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Archive for November, 2009

DVD of the Day #317 - South Park: The Complete Third Season

Friday, November 13th, 2009

This easily my second favourite season of South Park, after Season Five of course.

Good:

RainForest, Shmainforest: Hilarious cruel satire about the evils of the rainforest.

Sexual Harassment Panda: I don’t know why I love this episode so much, but I do.

Chinpoko Mon: A great satire of Pokemon

Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics: Fun musical numbers abound!

Hooked on Monkey Phonics: A great send up of Home schooling and a monkey.

Bad:

The Succubus: It’s just stupid and it doesn’t even get the Succubus legend right.

Spontaneous COmbustion: It’s a whole episode of fart jokes. Oy.

The Red Badge of Gayness: Civil War send up with racism and hick jokes from beginning to end

Are You There God, It’s Me Jesus: i just didn’t get this episode at all and the obsession with rectal bleeding that littered this season of South Park. Trey and Matt must have been cornholing each other a lot.

Overall, much like every other season of South Park, it was cute, but not worth keeping. A little SP goes a long way.

Is It Worth Keeping? No, but it was worth watching
Rating: 5.5/10

Review #320

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Pokemon Rumble
Developer: Ambrella
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Beat ‘Em Up
Release Date: 11/16/2009

Back on June 10th of 2009, I received a gift from Ambrella for my Nintendo Wii. It was the yet-to-be-released Melee! Pokemon Scramble for WiiWare. It turned out to be a fun little game that reminded me of a weird mix Dynasty Warriors and the WWE’s Royal Rumble, but with Pokemon. Five months later, we’re set to see the now titled (in North America) Pokemon Rumble hit the WiiWare here. Ambrella’s last foray into WiiWare (and Pokemon) was My Pokemon Ranch, which was basically a remake of Pokemon Box. Sadly, we never got the Pokemon Platinum update for MPR here in the states, but it’s nice to see we’re getting Pokemon Rumble.

In both Pokemon Collector Magazine and with friends, I’ve described Pokemon Rumble as, “the Pokemon game for people who don’t like the core RPG’s.” That being said, Pokemon Rumble is priced at $15 (or 1500 Wii Points), which makes it pretty pricey for a WiiWare title. Is it worth the cost of three NES games, or is this better left for the more curious or Pokemon friendly?
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DVD of the Day #316 - Yu Yu Hakusho Vol. 9: Deathmatch

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Here we are with yet another Yu Yu Hakusho DVD. This one continues the darl tournament and gives us four straight episodes that are pretty much nonstop violence.

The first two episodes cover Yusuke’s teammates battling and killing two members of Team Rokuyukai. The next two episodes cover Yusuke’s battle with an Australian alcoholic (but aren’t they all?) named Chu. The two battle it out for the first episode and then the second is a knife fight, when each guy standing on the knife and punching the shit out of each other.

Of course the good guys win and move on in the tourney, but this is a lot, and I mean a LOT of fighting. Thankfully it’s not DBZ crap where it’s people standing around talking instead of fighting. No, this is all action, some of which is pretty gorey. In all another decent entry in the series. 9 DVD’s in and I’m still liking it.

Is It Worth Keeping? Yes
Rating: 6/10

Review #319

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Buzz Quiz World!
Developer: Relentless Software
Publisher: SCEE
Release Date: 11/11/2009
Genre: Quiz Show

Buzz! Quiz World is one of those games I didn’t expect to be reviewing in this release-packed month of November. In fact, I had totally forgotten it was coming out until it arrived at my home, sans buzzers, direct from Sony. Thankfully I had four buzzers for the game already, because about a year or two back, Sony and Amazon.com sent me the original Buzz! For the PS#, Buzz! Quiz TV to review via the Amazon Vine program.

I enjoyed the original Buzz! Buzz for what it was, but I can’t say it’s a game I pull off my shelf very often. I strongly doubt I would have paid for it on its own, seeing as I prefer solo gaming to a multiplayer experience. When I’m with friends, there are MANY things I’d rather be doing than playing video games, but in those rare occasions, both Buzz! and Singstar more that fill that need.

