The Amazing Spider-Man (Movie)

■  Director: Marc Webb                               ■  Category: Action, Fantasy

A reboot of the first three movies, The Amazing Spider-Man starts over from the beginning.  Overall the plot has remained the same: Peter Parker (played by Andrew Garfield) gets bitten by a genetically altered spider, his Uncle Ben dies, and Peter becomes a super hero.  Unlike the first three movies The Amazing Spider-Man more closely follows the comics; set in high school the movie introduces us to Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) Peter Parker’s first love in the comic books.  Focusing more on Peter Parker then his heroic alter-ego Spider-man the movie has less action then it’s predecessors, but the action it does have is amazingly human, as the well choreographed action sequences use a surprisingly small amount of CG; making Garfield’s Spider-man seem more human then Maguire’s.  In comparison Garfield’s Peter, packed with snark and teen rebellion is almost the exact opposite of Maguire’s humble hero.

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Flash: The Bane of My Existence

Flash is every bit a part of the internet as html is.  From websites to browser games; you’d be hard pressed to find a part of the web that doesn’t use Flash one way or another.  Designers and users alike swear by it’s ability to do anything and everything, and to do it with style.  So why do I hate it’s ever-living guts?  Allow me to impart upon you the wisdom I have gained over the years, in the form of a list.  Because everyone knows list-based articles are the epitome of internet humor.

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

■  Platform: PlayStation 3                               ■  Category: Action, Adventure

■  Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment      ■  Developer: Naughty Dog, Inc.

 

Uncharted is fairly basic in both game play and story.  While the story isn’t as deep and gritty as say Lord of the Rings, it’s a good story in it’s own right, focusing more on the characters then anything.  Almost as though the game was built, and then some poor mouse was dropped in it and must now find his way to the end.  As a third-person shooter it’s relatively simple with a decent amount of platforming and while the transition between the platforming and fighting is smooth, it is noticeable, giving you a chance to prepare yourself ahead of time.  Whether or not this is intentional or not is hard to say, though there are fights with no transition, making it seem intentional.  Uncharted uses scripted events during platforming and fighting to both impress urgency, and the understanding that you are indeed climbing across a hundred year old building that really is falling apart, so hurry it up already, jeez.

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