Warriors Basketball Update – 11/8/15

Warriors Basketball Update – 11/8/15

So the basketball season has officially started. I really don’t care too much about the 49ers, they are hard to watch these days, so these posts will be all about the Warriors. This is going to be a great section for people who maybe missed a game or in general aren’t that into basketball and/or The Warriors. If you are into basketball, even better! I love having discussions on here.

Without further ado I give you the recaps of the games so far. The Warriors have been undefeated and I will do my best to update this weekly so there isnt such an onslaught of videos. Enjoy!

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Up and coming #2

Up and coming #2

Hey there this is going to be my last update for the day. I got some stuff for y’all to look forward to. First up will be my review of Black Sea, a recent Jude Law flick about a bunch of guys trying to find some gold in an old nazi submarine. After that will come my review for the new Matt Damon flick, The Martian, I had fun with that one. I also just finished The Order: 1886 on PS4 and Patrick Stewart’s new Starz comedy show, Blunt Talk, just had its finale. Keep my Insights bookmarked and check back soon! Have a great weekend everyone!

On a different note, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has checked out my blog, I just passed 100 views and have had some great conversations with new people as well as some friendly followers! I also appreciate the likes, and once again, thank you for reading. Till next time, stay frosty! ūüėČ

Halloween Movies

Halloween Movies

Hello Internet! With Halloween happening tomorrow I thought it would be proper to prepare a little Halloween movie list. My friend ParticleBit did a great Halloween game list, be sure to check that out if you want some ideas for something spooky to play. In the meantime enjoy the list and hopefully there are some on here you haven’t seen before.

Event Horizon – Rated R – 96 Min.

This is a very disturbing film, and one that deserves your attention for at least one viewing. Space horror films are always a treat, as space is such a hostile, dark desolate place. It makes for a great setting and Event Horizon uses it well. The trailer above sets up most of the story, but its well done with some pretty great acting by Fishburne and Neill.

Sunshine – Rated R – 107 Min.

Sunshine is a real slow burn of a movie. Once again this is another great space horror film, and I like it a little more than Event Horizon. It’s more recent, and the special effects hold up really well. It’s not only one of my favorite Danny Boyle Films, but it’s also one of my favorite Cillian Murphy films. Murphy absolutely kills it here, and the score is absolutely fantastic. This is a very immersive film and one that I could easily watch again even though i’ve probably seen it about 3 times already.

Trick ‘r Treat – Rated R – 82 Min.

This is really fun, easy to watch movie. It’s a horror anthology film, which means it has interwoven stories – 5 of them. They all tie together in interesting ways, and the attention to detail in this film is amazing. There is also some humor sprinkled in there, but overall this is a perfect Halloween film. Check it out!

The Ring – Rated PG-13 – 115 Min.

The Ring is the only PG-13 film to really terrify me throughout, not like most PG-13 films where they maybe have 1 or 2 parts that creep you out. This film is deeply unsettling and incredibly well done. I remember watching this with a family member and not being able to finish watching it because they couldn’t handle it. We ended up finishing it later, but that was the last horror movie we ever watched together lol

Evil Dead 2 – Rated R – 96 Min.

Oh Evil Dead how I love you so! In preparation for Ash Vs. Evil Dead premiering on Starz on Halloween this year I felt like I had to have this on here. Not only is this my favorite film in the trilogy, but it’s also my favorite horror comedy ever. It’s such a fun movie to watch, and one that is even more fun to watch with friends, but then again what movie isn’t better with friends right? Have fun with this one.

Shaun of the Dead – Rated R – 99 Min.

This is right behind Evil Dead 2 as my favorite horror comedy. It stands up really well, has a great pace and is hilarious. Need I say more? A must watch if you haven’t already.

Halloween – Rated R – 109 Min.

I’ll probably get some flak for this but whatever, I liked this movie despite a lot of people not liking it at all. It was well paced, had great tension and created a feeling of helplessness that felt palpable. Is it the best horror movie ever? No, but its a great film to watch on Halloween and is a bit more intense than the original. If you like Rob Zombie and/or slasher flicks be sure to give this one a shot.

The Signal – Rated R – 103 Min.

I couldn’t leave this little underrated gem off of my list. I still watch it on Halloween once in a while, and it’s a great psychological horror flick that weaves different genres into one and has a great love story to boot. You really feel like you are with the characters in their struggle, its very immersive. Enjoy.

28 Days Later – Rated R – 113 Min.

This is another great zombie film and its directed by Danny Boyle! He does great movies, but his horror stuff really is something else. He has a knack for interesting characters and knows how to keep the film interesting even at a slower pace than most are used to. Cillian Murphy pulls another great performance here, he really knows how to act. A must watch for zombie fans.

Dawn of the Dead – Rated R – 101 Min.

