Kong: Skull Island is the type of Monster Movie I Want to See

I finally got a chance to see Kong: Skull Island. Yes, this movie came out in 2017. Yes, I’m finally writing about it now. However, this movie was so much better than it had any right to be that I HAVE to say something.

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This movie is really fucking good. The blockbusters that I’ve seen in 2018 and 2019, such as Aquaman, Infinity War, Solo, Skyscraper and others, seem to exist purely to entertain for a few hours. They do have themes and messages, but these messages always felt hollow and cliched to me. This movie didn’t.

The premise follows a group of soldiers and scientists on a journey to explore a newly found island, as the Vietnam War ends. There they encounter Kong, a giant gorilla. They also discover the island is a hellish landscape filled with large insects and other beasts that want to kill them. They have to fight for survival and try to escape the island.

From here on out, there will be mild spoilers for the movie in this review. You have been warned.

This is a war movie as much as it’s a monster movie, but it doesn’t just say “War bad. Peace good.” and not dig any further the way a lot of movies do. It looks at the effects of war and the people it leaves behind. This is most strongly seen in the colonel leading the the team of the soldiers in this movie, Preston Packard, as he struggles to find purpose and stay relevant with the Vietnam War being over. Packard is a proud supporter of the Vietnam War, and he in denial that America lost. He even says America “abandoned the war” rather than admitting the loss. Packard going to the island as a great way to save face for himself and America. He leads his already war weary team to Skull Island to protect the scientists, even though this is a dangerous situation. Thanks to his choice most will not return home.


The movie draws interesting parallels to the Vietnam War and the nature of warmongering in one particular scene where one of the soldiers, Earl Cole, talks with the head scientist. He tells him “Sometimes there isn’t an enemy unless you go looking for one.”


This applies to Kong in that he’s really not a threat to our characters unless they provoke him first. He is the protector of the island, and takes care of the people who live there. He only attacks the soldiers because they bomb his island and attack him. Throughout the story it’s revealed that Kong is necessary to protect the world from an even greater threat. Yet Packard, fueled by revenge over his fallen men and his need to be a hero, refuses to back down from fighting Kong, even at the cost of his sanity. It’s an interesting and thrilling dynamic.

It would be easy for a movie exploring these themes to feel stuffy and pretentious, but this movie also stays as entertaining as the typical popcorn flick. There’s a lot of engaging action scenes. Death comes for these characters without warning or discretion. It honestly had me on the edge of my seat.


All this makes for me my ideal movie and I’m glad I watched it. I didn’t enjoy the 2014 Godzilla movie but this one gives me hope that Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be a lot better; If this next Godzilla movie has even half of this movie’s depth, I’ll be pleased.

As for this movie, if you haven’t watched it yet, I definitely recommend it. Also if the comics for this movie are any good, please let me know in the comments.

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Dream Daddy is Great But Flawed

In my post about Little Red Lie I said the next game I would cover was going to be Dream Daddy. Well, I’ve been playing it. Short review, it’s amazing but with some serious flaws.

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Little Red Lie is the best game you’ve never heard of

Little Red Lie is probably the best $10 dollars I’ve spent in a long time.

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Pokemon Insurgence is Pretty Cool

Cults run amok in Torren. The former leader mysteriously disappeared a year ago. You have just woken up in the Cult of Darkrai’s base, having lost your memories and soon to be killed. You’re rescued by Mew, sent by your mysterious benefactor. Then you stumble into Telnor Town where you choose a starter and your journey begins…

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Princess Maker 3 is hot garbage

For anyone planning to buy Princess Maker 3 on Steam, I’m here to warn you: Do not buy. It was so bad that I played for four minutes and refunded it. I have never refunded a game on Steam before in my life.

Now there are reviews on the steam page warning you not to buy, but I didn’t believe it was that awful. I bought and played Princess Maker 1 and 2 on Steam, which had similar complaints in the reviews. Let’s just say Princess Maker 3, in it’s current state, is on another level.

In the first four minutes of Princess Maker 3, I ran into the following problems.

1.) The font is a thin white or black font that is near impossible for someone who has bad vision (like me) to read.

2.) If you can read it, the script is full of typos and errors. Sentences start will lower case letter, and there are random commas. Word wrap doesn’t work properly either, so words just trail off the screen.

