Miyazaki Marathon

This past Sunday, David and I had a good ol’ movie marathon. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday or a better person to spend it with.
We decided to watch Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films. Spirited Away is one of my all time favorite films and since Miyazaki said his newest film, The Wind Rises will be his last, I thought it’s a great time for a retrospective.

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

Princess Mononoke (1997)

I know a lot of people say this is one of the best anime movie of all time but I have to respectfully disagree. I felt like I was watching a bad play.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Castle in the Sky (1986)

The Castle of Cagliostro
(1979)

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Lying in Wait in Rosewood

August 25th, 2012 @ 06:04:36

Hitman Absolution is probably one of the best games of 2012 (Sorry, Far Cry 3), it has action, stealth, bad guys and worse guys. Despite Hitman Absolution’s functional perfection you won’t hear me give it any commendations. What can ruin a great game? Two words… Dead Nuns. The game vacillates wildly between sickening and absurd. The funny thing is, the killing isn’t even the sick part!

From relatively sober beginnings, the player is catapulted into Rosewood, an orphanage where we have left our marked protege with nice nuns. Because of Agent 47’s extreme underestimation of his enemies, some crazy guy and his kamikaze goons have gone after the girl and murdered all the nuns trying to keep her safe. The very worst part was navigating the orphanage. The level is littered with bloodied nuns. Straight out of a catholic school prankster’s dream. The moment where we’re bludgeoning bad guys with bibles dressed as a priest with dead nuns at our feet is the moment the developers should reevaluate their lives. And maybe get over all the detentions mother superior always gave you.

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Hitman Absolution was pushing the “edgy” so hard it went right around and started being silly. The moment of ultimate absurdity was the “sexy” kung fu nuns that had zero impact on the plot.

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All this awfulness was bookended by cutscenes where the phrase “limp dick Lenny” was used in excess to the point of annoyance.

As stated earlier, Hitman Absolution is a functionally perfect game. I understand that the developers were tasked with making up characters that were worse than a hitman, but in doing so, it took away the integrity of the game. The story is flat out ridiculous with no redeeming factors. Subtract the story and you have a fun, replay-friendly game and great set pieces. Someone at IO Interactive is in definite need of absolution.

Arbitrage (2012): MBA, MFA and Beyond

Arbitrage (2012) was one of the few movies I have fully sat through lately. Is it because it was a gripping thriller so full of twists and turns I could not look away? No I wouldn’t say so. Completely ignoring the fact it took me about 24 hours to finish it, Arbitrage is a sucker movie. It’s something you suck on while you wait for something better. And like suckers, Arbitrage might leave you with cavities.