POF Archive: August 2016

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newly - CD (8/10)

Well, Gene Wilder died a this week so it's fitting that the next CD in my queue would be the Willy Wonka soundtrack. Gen X'ers are filled with tons of nostalgia over this movie and the songs therein, but can any of us sing a single line from "Cheer Up Charlie?" Nope. That song is trash that nobody remembers. The rest of the CD is filled with gems like "Candy Man"’a personal favorite because it is my go-to karaoke track. Also, there's quite a bit of film dialogue between songs, which is always a plus for me.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:49

Radiant Historia on Nintendo DS (8/10)

Radiant Historia Box ArtI bought Radiant Historia based on its reputation as one of, if not THE best RPG on the Nintendo DS. Well, it's a JRPG so take that praise with a grain of salt. In fact, when I first got it, I manged to clock about 20 hours but eventually got distracted by other games. It's easy to lose focus from this extremely text-heavy game. Once again, many clicks are wasted on redundant "..." dialogue boxes and the accompanying, un-skippable "..." word bubble animations. So, it took four years and a fun romp through Etrian Odyssey for me to muster the energy to attempt another play through. Rather than…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 08/29/2016 - 09:00

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (7/10)

Amazon recommended this movie to me probably because I have watched a lot of Kung-Fu movies lately? I think we can relax about the singularity and A.I. for the time being. Turns out the computer who picked this one is a moron. Not that this is a bad movie, it's just a little weak on the Kung-Fu. What it does have is a stereotypical indie film look and feel. There are lots of overly-long shots that linger on compositions that, no doubt, the director thought were gaze-worthy. If that's what you need to do to get to feature-length, fine. Fortunately, the story of a crazy Japanese girl who's…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:20

The Mist (6/10)

I knew most of the story of The Mist from an abridged book an tape that we listened to as kids on some long car trip. Like a lot of Stephen King stories, it's a dumb concept that, when made into a film, depends more on the directing than the plot. Fortunately, this movie does the clichéd apocalypse survivor thing pretty well. Take a bunch of folks from all walks of life, trap them together, and watch as they devolve into anarchy as the looming threat grows. The pacing is good but the CGI monsters are terrible and that ending... well, it comes from out of nowhere in a way that makes no sense…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 19:25

Red Queen Kills Seven Times (8/10)

This is the follow up to Emilio Miraglia's The Night Evelyn Came Out of the GraveRed Queen sits more firmly in the traditional giallo structure of a modern (well, 1970's modern) murder mystery with touches of horror and gore. There is much stronger plotting and characterization and it's overall a better movie. I wouldn't quite put it on the upper tier of giallos, but there a few iconic moments that make it better than average.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 19:02