Gran Torino

Going into the movie all I knew was it was a film about an angry old man who learns to stop hating Asians. Turns out the movie is about an angry old man who learns to stop hating Asians, but damn it’s a good film. Clint Eastwood plays the best grumpy old man ever, and his sneer and growl is perfect. I was surprised how much I liked it.

Top film. Five stars. Should’ve picked up a best film Oscar nomination, if not the whole thing.

Movie Fail Prediction – Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li

 

This movie has fail written all over it, on so many levels. A movie based on “Street Fighter” the arcade game that was popular about 15 years ago? Focusing mainly on the Chun-Li character, (was she even all that popular?) With the chick from Smallville in the title role? The kicker for me? Vega is being played by Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas.

Will be skipping this one.

Assassin’s Creed

Completed Assassin’s Creed over the weekend, and my immediate thought was how incredibly repetitive it was. The game looks beautiful and the gameplay elements are simple and fun, the parkour aspects for example are great, but at the end of the day there isn’t enough to do, and the game makes you do the same things over and over again. But for the fact it was relatively easy to do and I was making decent progress through it I might’ve given up, but the story was interesting enough to have me see it through.

It felt like it wasn’t enough of a full game, and they had to pad it. Which is a shame to say that because it’s otherwise quite impressive. Three very large, living breathing cities and compelling (enough) fight mechanics, and unbeatable parkour acrobatics. Maybe the sequel will get it to where it needed to be. Three stars.

BioShock

Just finished playing BioShock – it’s a creepy game, but not actually scary. The visuals are beautiful and the story is quite intense. I found the FPS gameplay a little subpar but it’s not really “that sort of game” – it’s more than that. Towards the end I was really starting to get pulled into the world of Rapture, and hearing that Gore Verbinski is planning to make a movie based on this game, I’ll be very interested to see how that turns out. Definitely a quality game.

Four stars.

Australia

It is very clear Australia is not quite the movie it wishes it was. Being in New Zealand I completely missed all the hype for the movie, where it was greeted with general indifference. After sitting through it, that indifference is richly deserved. It is not a bad movie, but it isn’t a grand sweeping epic that is an instant classic.

I feel like you need to be an Australian to really like this film – and even then it’s no guarantee. Three stars.