Happy New Years!

Happy New Years Everyone! What movies did you enjoy in 2011, what are you looking forward to in the new year?
Here's a cute video from Zooey Deschanel and Joesph Gordon-Levitt.


Video Games and Movies

As long as I have enjoyed watching movies, I have shared the same kind of enthusiasm for video games as well. Video games as a medium to tell compelling storylines and entertain its audience have come a long way. There have been many attempts to turn video games into movies, but that formula just doesn't seem to work out very well. Movie after movies of bad video game adaptations continue to be made. Well, instead of having to  sit through those terrible adaptations why not just playing the games like they were meant to be. Just as you feel a special connection with a well made movie, I believe you can share that same kind of connection with a well made video game as well. In this post I wanted to share some of my favorite video game memories. Some of these games may already have movies made about them or will be having one made in the future. My recommendation is for you to go and play them, the way they were meant to be enjoyed.

'Suikoden II' is by far one of my favorite games. Some of the most fun I've had playing games is from this role playing game. The fantasy world this game creates with its immense storyline and characters gives the players a unique experience that only a game of this caliber can deliver. 

The 'Metal Gear Solid' series is one of the most popular series of all time and for good reasons. This was one of the first video games that made me feel as if I was actually watching an action film. 

'Resident Evil 1 &2' showed me how playing video game can be just as thrilling and frightening as watching a good horror movie. I'll never forget the first time the zombie dogs jumped out through the windows without any warning.

'Uncharted' is one of the more recent games I have played. It introduces the world to Nathan Drake. I guess he's like the male video game version of Lara Croft. It has the perfect combination of adventure and humor that you would find in any good adventure movies. Plus, it's just a really fun game.

'Heavy Rain' is another one of the more recent games. This was one of the most innovative games I have played. The storyline is excellent and the games gives you the complete control over what paths to take. Therefore, that can be multiple endings depending on your choices. Now, how cool is that. 'Heavy Rain' also makes you feel like you are watching a movie.

Finally, the game that made me buy my first video game console. I don't know how many countless hours I spent playing 'Final Fantasy VII'. This was the first game I had for playstation and will always be my favorite. The graphics were ahead of its time and I was amazed by gameplay. Cloud, Tifa, Aerith, Barrett, chocobos and Sephiroth are some of the most memorable video game characters ever made. Great storyline and character development really makes you feel connected to the characters just as you would in a great movie.


Horrible Bosses (2011)

Do you hate your job? Do you hate your boss so much that you spend the majority of your day daydreaming about different ways of killing him/her? Well, in 'Horrible Bosses', three close friends are driven to the end of their limits by their bosses. They conclude that the only way for them to solve their problems at work is to have their bosses killed. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis play the three friends determined to get rid of their horrible bosses (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell), but have no idea how to get the job done. The movie goes on to show the silliness that ensues as the three clueless buddies attempt to commit the perfect murder or murders. 'Horrible Bosses' does exactly what intends to do. It will keep you entertained and provide some laughs. However, it's kind of like eating out at a greasy fast food restaurant. It tastes so good at the time, but you just know it's not good for you. But who cares, sometimes you just have to give in to your cravings.

IMDB- 7.1/10
Metascore- 57/100
Rotten Tomatoes- Critics- 69%, Audience- 72%
Yong's Rating- 2.5/5 Stars


Clash of the Titans (2010)

For a film that deals with gods, goddesses and demigods, there really isn't much god-like about 'Clash of the Titans'. This was a very dull movie. It's never a good sign when your lead actor looks bored throughout the entire movie. For all I know, his body may have been still stuck in Pandora. When people start to defy against the gods and refuse to worship them, Zeus (Liam Neeson) agrees to let his brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes) seek vengeance against mankind. It is up to Perseus (Sam Worthington) to stand up to Hades and save the humans. 'Clash of Titans' is a testament that fancy graphics can only do so much to save a movie.

Rottent Tomatoes- Critics- 28% Audience- 48%
Yong's Rating-2/5 Stars