Beyond: Two Souls [PS3] and Gravity [Movie]

Day 4 of 365 Days without Facebook

Thursday night, I saw Gravity with Jesse and Craig. (Or, they saw it with me?)

It was a movie I really wanted to see, and at the same time, was really scared to see because of the trailers. I thought the trailers were quite terrifying (haha).

Arff, I just realized I cannot log in to my IMDB account because it was connected with Facebook. True, I could log in with other accounts (e.g. Amazon or Google) and create a new account – but SO MANY aspects are attached with my Facebook account. So, I guess I will just have to wait until next October.

Anyway, I think the movie is perfectly made. Music is cued when it is just right, and I could tell I was only shown what was absolutely necessary with no filler. Everything was that is in the movie is there to create atmosphere of what the characters are experiencing.

I was not terrified – and I doubt the filmmakers aimed for it to be terrifying (I mean, you wouldn’t dub the Taken movies as terrifying, would you?). I think it is a beautiful movie, and you should go see it so that filmmakers are encouraged to make more movies of this caliber.

After we watched the movie, I finished my Redbox rental of Beyond: Two Souls

Now, reviewers for major websites are weird. I played 40 hours into Grand Theft Auto V last month, and hated it. That game received a 10/10. It absolutely does not deserve that rating.  It is not life changing, and its characters are annoying s***bags. I can understand giving it a 6 or a 7 – because it is a huge game. If it were not for some major story and character flaws, I would probably love it.

Then these same reviewers give Beyond: Two Souls a 6. The graphics are amazing – in some scenes, super amazing – and I really enjoyed the cinematic feel. A lot of the reviewers chastised the makers of these game for being “wannabe filmmakers”I thought this made game play cooler. For example, there is this one scene in which I am walking down the side of the road in the desert. That is the only action I can do in this scene – walking. However, as I walk, the camera angle changes as I walk further like it would in a movie. This “movie camera angle” is featured throughout the game, and I think it is a nice touch.

Another reviewer said that he felt that he was just passively playing the game, so he purposefully screwed up what he was supposed to do in one scene, and the military came in and saved him – finishing the scene. Having finished the game, I know where he was, and that is what they are supposed to do. You do your mission, you get injured, the military extracts because you are working for the military and you just completed your mission and now you are extracted because that is what they are supposed to do because you are in a tumultuous area because that is what they are supposed to do /rant.

I tried screwing up non-intentionally in another scene, and my character ran out of the building because she was scared and that mission stopped. The game story went on. I redid the chapter before I went further.

Sure, it is not the greatest game ever – thought I at least had the desire to finish it. Whereas, with GTA V, I wanted kill the main characters. I wanted to kill the protagonists.

These games are completely different and many would say incomparable. However, my point is, game site reviewers were quite lenient when reviewing GTA V compared with Beyond: Two Souls. It is irksome.


Breaking In to After School Life

I returned to school from vacation on Tuesday.

I did not do much the weekend after I returned from Busan I found myself quite sick. I suppose I should make a mental note for the future week long vacations to check expiration dates on items in the refrigerator upon my return.

As I mentioned in an earlier entry, I tend to prefer being at school because there is at least an itinerary for me, school food, and people. When I go home, I go on the computer. Almost every day.

I read, play The Ville, and have now joined a Fantasy Football League just so that I can troll the other participants.

That is my life. (My username is thehillishaveeyes78 at NFL.com)

However, I have made a point to see a movie at least once a week. This week, I saw two movies.

Tuesday, I saw Total Recall.

Colin Farrell. Looking into the corner as always.

That movie was surprisingly AWESOME. I mean, I seriously debate seeing it again. If you like AWESOME VISUALS you will love this movie. I wish they changed the title of the movie because it is different from the 1990 version – and I wish people would stop comparing the two. It’s a different story – no Mars, and with a few more tweaks, no one would recognize it.

In Farrell’s TR, the colonists commute from Southeast Asia/Australia commute to the U.K. for work. Every day. Little things like that made me love this movie.

I was extremely upset when I visited Total Recall’s IMDB page only to find a bunch of fan boys bashing Colin Farrell in reviews because he is no Arnold. Since, we all know that Mr. Schwarzenegger is one of the greatest actors in the industry today.

Too bad we have to fill some movie roles with Russell Crowe and Robert Deniro.

Kate Beckinsale is Farrell’s turn-killer, fake wife. 90% of the reviews bash Farrell, then go on to point out how hot and sultry Beckinsale is.

But she’s no Arnold either.

Anyway, it was an awesome experience.

Memorable lines:

Matthias: Mr. Hauser, what is it that you want?
Doug Quaid: I want to help you.
Matthias: That is not the only reason you are here.
Doug Quaid: I want to remember.
Matthias: Why?
Doug Quaid: So I can be myself, who I was.
Matthias: Is it each man’s quest to find out who he truly he is? But the answer to that lies in the present, not in the past. As it is for all of us.
Doug Quaid: But the past tells us who we’ve become.
Matthias: The past is a construct of the mind. It blinds us. It fools us into believing it.

On the flip side of the coin, Friday, I saw Red Lights.

It is this year’s Sixth Sense because the poster is red-ish!

It’s okay. That is all.

On a progressive note, I did participate in a Book Club, and a Dinner Club yesterday. Along with the obligatory bar/restaurant that usually follows any activity done on a Saturday.

As expected, I was more nervous about successfully using a taxi. Since I had to memorize a phrase. Along with the fact that I am riding a taxi. My fears proved unfounded.

The Book Club was held at Jeonbuk University (sometimes spelled Chonbuk University) at O’s Square Coffee Shop. It was nice to see many Koreans are in the book club as well.

Dinner Club met at the same university (many members overlap) to board a shuttle for a restaurant 25 minutes outside of Jeonju, in an area famous for its cherry blossoms (? I think, the blossoms are not in season yet) – a restaurant that specialized in duck and chicken. Yum :-)

When we returned town, some went home. The rest of us went on to drink makkeoli (a native rice wine) and eat an omelette-type dish that had squid (it does not look or taste how it reads).

Then we went to Samsara (Art & Travel), the local Hookah lounge.

I been told that foreigners typically call this place “Art & Travel” because those are the only English words in this Indian style lounge.

I did not partake in the hookah, but the Chai I ordered has to be one of the best drinks I’ve had this life time.

With free Galaxy Tab II!

We finished off the night at a type of gaming lounge – a place where one can drink and eat snack foods as Pringles and popcorn.

All in all, it was nice to finally meet people in my town and exchange numbers. (The one girl also helped me to finally get a bus card! YAY!)

Though when I returned home, I still felt the nagging tug of Jesse not being here with me.