POF Archive: January 2019

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Anthem by Ayn Rand (5/10)

Having read her other books, I felt obliged to read this novella. It's a fairly literal take on individualism that would have benefited from a little world-building and character development. The sci-fi premise is that the world has regressed back into a primitive technological state. The collective is all-important. People are known only by numbers and their preferred pronoun is we. As expected, the hero is the character who begins to view himself as an individual only to be shunned by his peers. This idea would go on to be fleshed-out within the vastly superior novel, The FountainheadAnthe

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:49

Grand Voyage 13: Going Under

I have had this wood block sitting around for years and years now. Every year I would make a resolution to finish it and, like all resolutions, never followed through. Until now! I was able to squeeze this in before the ball dropped in 2018 and now my twelve print Grand Voyage series is a thirteen print series.

Originally, I was visualizing that the series would be comprised of three books of twelve prints. That was back when I was young, stupid and enthralled by the Lord of the Rings movies. The main problem with my ambitions were that I don't really have a full story fleshed out (and I'm lazy…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:17

Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls (6/10)

If you've seen my Planet Pimp Records site, then you know all about this movie. Planet Pimp regular Michael Lucas directed this homage to rock and roll era, juvenile delinquent B-movies with a radical feminist twist. Read my overview for some of the story behind the making of this film. I've finally had a chance to watch Blood Orgy after all these years and it is about what I expected. It's amateurish and at times incoherent but there are a handful of moments that make a viewing worthwhile.  Fans of the barely-related soundtrack will enjoy seeing their favorite lines of dialogue in context…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:41

Flower Drum Song (6/10)

A musical with no memorable musical numbers. There are a couple of nice dreamy dance moments. I think the key to a movie musical is the complete disregard for realism. This is why The Wiggles Movie is the greatest musical movie since Fiddler on the Roof. The problem with this movie is that the story and characters never go anywhere. There is no motivation behind why the male lead falls for the female lead other than she is the closest female. It was surprisingly nice to see Asian characters played by Asians in 1961.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 01/05/2019 - 22:07

Shadow Warrior 2 on PC (8/10)

Shadow Warrior 2

Shadow Warrior 2 is a fast and wild shooter that continues in much the same vein as the first reboot game (which I never got around to reviewing here). The game is irreverent and revels in its 90s roots but does its best to avoid the politically incorrect Asian stereotypes of the original game. There is a really visceral quality to the combat, especially when focusing on swordplay and melee attacks. You are constantly surrounded and relying on spastic special attacks and super powers to thin the onslaught.

The story is nothing special, but the one-liners and goofy tone keep it interesting…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 01/01/2019 - 18:22