This will cover multiple topics
Godzilla (2014). I had the great fortune to miss out on the 1990s adaptation of Godzilla. Piece of crap! But I purchased the 2014 version on Blu-ray. My thoughts: I liked it. The build up was slowly paced but the original Gojira was the same way before revealing the monster. Most of those complaints were those who mainly watched Toho's Godzilla movies of the 70s. You know the extremely cheesy ones that would grace MST3K. The one thing took me by surprise was I thought it was going to be more like the original where it was just Godzilla being a force of nature; but I found the monster fight just as entertaining especially since San Francisco got leveled.
The one line in movie I felt was a proper and well-deserved FU to the 'man made climate change' crowd was Dr. Ishiro Serizawa: The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in their control and not the other way around.
I felt that was a true statement because it is the height of presumption to think we have complete control over the climate. Kids, we have about as much control over the climate as we do over a star going nova! Not bloody much! Do I think there is climate change? Yes, it is part of natural planetary cycle which would continue even if humanity did not walk this Earth.
The best part of the movie is Godzilla looked like Godzilla. Iconic and recognizable! Not some slapped together CGI lizard tied with a bullshit story with Godzilla name.
Next. Batman: Assault on Arkham. A companion video to the Batman: Arkham series. Was it good. I've read mixed reviews but I past over Son of Batman for Assault on Arkham. Son of Batman sounded more like a bad B-movie title than a serious Batman title. The idea of Batman having a son, doesn't sit with me. It more on the basis of Batman's character because there are those who he has some romantic feelings for Talia and Catwoman, but he could never act on the feelings for various reasons but also because love for Batman is a liability he cannot afford. Anyway, while Arkham isn't exactly a masterpiece it was enjoyable because I could just turn my brain off for some mindless violence. There were several things I found enjoyable about the movie.
1. Sometimes I enjoy a piece where the main character is not the center of focus. Example one of my favorite episodes of Batman TAS is 'Almost got 'im' because the focus was on Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, Croc and Poison Ivy interacting and trying to one up each other with how they tried to off the Batman. It was just great to see the villains interact with each other. Another is Bullet for Bullock where the focus in on Harvey Bullock but the writing, animation and the music all have this film noir feel to it and just the mystery of who trying to kill Bullock being not only the one he would least expect but the one who had all the reasons to hate him.
2. The voice acting had a great cast.
Kevin Conroy is the voice of Batman. I'm bias I will admit that. There are a few who that can voice such iconic characters. Peter Cullen is Optimus Prime. Frank Welker is Megatron. Lorenzo Music is Garfield. Tôru Furuya and Shûichi Ikeda are Char and Amuro.
Troy Baker. I have to give him credit he did a near perfect emulation of Mark Hamill's performance of the Joker. I had to look it up to see who was playing the Joker, because it was very close.
Hynden Walch as Harley Quinn was better than Tara Strong's performance in Arkham City which I felt sounded something wasn't there but I can't finger on it. Hynden WAlch actually sounded closer to Arleen Sorkin's performance as well as maintaining the typical Joker-Harley relationship that of the abuser and their victim.
Jennifer Hale as Killer Frost. Almost any voice role, Jennifer Hale can play the badass whether it is Cmdr. Shepard, Killer Frost, Ms. Marvel (Avengers EHM), Aayla Secura, Samus Aran (Metroid Prime), Black Cat (Spider-Man TAS), Spider Woman (Iron Man TAS) or to a certain extent Ivy (sort of a Cmdr. Shepard lite) (Where on Earth is Carman Sandiego). But in this one she plays Killer Frost who can not only dish it out but she takes no crap and screws over her own team mates with sardonic wit and flare, even flipping off the SCU on the scene at Arkham.
Also I've been working on a playthrough of the Mass Effect series since I was giving Dark Souls II a rest even though I just purchase the recent DLC. the one thing that keeps me coming back to Mass Effect is the story. Now most gamers by my estimation seem to go nuts over the multiplayer maps and play those ad nauseum. For me, if the game has an engaging storyline I would be playing for hours until I force myself to turn off the game, happen when I was playing the Metal Gear series. While what I said was true but in the case of Metroid: Other M, I which they got a better voice actress for Samus because I actually found Jessica Martin's performance as dull and wooden. What keeps me coming back to Mass Effect is that I find the characters interesting and even though the story can get a little dark there is always room for humor which for a game to make me laugh out loud or even crack a smile is rare. Dark Souls or Demon's Souls I'm usually breathing a sigh of relief. Anyway there are about 3 games where I usually bust out laughing: The Mass Effect trilogy, Deadpool and Space Quest 3: The Pirates of Pestulon.
Getting back FPS' for the moment, I read article sometime ago which made me glad I play variety of games from FPS, TPS (3rd person shooters), RPGs, platformers, arcade and others genres; is that there have incidents where PC FPS players would acquire the specific location of the other players and send in a fake police call to that address in the event said player is losing. To which I would find highly pathetic but it is amusing considering when I having difficulty in a game I would give off either growls of frustration, long strings of profanity or both to where my older brother would march into my room telling it 'it's just game,' yet the lengths some dumb bastard would go to just because he's losing a multiplayer round in Call of Duty.
Right now I'm working Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. An interesting blending of the Movie-verse and the War For Cybertron series; while adding more to the Transformers mythology by creating the Dark Spark which is basically you take the Matrix of Leadership and Sauron's One Ring and you stick 'em in a blender! Looking back on the Transformers it is fascinating what started from a '30 minute toy commercial' (I hate when people would use that term, especially if I like the show) to a metaverse with its own history, mythology and backstory. Well developed works usually have the same characteristics, such as Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Gundam, the Marvel Universe, the DC Universe, and Babylon 5.