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I'm your typical Christian geek: I love God, video games, books, metal, comics and tech stuff. When I'm not glued to the Internet, I'm usually working or talking to the Love of my Life: Alicia. She is the Light that keeps the darkness out of my heart.
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Deserves to Be Lauded A Classic

Posted : 9 years, 9 months ago on 15 December 2007 01:19 (A review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

This is actually only my 2nd Favorite movie in the Potter-verse. I'm more partial to Chamber of Secrets, because of its slightly darker tone...that and Dobby!

And, before I say anything more, let it be noted that Joel H should've used the appellation "Troll H", because it seems obvious to me that he only posted to get a rise. If you're really so dense that you could use such contumely with abandon, then more's the pity. Either you have no eye for good cinema, or you just don't like this film, but spare us any nonsense that its rubbish!

This movie couldn't have been made any better! It managed to capture perfectly all the essentials from the film, and even made the Dark Lord out to be a superb villain. He even gave me the chills, and that's hard to do in a movie for "children".

I personally prefer the Richard Harris Dumbledore to the Michael Gambon portrayal, but that's simply a matter of taste. Speaking of 'taste', one of my favorite scenes is this first time Harry feasts in the Great Hall...I get uber hungry every time I see all that food!

This movie is a must own, as are the books. It could even be watched as a sort of "Christmas" or Holiday movie, right on par with "Home Alone"...another Chris Columbus film. Hats off to Director and Cast!


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Ok for Fans of the Comics

Posted : 9 years, 9 months ago on 15 December 2007 12:30 (A review of Spider-Man 3)

I enjoyed this movie, not as much as the previous two, but still had a thrill watching it. For those of you expressing disappointment at the "dark" tone, its fairly obvious you've never read the Spider-Man comic books, or you'd have expected it as soon as you saw the black suit.

**SOME SPOILERS AHEAD**



This was one of the darkest times in Spidey's/Peter's life. The symbiote made his relationships with everyone (friend and foe) on edge, and he had some serious anger issues. Of course, the movie kind of flibbed his relationship with Gwen Stacey, as she was his first love before MJ. In fact, the scene from Movie 1, where Green Goblin tosses MJ off the bridge...was actually Gwen in the comics...and she died. That guilt still haunts Peter to this day.

I thought the special effects were awesome, especially on Sandman! And I was glad to see some good team action, since that's been missing from most Marvel movies with the exception of the horribly lame 3rd X-Men movie. Marvel is all about the team ups, and this movie pulled it off beautifully.

Personally, I think this should've been the 2nd movie in the trilogy, kind of an "Empire Strikes Back" thing, where the bad guys win a little, and the hero doesn't end up with the girl. Then the third could've had Spidey/Pete defeating Venom and Doc Ock and getting straight with MJ at their wedding. But that's just my opinion.

**END OF SPOILERS**

Anyway, those are my thoughts on this movie. Good, but not great. In general, stuck with the feel of the Comic, as Spidey has always been about the Cheese and the Darkness. Loved the emo cut.


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The Book

Posted : 9 years, 9 months ago on 5 December 2007 03:27 (A review of The Holy Bible: King James Version)

This is truly the Book of all Books. Whether you believe its contents (as I do) or not, one cannot escape the influence of this book which, along side Homer's two mighty Epics, has been the foundation of every other Great work ever produced.

The themes in this book are many and varied, ranging from Love and Hate, to Sex and Politics, indeed every sphere of life is covered in this book! And, while the positions taken are often considered controversial in today's society, the fact that every subject is addressed, is something to be marveled at! It is common today to shovel issues under the rug of partisanship or to censor them altogether; but the Bible has the guts to actually GO THERE! And that is Noble.

I personally prefer the New King James Version of the Bible, as it retains much of the beauty of the original King James, yet is more easily digestible for those unfamiliar with Jacobean English.

Again, whether you agree with its teachings or not, this is definitely a book to be had on the shelf, absolutely one of the world's Greatest of Great Books.


