POF Archive: January 2012

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We the Living by Ayn Rand (6/10)

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm one of those nuts who actually likes The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. It has been years since I read those books and in the intervening decade or so I have discovered that a lot of people really, really hate those novels. They (they being mostly politically left-leaning types) understandably rail against the politics and idealogy, but the most bitter venom seems to be saved for Rand's writing style. I started reading We the Living expecting to put aside my personal politics and finally pick up on just how bad a scribe she was. But, you know what, I think she's a…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 01/29/2012 - 22:11

Fallout: New Vegas on PC (8/10)

Fallout: New Vegas | Underwear Space Helmet

Although it's a massive 30-40 hour game, New Vegas is really just an stand-alone expansion pack to the wonderful Fallout 3. If there were graphical enhancements or gameplay tweaks, I didn't notice them. But that's okay. I liked the way Fallout 3 played and more of the same can't hurt. This time around I was already well-aquainted with the mechanics so I was able to be more thorough in my exploration of the map. I managed to discover every area and, quite frankly, I'm a bit peeved that there wasn't an acheivement for that.

The story has you waking up after having been buried and left for dead…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 01/29/2012 - 16:54

Knight Vision: Hymns for the Invisible Church
Knights of the New Crusade, The - LP (9/10)

This is what happens when you give up on new music. You stop paying attention to music press and new releases and then great stuff like this record from The Knights of the New Crusade slips by. I've reviewed the Knights in the past here and here, and it's more or less the same Christian skuzz rock formula as before. And here's a term that probably doesn't get tossed around in garage rock reviews much, but Knight Vision comes across as a very well-researched record. It even closes with a relatively epic (7 minutes) track that features musical saw and exotic tribal drums. It's like an exorcism…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 01/18/2012 - 12:54

King Kong (Deluxe Extended Edition) (7/10)

Buying this DVD was worth it for the extras (besides, I got it for less than five bucks). The movie itself was alright. As one might expect from Peter Jackson, the effects are great. The story moves along but it is not terribly deep, it's riddled with clichés and there's some truly questionable acting (especially from Jack Black). But, again, the bonus features are very interesting and go into great detail about the technology and processes behind the film.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 01:29

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn on PC (7/10)

Baldur's Gate Fatty

I have had this game sitting on my video game to-do list for a long, long time. This is regarded as one of the best cRPG games ever. It is perhaps deserving of that praise simply for sheer imensity of its scale and attention to detail. Unfortunately, like other older RPGs, the game makes no concessions towards more casual players. There are a gazillion magic spells with which to become familiar. Gear and weapons are identified by numerical stats and dice roll probabilties rather than simply saying, "Powerful sword of lightning damage" or something. I must have looked up what THAC0 meant…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 15:40

The Muppets (8/10)

Generation X'ers like myself tend to have a bit too much nostalgia towards The Muppet Show and the first couple Muppet movies. Sure they had their moments, but we tend to forget just how much of that stuff was just stupid hippy puppeteer self-indulgence. That said, as far as kids movies go, this sure beats the hell out of Space Chimps or Chipwrecked! There are plenty of Kentucky Fried Theater style sight gags and moments of self-aware parody to keep both parents and kids  entertained. The plot really tugs hard at the nostalgia angle to the point where eighty percent of the movie is just…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 01/03/2012 - 16:51