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Movies I’ve Seen This Year (2017)   Leave a comment

Here are all the movies I’ve seen this year.

  • January 2017
    • Underworld: Blood War – Underwhelming. So so sequel to Underworld: Awakening. Selene now has new powers. Makes her faster and stronger than the mutated werewolves. Would watch again because Kate Beckinsale.Burnt (2015) – Bradley Cooper is an American version of Gordon Ramsay making a comeback in the culinary world.
    • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – Or is it? Humanity’s last stand, again, against zombies.
  • February 2017
    • Hidden Figures (2016) – Finally got to watch it this year. About the early days of NASA, the space race, and the black women who pioneered the field. Great cast and acting.
    • Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) – It’s a food documentary on the greatest sushi chef ever.
    • Crimson Peak (2015) – Missed it the first time around. It’s not really scary. Just artsy horror with campy plot.
    • John Wick: Chapter 2 – Over the top killing. I liked the first film for showing that people really do run out of bullets in a gunfight. They upped the kill count this time. Sequel might have more.
    • Don Jon (2013) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a porn-obsessed Italian-American Catholic who prefers porn than girlfriends. Has a convincing Jersey Shore accent.
  • March 2017
    • Logan – Wolverine’s swan song. One of the best movies to watch this year.
    • Kong: Skull Island – Kong is back to jumpstart Legendary Entertainment’s Monsterverse shared cinematic universe (Godzilla, King Kong, Mothra, etc.)
    • Kung Fury (2015) – This 30-minute homage to everything 80s backed by a successful Kickstarter campaign and David Hasselhoff did not disappoint.
    • TMNT: Out of the Shadows (2016) – Michael Bay gets a lot of flack for dumbing down beloved kids’ franchises, but this sequel follows the comic/cartoons more than original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret of Ooze sequel. Definitely made for kids, but I liked it growing up watching the original cartoons in the early 90s
    • Beauty and the Beast (2017) – This live action remake was great. Emma Watson played a wonderful Belle. The inside jokes probably glossed over most people’s heads (snowing in summer?), but not me.
    • Train to Busan (2016) – Korean zombie/outbreak movie set on a train on route to Busan. Some sad moments.
  • April 2017
    • Fate of the Furious – The eighth installment to the series, Vin Diesel turns against his comrades… his FAMILY. If you’re not a fan of the series, you can try to figure out if Diesel or The Rock were in the same room filming scenes throughout the entire movie or with green screen. Have fun.
    • Astro Boy (2009) – I missed a lot of movies sometime in college and the dreadful 2-3 years after. You’re never too old to watch kids movie. Some sad scenes. Not Disney/Pixar sad, but sad.
    • Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) – The only other stop motion movie I like is the Nightmare Before Christmas. Kubo and the Two Strings blends practical stop motion with computer graphics seamlessly. They also upped the frame rate for the stop motion scenes compared to other movies. Great story. Recommended.
  • May 2017
    • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) – raunchy comedy loosely based on a true story of two rich dudes who went on TV to find wedding dates for their sister’s wedding.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 – The sequel focused on character building, relationships, and some background story. I can’t wait for Infinity War.
    • Finding Dory (2016) – This is how sequels should be done. We get some background on Dory’s past and still cry about it.
    • The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) – Based on the true story of a mathematical genius who taught himself math and just understood mathematical concepts that scholars in his day could not prove. I truly believe some people are touched by a higher power.
    • The Bank Job (2008) – Jason Statham for some reason does not play his usual ass-kicking self in this based on a true story bank heist that uncovered blackmail material for/from the rich and famous in Europe. I liked it.
    • Alien: Covenant – I already knew this was going to a sequel to Prometheus, but this time they tell us the true origin of the xenomorphs.
    • Chef (2014) – Chef ruins career. Buys a food truck and travels by doing what he loves. Great feel good movie. Plus good cooking scenes. Did I mention this is a movie about food?
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Sometimes a franchise needs to end on a high note. While this wasn’t it, it’s probably the last movie. You can only act drunk and come out unscathed in chase scenes so many times before it gets boring.
  • June 2017
    • Wonder Woman – This sets the bar for a DC comic movie. It actually sends the wrong message to kids that future DC movies will be good.
    • The Accountant (2016) – Ben Affleck is the accountant. He’s in the autism spectrum and high-functioning. Also kicks ass and does crazy stuff in the background.
    • Cars 2 (2011) – This is how sequels should not be done. Of all the Pixar sequels, this is my least favorite.
    • The Ninth Gate (1999) – early Johnny Depp movie where he finds a book supposedly owned by Satan and opens the ninth gate to hell. Suspense. Thriller.
  • July 2017
    • The Boss (2016) – Melissa McCarthy is the boss. If you’ve seen her other movies, then this should be similar.
    • Despicable Me 3 – Gru has a brother and he must fight a villain who’s stuck in the 80s mindset. Fun movie.
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming – The third reboot of the Spider-Man franchise in theaters, this did not disappoint. I’m just biased because it connects Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • Fifty Shades of Black (2016) – I rarely see parody movies in theaters anymore. This is why I don’t.
    • Riddick (2013) – A movie that only fans of Pitch Black, and Chronicles of Riddick would like. The movie was made for next to nothing and made money. A fourth sequel has been greenlit.
    • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) – Tom Cruise is back as Jack Reacher. There’s a conspiracy and he must save the day.
  • August 2017
    • The Dark Tower – Based on the Stephen King series, I could best describe it a darker version of the Chronicles of Narnia. This movie is meant to be a teen sci-fi type of movie.
    • Snowden (2016) – An exaggerated dramatization of the events that made Snowden leak government secrets with special guest, Snowden.
    • Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016) – They probably made this movie as an excuse to see Gal Gadot half-naked in sexy lingerie and make out with Isla Fisher. The Joneses are Mr. and Mrs. Smith in the movie.
    • The Hitman’s Bodyguard – A buddy-cop/crime movie with Deadpool and Nick Fury.
    • The Secret Life of Pets (2016) – It’s a 3D animated movie on what pets do when humans are not around.
    • Sing (2016) – Anthropomorphic animals compete in an America’s Got Talent style competition created to save an old theater.
    • How to Be Single (2016) -A fun romantic comedy with Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, and Leslie Mann.
  • September 2017
    • IT (2017) – Based on the Stephen King novel and a remake of the TV movie of the same name in 1990, a demonic clown terrorizes children in this small Maine town. They must band together to solve the mystery behind the disappearances and whatever “IT” is.
    • The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009) – Eric Bana has a medical condition where he randomly jumps through time. From his family’s perspective, he’s living his life out of order. It’s a romantic science fiction drama.
    • Kingsman: The Golden Circle – The first movie was based on an graphic novel of the same name and that movie ended where the source ended. So I was surprised with this one. This time they have the Statesmen with them. Kind of the same plot.
    • Outlander (2008) – It’s supposed to be a sci-fi version of Beowulf. A mysterious alien crash lands in ancient Europe, bringing with it an alien monster attacking people. He befriends the natives and lives with them.
    • American Made – Based on the true story of the US Government’s involvement with drug-trafficking in South America and how one man made it happen, exporting the drugs to the US and as an informant to the government.
  • October 2017
    • Why Him (2016) – James Franco and Heisenberg. It’s a romantic cringe comedy.
    • Master of Drunken Fist: Beggar So (2016) – Another origin story of the birth of the Drunken Fist. It’s hong kong martial arts.
    • Blade Runner 2049 – The long awaited sequel that kept its slow-burn pacing, sounds, and style. And because it kept all of that, you hardly see any minorities in the movie. Woman are used mainly as props in the story. It’s a dystopian Los Angeles.
    • The Layover – Didn’t see it in theaters, but someone uploaded it on YouTube so I watched it for free. Best friends and roommates go on vacation and try to win over some dude on the plane they both like. Spoiler alert: hilarity ensues. It’s meh.
    • The Foreigner – Jackie Chan in a serious role you rarely get to see in his films. Based on the book (The Chinaman), a man seeks justice for the death of his daughter from a bombing orchestrated by a terrorist organization with links to the government.
    • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) – Tina Fey plays a journalist who takes an onsite assignment during the early days of the Middle East occupation of US troops. Based on a true story. Comedy-Drama.
    • Fifty Shades Darker – There are better porn than this movie that you can watch for free. The outrageous plot and cringe-worthy dialogue is worth it, though.
  • November 2017
    • Thor: Ragnarok – After the success of Deadpool and The Guardians of the Galaxy, the third Thor sequel completely retooled what they were gonna do with the series and turned it into an ensemble cast movie with lots of comedy. It just works. Great sequel.
    • Split – Didn’t see this one in theaters, but they’re showing it now on premium cable. James McAvoy has 20+ personalities. Several of which are in a cult of sorts who thinks that damaged people are the pure and believes in another entity with superhuman strength and powers. It has direct ties to Unbreakable (2000).
    • No Escape (2015) – In this day and age, these types of movies are polarizing in portraying what could happen to white people in foreign countries if they overstep their boundaries and, pretty much, promoting xenophobia.
    • Get Out – A social-thriller. A social-commentary. A “documentary.” This movie shows what many people think as harmless statements, actions, attitudes towards black people to be anything but.
    • The LEGO Batman Movie – Batman from The LEGO Movie in his own movie in LEGO form. What more could you want?
    • The Great Wall (2016) – What was intended as China’s way of breaking into the US film industry, The Great Wall was marred by political correctness and misplaced outrage. I wrote about it here: Is it Whitewashing?
    • A United Kingdom (2016) – Based on the true story of Botswana’s prince taking a white English woman for a wife, causing political and regional turmoil in South Africa and Great Britain. It’s a great movie.
  • December 2017
    • Saban’s Power Rangers – Didn’t see it in theaters and it was a good decision. This whole making-everything-dark trope of remaking movies is getting old. Goldar looked much better in the original series. The goldar here is just liquid gold clumping together. The Green Ranger became Rita Repulsa. The Mastodon zord has 8 legs. What the hell?!?!
    • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi – Some fans love it. Some hate it. Critics love it. I love it. It was an hour too long, though. Snoke is a Porg.
    • Jane Wants A Boyfriend (2015) – An aspiring theater actor wants to control everything around her, including finding a boyfriend for her sister, Jane, who has Asperger’s. I like the cast. Also have a crush on Louisa Krause, but that’s beside the point.
    • Bright – Lord of the Rings meets Training Day. This Netflix movie was generally panned by critics, but if you’re a millennial like me who consumes all sorts of entertainment, especially the supernatural/sci-fi/fantasy kind, you’ll enjoy this movie. A sequel is in the works.
    • Coco – Disney Pixar’s last entry for the year, Coco follows a young boy who wants to know more about his roots. He is swept away into the world of the dead, during the Day of the Dead, and must find a way back into the living world so he doesn’t stay dead. I call this the Mexican Spirited Away, but it’s really not. Pixar never disappoints. I cried like a baby. The best movie I’ve seen all year. I highly recommend it.
    • The Boss Baby – Now available on Netflix, it’s a 3D animated kids movie. Lighthearted and fun.
    • The Revengers Squad – It’s a Filipino movie. I shouldn’t have watched. It’s corny and was really a waste of time. I should have watched Jumanji.
    • Office Christmas Party (2016) – This was a nice palate cleanser to end the year. Watching it on HBO.

