To get this out of the way first – the twist for this film has been spoiled to death. I’d say it probably was spoiled in its entirety well before I was born. On the one hand, this means that the film’s ending has lost some of its punch, as we all know it’s coming. On the other hand, this means that when you come into the film, since you know the twist is coming, you also know to look for the clues for the twist in the story, and generally pay more attention to the film itself. Continue reading “Film Review: Planet of the Apes (1968)”
This time we’re covering issue # 48 of Nintendo Power for May of 1993 Continue reading “Nintendo Power Retrospectives: Part 64”
This time we’re checking out a fuel depot that has gone offline. Continue reading Let’s Play Mass Effect 3: Part 43 – The Dark Side of the Sun
God Told Me To is an interesting exploitation film. On the one hand, it’s a pretty clear-cut science fiction film on a lot of levels, but on another hand, it has some interesting concepts it plays with with societal paranoia and copycat crimes that gives it a bit of depth. Continue reading “Film Review: God Told Me To (1976)”
This time I have a video version of my review of Outrage.
This week I’m taking a look at the anime series Shirobako, from 2015. (Video Revised to add missing end credits music and adjust some footage). Continue reading “Anime Review: Shirobako”
Wherein we fight another very large crustacean. Continue reading “Let’s Play Lost Planet 3: Part 26 – Hail To the King (Crab)”
Civil War, as a Comic Event, was something of a spectacular failure. I haven’t been good at doing video posts on my blog the past few weeks (something I’ll try to fix shortly), but this past week I did a video post on YouTube about Civil War, the comics, event, and how that could have been fixed.
The film version of Civil War has none of those problems. Instead, it’s one of the top films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. There will be some minor spoilers in this review (below the cut if you’re reading this on my blog). Continue reading “Film Review: Captain America – Civil War”
Megazone 23 – Part 3 is probably the most Cyberpunk part of the Megazone 23 series. The other installments had artificial intelligences and rebelling against the man. However, Part 3 has more hacking, human cybernetic augmentation, and dealing with human society’s relationship with the planet. It’s also the weakest part of the series. Continue reading “Anime Review: Megazone 23 – Part III”
When 8 Bells Toll is a film that really feels like it desperately wants to be a Bond film, but doesn’t even remotely feel one – instead feeling a more conventional mystery thriller.
After the original The Yakuza Papers came out and did incredibly well at the box office, a sequel came out with a relatively fast turnaround. Unlike the first film, the sequel, Deadly Fight in Hiroshima, bypasses Bunta Sugawara’s character, Shozo Hirono (who does appear in this film as a cameo appearance), for a new character, and new story of induction into the world of the Yakuza.
Continue reading “Film Review: The Yakuza Papers Pt. 2 – Deadly Fight in Hiroshima”
This week we continue with Nintendo Power with issue #31 for December of 1991.
I’ve returned from Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, Washington. I give my thoughts on the three things that didn’t go well at the con, and the three things that were awesome. Continue reading “Vlog – Sasquan, Best and Worst”
This week I’m giving my belated thoughts on the dissolution of White Wolf Games at the hands of CCP. Please support my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/countzeroor Continue reading Vlog – CCP and the Closing of White Wolf
This week I’m taking a look at Nintendo Power #17, for November of 1990, covering Final Fantasy. Please support my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/countzeroor Continue reading Nintendo Power Retrospectives – Part 27
This time on the Nintendo Power Retrospectives, we take a look at the Best of the Rest of the Nintendo Power Top 30 for the magazine’s second year. Games Reviewed: Adventures of Lolo Baseball Stars Battle of Olympus Back to the Future Ghostbusters Goal! Nobunaga’s Ambition Jordan Vs. Bird Wheel of Fortune Continue reading Nintendo Power Retrospectives – Part 23
This is an awesome piece of work. I’d like to see the a picture of what PrimeJunt did with the spine of the book. Continue reading
This is a thing that’s been bugging me for quite some time. There’s this mindset that’s been bugging me for quite some time among people who, well, make their living criticizing anime – people like Justin and Zac of Anime News Network for instance. The idea is, that because the anime industry has demonstrated the market cannot support the levels of cost for mass production … Continue reading About Pricing, Anime, Manga, & Video Games, and Privilege
Movies set in historical periods or otherwise based around historical events will never go away. We will always have Victorian tales of class-based angst. Same with tales of valorious (or conniving) knights in medieval Europe. For Eastern cinema, we’ll probably always have samurai films of various stripes, and the same with various Wuxia films, discussing various martial artists and their exploits in Imperial China.
To get try and some background on wuxia films and their I recently read The Chronicles of the Chinese Emperors by Ann Paludan. The book gives an overview of the reign of approximately every emperor in Chinese history that is considered to be “officially” an emperor. Officially is in air-quotes because the book appears to defer heavily to the official Imperial histories. Continue reading “Book Review: The Chronicles of the Chinese Emperors”
For this week’s Quality Control, I’m going with my second “also ran” from the the pages of Nintendo Power – the Technosoft shump Thunder Spirits. The game is the third game in the Thunder Force franchise, and the only game in the series to get released on the SNES.
The forces of the Galactic Federation are not faring well in their century long war with the ORN empire. The Empire has installed cloaking devices on 5 their planets that harbor major bases to shield them from Federation forces, and they’ve designed a special defensive system called Cerebus to keep major fleets from searching for them. The Federation’s only hope is the new LEO-03 “Styx” starfighter, which is small enough to slip through Cerebus’s defenses, but has enough firepower to destroy the Cerebus system and the cloaking devices. Continue reading “Quality Control – Thunder Spirits (SNES)”
Sorry about the rapidly changing themes recently. Essentially, I’ve been going through the themes to find one that I really like. This is the closest I’ve found to one that I do like – one that works with the screen width in a way that I like, and with a header I like. Now, if only I could find a way to change the graphic … Continue reading Apologies for the Ever-Changing Themes
So, Technorati wants me to prove that I am the writer of the blog by putting a unique verification code in a blog post, to be specific, they want me to fit “THQNTUNF68J8” into a blog post. I’m not entirely certain how I can do so organically, but there we go. Hopefully they’re satisfied with it. Continue reading Technorati Verification Post
Editorial: It’s actually about something this issue! To be specific, Sega’s debuted their rating system for games, which will end up (with a few revisions) becoming the industry standard. Nintendo, seeking to get the upper hand in the Console War, actually attacked Sega for this, saying that it was an illegitimate justification for selling violent games.
Letters: We get questions about whether they ever had to give out a 1.5. They did, once, to Andre Agassi Tennis, which goet a 1.5 for Control, but they otherwise try to avoid putting games that rate that low in the magazine. I suspect they put that one in there because they interviewed Agassi when he was promoting the game. We also have props coming in for their poster artist, Francis Mao. There are also questions about why there is so much empty space in game cartridges (the explanation GamePro gives is for cooling, though I’m a little iffy on that), and a question which gamers will spend much contemplation on in the console generations to come – how do I easily switch between two consoles that use the same connector? They also messed up the code to enable Champion Edition on Street Fighter II Turbo. Continue reading “Where I Read – GamePro #49”
Well, now it’s time for my first review of a Ninja Gaiden Game – Ninja Gaiden 2 for the NES to be specific. As always, the video itself is below the cut (for those with low bandwidth), and I’ve uploaded the video to MegaUpload as well for those who would prefer to download it and watch it offline.
As far as getting the game, in addition to getting it on eBay, you can also get it on the Wii Virtual Console. Continue reading “Quality Control Review – Ninja Gaiden 2: The Dark Sword of Chaos.”