Game Progress 2/16
February 16, 2017

Pokemon Go (Android)
Last week was the beginning of the Valentine's Day event (it ended recently), which bumped up spawn rates of some rare Pokemon, such as Lickitung, Chansey and Porygon. Of those, the only one I needed was Porygon. As luck would have it, I managed to secure one while downtown, thus leaving me only a couple of Gen 1 5km Pokemon to obtain.

Today also marked the official beginning of Gen 2 Pokemon, as something like 80 new specimens have been released into the wild. Of those 80, I managed to get my hands on Sentret and Ledyba. What a day!

Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (PlayStation)
Defeated a gargoyle-like boss in the library, completed the last few portrait puzzles and left the mansion. After padding past some zombies, I passed through a locked gate and ended the disc 1 section of Carnby's campaign. I started disc 2, but didn't play much. It starts with the horrifying image of a man pressed against the gate I just accessed, obviously unable to get go the other side, his body covered in slashes and bite marks. I entered one puzzle where you have to do something with some steles, but I've been ill the last few days and wasn't able to take much more before needing to quit and lie down.

Tears Revolude (Android)
I bought the full edition and started playing it. I should be getting to the second town soon.

Winter's Bone (2010)- Jennifer Lawrence searches for her drug dealing father, who may have gotten on the bad side of a black market ring in her backwater community. It's a slow film, but an interesting, character-driven piece. My main complaint is that the characters mumble too often and it's difficult to understand what they're saying without subtitles. At any rate, it's a fair indie drama with some slight thriller elements.

Watch Me (2006)- An independent Aussie horror flick that's a lot like The Ring. A video depicting sexual torture goes viral, and everyone who watches the video dies, with the exception of two people. The two survivors attempt to warn anyone else who could be victims of the video while also figuring out why they survived while others died. This is one of the rare instances where a zero budget horror movie was actually well done. It makes the most of its limitations and properly builds tension while utilizing some great camera angles and lighting. It's not a top tier horror movie, but it's a B-level film worth checking out.

Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)- Based on a novel by Daphne du Maurier, this features a very young Brooke Shields as a troubled girl named Alice, who is believed to have murdered her sister during mass. This is mainly because characters often see Alice donning a yellow rain slicker and a creepy mask, and such a person has been seen in connection with other crimes. Also, Alice was the last person to enter the chapel, around the time her sister was killed. Alice's parents don't buy that their daughter could be a killer and decide to dig deeper into the situation. This movie plays out a bit like Don't Look Now, but with a snappier pace and more of a whodunnit storyline. It borrows from that movie, not to mention the giallo works of director Mario Bava and some of early films of Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento. I was glued to the film because I wanted to know if it was Alice or someone else who committed the killing. On top of that, there are a lot of terrific shots that are both mesmerizing and creepy. It's a nice change of pace from your typical teen slasher flick. Which reminds me....

Happy Birthday to Me (1981)- This one is a typical teen slasher, but one I rather enjoyed. It features an elite social club of academy students referred to as the "Top Ten," who are slowly being picked off by an unknown assailant. This one really pulls a fast one on you. It presents you with just enough information that you think you know who the killer is, then blind sides you with a devious twist. This one doesn't doesn't bring anything new to the genre, except that it utilizes the concept of a killer's mask in a rather inventive way.

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honestgamer honestgamer - February 16, 2017 (09:53 PM)
I saw news around the Internet that there were new Pokemon in the wild, and I found that interesting, but also I think it may be too late for me. My wife hasn't been playing it much lately, having moved onto other mobile games, and I've either been too busy or stuck indoors due to all the rain we get here on the coast. I might come back to it from time to time (like when the weather improves and I can take more walks), but I wouldn't be surprised if I forget about it completely.

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