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Old 11-13-2005, 01:19 AM   #1
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Welcome to Drunken Reviews. Pull up a chair, sit down, have a drink, we serve everything but Zima here. If you want Zima, get out. I'll be reviewing all sorts of media ranging from video games, to films, to music, to graphic novels.

FILMS
I'll be rating films on:
Acting - How well (or bad) the role of acting played a part in making this film.
Cinematography - What shots were used, how did the camera angles portray the action/emotion of the scene. Does it work to make the picture better?
Story - Is the story solid? Is it original?
Music - How well did the music highten the emotion/action?

VIDEO GAMES
I'll be ranting on video games based on...
Graphics - Both an analysis of the technical prowess of the game and the art direction.
Sound - How well does the music fit the game? Are the sounds solid? Do they help the game?
Story - ALL SPOILERS WILL BE NOTED IN RED TEXT! How is the story of the game? Is it well written, does it draw you in? The plot is the emphasis that should drive you towards the game's conclusion. I do notice that some games do not feature a plot, and will recieve a 'N/A.' Also, some games are not plot heavy, and like porn, the plot is more of an afterthought. Those games will be reviewed for their story as well.
Gameplay - Quite simply, does the technical side of the game help or hinder the game? Are there bugs present? Do the controls work for the game? Is there a reason to play the game more than once?

And finally, games will recieve a final 'OVERALL SCORE' where I compile a final grade. This is where I take into account if the story as an afterthought, were the times dictating the negative aspects of the games, and other externalities that can not be covered in the four categories. This is not an average of the above criteria.

A note on video game images:
Often times publishers will use CGI to portray the game in their press photos and other advertisements. However, CGI does not represent the true 'graphics' of the game. The true graphics are the graphics where you play. While CGI is a part of the game, it is not a valid base onto which my reviews will judge graphics. However, good CGI will be noted and rewarded as I see fit.

To ensure that my review portrays the games accurately to gamers, all images that show gameplay will be tagged with '(Gameplay Photo)' underneith the image. Gotta be honest...

THE REVIEWS
Books
The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor (2011)
Star Wars: The Old Republic "Revan" (2011)
Star Wars: The Old Republic "Deceived" (2011)

Films
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Batman: The Mystery of the Batwoman (2004)
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)
C'era Una Volta il West (1968)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Strange Days (1995)

Video Games
Assassin's Creed (360, PS3, PC)
Batman: Arkham City (360, PS3, Windows, Wii U)
Batman: Arkham Origins (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
Chrono Trigger (SNES, Playstation)
Final Fantasy XII (Playsation 2)
Silent Hill 2 (PS2, XBox, PC)

SPECIALS
Gamer's State of the Union - 2007
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:29 AM   #2
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:31 AM   #3
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So, when you do reviews, are you going to slur since this is "drunken" reviews?
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:43 AM   #4
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Released 1995
Staring: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, and Tom Sizemore.
Written by: James Cameron and Jay Cooks
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow


Acting: A
Cinematography: A
Story: A
Sound: B+

Rarely do I see a film where I instantly want to watch the film again. But about once, maybe twice, a year I find such a film. Strange Days is such a film. I did some research on the film and a lot of people called it "the sucessor to Blade Runner." Now I don't know if I'd say that, but it comes closer than any other film I've seen.

The story revolves around an ex-cop (Fiennes) who now deals in 'memories.' Apparently in 1999, we developed the techonology to record people's emotions and their POV. Imagine a technology where instead of visiting your memories via a home movie, you relived them in a trancelike state. It's funny to look back at how optimistic we were regarding out tecnology at the end of the millenium, but it works wonderfully in the film. It is presented as the next level of entertainment. However, the really 'good' memories are only available on the black market: memories like falling to your death...aka snuff.

Fiennes is stuck in a rut. He still feels deeply for his ex-girlfriend (Juliette Lewis) and replays their memories nightly. It's almost as sad as watching a drug addict suffer all day for his next hit, and watching in agony as he gets that hit. His ex has moved on, dating her manager and is pursuing a career in music. Then the plot kicks in. Fiennes is sent a memory of a rapist who rapes and kills a hooker friend of Fiennes, while recording her emotions. Fiennes lives out the rape-kill through the eyes of the murderer and is soon on the trail of the serial killer.

This begins the detective story of Fiennes who uncovers a web of rape, betrayal, and corruption, all under the eve of the new millenium. It's got a fantastic setup, and the script holds up throughout the whole film. And it leaves plenty a good morales regarding the nature of human memories. What more can you expect from James Cameron who created and co-wrote the script?

The cast is superb. I've often said that Fiennes is so underrated it's amazing. He's constantly under the radar dispite amazine performances in not only this film, but a blockbuster like Schindler's List, where he played the sadistic Nazi Amon Goeth. Oh well, maybe his upcomming portray of the Harry Potter supervillian Lord Voldemort will get him the recognition he deserves. And Juliette Lewis....what more can I say? She's constantly sexy in that bad girl way. She sings in this film, and can carry a tune. You can't help but feel bad, let down, and happy for her character throughout the film.

Another amazing this is the 'memory' segments. You are living in the POV of a character. At the time, the technology had not been made and a whole new set of cameras had to be made that you could controll from a remote. It's amazing. Definately a highlight of the film and hightens the action.

