Monthly Archives: July 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

Broken Frames

The first of many un-posted "Adventure Writer Bloopers." - Mont Saint Michel -

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The 3DS’ Shocking Price Drop

In an e-mail to Nintendo DS News subscribers today, Nintendo announced that it would be lowering the new Nintendo 3DS system’s retail price from a hefty $249.99 to

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Nintendo 3DS Logo displayed on 3DS System

an unforeseen $169.99, closer to that of the DSi’s $149.99. Although this is great news for potential buyers of the 3DS, it presents a potential aggregation to current owners which have already paid the originally immemse sum. To this, however, Nintendo has an answer.

The Ambassadors Program, in effect September 1st, will be open to all current 3DS owners that visit the Nintendo eShop at least once on their 3DS systems before midnight (EST) on August 11th (day of the price drop is Aug. 12th). This program will provide ambassadors with twenty (20) free Nintendo eShop games, including Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong Jr.™, Balloon Fight™, Ice Climber™ and The Legend of Zelda™, both before and after they are released to the public. The remaining ten games, Nintendo states,

…will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public [outside of the program] on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.

These titles include Yoshi’s Island™: Super Mario™ Advance 3, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit, Metroid™ Fusion, WarioWare™, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong™.

At the end of the announcement, Nintendo adds,

More details about this program will be announced in the future.

Which will provide for some great anticipation as to the other unnamed titles.

You can read the full article posted by Nintendo here.

As a member of the ambassador program, I’ll provide details and reviews on these releases as they happen in the month of September.

Cowboys & Aliens Tomorrow

Tomorrow I’ll be off to see Cowboys & Aliens, and to post a review soon thereafter (so it looks as if Transformers will have to wait!)

Weekly Photo Journal: Hot

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Reviews always seem to take longer than I originally presume…

Look out for Transformers 3, Rango, and other movie reviews in the next few days.

Nintendo, Netflix, and Transformers 3

As mentioned before, Nintendo has joined up with Netflix to provide a video streaming service program, free of charge, on the Nintendo eShop. Once downloaded however, a Netflix unlimited membership ID will be require, so if you aren’t already paying for a membership then the service is of no use.

In other news, tomorrow I’ll likely be posting my review of Transformers 3! An interesting movie to be sure… had mixed impressions before entering the theater and left with a totally contrary impression of the film.

Captain America: The First Avenger – Review

Captain America: The First Avenger

Image via Wikipedia

“You win wars with guts…”

…and boy does this guy have guts! Captain America: The First Avenger is the latest film in The Avengers lineup and its nostalgic nature, explosive action, and sentimental qualities make it stand out among its predecessors as something uniquely distinct, and a film worth watching if you’ve taken positively to previous installments.

“There are men laying down their lives. I got no right to do any less than them.”

Captain America: TFA, takes place during World War II when America first gets involved and the recruitment process is in full swing. Propaganda posters are plastered on any available space, and Uncle Sam calls the men of America to action. Many bold young man take up the challenge, seeing the war as one of life’s great adventures or the chance to serve one’s country. One of these men is Steve Rogers – a thin, almost frail young man, who passionately desires to serve on the front line. He attempts to register many times, each with the same result.

“Just give me a chance…”

“Sorry son – I’m saving your life.”

In each of his efforts, he is never granted his place on the front lines, but rather a stamp of REJECTION. Until one day, a German doctor (serving the United States) named Abraham Erskine, offers him a chance.

While in Germany, Abraham Erskine had been developing a serum to strengthen the human metabolism, structure, and immune system. In it’s early stages of development, however, he was interrupted by Johann Schmidt – a Nazi, working under Hitler, under the control of HYDRA Division – a science & cult division of the military which would in the future secede to wage its own war for world domination. Schmidt saw a potential use for the serum in military practice, able to create the perfect army (reminiscent of Hulk), but first he had to try it out on himself. Dr. Erskine attempts to inform the commander that the serum is not ready for human testing, to no avail, Schmidt injects the serum into his system with an atrocious result – the birth of the Red Skull. An effect of the serum was that it enhanced a human’s values and character, and as Schmidt was a self-centered, wicked man, the serum amplified the evil within, as well as providing a horrid face defect that essentially explains his newly gained title (the Red Skull).

Steve Rogers is offered the same serum, which has been modified to a point of seeming perfection, which he eagerly takes up. In the process of prior military training, he meets a woman named Peggy Carter, a strong-willed woman who would prove to be his life-long love interest. After being given the serum, Steve Rogers becomes Captain America – a propaganda tool in the hands of the U.S. military. He is made to dress up in showy costumes, among pretty girls, and put on a show for the American people and soldiers abroad. He advocates recruitment, bonds, and other war-supporting mediums, becoming an American icon like Uncle Sam. Rogers, however, is not satisfied. He is grateful that he has the chance to serve his country, but he has not yet had the chance to do it battle. He would soon have his chance, however, when his friend goes missing while on a mission to invade HYDRA. Against orders, he sets out alone and rescues the division, coming back with a team that would serve him throughout the rest of the war. Yet a dark shadow looms over them all, as Schmidt paves the way for world domination. Will Captain America be able to save the world? And how will he suddenly end up in the modern Avengers? Well… that’s all explained at the end. SPOILERS FOLLOW, HIGHLIGHT TO READ Captain America successfully takes down Schmidt with the same technology he had been planning to use against the world (stolen from Asgard), but sacrifices himself by plummeting into some area of Northern Canada with a colossal HYDRA bomber plane. After the American forces lose his signal, Stark Sr. and Peggy make a desperate search for Rogers, which only bears fruit in the modern day, years later. Captain America is discovered buried under the snow, preserved in his state at the time of the crash. SHIELD, the government organization which investigated Thor and recruited Stark Jr. and Stark Sr., takes in Captain America while he is still in a coma (or deep sleep) and places him in a facility that attempts to imitate the time which he lived in, to enable an easy transition into the modern day. When he awakes, however, Rogers sees through the deception and tears his way to the New York streets, before being intercepted by SHIELD. After a thorough explanation, Captain America decides to join the team. After the credits are all over, there is a special ending showing Rogers training in a (most likely) SHIELD facility. Followed by a preview of The Avengers.

