My review of Infested Planet went up today at GIZORAMA. I really liked the game. I normally can’t handle RTS games (do you count tower defense as RTS? I’m a tower defense guru), but Infested Planet has some great usability mechanics that make it playable even with my messed up vision.
I’m getting into a groove with this new Slipstream format. First, I go deep on what we know about the recently announced The Last of Us feature film adaptation. Then, I countdown the five most emotional horror films you’ve probably never seen to tide you over until you can cry at the big screen reimagining of that opening 15 minutes in The Last of Us. I’m starting to cry just thinking about that. Stiff upper lip.
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The new Foreign Chops is up, filled with a ton of great writing about French cinema.
Oh, Frankenhooker, why you so good to me? When I’m in the mood for a so bad it’s amazing film, it’s one of these: Killer Klowns from Outer Space, The Anniversary (Bette Davis in prime psychobiddy mode), or Frankenhooker. I’m afraid that Frankenhooker in particular will suddenly be unwatchable for me. Fortunately, this viewing was not that one too many point.
I don’t get the opportunity to write about Jane Austen as much as I’d like to. I’m a big fan. I appreciate the intrusion of her authorial voice in place of the narrator to comment on society and gender roles. Emma, especially, works as a piece of satire (though I think her strongest satire is Northanger Abbey, but of course I would: it’s Austen tackling the Gothic novel).
Emma is so strong in theme and character that it’s spawned many creative adaptations. Top of the heap for me is Clueless, the 90s classic about popularity-obsessed teenagers in Beverly Hills. It’s kind of hard to believe, but the “As if!” of it all is 4 months away from turning 19. A generation of children has reached high school since the film was released in 1995.
Rapper Iggy Azalea is, mercifully, old enough to at least recognize Clueless. I got scared when I saw the video for her new single “Fancy” that she might be a teenager who first watched the film on her iPhone off a grainy file uploaded to YouTube.
Though my cynical prediction for the bottom two from last week was totally wrong, I was right about the quality of contestants in the second season premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race. These girls really brought it. Even the bottom 2 would have been safe on any other season of the show so far.
In a twisted fit of brilliance, the producers decided to throw a little party for the six surviving queens from last week after the runway. Then Ru showed up in full mud mask and curlers to kick the queens out of the studio. The brilliance? They left the mess all night long for the next group of queens to find when they walked into the workroom for the first time.
On the new episode of Sketchy Details @Home, I paid tribute to my favorite new Oscar-winning film Gravity with a little speed painting action.
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I made my peace with the Oscars live last night (and archived here). What a ceremony.
So today, naturally, I’m going to talk about Japanese pop/rock music. Who isn’t?
Babymetal is one of the more unusual music acts I’ve been introduced to from Japan. They’re a heavy metal trio that sing like pop stars. As in, amazing heavy metal arrangements (distortion, thrashing guitars, and mile a minute bass) with pristine pop vocals. It’s a trip.