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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” - Dr. Seuss

Movies, Games, Books

Not dead. Also, not unhappy. ^^; Just busy. (Okay, so I’m not that busy.)

Saw Gone Baby Gone — you know, that Ben Affleck movie about the missing kid — with [info]sesame_seed and J ([info]emblem‘s boyfriend) last Friday. Overall I liked it and think it’s worth seeing. Casey Affleck (Ben’s younger brother) doesn’t “act” but he does look very pretty staring intently into the camera, and the script doesn’t call for much emotion from him anyway. (That’s what his “better half” is for.) The writing is generally not spectacular — there were plot holes and the speeches were almost uniformly awful — but the authentic local color dialog was very good. The movie does a very very good job of portraying a certain neighborhood in Boston, and succeeds at being thought-provoking.

In short: frequently bad but sometimes good writing, consistently good direction, great setting: obvious strengths that make up for obvious weaknesses. 7/10. (But is anything else out now better than this?) Also, it was the best thing ever to see this movie with people who were willing to discuss it in excruciating detail afterward.

Speaking of awesome people, [info]sesame_seed flies back to Taiwan tomorrow (technically, today). ;____; Chrissy! I’ll miss you.

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On the other hand I’ve been gaming. I’m about halfway through Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raido Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army right now. This is an AU set in “Taisho 20″ where you play as Raido Kuzunoha (a title, not a name) the 14th, a high-school-uniform-wearing “devil summoner” who is pimped out by his awesome mysterious clan to work for Narumi, a layabout who runs a private detective agency in late-twenties Tokyo. It’s sort of like noir thriller meets supernatural horror meets military conspiracy. What really amuses me, though, is that despite Raidou being an absolute badass (steely gaze, mystical powers, Jotaro Kujo’s fashion sense, plus he runs with his cape swirling behind him in a very badass way), absolutely everyone gets to order him around. XD; First his clan on the training level, then the talking cat assigned to follow him around and make sure he doesn’t get into trouble, then Narumi, then Narumi’s clients, and finally, random NPCs whose capricious whims must be fulfilled in order for the plot to advance.

Raidou Kuzonoha: errand boy. XD

Other things I really like about this game are the world map (it’s a street map of olde Tokyo — the levels are city wards); the jazzy soundtrack and cinematic timing; the mad scientist who randomly lives under the convenience store and fuses your demons together at no charge; and that whenever you get stuck, you can always go visit the head of the local yakuza, who can be found at the local public bath. Naked. (Well, okay, not totally naked — he has a small towel, and Raido’s hat stays on.)

Haven’t played any of the other Megaten games, so don’t spoil me! The only reason I’m playing this one is it was on sale for ten dollars, and [info]amei drew a hell of a lot of porn for it. XD;

Next up: Samurai Legend Musashi. And I’m thinking about picking up the second Prince of Persia game. (Speaking of videogames, [info]canis_m have you seen this? That article is old, it’s not a rumor, Atlus is definitely porting the game over. ^_^ I have no idea what the game play is like but it’s a puzzle game and it’s freaking gorgeous: I’m sold XD. (Demo here, in Japanese.))

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On the other hand, I’ve been working, and on the third, invisible hand, I’ve been reading:

Ursula le Guin, Tombs of Atuan & The Farthest Shore
John le Carre, The Looking-Glass War
Naomi Mitchison, Travel Light
Naomi Novik, Empire of Ivory
Jane Emerson, City of Diamond

And right now I’m about five chapters into Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Lions of Al-Rassan. ^^; Feel free to ask about any of these, by the way — I have notes for all of them, just haven’t gotten around to typing them up.