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12 February 2008 @ 09:01 pm
Final Fantasy!  
I deleted all my FF icons. Why did I do that? I liked those...

Anyway, I was poking around an online video game "TV channel" and came upon this Final Fantasy Retrospective. It's a fascinating look at the development of each installment of the series, including spin-offs and side projects, and its impact on the series as a whole, as well as reception by critics and fans and what it brought new to the table or took away with each installment.

Part 9 is of interest to you especially, mullenkamp, as it explores Vagrant Story, its possible place within a segment of FF canon, and it how its world (Ivalice) expands over four games (Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, and Final Fantasy XII) and how recurring themes in Vagrant Story are starting to appear in new Final Fantasy games.

There's a Silent Hill one, too, but I haven't watched it yet so I don't know how good it is.

Speaking of video games, I am probably going to do a quick double-review of the Resident Evil vs. Silent Hill movie adaptations for Video Sewer, where I have become the newest poor sap slogging through the best and worst American and foreign horror films have to offer. (I was going to start with something a bit more obscure and to the taste of the site, but I got thinking about those two movies and figured I could devote a half of a review each to them.)
 
 
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stateparks on February 13th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
I have Silent Hill waiting in my stack too, finally bought it after a couple years of being curious, but I haven't seen any of the Resident Evils ... some day I'll have the time!

If you really want to skew to the site, just watch some stuff that you know you'll hate!
A Guy Named Goo: Esset Penguinaguynamedgoo on February 13th, 2008 09:13 am (UTC)
Review something I hate? You already reviewed Hostel. ^_~ (Actually, I liked Hostel enough, but I hated Hostel 2 so much it's ruined whatever good feelings I had toward the first. What a shitty movie.)

Actually, at our local mall one of those weird little used movie stores opened up. You know the type: titles you've never even heard of, C-grade knock-offs of blockbuster movies, fill a bag with DVDs for five dollars. I've been meaning to visit and see what I could grab that would fit both the obscure and crappy tone of the site.

I also really, really want to get "Kung-Fu Vampires". It's exactly what it sounds, and it stars a pre-famous Jackie Chan in what was undoubtedly the biggest mistake of his career pre-Rush Hour series (again, I liked the first, but it got old from there).

If you want to do Silent Hill, go ahead. The thing with RE vs. SH is that I have no bias toward RE because I've never played the games (well, I've played one) so I didn't have any particular allegiance to its canon, whereas I'm a huge fan of the Silent Hill series so my opinion was biased going in. If you've never played the SH games, you could probably offer the same view I could of RE, and review it on its merits as a horror movie and not a video game adaptation. (I recently found a copy of it for $5 at my local video rental store, with some other...gems. And real gems: I got a copy of Children of Men there. It's sad that it's been busted to bargain bin already.) Maybe we could still band together to do an RE/SH video game movie double header and release reviews at the same time, though.

Edited at 2008-02-13 09:16 am (UTC)
stateparks on February 13th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
I am totally inept at video games and haven't had a home system since atari 2600! Anyway, that store you found sounds awesome!

I might review SH, or not, but don't let that stop you, the more opinions the merrier.

I have Hostel 2 waiting for a viewing too ... someday ... someday ...
A Guy Named Goo: House Facepalm by everlynaguynamedgoo on February 13th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Meh, put off watching Hostel 2, unless you want to watch an hour and a half of NOTHING HAPPENING except Eli Roth trying to smooth over the homophobia thing with lesbians (and it's not as interesting as it sounds) and a bunch of upper-class guys checking their cellphones (for real). Once the killing does start, it's very quick, not nearly as graphic or disturbing as the last movie, and the ending made no damn sense within their own retarded continuity.

I actually like everything about video games except playing them. My brother's a video game addict and I grew up with him hogging the consoles, so my life has been boiled down to me having no patience for actually playing most games (few exceptions), but getting incredible joy from hanging back and watching someone else play. Which makes me the ideal lackey for a gamer, come to think of it: I never fight them for the console going "it's my turn, you asshole!" and they can play for hours and I'm thoroughly entertained.