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Prometheus

16 Dec

I once worked with a huge Ridley Scott fan who, upon seeing this film, ranted for about a week solid about how terrible it was. (We’d then noticed that we could use the word “Prometheus” to send him into these hilarious rants at our will and got much amusement out of this.) Since then, not one person I’ve spoken to has said it was any good – in fact, many just make fart noises and proceed to complain about the gaping plot holes. With this in mind, I thought it high time I watched it for myself (and wrote about how terrible an experience it is).

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In Your Eyes

25 May

While this isn’t really the type of film we’d normally write about on Two Geeks, it is Joss Whedon so it’s relevant in a way.

In Your Eyes

I’d seen In Your Eyes mentioned on a few blogs. It’s a Joss Whedon-penned vimeo-streamed feature film – available for rent for 72 hours online now. He wrote and produced it but it was directed by Brin Hill. It’s an interesting move in a number of ways – it’s a jump to low-budget for Whedon and also the direct online rental aspect is a bit of a change from the traditional methods – or using big streaming services like Netflix. Having had a look around the “On Demand” section of Vimeo, I’m not seeing anything that grabs me as much or has any big names but it’s a nice idea – the site says “most of the cash goes to the maker”.

Anyway, on to the film. Merely 3 minutes in, I was sold. Two kids, miles apart, linked together by a psychic bond. Both get injured when one gets hurt – as we find out when Becky has a sledging accident and Dylan shares her experience in a crowded classroom at school.

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Painting with Hurricanes – The Disaster Artist Reviewed (Book Review)

20 Feb
Sadly, it's not about Bob Ross painting "happy little tornadoes"...

Sadly, it’s not about Bob Ross painting “happy little tornadoes”…

I know what you’re thinking.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking after “Doesn’t he know that no one reads these things?”

A book review? A non-fiction book review?

Really?

Really.

Now bear with me for a second. Normally these are topics I stay away from on this site, but given the book’s subject matter – and how incredibly well this book reads – I figured I’d make an exception.

Just this once.
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A Tale of Two Games: Assassin’s Creed 4 Reviewed

25 Jan
Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag

Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag

When I wrote my review for Assassin’s Creed 3, I mentioned that the single best aspect of the game was the naval combat, and stated that I’d love to play a game with an emphasis on that. So when Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag was announced, I was overjoyed. Sail the high seas as a pirate! Parkour your way to riches and fame! It couldn’t possibly live up to my expectations. Could it? Continue reading

Rubber: just plain weird.

6 Dec

I heard about Rubber a few years ago. Naturally, the concept of a film about a homicidal tyre appealed to my whimsical side – I imagined it had a lot of potential for stupidity and hilarity.  Which is technically true – it had the potential. Sure, it was shown at the Cannes Film Festival – which should’ve been a bit of a hint, but I wasn’t fazed (I have been known to watch some high-brow films in my time too).

Rubber-2010-film-poster

I wanted stupidity.  I had high hopes it’d be a monster truck tyre…there’d be all kinds of whirling around people’s necks until their breath is cut off, bouncing on top of people’s heads and their heads smooshing with eyes popping out and really bad animation, dodgy bouncing sound effects, perhaps a reenactment of the boulder scene from Indiana Jones with a giant tyre …that kind of thing. Alas, no.  This is a serious film – or at least that’s what its director, Quentin Dupieux, was aiming for.

I think the build-up of expectations probably worked against it. Although, that period did include a large portion of time where I completely forgot about its existence, but hey… Anyway, Rubber opens in the middle of a desolate landscape – presumably somewhere in America. Standard. A bunch of observers are brought out to bear witness to the events by some guys wearing police outfits. There’s a rather philosophical cop narrating about life.

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Destructible Servers: Battlefield 4 Reviewed

4 Nov

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a game review. Sorry about that.

It’s not that I haven’t been playing new games – I have. Earlier this year, after a flurry of game reviews, I applied for an E3 press pass – naively, not realizing how large the blog has to be in order to even be considered. Unsurprisingly, I was denied in short order. I’ll admit, it took quite a bit of wind out of my reviewing sails. It forced me to realize how few views this site actually gets in the grand scheme of things, and how most of the time it really is just me talking to myself in here. So with that in mind, after much sulking and decaying of sanity…

Oh, quit whining and get on with the review already!

Right you are, Other Tom. Since it’s probably just you and me, and we’re both here, let’s get started.

Wait, what game is this again?

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Civilization V: Brave New World Reviewed

17 Aug
It's a... well you get the idea.

It’s a… well you get the idea.

Hello. My name is Tom, and I’m a Civ addict.

*Hello, Tom*

I’ve been a civiliation addict since the first game came out some 20 years ago (God, I feel old). Those early, epic sessions where I’d start with the idea of only playing for an hour, only to realize too late that the sun had gone down – and then come back up. It’s the game series that taught me “one more turn” is the most evil phrase in existence.

So when a new Civilization game comes out, I pounce on it. When an expansion comes out, I’ll be there. It was only natural I’d grab the latest DLC for Civ V – Brave New World. I’ve actualy had this since it was released, but alas I don’t have the free time I used to (did I mention how old I feel?), and as you can probably tell I don’t do these reviews for a living. Hence the delayed review. How does this DLC fare? Continue reading