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Saturday, March 13, 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...

Posted by Rob Bernard at 9:05 PM in Media , Technology/Internet



Thursday, March 4, 2010
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
9. WALL-E
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
Posted by Rob Bernard at 5:00 PM in Movies
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
Posted by Rob Bernard at 4:53 PM in Movies



Monday, March 1, 2010
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, 30The White Ribbon
That's 75, the most since I've started keeping track.
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
Posted by Rob Bernard at 4:42 PM in Movies



 
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