Robert Wm. Gomez's

August 2018

Planescape: Torment [Enhanced Edition] on PC (6/10)

Hot Isometric Action

I think with this I have finally played through all of the original Infinity Engine RPG games. Icewind Dale I & II are still my favorites of the bunch. Those were about building up characters and skillfully fighting though areas. Torment is all about story, story, story. Normally that's a good thing, but when that story is told via an endless scroll of text and dialogue trees is gets really tedious.

Deadlier Than the Male [1956] (8/10)

No this isn't about bikini-clad assassins, this female predator is a bit more subdued. This is a French black and white film about a famous chef who is given news of his ex-wife's passing from a young woman claiming to be her daughter. Of course she's not on the up-and-up, but the old man doesn't see it. But her mysterious back-story can wait. The first third of the movie is filled with exciting restaurant action. I'm not kidding. Watching the staff take care of a packed room of odd-ball guests was fascinating to watch.

Pursued (5/10)

This is a relatively action-free western that features Robert Mitchum as a turn of the century cowboy with a predilection for pomade... and his sister. The plot is simple, but is still hindered by the inappropriate flashback framing structure.

Watchmen (7/10)

This is one superhero movie that I actually wanted to see. I read the comic and thought it was okay and the movie seems to track pretty closely to the original story. The version I watched was the director's cut and it definitely could use some editing. There's a bit too much backstory and too many tangents. Still, I thought it all worked well. Fortunately, there isn't too much cliche superhero action but Zack Snyder still manages to inject way too much of his goofy CGI style everywhere.

Split (8/10)

Well, turns out M. Night is still capable of making an entertaining movie. This was a humble thriller about three girls kidnapped by a man with split personalities. While it may spend a bit too much time dishing out exposition as to how split personalities are real and can cause supernatural-like abilities, the main plot gradually builds the tension and doesn't pull punches. And a sorta/kinda twist that's a genuine surprise.