January is past us. We are one step closer to the end of humanity or something like that. I played some games, read some books and watched some movies and television. Some might say I didn’t do much in January but well… screw them.
I finished five games over the last month. Two of them (Halo and Rayman), I really liked. The other three weren’t anything special.
Dead Island – Xbox360 – 14 hours to completion
Rayman Origins – Xbox 360 – 8 hours to completion
Goldeneye 007: Reloaded – Xbox 360 – 5.5 hours to completion
Zack Zero – PS3 – 4.5 hours to completion (review here)
Halo: Comabt Evolved Anniversary – Xbox 360 – 9 hours to completion
Aside from the five games I finished, I spent a lot of time in Skyrim and SWTOR. Both games are quite good. Additionally I reviewed, Scene It? Movie Night and NFL Blitz for Vagary.tv, however considering the emphasis of those games on multiplayer I consider them unfinishable.
Things seem to kick in to gear a bit for me on the new release front come February. I am looking forward to Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning, Resident Evil: Revelations, the Vita launch, SSX and Syndicate. Based on the review schedule, I already know I will be reviewing more for Vagary next month so here’s to hoping it is a good crop.
I started off the year in a reading frenzy, completing four novels and a short story by Stephen King. That pace however has slowed quite a bit since I started in on Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance, the conclusion of the Inheritance Cycle which started with Eragon. I hope things pick up so I am not sitting on this 800+ page tome all year.
Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston
Mile 81 by Stephen King
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Poet by Michael Connelly
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
I manage to sit down and watch 21 films in January. Seven of those films were in theaters, two were films I re-watched on BluRay and the rest were a random and not so random assortment of Netfliz and iTunes rentals.
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – re-watch
The House of the Devil
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Alien – re-watch
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
The Devil Inside – theater (review here)
The Final Destination
Contraband – theater (review here)
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
Haywire – theater
Underworld: Awakening – theater
Final Destination 5
The Grey – theater
Man on a Ledge – theater
Red Tails – theater
The Devil Inside was the worst film I watched in theaters in January but The Butcher and The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) might be two of the worst films I have ever watched. On the brighter side of things, The Grey was the best film I saw in theaters but my favorite film of the month goes to Puncture. Puncture is a smart and stylish law drama featuring a great performance by Chris Evans as a junky lawyer working on a huge anti-trust case. The film reminded me a lot of A Civil Action but I enjoyed everything about this film more.
February seems to have more films I am genuinely interested in that January did, expect a post on that before the weekend.
I normally do not watch a whole lot of television. Three shows concurrently is generally my speed, although I do mix in some television series from Netflix as well. I am continuing to watch, and enjoy, Once Upon a Time but January saw the addition of a new show to my mix. That show is Alcatraz, the FOX procedural with a sci-fi twist. The procedural aspect of it is not particularly great but I am enjoying the overall story that I want to see what happens enough to keep turning in week after week.
Next month sees the return of The Walking Dead and the possibility of another new show to watch, that being The River. We’ll see.
Anyway, that was my January, how as yours?