Project Wonderful ad

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Loving Everyone

A big part of being Christian involves love. Love thy neighbor as thyself, love your enemies, don't hate others.

So in short, you have to love everyone. But as you might imagine, people don't make this easy. If someone says something nasty to me, I still shouldn't hate them. Turn the other cheek and that. It's not just the sweet and kind people in my life I have to love, it's the neighbors who blast their music when I'm trying to sleep, the trolls who insult me online, the frenemies that stab me in the back.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Movie Review:Spider-Man

Premise:A teenage superhero fights crime while a businessman turns evil.

Cast:Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn, James Franco as Harry Osborn, Cliff Robertson as Ben Parker, Rosemary Harris as May Parker, J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson, Joe Maganiello as Flash Thompson, Michael Papajohn as the burglar

Director:Sam Raimi

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for stylized violence and action

Genres:Sci-fi, action

Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Pros:The villain. A couple of minor characters. The final battle.

Cons:The romance/love interest. The way some of the characters are handled.

As if the teen years weren't bad enough with all the hormones, changes, and crushes, now you've got to deal with these brand new spider powers.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Things I Should Do More Often

A few months ago, I posted a list of things I need to stop doing. I've handled a few and still need to work on others. Now, here are things I need to do more frequently than I do them now.

Pray for other people
I pray for myself plenty. But when it comes to considering others, I tend to drop the ball.

I think most of us could stand to do this.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Movie Review:Frozen

Premise:The kingdom is put in danger when the queen's ice powers get out of control and she runs off, leaving her sister to fix things.

Cast:Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, Santino Fontana as Hans, Josh Gad as Olaf, Alan Tudyk as the Duke of Weselton, Ciarán Hinds as Grand Pabbie

Directors:Christopher Buck and Jennifer Lee

MPAA Rating:PG for some action and mild rude humor

Genres:Animation, fantasy, comedy

Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards and belongs to Disney.

Pros:The snow queen. Her non-whiny angst. The comic relief. Voice acting isn't bad.

Cons:Most of the music isn't that great. Something about Anna bugged me. The parents. Plot problems. Toilet humor.

What would you do if you had secret powers? What if you accidentally hurt someone you cared about with them? Would you bottle your abilities and your feelings up? And what if they spilled out on the worst possible day? Would you run? Elsa did. Now the kingdom's covered in snow, and her sister Anna has to find her and bring her home.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia on Batman:Arkham City

Click here to see the review.

We have a visual on Batman. He is kicking all kinds of a** down there.
-A TYGER guard's report.

  • Black Mask and Deadshot make brief appearances at the start of the game. Take a look around before you actually enter Arkham City to see them.

    Batman's kicking the crap out of those guys.
    -Another TYGER report.

      • When you're in the Joker's loft, zoom in near the feet of Harley's old outfit. You'll find something interesting there. This will unlock a short song that plays in the credits.

      Monday, July 14, 2014

      Game Review for Batman:Arkham City

      Premise:Batman must find a way to stop his enemies and shut down the titular prison.

      Cast:Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamil as the Joker, Corey Burton as Hugo Strange, Grey DeLisle as Catwoman, Vicki Vale, and Dr. Stacy Baker; Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, Troy Baker as Two-Face and Robin, Kimberly Brooks as Barbara Gordon/Oracle, Martin Jarvis as Alfred Pennyworth, Nolan North as Penguin, Maurice LaMarche as Mr. Freeze and Calendar Man, Dee Bradley Baker as Ra's al Ghul, Stana Katic as Talia al Ghul, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, Bane, and Hammer; Steve Blum as Sickle

      Available On:Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC

      ESRB Rating:T for alcohol reference, blood, mild language, suggestive themes, use of tobacco, and violence.

      Genres:Action-adventure, stealth, beat-em-up

      Notes:Sequel to Batman:Arkham Asylum. I played the Game of the Year edition, which came with a lot of DLC. Images taken from Gamespot and IMDB.

