Archive for March 2010

I really can’t say enough about how good Heavy Rain is

It’s incredible how immersive the game is and how such an simple control scheme manages to just draw you in. You’re constantly on guard for what the next choice is going to be, and at times it becomes clear that they simply intend for you to fail. Just like the characters you’re playing there are simply some things you can’t do. You miss 3 buttons in a row and something bad happens and you realize that seems like exactly what was supposed to happen.
I shot and killed a man today, and I find that it’s really sticking with me. I find myself going back over the scenario and trying to figure out what I could have done differently to avoid that. Maybe if I’d just intervened a little earlier… I don’t know. But the thing is, I never consciously made the choice to shoot him, but at the same time I didn’t do it accidentally. I tried to talk him down, but it just came to a point where, with how he was talking, I felt certain that he was about to shoot my partner and instinct took over, I pulled the trigger. And I immediately thought “Holy crap, I just shot him…” It wasn’t conscious, and it’s not as if I accidentally bumped the button, at that moment I was just so immersed in the game that I instinctively knew that at that moment I had to do that. And I find that amazing, and I’m left wondering what that instinctive choice means for the rest of the game…

Best and Worst of the ’00s

And now that I have 2009 out of the way I can finally get around to my best and worst of the decade list…

The Best of the ’00s:

1. Amelie

2. Once

3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

4. Vanilla Sky

5. Mulholland Drive

6. Brother, Where Art Thou

7. Spirited Away

8. The Departed


10. The Dark Knight

11. Moulin Rouge

12. Love Actually

13. Garden State

14. Up in the Air

15. Lost in Translation

16. Thank You For Smoking

17. In America

18. Spider-Man 2

19. V for Vendetta

20. Punch-Drunk Love

21. Juno

22. Artificial Intelligence: AI

23. Memento

24. There Will Be Blood

25. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

26. Saved!

27. The Incredibles

28. 300

29. Across the Universe

30. Watchmen

31. Super Troopers

32. Keeping the Faith

33. (500) Days of Summer

34. American Pie 2

35. Minority Report

36. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

37. Brothers

38. Up

39. Ratatouille

40. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

41. Meet the Robinsons

42. The Dreamers

43. Donnie Darko

44. The Mummy Returns

45. Children of Men

46. Hot Fuzz

47. Stranger Than Fiction

48. The Whole Nine Yards

49. The Boondock Saints

The Worst of the ’00s:

1. Envy

2. Little Nicky

3. Bedazzled

4. Shallow Hal

5. The Happening

6. 28 Weeks Later

7. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

8. The Final Destination

9. Million Dollar Baby

10. John Q

11. Pulse

12. Little Black Book

13. Southland Tales

14. Smiley Face

15. The Ex

16. Bewitched

17. Nacho Libre

18. Date Movie

19. The Fast and the Furious

20. Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny

21. Grandma’s Boy

22. Harold & Kumar, Escape from Guantanamo Bay

23. The Phantom of the Opera

24. Scotland, PA

25. Hot Rod

My top and bottom movies of 2009

It’s Oscar time once again, so that means it’s time for my yearly best and worst of list for the previous year.

The Best of 2009:

1. Up in the Air

2. Brothers

3. Watchmen

4. Crazy Heart

5. The Young Victoria

6. A Single Man

7. Moon

8. The Hurt Locker

9. A Serious Man

10. Up

11. An Education

12. The White Ribbon

13. Paranormal Activity

14. (500) Days of Summer

15. Precious (Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire)

16. Inglourious Basterds

17. The Hangover

18. Paris 36

19. Sherlock Holmes

20. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Worst of 2009:

1. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

2. The Final Destination

3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

4. Drag Me To Hell

5. Fanboys

6. Race to Witch Mountain

7. Coraline

8. Bride Wars

9. 9

10. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

The 2009 Movies I’ve Seen

Once again it’s time for the annual list of movies from the previous year which I’ve seen, timed with the Oscars to give me a chance to see the films that take some time to make their way to Ohio.

January, 9 Bride Wars
January, 16 Paul Blart: Mall Cop
January, 23 Inkheart
January, 30 Taken
February, 6 He’s Just Not That Into You
February, 6 Fanboys
February, 6 Coraline
February, 13 The International
March, 6 Watchmen
March, 13 Sunshine Cleaning
March, 13 Race to Witch Mountain
March, 20 Duplicity
March, 20 Knowing
March, 20 I Love You, Man
April, 3 Paris 36
April, 3 Adventureland
April, 10 Observe and Report
April, 17 State of Play
May, 1 X-Men Origins: Wolverine
May, 8 Star Trek
May, 15 Angels & Demons
May, 21 Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins
May, 29 Up
May, 29 Drag Me To Hell
June, 5 The Hangover
June, 5 Away We Go
June, 12 The Taking of Pelham 123
June, 12 Food, Inc.
June, 12 Moon
June, 19 The Proposal
June, 24 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
June, 26 The Hurt Locker
July, 1 Public Enemies
July, 15 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
July, 17 (500) Days of Summer
July, 24 In the Loop
July, 31 Funny People
July, 31 The Cove
August, 7 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
August, 7 Julie & Julia
August, 14 District 9
August, 21 Inglourious Basterds
August, 28 The Final Destination
September, 9 9
September, 18 The Informant
September, 18 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
September, 22 Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf or Death
September, 25 Paranormal Activity
September, 25 Surrogates
September, 25 Coco Before Chanel
October, 2 A Serious Man
October, 2 The Invention of Lying
October, 9 Couples Retreat
October, 9 An Education
October, 16 Where the Wild Things Are
November, 6 The Men Who Stare at Goats
November, 6 Precious (Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire)
November, 13 The Fantastic Mr. Fox
November, 13 The Messenger
November, 20 The Blind Side
November, 25 Me and Orson Welles
November, 25 The Princess and the Frog
December, 4 Up in the Air
December, 4 Brothers
December, 11 Invictus
December, 11 The Lovely Bones
December, 11 A Single Man
December, 16 Crazy Heart
December, 18 Nine
December, 18 The Young Victoria
December, 18 Avatar
December, 25 It’s Complicated
December, 25 Sherlock Holmes
December, 25 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
December, 30 The White Ribbon

That’s 75, the most since I’ve started keeping track.