So I saw a movie called A Little Help today. It stars Jenna Fischer as a mother whose husband dies and needs to pull her life together for herself and her son. I thought this movie was okay. Perhaps even good. Right off the bat, I’ll say that Jenna Fischer is good in this movie. She doesn’t give a Oscar winning performance or anything but she plays reserved yet weathered but a bit immature well. Her character Laura makes one bad decision after another and they don’t necessarily seem bad at the time but are definitely impulsive and a result of her grasping at straws as she tries to find some form of happiness. This is also however because she is not a strong person and she is really oblivious to why these things are bad ideas. She never shouts back at her problems, except at the dog next door that constantly is barking. At one point, her son (SPOILERS) lets the dog loose in an attempt to calm her down and when the neighbor yells at her and calls her a bad mother for raising a “monster”, she just goes and looks for the dog and takes the neighbor’s abuse.
This may be a popular choice but someone out there probably hasn’t listen to the music of Neil Young. Then again there’s also a lot of music from him even those who know him haven’t heard. Either way, I’ll keep this brief. Neil Young is awesome. Obvious writer is obvious. Although known for his introspective folk rock / singer-songwriter style, he has experimented in a variety of different genres, including new wave and country. Anyone who enjoys songwriting that’s honest and heartfelt should look no further than Neil Young. Even when some of his music isn’t great, never has it been a ploy to appeal to a popular demographic or something he didn’t believe in at the time.
This one’s for Julian.
So I’m playing some Project Gotham Racing 3 yesterday and I select the option to see what DLC is available and it returns me nothing. The leaderboards seem to still be up but no DLC. I know this game has DLC because I already have the Cadillac pack. I exit out of the game and check the game’s listing in the My Games section. Nothing. I look for it in the Marketplace. Nothing. For almost all intents and purposes, this game never existed according to Microsoft. Why are some games completely abandoned by the Xbox Live service?
Channel Awesome is home to many video reviewers but the most prolific is the Nostalgia Critic. His reviews of popular movies and television shows are usually the biggest draw on the site and many know of his rivalry with the Angry Video Game Nerd. However, his “female counterpart” is the Nostalgia Chick. While she covers the same type of material the Nostalgia Critic does, the Chick approaches her reviews differently. The Nostalgia Chick aka Lindsay Ellis approaches the material from a more analytic approach and will usually review the subject as a whole rather than as the movie or TV episode goes on like the Nostalgia Critic does. What you get is a more thorough analysis of the movie or show, which is not to say that she isn’t funny. You still see her get attacked by uncooked sausage links, tie up fellow Channel Awesome reviewer Todd in the Shadows, create a Hercules drinking game, admit her crush on Nightcrawler thanks to a truth serum, and sing with the Nostalgia Critic. Originally, she was meant to merely review girly stuff the Nostalgia Critic didn’t know about but she soon “went rogue” and started reviewing whatever the hell she wanted. Here’s a few videos I think represent what she does. If you like them, check her stuff out further. She releases new videos roughly every week or so on blip.tv.
While video games are a major hobby in my life, that’s not all I spend my time on. Music has been an important part of my life and I adore all kinds of music. Rock, pop, country, classical, hip-hop, folk, the list goes on. Whether its popular or underground, I am constantly looking and listening to different kinds of music. So in this new blog series, I’ll nerd out on different music that I like or dislike. Topics will vary from artists to albums to genres to anything I can think of. As long as it’s music related I’ll discuss it in this series.
E3’s around the corner but that hasn’t stopped the news from piling in the week before! For the second year in a row, Konami has released a video showcasing their announcements in lieu of an actual press conference so let’s get through what was revealed in a little over 32 minutes.