So is this the sucessor of Blade Runner? I wouldn't go that far. But I'd definately say it's the Blade Runner of that generation. Both Harrison Ford and Ralph Finnes play similar characters, and the mystery in each are both good. But I feel that Blade Runner has much more depth than this film does.
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:47 AM   #5
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A movie? And I thought you were reviewing games. If you want my advice, stop watching these mean less stuff and start playing some more games. This year isn't a bad one. There are a lot of quality products; you just have to find them.
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:51 AM   #6
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If you want my advice
I don't. You don't like it, bugger off to your own review thread.

[EDIT] I knew I shouldn't have created the tread without a review in it! (Slaps forhead) Oh well. And yes, I'll slowly be moving my reviews from 'The Batman Files' over to here.
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Old 11-13-2005, 02:09 AM   #7
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You didn?t have to be that mean to replay to me.
I didn't force my opinion or do anything stupid you just get pissed of, because I said what I think.
It is fin with me. Have it your way. I think, thinking that someone who made one post about his opinion in your thread is a crime and offensive is stupid.
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Old 11-13-2005, 02:14 AM   #8
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Oh man, I forgot all about Strange Days. I wanted to see that movie so bad back in the day, but it was one of those things that I wanted to do but just never found the time to do. Thanks for reminding me. :cool guy: Blade Runner is probably my favorite movie of all time. Anyways, I need to get off my arse and rent or buy Strange Days.
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Old 11-13-2005, 02:16 AM   #9
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Old 11-13-2005, 02:17 AM   #10
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All I remember about Strange Days, watching it from the projection booth with no sound, is that it had a lot of Sony MiniDiscs in it. Maybe they were the TDK MiniDics, I don't remember. But they were definitely MiniDiscs. I noticed that there were hardly ever any people in the auditorium watching the movie, and it went away real quick like. In short, it bombed. Interestingly The Matrix also had MiniDiscs in it.

Also, anyone who spells his name as "Ralph" but pronounces it as "Rayf" deserves a whole bunch o' AIDS.

Yet even also, Juliette Lewis is one of the ugliest females I have ever seen.
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Old 11-13-2005, 02:28 AM   #11
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Released 2004
Starring: Kevin Conroy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., David Ogden Stiers, Hector Elizondo, Kelly Ripa, Kimberly Brooks, Elisa Gabrielli, Kyra Sedgwick, and Eli Marienthal.
Written by: Alan Burnett and Michael Reeves
Directed by: Curt Geda and Tim Maltby


Acting: B+
Cinematography: B-
Story: C+
Music: C

The forth (fifth if you count the Batman/Superman Movie: World's Finest! movie) Batman animated film to be released using the Bruce Timm animation style has been released. When a new vigilante appears in Gotham, Batman must unmask the hero, who uses deadler means to fight crime than the dark knight. When the Penguin and Rupert Thorne (who finally gets more screen time) become the targets of the new Batwoman, they enlist Bane to put an end to the female caped crusader.


Gordon, Bullock, and Detective Sonia Alcana discuss the Batwoman with Batman.

Alan Burnett steps in to write the script, so the story's mystery is constructed quite well. In 75 minutes, you'll meet a bevy of new characters (at least four) as well as being reintroduced to old ones. They mystery has a satisfying conclusion, but upon reflecting, the ending wasn't as deep as many other of Batman's Adventures. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but something I thought should be mentioned nonetheless. The animation in the fleck is done using "The New Batman Adventures"(TNBA) art style. TNBA used a more sleeker character design, but still used the "dark deco" (paintings done against black canvases) design from "Batman:The Animated Series." (BTAS) The quality of the film is a step up above the animated show, but isn't up to the production quality of The Mask of Phantasm, the first animated Batman film.


Batwoman encouters the Penguin and Rupert Thorne. Must say it's good to see old mobsters back in the Gotham.

I found the film quite enjoyable. Definatey not as well done as Mask of the Phantasm or Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker, but Curt Geda's, the director's, is much different than Timm's. The pacing is faster, and the theme's aren't as well contructed, one instance of the film focus' on Bruce Wayne's inability to fully trust someone, but the theme falls apart, offering only a clumsy, cliched conclusion. Again, this could be because the store in while isn't as impacting upon the Batman world as the other films. One major complaint was the Batwoman theme, which I really displiked. A jazzy saxophone might have sounded good in the rundown detective story "A Bullet for Bullock" from the first animated series, it does not mesh well here. I was sick of it before the opening credits concluded.


The kid in me loves Rovin, the adult in me wishes he would just die...again.

Included on the DVD was one particular enjoyable feature, "Chase Me," a 6 minute MUSICAL short. The short is well done, much like the old Warner Brother's cartoon shorts. It was one of the most unique Batman creations I've ever seen.
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Old 11-13-2005, 02:35 AM   #12
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All I remember about Strange Days, watching it from the projection booth with no sound, is that it had a lot of Sony MiniDiscs in it. Maybe they were the TDK MiniDics, I don't remember. But they were definitely MiniDiscs. I noticed that there were hardly ever any people in the auditorium watching the movie, and it went away real quick like. In short, it bombed. Interestingly The Matrix also had MiniDiscs in it.
Yeah, they used Sony MiniDiscs.

And yeah, it bombed hard. I didn't even know it existed until one of my film maker friends gave it to me.
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Old 11-13-2005, 02:48 AM   #13
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Oh yes! A review thread by Drunken Savior! I've never seen Strange Days but now that I know about it I'll be on the lookout for it.

Hey Joe, why don't you also put your movie reviews inside of your Super-Awesome Reviews thread? That way everything is nice and compact.
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Old 11-13-2005, 04:45 AM   #14
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Probably because I only reviewed 2 or 3 movies and don't do that anymore because movies these days SUCK BALLS.
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