Sep 9, 2005

(e):Nos Lives


Playstation Picks
Sony Playstation (1995)
Ten years ago today, the Sony Playstation was released in the United States.  I was 15 years old at the time, and I had lied about my age to get a part time job after school working at a Burger King that wasn't far from my grandparents house.  I didn't save up enough to buy it on launch day, but I bought it before Christmas, and it came with this purple Playstation Picks disc.

It took a little while before I could afford to buy some games (the first of which, if memory serves, was Mortal Kombat 3), so this disc spent a lot of time in my Playstation.  It included videos of a bunch of early Playstation titles and playable demos for ESPN Extreme Games, Jumping Flash, Battle Arena Toshinden and Wipeout, each of which absolutely blew my mind.

Sep 6, 2005

It Doesn't Work


Primer
Think Film (2004)
Interesting concept of time travel, but poor execution.  I respect that writer/director Shane Carruth wanted the dialogue to be scientifically accurate, but good lord, this movie has a lot of talking that maybe 1% of the audience will understand.  Mike D'Angelo put it best in his review from Esquire magazine: "anybody who claims to fully understand what's going on in Primer after seeing it just once is either a savant or a liar".  To make matters worse, the characters talk over each other for the first half of the film, so even if you do understand the science, there's a good chance you won't understand the actors.  Also, I respect the fact that this had a low budget, but it looks really bad, even for an independent flick.  It would have worked better as a novel that gets turned into a film by someone other than a first-time director.

I'm not usually a fan of remakes, but this is film practically begs for it.  I'm sure this will end up being a movie that people pretend to like more than they do so that they can try to look intelligent, but it's really just a clever idea with a dull plot built around it.