Friday, 16 August 2013

Dota 2: Team Cynics. (WaC)

Update: Since writing we played another Official Team Game, and won. So undefeated thus far.As you might be aware if you read Harvey's snipes in the comment section, me and Simon have started playing a (totally healthy) amount of Dota 2, and as with many purely multiplayer experiences, there comes a point where you reach a certain skill threshold and you think.

"Boy we don't completely suck at this game"

And so consequently, after roughly 3 minutes of deliberation, planning, and hastily made jpegs I give you.

The What About Cynics League Dota 2 Team. WAC for short, Cynics in full. If you can't make it out, our Logo is the trusty "What About Cynics" set on murky blue. Me and Simon are on it, and if Harvey ever decides to actually play it, he is more than welcome. This screenshot is from the play of our first official WaC game, which I will now show you.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Now You See Me: Now You See Film Review

Sorry for my long gap of not posting or commenting, I've just added this to the front of the review in case anyone missed my response to the comments. Sorry if I'm being a bit soppy at the moment, that kind of mood, but really appreciate it. Now, onto Movie Reviewing!

Now You See Me is a film I wish had been utterly terrible. I could have made so many amazing jokes if it had been terrible. Such as the following.

  • Now You See Me: Wish I Hadn't!
  • Now You See Me: Nothing But Smoke And Mirrors
  • Now You See Me: Combine a bunch of Successful acting pairs into a sub-standard Louis Leterrier film.
And so on. But I actually enjoyed Now You See Me, something I wasn't really expecting due to the steady stream of average reviews I had heard from friends and critics alike. I mean it wasn't incredible, we aren't talking Nolan levels of film making, but I'd say NYSM breaches easily 7/10 and into 8/10. I guess now I just need to explain why. To the varied fonts!

1. Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent 

In a film about charismatic, talented, almost super-natural magicians performing a series of world-altering robberies across the Northern Hemisphere, the two actors and characters who really stood out to me in this was Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent. Now both of them have impressed me previously, Laurent playing the incredible Shoshanna in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds and Mark Ruffalo in both his obvious defining career booster as Marvel's Bruce Banner and also props for him in Shutter Island because he was in my opinion the only consistent performance within that movie.

But yes, they really went above and beyond here, I imagine they will win any award I invent for best chemistry, even with the sometimes minimal time together they are given. While the arc they underwent was slightly generic to start with, it was acted superbly and felt like the most grounded, realistic thing in an otherwise mad world.

(I also might be slightly in favour of the beautiful European falls for scruffy Anglo combination as Mark Ruffalo is probably the most beautiful 6/10 in Hollywood).

Monday, 12 August 2013

The Wolverine Review

I never really understand how X Men movies keep getting made. The first two films were surprisingly good superhero film, given the fact that they were made back in the pre-Spiderman era where most licensed superhero films had been pretty damn shabby for the last few decades. Most superhero movies before this had really gone for all out spectacle, black vs white morality and pretty repetitive origin stories centred around cardboard, rice flavoured protagonists.

Obviously, that's just a blank overview. There were a few good ones, but since a lot of people see the world in shades of Dark Knight being the greatest superhero of all time, an achievement on the scale of the Gardens of Babylon that nothing can compete with, then why should I not be as dismissive and sum up periods of cinema as swiftly and lazily as any other critic.

But I was a fan of the first two X Men films. Hell, even the third one, although a lot stupider and louder than the previous entries on account of its bigger budget and newer (not at all) creative team; it wasn't a terrible attempt. I sat down and watched it, enjoyed some of the action, but mourned a little that it had taken some of the subtle, but at least present subtext within the first two movies about society's incapability to adapt and accept those who are different, instead simply breaking it down to injections and Vinnie Jones yelling. In fact I miss David Hayter as lead writer of the first two so much that I refuse to even call the third X Men team a creative team. They're not creative and there was so little consistency in that film, it shows no teamwork took place. They were just a bunch of blokes. Dead head blokes who managed to kiss enough ass to make an X Men film.