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Based on interviews I’ve seen here and there, THR!!!ER was supposed to be !!!’s revitalization of the dance-punk genre, the big announcement that they intend to stay in the game, and to steer it as they did with Louden Up Now and Myth Takes, but it comes off more as the helpless spinning of the party-bus wheels in mud.
After the intense episode on last week’s Bates Motel, it’s nice to have a cool down period as we head into the end of the season. Many dangling strings are tied up, but new problems seem to arise in this time of peace. The Man in Number Nine could be easily classified as the most emotional episode of the story so far.
As I established in my last review of Blockheads, the indie market is filled with knockoffs of popular game series, and while some might consider this a bad thing, it certainly makes it easier for a game to get noticed. After all, there is already an established audience, right? Partia: The Broken Lineage (for IOS) is just such a game: a strategy RPG developed by Imago Software and inspired by titles such as Fire Emblem and Tear Ring Saga (which is basically just Fire Emblem via not Nintendo).
There is a sub-genre of horror movie that seem designed to be "so bad, it’s funny." Ooga Booga fits perfectly into this B-movie category with its one dimensional characters, ridiculous plot points, and over the top death scenes. Charles Band, the movie’s director, has created a movie seemingly designed to offend regular people while pleasing hardcore fans of cheesy horror.
The Truth is a real big turning point for Bates Motel, making it a proper climactic moment. In the complete chaos of things, it appears that everything is changing around the main characters. When it seems that something is about to come to an end, another thing appears to disturb the peace that the Bates Family can no longer achieve.
Pawn, on the surface, looks like any other action movie. The first ten minutes are a great way to start out the movie and to get the audience hooked. After that, however, the movie takes a drastic left turn, changing the game for the audience. It may look like a standard action movie on the surface, but if one is willing to dig deeper, there is some golden bits to be mined from Pawn.
Night Wolf is a slow-paced and ultimately lackluster British werewolf film. The characters are mostly fairly likeable, some not so much, but not enough to be annoying or detract from the story. I was mildly interested in seeing where the film would go, but it’s very predictable and mundane from beginning to end. Night Wolf isn’t the most creative film, but it’s not that it’s all that bad either, it’s just not engaging enough.
Upon seeing the trailer for the upcoming Amazon Video TV adaptation of Zombieland, my expectations immediately lowered. It looked like a lesser, more generic looking version of the movie, focusing more on cheap laughs than the smart comedy and atmospheric horror we got from the film. Having low expectations probably was for the best, but I was luckily pleasantly surprised to a degree. From the pilot episode, the film seems to be the better version, but the show might have more potential than I originally thought it would.
It seems that animation is taking huge leaps of change here in the west over the past decade. Movies such as Rise of the Guardians and Wreck-it Ralph are entertaining and have a good sense of maturity about them; and television shows like Avatar have a complexity to them. Animation no longer is seen as something to quiet kids for a while, but as another storytelling tool. Thankfully, Slugterra seems to be following in that pattern.
It seems that The Following really wants to end this first season with a huge bang with these final three episodes. It seems as if they know there is no slowing down at this point and are ready to deliver what their fans want to see. By far, Havenport is the most suspenseful and exciting episode. There are new twists coming left and right, each one trying to top the other.