Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Movie Review #3 - The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Review.... MAGIC!

Ever love watching magicians who never fail to astound you with their tricks?
 That feeling when you just smile, laugh or get excited upon seeing an impossible trick?

"What you feeling right now, that sense of awe? That sense of wonderment? That sense that anything in the universe is possible? That's why you became a magician, that's why i became a magician" -Rance Holloway

 Today I'm going to do a review on a Steve Carell comedy movie about MAGIC and Comedy all together!
Featuring stars such as Jim Carrey Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi and Alan Arkin.

In this movie review, I'll be talking about the Plot, Story, Characters, Magic, Re-watch Value and finally the Overall. 

Burt as a kid ( Played by Mason Cook from the movie "Spy Kids - All the Time in the World") was always bullied and when he got home on his birthday, his mom wasn't around. Only a instruction on how to bake the cake and a "Rance Holloway Magic Kit" and from there was history, or present history...whatever

Seriously, I didn't look this cool when i was kid...

And from there, how he began his long and famous career as a magician. While making friends with his partner Anton Marvelton, together they form the "The Amazing Burt and Anton, a magical friendship" show which they did for a very long time. However down the road, Burt and Anton had a bitch fight because Burt is an asshole with his fame, fortune and sex (I'm not kidding, I'm making this as short as i can say) and now Burt alone must find the reason why he love magic and being a magician in the first place. Without writing too much cliche, urgh, here's a pic to distract you from it.

Pigeons Bitches!


STORY (6/10)

As much as i love magic and Steve Carell's magic of comedy in his movies, it is without a doubt the plot is pretty much well....expected. Person gets famous, becomes douche, fall from grace, finds a reason why he got famous in the first place in doing what he loves, yadaa yadaa yadaa. But! regardless of its expected plot, you can't help to like the relax,comedic and for those who has interest in magic can't help to be awed or at least begin an interest in magic tricks.
 And may i remind you, this is not "The Prestige" style movie. Which for those that don't know what i meant, go watch it.
Neither is it a crazy, confusing, mind-banging story.
Its plain and simple. Its light, funny and plenty of cool magic tricks which is suitable for adults and probably teenagers, but not so sure about kids.......skrew them, they ruin everything.
Did i mention Jim Carrey is in it?

Owh boy.......

Characters (7/10)
Now, in the beginning, Burt is introduce as a kid who's often bullied and whimpers when he's sad (he still does it when he's an adult). Upon arriving home on his birthday, he's mom wasn't home but left instructions on how to bake his favorite cake and a magic kit for his birthday. Then he met Anton who always ends up in the nurse office and have to take countless of medication, like testosterone hormones and because "The doctor says I'm dangerously close to being a girl".

"Yeah....almost became a girl...sigh miss those days"

From there, they became best friends and did many magical shows together and design tricks. You cant help but to love Anton who's the calm, nice and emphatic person while Burt became an asshole but turns into a better person. He was rather sexist to Jane ( Olivia Wilde) but ill let you decide on that when you watch the movie. The characters are funny and hard not to like, except Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) who's the bad guy and does ridiculous tricks. It's like Criss Angel who suddenly got sadistic and crazy....if he isn't already. Steve has a show called "Mind Rapist"..let that sink in for a minute and tell me how hard is it not to like a man who calls his show that.

Mind Rapist is 51 years old this year. Let that further sink in.

However, some of the characters story hasn't been properly written i guess? Because what happened to Anton's female hormone problem? Did it stopped? Why is Steve Gray doing his crazy stunts? Are they real? What happened to Burt's mother? Is she dead? Or was a magic trick to trick us viewers? Again this is not INCEPTION and i think some of those parts of the characters didn't matter. Depends on you readers if they were.  Don't think too much though if you did its either




You decide

Magic (?)

Now I'm no magician so I'm not sure how to rate these magic tricks in the movie, regardless it could be camera tricks or angles or even special effects and editing, but I will comment on how cool these tricks look. After Burt and Anton got their big offer to perform in one of the biggest hotels and casino's in Las Vegas, They always use props like super huge ones. When Burt has Fallen from grace, he found Rance Halloway, his childhood magic hero in a retirement home. From there , they shown a montage of them showing simple tricks such as disappearing balls...(dont giggle you immature lamps), card tricks, clothes instant change tricks and many more.
These aren't mine you know......

 As a person who doesn't know batshit about magic, its pretty interesting to see simple yet cool and amazing tricks performed by the characters. It's cool alright? and I'm a sucker when it comes to magic tricks.

I wanted to insert a penis joke caption but it was HARD to think of one.


This movie is beyond boring i assure you. And I've watched in many times just to laugh and admire the magical thingies Steve Carell has brought from his magic nose hole. But seriously this movie is great to watch for comedic relief and can be easily enjoyed by people who has some fucking sense of humor........meh. Not much to say on why you should re-watch it, because its MAGIC!.... I'm losing energy to write this post i swear.



Now this isn't the highly GOLDEN GLOBE OR NOMINATED FOR OSCARS kind of movie but shit people, but its good enough to have a nice laugh. There are some plot holes as mentioned in the Character category but its still easy to enjoy. Having the one of the greatest master of comedy Jim Carrey in the movie is a big bonus for its overall great cast. It's better than Bruce Willis sudden appearance in G.I JOE: Retaliation. It's like they don't give a damn anymore......ahem

Anyways its good movie.

"Happy Birthday Judah" is burnt into his flesh by the devil's dick
I hope you ain't name Judah people.

