Movies Watched [September 2011]

Last month I focused more on my Movie Project with a handful of other films scattered in between. I liked nearly everything I watched, and I was very happy to finally see titles like Dr. Strangelove, L.A. Confidential and Cool Hand Luke. A good movie month for me, and I have a feeling October will be even more jam-packed with classics.

In order of viewing (number represents year overall total, not this month):

140) Airplane! [1980]
Airplane! [1980]

141) I Saw the Devil [2010]
I Saw the Devil [2010]

142) Limitless [2011]
Limitless [2011]

143) Rain Man [1988]
Rain Man [1988]

144) Akira [1988]
Akira [1988]

145) [REC] 2 [2009]
[REC] 2 [2009]

146) Hotel Rwanda [2004]
Hotel Rwanda [2004]

147) The Magnificent Seven [1960]
The Magnificent Seven [1960]

148) The Asphalt Jungle [1950]
The Asphalt Jungle [1950]

149) Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb [1964]
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb [1964]

150) Moneyball [2011]
Moneyball [2011]

151) The Troll Hunter [2010]
The Troll Hunter [2010]

152) Contagion [2011]
Contagion [2011]

153) L.A. Confidential [1997]
L.A. Confidential [1997]

154) Cool Hand Luke [1967]
Cool Hand Luke [1967]

Quick & Dirty #9: Limitless, No Strings Attached and Plants vs. Zombies

Time for another batch of quick writeups/reviews. Next week will be plentiful with lots of full reviews, and some more movie project posts.

MOVIES
No Strings Attached [2011]
No Strings Attached [2011]
I thought since Natalie Portman was in this that it might be better than your typical romantic comedy. Sadly, no, that is not the case here. This is standard romcom garbage that follows the usual formula right down to a T. Ashton Kutcher and others involved managed to drag Portman right down to their level, and the end result is an utter debacle. Why, Natalie, why?? 4/10

Limitless [2011]
Limitless [2011]
This was a fun movie with a great concept and some really interesting camerawork. I’m not a huge Bradley Cooper fan, but he did a good job in the lead role here. The story had a lot of plot holes, some more glaring than others, which dragged it down a bit, but it was still an entertaining ride. It seems like a lot of people didn’t like the ending, but I thought it was pretty clever myself. Not a great movie, but still enjoyable. 7/10

VIDEO GAMES
Altered Beast [PS3]
Altered Beast [PS3]
Gary’s review at the Vortex Effect inspired me to check out this Genesis “classic”, although I don’t think that was his intent. This side-scrolling beat ’em up is just as poor as I remember with sluggish gameplay and cheap enemy hits. It still has that cheesy charm, though, with such classic lines as “WISE FROM YOUR GWAVE!”. Still, it’s a bizarre choice to include in Sega’s Vintage Collection, at least in terms of quality.

Astro Tripper [PS3]
Astro Tripper [PS3]
This shoot ’em up was released for free this week via Playstation Plus, and I had never heard of it before. It’s pretty simple: you control a spaceship on a small playing field, with the goal being to shoot everything in sight before time runs out. There are buttons to change direction and change weapons, but that’s about the extent of it. I liked what I played of it, but I got stuck at the third level’s boss battle. I have never been good at shmups, so that’s on me, but the good news is that I am intrigued enough to continue playing in an effort to get better.

Fallout: New Vegas [Xbox 360]
Fallout: New Vegas [Xbox 360]
I just beat this game for the first time this week. I am going to reload my “master save” and finish the other endings, and I will have a full review after that. In a nutshell, I greatly enjoyed my time in the Mojave Wasteland, although I still ran into some glitches and other problems that were supposedly fixed in some of the (many) patches.

Plants vs. Zombies [PS3]
Plants vs. Zombies [PS3]
I bought the iOS version of this to keep me occupied on the airplane when I traveled to Europe last year. I enjoyed it then, though I found the gameplay to be tedious after a while. The PS3 version is identical as far as I can tell, and I am getting back into it. It’s more addictive than I remembered — perhaps my gaming tastes have evolved a little since then — and I can’t wait to unlock all of its features. Good stuff, and I’m glad it was released as a freebie on PS+.

Scribblenauts [DS, 2009]
Scribblenauts [DS]
I have been playing this on and off again, and unfortunately it is starting to lose its initial appeal. I have found that I can complete most of the puzzles with the same select words, and I still have problems with the main character’s sloppy controls. I am about halfway through the game so far, and will be writing a full review upon completion.