This is by far the best horror remake i’ve seen. It manages to be more believable, intense and well acted than the George A. Romero original. It’s got some fantastic action, awesome effects, a little humor and some really creepy moments. Great zombie film.

The Shining – Rated R – 146 Min.

Ahhh The Shining. I’ve seen this movie at least 6 times, and I’ve enjoyed it a little more each time. Stanley Kubrick was a genius, and this film has the most impeccable attention to detail i’ve ever seen in a horror film. The less I say about this movie the better, but let me assure you it will be a fantastic first watch. It’s probably my favorite psychological horror film of all time, hence me putting it last on here. If you like it, be sure to check out the documentary, Room 237, which analyzes this film along with a few of Kubrick’s others and it will be sure to blow your mind.

Well that’s it for now. Have a great Halloween and thanks for reading!

Mac Miller and Nirvana Album impressions

Mac Miller and Nirvana Album impressions

Mac Miller GO:OD AM Review

17 Tracks

I didn’t expect I would ever listen to Mac Miller again. I listened to a few of his songs, especially Nikes on my Feet from about 5 years ago, but I never got super into him or anything. I discovered this based on a friends’ recommendation and enjoyed it a lot more than I thought!

The whole album is very consistent and comes across as laid back but still something that has great energy. It’s a fun rap album, and Time Flies along with Brand Name (above) were standout to me. really great album with fantastic production and lyrics.

Rating: 9/10

Nirvana’s Sliver: The Best of the Box Review

22 tracks

I dug this guy out of the garage a while back and one of the songs was already in my song of the day, but wow. I didn’t think i’d like this album very much based on the fact I burned out on Nirvana a while ago, but these songs feel very real and raw. The sound quality isn’t the best but it gives this more personality. This is a great album with some standouts like “Spank Thru” “Blandest” and “Come as you are”. Overall a great surprise for anyone that has a passing interest in Nirvana.

Rating: 8/10

Akira Review

Akira Review

Rated R, 124 Min. I watched the english version.

**Slight spoilers**

It’s only been recently that i’ve started to check out some anime. Akira has jumpstarted my interest in anime stories that on the outside look cliche, but really have a mature story to tell that displays a wide array of interesting characters and subplots.

Akira is all about the bleak future. The year is 2019, and Neo-Tokyo is in the shitter. Corruption runs rampant, biker gangs inhabit the dark recesses of the high-rises and religious extremists roam the busy areas of the city trying to warn of “Akira” and the impending doom that comes with it. What is Akira? Why are people so afraid of it?

Just another day in Neo-Tokyo
Just another day in Neo-Tokyo

We follow a lone biker gang with Kaneda and his super fast motorcycle (which has no name) as they struggle through school and try to make sense of the decaying city around them. Tetsuo is Kaneda’s best buddy, but also someone that Kaneda is always looking after. After some heated encounters with other biker gangs and eventually the local government, Tetsuo gets kidnapped and Kaneda attempts to devise a plan to try and get him out.

Little do they know what he has been dragged into, and the film is full of surprises and fantastic plot twists that you don’t ever see coming. This film has a fantastic look that instantly reminded me of Blade Runner and even A.I. The music and voice acting are also top notch as well. This is the sort of film that you want to watch in one sitting. Grab a drink, turn down the lights, and go along for the ride.

Some of the scenes are unlike anything¬†i’ve ever seen before. When Tetsuo is starting to have tests done to him, his sanity slowly breaks, and he gets in contact with other kids that are like him. This is when the film starts coming into its own and shedding the cliche skin that it had been wearing up until that point. The animation really shines here, and this doesn’t look like a film from the late ’80s in the slightest, and it holds up well. I also got the 1080p version, and it looked very crisp! The film really feels alive, its pretty amazing.

WOAH
WOAH

Verdict

This is a mature film, and definitely earns its R rating. It doesn’t hold much back, but never feels gratuitous. That is always a hard thing to do in any film, so I salute Akira for being able to ride that fine line. So what are my complaints here? Well…..I don’t have any. This film is perfect. It doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, tells an amazing story, has fluid, visionary animation, fantastic VO’s, ¬†and characters that you can understand and sympathize with. If you are curious about anime, start here. If you haven’t seen this yet, watch it. It’s a beautiful vision of chaos and people willing to do the right thing despite the odds the world they inhabit throws at them.

Rating: 10/10

Attack on Titan Review

Attack on Titan Review

Rated: TV-MA

25 min episodes, 2 seasons **Minor spoilers**

A show that starts off great, but loses steam with time

Attack on Titan is one of those shows that explains just enough to the viewer so that there is reason for the conflict. The main character here is Eren Jaegar, who makes a vow to cleanse the land of Titans because of what they did to his family. Titans are big, monstrous, humanoid beasts that for some reason that is never really explained roam the land in search of their next meal. Eren’s path to vengeance fuels most of the show, and while it works for a little while, there is a point where the plot twists are not only strange, but there isn’t much explained to make them believable at all. As the viewer I cared less and less about the plot as the show went on, because it got so weak.

