Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What's Next On My List? (Games) Devil May Cry 4

There are two game franchises that I care for a whole lot, one is Assassin's Creed, the other is Devil May Cry. I can't really put my hand on it, but the whole world just draws me in and makes me care about the fate of these guys. It might be the murderous demons that sometimes have a heart or the insane people who wish to share the planet with them... either way, there is always a big moral lesson in each game and to unravel it is always a great adventure!


The story: Dante attacks a church that is worshiping the Dark Knight Sparda as their lord. A young man, Nero, is sent to stop Dante because he is blamed for the sudden attack of demons all around the city. Nero learns that it was the church that unleashed the demons and Dante arrived to stop them. Nero also has to face that in him lay demonic powers that, even if he didn't want them to begin with, is later happy to accept in order to save the one person who has been true to him all of his life, Kyrie. The giant statue of Sparda is brought to life and as Dante fights it from the outside, Nero fights it from within in an attempt to stop the high priest from opening the final portal that will unleash all demons.
Game play: Well, it was a bit difficult to adjust because you keep changing between Dante and Nero, and well, once you get used to the hand of Yamato - the arm of Nero which he controls thanks to him being half demon -, it is hard to readjust again to just the sword and guns of Dante. But honestly, that is the biggest problem I can think of. I loved playing this game. I cared for the characters, the story, the music... it all came together. The puzzles were fun, not too hard but it kept you involved. Not to mention that the story played onto the most important trait of us all humans: the wish to keep safe those we love the most. The moral in the end was a simple one, that is, those who play with fire get burned. In addition to you being already in love with Dante, you start to care immensely for Nero who, having been lied to all his life, learns to accept that to tame the monster within he first has to accept it. Having a gift in this world, both the real and the game, can be a curse, unless it is used for good.
Mini-bosses: They were mostly the angels that sought to bring back to life the Dark Knight Sparda. They were not difficult, however, some put up a good fight and there was utter joy in destroying them. I don't you know if you ever had this experience, but sometimes mini-bosses are nothing more than a nuissance... well, no, that is not the right word, I would say they are uninteresting. There is a fine line between 'hard for no reason' and 'unimpressive'. The game managed to find best way to make sure you don't give up and be excited when you beat a mini-boss. I think the fact that they did not look like demons but simple believers added a different twist to the story.
The boss: oh f*ck him, honestly, I had to do it like three hundred times... it was one of the main priests who, of course, had a second form that was beyond impossible to beat! First of all, he looks like a fragile old man, so you kinda fill bad about wanting to kill him. Second, when he transforms he is so ugly that you just shoot and shoot and try your best to make sure he stays dead, but then you go back to the first problem, as in, yeah he is the evil guy, but it's still like a fragile old man... either way, f*ck him, he deserved to die! Very difficult boss fight, is all I wanted to say.

What worked? Well for me everything, really, I had super fun playing it and the story was very good in my humble opinion. So much so that I can't really think of anything that I did not like. I am planning on playing more DMC in the future, possibly replaying this one first, because I miss it terribly, but the time I have for movies is not enough to devote to a video game, especially an RPG of this length. But I'll get there soon enough! And to add to that, I never really liked games that have separate fight scenes, take the original Final Fantasy games for example, the cut scenes take a super long time and you are just grinding like an idiot and not advancing whatsoever... fortunately this game has nothing of the sort, of you just advance and get stronger with every enemy you cross. This is something that definitely played in the favor of the game!

Until the next item on my list!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

What's Next On My List? Focus

There is one kind of movies that I love eternally - and those are the ones that manage to fool even me. That's why I love to read crime novels, I enjoy more than anything to try and figure out who the killer is, and if I'm wrong I'm not sad: I am even more excited that the writer managed to fool even me! That is why I LOVE movies that have a perfect crime in them, so I want to pay homage again to a series of perfect crime movies, which managed to amaze me every time I watch them. I wrote about the first five in 2013, and I now want to add another five to the list, going from 10 to 6. You can reach my old reviews at the bottom of this page!

My sister, knowing I was planning these reviews, showed me a movie that surprised her and she wished all throughout for it to have the perfect twist and success that I seek so I could add it to my list. Gotta say, this movie has become a favorite!

