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The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

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Rating: 
8/10

Spirit Tracks Box ArtIt took me nearly half a decade to finish this one. Not that it's terribly difficult, I just put it down at some point and forgot to finish it. I suppose that's not really a ringing endorsement. Oh well.

This installment in the series feels much like its predecessor, The Phantom Hourglass. The hook here is that over world travel takes place on trains rather than boats. Also, this time around Zelda is with you as a spirit who can possess the bodies of various armored "phantoms". This leads to some decent puzzles in which you need to control both characters in order to achieve your goals.

I apparently left off at the last dungeon and had to relearn all the various moves and monster types. The learning curve is really steep if you jump in at the end like I did and that's probably why it took such an effort to get back in to the game. Oh and, dear gawd, the final battle is frustrating. Stylus movement is good for puzzles but sucks when you need to have quick reflexes to win. Had I played it all the way through without the hiatus I would probably rank this higher, but my procrastination soured the experience a little.

Ecologia Del Delitto / Gli Orrori Del Castello Di Norimberga / Cani Arrabbiati by Stelvio Cipriani (7/10)

Format: 
CD

This is a double CD set of Mario Bava soundtracks. Cipriani's work is a little corny at times. To my ears, it's often indistinguishable from Scooby Doo background music. However, about two-thirds of this set is pretty good. I especially like the bongos on Bay of Blood and the kinetic harpsichord in Rabid DogsBaron Blood is a bit too muzak for my tastes.

Les Cauchemars Naissent La Nuit - Nightmares Come At Night by Bruno Nicolai (8/10)

Format: 
CD

Bruno Nicolai is often cited as Ennio Morricone's conductor for many of his soundtracks. I get the feeling that the two, as they both cranked out giallo scores, literally borrowed from each other during the early seventies. Les Cauchemars has the free-form experimentalism of your standard Italian thriller soundtrack. Many of the songs alternate between being based around a disjointed, percussive honky-tonk piano sound and ambient violin notes. Although there's no catchy title song, the CD good for what it is... a party ender.

Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt on PC (10/10)

Witcher 3

Witcher 3 is a massive open world RPG that's full of detail in terms of visuals and story. It's was no surprise that it would take weeks for me to finish. As of right now GOG is telling me that I spent 100 hours to complete the main story line and I still have two expansions to complete. There's just so much to explore and do.

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan (7/10)

An entertaining read that pretty much says everything funny that can be said about food. I've read a couple of these books by comedians lately and the problem is that the inner voice in my head that is reading these books just doesn't have the comedic timing of a Jim Gaffigan.

Star Trek Beyond (5/10)

The destruction of this venerable brand continues in this latest reboot sequel. This is not the contemplative sci-fi of the original series. It's balls-out action all da way. As such, it's enjoyable trash but the chemistry of the original crew is gone and the plot is your basic "stop the doomsday device" trope. The use of a Beastie Boys song in the climax is the worst of the worst. Simon Pegg should be ashamed.

I Malamondo / La Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero by Ennio Morricone (7/10)

Format: 
CD

I originally bought this dual soundtrack CD because I wanted the music from La Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero. That soundtrack is great and I eventually got a better. more complete version of it. The highlights from that score are included here. The other score included, I Malamondo, has a decidedly lighter tone to it. At times it sounds like a sixties sitcom theme song or circus music. Not my favorite of the Maestro's work.

Macchie Solari by Ennio Morricone (8/10)

Format: 
CD

The title track of this giallo soundtrack is a fantastic piece of somber Morricone pop. The rest of the CD is typical creepy atmospherics with the occasional bass groove and breathless victim noises.

Return of the Evil Dead (6/10)

The follow-up to Tombs of the Blind Dead is only slightly less bad than the original in that there is more gore, a little more tension, and there's this guy:

Murdo

Nothing better than a b-movie creep-a-zoid. Still, the blind dead are even less of a threat than slow-moving Romero zombies. Just run away ya idiots.

Tombs of the Blind Dead (5/10)

Spain's answer to Night of the Living Dead is slow moving and pretty stupid. These aren't straight-up zombies. They are the reanimated Knights of the Templar complete with swords and horses. There's a skeletal hand prop that is used about twenty times over the course of the movie to reach around corners and poke through window panes.

War for the Planet of the Apes (8/10)

The third and final(?) Apes reboot sequel isn't quite as epic as the title suggests. All in all, I enjoyed it but the Apocalypse Now references were just a bit too on-the-nose and distracted from the story. Glad to see Hollywood effects companies have mastered the ability to make an animated ape scowl through 99% of its virtual performance.

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