Buzz! Quiz TV had (and still has) a lot of DLC that you could get for it, but I only purchased the “horror movie” and “National Geographic Safari” packs. Still with the literally thousands of downloadable questions, one might wonder why a second Buzz! game for the PS3 was needed when big fans of the game could just keep buying the new packs. With that in mind, is Buzz! Quiz World worth forty dollars if you already have the original, or worth sixty if you need to buy the buzzers?
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DVD of the Day #315 - Yu Yu Hakusho Vol #8 - The Dark Tournmanent begins

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Several weeks ago I reviewed the seven volume collection of Yu Yu Hakusho called “The Great Spirit Detective Saga.” I found myself really enjoying this anime, especially as it was free and put the rest of the series in my queue on Swapadvd.com. Well, volumes 7 and 8 came up so here we are reviewing them.

Volume seven contains only three episodes, which was typical for anime until recently. For free, I can live with a sixty minute DVD. The first three episodes cover the Dark Tournament which is a five on five team battle held by demons and yakuza to determine who is the most evil group of fighters in the world. Yusuke, three of his friends and a mysterious masked competitor (It’s really obvious who this is if you’ve watched the series) are sent to the battlle so they can all die horribly in battle. Of course they only agree to this because if they don’t, bad guys will kill their families and loved ones. Still, it’s a good way to pad an entire series of episodes with actual action instead of the DBZ way of just standing around yelling aka “powering up.”

The first episode on the disc sets this up, the second episode explains the tourney and the third episode is Team Urameshi’s first battle, which they lose by countout.

This was fun and at sixty minutes long, it fit my workout schedule perfectly.

Is It Worth Keeping? Yes
Rating: 6.5/10

So what’s been going on for the past two weeks

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

October 29th - I made it to Salem. Trinity would get there an hour after me and so we at at Wagamama (and took pictures of our vittles), checked into our Sheraton Resort (Amazing rooms, olympic size pool, water park, and so much more. AWESOME) and then we messed around Salem. We ate horribly bad for us hot dogs (I had a pastrami dog!), custard, and walked all over Salem just having fun. We also interrupted a lecture on Bernie Madoff by accident. Oops. Then it was time to pick up Dan. That was pretty much the night.

October 30th - We went exploring an abandoned power plant and would then eventually move on to two different clubs in the greater Boston area. We learned that every goth club in Boston right now is held in a Chinese restaurant. The first club we went to was one of these and it was fun. It was bigger than the basement clubs DC has, and the dance floor was actually bigger than the one at Hard Monday’s. Lots of friendly people, although only one cute girl (who was totally batshit and drunk) but we had a lot of fun. The second club was a pretty swankie event that we got into for free because we were awesome. This was more a pop/maintstream club, but they had better costumes and more interesting people. We made some friends there and ended up making a potential hang out session for the same bat-time, same bat-channel. Dan wasn’t really a fan of this one, but I loved it.

October 31st - Ah Salem day. This was awesome, although it started out a bit crappy with bad shuttle service fucking up on us three times. Eventually we grabbed a cab along with two other people at our hotel and then spent 11 hours walking around Salem and putting in about 20 miles on our feet and shoes. Trinity and I were stopped constantly for pictures. People really like vampires and Cobra Commander it appears. I have tons of pictures up in my Facebook, and you’ll have to go there to see them. We ate very little that day, just some soup and custard and met a ton of people. I think i made the right choice costume wise, but fuck if I will ever wear that helmet for even a fraction of that amount of time again. Afterwards, we met up with some friends of Dan and went out for food before calling it a night.

November 1st - This was a lot of fun. We went to Plymouth Rock and I had some amazing Callimari done “Rhode Island Style” which I had never heard of before. Then it was up through Cape Cod to hang out at a beach at dusk followed by a trip to Blue Ginger which is Ming Tsai’s restaurant. The food was just as great this year as it was last year, even if the menu was almost the exact same thing. Dan took a picture of the menu. I’ll include that here eventually.