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Monday, 22 July 2013

Game Review #2 - Fallout 3

It's a good day, fellow viewers, and all good days come with a game review from the Review Republic! This time around, I will be reviewing a game called Fallout 3. Unfortunately, I did not play the previous series which is the original Fallout and Fallout 2, so I will play this game as if I've not heard of the previous series. Still, this game alone is worth reviewing because it's game-breaking in itself. As said before, I will be reviewing the game based on five basis; Plot, Gameplay, Tone, Graphic and Replay Value. I must emphasize that this is not a full review, as I'll skip all the explaining and introduction and all that cheese, so if you want a full one, there's plenty of reviews out there already. If you haven't played the game, stop reading this and go play the damn game, then read this. And if you haven't figured it out already, there will be spoilers in this review.

Plot (9/10)
Let's start with the genre before the actual plot, because it's significantly related in this case. This is a RPG style sandbox game, and one of the few which is not only a legit sandbox game, but an awesome one as well. With that out of the way, lets head to the plot itself. The main plot is unfolded through the completion of the main quests the main character does throughout the map. There are no cutscenes, which I approve because they are trying to make the game as realistic as possible. The main quests are well developed as they will lead you through all the biggest towns in the whole map. If you're rushing the game and just finish the game as fast as you possibly can, you're doing it wrong, but at least you go to all the main places.

What I like about the plot is you can finish it however you like. This means that there are multiple ways to play a quest, whether the main one, or the side quest. Thats the thing. You're not waiting for the next plot point to unfold, you create your own plot as you go along. You can decide whether to save a whole village full of farmers, or help the bandits take over the village. You are essentially playing God. ( A shotgun wielding mohawk full armor power Goddess, if you want). The main goal of finding your lost father will not change, but you are still creating your own plot as you go along.You can also customize almost everything, from your race, gender, your clothes, weapons, bullets, and even your Pip Boy screen colour, just for the sake of choices.

As you go further into the plot, you will realise why your dad has abandoned you and the shelter, and for a good reason too. You will also realise that the world around you has gone to hell, and crazy shit will happen anytime you go wandering into some place else. The subways are infected with feral ghouls, half of the city is overrun by mutants, and the other half is by the military faction Brotherhood of Steel. So many things to see, so many quests to complete, so many places to explore. Oh yeah, you will die a lot too, coz almost eveything can kill you.

Gameplay (8/10)
In most of the game, you are either talking to someone, or shooting something in the face, so it's a fair assumption that you'll do a lot of killing. There's a system called V.A.T.S where you pause the game when you engage in it, and the screen will display the percentage of successful hits on an enemy's limbs. You can't do it all the time, as it depletes your energy bar, but its still bad-ass. After that, a slow motion sequence will  happen when you select the area you want to shoot, and you'll see the limb fly out of the enemy, or they burst into bloody bits. Ingenious, I say. Only thing disappointing is once you're out of Vats and you're shooting things manually, you're screwed, because the iron sights in this game sucks.

There's a currency system in this game, but you can abuse the fact that you can be ridiculously rich by just selling the stuff you looted around, although money is supposed to be scarce in the game. There's also special points, called S.P.E.C.I.A.L. points ( Believe me, I'm funny that way) where you put your points to categories that determine the character you want it to be at the beginning. Then there's the attribute points where you get it after each level up, which will increase a particular skill after you put a point in it. And then there's perks as well when you level up every two times, which will give you special abilities. One more thing, you can choose a partner to follow you around that will also grant you additional unique perks. (Not enough choices, you say? There you go, son.)

Tone (7/10)
The tone of the game is very bleak and violent, but the radio podcasts you listen to are of the '50s oldies. There's not much to say about the tone, but I like it that they did not try anything weird like rock music playing, or even techno songs blazing throughout the game, although I love techno music. Because there is generally no music, you can hear the surroundings. The fire crackling, people talking and shouting, shots fired somewhere, something of that sort. Bonus points for an amazing theme song that perfectly suits the style of the Fallout universe.
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Graphics (6/10)
The graphics are not top-notch, but considering this game is five years old to date, and has a gigantic map, you don't need top-notch graphics to pull the game through. The environment design is decent, with the main places having varying differences. The NPCs look a bit same though, and the attire of the different factions could be made a little more unique to better distinguish themselves more. I wouldn't say this will break the game, but there's one more other thing that almost brought the whole game down.

Replay Value (9/10)
Need I say more? The amount of choices you can make in this game is actually endless. I should give it a perfect score for this but there's a catch. It's called glitches. There's so many glitches in this games that it's not even funny anymore. I think it's safe to say this is the only game that gets the most choices and glitches in the smae game.

Verdict (8/10)
Overall, this is the perfect game if you're looking for a fun, violent, addictive,  RPG style, realistic sandbox game. If you don't want realistic, go play Saints Row.

Top 20 ways you can die in Fallout 3
Ah, the bonus section! As you know, almost anything can kill you in Fallout 3, so I made a top 20 list in no particular order of creative ways you can die gloriously in the game. Enjoy!

1. Clobbered by Mutants.
2. Shot by Enclave operatives.
3. Shot by raiders.
4. Shot by Brotherhood of Steel soldiers.
5. Shot by villagers.
6. Shot by Caravan guards.
7. Shot by ghouls.
8. Mauled by feral ghouls.
9. Burned by Fire ants.
10. Chased down by Yao Guai.
11. Sting to death by Giant Radscorpion.
11. Chopped down by Mirelurks.
12. Sliced in half by Deathclaws.
13. Blown up by mines.
14. Radiation poisoning.
15. Fell from a cliff.
16. Drowned in a river.
17. Gunned down by sentry bots.
18. Hunted down by Talon Company Mercs.
19. Smashed by Super Mutant Behemoth.
20. Glitch of stuck in terrain. Game Over, unless you save.

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