Category: Movies Music & Tv

Inglorious Basterds


We went to see Inglourious Basterds this past weekend. It was a pretty good movie. Probably one of my favorite Quentin Tarantino movies so far. The only bad thing I can say about it is that it has way too much reading. Having said that I don’t think the movie would have been the same had it only been in English. It had a decent plot and the parts were played well. There was a small bit of excessive violence. I didn’t notice much in the way of sex or language which makes me happy. I’m all for stories that actually focus on the story.

I give Inglourious Basterds 4 out of 5 Monkeys

Bionic Who?

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Michelle Ryan is all set to become the next Doctor Who companion. I must say that I am a big fan of her work in England and in the states. She is a great choice for the next companion, lets hope she makes the jump in to the next series after the year of specials. The former EastEnders/Merlin/Bionic Woman actress will appear in Planet of the Dead, which will be broadcast on BBC1 in April. She will play Lady Christina de Souza, who accompanies David Tennant’s Doctor on a dangerous bus trip.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1126616/Michelle-Ryan-liven-Tard…

Doctor Who? Anyone…

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Ok, so, can I just say that just when I think Doctor Who can’t get any better…IT DOES!!! The season finale this go around was jammed packed with everything a Doctor Who + company fan would ever need – 2 Doctors, Captain Jack, K9, Daelecks (totally don’t know how to spell that), Rose, Mickey, and more.

So, first off can we just say how awesome and hilarious it was to have a Doctor Donna. Best thing ever. AND the 2nd Doctor with her crazy little, attitude filled sayings and wit. Then, Captain Jack, and hell yes Donna we all want as many damn hugs as we can get from him. Yum. Finally, Rose got her Doctor. While it wasn’t really the Doctor, it was the Doctor. Overall, I was one happy, satisfied girl watching the 2 part season finale of Doctor Who.

Do I really have to wait until Christmas to see the Doctor again? 🙁

Looking For Some of My Favorite TV Show Musicians/Bands

So as you may be able to tell I am a fan of TV. In I guess you can call them recent years we have watched several music based reality shows. The first was Bands on the Run on VH1 where we fell in love with a band named Flickerstick. There sound was something we both enjoyed, we also thought they had a great attitude about music. It seemed that they were one of the few bands at the time that were really into it just for the music. You can also check them out on their myspace page. One of the reasons that I enjoy Flickerstick’s music so much is due to the energy the whole band puts into each and every performance. You can almost say that they play every gig like it may be there last. It shows in the heart that comes out in every note that comes out of their instruments, and every word in each song.

Brandon Lea, one of Flickerstick’s founding members and somebody most identify with the unique sound and energy of Flickerstick also has a side project going called February Chorus. Check out February Chorus on their myspace page.

The next show would probably be Nashville Star, not the junk that is currently on as Nashville Star, but the older versions of this show, that showcased true talent. The first musician that we enjoyed from this show was Brad Cotter. From watching shows like American Idol which at the time only allowed people to sing, it was a pleasure to see Nashville Star where people could sing and play instruments. Brad was amazing on the piano. His song I miss me is a great look into how ones personal experiences and emotional events make for a great song. In doing a recent search, it looks like Brad was dropped by his record label, but has found a new one and is working on some new stuff.

The next artist I wanted updates on was Ryan Star from the show Rock Star Supernova. Another artist that in my opinion takes a part of himself and shares it with the audience every time he opens his mouth to sing. His energy, charisma, and intensity on stage helped him win over many fans on that show. Recent news on Ryan Star seems that his career is moving in a great direction. One of his new songs was featured on the P.S. I love You Soundtrack. According to Ryan’s blog he is currently looking for band members to join him on recording his new album. Check out his other work on his myspace page.

Big News For Doctor Who?

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There is a new man behind the wheel in the Doctor Who Magic Bus. According to the BBC Russell T Davies is to step down as executive producer of Doctor Who. Davies is credited with breathing new life into the show he brought back to television screens in 2005.