November 2nd -This was our day of flying home and both Dan and I got earlier flights out of Boston to our respective locations. I came home, unpacked, showered and played with the bunnies.

Nov 3rd -5th. This was business as usual. Just work, gaming and hanging out. The 4th was when the severe this blog is on went on, but it can’t be helped as Dan was in Baltimore at a conference and wouldn’t get back to MSP until very late Sunday. Eh, shit happens.

Nov 6th - Dan stopped by to spend the weekend. I can’t even remember what we did Friday. I know I took him to Busboys and Poets where we were served by a hottie waitress. That night into dawn I ended up having a bunny scare as Baby was makiing some strange noises and hyperventilating harder than ever. I was so worried. This would go into…

Nov 7th - …where I would get Baby a vet appointment, but they couldn’t fit her in until 5:30pm…even though they told me 5pm over the phone. Grrr. This was also Mr. Chewie Biteums’ 5th birthday who is now middle aged for a rabbit. I can’t believe it’s been five years of that wonderful (but destructive) bunny. He was NOT happy about his birthday being spoiled by baby potentially being fatally sick. To get my mind off the long time between morning and the vet, I took Dan to an abandoned mental asylum he said few, if any, urban explorers had ever gotten inside of. luckilt, I knew the trick to getting in their and brought him inside so he could take pictures. It’s a hobby of his you see. We also did breakfast at Bear Rock Cafe and it was then i learned with much sadness that the Vietnamese place in Shirlington has closed its doors permanently. I was so sad by that news. I loved that place. However in researching, it closed on sept 4th, so I somehow missed this for two months. oops. Then it was back home to pick up bunnies.

It ended up being a TWO HOUR vet appointment where we learned Baby just had bad hairballs and in addition to hairball medicine (which unlike most rabbits, she and chewie love) she has to go on an all hay diet until the middle of Jan when she and Chewie have their yearly physical. I was mentally wiped by this point, not to mention exhausted because I didn’t sleep the night before, so I took Dan out to Texas De Brazil, a Brazillian Steakhouse and we gorged on meat. It was Dan’s first meat buffet in a while as he’s a vegitarian and I actually haven’t had meat since that meal. We both agreed it was better than Fogo De Chou, but sadly we spent the night watching movies with me half asleep for it.

Nov 8th - I took Dan into DC proper where we did two art museums and Jaleo for brunch. Then it was off to Union Station to drop him off and I took a long nap when I finally got home.

Nov 9th - a lot of work and a rare trip into the office.

Today - Even more work and playing/writing a review of the new Buzz! PS3 game.

Whew. Now we’re all caught up. Any questions?

Now that the blog is back up…

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

…you might have missed two of my reviews that have since gone live over at Diehard GameFAN

#317 Rabbids Go Home

#318 Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked

DVD of the Day #314 - The Pink Panther and Friends: The Ant and the Aardvark Classic Cartoon Collection

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

This came up on Swapadvd.com for me so I grabbed it. Originally I owned the complete Pink Panther cartoon collection and discovered it only had the literal Pink Panther cartoons and not the cartoons that showed in between each PP bit ala US Acres and Garfield. This contained all 17 Ant and Aardvark cartoons and it ran just a hair under two hours.

I can’t say this was very good. It’s late 60’s/early 70’s animation and most of the cartoons felt like watered down Road Runner or Elmer Fudd cartoons. A little slapstick and some attempts at wittiness. The Ant is a beatnik and the Aardvark is a New York Hasidic Jew. I could see some people being a bit whiny in regards to the lack of PC here, but so fucking what? It’s thirty years old.

This was pretty dull and I don’t find it to have aged well, much like the actual Pink Panther cartoons themselves. I guess I can’t take seveen cartoons with the same exact plot in a row, be they Ant and Aardvark or Bugs Bunny taking a wrong turn at ABQ. Not worth seeing or owning.

