinger, son of the aforementioned author of Catcher in the Rye. About the movie though: I wouldn't rate this as a horrible movie, but it sure wasn't good. Salinger did an okay job as the Cap but his acting prowess wasn't quite good enough to pull off the 50's guy coping with the 90's lifestyle the script called for.

Friday, January 29, 2010

What Am I Doing Here?

Okay gang, here's the drill: I encounter, on any given day, hundreds (maybe thousands) of different advertisements, products, services, food stuffs, print & film media, and websites. Most of these are either poorly executed, or fail to live up to the excitement/hype that they have generated for themselves. I'm taking it upon myself to review as many of these things as I can three times a week (Monday-Wednesday-Friday, natch). It's not all going to be new stuff, and it may very well be localized to my tiny neck of the woods. The things I review aren't all going to be easy to find, either. No, you can expect reviews of obscure and out of print movies, comic books no one has ever heard of, drinks that are so awful you can only buy them at specialty stores (or the American Northeast), and other items of questionable merit. There will be some new stuff thrown in as well, don't worry.

Your job, as the Reader, will be to read this blog as often as possible and make purchasing and/or viewing decisions based solely on the information I've given you.

In case you were wondering, I'm starting this blog for three reasons:
#1. I have an insatiable desire to write.
#2. I think my opinion is the most important one in the universe.
#3. If I ever gain a big enough fan base, I'm going to install myself as Evil Overlord of the World.

Let a new age begin!

P.S. Any reader posting a 'FIRST!!!11' comment will be banned from the entire Internet. Don't be that guy/gal.