Mar 162012
 

Author: Juicy Beast

System PC- Played on Kongregate.com

Length: Long, can play many hours to get achievements and upgrades.

Release Date: February 2012

GenreWrestling and Candy

Type: Flight, Launcher

Link: Burrito Bison Revenge

CastBurrito Bison and many types of gummy bears that Burrito Bison must squashed as he flies though the air!

Synopsis:  In this sequel to Burrito Bison, you still play Burrito Bison, a famous wrestler. During a wrestling match in Candyland, he realizes that he is missing his wallet. So instead of continuing the fight, he launches himself by pulling back the ropes and letting go. As he flies though the air he bounces off flying and ground based gummies, hoping that he has enough kinetic energy to make it to the end of Candyland where his wallet is. Along the way, he can pick up money to buy upgrades for advanced techniques to make him fly better and to increase the chance to find rarer gummies for better lift and more money.

Analysis: Even though the game is repetitive after a few hours, I became obsessed with winning and getting every upgrade and achievement. I love upgrades.

Pro:

  • Fun game with great upgrades!
  • Gummies must be smashed!
  • Sequel added many new gummies.

Con

  • I didn’t like how you don’t get close to getting all the upgrades before finishing the main game.
  • In Survival mode, the upgrades don’t work as well as in the main game. Not sure if it is a glitch, but should work the same in both.

Conclusion: Fun game, but expect to waste at least a few hours because it is so addictive!

Frank’s Ratings

(1-5)

Characters

1

Story

4

Upgrades?

5

Replay Value?

3

Average

3.25

 

 


Mar 152012
 

Director: Baz Lehrman

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 127m

Release Date: June 1, 2001

Genre: Musical, Romantic Comedy

Cast: Satine(Nicole Kidman),Christian(Ewan McGregor), Harold Zidler(Jim Broadbent), The Duke(Richard Roxburgh), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec(John Leguizamo)

Synopsis: Full of great mash-ups of popular songs, this musical begins as a young writer named Christian (Ewan McGregor) travels to Paris in 1900 to become a better writer and live among the bohemians. He meets Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo), and several other colorful bohemian artists that are working on a musical called Spectacular Specacular!.

Christian helps them finish writing the show and they arrange for Christian to present it to Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent) the owner of the notorious Moulin Rouge cabaret. Once there, he is completely smitten by Satine (Nicole Kidman), the club’s star dancer and courtesan. In a case of mistaken identity, Christian thinks he is invited into Satine’s room to convince her to pick his show for their next performance, but she thinks that Christian is the wealthy duke that might invest in the cabaret.

The Duke(Richard Roxburgh) shows up and through quick thinking and some singing Christian and his friends convince the Duke to finance their musical and have Satine as the lead in exchange for dating Satine. Even though Christian and Santine have fallen in love, she must pretend to like the Duke.  If the Duke found out, the funding for the show would disappear and Christian’s life would be in danger.

The situation gets crazier and crazier until the film culminates in a breathtaking showdown during the first performance of the musical.

Analysis:  I really like this move. The film’s melodramatic style  sacrifices a logical plot to instead invoke strong feelings in the viewer and the characters are one-dimensional, but the imagery and songs are really moving.  There is a heavy use of CGI  to recreate Paris and Moulin Rogue from 1900, and the writers put together some  great mash-ups of popular songs.

Pro:

  • Introduction to the Moulin Rouge in beginning featuring many songs including “Smells like Teen Spirit” and “Lady Marmalade”.
  • Famous artist, professional drinker and strange fellow, Toulouse-Lautrec!
  • Stage show at the end is Spectacular Spectacular!
  • Wonderfully creepy rendition of Madonna’s song “Like A Virgin”.
  • Green Fairy- great cameo by Kylie Minogue and combined with a scream by Ozzy Osbourne

Con:

  • Slightly disjointed transitions between scenes.
  • Sometimes it was hard to follow the action because too many things were happening at once.

ConclusionThe film isn’t going to change anyone’s life, but it is entertaining and has some very catchy songs! I recommend watching it, but expect to get a few of the songs stuck in your head.

 

Frank’s Ratings

(1-5)

Characters 2
Story 2
Special Effects 4
Would Watch Again? 4
Average 3
Mar 142012
 

Author: Steig Larsson

Pages: 644 Paperback

Publisher: Vintage Crime- Black Lizard

Release Date: 2008 English 2005 Swedish

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Revenge

Characters:

Mikael Bloomkvist-Disgraced journalist for the magazine Millennium.  He lost a libel case and must serve some time in prison.

Lisabeth Salander- Freelance surveillance agent and genius hacker, but also has mental issues that do not allow her to associate with people on a normal level.  She has a very strong sense of getting revenge vs going to the police for help.

Henrik Vanger- Rich elderly corporate industrialist.  He hires Mikael to solve the disappearence of his niece Harriet in 1966.

Martin Vanger- Taken over running Vanger Corporation from his uncle Henrik.  He is Harriet’s brother.

Dirch Frode- Henrik’s lawyer and friend.

Synopsis: In SwedenMikael Bloomkvist is a writer for the  political magazine, Millennium. He gets clued into a juicy story of corruption, but after publication his sources dry up and will not back him up.  He is sued for libel, loses, and is forced to temporarily resign from Millennium.   A wealthy elderly man,Henrik Vanger, offers him a job to solve the disappearance of his niece Harriet  the tiny island of  Hedeby in 1966.  Mikael must live on the island while he investigates and at the same time,pretends to be writing a biography of Henrik Vanger.   In exchange for working on the case,  Mikael will receive payment, but more importantly will get information that will help him get revenge against the man that sued him for libel.

Mikael makes strong headway on the case, but eventually finds that there is too much evidence for one person to go though.  To speed up the process, he enlists the help of Lisabeth Salander, a brilliant yet socially stunted surveillance expert and hacker.  Lisabeth had previously been paid to do research on Mikael to see if he was up to the task of finding Harriet and to see what rewards would entice him.

With Lisabeth’s help, Mikael is able to get close to cracking the case.  Only one thing can stop them, at least one person wants the past to stay hidden and are willing to do anything to hide previous crimes!

Analysis: Despite being translated from the original Swedish, this novel seems to flow very well and is easy to understand.  This is a great change of pace because a reader can often quickly tell that a novel has been translate due to unusual sentence structure.

I am also impressed with the creation of the character Lisabeth.  She is a strangely tough and  yet vulnerable character.  Her vulnerability gets her into some bad situations with unscrupulous men which leads to some very dark situations.  She is unwilling to contact the police and this leads to her taking matters into her own hands.  She has a different moral code than others and this leads to some interesting solutions.

Pro:

  • Lisabeth is one of the most unique characters I have seen in a novel.
  • I was genuinely in suspense for almost the whole book.

 Con:

  • The book did drag just a little bit after the climax.
  • Mikael’s easy relationship with a certain female character, not Lisabeth, was a little confusing.

Conclusion: As with most mystery novels, I always try to guess what the ending will be.  I can safely say that I was way off on this one and I love it when that happens!  I have avoided the film versions so far, and now I think I want to continue to avoid the English version because I hear that it differs from the novel in some important aspects.

Frank’s Ratings

(1-5)

Characters 4
Plot 3
Imagery 3
Read Again? 4
Average 3.5