Game Progress 3/17/17
March 17, 2017

I haven't gamed much lately, mostly because I've been trying to catch up on my movie and book backlogs. I did polish off the novel Divergent, and I'm well into A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I would have the latter done by now, as it's a short novel, but I put it off the side for a bit so I could finish the former book and Risen 3.

Pokemon Go (Android)
Not much to report. I caught a Girafarig and a Chikorita, plus I hatched Tyrogue, Larvitar and another Porygon. Now I just need to obtain an Upgrade and 27 more candies to get Porygon2.

Teslagrad (PS4)
Defeated the second boss and obtained a cloak that allows me to utilize the various colored magnetic waves. I explored a little bit more, but I think I may be stumped on where to go next.

Risen 3: Titan Lords (PC)
Blasted my way through every side quest I could initiate in chapter 2, then tore through the story quests. Finished it. I have a rough draft for a review written up, which I hope to have live soon.

Recent viewings:

I just realized that the first two movies I'm posting involve jungles, except one is family friendly and the other one is in realm far, far away from family friendliness.

The Jungle Book (2016)
This is now the third of four film adaptations I've seen (which includes Zoltan Korda's 1942 version and Disney's animated one), and probably the best live action rendition of the story. It's very well paced and cleverly written, and not too sugary. It's as family friendly as it should be, but doesn't appeal solely to children. That and the visual effects are top notch. I often scoff at movies with CGI animals, but the visuals department here handled this movie expertly.

The Green Inferno (2013)
A group of activists travel to Peru to thwart construction workers and mercenaries who plan to demolish an uncontacted tribe's home. They succeed in their endeavor, but not without their opponents sabotaging their plane, causing them to crash in the jungle. The good news is the villagers they just saved found out about the plane crash and have come for them. The bad news is they think the activists are part of the construction team, and thus their enemies.

Oh, and they're cannibals.

This one is a good throwback to late '70s/early '80s cannibal flicks, such as Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox. It's a brutal popcorn horror film that's actually entertaining. My only qualm with it is director Eli Roth's usual unsettling mixture of scares and ill-fitting humor. For instance, one character gets chopped up and cooked. The villagers feast on him during a rather disturbing scene, and suddenly one of his imprisoned cohorts announces she has diarrhea. She goes into the corner, drops trou and takes the loudest dump ever featured in a horror flick. I think this scene was supposed to be funny, but I had a hard time laughing at it because it followed up a segment where someone got dismembered. That and poop humor for the sake of poop humor doesn't do it for me. Ultimately, I liked the movie, but I could have done without so many ha-ha moments.

Gravity (2013)
Sandra Bullock and Geoge Clooney are astronauts who survived a disaster that left their ride in shambles. Their only hope is to float to a Russian spacecraft. Meanwhile, Bullock is running out of oxygen and Clooney's thrusters are running out of juice...

Oh man, this was a tense movie. It's wonderfully shot and a little dizzying, not to mention depressing, but well worth watching. I won't say too much more about it. If you still haven't caught this one, I recommend it.

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