POF Archive: April 2011

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Rec 2 (7/10)

The first Rec was both a very good as "zombie" movie and for being a "found footage" film. You never thought that these people under duress were silly for continuing to film themselves being attacked and killed. Rec 2 also does a good job explaining the cameras with Aliens style military helmet cams. In a pretty cool way, the film picks up literally right after the events of the first movie. Much of the suspense and tension is dependent on you having seen the first film and knowing what is lurking in that penthouse apartment. However, the film does kinda fall apart about halfway through when…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:29

Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (9/10)

Book two in this excellent series is just about as good as the first. The story picks up right where we left off last time and, if I had any sort of complaint, it is that it is more or less exactly the same as The Name of the Wind for the first third. But this is necessary to keep the plot moving forward. The story then makes an abrupt change and you are introduced to a whole new batch of interesting characters and places. Again the writing is excellent and keeps you turning the pages and wanting more.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 23:17

Junior Citizen
Poster Children - CD (10/10)

This is Poster Children at their very best. After pretty much defining the drone-tastic Champaign-Urbana style of the early 90's, they began to adopt a new wave aesthetic (They were also recording as all-analog synthesiser band Salaryman around this time too). There is just an overall feeling of fun and experimentation in every every track. Heck, they wrote a song about David Hasselhoff ("He's My Star").

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 04/11/2011 - 20:40

Just Like You
Poster Children - CD (9/10)

Just Like You is a really solid EP. The band is slowly moving away from their drone-laden "Champaign '92" sound an becoming more daring in their use of studio production. I love the fade in and reprise of the opening track at the end of the disc and, although it is cheesy and cute, "What's Inside the Box" is a nice change of pace. This EP not quite there, but is a good lead-in to Junior Citizen – their best record in my opinion.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 04/08/2011 - 17:52

Chrono Trigger on Nintendo DS (8/10)

Chrono Trigger DS Cartridge It took about a year of on-again / off-again playing, but I finally made it through this DS remake of Chrono Trigger. Unlike Final Fantasy III on the DS, this is more of a straight up port of the game rather than a 3D re-imagining. Also unlike Final Fantasy III this game isn't a dismal, frustrating bore with random battles and the other annoying trappings of Japanese RPG games. With its quasi real time battles, the combat is much more fluid, fast and fun. The story is as convoluted as any JRPG but the time travel aspects at least keep it more interesting than your typical "there are monsters…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 04/07/2011 - 15:11

Resident Evil 5 on PC (9/10)

Rocking the Leather in Resident Evil 5 PC

"Leathermen don't get nervous... leathermen don't get nervous" The immortal words of Glenn the Leatherman from Village People movie, Can't Stop the Music. Resident Evil 5 puts that wisdom to the test as you face a giant throbbing, oozing worm beasts with only your pistol, some potted plants and Beyonce to help you.

Resident Evil 5 follows the formula that was established in RE4. It is similar almost to the point where it feels like the exact same game. That's hardly a complaint, RE4 was one of the best games on the Wii and my opinion of it only improves every time I go back to it. I played this…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 04/05/2011 - 19:33

Hercules (9/10)

There are about three hundred movies named Hercules (usually with "vs. <insert name here>" after the name). This is the 1983 version starring Lou Ferrigno and directed by Italian horror/sci-fi cheese legend Luigi Cozzi (a.k.a. Lewis Coates of Star Crash fame). Make no mistake, this is a bad movie by just about any standard. However, it makes up for its shortcomings in spades with its over-the-top (low-budget) effects and aspirations ’ the film is trying ever so hard to be Clash of the Titans. Where else can you find chariots in space, Jazzercise outfitted villains, Lego Mindstorms quality…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 04/05/2011 - 11:40