Shin Godzilla, a.k.a. Shin Gojira, a.k.a. Godzilla Resurgence (not to be confused with Independence Day: Resurgence) is the latest Godzilla movie to stomp its way into the box office. You may be a little confused about this film since you probably haven’t heard of it. There’s a bit of a special reason for that. Toho Co. Ltd. is the company that started it all over sixty years ago with 1954’s Godzilla and finally, after the Americans’ shaky run with the series, the reins have been passed back over to the masters to continue the Godzilla franchise they way it was intended. Shin Godzilla is currently under limited release in the United States and Canada, showing on less than 500 screens for one week only. I don’t know if Toho plans on making a full wide release in North America or not, but for the time being, you’ve only got a couple more days if you’re interested in seeing this newest slab of kaiju cinema.
Sometimes I don’t want to write 1000 words on one movie, so I’m going to start a new series of posts called Rapid Rambles where I’ll rattle off about a couple movies just to get my thoughts on intangible internet paper. Since it’s October it’s time for spooky movies. Now, because my friends and I are nerds we’ve been having horror movie dates every weekend for a few weeks now, but now that Halloween season is officially upon us it’s time to ramp up the scares and dive head first into the macabre. Today, I’ll be babbling about a movie I really liked, and a movie I really didn’t. (more…)
Sequels to successful horror movies are strange beasts. We’ve been trained to wince at horror movies that have ever increasing numbers at the end of their titles. We complain that they’re all cheap cash grabs and rehashes of the movies that came before it, but we always secretly hope that they live up to the original or manage to capture the same proverbial lightning in a bottle. The more impressive the original film the more volatile people’s reactions will be when its inevitable sequel comes out. So when a sequel to one of the best horror movies of the last 15 years comes out, you bet people are going to get divisive about it.
The Conjuring 2 is the newest project from horror master James Wan. He’s really becoming a household name in horror directing over the last few years, especially after the massive critical and financial success of the first Conjuring movie. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are back as the adorable demon slaying power couple Ed and Lorraine Warren, and in this movie they’re sent off to England on behalf of the church to investigate a potential haunting. A down on their luck, lower-middle class family have noticed strange things happening to them and their house; their daughter teleports in her sleep, furniture is moving around on its own, and some of the kids are seeing some suspicious things. Sound familiar? It probably does, because the setup is pretty much the same as the first Conjuring. Luckily that’s where the unnecessary similarities end. (more…)
Fear not, people who read this blog to follow me on my cinematic journey of exhausting my inexhaustible To-Watch List: One more movie has been struck from it! I mean, I’m still going to write about D&D and whatever else I want because this is my blog (as well as have friends write about weird things), but I’m letting you know that I haven’t given up on my goal of watching a zillion movies. It’s September and I work in a video store (based on that, I’d guess you think that I’m trapped in the ’90s), so that means it’s Halloween. And Halloween means horror movies start going on sale to shovel as many thrills and chills down the throats of the hungry masses (read: drunk students). And horror movies going on sale means that I need to watch my Visa bill, because I have a feeling my DVD and Blu-Ray collection is going to double in size by the time November 1st comes around.
The Curse of Frankenstein is the one of the first of many beloved (and some not so beloved) Hammer horror films to come out through the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Hammer was a British production company that churned out movies like crazy and are best known for their versions of the Frankenstein, Dracula, and Mummy stories, all of which happen to star Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. These three films spawned a huge amount of sequels and are generally seen as some of the classic films that any horror buff needs to see. The Curse of Frankenstein was directed by Terence Fisher, who went on to work on many of the sequels, as well as The Horror of Dracula and many of its sequels.
Well, maybe not right now. I don’t know your life. Maybe you’re reading this at 4am in a train station, or in a boardroom sitting through an impossibly long and boring meeting that you thought you’d attend because you were accidentally CC’d on an email about it. By right now, I mean as soon as you’re comfortable. The purpose of this post is to get people who have been hesitant or dismissive of RPGs to hopefully open up a little more about the subject. For them to understand why other people like RPGs and why they might like them too. This isn’t a post on how to actually play RPGs. This is just an introduction to RPGs and RPG culture as a whole. If you’re reading this and you already play an RPG, give it a read anyways and see if our opinions align enough for you to share it with a non gamer in your life. You’ve already given me the pageview, so there’s no point in turning back anyways. (more…)