      Pros:Fun gameplay. Plenty of villains. Will last you a while and is worth playing more than once. Multiple characters to play as (with DLC). Great gadgets to play around with. Fairly good graphics. Lets you explore.

      Cons:Often misogynist in its treatment of female characters. The augmented reality training and the annoying voice that comes with it. Collectibles are harder to get. Playing as certain characters requires you to buy DLC. Story occasionally suffers for gameplay reasons.

      After the mass escape that destroyed Arkham Asylum eighteen months ago, a new plan was proposed. Arkham City, a walled-off section of Gotham where everyone with a criminal record was dumped. Supposedly, those who prove they are rehabilitated get to roam free once more. Yeah, don't tell me you actually buy that.

      Now we all know Batman will wind up in there somehow. Can he stop Hugo Strange? What is Protocol 10? And then there are the rumors surrounding the Joker....

      Saturday, July 12, 2014

      Life As A Christian Agnostic

      When you're a child, you tend to believe what you're told. This goes from food to school, and to religion. But when you get a little older, it becomes less likely that you believe for the sake of believing.

      Friday, July 11, 2014

      Album Review:Relient K

      Artist:Relient K

      Songwriters:Matt Thiessen, David Kurtz, Michael Jacobs, Al Burton

      Genres:Christian rock, punk

      General thoughts:Early on in their career, Relient K had a lot of songs that were silly or about God (or both). That is certainly the case here. In fact, out of all their albums, this one has the most songs that are both silly and obviously about God. Depending on how much you like it compared to their other stuff, this could easily be a bad thing.

      This album isn't terrible, but it's far from great. I'm glad I was already into Relient K when I listened to it.

      Wednesday, July 09, 2014

      Why Movie Aliens And Villains Prefer New York City

      Have you noticed in many action movies about terrorists/aliens/giant monsters/natural disasters how often the attack is on New York? I have come up with theories as to why aliens, monsters, and super-villains love to destroy this particular place.

      • A lot of people to kill. I don't how many people live in New York, but I do know that's a whole lot of potential causalities in one place.
      • It's an iconic place. At least for Americans.
      • It lets us know things just got serious. You know things aren't going to be pretty when the Statue of Liberty is covered in a glacier.

      Friday, July 04, 2014

      Movie Review:Independence Day

      What else were you expecting for July 4?

      Premise:Aliens attack the earth with the intent of stealing their resources.

      Cast:Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, Will Smith as Captain Steven Hiller, Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore, Randy Quaid as Russell Casse, Vivacia A. Fox as Jasmine Dubrow, Mary McDonnell as Marilyn Whitmore, Margaret Colin as Constance Spano, Adam Baldwin as Major Mitchell, Judd Hirsch as Julius Levinson, Jame Rebhorn as Albert Nimziki, Brent Spiner as Dr. Brakish Okun, James Duval as Miguel Casse, Ross Elliot Bagley as Dylan, Lisa Jakub as Alicia Casse

      Director:Roland Emmerich

      MPAA Rating:PG-13

      Genres:Action, sci-fi

      Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards.

      Pros:Fairly entertaining. The acting isn't bad.

      Cons:Sci-fi logic. Dated.

      What would you imagine our first encounter with intelligent alien life to be like? Friendly? Cautious? Hostile? Here, it is most certainly hostile.

      Wednesday, July 02, 2014

      Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia:Portal

      Image credit:Wikipedia

      Click here to see the review.

      Any contact with the chamber floor will result in an "unsatisfactory" mark on your official testing record, followed by death. Good luck.
      -I'll need it.

      • When you die, you go back to wherever you last saved. This means you can save as you're falling into toxic sludge and create an eternal loop of you dying. Yes, I did this once.

        Cake and grief counseling will be available at the conclusion of the test.
        -Not only is the cake a lie, so is the grief counseling.

        • The radios you find are all playing an instrumental version of the end credits song.