December 2014

Read & Burn 01 by Wire (9/10)

Format: CD

In 2002 Wire returned after over a decade of dormancy and once again they have changed their musical focus. They had largely dropped the emphasis on dance-floor beats and synths and returned to a song writing style that is not unlike the punk rock of Pink Flag. It's a less minimal, solid-state version of 1977 Wire with a touch of their 80's synths dribbled in here and there. Some would say it's a return to form, but I never though Wire ever really "lost it."

Tomb Raider: Anniversary on PC (7/10)

Tomb Raider: Anniversary

This was a rare case in which I finished a game that I had started years ago. I really enjoyed the Tomb Raider reboot that Crystal Dynamics did back in 2006 with Legend. I played that game as a freebie back when Game Tap was in its hey day and started Anniversary shortly thereafter but only got about 2/3rds the way through before it was taken off the free list. I only recently got it as a $1.99 game on Steam with the goal of finally finishing it.

The Limping Man (6/10)

Lloyd Bridges stars in this 1950's film noir about an American returning to England after the war who becomes witness to a murder at the airport. Of course his gal pal is soon revealed as the prime suspect—with good reason, as we discover her connection with the dead man. This film was not terribly stylish but has its moments especially the magic show musical number and the plot had me until the very end. However, the ending ruined the movie for me. Major spoiler alert - It's revealed that the entire movie was just a dream Bridges was having on the airplane ride to England.