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LONG BLOG

C Blogs of 07/22/14 + Wrenchisms

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I've been watching things again. Let's talk about some of them.

Stoker



This movie really captured my heart. It's got beautiful direction, a haunting score (Philip Glass!), and a budding murder girl just coming into her psychopathic own. It's a very dark, and surprisingly funny, coming of age story that just so happens to feature a young lady who's interests tend towards asphyxiation, her intensely creepy/handsome uncle, and her train wreck of a mother.

It's rare these days to see a film that catches you completely off guard. My girlfriend introduced me to Stroker on a whim with zero explanation going in and I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised.

You're Next



I'm not a big fan of a lot of horror movies. I hate the gimmicks, the tropes. The endless corpse heaps of dead teenagers and college students who went into the basement alone, split off from the group, or otherwise did exactly the worse possible thing they could have done with a serial killer on the loose.

That doesn't happen in You're Next. Instead of waiting passively to perish or survive while the rest of the cast is picked off one by one, the would-be Final Girl in You're Next picks up a hammer and an ice pick and goes to town on her Hotline Miami-esq assailants.

It's an insanely fun movie that flips the conventions of the genre on their head. I saw it earlier this year and it instantly became a favourite. I re-watched it the other day and yup, still a favourite.

Boardwalk Empire



After hearing endless praise for this HBO series, we finally got around to starting Boardwalk Empire.

Why did we wait so long?

It's fantastic. I've been a huge fan of Steve Buscemi since seeing turned into a pin cushion in Desperado a million years ago, and it's great to have a series that really lets him strut his creepy/charming stuff. After watching Michael Pitt steal the show on Hannibal over the last season as the gleefully sadistic Mason Verger (a guy so crazy he managed to out-villain Hannibal Lecter), it's fun to see him playing a sympathetic WW1 vet in over his head.

The two of them together is even more fun after just seeing Delierious, a 2006 film that starred Buscemi and Pitt as a pair of paparazzi scumlords that I had never heard of until a few weeks ago. I have to wonder if casting them together again (and in similar "bad mentor, terrible lackey" roles) was an intentional play, or just a beautiful coincidence. One of the very first lines in Boardwalk Empire between the two of them even seems like a deliberate call back.

* - RainsOpacity is a deviant who enjoys Machine for Pigs way more than Dark Descent. She's probably just thinking with Manpigs, but she makes a great case!

* - I know this blog is NVGR, but screw it, I'm topsaucing it anyway.

A - A fantastic blog from Dreamweaver listing his top ten games. Mass Effect 3 is on the list so you know it's legit.

A - There are certainly several cases of high profile crowd funding projects that have crashed and burned, and even more that have been exposed as attempts to scam people, but I don't think crowd funding is going away anytime soon. In fact, I'm glad it's not.

P - PStoid is going to need some questions for their podcast. Me first: What's the best game of all time? Bushido Blade 1, or Bushido Blade 2?

$ - Interesting to see Sony trying to clear out Vita units in the Philippines while apparently suffering a shortage in North America. I wonder how well the Vita is really doing.

V - Usedtabe is doing video reviews now? And he's reviewing Dark Souls 2 DLC? You know, I think I will like, follow, and subscribe, just this once!



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