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Hey Folks, For a variety of reasons, this blog has moved over to Blogger. You can find it here: IDOTAMblog.blogspot.com You can also subscribe to the blog through RSS: Atom 1.0: http://idotamblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default RSS 2.0: http://idotamblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss Facebook updates will continue, but this will be the last post that gets made to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Trilobyte - Joey Goddard) I have no way to sugar-coat the fact that I’ve been slacking on my blog posts, and I’m afraid that’s not going to get much better. I’m reviewing two movies in a moment and neither of the reviews will be long. Neither of them has to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Old Friends - Darrin Korb) Chicken is, by default, the ‘other’ thing you can buy at a fast food joint. You can get a truck-load of things, or you can buy a chicken sandwich. There are exceptions, of course. Chicken Joints like KFC, Popeyes, Go Chicken Go, and Church’s can... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Heart-Shaped Box - Ramin Djawadi) Apple has a long and storied history of shaking up various industries when they choose to get involved. Success or failure, Apple's involvement rarely leaves the landscape unchanged in their passing. A year and a half ago, they jumped into the wireless headphone arena when... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Here They Come - John Williams) When Disney bought Lucasfilm, no one was under any illusion about what was going to happen to Star Wars. Disney would abruptly drop the entire shebang into its giant marketing meat grinder and proceed to milk it for every last penny that it could... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(In My Time Of Dying - It Might Get Loud OST) One little letter has been the bane of movie makers' existences since the MPAA put it into place. It's kept audiences and earning potentials smaller than they might otherwise be, and has attached a sometimes unfair stigma to some... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Avengers Theme - Alan Silvestri) Ten years. Since the first stinger at the end of Iron Man way back in 2018, we've been waiting for everyone in the MCU to get into the same pool together, and its taken Marvel ten years to do that. In that decade, they've introduced... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(I Robot - The Alan Parsons Project) Sandwiches in this city, I swear. Seems like everyone wants to open up a sandwich shop because they think they've got a unique and compelling way of putting meat and cheese between two slices of bread. Without getting into the boutique shops, you've... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(I Robot - The Alan Parsons Project) Ahh, nostalgia, you fickle bitch. There's very little that compels someone to act with their heart instead of their head as reliably as nostalgia. When we see something that we have fond memories of, it rarely occurs to us that those memories are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Toccata - Mannheim Steamroller) Ernest Cline's 2011 love note to video games and '80s culture is not without its fair share of both praise and criticism, but no one has argued about the scope of the book itself. It's absolutely vast. You can check out my review of the book... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Now That We're Dead - Metallica) Dungeons and Dragons might not be the granddaddy of Pen And Paper RPGs, but it's absolutely the reigning champion, full stop. The child of Gygax has been around for over 40 years now, and in that time, many memorable adventures had emerged based on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(The Unforgiven III - Metallica) Dungeons and Dragons might not be the granddaddy of Pen And Paper RPGs, but it's absolutely the reigning champion, full stop. The child of Gygax has been around for over 40 years now, and in that time, many memorable adventures had emerged based on its... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(The Ecstacy Of Gold - Ennio Morricone) "In an audacious bid for power, the Cult of the Dragon, along with its dragon allies and the Red Wizards of Thay, seek to bring Tiamat from her prison in the Nine Hells to Faerûn. To this end, they are sweeping from town... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Sunsetz - Cigarettes After Sex) The 'Endless Runner' genre is one that's seen many contenders, but those games always have a limited appeal beyond a semi-engaging waste of a few minutes. What's a mobile gamer to do? Call a plumber, of course. Nintendo has had its fair share of hits... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(The Red Circle - Le Castle Vania) There's...no really good way to write an introduction for this movie review, so I'm not even going to try. Downsizing is a movie whose major draw is that it's a film about a bunch of people shrinking. It's got a cast of characters... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Death Of Vesper - Michael Giacchino) May of 2016 saw the release of Captain America: Civil War. The movie itself was heralded very nearly a universal success, and why not? All of the major players in the MCU were involved with the movie. Why shouldn't it have crushed it at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Born Ready -Gramatik) The thing I remember the most about my first Castlevania game wasn't the game itself, but the music. In retrospect, that was understandable, as the first game I ever tried my hand at was Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest. Arguably the most famous of the NES titles in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Questions - Tommy Emmanuel) I have long held that AAA game studios like EA need to start keeping a strong eye out for up and coming indie developers. Comparatively small production houses are pumping out games that retail for $20 a pop or less and that frequently provide much more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(A Better Beginning - John Paesano) Full disclosure, I tried to do this as a video entry. I really did. I was unable to do it without breaking down into laughter or grinning like a fool for extended periods of time, however. I'm a child. For anyone not familiar with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(The Force Awakens Trailer Music - John Williams) I could write all manner of introductions to this post, but most people would simply be scrolling down while anxiously muttering, "Yes, yes, but was it any GOOD?" So let's talk about that. THE SHORT VERSION: Yes. It is. Now stop panting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Blood On My Hands - Hans Zimmer) ”I wasn’t finished yet.” It looked like a rather ordinary silver pocket watch, at least upon any initial investigation. Closer inspection revealed the frosted metal bore the pock marks and creases of ice crystals, giving the surface of the timepiece an odd texture... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Still, Still, Still - Mannheim Steamroller) The Fifth Element is the definition of a modern cult classic. It was a movie that had bonkers visuals, access to a cast that no one would ever have anticipated, and that lacked just enough cohesion that it tanked at the box office. Now,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Grounds For Divorce - Elbow) DC Comics’ struggle in the cinema is a perplexing one, to be sure. On the surface, it could easily be argued that DC’s top-tier super heros are far more popular and much more recognizable than their Marvel counterparts, and the symbolism associated with DC Comics... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Shackled - Vertical Horizon) Technology is, for the most part, a wonderful thing. When used properly, it can enrich lives in ways not easily quantified at first glance. The business of Smart Homes and Internet Of Things (IoT) connectivity is a perfect example of this. Beyond that, IoT technology represents... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment
(Yoda's Theme - John Williams) I don't envy the people that get tasked to make Star Wars games. I don't envy them one bit. It's hard enough to make a good video game, especially a triple A title. You have to worry about story, graphics, sound, controls, and overall gameplay.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at In Defense Of The Awkward Moment