I’m done.

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Posted December 29, 2017 by StupidSystemus in Movies

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Movies I’ve Seen This Year (2016)   Leave a comment

Here are all the movies I’ve seen this year.

  • January 2016
    • Boruto: The Movie (2015) – This is the last Naruto movie after the series ended in the manga. It takes place in the future with Naruto, now as Hokage, and his son is trying to gain his affection. I’m kind of glad that they will have a new series after this.
    • The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) –  A young aspiring chef and his Indian family living in London moves to France for a fresh start, opens a restaurant 1oo feet away from an established Michelin 1-Star French cuisine restaurant owned by Helen Mirren’s character. It’s a movie that makes you think if this is what happens behind the scenes in various Food Network personalities.
    • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – I held off on watching this movie. It’s not a remake of the original Mad Max. It’s a new adventure with out of this world characters, in a world where water is scarce.
    • Kung Fu Panda 3 – They said this is the last Kung Fu Panda movie. I recommend it
  • February 2016
    • Deadpool – The surprise hit that made Fox and Warner Bros. reevaluate how they adapt comic book movies for the big screen. Deadpool is about a mercenary who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and undergoes a secret procedure from some shady people who just wanted to experiment on him to see if injecting Wolverine’s blood and stress testing his body will awaken any powers… and it did, but his whole body is badly scarred.Note: Deadpool is a mutate. Not a mutant. Mutants are born with their powers. Mutates gain their power through genetic manipulation. Other Mutates in the Marvel universe is Captain America and the Hulk.
  • March 2016
    • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – The fans are split with this movie, but I like it. The premise is that Bruce Wayne (Batman) was on Metropolis when Superman fought General Zod. Many buildings were toppled, including Bruce Wayne’s building and killed many people. That’s why Batman doesn’t trust Superman. Lex Luthor knows this and basically eggs them on for this fight. Also, Wonder Woman shows up… and The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg in surveillance videos.
  • April 2016
    • The Jungle Book – I went to see this live adaptation of the Jungle Book with no expectations. That made this movie much better. They captured the Jungle Book story. There’s probably a sequel in the works.
    • Terminator: Genisys (2015) – The 3rd reboot for the franchise after Terminator: Salvation and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. The premise is that in the future, Kyle Reese was sent by John Connor to save Sarah Conor, during his send off, something went wrong and he ends up in an alternate timeline of the past where Sarah Connor knows about the Terminators because she was saved by a T-800 (Arnold Schwartzenegger) when she was 9 years old from a T-1000.
  • May 2016
    • Selma (2014) – Great movie. Sad at the same time. It’s one of those movies where you want to look away from the screen from the brutality shown, but you have to push through because that is what really happened.
    • Captain America: Civil War – This 3rd movie in the Captain America franchise is loosely based on the Civil War story in Marvel comics. In the comics, a reality-TV show about superpowered people ends up destroying an entire neighborhood, killing many people. This prompts the government to create a Superhuman Registration Act to have superpowered individuals register their names and report their powers to the government. Captain America was against this. Iron Man supports it. Almost every Marvel super powered characters (except the X-Men) fought including villains.In this movie, the premise is sort of the same: because of the devastation caused by the Avengers, the government intervened to create the Sokovia Accords (basically the registration Act). Captain America is against it. Iron Man is for it. All of the current members of the Avengers fought. All 9 of them + Spider-Man and Ant-Man. It was more friends having a disagreement than anything.
    • The Intern (2015) – Robert DeNiro becomes an intern for Anne Hathaway’s company. Robert DeNiro drops life lessons for the overworked Anne Hathaway. I think it’s a feel good movie. No real villains.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse – Another movie that’s loosely based on the comics that it was based on. The comics was pivotal for many kids my age who read them at the time because no other crossover storyline could ever top it. My friend stopped reading comics after it. Apocalypse is such a powerful character and a force to be reckoned with in the comics. The movie version? Not so much.
    • The Gambler (2014) – Mark Wahlberg is a gambling addict. Wrongs the wrong people. Must atone for them.
    • The D Train (2015) – Jack Black, as the head of high school graduating class’ alumni committee, invites their prom king. He ends up being obsessed with him. Hilarity ensues.
  • June 2016
    • Now You See Me 2 – This sequel tried to outdo the original movie about 4 people (illusionists, hypnotists, cards manipulator, escape artist) who became the 4 horsemen of magicians. It succeeded in all respects, but it felt like a drag (slow start with everything happening towards the end)
    • Warcraft – Based on the game franchise. It tells the story of when Humans and Orcs first met and why they are fighting with each other.
    • The Conjuring 2 – Scary movie. This time it looks like a nun.
    • Spy (2015) – Melissa McCarthy is a B-grade spy doing a top-rank assignment. It’s actually better than her last few movies.
  • July 2016
    • Zootopia – Anthropomorphic animals (mainly mammals) live along side each other until some animals started going feral. It’s up to a fox and a bunny to find out why.
    • The Good Dinosaur (2015) – I missed watching this movie the first time around. Dinosaurs were not wiped out by a meteor. They lived on to become farmers and herders. Humans are critters.
    • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – In this sequel, the characters are out of the maze and now they know more of the world out there.I think the dystopian teen science fiction novels are losing steam at this point. There’s one more movie after this one, which is indefinitely on hold (tentative release date of 2018).
    • Ip Man (2008) – It’s the story of Bruce Lee’s mentor and how he overcame the Japanese occupation during World War II.
    • Adoration (2013) – This movie was weird. Two childhood best friends grow up as friends. They end up sleeping with each others’ adult sons.
    • Star Trek: Beyond – This is the best Star Trek movie to date. It was a great movie overall even without the Star Trek name.
    • Jason Bourne – Matt Damon is back as Jason Bourne and the government is after him again because he holds secrets about his past and the government that they don’t want exposed.
    • Project Almanac (2015) – Teen discovers how to time travel using his dad’s research found in the attic.
  • August 2016
    • Sleeping With Other People (2015) – A Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie rom com. What more could you possibly want?
    • Suicide Squad – A jumbled mess of a comic book movie. The only reason this really did well is because they had Will Smith and advertised the hell out of the new version of The Joker and sneaking in Ben Affleck’s Batman in several scenes of the movie.
    • Dragon Blade (2015) – A Jackie Chan movie set in the past. He protects the princess and ends up uniting warring tribes.
    • The Boy and the Best (2015) – If you like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Summer Wars, you’ll like this movie about a boy who gets lost and ends up in the Spirit realm and befriends a beast who trains him.
    • Addicted (2014) – Woman is a sex addict. She cheats on her husband with two different people. They find out. Fight ensues. She gets into an accident. Goes to rehab. Atones. Redemption.
  • September 2016
    • The Lifeguard (2013) – Kristen Bell is a 30-something living in NY who moves back to her home after breaking up with her boss. She is reaquainted with her high school friends. She also meets a new friend who is in high school and ends up sleeping with them. Overall, the movie is more on self-indulgence and drowning in self-pity. I think many in my generation (younger than me) can relate, I guess.
    • Daddy’s Home (2015) – Will Ferrell is the stepfather and he meets the kids’ birth father, Mark Wahlberg. They fight for their affection and affirmation.
    • Trainwreck (2015) – I don’t remember how this movie ended. I was sleepy.
    • Sisters (2015) – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are sisters and their parents left them their old home for house sitting. It’s a comedy.
  • October 2016
    • The Water Diviner (2014) – Russel Crowe is a water diviner looking for his son in Turkey. He befriends mother and his kid. He finds his son. Goes back to the mother and they hint that she is into him.
    • Definitely, Maybe (2008) – I didn’t see this movie the first time around. Ryan Reynolds is getting a divorce. He tells the story to his daughter of how he met her mother, but he winds up telling her all the women he’s met. His daughter figures out who her mother is and they are still getting a divorce. All she wants is for his dad to be happy.
    • Swimfan (2002) – If you’re wondering why I have all these random movies from different years in the past, I have the premium channels package on Verizon and when I’m bored I end up watching a movie like Swimfan, which is kind of like the remake of The Fan with Robert DeNiro, except the fan in this movie is a girl.
    • The Forest – It’s based on the suicide forest in Japan (Aokigahara) where many people go to kill themselves (54 in 2010). In the movie, a woman goes to Japan in search of her twin sister who disappeared and was last seen entering the forest.
    • Gods of EgyptRead my take here
    • Inferno – Based on the Dan Brown novel, Robert Langdon wakes up in the hospital in Italy with an apparent gunshot wound that grazed his head. Trying to make sense of things, he discovers that a billionaire transhumanist created a virus that could wipe out humanity. He must find all the clues to find the location of the virus bomb before it explodes.
  • November 2016
    • Bad Teacher (2011) – Cameron Diaz is a bad teacher. It’s like Bad Santa, but a teacher and a semi-relevant plot. Also stars Justin Timberlake after they were already broken up.
    • Doctor Strange – The latest Marvel movie to date. Doctor Strange focus on the magical/mystical aspect of the Marvel universe. First we knew of people with superpowers. Then there were machine-enhanced humans. Then we have mutates/mutants. Then we have aliens and gods. Now they show the magical side of Marvel.
    • Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011) – I have not finished this movie. I fell asleep when it came on Adult Swim.
    • Calendar Girls (2003) – middle aged women in England decided to pose naked in a calendar for a cancer benefit.
    • Up Close and Personal (1996) – Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer. An oldie, but a goodie.
    • Arrival – The best sci-fi movie this year. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner investigate a mysterious pod with aliens in them who touched down on earth. There are twelve of them around the world.
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – We’re finally back in the world of Harry Potter. This time, the story takes place in America in 1926. Newt Scamander has not published his book yet. Something is killing wizards and nomaj (non-magic people).
    • The Divergent Series: Allegiant – This movie is so different from the last two movies in the franchise. I think the fans just gave up. Also, there’s supposed to be a 4th movie and they’re planning to turn it into a series.
    • Straight Outta Compton (2015) – The story on how Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube started NWA, their struggles, their right and wrong choices, and what they are now.
  • December 2016
    • Moana – Disney’s 2nd attempt, after Lilo & Stitch, of showcasing Polynesian heritage and what they’ve learned in their studies. Great soundtrack from Lin-Manuel Miranda.
    • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – This is the prequel that needed to be told, which jumpstarted the events in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
    • Midnight Special – It’s an homage to Spielberg movies. A man, his friend, and his son is on the run from a cult and the government who wants to experiment on his son. His son has powers.
    • Self/Less (2015) – Ben Kingsley is a dying rich man who undergoes an experimental procedure to place his mind on a younger Ryan Reynolds body so he can live forever. Only problem is Ryan Reynolds’ body is not a test tube body and is actually from a real person and he starts remembering past events.
    • Passenger – Chris Pratt wakes up 90 years too early on the ship’s journey to a new colony planet. Jennifer Lawrence wakes up as well and they’re the only two people awake in the ship. Hilarity ensues.
    • Assassin’s Creed – Based on the successful Ubisoft franchise with great storytelling, this movie is none of those. Bland static characters that you can’t get attached to. Worst movie I’ve seen this year even though I like the videogame series.
    • The Late Bloomer – I needed a palate cleanser after Assassin’s Creed. Netflix to the rescue. It’s about a therapist who finds out he has a brain tumor that’s nesting near the pituitary gland, which preventive him from going through puberty. After surgery, he’s goes through puberty at an accelerated speed. Stuff happens.

I’m done.

Posted December 31, 2016 by StupidSystemus in Movies

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Batman: Arkham Asylum   Leave a comment

Batman: Arkham Asylum is the best superhero videogame. I am super late in playing this game. It came out back in 2009 and I just played and finished it in 2015 thanks to PlayStation Plus’s free games per month.

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The story begins with Batman in the Batmobile, racing towards Arkham Asylum with Joker in handcuffs in the passenger’s seat. Supposedly, Joker broke out of Arkham Asylum. Batman found him and is taking him back. Batman sensed something wasn’t right. He thinks Joker just handed himself easily. He accompanies the staff in making sure Joker won’t try anything funny. It turns out he did. He put the entire facility on lock down for the staff and got most of the dangerous patients freed, including Harley Quinn, Bane, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy and the Scarecrow. The entire area also includes Blackgate Penitentiary. Now it’s up to Batman to investigate and save the Arkham Asylum staff from Joker.

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Joker’s ultimate goal is to complete a serum (Titan formula) based on Bane’s blood and some of venom from Poison Ivy’s vines and inject it to a few Asylum inmates to transform them into deformed, powerful titan like creatures. While Batman is busy stopping Joker, the Riddler is also leaving behind puzzles and clues to mess with Batman (I managed to solve all of the Riddler’s riddles and sent his coordinates to the police).

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The Scarecrow also managed to inject Batman with his fear toxin. Batman started hallucinating about his childhood, Commissioner Gordon dying and switching places with Joker, who shoots him in the head. Somehow Batman was able to overcome the effects of the fear toxin, despite being injected multiple times (Scarecrow lamented on how Batman could still be standing). While running away from Batman, Scarecrow ended up in Killer Croc’s lair and took him out.

As far as enemies go, Harley Quinn was the weakest. Batman put her out and locked her back in her cell. Poison Ivy is a special one. Of all the patients in Arkham Asylum, she is locked up in the Botanical Garden.

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In the final battle, Joker got Batman to fight two titan henchmen. After that, he injected himself with the Titan formula and transformed. Batman was able to beat him. The police from Gotham stormed in and locked up the prisoners again. Scarecrow somehow survived and will probably come back in the next game, Arkham City, set a year after Arkham Asylum.

Apparently, the Arkham Asylum director took credit for stopping Joker and became a major. He deemed both the asylum and Blackgate Penitentiary no longer suitable to hold all of Gotham’s dangerous criminals. Instead, he purchased Gotham’s most notorious slums and converted them into one huge prison they called Arkham City.

I’m done.

Posted June 7, 2015 by StupidSystemus in Games, Reviews

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TL;DR Movie Reviews of 2014   2 comments

I haven’t made a movie review at all this whole year. Here’s a list and quick review of all the movies I’ve seen in 2014 (I probably won’t see another one until next year).

  1. The LEGO Movie – It’s like when you see your childhood flash right before your eyes. You can’t help but reminisce all the times you’ve played make believe and content with actual toys instead of videogames. Everything is awesome!
  2. 300: Rise of an Empire – Too little. Too late. Except Eva Green. The movie probably would be ‘meh’ without her.
  3. Journey to the West (2014) – I actually saw this at Otakon ’14 in one of their video screenings. If you liked Kung Fu Hustle’s comedy, this will fight right in.
  4. Divergent – Based on the trilogy. It’s no Twilight/Hunger Games, but it will do. It’s like an edgy, dystopian Harry Potter.
  5. Noah (2014) – It’s based on the graphic novel that is based on the Biblical account of the flood. It was… interesting.
  6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – One of the best superhero movies to come out this year. This is also one of the best superhero stories of all time. Marvel dun good.
  7. Transcendence – It’s not the action-packed sci-fi movie you’d expect. It was slow-paced and almost artsy, but overall okay plot of a man who was poisoned and had his mind uploaded to a super computer to keep himself alive, in which he becomes the first A.I. of sort that could have helped humanity if it weren’t for the technophobes.
  8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – An okay movie, but the studio added some other stuff to try and compete with what Marvel is doing with the Avengers. It was a fail.
  9. Million Dollar Arm – Based on a true story of this reality show made in India, a country who favors cricket over baseball, to find two pitchers for Major League team. I saw this on Korean Air on my way to the Philippines. Great movie.
  10. Godzilla (2014) – The movie did not show as much of Godzilla and focused more on Heisenberg and future Scarlet Witch/Quicksilver.
  11. Blended – An Adam Sandler romantic-comedy about single parents who went to an African Safari. It’s classic Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore.
  12. X-Men: Days of Future Past – The movie that scrubs away the travesty that was X-Men: The Last Stand. They did right with this franchise.
  13. Maleficent – A new Disney fad of recreating live-action movies of their cartoons. Angelina Jolie played Maleficent really well.
  14. Edge of Tomorrow – It’s so much more than just Groundhog Day with aliens. It’s Groundhog Day with aliens… starring Tom Cruise and the oh-so beautiful and lovely Emily Blunt. Underrated movie.
  15. 22 Jump Street – Undercover cops. This time, they’re going to college. Just as funny and great as the first movie.
  16. Transformers: Age of Extinction – There can’t be too many Transformers. I still can’t believe this is the most successful movie of 2014 (made over $1 billion worldwide).
  17. Snowpiercer – I saw this on the plane to the Philippines. It’s a post-apocalyptic movie where the entire world is covered in a global cooling and the only survivors are living on an endless running train where the poorest live all the way in the last train car.
  18. Deliver Us from Evil – An exorcism movie based on a true story in New York.
  19. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – A sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Hail Caesar.
  20. Lucy – A Luc Besson movie on what if we could unlock 100% of the brain’s potential starring Scarlett Johansson
  21. Little Miss Sunshine – This is an oldie, but I haven’t seen it. With the exception of the brother, everyone played their character pretty well.
  22. Guardians of the Galaxy – The other great superhero movie of 2014. A start of a new franchise. Also, Marvel. Can’t. Fail.
  23. The Equalizer – Loosely based on the tv series that my mom loved to watch when were in the Philippines in the 80s. This version is more violent and gorier. It’s an avenging-type movie.
  24. John Wick – A great special agent movie. The movie happens because someone killed John Wick’s dog. PETA approved.
  25. Kick-Ass 2 – The sequel to Kick-Ass. Part of me wanted to like it as much as first movie, but it just didn’t held up. The plot for the first movie was more believable than this one.
  26. Nightcrawler – Jake Gyllenhaal plays a convincing manic/wired guy who learns his ways around the nightcrawling profession: people who rush to accidents, shootings, and other aftermaths to film them and sell the footage to the highest bidding news channel. The gorier the better. He’s also crazy.
  27. Interstellar – I’ve seen this movie twice on regular theater with my parents and IMAX 70mm with my sister (her Christmas gift for me). I cried both times.
  28. Big Hero 6 – A Disney CGI animated movie based on a Marvel comic book that nobody really knows about. It was a success. BayMax *glomp*
  29. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – It’s no longer about the games. It’s about war propaganda and rebellion.
  30. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – It’s finally over. Very overdrawn scenes just to make it longer.
  31. Into the Woods – Not your typical musical turned to movie. It starts out all happy and hopeful. Then the second act washes it all away.

I’m done.

Winter Gaming Reviews (Dec ’13 – Mar ’14)   Leave a comment

I thought I’d jot down a short review and final thoughts on a few games I recently completed this winter.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag – Freedom Cry

Freedom Cry is a DLC game that have you playing as Adéwalé: a former slave-turned-pirate from Trinidad and later became a member of the Assassin Order. He was Edward Kenway’s quartermaster aboard the Jackdaw on their adventure during Black Flag’s story. After Edward left, Adéwalé joined the Assassin order and had his own ship. The story takes place 15 years after the events in Black Flag, when his ship was damaged near Saint-Domingue while on a mission to assassinate a French admiral and a templar. He was washed ashore in Port-au-Prince. He was once again confronted with the realities of the slave trade.

What’s different about this DLC is that there are consequences to your actions in the game. In Black Flag, one misstep or being caught will reset the mission or have the enemy go after you. In Freedom Cry, a single mistake would make the enemy take it out on the slaves. There are missions where you take over a plantation and free the slaves and the Maroon. You have to get rid of 20 overseers. No monetary rewards. Freeing the captive was your reward. Overseers would take it out on the slaves when they catch you. Just like in the past, there were black overseers during this time. I had to think about whether I’m doing the right thing killing them or passing them over for others. They were probably forced into being overseers. There was a sequence where  a ship holding slaves on board was sinking. Adéwalé had to free the shackled slaves. The ship was on fire and I had to be quick about rescuing as many people as I can.

These were things that gamers had to think about before performing any actions. Adéwalé himself also was at a dilemma. He wanted to free the slaves. But there were women and children who couldn’t fight with the Maroon rebellion. They were caught in between.

Overall, this was a good 5 hours of solid gameplay.

Remember Me

This was one of the few new games that is not a sequel last year. The story follows Nilin, a memory hunter in Neo Paris in the late 21st century. In this futuristic story, there is a company that can erase and remix your memories to get rid of misery and pain, removing those thoughts and making new ones. They also store memories so people can relive the good ones. This is now the biggest company in the world and have controlled all aspects of life. But there are individuals in the company who are using memories and experimenting on people. Some people now have powers to suck others memories (it’s like a drug… it’s addicting). It’s Nilin’s job to stop this.

As an action adventure game, Remember Me doesn’t add much to the genre: you acquire new skills to defeat your enemies and upgrade them along the way. There are sequences that lets you go inside a person’s mind and remix certain events to change how they think. Too bad you get to only do this 4 times throughout the game. The camera angle gets confused from time to time and blocks your view of the character. I avoided walls most of the time.

This game excelled in the story and the world they developed. It would be been nice if we could explore more of the city of Neo Paris rather than get Neo Paris facts about the people, environment and culture through collectible items.

Tomb Raider (2013)

Lara Croft has had many reinterpretations throughout the years. This latest version of Tomb Raider is the best one so far from Crystal Dynamics, published by Square Enix.

This is the origin story of Lara Croft. Lara didn’t just come into existence guns blazing and leaping across gaps and finding treasure. Lara Croft is an archaeologist at heart. Her father was the original adventurer just like Indiana Jones. On this expedition to find a lost tribe of the Yamatai, they encountered a storm. Lara Croft was separated from the group and washed ashore in an island. She had to fend off for herself and learned to hunt for food and track others. They eventually learn that are people living on the island and wants them captured or dead. This game is how Lara learned how to survive and became the badass that she is.

This game has everything you need in a Tomb Raider. Updated for the new generation, we have a rough around the edges heroine who comes out swinging, surviving… and never looked back.

I’m done.