Is it Worth keeping? No
Rating: 4/10

DVD of the Day #313 - Wrestling With Shadows

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Happy anniversary Bret, you whiny sad motherfucker.

It’s interesting to note that November 9th tends to be a day of great evil occuring. Kristelnacht, for example. Of course, if you ask a bunch of meally-mouthed people from Calgary, they’ll give what happened in 1997 as the clincherm, why the rest of us say “It happened twelve years ago, get the fuck over it.”

For those not in the know, I’m talking about Survivor Series 1997. It’s a long convoluted story about Bret Hart and Vince McMahon. Bret was a main eventer for the WWF at the time, but the WWF was tanking in the ratings and money compared to Ted Turner’s NWO…I mean WCW. Bret used WCW and pitted it against the WWF to get a massive contract offer from them. The WWF in returned offered less money, but a twenty year contract. Bret went with security and loyalty over money until Vince realized Bret wasn’t actually a draw and wanted out. Bret ended up going with the WCW contract so that he could you know, feed his wife and family. However he was champion at the time. Vince wanted Bret to lose the title to Shawn in bret’s last match. Bret wanted to lose to anyone but Shawn because Bret is a conservative, racist homophobic catfucker (Serious, read his autobiography. He and the other Harts would stick their fingers all the way up cat anuses. Ew) and Shawn is a flamboyant drug addled primadonna with massive ego problems. As you can imagine, they didn’t like each other. Vince would lie to Bret and say the match would be a double DQ but halfway through the match, they ring the bell and say Vince tapped out to Shawn’s sharpshooter. Then Vince gets a punch in the eye from Bret. Vince goes on to make zillions off this, become the evil McMahon and Bret flounders in mid-card hell in WCW until he gets a career ending concussion from Goldberg and then has a stroke. Shawn Michaels, would go on to injure his back in casket match, retire for five years, find jesus and return to wrestling as an even better performer and the second most respected guy in the locker room after The Undertaker. Wah wah wah.

The movie is full of all sorts of lines from Bret that would are now hilariously ironic.

On HHH: “He could never get over as a face. He’ll always be a heel. They’re nothing he could do to get a face pop.”
On Tammy Sytch: “She’s just a friend. That’s it. Just a friend.”

There are many more, but those two are the ones that really stand out.

The whole documentary was meant to just be a snippet of Bret’s career and it ended up taping the most controversial moment in the history of wrestling. Because of the timing and how this ended up saving the WWF and burying WCW, there are still people who believe the whole thing is a work. I’m not one of them, but I can understand the origins of this particular conspiracy theory.

Worth watching if you were a big WWF fan in the mid to late 1990s or are interested in wrestling history. Otherwise it’s just talking heads.

Is It Worth Keeping? Yes
Rating: 6.5/10

DVD of the Day - #312 - The Brink

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

The idea behind The Brink is one I’m always surprised hasn’t been done before. I mean, it practically writes itself, especially since the core of the movie is true. FACT: Thomas Edison tried to build a machine to talk to the dead. FACT: Edison died before completing it. This film takes the premise that he actually did finish the machine and the end result is what actually killed him. That works pretty well, right?

Well this is a low budget film with next to no special effects or money for quality acting and the end result is a film that seems more akin to a Senior Drama/film school project. It’s not horrible, but it just doesn’t feel that professional, especially as the ghost make up is oft-kilter face paint with big black rings around the eyes. Ooh, scary.

The majority of the movie takes place in an abandonded farm house which eventually turns out to be the home of the man character. She discovers the plans for Edison’s device, perfects it and then uses it to call up her family so that she can learn while they all brutally murdered each other. Of course when you call up crazy murdering dead people, it turns out they still want to be murdering on account of the crazy. Whoops. You can imagine where it goes from here.

Again, a mediocre film across the board, albeit it one based on a nifty concept.

Is It Worth Keeping? No.
Rating: 4.5/10


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