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My Favorite Book

Posted : 9 years, 9 months ago on 5 December 2007 02:59 (A review of Lord of the Rings 1: The Hobbit)

I feel no shame for admitting that I am head over heels in love with this book! There is absolutely everything right with it, and the fact that I've read it about four times says enough!

The adventures of Bilbo Baggins, before the whole "Lord of the Rings" epidemic, are light and transient, full of mirth and good cheer. Although there is no mention of Christmas or the Holidays, this work is bathed in that euphoric feeling we tend to associate with that time of year. It is both a book for children and adults, able to hold the meandering attentions of both, and challenge them with noble ideas(like, staying to the Right Path in Mirkwood forest, etc.) which shows the true scope and genius of Tolkien's writing.

If you have never read this book, punish yourself no longer, and indulge that tiny, hobbit voice inside of you begging to go along with Mr. Baggins on his year long journey. You will be ever glad you did!


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Classic

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 10 November 2007 10:55 (A review of Tecmo Super Bowl)

Who was the fastest running-back in the game? If you answered Bo Jackson, you paid attention!

This game was so awesome, with the myriad plays and real NFL Teams! I still remember the sore thumbs I got from running zig-zags all across the field and trying to tackle the other guy when he did it! lol

Another fine piece from the Golden of Age of Games!


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SNES Nostalgia!

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 10 November 2007 10:51 (A review of Street Fighter II Turbo)

This is the game that spawned party games all across the board! Well, this and its evil twin Mortal Kombat!

But who didn't have all their friends come over and host mini-tournaments to see who was the best at beating up Ken and Ryu (come on, if you haven't admitted to yourself that these were the best 2 dudes in the game, let it go, and come to reality)?

If you know what it means to feel immense anger at that person who just pulled the "keep-you-in-the-corner" crap so that you had no chance...then this game should be in your favorites list.


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Ahh Childhood!

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 10 November 2007 10:46 (A review of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!)

If you want to get a discussion started about the glorious days of youth...bring up Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! Everyone I've ever met has some interesting anecdote about this game, along with their favorite boss to fight (King Hippo).


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The Best Game Ever

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 10 November 2007 10:40 (A review of Final Fantasy)

This was the game that let me know I was born to be a gamer. Sure, I'd been playing long before I got my hands on this title, but all the contenders before it, even the mighty Zelda, paled in comparison to the Epic that is Final Fantasy.

The graphics come straight out of an early 80's style anime. It was precisely because of these graphics that the game was able to draw me in! I mean, the monsters looked incredible and so did the characters! And the way I could customize their stats and equipment really made me connect with them!

I remember during school, how I'd be sitting in class thinking of how I needed to level so-and-so up and go find that special suit of armor for them when I got home later. I mean, I made plans with fictional characters for cryin' out loud! Any game that could push me over the edge of dorky, and imperil my social life for eternity...MUST BE A GOOD GAME!

Don't forego a chance to play this game on the original NES or Famicom, if you can. The GBA remakes are noble, but the original has its own flavor. Definitely one of the Gems of the Golden Age.


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Brutal

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 10 November 2007 09:53 (A review of Akeldama)

This album is amazing! I loved the opening riffs and the insanely deep vocals! This is a dark album, with little or no swearing, which is amazing in itself! While the themes may not be Christian, which is my own personal faith, they are interesting for those who are into dark and cryptic things.

As for the music itself, its very fast paced, with elements of Death Metal and Tech-Metal, which are my absolute favorite styles of metal. Will not disappoint.


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The Half-Blood Prince

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 7 November 2007 03:31 (A review of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince)

This was one of my favorites out of the entire Harry Potter septet.I liked the dark and mysterious tone throughout, as though everyone was now suspect of being a supporter of You-know-Who! It was thrilling, full of emotion--especially the end--and believable. I found it important that Harry's behavior properly and believably reflect the consequences of Order of the Phoenix, and Jo did a nice job of it.


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