#7

Story is about a con-man, who teaches a young girl how to cheat and steal using mind tricks. He teaches her that the best way to con others is to make sure their attention is focused on something other than what they wish to steal or cheat them out of, whilst making sure that they themselves never lose sight of what is important. They argue on what is good or bad as far as stealing goes, but they all agree that to win big you need to aim high.

I just didn't know what to expect going in and the movie kept raising the bar over and over again, not to mention that it was hilarious... the final twist was simply spectacular. I have been a huge Margot Robbie fan since I saw her in Pan Am (click here to read my review!) and I never go looking for Will Smith movies, but I am always pleasantly surprised. Before you ask, no, I have not seen Suicide Squad, nor I intend to. I have read and heard about it enough to know that it isn't for me. The characters they play of course are completely different, needless to say, and they work together very well. The story makes fun of the well known heist movies as well as adding characters that were completely out of the norm. This was not just a stereotypical movie with a fun twist at the end, actually, it was a completely new experience to me. The scenery alone made it beautiful, and when you add how brilliantly they wrapped up the story, you won't regret that you started to watch it.

"- So what about the big con? I though you were all big time.
- Oh, you mean the one where we make so much money, we can all retire and get yachts and boob jobs? Now, that's a fantasy. We are in the volume business. It's safer that way."

Watch it? Yes, please. The rating completely missed on the sheer awesomeness of this movie. There is a lot more to it with details that even I didn't catch when I watched it for the first time. This is one of those films that has to be rewatched over and over again and that makes it a home-run for me!

Until the next item on my list!
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Nicky Will Smith
Farhad - Adrian Martinez
Owens Gerald McRaney
Garriga Rodrigo Santoro
Liyuan BD Wong
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Perfect crime movies reviewed so far:

Friday, July 14, 2017

What's Next On My List? Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

There is one kind of movies that I love eternally - and those are the ones that manage to fool even me. That's why I love to read crime novels, I enjoy more than anything to try and figure out who the killer is, and if I'm wrong I'm not sad: I am even more excited that the writer managed to fool even me! That is why I LOVE movies that have a perfect crime in them, so I want to pay homage again to a series of perfect crime movies, which managed to amaze me every time I watch them. I wrote about the first five in 2013, and I now want to add another five to the list, going from 10 to 6. You can reach my old reviews at the bottom of this page!

Before going to this review I would like to admit that I brought this list of perfect crime movies ahead to summer for a specific reason: to be able to write something that will stay with me, or online, forever. In that sense it is an homage to a lot of fantastic people out there, screen writers, actors, directors... really anyone behind and in front of the camera. Just a few weeks ago the lovely Glenne Headly passed away and I came to know about her through this movie. I wanted to make sure I have this movie among all the ones I have written about so far because some movies deserve to be talked about as often as possible. Again, won't spoil anything!

#8

Two con-men decide to have a bet in order to decide who gets the playing field in a little city upon the sea in France. They decide to set the bet at $50,000, an amount they have to get from an heiress who traveled there during the summer. Although Freddy, the younger of the two, has learned plenty from Lawrence, the men he made the bet with, he still resorts to his previous knowledge to get the girl's money.

I grew up on this movie, and because of it, I have standards when it comes to movies about con-men. These two were extraordinary and I have rewatched it I dunno how many times over the years. First of all, Michael Caine doesn't often do roles like this, yet he is amazing. Ultimately he is the bad guy, when you think about it, but in the 'you still want him to win' way. Our other conman is Steve Martin, who unfortunately went back to his old ways in trying to defeat Lawrence, although the latter had taught him a lot. I keep wondering who would have won had Freddy used the new skills he acquired. But in the end the con was something different all together.
This movie was turned into a musical a couple of years ago and I have listened to it often thanks to my sister. It kept the humor and the essence of the movie. The casting is simply wonderful and with each minute passing you get more and more interested and curious. What is going to happen? How can this unravel? Who will win? And you never see it coming and each time it is the most fun you'll have ever. Not to mention that there is an extra twist at the end that just makes you genuinely smile. If you have not seen it yet, make sure you get around to it because it is a timeless tale.

