Movie review: The Secret Life of Pets
I just got back from seeing The Secret Life of Pets. This is a movie which I had promised myself I wouldn’t see in theaters. The trailers were so bad and boring. No good jokes, no character reveals, and no story shown. Unfortunately, that’s because the person editing the trailer had no good jokes, characters, or story to include.
Long and short of it
The story of the film is about a dog, Max, who finds himself with a new roommate. This happens, of course, because his owner decided she wanted a second dog. After the two pups argue and fight for roughly an hour (in-movie time, not run time), they both get picked up by a dog catcher. The two then forge a friendship through their trip (more…)
10 movies that were actually remakes
Ever watch a movie and think, “I’m pretty sure I’ve seen something like this before…?” For a while now, Hollywood has been criticized for remaking old films instead of producing new original stories. When looking at the list of recent releases from Tinsel Town it’s easy to see why they catch so much flack, more than half of movies released over the last several years have been a rehashing of old stories already committed to film, but there are also several popular movies which most people don’t know are actually remakes. Here is a list of the top 10 movies you didn’t know were remakes:
Classic movies: The Truman Show
For the first time ever, my wife got to watch The Truman Show thanks to a night in and our old pal, Netflix. The decision to sit through this 90’s adventure went as follows:
Me: “Have you ever seen The Truman Show?”
Wife: “Uuuh, I don’t think so.”
Me: “Really? It’s pretty good.”
Wife: “Okay, lets watch it.”
Minimal prodding needed to interest her, and I didn’t even have to give away a single part of the plot (which I think really helped during her first view as the discovery of what is happening was exciting for her).
Watching Classic Movies
Those of my regular readers who have followed my work over several years know that I am a HUGE fan of movies. Not just “films” or “cinema,” but grimy horror, chick flicks, and old creature features. As with almost every film nerd, I have seen nearly every movie which critics would consider a “classic” as well as nearly every movie which is known as a pop-culture classic. Recently, while having a conversation with my wife about Back to the Future 2, I was shocked when she revealed that not only had she never seen it, but she had never seen the original Back to the Future either. In her family, films (more…)
Korean imports aren’t a silver bullet
Here it comes, another rant/article based mostly on hunches that I have regarding the League of Legends scene. I will put a disclaimer up front, I do not have any hard evidence that the mindset I will be describing within this post is is, in fact, how owners/coaches/players feel, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not far off. There has been a trend in League for the last several years where a struggling team will throw money at an aging Korean player in exchange for a season of play. The reaction that most teams have where they feel picking up a proven Korean player is understandable, a good player anywhere in the world is still a good player (as we recently saw at MSI), and yes, the Korean LCK has been the most dominant region in international play for many years now, but simply picking a player from a successful team in hopes of him turning the fortunes of your own team is a terrible tactic. Why do so many teams keep falling into this trap after seeing other teams fail using the vary same idea unsuccessfully before them?
Esports still growing
As an adult, a common question people ask when getting to know you is “What do you do for a living?” When I answer “I write about esports. You know, professional video games” people typically look confused and almost always reply with some form of “Wait, people actually watch video games?” Of course people watch video games! Aside from being the number 1 category of videos on YouTube, some esports events have had viewership greater than that of the NBA finals or the World Series. Besides, is watching a game any more strange than watching people cook like on Food Network, sew a dress like on Project Runway, or checking in on the Kardashians (whatever it is they do).
The Binding of Isaac review
“The Binding of Isaac is a cartoony dungeon crawl where the player pilots a small child through the labyrinth which is his mom’s basement. Isaac ran into the basement because his mother is convinced that she has been commanded by a higher power to sacrifice her son.” This was the description (or close to it) given to me by my older brother as he tried to convince me to play Isaac for the first time. I was resistant, but with good reason. My older brother was (and still is) known to have strange taste in general, and those preferences really seemed to go off the rails when it came to music, movies, and games. That, and the fact that defeating Freudian enemies by crying seemed like something I could accomplish on my own in my room.