Huh? What? Oh, cripes, you lot again! Well it would appear the blog hasn’t updated itself in my absence. Rude. Anyway, better get back to work! Will catch up with you all later!
I seem to have been once again bitten by the gaming bug. The mobile gaming bug that is! Currently, I am working my way through the two Dragon Quest games for the DS (review for DQIX en route! Watch this space!), I’ve been playing (a bit) iShot Pirates, and have reviewed it, for my dear friends and fans at midlifegamer.net (check out my affiliates page). And now I’ve got a fantastic little Castle Defence game for the iPad/iPod/iPhone called War Grimoire (HD version for iPad).
And then Resident Evil: Mercenaries arrives on the scene and my hands go into meltdown! Seriously though, I’ve rarely played this many games at once, if ever, but with them all being more mobile/handheld games, most of which I can just pick up and play for a short time before putting it away again, I seem to be juggling quite well.
Just FYI, my review for War Grimoire HD will not feature directly on my blog, but for GamersDailyNews.com (again, see affiliates for more details). This will be similar to what I do for MLG. I review the lovely games that they have provided for me, on their site, but I will link through any reviews back to here for you guys to find!
I’ve got some days off coming up shortly. Next week I am having a catch up radio show, so will be able to play catch up with my blog reviews too. You’ve all been very patient. Unfortunately real world job has been a tad busy this week (major flooding and summer sale launch, very fun), so my focus and time has been spent there.
Right, the iPad has a bit more charge again, back to WG HD!
I’m a fickle one, see! ;-)
Anyway, just a short post before I go to gym-land. My second game review for Midlife Gamer is now up on their front page, but to go straight to the review click here and it’ll take you right to the page!
Please leave a comment and check out the rest of the site, it’s a great place for everything gaming, so nose around and register yourself if you like!
See you all after my session! Bye!
Or “Stop stealing my dreams, you dwarf”.
Anyway, preamble first. Unfortunately Bridesmaids was sold by the time I got to the front of the queue, so my sister and I froze our proverbials off in a showing of Transformers 3. A showing which might as well have taken place in Iceland, because it was a tad chilly to say the least. So I have to wait a little while to get to Bridesmaids, but Transformers review will be up for the weekend.
Here is a belated review request for a friend, who suggested I give this a watch and possibly review it!
La cité des enfants perdus (City of Lost Children)
Well where on Earth do I begin with this one? Our film begins with an unfortunate man named Krank, who cannot dream, and thus in his wisdom kidnaps orphans from “The City” to steal their dreams. He lives out in the middle of a mine-riddled, puce-green sea in what can only be described as an oilrig inspired by . With him is his high-pitched dwarf-wife, Mademoiselle Bismuth, his six cloned sons, who seemingly shared one brain at creation, and a talking brain in a tank whom is probably voiced the French Alan Rickman, whom also suffers from chronic headaches. Are you with me so far?
Good. Ron Perlman plays a simple, yet incredibly strong, former whale hunter turned circus performer named One. Krank’s men have taken his younger brother, Denree, who will be put into the dream-deprived scientist’s dream-machines. One must journey, with his sidekick, a young girl by the name of Miette, to the City of Lost Children- Krank’s domain. This is another one of Perlman’s stranger roles, and is a good twist on his old favourite of playing “the big guy”. I mean he is 6’4” and built like an orangutan dressed as a tank, but it is nice for him to vary it up a bit. He also speaks French throughout (what with this being a French film) although he more grunts it than speaks it, which is part of his character more than Perlman’s inability to speak the language. In fact he does incredibly well, as I know he has spoken Spanish in another foreign film whose name has escaped me.
I am a fan of foreign films, so I knew what to expect going into this (somewhat). The settings and characters throughout are wonderfully surrealistic and generally bizarre. Along the way One and Miette come across some evil Siamese Twins (known as The Octopus), some assassin fleas led by an organ grinder, Krank’s army of “Cyclops” (more men who can only see with their strange steam punk monocle device) and a squad of wailing, suave French kids.
As with any film, in particular foreign film, the necessity to concentrate throughout (mostly on the subtitles) is ever present. This isn’t as dialogue-heavy as a lot of foreign films can be; Perlman’s dialogue is stunted and simplistic throughout as is befitting his character. He reminds me a lot of the character Lenny from ‘Of Mice and Men’, but perhaps a handful of brain cells smarter. In fact One is a real ‘Frankenstein’s Creature’. If you crossed Lenny with Terminator with Rupert the Bear I think you’d be in the right ballpark. It’s almost a shame you have to spend the entire film watching the bottom two inches of the screen, because there is a lot to be missed from the characters and the settings. This is a film that requires a second or third viewing. Failing that, viewers should be fluent in French.
