American Gothic premiered last night on CBS, and after seeing a bit about it I decided to give it a shot. I’ve been watching Parks and Rec and Archer on Netflix a lot lately, and wanted something fresh. It looked intriguing, and so I figured, why not? The worst part would be the commercials, since I haven’t watched a show play live on TV in ages.
American Gothic centers on the well-to-do Hawthorne family, and begins its introduction to the family members in the midst of getting ready for the eldest sister’s family portrait and interview. She is running for office, and is already an established and well-liked city councilor. As the youngest sister, Tess, and her husband are heading to the family home, part of a tunnel collapses behind them on top of a car. As we are introduced to the other family members, we see that in the debris of the tunnel a belt is found, which it is discovered is linked to a notorious serial killer. The Silver Bell Killer, who was never apprehended and who left behind no evidence, except for a silver hand bell, strangled his victims, and it is believed the belt may have been a murder weapon. It is found in concrete supplied by the Hawthorne family.
Sophie Turner as Jean Grey was one of the better parts of the film.
So Holly and I lined up babysitting such that we made it to see X-Men: Apocalypse last weekend, and Warcraft this weekend. Expect reviews to come, but! we know there are a lot of reviews out there. A lot of mixed reviews. A lot of bad press and negative critical response.
We wanted to say that, if you are a fan of one or the other, of the X-Men or of the world of Warcraft, go see the film.
As far as we were concerned, Apocalypse was amazing and fulfilled what we wanted to see with the movie. We got emotional, we had fan feels and squees, it was great.
This was a great character we weren’t quite expecting: Garona.
Warcraft was one of the few movies we’ve seen in 3-D that we would say seeing it that way was worth it. We had trouble telling what was computer graphics and what wasn’t! The Orcs were really well done. All sorts of great locations, too – we wished they had given us more text to say where all they went, because it was all over Azaroth.
We got all sorts of WoW feels from it. And the story was definitely one written within the universe and not an outside interpretation.
I’ll drop in a couple of trailers after the jump, but really, go see the movies!
I’ve held off on writing a review of the Sims 4 expansion Get to Work for a few reasons. I needed to give myself some time to really try out all of the features, and also time to decide whether I hated it, loved it, or was really “meh” with it.
I’ve talked about it before, but one of the main reasons I like The Sims is for use as brainstorming for writing. So when I saw that I could actually simulate being a detective in Get to Work, I got excited since I’ve been working on a mystery.
As far as added features go, besides adding additional character creator pieces-parts and household items, the expansion adds extra jobs and the ability to own a business. The three professions are Detective, Doctor, and Scientist, and the businesses you can run are retail-oriented, so that you can sell goods that your Sim creates.
First off, it might have been a week or two, but – whoa – the finale rocked my world. It most certainly made my head spin. Let’s deal with the awesomeness that is John Wesley Shipp donning the suit as ‘the’ Jay Garrick. A little trippy, but way cool. For those who missed the earlier television series (90s), John Wesley Shipp played Barry Allen. Maybe you saw it coming, all the hints at the man behind the iron mask, but I certainly didn’t expect to see a version of Barry’s father – The Flash in his own reality/dimension.
Posted in Time Travel, TV Shows
Tagged Barry Allen, Cisco Ramon, Earth Two, Flash, Harrison Wells, Jay Garrick, Jesse Wells, Patty Spivot, Review, The Flash, Wally West
I finally recently picked up Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, one of the first games I was actually interested in for the X-Box One. Well, mostly… it’s a port of a PSP game, with cranked-up graphics. There’s some really solid parts, from fantastic cutscenes, to pretty good third-person action sequences, to a pretty fuzzy world map where you go zipping into active time battles.
One of the first things that I should mention is that this game is rated Mature. That would be an easy fact to miss because, come on, it’s a Final Fantasy game… those are usually rated Teen. However, the decision on this one apparently was that they needed blood. Lots and lots of blood.
However, the blood does a good job of underscoring the serious nature of the story. Four kingdoms, where one decides to invade the others. It actually feels very Avatar: The Last Airbender. Except instead of the fun of that series, you take the more serious tone of Legend of Korra and add in bloody violence to really send the message home…
I’m a couple missions in, so I’ll say a few things about the story, and then about the two aspects to this RPG: action combat, and strategy.
Posted in Anime, Video Games
Tagged Avatar: The Last Airbender, Fabula Nova Crystallis, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, JRPG, Recommendations, Review, strategy games, X-Box One