2008 Bests: Film, Video Games & Wrap Up

Film

Ok I’m going to take a lot of flack for this but my favorite theatrical release wasn’t The Dark Knight.  It was Iron Man.  Oh, don’t get me wrong I think Dark Knight is an absolutely stunning film with some truly superb performances.  It certainly aims higher than Iron Man in terms of what it says about it’s main characters but at the same time I feel it over reaches in terms of what, plot wise at least, it tries to accomplish.  At the same time there is a certain amount of heavy handedness to the juxtaposition of Batman and the Joker that belittles its audience and keeps it from reaching the level of narrative it could have.

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Summer Gaming Mallaise

Some notes before I begin, I am indeed still playing Bioshock.  The game just doesn’t excite me, but I’m determined to finish it….eventually.  I am also still playing Grand Theft Auto IV.  It is still fun, I still like the story, but certain gameplay elements (save system…um the controls) make it frequently frustrating and slow progress.  Other interests play a factor as well, I do love reading and certain other distractions have more than slowed my video game playing.

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