A Coffee Fueled Rant On Silent Hill

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As most of you know, yesterday a big announcement was made for the scariest game franchise of all time:  Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro are teaming up to make a new Silent Hill game, called Silent Hills.  The project stars Norman Reedus as what seems to be the  games protagonist.  The project re-teams Del Toro and Reedus who previously worked together on the kick-ass Blade 2.  We can probably bet that Reedus is the star of the game, but Silent Hill by it’s very nature is designed to mind-screw with people and is now being supervised by the evil genius Hideo Kojma (who has his own history of subverting players expectations), he could turn into Tom Cruise…..or Clint Howard, midway through the game for no real reason.

But I’m going to back up a bit before I get more involved in talking about Silent Hills.

Way back in Spring Break in my junior year of high school (1999) quite a few of my classmates went to the beach, or on vacation, or somewhere fun.  I was in a pretty terrible depression at the time for various reasons, and just wanted to be left alone.  I took the week off work, planning to sleep and watch re-runs of Dark Shadows on Sci-Fi.   However, a trip to the mom and pop video store led me to rent a video game that changed the way I saw the medium.  I took a vacation all my own.

I went to Silent Hill. Continue reading

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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I’m not going to say a whole lot about this film — either you’ve seen it by this point or you will in the near future.  When it comes to super-hero movies or big budget films, other than X2, I’ve been of the persuasion that once is enough.  I see them in the theaters and maybe catch a bit of them on FX a few years down the road, but I don’t make an attempt to rewatch them.  However, Marvel has really outdone themselves this year, with the excellent Captain America:  The Winter Soldier, and now with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

This is an insanely fun movie about a disparaging group of inter-galactic mercenaries who find themselves becoming a quasi-family and saving the known universe.  We have a talking  raccoon, Rocket (Bradly Cooper).  The Kree chick and daughter of Thanos, Gomora (Zoe Saldana) .  The self-styled outlaw, Star Lord (Chris Pratt).   The fearsome and literal, killer Drax (Dave Bluetista).  And most importantly the living tree, Groot (Vin Diesel).   The fun of this film is watching these contrasting personalities come to a sort of alliance with each other.  If it reminds you a bit of Firefly, you’re pretty much on the right track.   The fun of the film is watching the motley crew butt heads and unleash hell on themselves, and the universe. Continue reading