The stories of our heroes, One and Miette, as well as the story and goings-on with Krank and co. on the oilrig, blend nicely as we progress through the odd fantasy-meets-steam-punk world created by famous French directing team Jean Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. The camera angles create a different look, compared to a lot of the films out in that era, but the editing is so smooth you barely notice the crossing of stories. I found much of it captivating, and at any opportunity I could get I would try and focus less on the text and more on the scenes set before me. To the film’s benefit, it uses very little CGI, especially during a period when the technology was in it’s very early days, and was being misused left, right and centre by many a film crew.
The true message behind City of Lost Children is this desire for a family. Krank has his scientifically formulated, mismatched family of clones and experiments, but it is not quite right. Then there is the touching story of One searching for his little brother, and the journey he and Miette embark upon. When the film focuses on this theme is when I find it at it’s most poignant. The fantasy thrills and quirky visuals are great, but there is never a case with this film of the style smothering the substance. It is also quite relieving that the film doesn’t turn into a fantasy version of Oliver, although the orphans are much reminiscent of Fagin’s and of kids from the classic book and musical. Every time you feel that there is something familiar about the film, we are treated to another zany location, or some curious piece of dialogue. Again, the balance struck here between the artistic and the necessary is in perfect equilibrium.
This is not a film everybody is likely to love. I had never heard of it until very recently, and am looking into finding a copy of Jean Pierre Jeunet’s debut film ‘Delicatessen’ to watch. It was his debut piece, and has received mixed reaction over the years, with some claiming it is one of the strongest directorial debuts on it’s kind. Now that sounds like something I need to see! But please enjoy ‘City of Lost Children’, as it is another one of those rare gems that crops up every so often. Just not very frequently in 1995!
Unfortunately I won’t be presenting on the radio today, as am feeling rather under the weather. Sitting in a tiny studio talking for two hours probably won’t do me any good. I hate missing a show, but I don’t want to burn out at the moment. So for anyone who does listen in, you’ll be treated to a repeat of last week’s show.
Anyway, on the bright side it gives me some time to catch up on a few bits and pieces. Long day at work yesterday meant very little chance for posting. So expect the full works today- plenty of reviews, news and bits and pieces!
Right, I’m off for some porridge and a banana. Am watching Another Year, which I missed at the cinema, so am looking forward to chilling out with it for a couple of hours before writing up my missing reviews.
On another note, why is Johnny English getting a sequel? Answers on a postcard, thanks!
Okay I’m all for Rowan Atkinson being back on screen, and maybe if I rewatched the first film I’d remember it more fondly than I do right now. If I can find it in a bargain bin somewhere I will pick it up and give it a go!
Final gasp: Bridesmaids and Transformers tomorrow! =D
Check out my quick news post on Zero1Gaming.com, just rounding up a couple of news stories from Nintendo!
Haven’t gotten my hands on Kirby’s latest Wii title yet, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, but once I get through my current backlog, I’m gonna give it a whirl!
The news post also contains my blatherings on The Last Story for anyone who hasn’t heard me whine about that game enough recently.
It isn’t often I get too excited about Superhero movies, particularly not anything tied into the mass of Avenger films. However I will make exception for Captain America, because A) It is the last thread to be put into place ahead of next year, hopefully, and B) Hugo Weaving is in it leading a pack of Cyber-Nazis.
Hugo BLOODY Weaving! It’s about time he returned to the fray, and why not as the baddie in this?
Anyway, here’s the newest trailer, which came out a couple of days ago!
It was semi-announced not long after the release of Fast Five/Fa5t/Fast and Furious- Rio Whatever We’re Gonna Call It Now, but now Universal Pictures have confirmed the release of Fast 6 in 2013, with a tentative release scheduled for late June.
This is no surprise whatsoever. The release of Fast 5 in the US Box Office was the equivalent of releasing an edition of Call of Duty that comes complete with a controller made of breasts. The film gave Universal Pictures it’s biggest opening weekend EVER. So there was little doubt a new one would appear.
I mean, I’m not a fan ofdriving films, but Fast 5 was the closest the franchise has gotten to being an actual film franchise, as oppose to just a series of drag races shown back-to-back. So, actually, I wouldn’t mind seeing a sixth one to see if they can continue the trend of improving upon the absolutely abhorrent reboot of the franchise from a few years back.
Oh, and as a treat, I’ll try and post my Fast 5 review later today. But I am on a family day out, and then another 3 hour gym session, so no promises that it won’t arrive until late tonight! Enjoy your day whatever you’re up to!