Since I am still trying to catch up on my major backlog of media to write about, a new edition of Quick & Dirty seems to be just what I need.
Dead Alive [1992, Jackson]
I had been wanting to see this for a while since I had heard nothing but great things about it. For the most part, I liked it quite a bit. Lots of over-the-top acting and effects, and copious amounts of blood and gore. It blows my mind that Peter Jackson went on to direct Lord of the Rings. Good, campy fun. 7/10
Nowhere Boy [2009, Taylor-Wood]
Emotional coming-of-age story about John Lennon’s formative years. Great acting all around, including powerful performances from John (Aaron Johnson), his mother (Anne-Marie Duff) and aunt (Kristin Scott Thomas). I never realized John had such a traumatic childhood, but it helped shape him into the rock and roll legend he eventually became. If you’re a fan of him at all, this is definitely worth checking out. 8/10
Wet Hot American Summer [2001, Wain]
Loved the cast, and I also enjoyed the first half of the movie quite a bit. Some of the gags had me rolling on the floor, but I didn’t care much for how the latter half went overboard with crazy antics. I can see how people either love it or hate it, but I’m somewhere in the middle. 6/10
Infamous [PS3, 2009]
I snagged this as part of Sony’s Welcome Back program and tried out the first few chapters of the game. I liked what I played, but it didn’t really “click” with me, at least not enough to make me keep pushing through at this moment. I will definitely come back to it, but I have opted to tackle other games in my backlog first (currently Fallout: New Vegas).
Split/Second [PS3, 2010]
I tried the full game trial of this via Playstation Plus. It took me a little while to get used to the drifting controls, but once I did I got hooked into the game. This is one of the better arcade racers I have played in a while. I love that you can boost up your rewards by drifting and riding the tails of other cars, and some of the rewards are devastating (especially when you are able to have an airplane fly directly into an opponent’s driving path). I could see how this would get a little old after a while, but I greatly enjoyed the hour I spent playing it. I might pick up the full game if I see it in a bargain bin.
Prototype [PS3, 2009]
Another full game trial. After getting used to the PS2-era graphics, I grew to enjoy Prototype for what it was. Being able to run up skyscrapers while terrorizing New York City was pretty cool, and I liked having the ability to unlock new powers. I couldn’t help but think this was a lot like Infamous, for better or for worse. The gameplay wasn’t anything overly amazing, but it was still fun. Like Split/Second, I might pick this up if I see it cheap someday.