Rather than just write about one of the games in the series, I just got through playing through all three games so I figured I would just go ahead and write about all three.
Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed II and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.
Well, definitely have to say that I certainly love the series and it certainly gets better each game you play through. Ubisoft really improved gameplay as they went through each game.
Assassin’s Creed was good, I enjoyed the story line and it was exceedingly fun using the different methods of assassinating people. Ok, now wait, I know what you’re thinking if you’re not into this sort of thing, “really? you’re pretty twisted if you think killing people is fun”. First, yes I am twisted. Second, you’re a good assassin and do it for a greater cause. Essentially the story that spans all three games is that you’re Desmond Miles, ex bartender that was captured by Abstergo (Latin for “cleanse”, this comes into play later.) Apparently it’s believed that you carry your ancestors memories in your DNA and you can access them by linking up with a machine called an Animus. Abstergo is actually a front for a more historically well known Templar Knights (you may have heard of them from history, or from Davinci Code/Angels and Demons starring Tom Hanks). Essentially it’s the Templar (the bad guys) vs the Assassin’s (the good guys). In AC1 you access the memories of your ancestor Altair (al-tay-ear), you belong to a large group of other assassin’s and you’re trying to obtain this treasure that is sought after by the Templar Knights. You’re assigned to assassinate key people. What I like about this series…is that, while it is a fiction game, it has some of it based on actual history and big names in history (i.e. some of your equipment used in AC2 and brotherhood are created by Leonardo DaVinci). Gameplay is rather shaky and the AI is completely moronic on occasion, however if you can make it through those two things, it’s an awesome game with awesome story.
Assassin’s Creed II
Assassin’s Creed II, definitely got better with this one, you’re still Desmond Miles and you find out more about what is going on with this Abstergo company, that apparently they are wanting to use the artifact from the first game to take over the world, but “for the good of man”. Essentially by any means necessary they are going to save mankind from destroying ourselves, even if that result is from mind control. Essentially the Jesuit principle that the “end justifies the means”. Instead of playing as Altair in this series you play as an Italian, Ezio Aldatore de Firinze. While attempting to seek out revenge for the deaths of your father and two brothers you stumble upon this plot involving the Templars. Gameplay and AI greatly increased in AC2. As well as the different methods of “assassinating” your foes. One of my favorites is taking on a soldier barehanded, disarming him and then killing him with his own weapon. Got such a kick out of it. In this game, outside of the Animus, you learn more about Subject 16 (Desmond is known as Subject 17), who apparently went crazy and “hacked” the animus leaving clues about something pretty important (some hidden side missions). The environments are free roam and you essentially do Par Kour through the cities, climbing buildings and such to get around. Definitely a must play.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
You continue on with the memories of Ezio and is really more so a continuation of AC2’s story. Not much more to really report on the storyline. Gameplay got better with this one too, not really anymore new ways to assassinate people, however my favorite way to dispatch people in AC2 was enhanced. Disarming people, now certain weapons you can take from others you can throw. Scenario being that you’re fighting a couple soldiers, you disarm one, kill him with his own weapon, then the other soldier gets scared and starts to run off…well why not throw your big ass battle ax at him that you just took from his buddy? The other awesome thing about Brotherhood is the fact that you can train citizens that are being oppressed to become assassin’s and call on them when you’re in battle to help you out or use them to take out a target without bringing attention to yourself.
The entire series is a must play and if you’re looking to play all three, but really do not have the cash to spend, might I recommend picking it up at disc replay? I believe I paid $30 bucks for Brotherhood, since it’s the newest and probably about $10 for the other two, really worth it.
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Assassin’s Creed 6 out of 10
Assassin’s Creed II 8 out of 10
AC: Brotherhood 8 out of 10
Ok, so here latey I’ve been on…well…a FEW job interviews. This past one I had recently, I would have to say, has by far been my BEST ever. It could not have gone any better than if it was scripted.
