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How to Ruin Video Games!

Modern Warfare 2: No Russians Mission

There's a Slate article that asks why video game developers don't put more civilians into their games, specifically targeting first person shooting game franchises like 'Rainbow Six' and 'Modern Warfare' that supposedly thrive on their adherence to depicting 'realistic' violence.

It's an interesting article that asks a silly question. Follow the jump to see why the article misses the point entirely.

Film Review: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Poster

A young girl is sent to live with her father and his girlfriend in a spooky New England mansion. She discovers that the mansion is host to a colony of supernatural creatures that want something from her. A tight little thriller starring Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, and introducing Bailee Madison as the beleaguered little girl. Reminiscent of The Haunting and other classic haunted house films, director Troy Nixey (with a little help from Guillermo del Toro) creates a spooky thriller that delivers the chills.

Movie Rating: 
8

Ann Coulter vs. Darwiniacs

GEICO Caveman

Ann Coulter's previous column was disappointing not because she eviscerated aggresive atheists who denounce theists, but because she supports Intelligent Design, which has been roundly defeated as a theory, even in conservative Christian circles.

Chairwoman Ann devoted this week's column to a continued attack on evolutionary theory, and it saddens me that such an intelligent (and foxy) woman should go down this path. It's the wrong path Ann. Sure, going down this path with drive aggresively stupid atheists into apoplectics, but it's not worth the trip Ms. Coulter.

Turn back, now. Please!

My rebuttal to Ms. Coulter's column follows.

Film Review: Priest

Priest Poster

In an alternate reality Earth humans have battled vampires since the beginning of time. Humans, driven to the brink of extinction created a group of vampire-killing warriors called 'Priests' who eventually vanquished the vampires to Indian-like reservations. The wars between the two races has left the Earth a devastated wasteland. What remains of humanity lives on a dystopic mega-city ruled by the Church. The monsignors of the Church have disbanded the Priests and tried (unsuccessfully) to reintegrate them into society. Each Priest is marked with a telltale crucifix tattoo, and they're treated like Vietnam vets. That is, poorly. One priest (named 'Priest' -- played by Paul Bettany) forsakes his oath when he is forbidden from investigating the disapperance of his niece by a resurgent vampire threat.

Movie Rating: 
5

Film Review: Our Idiot Brother

Our Idiot Brother

This is a movie about Ned (Paul Rudd) the world's greatest hippie, and the film's titular heroic idiot. When hard times force Ned to return to his mother's house he is thrown into the lives of his three sisters and his innocent honesty and earnestness causes all of their lives to collapse into creative anarchy.

This reviewer was ready to savage this film about a super hippie, but the magical hippie foiled all my plans. Goddam hippies!

Movie Rating: 
8

Ann Coulter Finally Wrong?

I freely admit to being a huge fan of Ann Coulter. My repeated marriage proposals to her have mostly gone unanswered (did not like her lawyer's tone last time around, either) but her most recent column has finally ocassioned our first lover's quarrel -- maybe just a tiff.

She's dead-on about so many other things -- she a champion of gay rights, too -- all to her credit.

But Chairman Ann is finally wrong.

Upcoming Video Game Titles -- August 2011

MW3 Skyward Sword Dishonored Journey

There are so many games on the horizon at all times these days, it's hard to find a good overview of them all whether you look in magazines or on websites. I've had a cursory glance at both, as I do from time to time, and noticed a few that stand out as being either interesting, innovative, or just blatantly destined for solid high quality given the nature of their predecessors. Here they are.

Rep. Maxine Waters: "Say it, say 'Black!"

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Ca.) continues to do her race proud.

It has been reported in the last few days that Waters has expressed that some black Americans are feeling overlooked -- that Obama doesn't care about them enough to campaign in black neighborhoods or dole out the government money; that he considers their votes 'in the bag'. Obama is currently touring the American heartland, where his support is weakest among whites.

(It should be noted that blacks voted overwhelmingly in Obama's favor, in excess of 90% -- a number that, had it been racially reversed in favor of McCain, would have ocassioned much hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth in leftist circles.)

S-s-s-shut Up, J-j-joe!

Joe Biden continues to be the most embarrassing vice president of the modern age. This time he compared himself to King George George VI, after being lauded for his public speaking abilities by a questioner (!) -- just like in the movie 'The King's Speech':

Film Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America Poster

After being deemed unfit for military service multiple times, 90-pound weakling Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals.

Set during World War II, Rogers must battle military public relations agents, Nazis, and finally a threat far worse than even Hitler -- The Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) whose target is not Europe, but the world itself. Marvel continues to enhance their cinematic mileu with another worthy comic book adaptation.

Movie Rating: 
7

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