3.) In windowed mode, the images look blurry and unfocused. Making it full screen makes it looks worse, and apparently according to reviews, leads to the game crashing. You cannot change the resolution of windowed mode to make it better.

4.) The translation is really bad. I thought it was passable in Princess Maker 1 and 2, but for 3 it’s clear no time or effort was put into it.

Honestly it seems like CFK Co., Ltd, the company that releases these games on Steam did a rush job on this, and it shows. It would probably be better if the scrapped it and redid the translation with much more care and effort. I was really excited to play this, and am very disappointed. In six months to a year I’ll check up on it, and if the issues have been resolved, I’ll purchase it, but not until this is fixed.

 

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Works in Progess

Guys! Work has been so busy and stressful I haven’t had a chance to write anything. Unfortunately paying the bills comes first! It seems to have calmed down, and I’m working on a few things right now, and will hopefully have more in the upcoming weeks.

Also I love and enjoy all your comments but if I don’t have a chance to log in the only way I can see them is in my email. Unfortunately sometimes they get stuck in my spam filter and I don’t see them! I’m so sorry guys, I will see any comments the next time I log in if I miss them. Unfortunately that sometimes may be awhile.

 

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Pokemon Sweet 2th Nuzlocke-The End

Everyone died as you will see.

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Too bad I wipe in the next 20 minutes.

Get Pokemon Sweet 2th Here!

1. If it faints, it’s dead and as it’s a corpse it can no longer battle. 

2. All pokesweets must be nicknamed 

3. Catch only the first pokesweet on every route. You cannot catch duplicates of a species. If you run into the same pokesweet on a route, keep searching until you find a new one. If there’s nothing new, touch luck. If it faints when you try to catch it, that’s it and you don’t get a pokesweet for that route. There is one exception–if I encounter a shiny, I can catch it. I cannot catch legendaries no matter what. If the game requires I catch one, it’s to be boxed and not used.

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Pokemon Sweet 2th Nuzlocke Part 7

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You know what this means? Grind for money and levels.

Hey, I’d like to take a moment to apologize to those who read it for no update without explanation. I suck and was really sick yesterday.

Get Pokemon Sweet 2th Here!

1. If it faints, it’s dead and as it’s a corpse it can no longer battle. 

2. All pokesweets must be nicknamed 

3. Catch only the first pokesweet on every route. You cannot catch duplicates of a species. If you run into the same pokesweet on a route, keep searching until you find a new one. If there’s nothing new, touch luck. If it faints when you try to catch it, that’s it and you don’t get a pokesweet for that route. There is one exception–if I encounter a shiny, I can catch it. I cannot catch legendaries no matter what. If the game requires I catch one, it’s to be boxed and not used.

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Pokemon Sweet 2th Nuzlocke Part 6 The Cursed Monkey Edition

So we’re on the a new route…and we get a cursed monkey. He doesn’t look cursed you say? Just you wait. I nicknamed him Seltzer but as soon as I find a name rater, he’s being named to something more appropriate .

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Get Pokemon Sweet 2th Here!

1. If it faints, it’s dead and as it’s a corpse it can no longer battle. 

2. All pokesweets must be nicknamed 

3. Catch only the first pokesweet on every route. You cannot catch duplicates of a species. If you run into the same pokesweet on a route, keep searching until you find a new one. If there’s nothing new, touch luck. If it faints when you try to catch it, that’s it and you don’t get a pokesweet for that route. There is one exception–if I encounter a shiny, I can catch it. I cannot catch legendaries no matter what. If the game requires I catch one, it’s to be boxed and not used.

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Pokemon Sweet 2th Nuzlocke Part 5

Hey I missed some pokesweets.

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Get Pokemon Sweet 2th Here!

Remember these rules.

1. If it faints, it’s dead and as it’s a corpse it can no longer battle. 

2. All pokesweets must be nicknamed 

3. Catch only the first pokesweet on every route. You cannot catch duplicates of a species. If you run into the same pokesweet on a route, keep searching until you find a new one. If there’s nothing new, touch luck. If it faints when you try to catch it, that’s it and you don’t get a pokesweet for that route. There is one exception–if I encounter a shiny, I can catch it. I cannot catch legendaries no matter what. If the game requires I catch one, it’s to be boxed and not used.

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