I was fairly nervous as this is a job I’ve held before and feel as though I’m more than qualified at it. So I meet the immidiate supervisor, we’ll call her “Cathy”. She was nice, seemed a little quiet but I managed to maintain a conversation with her until the interview began. She then proceeded to go get the manager, we’ll call her “Kim”. So I was going to be interviewed in a trade off style type of questioning. So everything started off well, I answered their questions to the best of my ability and they liked what they heard. After a few questions Kim’s, the manager, pen runs out of ink. At this point she became embarrassed and it seemed like her cohort Cathy was going to go get her one. As she was about to leave her seat I say, “oh I have a pen if you’d like to use it”, which I produce from my inside suit pocket. Apparently this cracks the two of them up. Kim apparently is the type to be over-prepared for EVERYTHING and this is the first time she has ever had a canidate for a job be more prepared than herself. They then said that this will be a story they’ll share for a long time. I proceed to answer their questions, apparently better than they’ve had most people answer (not a direct quote from Cathy). We finish up the Q
Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) adapts the beloved Hasbro G.I. Joe toy line with this Paramount Pictures production that pits the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity against the evil forces of the organization known as Cobra. Dennis Quaid and Channing Tatum star as General Hawk and Duke Hauser, respectively, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marlon Wayans leading the rest of the cast, including Sienna Miller, Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Saïd Taghmaoui, and Asian film star Lee Byung-hun.
Wanted to see this one and heard a lot of good things about it. I read that it could be even better than Transformers 2. I don’t think I can say that it was or wasn’t better than Transformers as it really wasn’t the same type of movie to me. Definitely ranks up there with it though.
So basically you have the bad guys trying to steal and set off these nanite nukes on different cities around the world. The good guys try to stop them throughout the film. Pretty simple plot line. Real simple plot but TONS of action throughout the film, which made up for the lack of plot. I really enjoyed this film. Something that I found HILARIOUS though was that Stephen Sommers directed the film…he also directed The Mummy (as mentioned in the synopsis). This film had Brendan Frasier in it, the guy who actually played the mummy in the movie (zoltan) and the annoying guy in the fez that was the mummies “sidekick” in the film (he was the guy that was in the bunker with Rex, had quite a bit of make up on but I recognized his voice). Talk about recycling actors.
The visual effects are what makes this movie. They were simply amazing. A lot was true to the toys as well. I could remember seeing something in the movie and was like, “ha I used to have that toy”, probably still do actually in storage. Almost thought this was a Michael Bay movie as there seemed to be some sort of explosin about every 5 minutes. This movie was non-stop action and very entertaining.
Overall, I’ll rank this one a 3.5/4*. Solely on the action and the technology that was presented in the film. Some of the acting was subpar in my opinion. I would definitely recommend anyone to go see this at the theatre as it was just awesome.
Until next time mofo’s…see you at the movies!
Thirty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them. Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens’ welfare – they will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens’ awesome weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA. The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when an MNU field operative, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9.
Again, a movie that I was fairly excited to see and again a movie I was slightly disappointed in…only slightly though. I’m also usually very careful with movies that have NO leading actors that I’m familiar with.
So basically the beginning of the movie starts out like a documentary, not so bad but wasn’t consistant all the way through, however it did transition well from documentary to sci-fi flick. The documentary portion I was quite bored with, like the first 30-45 minutes of the film was rather slow to me and a little boring. I never really noticed the “change” in the way it was film, so I’m taking that as a good transition.
The acting was really decent, for not knowing any of the actors in the film. I think the fact that it was first shot as a documentary covered up a lot of the lack in acting ability, because I mean honestly there is no real acting in such a film. Blomkamp did quite a good job in helping you get attached to the lead alien character. There were a few times that I did feel sorry. Also much of the alien dialogue was hilarious, them not knowing what certain things meant and having a lack of “manners” and “politeness” caused for a lot of humorous dialogue within the film.