It was weak because none of the characters are really around long enough for you to get attached to, and they are always so busy just trying to stay alive that they don’t get all that fleshed out. Even with all the flashbacks and heart to heart conversations, I didn’t really develop any feelings with the characters. It all felt pretty hollow.

Please don't eat me
Please don’t eat me

I watched this show because of the Titans. They are wonderfully designed and are extremely menacing. The main problem with this show is that is repeats itself over and over. People are dead! The government is corrupt! We are doomed! Another Titan invasion! Ok, ok we get it, things are depressing. The show doesn’t understand that you need to have a balance and doesn’t really have any sort of comic relief or any big events that give the viewer much hope that things are going to get better.

Verdict

The final nail in the coffin for this show was the ending. It was not only a cliffhanger, but incredibly unsatisfying. I had to trudge through all the episodes to get to this finale? THAT’S IT? How does this show have an 8.9 on IMDB? If you want to check out this show, just watch the first half. It is pretty badass just to watch the Titans do their thing. Beyond that, it was kind of a waste of time for me. I put a bunch of episodes on my iPad before a trip and got invested in it because I didn’t have wi-fi access and therefore didn’t have much else to watch.

meh-graphic-buckle

6/10

SOMA Review

SOMA Review

SOMA is rated M for Mature.

**This review does contain some spoilers.**

Since this is a very story heavy game i’ll try and keep them to a minimum.

SOMA is one of those games that I got so immersed in that it’s tough to talk about without spoiling anything.¬†If you like first person horror games at all, go play it and come back here. It really is that good! Ok now that we got that out of the way, let’s get into it.

Story

SOMA has a very straightforward, sometimes ambiguous story that gets under your skin. The game starts with you going to a doctor’s appointment at an eerie, deserted office and it only gets worse from there. Somehow you are transported to a different world, PATHOS II, an underwater facility. As you play you unravel more of the reason of how and why you are where you are, and¬†you slowly unravel what the hell is actually going on.

The story is one of the best things about this game, and the more I leave to mystery, the better. It may be confusing at first but if you stick with it and trust the game, it explains everything very nicely. If you can, just watch the trailer above to gage your interest, and dive in with the lights off.

Visuals

This is a gorgeous game. You notice it as soon as you start exploring PATHOS II and notice all the little details littered around the environment. Environmental storytelling is tough to do and really requires a fine touch that you don’t see much anymore. Frictional studios gets a lot of mileage from the updated engine here, and the lighting especially is fantastically moody while still being subtle. There are no typical video flashbacks, you have to piece the past together reading notes and listening to audio logs. While some may be put off by this, you can listen to most audio logs as you explore, so it’s not too bad. These logs also have very good VO (voice overs) that make them very believable. I played this game on medium settings and still walked away very impressed. It also ran pretty well on my aging PC.

soma scene
Gorgeous downfall

Gameplay

Very similar to other FPH(first person horror) games like Amnesia and Outlast, this is a game of hide and seek when the enemies show up. When there are no enemies, you are solving puzzles and piecing together the plot by observing the environment for logs. While this game was not quite as scary and unsettling as Amnesia: The Dark Descent was, the puzzles were less obtuse and the whole pace of the game was near perfect. I do really hope for their next game Frictional brings back the sanity meter from Amnesia. That mechanic not only set it apart from every other horror game out there, but it made the game consistently terrifying.

The sanity meter was a great mechanic in Amnesia that made you constantly find sources of light, and use matches (which you had a limited supply of) so that you wouldn’t go insane. Spend too much time looking at an enemy or too much time in the dark and your sanity would slowly slip away and slow your movement, while warping the environment around you.

bring back the sanity meter!
Bring back the sanity meter Frictional!

Sometimes the enemies can be frustrating, because you don’t have many good hiding spots and you can’t fight back, you just have to keep moving forward and be as quiet as possible. When this works, you feel like a ninja, but when it doesn’t the game comes off as clunky and death can come fast when you got nowhere to go. Luckily there are a good amount of checkpoints so you don’t get sent back too far and health isn’t too hard to find.

Lastly, the level design is superb. You never really get too lost, and there are little details littered throughout the environment that point you in the right direction so you don’t get frustrated. This happened to me a few times near the end of Amnesia, so I was very happy to see Frictional has learned from their mistakes here.

Verdict

Overall, this game was a joy to play. In the 8 or so hours it took to beat I rarely got frustrated with it, it was pretty creepy and the story was so good that it made me not only think about what it means to be human, but also where humanity is headed.¬†The ending was perfect (it’s after the credits) and I can’t wait to see what Frictional does next. This game was very successful for them, so if they bring back the sanity meter and make another FPH game at least this good or better we could have ourselves a perfect horror game on our hands.

8.5/10