Welcome to Pages of Fun!

This is the personal Web site of Robert Wm. Gomez. I am an artist, musician and nerd living in Chicago, Illinois who has been maintaining this site (in one form or another) since 1996. Enjoy your visit!

Golden Swallow (8/10)

Of all the films in this DVD set, this one features the best fight choreography. I guess it's a sort of love story as Golden Swallow if framed for a series of massive clan killings by a lover from her past. The fights are brutal and the tone is dark. I really liked this one despite the goofy narrative setup.

Killer Clans (8/10)

Another Shaw Brothers kung-fu extravaganza. This one was quite good with lots of blood, a complicated (in a good way) plot and a touch of nudity! An assassin gets in the middle of two rival clans as he attempts to kill an elder leader. Things aren't what they seem and there's intrigue around every paper-walled corner.

Blood Brothers (6/10)

Disc two in this Shaw Brothers set is the weakest of the lot. A pair of bandits join with an ambitious warrior to form a group of counter-revolutionary fighters. A girl gets between them and then things begin to go south. This is more of a melodrama than a kung-fu picture, but it has a few good moments. On the whole though, it was not my cup of (green) tea.

The Avenging Eagle (7/10)

The first film in the Shaw Brothers four-pack DVD I just bought. I loved USA Network's Kung Fu Theater when I was a kid, but I am hardly a connoisseur when it comes to these classic kung-fu pictures. The Avenging Eagle was pretty good with a nice array of weaponry and a decent story. The fights lack the realism and speed of a 90's Jackie Chan flick but they are still pretty great. As I make my way through the set I may change my opinion of this one, but I enjoyed this as an entry point.

Rock Around the Clock (6/10)

This film is really just a showcase for Bill Haley and his Comets. The plot and characters are tacked on just to get us from dance hall to dance hall to see The Comets lip sync, and watch the kids go craaazy with the new modern dance. Despite its schlocky premise, it's fun to watch for the "performances" and the dancing.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (7/10)

I want to eventually read Huckleberry Finn, so I figured I should read this one first. It's pretty entertaining, but not terribly deep and it takes a while for an overarching plot to develop. The first half of the book feels like a collection of short stories.

FarCry 3 on PC (10/10)

FarCry 3

I was a bit hesitant to play this game. I really didn't like FarCry 2 all that much. It was repetitive, dull and not a worthy successor to the first game. Then, I decided to give theeighties sci-fi themed expansion FarCry 3: Blood Dragon a try. That game was great, so when 3 went on sale I grabbed it hoping for the best, and, oh man, I was immediately blown away.

Raveler: The Dark God Book 3 by John D. Brown (8/10)

The most recent book in this series builds up to a grand conclusion, an last-stand battle of epic proportions, and then, once the dust has settled, it leaves you hanging. So, I guess this isn't a trilogy. That said, the stakes are higher here and, therefore, I enjoyed it a bit more than book two. It did, however, take a while for me to get used to the Ewok characters, or as they are called here, "Woodkin."

Major Overhaul of Planet Pimp Web Site

Did you know I maintain an informational resource page dedicated to Planet Pimp Records (the greatest record label ever to exist)? Well, now you do, and today I uploaded a massive update to the site. This is mostly behind the scenes stuff that makes the site easier for me to update, but I have also added some new features including links to external video and audio. There have also been some fancy style tweaks so the site now scales to fit mobile devices.

PRF Activity Book Submission

This was a drawing I created to be part of the PRF 2015 Activity book. It was to be a book full of in-jokes and references to the bands and people of the PRF music community. There was a desperate last-minute call for submissions, so I obliged and stayed up into the wee hours of the night putting this together. Of course they didn't use it and I feel like I completely wasted my time and energy. Oh well.

Resonance on PC (5/10)

Resonance Screen Shot

Uh oh, here we go again with another mediocre adventure game. Surprisingly, this one comes from Wadjet Eye Studios whose games have all been really good to me up until this one. On the surface Resonance has a lot going for it: well done pixelated graphics, a decent score and some clever twists on point-and-click interaction. However, the story and characters never grabbed be.

Yesterday on PC (4/10)

Yesterday

I've had pretty good luck with the string of adventure games I've played lately. It was inevitable that sooner or later I'd come across a dud. Yesterday had promise. I was initially drawn to the slick graphics (well, slick for a point and click game). However, the game is bogged down with nonsensical puzzles and an uneven tone to the story.

My First Foray into SASS

As I mentioned a few posts ago, this site has received a major theme overhaul. Aside from a couple form element styles, this change was mostly structural and behind-the-scenes. The new theme is my first foray into using the SASS CSS preprocessing language. Let me tell you, it was a revelation. SASS allows you to write CSS using a super-clean tabbed coding style and (finally) allows the use variables and expressions in styles.

Devil May Cry 4 on PC (3/10)

Devil May Bore 4

Started out okay enough despite the idiotic button mashing mechanics. But, man, this game became pure tedium by the ending. If there was a story here, it was totally lost on me. Just a bunch of feathery haired leather-boys jumping around and killing Raggedy Anne dolls. Is this what console gaming is like? What a bore.

Field / Noise by Zebras (8/10)

Format: CD

This is a limited issue, three track CD I picked up at a Zebras show. The songs are unlabeled and it's in a hand made CD sleeve. Zebras mix synthesizer rhythms with noisy guitar. The result is at times funky, other times metal-y but the dominating mood is a hard edged, weird Devo-inspired sound. I forget how much I liked this band live.

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