Watch it? Obviously. And check out the musical too if you can because the original cast recording is brilliant. Funny, witty, unpredictable, original and well done. A great cast with a great story. You really should watch it as soon as you can!

Until the next item on my list!
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Freddy BensonSteve Martin
Lawrence JamiesonMichael Caine
Janet ColgateGlenne Headly
Inspector AndreAnton Rodgers
Fanny EubanksBarbara Harris
Arthur Ian McDiarmid
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Perfect crime movies reviewed so far:

Monday, July 10, 2017

FRESH FROM THE THEATER: Wonder Woman

I finally managed to get around to seeing this movie. I decided to never invest in a DC movie again after all that had happened, but I heard enough good things that I decided that women superheroes is something I do want more of in the future. One thing is for certain: no producer in movie history can use the sentence "People don't care about female superheroes" ever again as an excuse!


An Amazon, Diana travels to the world of men seeking the God of war Ares, as she thinks him responsible for the Great War. She helps a group of spies penetrate the German forces in order to stop a biological attack that would tilt the war in the favor of the Germans, or, help them win it all together. However, once faced with the real enemy Diana discovers some things about herself as well, not just the true nature of men.

Before going in I'd like to say that I have been a major fan of Gal Gadot for years now, and upon hearing she was cast I was over the moon! Now, some people weren't the same way and I really hope this teaches them once and for all to think before speaking!
You have read and heard enough of this movie to now that it is good. I would just like to add a few points to it. Even points other people probably already made. First of all, there was a need for a good Wonder Woman adaptation that is not sexist. Second, you always have this returning joke when people who are unknown to our world travel to it and make silly things. It is reused, and reused, but if you are smart enough you can make it interesting. And they did! She was new to things but not foolish or comically absurd. Good amount of jokes, but they were not overdone. Third, I loved the chemistry between Steve and Diana, and the one tender scene they had wasn't exaggerated. They shared a very passionate kiss and it was more than enough to let us know they care for each other deeply. Fourth, the scenery... first the Amazon island was spectacular. Women being badass, finally! Not to mention, that there was no need to destroy a well known city to get me interested in the movie... that is something they always do. The movie was inches away from another stupid plot line where I am sure they could have said "We need to stop this bomb above London!", and draw us back into the same dumb routines that comic/disaster movies follow... But they didn't, and I am thankful for that! The cast was good, the fight scenes were awesome, it was emotional but not overdone and well, I wished to see more. This last one is the most important thing to me because otherwise a movie is utter failure. But no, no, I want more Diana Prince! More wonder, more power and more courage.

Watch it? YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET? Honestly, this is the DC universe at its best. I gotta tell you, if somebody makes sure this is the kind of movie [fans] look for then I won't be worried anymore that my favorite characters will be brought to life the way they should be!

Until the next item on my list!
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Diana - Gal Gadot
Steve Trevor - Chris Pine
Hippolyta Connie Nielsen
Antiope Robin Wright
Ludendorff Danny Huston
Sir PatrickDavid Thewlis
Sameer Saïd Taghmaoui
Charlie Ewen Bremner
The ChiefEugene Brave Rock

Friday, July 7, 2017

What's Next On My List? Fracture

There is one kind of movies that I love eternally - and those are the ones that manage to fool even me. That's why I love to read crime novels, I enjoy more than anything to try and figure out who the killer is, and if I'm wrong I'm not sad: I am even more excited that the writer managed to fool even me! That is why I LOVE movies that have a perfect crime in them, so I want to pay homage again to a series of perfect crime movies, which managed to amaze me every time I watch them. I wrote about the first five in 2013, and I now want to add another five to the list, going from 10 to 6. You can reach my old reviews at the bottom of this page!

You might argue with me if you have seen this movie, but you also know why I chose it. For those who have not seen it yet, don't worry, I won't spoil the twist at the end, but I want to get you interested!