The visual effects were stunning. For an alien movie I approve of it. Seeing people blow up with the lightning gun never really got old, I just about giggled everytime it happened. There were a LOT of people blown up and blood and guts splattering on the camera.
Overall…I actually enjoyed this flick, other than the slow beginning I was happy when stuff started blowing up, it made up for a lot of the film. This one is slightly hard to rate, but I’ll give it 2.5/4*. I doubt I would pay to see this, if I did it would have to be a matinee showing. Possibly a DVD pickup I still need to let the movie sink in a bit. The free schwag was a plus though. Until next time mofos…see you at the movies!!
Keanu Reeves tops this adaptation of the seminal 1951 sci-fi film The Day the Earth Stood Still with this 20th Century Fox production. Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) helms the story of an alien traveler, Klaatu (Reeves), who heads to Earth along with his bodyguard robot, Gort, to deliver a warning of planetary destruction if the people of the world fail to stop laying waste to the environment. Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Kathy Bates co-star in the David Scarpa-penned film
I wanted to see this in the theatre and Mojo did a movie premiere for it in IMAX, sadly I wasn’t able. I was very excited to see it, although that never really works out for me, usually if I want to see a film then it’s going to blow, unless it’s a guaranteed hit.
The acting was fairly decent and really compared to the original (which I do understand that it is a classic) this movie was far better with the visual effects side of things. But you can’t save a movie with visual effects, true it’s eye candy, however you have to keep my attention if you want my opinion.
It was a fairly decent movie, I wasn’t impressed, Reeves is just not that great of an actor, I either see him mellow (The Matrix) all of the time or saying “whoa” (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure), he’s been type casted and will forever be stuck in this genre.
Overall, rent it if you’re bored…so about a 2.5/4*. Heed my warning, only rent it if there is nothing better out!
Idris Elba plays a man who seems to have it all. The perfect family, complete with wife Sharon (Beyonce Knowles) and son. A great job, good friends, a nice house. When a lovely temp (Ali Larter) is hired into his office as a secretary and begins dismantling his life, all those things are thrown into peril.
As the film moves to it’s fairly obvious conclusion (and if you somehow missed the ad campaigns, you’ll probably STILL be able to guess where it’s all going), the talented cast (aided by the fat kid from Stand By Me, er, that is, Jerry O’Connell) stays game enough to just make it all work. In a way, anyway
I saw the preview for this and was like “oh god, another Beyonce movie?”, I wonder how this will turn out. Luckily I wasn’t the one that rented it AND it was a free rental so I didn’t feel bad for the other party as well.
Basically, this movie is Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, the Hand that Rocks the Cradle…all rolled into one. The difference? Those were all classics and…well…good movies.
The acting was extremely subpar and I believe I even fell asleep through part of it. It was just one bad scene after another. The bright side was…Beyonce wasn’t really in that much of the movie. Thank God…her acting skills make me want to punch babies and then drop kick them off a cliff…only to Wiley Coyote them with a big freakin’ boulder.
Overall, it was very predictable. Pretty F’d up in some spots and I’ll give it credit for that, good overall story, even if it has been done a 100 times before. I’m gonna give it a 1.5/4* …only watch it if you’re suckered into it, which if you’re reading this…I pray that it never happens to you!!
Look for more reviews coming up!!
Writer/director David Twohy presents A Perfect Getaway — an action thriller focusing on two newlyweds (Milla Jovovich and Steve Zahn) who come across a couple of sinister hikers, played by Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez
I hadn’t seen very many previews for this movie, however what I did see I liked. Didn’t really have any “gotta see it” feelings on this one. But I did enjoy what I saw.
So this couple goes on their honeymoon to Hawaii and does a little island hopping/trail sledging. They find out from a group of folks that a young newlywed couple had been murdered on an adjoining island and they believe the killers and hopped to the island that they are currently on. A lot of suspects throughout the flick.
