Henry Poole Is Here (DVD)

Henry Poole is Here is a film that discusses the moving-in of a neighbor (Luke Wilson) after getting some morbid news from eir doctor. Instead of being seen as a charity case or someone to pity, Henry Poole looks to do nothing but spend eir remaining time trying to be left alone. Moving to the suburb seems to be the perfect way to go and do that, bringing Poole into contact with a number of interesting characters (an ensemble cast is present including George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, and Radha Mitchell). Continue reading “Henry Poole Is Here (DVD)”

Pokemon Battle Frontier Box 1 (DVD Set)

With a run time that approaches 9 hours, the Pokemon Battle Frontier collects the first half of the titular series. For those individuals that do not know where exactly Pokemon Battle Frontier fits into the whole Pokemon storyline, the events that take place during this box set are stuck right between the Advanced Battle and the Diamond and Pearl Saga. For individuals that may have not had the chance to watch Pokemon for a few years, the first thing that they will see is that the animation is much more fluid and vibrant, really matching even the newest anime shows in terms of how involved viewers can get. Continue reading “Pokemon Battle Frontier Box 1 (DVD Set)”

Commander in Chief: Geo-Political Simulator 2009 (PC)

As a political science graduate student, Commander in Chief is a game that really interests me. It is an up to date (using data for values up to January 2009). The game itself is touted as placing players in President Obama’s shoes, but don’t let that limit your imagination. No matter what state, what individual, players want to be, they take on the duties and roles associated with those heads of states. The graphics are a little dated, but the simple fact is that the game does not need that type of cutting-edge graphics. Continue reading “Commander in Chief: Geo-Political Simulator 2009 (PC)”

Tommy Bahama White Sand Rum (80 Proof)

Tommy Bahama is a hell of a brand, storied and well-known through all of the cultured cliques, worldwide. To have a rum receive the honor of being stamped with the Tommy Bahama label is a tremendous honor, and this Barbados spirit does not fail to impress. This clear rum begins with a bouquet that marries a floral scene with a delightful alcohol bite. Ultimately, the Tommy Bahama White Sand Rum will work perfectly as either a rum to be mixed or as a straight shot. My favorite use for the White Sand rum would have to be as an integral part in a rum and Coke. Continue reading “Tommy Bahama White Sand Rum (80 Proof)”

National Lampoon’s Stoned Age (Unrated) (DVD)

National Lampoon has had a few movies that they have purchased the rights to that have fallen on their faces in the last few years, but Stoned Age is a movie that seems to right that ship. The film is set in the prehistoric age, and follows director Adam Rifkin as Ishbo, a caveman that wants to take the next step forward in development. Faced with a tribe full of individuals that are perfectly happy where they are at in terms of civilization, Isbho’s troubles only increase. While the time periods covered are considerably different between the two films, I find a lot of similarities to be had between Stoned Age and Idiocracy. Both showcase an enlightened individual that is threatened with violence when all ey wants to provide some meaningful steps forward for those ey loves. Where only a few “name” actors are present in this film (David Carradine as Rifkin’s father and Ali Later as Rifkin’s love interest), the talent brought to the film by the rest of the crew should show viewers that some of this cast may be the next big thing. Continue reading “National Lampoon’s Stoned Age (Unrated) (DVD)”

Moon (DS)

The one thing that I feel that the DS has sorely missed in the years since its debut have been first person shooters. However, with the creation of Moon by Mastiff Games, the hole that previously existed has been filled by one of the best titles of the new year for the platform. The first thing that players will notice is that the graphics to speed ratio has been carefully calibrated to the best possible outcome. This injects realism into the game’s storyline, which places players into the shoes of Major Kane, who has been tapped to explore a recently-discovered hatch on a futuristic outpost on Earth’s moon. Continue reading “Moon (DS)”

Pronto – All is Golden (CD)

Those expecting Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen’s side project to play the same alt-country indie rock his full time group is known for may be in for a disappointment. Rather the Jorgensen-fronted Pronto sticks to a brilliant combination of classic AM radio pop with a healthy dose of lyrical cynicism. All is Golden, 13 tracks of truly imaginative rock music, was actually recorded in 2006 with members of Iron & Wine and Califone. Continue reading “Pronto – All is Golden (CD)”

Anne Weiss – Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream (CD)

“I Ain’t Got No Reason To Lie To You” is a track that showcases Weiss’ strength, putting her in a perfect position between a Sarah McLachlan and a Natalie Cole. The track, easily single quality, gets listeners interested in what is to come on “Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream”, the latest effort by Weiss. “I Ain’t Got No Reason” also feeds well into “The Song About The Affair That I Am Not Having”. “The Song” is vital to “Concrete World” because it puts the guitar track as a focal point of the track, rivaling the vocals for dominance. The bickering back and forth between the instrumental and vocal sides of Weiss’ works forces each element to step up its game to the point that what results on the album is the best possible music. Continue reading “Anne Weiss – Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream (CD)”

OHNO!THEROBOT #10

Another zine randomly received somehow, OHNO!THEROBOT is the brainchild of Chrix Morix. This Canadian showcases the fact that, beyond the kilometer/mile difference, that there is little distinguishing Americans from Canadians. This zine showcases Chris’ life, without assuming that an individual has had any familiarity with OHNO!THEROBOT before receiving this issue. Hitchhiking, moustaches, and relationships are what Chris focuses on most heavily during this issue. Despite the fact that the issue is only 16 pages, Chris places more than enough in the way of narrative and storylines in this issue, ensuring that one spends a decent amount of time going through OHNO!THEROBOT. Continue reading “OHNO!THEROBOT #10”