#9
Fracture

A young lawyer, Willy Beachum, gets an impossible case where he has to convict someone who admits to having committed a murder, but refuses any defense. Every evidence on paper points to Ted Crawford, but the lawyer misses the key material evidence to convict him. Ted plays with Willy just long enough to make him so mad, that he will not let go.

I saw this movie twice in the theater. I was incredibly moved by the performances and I find that the American legal system on its own is very fascinating. First of all, it was this movie that made me fall in love with Ryan Gosling. He was amazing in it. He plays a good lawyer, but a bit too young to tackle certain cases. While on his rise to the top he realizes that after some cases he wishes to see justice even if it means that he might not get a big paycheck with it. Ted manages to get under his skin, but he miscalculates, as he drives Willy to pursue the case and to not give up. Ted is a worthy opponent, but he deems Willy to be too young and too inexperienced, and truly, no matter who he would've gotten in court as an opponent, his plan to defeat arrest was bulletproof. That is the perfect crime in the story. Ted manages to get the life of two people he has chosen to defeat and although Willy can't prove it, he knows that he did it. Ted gets in over his head and forgets caution. It is human nature to fight back, when you think about it. Humiliation too is reason for fighting: Ted felt humiliated by his wife's behavior. Willy on the other hand could only accept defeat if he had truly done everything he could to ensure justice is served. As I said, the plan is perfect, however, the human factor causes his downfall.

Watch it? Oh yes. It is a brilliant movie. Each time I watch it I discover something new. I genuinely enjoy court cases, there is something about the American system that makes me want to learn as much as I can about law. This movie was no exception. And well, the casting was quite wonderful too.

Until the next item on my list!
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Willy Beachum - Ryan Gosling
Ted Crawford - Anthony Hopkins
Joe LobrutoDavid Strathairn
Nikki GardnerRosamund Pike
Jennifer CrawfordEmbeth Davidtz
Rob NunallyBilly Burke
Detective Flores Cliff Curtis
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Perfect crime movies reviewed so far:

Sunday, July 2, 2017

What's Next On My List? Flypaper

There is one kind of movies that I love eternally - and those are the ones that manage to fool even me. That's why I love to read crime novels, I enjoy more than anything to try and figure out who the killer is, and if I'm wrong I'm not sad: I am even more excited that the writer managed to fool even me! That is why I LOVE movies that have a perfect crime in them, so I want to pay homage again to a series of perfect crime movies, which managed to amaze me every time I watch them. I wrote about the first five in 2013, and I now want to add another five to the list, going from 10 to 6. You can reach my old reviews at the bottom of this page!

To start off this list I thought of a movie that I simply watched because of the casting and was shocked by how much I enjoyed it. As always, I will not blow the ending because I don't want to ruin the twist at the end, as in, how the perfect crime came to be. I just want you to get interested in the movie!

#10

The story plays out inside a bank that is being robbed by two different groups... at the same time. Inside the hostages won't sit still, one of them in particular, Tripp, keeps trying to find ways out of the bank. He does so by bothering the two groups and pinning them against each other continuously. Despite the police coming in and stopping both, somebody gets off with the money in a hilarious turn at the end!

This movie is quite underrated, which is unclear to me... I loved the twist at the end and it had some of the best actors I have known over the years. I think the idea is very original to begin with. Having two groups trying to rob the same bank is simply hilarious to me! And on top of that there is something relieving about the hostages being active. In other hostage situations they convey fear and you feel helpless and they want to make you feel like there is absolutely nothing you could ever do in a situation like this. But not these hostages, no, they keep on thinking about how to survive and their instincts kick in and I think that is brilliant. Every single character in this movie has a very important role in the story and I applaud that. Original, funny and overall breathtaking in my humble opinion!

Watch it? Yes, please do. You'll be surprised. Even if you don't like very single character I can still guarantee that you will have a good time watching it. You'll find yourself rooting for everyone and no one at the same time and wishing that the one person who has nothing to do with the robbing takes off with the money!

Until the next item on my list!
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Tripp Patrick Dempsey
Kaitlin Ashley Judd
Peanut ButterTim Blake Nelson
Darrien Mekhi Phifer
Gates Matt Ryan
Gordon BlytheJeffrey Tambor
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Perfect crime movies reviewed so far: