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For this weeks review I’m going to mix it up a little bit. Along with being an avid gamer, I really love movies. I’m going to start this review off with some thoughts on the new Predators flick with bad ass Adrien Brody, and the star studded cast of alien prey.
Most of you will probably agree this franchise has been butchered to death compared to the original film, which should hold a special place in the heart of any true science fiction fanatic. The film starts with a bang or perhaps a little splatter, with bodies falling from the sky unexpectedly. It’s an absolute rush out of the gate with a plenty of clever foreshadowing to establish the premise and plot.
Staying true to the original film, the story centers around a large cast of characters ripe for the hunt, soon to meet an inevitable fate. It’s a little different this time around as all the characters share the same confusing experience that offers little detail about where they actually are, and how they arrived. The blanket is lifted eventually as the story unfolds and the troops find themselves stuck between a rock, a Xenomorph skull, and a pudgy Lawrence Fishburne, who has a brief and quirky performance.
Adrien Brody put on some gristle. While his physique doesn’t shake a stick at the original Predator killer, his character has a certain intelligence and survival instinct that provides a nice contrast from the original film. He is no pianist. Topher Grace delivers the usual performance with sarcasm and cynicism, and does it well. He was a great addition to the cast and helps balance the film with some uncertainty and humor offering a little enigma to what appears to be a an obvious, linear story line on the surface.
I really enjoyed this movie because they dig deeper than the previous films to give you a clearer understanding of the Predator race, lifestyle and culture, including some explanation of the social behavior and competitive nature that exists within the civilization — something I felt was missing from past films. You get to know them a little better, something fans of the old Predator comic book series will appreciate. That’s why we watch these films, we want to see Predators, we want to see them show up in their space ships, kill a lot of things, remove spines and skulls as trophies and brag about it with grunts and masculine gestures. They turned down the Danny Glover dial, and turned up the Predator dial — it was a good move.
I would highly recommend this film to any true Sci-Fi junky or Predator fan. They finally steered this ship on course to put the franchise back on track, notwithstanding your typical sequel preparation before the credits start to roll. If we get another Predator flick by this camp in the near future, I’ll see you there at midnight.
Alright, now, back to video games! This week saw the release of the next Guild Wars 2 character class, the Ranger. I wasn’t a huge fan of Guild Wars originally because there were so many other MMO’s out at the time that fit my play style better than Guild Wars did. Fast forward to the present and now it seems that there isn’t really anything worth playing. I am eagerly waiting the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic, and I’ve also been teased with these new Guild Wars 2 trailers. If the game plays out anything like what I’ve seen over the last week or so, this is something I’m definitely going to pick up when it gets released.
Here are the rest of your Friday links, enjoy!!
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If you’re already a subscriber to either Geek Monthly magazine or Play magazine, you should be spotting some new half-page SplitReason ads running in both of those fine publications over the next few months. If you haven’t checked out either of these fine magazines, you should make a point of finding out all about them. Seriously, go now: Geek Monthly, Play Magazine.
Everyone, meet Sabrina. Sabrina has been kind enough to agree to sport some of our women’s wear around here at SplitReason. You can check out more of her by thumbing through our women’s section:
Being completely inundated with operations and t-shirt design (or World of Warcraft in Brian’s case) our savvy SplitReason.com guys have been too busy to notify me of a minor spam issue which has been plaguing the blog for months. After some maintainance I’ve cleared out some 3000 spam comments regarding topics from CFS and Crohn’s Disease to heavy engineering machinery to our favorite topic of girth and length from the popular blue pill.
So all you spammers can move along, this blog has been secured and reclaimed for the fans of SplitReason.com.
Yeah, that’s right I’m talking to the 31-year old troglodyte currently sitting naked in his mother’s bedroom with the idea that it’s good to comment spam our blog. I got your IP buddy (22.214.171.124) and I don’t think Comcast is going to be your ISP for much longer, you’re going down my friend. Oh and how sad, your little bot can’t spam anymore.
Honestly, some days I think spam isn’t as big a deal as everyone makes it out to be, and other days I want to find the bastards that decide to send me well over a thousand pieces of spam (all in German no less which I don’t speak) and perform a Sam Fisher back cracking manouver on every single one of them. Oh, and Outlook’s junk mail filter is a piece of crap. Why wouldn’t Microsoft allow me to add all users under a domain to a Safe List but not allow me to block all users under a domain? How the hell does that make sense?
In case you’re wondering, the RSS feed is currently borked. Don’t worry, we have a crack-team of engineers from all four corners of the globe working on the problem and all should be well shortly. In the meanwhile, we will continue to curse the bane that is free software.
Update: It worky now… it’s apparently a problem with Bloglines, so if you use that service…the RSS feed may be a bit shoddy at the moment.
If you’re the one unfortunate soul to come stumbling across this blog, I suggest you begin praying for your now tarnished and sin infested soul. You see the SplitReason blog is not only a shameless promotional tool for our tiny, environmentally insensitve corporation bent on at least zip code domination, (perhaps township domination if we get ambitious) called SplitReason.com – it’s also a place where two friends who readily admit there are a few screws loose between them will share their experiences in Hi-Fi small business, and their daily traverses of the landscape that is online retailing.
For those of you who don’t know what our little company is all about, I invite you to check out SplitReason.com – our little piece of Internet realty that will eventually grant us the riches and ability to summon seventy-seven virgins at will, build hotels in space, and finally meet Gwen Stefani.
To our incredible customers: Thank you for the continued support. Brian is especially thankful he can still afford a jar of strawberry jam and some crackers once a month, so please continue to support the People Around The World Feeding Brian Project…aka. PATWFBP, it’s very important he stays alive so we can keep shipping you all our wonderful gear.
What to expect: We hope this blog will give both our customers, partners and anyone who doesn’t mind the musings of a couple of web veterans an inside look at our company and the daily trials of running a start-up company. In addition, given the opportunity to have a forum with a wider audience, you’ll see the occasional post filled with crap we just find interesting, absurd, or some combination there-of. Also make sure to watch-out for some battle royales between Brian and I, as we occassionaly have a bit of a different slant on the world.
In the meanwhile, enjoy!
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