Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

What a game. I played through this over the past 5 nights, which is something I don’t see myself do much. I just couldn’t wait to get back into it, and save for an unfortunately annoying boss fight at the end (a staple of the series it seems), this is absolutely one of the funnest and exciting game experiences I’ve had in quite a while, and is without a doubt my favorite entry in the series. The entire time I played I was blown away by the quality of the graphics and animation, the fantastic portrayal of the characters, the fun and twisty storyline, the insanely choreographed blockbuster action moments, and the super fun exploration you get to do throughout (I’m never a huge fan of the firefights in the series, but they didn’t feel as omnipresent this time). Even now that I finished the game, I’m still blown away by what I just played, and can’t wait to see what this team does next (I’m assuming they’re putting the Uncharted series to rest, at least for a while). Oh, and can I just add that I loved all the vehicle sections so damn much, and that I’d so love to get a spinoff game that’s just you in a vehicle, exploring environments.

The Boy

I’m not going to say that this was a fantastic movie, but we did have a fun time watching it, and it did go somewhere towards the end that I was not expecting. Just seeing that damn doll is creepy enough – is there anything creepier than dolls? – but yeah, it’s definitely a nice little creepy film to watch on a late night (we watched it late Saturday night). 

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory

After watching the original series and then the Thunderbolt series, I decided to watch this OVA series that came out in the early 90s. As the number in the title suggests, it takes place 3 years after the 1-year-war of the original series, and sets up what we end up seeing more of in the Zeta Gundam series (with the rebirth of the conflict). It’s especially enjoyable for the quality of the animation, and the action sequences are quite well done. In terms of the story and the characters, it has its ups and downs, with the most interesting bits coming towards the end, when we find out what this Zeon resurgence is all about.

Stranger Things

Oh god I loved this show, excessively so. We watched it the weekend it came out, and are already feeling sad that there’s no more to watch – and that if they do make a season 2, that it’ll take at least a year to happen. I’m a child of the 80s, and this is just such a spot-on take and homage to the films of that era – and it looks like pretty much all of my friends of my age enjoyed it just as much as me. It’s pretty fun to start seeing shows (I would include Halt and Catch Fire in this) that are bringing back nostalgic 80s feels like this, going beyond the one-note “neon” parodies we tend to see, and treating the era with love.

Batman v Superman

I finally watched this, the 3-hour “Ultimate” edition to be exact, and have to say that I really, really liked it – in fact, I watched it twice. I can’t comment on what is different between this edition and the one that came out in theaters, but to me it’s just a really great super-hero ride, and the action sequences are a blast – just like I felt for Man of Steel, for me this is what super-hero battles should look like, with a much more epic feel than what we tend to see in the Marvel movies. Also, the action scene where Batman goes to rescue Martha is I think my favorite super-hero action scene yet, and the closest I’ve ever seen Batman act and fight like he does in the comics. And to me, Wonder Woman was glorious, and I so can’t wait to see her solo movie (and the just-released trailer has me even more excited). The only bits I’m iffy on are the portrayal of Lex Luthor – although I don’t hate it, I can’t say that I really love it, as it feels a bit too manic – and that the Justice League teases are just that, teases, as I was expecting to see them a bit more in the film. But overall, yeah, I loved it.

The Force Awakens

I saw it twice at the theater when it came out, and then watched it recently for the firs time since then, when it popped up on Netflix last week (in Canada). It’s interesting to me that the movie already feels so familiar, despite it still being so new and that I’ve only seen it twice – really felt like I’d watched it so many more times (like the original movies). As expected, I still dig it, and still think it’s a hell of a fun ride. Makes me even more excited to see Rogue One and then Episode VIII.

Vice Principals

It’s no Easbound and Down, but based on the first episode, I think I’m going to dig this series also. I really like Walton Goggins too, so it’s pretty great to see him here, doing a proper comedy (instead of just being funny in dramas). The Bill Murray cameo was pretty nice as well, but oh-too-short. Let’s hope this stays funny in the episodes to come.

Prometheus

There seems to be a lot of hate for this movie, and I just don’t get it. I recently re-watched it, and liked it just as much as I did the first time I saw it. I’m really into the look of it, and would probably like it based on that alone, but I also think it’s a neat lead-in to what we eventually learn to know as the aliens in the Alien series. I’m quite happy that Scott is making a follow-up to this.