Been working on these quick video blogs for about 7 weeks now. I guess I’m ready to release them to the public, so here’s the latest.
Long time, no see!
Just wanted to drop in and assure you that I’m not trying to be some kind of amateur review site. This is just all I’ve really felt like blogging about, lately. I’ve ignored MCF for awhile now, and I’m feeling like I should at least try to do something with it again. In the meantime, the rambling reviews are what I have managed to type out.
But I’ll be back soon, so consider this your warning!
I recently used up some left over Best Buy gift cards and bought a bunch of Lego Dimensions fun packs, level packs, and story packs. One of the story packs I picked up happened to be for the 2016 reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise – you know, the not very good one. Yeah, that one.
I watched the movie a few weeks ago, for free, on Xfinity’s On Demand service, and while it had a few funny moments, it was mostly just an awkward, jumbled mess. It was amazing mild considering the women who were starring in it and their raunchier work, such as Bridesmaids, also by the same director. It was, overall, a forgettable experience, and not one I’d purposely set out to watch again.
Enter the Lego Dimensions Ghostbusters (2016) Story Pack. Six complete levels, and an open world, that adds on to your basic starter pack of Lego Dimension figures. As with most Lego video games lately, they have taken to using dialogue lifted directly from the movies they’re based on. Ghostbusters is no different, though some of the voices do sound a bit off, but the lines are pretty much straight from the movie. What the Lego games do best, of course, is add to the material you have already seen in order to expand on their level designs and add a bit more action to the gameplay.
The Ghostbusters Story Pack is … and I’ll just go ahead and say it now … 10-times better than the film it’s based on. If you were torn between watching the live action film, or buying this game, I’d recommend you go ahead and skip the film and just play the Lego version of it. It’s that much better than the film, in my humble internet opinion.
I only have $29 for my box, which included the Abby Yates mini-fig, the jalopy Ecto mobile, a base build of the Chinese restaurant headquarters that replaces the Vorton build all starter packs come with, and of course the 6 levels and open world of the game you actually play through. It retails for $49, the price of a full game, and I feel you get your money’s worth – even paying the $49.
Excellent addition to the Lego Dimensions line, which I’m currently addicted to.
Saw Split last night with my wife. A new, original film from M. Night Shyamalan. That’s right, the guy who brought us The 6th Sense, Unbreakable, Signs … and then a bunch of other crap movies in a row. So, what’s M. Night been up to with this story? Why, exploring the fun world of DID – Dissociative Identity Disorder. Multiple Personalities, split personalities. In particular, our main character – who I’ll simply call Kevin, despite the fact that he has 23 distinct personalities living within him and fighting for their time in “the light.”
Kevin ramps up the movie in the first 5 minutes by kidnapping 3 teenage girls and holding them hostage as a tribute to The Beast, who is teased to be coming through out the film. We’re given a look at about 9 of the 23 personalities within Kevin, and given only a brief flashback of his childhood and hints of his abusive mother.
The story seems to focus on one of the girls as a main character. Casey has some childhood trauma of her own, which is revealed through several more flashbacks. She is, for the most part, the loner – and also the most level headed – of the group of abducted teens.
There’s also an outside character in the form of the Therapist that Kevin visits and talks about his personalities with. She provides our outside look at just who and what Kevin is, and gives us some of the more revealing dialogue that … trust me … will make perfect sense by the time you get to the last 4 minutes of the film.
And in all honestly, the last 4 minutes of Split is what you will have come to see. Split is a solid movie – if not a bizarre one – on its own. But tack on the last 4 minutes, and you’ve got fans of M. Night Shyamalan screaming, hooting, and clapping their hands. I don’t get excited at most movie endings, but as soon as the musical score begins to play toward the end, where a normal “twist” would come in, I just started elbowing my wife and stomping my feet. Heck yeah!
If you have fallen off the band wagon for Shyamalan’s work, go jump back on it. Watch Split and just take it in for what it is, then sit there at the end and absorb it for everything it REALLY is underneath. M. Night’s back, my friends, and he’s bringing his trademark filmmaking that made him famous to start with along for the ride.
While it’s a good movie, and the surprise at the end had me nearly jumping for joy in the theater, there’s still a few missed beats that the uninitiated might feel lost on. Shyamalan asks you to go into Split with an open mind, to be patient, and then understand what’s going on when he hands you the final piece of the larger puzzle.
This last weekend was full of Lego Dimension fun. I used a few remaining Best Buy Gift Cards, a Gamestop Gift Card, and $6 of my own money, to pick up several packs for the Lego Dimensions game on Xbox One. This game is still awesome, in my humble opinion, and as a Lego loving individual. Their latest addition to the Lego Dimensions universe are Story Packs. These are billed as complete games on their own and seem to run between $40-50 depending on where you pick them up. I grabbed the Ghostbusters story pack for the 2016 movie. The story packs also come with a replacement for the main creation on the base. Instead of the gateway that comes with the starter pack, for example, the Ghostbusters story pack comes with a replacement that features the Chinese restaurant that serves as the Ghostbuster’s base.
If you’re like me, though, you might have difficulty in finding storage space for these figures and vehicles. I finally had to break down and go searching for something. I wanted instant gratification, so I headed out on the town and visited a local craft store. Found immediately what I wanted, which was a 46-compartment, double sided container. Each side holds 23 items, and the only close calls are the vehicles, which I had to remove the bases on most of them. No problem for me, but some might find that annoying.
Here’s my storage solution:
If you really wanted to take advantage of this particular case, I could probably double up the mini-figs. The vehicles are already too tight a squeeze, and there were two that wouldn’t fit at all. Those two were the Jurassic World bubble vehicle, and a Ninjago dragon pet.
Lego Dimensions is my favorite toys to life game so far, and that’s even above Disney Infinity (which was discontinued by Disney for some odd reason). And I really like Infinity, just didn’t have much time to play when we first bought it. If you love the Tell Tale Lego series of games, you gotta pick this up. Not only is it a fun video game, but it’s a fun collectible hobby as well.