Raptor, like most native US citizens, is fluent only in English and as such relies on colonial privilege pretty much at all times when interacting with other human beings. ––– Currently: Writing poor reviews of media. Does PAX things once or twice a year. ––– Formerly: Failed world traveller and ghost wrote stock characters and noir flavor for the Ennie nominated Temporal Probability Agency
Power Rangers (2017) – Directed by Dean Israelite – Starring RJ Cyler, Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, Becky G, Ludi Lin featuring Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston – Screenplay by John Gatins
Never thought I’d see this. Never thought I’d care even a little.
I… I kinda liked it? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a dumb movie but it’s smart about it? It also looks way better than I would have expected. The director and DP actually gave a shit, which is a nice add. But while the plot itself is so dumb, it manages to be deceptively smart about the characters, which is really what the movie is centered on. Continue reading →
Elle (2016) – Directed by Paul Verhoeven – Starring Isabelle Huppert – Written by David Birke & Philippe Djian
Paul Verhoeven directs a French Neo-Noir film based on a novel, starring Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Virginie Efira, Christian Berkel, Jonas Bloquet and even more people you’ve probably never heard of because they only work in French film/television.
Right, I guess this is a thing I’m going to try doing, and also do poorly and irregularly because that’s how I do and chances are, if you are reading this, that comes as no surprise to you.
Mostly gonna be reviewing films but also sometimes TV and on rare occasions video games (which should probably be what I review most but hahahahaha). The reviews will be consist of irregular lengths because I don’t really care about consistency, no one’s paying me for this, it’s not for a portfolio, pretty much I’ll write what I feel I need to, and then stop. This is really just because at the moment I’m writing these in notepad++ and occasionally pasting them into Twitter or a 22 year-old forum, and well this is at least a platform I sort of own, insofar as my name is on it and I pay for it.
Because character count doesn’t matter here, I’m going to include the ratings legend with every post, unless I forget, but I’ll also try to use the text along with the star rating just to reduce ambiguity. The stars are just for visual shorthand, and it’s the coding I decided on to prevent option paralysis when rating things using the old, then functional, Netflix ratings.
☆☆☆☆ = “I hate it.”
★☆☆☆ = “I dislike it.”
★★☆☆ = “It’s okay.”
★★★☆ = “I like it.”
★★★★ = “I love it.”
Yes, yes, there were five stars on that, but you couldn’t rate less than 1 which means there were still only five options, and why not set zero to be the lowest?
2017 has been – a trying year. Let’s just leave it at that for here.
But it’s been amazing for video games, thus I’m backing 2017 as a contender as a Year of the Games; it reminds me of just how solid 2007 was for film. Compounding the great games is a new way to enjoy a number of them by way of the Nintendo Switch, a system that merges portables and home consoles in one convenient optionally becontrollered (like bespectacled but with controllers) and dockable tablet.
Last week I set out to create a quick 20 or so list of great and notable-for-good-reasons games just to show how absurd it has been but it just kept going and now it’s a list that is 60 titles long, and that’s just for new releases. I also realized I should post it in some place less transient than my usual hangout, hence this post.
It is, I am sure, as yet an incomplete list and there are more titles worth note which happen to be altered releases of some sort. Thus in alphabetical order, and without much comment, I present:
An Incomplete List of Great and Good-Notable Games Newly Released in 2017Continue reading →
Quick update before I head out for the day. I went to the Taipei Zoo last week with a fun group of Belgians (looks like the person took a more candid picture than we had intended, not a smile among us). There were pandas. Lazy, sleeping pandas, but still, pandas.
From Osaka station, it took about two and a half hours to get to my hostel in Hiroshima. It would have been a little shorter, but for my unfamiliarity with where things are and the strange pace I take on when carrying my luggage.
After finding my way out of the Hiroshima station, I found myself with two options, I could grab a local train and then get on a streetcar, or just get on a streetcar and ride for an extra 10 minutes. I opted for simplicity in a new place rather than saving a small amount of time. Also there was a guy with a Care Bear bag (thanks phone!). Maybe it was just cheap, but I like to think it is some weird cross cultural hipster thing. Continue reading →