Captain America: The First Avenger, although not at the level of acclaim as Iron Man, is an overall splendid film and a suitable addition to the Avengers line-up (Further Analysis Tomorrow). Content is appropriate for older children (12-13+), considering some scary images and violence related with HYDRA and the Red Skull. (In-depth Christian and Family Perspective Tomorrow) The movie contains Biblical values of moral character and perseverance, yet has some iffy themes as well (click Christian for details from PluggedIn.com).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful

Monet’s Garden is exceptionally colorful, abounding in every spectrum. Each section of floral arrangements are divided into sections of corresponding color, conveying a fantastic display of botanic mastery.

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One of the sections of Monet's Garden, filled with an abundance of various flowering plants and the like.

Extended Review

Last night and tonight I’ve been working on the draft for the Captain America review, and it looks like it may take till’ tomorrow to produce a review worth publishing. As well as the primary review about the movie, I’ll also be adding an overview of the whole MARVEL Avengers series.

Tonight we’ll have to settle for a Weekly Photo Challenge!

Captain America: Notes and Quotes

Update: The full review has been posted.

Preliminary Review (Full-Review Tomorrow)

Captain America is a fantastic movie, though often falls short of the critical acclaim attained by Iron Man.

Some parts of the film may be deemed as “cheesy,” by the average movie watcher, though these segments quickly fly by into better developed scenes.

The beginning of the movie is tremendously well done, drawing the audience in to the film.

I’d recommend this movie to any fan of MARVEL, and other movie-watchers that enjoy science fiction and fantasy mixed with realistic historical backgrounds.

Age-wise, there is a deal of violence which should be considered, and children should generally be 13+.

Highlighted Movie Quotes (from trailer)

(Steve Rogers / Capt. America) “Is it too late to go to the bathroom?”

(Dr. Abraham Erskine) “Whatever happens, stay who you are. Not just a soldier, but a good man.”

(Steve Rogers / Capt. America) “I know that neighborhood. I got beat up in that alley… and there…” continues to list an excess of locations he was beat up in.

(Dialogue Between Rogers and Bucky Barnes) – ” (Barnes) Are you really gonna do this now?” ” (Rogers) There are men laying down their lives – I got no right to do any less than them.”

(Dialogue Between Col. Chester Phillips and Dr. Erskine) “(Col.) When you brought a ninety-pound asmatic onto my army base, I let it slide.” /

“(Dr.) I am looking for qualities beyond ze physical.” “(Col.) You win wars with guts – GRENADE!”

“(Soldier) Everybody down!”

Steve Rogers shields the others by jumping on to of the grenade, after the grenade fails to explode… “It was a test?”

“(Col.) He’s still skinny.”

Regarding the relationship between Stark and Peggy – “(Steve Rogers) How do I know you don’t go fonduing together?”

Nintendo Video™

Nintendo Video™ is the latest free software released by Nintendo via Nintendo eShop for the 3DS. It provides weekly streaming of animations, movie trailers, music videos, comedy sketches, and other handpicked selections all in 3D. After each week’s update, old content from the previous week is deleted and replaced with new videos, and Nintendo advises users to watch their videos as soon possible before they are removed.

Video Schedule –

Week One

What is Nintendo Video?

A quick, 22 second introduction of Nintendo Video™, given the description of “Watch this now!” First released 7/21/2011.

Captain America

A 3D trailer featuring the new Captain America film by MARVEL. Gives a great taste of what you’ll be seeing in the film without giving any spoilers away.

Sunday Jog

A seemingly cute… yet incredibly twisted animated short about a couple of blocks (literally, blocks made of pixels) going on a romantic Sunday stroll when they are suddenly attacked by a mutant red block. The couple runs away from the giant red block in a comedic fashion, until all three plummet into a vault of chemicals. The red block evidently perishes, with two new blocks (the couple) now rising to take its place and terrorize the city. And thus life continues in an endless cycle of tragic mutations.

Dinosaur Office

A comedic short, created by College Humor, about two dinosaurs working in an office with a T-Rex boss. It resembles Sunday Jog in that it also contains an abundance of wry, twisted humor.

As for Captain America, I saw the movie today and quite enjoyed it! It'll certainly be posting a positive review tomorrow (make that Monday) with only a few areas of criticism.

Week Two

The Smurfs Trailer

All Is Not Lost by OK Go

Pizza Quest