Movie #2 – X-Men: First Class

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Director: Matthew Vaughn

Actors: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, …

Release date: 2011

Story: In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.

Review: I decided to re-watch all the X-Men movies in movie order and not by release date. I wanted to see if things intertwine properly with the older movies. We’ll see. As for this one, it was nice seeing the origin of some of the heroes and villains. The acting, well, it was okay I suppose, some lines were a bit cringy but overall it was an enjoyable movie!

My Score: 7/10

Videogame #2 – ABZÛ

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Developer: Giant Squid

Publisher: 505 Games

Release date: 2016

Story: ABZÛ is a beautiful underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving. Immerse yourself in a vibrant hidden world bursting with color and life as you descend into the heart of the ocean. But beware as you swim deeper as dangers lurk in the depths.

Review: The moment I started the game, I knew I was in for a ride. Everything in this game screams Journey, and of course, after finishing it, I found out that Journey’s art director is also behind this! It’s an absolutetly stunning game, there’s moments where it takes your breath away. The music, just as in Journey, ties perfectly with what’s happening in the game, and is beautiful. Unfortunately, its EXTREMELY short. I finished the game in under 2 hours and I did a little bit of exploring looking for collectibles and such, and for 20$… well, it’s a bit pricy, but I guess it was worth it!

My Score: 9/10

TV Show 1.1 – Helix (Season 1)

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Actors: Hiroyuki Sanada, Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanimé, …

Plot: The first season of this sci-fi thriller follows a team of CDC scientists who are led by Dr. Alan Farragut and thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation after being deployed to a privately run research base in the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be a disease outbreak.

Review: Okay, so… damn. I don’t even know where to begin. It starts off as a disease-outbreak kind of deal, so I was already thinking zombie-like infection and apocalypse and whatnot, but every episode there’s a damn new revelation that kind of change the cards on the table. It’s layer after layer of conspiracies behind this virus, as if they just picked a bunch of different plot ideas out of a hat and mixed them?

I’m not even saying it’s a bad show, but without giving spoilers it’s kind of hard to explain. The acting is relatively poor; the characters are kind of uninteresting; the plot-twists can be somewhat absurd. But overall I suppose I enjoyed the show, it’s an OKAY sci-fi-ish/thriller to watch when you’re bored.

My Score: 6.5/10

 

Videogame #1 – Silence: The Whispered World 2

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Developer: Daedalic Entertainment

Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment

Release date: 2016

Story: Silence: The Whispered World 2 will take you back to Silence, a world made of dreams. We accompany Noah, a teenager who lost his little sister, Renie, in the hazardous real world and now hopes to find her again in Silence. His quest leads him to another visually impressive and emotional adventure, where you get to solve plenty of mysteries surrounding Noah, his sister, and the dreamscapes of Silence.

Review: Gorgeous game. Usually mixing 3d and 2d doesn’t really work, but in Silence, it does! The 2d backgrounds are beautiful, and the style of the 3d characters is really cute and nicely done. The story is really nice, and eventhough this is the sequel to The Whispered World, and there’s a bunch of references throughout the game, you don’t really need to have played it to understand whats going on. Minor complaint would be the puzzles being too easy to solve. And the sort of annoying little caterpillar you get as a companion (I really didn’t like it).

Overall it’s more of a really good interactive movie rather than a game, similar to Telltale’s games.

My Score: 7.5/10

Movie #1 – The Space Between Us

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Director: Peter Chelsom

Actors: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson

Story: The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.

Review: Honestly, it all hardly made sense. After watching “scientifically accurate” sci-fi movies, everything they did in here seemed completetly off and wrong. The general idea was great, but the execution was pretty bad. As i said, scientifically inaccurate, the love story is pretty weak and develops too fast, Gary Oldman’s acting, or rather, his lines were pretty bad in my opinion, and to top it off, an extremely predictable ending. Over all it was barely okay.

My Score: 5.5/10

Purpose of this blog

So, round 2. A few years ago I had made a blog in order to review 100 movies and 10 books in one year. Unfortunately I failed, got bored after a few months and stopped updating the blog. But I kinda miss it, it made me feel better, so I will give this another shot! This time there won’t be a “goal”, I’ll just review books, movies, tv shows, videogames I come across.

This is mostly a personal thing, I don’t really care who sees my posts.