Bafta-winning writer Steven Moffat, who has already written some of the most memorable Doctor Who episodes of recent times, including The Girl in the Fireplace and The Empty Child, will succeed Davies as lead writer and executive producer of the fifth series of Doctor Who.

Assassin’s Creed

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Assassin’s Creed for the Xbox 360 is one of the best games I have played in a while. I am only an hour or so into it and am in the second main city, but so far I am really impressed. The graphics are top notch and it is hard these days to find a game with a true story that flows throughout the whole game. The story in Creed starts the moment you to begin and it unfolds throughout the game. The story is delicately woven into just about everything you do. It tells the player why you are where you are, what you need to do to move forward, and it helps create atmosphere throughout each of your quests.
 
I don’t want to give away the big “secret” twist here, but I am sure you can find out about it in other reviews. The basics, you are an assassin, you are in ancient times. No guns, just amazingly simple hand to hand and blade to blade combat. You are a member of the Assassin’s guild, but you become arrogant, break the rules, and get demoted. You must go off on a quest to reclaim your skills, weapons, and position in the guild. The cities are spectacular, in general if you can see it you can go to it and climb to the top of it. Creed uses a character control scheme that Ubisoft calls puppeteering. There are parts of the cities which become blocked off, probably so you don’t accidentally go flying out of the city while jumping around roof tops evading capture or death at the hands of the city guards. The outdoor areas, especially the kingdom, evokes the same feeling Shadow of the Colossus did/does, as in this could be a real place. The first time you approach a city, it is extremely cool. The NPC’s are the best I have ever seen in a game.
 
Yes there is repetition, but standing in the marketplace in Damascus really felt like a bustling, busy place. Really something we have not seen before. Assassin’s Creed controls are amazingly smooth. You control your characters feet, head and arms. This really just means that you can move your character, attack, use skills, and look at people, but it works out quite well. You can jump, attack and use your other skills all while running at a sprint or walking slowly to avoid detection. Creed uses a free running based movement system. You see a window or door jam, you can run up to it, jump and grab on to it to start climbing a building. Want to jump from one building to another, you can with ease. Watch out though because a high fall can kill you. Water also seems to be deadly so avoid falling into rivers or deep ponds as well. The controls become intuitive very quickly.
 
The free running is just great. I think Ubisoft really nailed the control on this one. I have read that people say it is too easy as you hold the right trigger and the A button to run and navigate with the left stick. This works so well because you are running so fast navigating is a full time job. Creed also has some of the best horse riding controls I have ever seen in a game. Riding a horse acts pretty much like you always thought it should, quick turns, gallops, rearing up to attack, jumping over stuff, its all there. You can also use any horse you see. Fighting is pretty simple, with your main sword, you can block, you can attack, you can counter attack, and you can throw. With your arm blade you can sneak up and assassinate anyone you want. You also have fists and throwing knives as choices for combat. You can also choose to kill everyone in town or just go after the bad guys. I like the combat a great deal. The reliance on timing for counter strikes is the main skill aspect, followed by positioning yourself to not leave your back exposed for the stabbing.
 
The AI is pretty decent, but it does have a few issues that come up when you start hiding from the guards who are trying to get you. When running from the law you have a few options to escape, you can fight, you can evade their line of sight, or you can jump into a hiding device such as a pile of hay or a roof top garden. When you evade your pursuers they just go back to what they were doing as if you never existed, good for a game, but not really realistic. It would have been nice if a few of them would wait around near where they just lost you forcing the player to avoid contact by choosing an alternate route out of the hiding spot. Fighing AI is pretty decent. If you end up in a fight with a group of people and one gets behind you he will stab you in the back while you are fighting the guy in front of you. Holding down the block button seems to protect you against these types of attacks pretty well.
 
If you like a video game to have a story you will love this one. There are many side quests to keep you playing the game for many many hours. The graphics are some of the best out there at the moment. Overall I would label this one a buy.
 
I give Assasin’s Creed 4 Out Of 5 Monkeys