Decent acting, it was a little different from some movies I’ve seen lately, big twist…however had the twist sorta figured out about 1/4 way through the movie. Very entertaining and did keep my attention through the film. I did find the AT&T call in the movie quite funny but a bit hokey at the same time, could have done without it.
Overall a good movie, I say about 2 1/2 stars on this one. I don’t know if I’d see it again, but I’d definitely probably pick up the DVD, I would have paid to go see it as well. So if you get a chance and don’t have anything to do, go see A Perfect Getaway. You’ll probably enjoy it! Until next time mofo…see you at the movies!
Judd Apatow casts his former real-life roommate Adam Sandler as George Simmons, a comic superstar who learns in the movie’s opening scene that he suffers from a rare blood disorder that will likely kill him within a year. This news gives him the impulse to go back out and work on his standup, something he hasn’t done in years thanks to the massive success of his movie career. At a club, he meets struggling standup Ira Wright (Seth Rogen), takes a shine to him, and hires the young man both to write jokes and to be his personal assistant. Ira, who’s been sleeping on a friend’s pull-out couch and working a day job at a deli, enjoys the glimpse into the superstar lifestyle, but soon the prot
Katherine Heigl stars as a lovelorn television producer who’s made to run a gauntlet of romantic exploits by a pig-headed morning-show host (played by Gerard Butler) as a way to prove whose romantic methods are more accurate. Legally Blonde’s Robert Luketic directs from a script by Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith, and Nicole Eastman.
When I first saw previews for this flick I thought, eh could be funny but figured it was one of those same chick flicks. It was a bit predictable but actually was one of the better comedies I’ve seen this year.
Basically the plot of the movie is that Heigl puts way too much thought and effort into what she wants, instead of just letting this happen or “going with the flow” so to speak. She has a list and fits men into those criteria. She then meets Butler who is a “true” man’s man. He coaches her to get this Doc fella that she wants. By far the funniest part in the movie are the vibrating panties…sheer genius.
The acting was well done and the chose the right characters for these roles. The entire movie kept my attention and down right made me laugh on more than a few occasions. Yes, it’s a chick flick and a bit mushy towards the end, but it’s worth sitting through this one.
Overall I give this one about a 3. I’d pay to go see it again even. Possibly even a future purchase when released on DVD. Until next time mofos…see you at the movies!!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in director Mark Weber’s wry, non-linear romantic comedy about a man who falls head over heels for a woman who doesn’t believe in love. Mark (Gordon Levitt) is an aspiring architect who currently earns his living as a greeting card writer. Upon encountering his boss’ beautiful new secretary Summer (Deschanel), Mark discovers that the pair have plenty in common despite the fact that she’s seemingly out of his league; for starters, they both love The Smiths, and they’re both fans of surrealist artist Magritte. Before long Mark is smitten. All he can think about is Summer. Mark believes deeply in the concept of soul mates, and he’s finally found his. Unfortunately for Mark, Summer sees true love as the stuff of fairy tales, and isn’t looking for romance. Undaunted and undeterred by his breezy lover’s casual stance on relationships, Mark summons all of his might and courage to pursue Summer and convince her that their love is real.
Wasn’t sure what to expect from this film. Hadn’t seen any movie trailers or really any previous reviews of any sort. But Deschanel is HOT so let’s just get that out of the way. She did however come across like a bitch in this film…I guess she can get away with it though, being the sex symbol that she is.
The movie was shot a little differently. It did not movie chronologically so occasionally it was a little hard to follow. It was, however, well written and very funny. Definitely a chick flick though…oh sorry…I mean romantic comedy.
Some scenes were pretty hokey. The dance routine after he got laid was a bit much and sort of took away from the movie. Many were slightly disappointed with the film but it was still fairly entertaining.
Overall I give it about a 2. I would not pay to go see this, and probably wouldn’t rent it unless I was having a movie night with a female friend. Until next time mofos!