Lovable Even With The Rough Edges.
An RPG with one foot in past and one foot in the future.
Sydlexia’s Ranking: #8/100
There was a lot you had to put up with to get through a role-playing game pre-90s: convoluted menu systems, unknown item/spell effects, poor inventory management, requisite level grinding. It’s amazing any of us thought those games were “fun.”
Final Fantasy II/IV for the SNES is where story telling became the center point for role playing games, and it attempts to shed some of those harsh old-school elements. This game is still very unpolished, but there is something endearing about all the mistranslations, odd programing, and strange things found within.
Continue reading “Top 100 SNES Review: #8 – Final Fantasy II (1991)”
I Recall None It.
With some songs going as long as 23 minutes, nothing is important from this aimless jam.
Rolling Stone’s Ranking: #49/100
This album is your typical top 100 switcharoo. Here is how it goes:
You know of the band or musician (in this case, it is the Allman Brothers) and you like the songs you do know (for instance Midnight Rider and Ramblin’ Man). You are excited to learn more of their stuff, and since it’s a top 100 album of all-time, you know it’s going to be great. Instead, you get NONE of the good songs that you do know, no good NEW stuff you didn’t know, and find there is NOTHING special about the album.
They did it to me with Frank Sinatra, then Sly and the Family Stone, and now the Allman Brothers. I realize I’m on the wrong side of history — good luck finding someone who doesn’t revere this as the most important live album of all-time. It’s just truly aimless, and the incessantly repeated improvisations lasting as long as television shows never made a dent with me.
Continue reading “Top 100 Album Review: #49 – At Fillmore East, The Allman Brothers Band (1971)”
Don’t Lose Sight of the Forest For the Trees.
A reformulation of the philosophical debate of what is morally right and lesson to be flexible in our approaches.
American Film Institute’s Ranking: #13/100
Awards: Nominated for 8 winning 7 including Best Picture, Director, and Actor.
This movie is an odd one, but I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much — it’s a war movie that almost has nothing to do with war!
The movie uses the backdrop of a POW camp during WWII along with stereotypical cultural caricatures to make a commentary on virtue ethics, deontology, and consequentialism. Outside of one clandestine operation, there is no other action. The thrill is the interaction between the wills of the irreverent American (William Holden), the proper Englishman (Alec Guinness), and the stoic Japanese (Sessue Hayakawa).
Continue reading “Top 100 Movie Review: #13 – Bridge Over River Kwai (1957)”
A Tasteful Hard Rock Album.
Tasteful in musical composition, not lyrics of course.
Rolling Stone’s Ranking: #73/100
Anything that fits under the genre Hard Rock or Heavy Metal is rat poison to me: the crass lyrics screamed at the decibels of chainsaws just doesn’t do it for me. Actually, it makes me shut-down, and like a nuclear reactor that’s about to explode, I begin an emergency protocol to get the hell away from it as quick as possible.
Considering AC/DC hard rock might be a joke to some — I know if you look at the Rock n’ Roll continuum, there is such screaming, hard rock out there that in comparison they can look like a Bach coverband. For me, Back in Black is touching the outer limits of what can be inherently pleasing to me but transcends it by reigning in the “hard/heavy” aspect along with some very good songs.
Continue reading “Top 100 Album Review: #73 – Back in Black, AC/DC (1980)”
Awesome atmosphere with continued perfection of the sand-box RPG genre.
Game FAQs Ranking: #3
I took a break from most video games through college; I made the subconscious decision that drinking and dancing were more important to me. Sure, I replayed a few classics and did some Madden with the dorm mates, but I didn’t have a PS3 or Xbox 360. I missed out out on anything that came out between 2006-2010.
Then there was Chris. My first roommate post-matriculation, he introduced me to everything I missed. Fallout 3 was the first game I decided to go for, and with his dire warning (“it’s going to take up a lot of your time — a lot”), I set out into the wastelands. A work week and a half of time later, I returned a changed man.
Continue reading “Top 100 Xbox 360 Review: #3 – Fallout 3 (2008)”
All You Need to Know: 500 Weeks on Billboard’s Top Albums.
This reggae album is awesome not because of the genre but because of the song writing.
Rolling Stone’s Ranking: #46/100
This album has achieved incredible staying power: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is the only album that’s been on the Billboards Top 200 Albums longer (another Top 100 Album selection).
What makes the album so good is that the songs themselves are so different even with the consistent reggae feel and rhythm. Put on any station dedicated to the genre and you will be lulled into lethargy as the monotonous sound waves melt into one another without distinction. Bob Marley and The Wailers, however, command your attention from start to finish with well-written songs, and this collection gives you the most powerful 15 examples of it.
Continue reading “Top 100 Album Review: #46 – Legend, Bob Marley and the Wailers (1984)”
Probably Should Have Been One LP.
But who cares — it’s still so good!
Rolling Stone’s Ranking: #10/100
A favorite pastime of music critics, amateur and professional alike, is to pontificate how The Beatles could have done it better. I mean, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band might be the best album of all-time, but didn’t you find the chord progression on Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds a little lacking? Wasn’t Let it Be a total let down with only 6 or 7 amazing songs?
The gripe with The White Album is its length. Clocking in at over a hour and half, there is so much material. I’ve had this album on rotation since October, and I finally feel comfortable writing about it. Yes, there is a lot to sift through, some of it meh, but much of it is amazing — so who cares.
Continue reading “The Top 100 Album Review: #10 – The Beatles “The White Album”, The Beatles (1968)”