1944 – Murder, My Sweet

The perfect introduction to the Film Noir genre. For most people my age, the entire genre is a mystery in itself – we never had films like these. When the Max Payne games made their original debut in the 2001, it was our first “Noir” experience. The stoic narration, the flashbacks, the constant “blacking out” and starting over – none of it made much sense, it was just a fun journey to play through. Then I saw Murder, My Sweet.

The movie introduces you to an array of characters, including Moose, who you immediately develop a soft spot for. But as the movie carries on, the plot starts out as a simple bit of detective work and becomes gradually more nefarious. The movie is a spin on The Maltese Falcon, which if my movie history memory serves me correctly, had been made in to about 4 different movies in the span of just one decade… but this one really nails it for me. Everything from lights and camera work, to how shadows cascade across a room – every detail was well thought out in Murder, My Sweet. There is even a scene where our protagonist, Detective Marlowe, gets drugged, and has a fever dream, filled with paranoid dellusions – much as one might remember from the Max Payne games (now re-released on mobile devices!).

Yes, it’s a 1944 black and white detective film. But I go back to this classic over and over, and enjoy the thrill ride every time.

Download to your Xbox 360, when you're not home

Sometimes you have to travel, or you’re out of town. Or, even worse, maybe you had to send your console in for repair. And some times there is a great Deal of the Week, but you won’t be home to claim it – so what do you do?

Microsoft has made the dread of missing out on a good deal a thing of the past. Just hop on to Marketplace.Xbox.com, find the item, and select “purchase.” You’ll be prompted for your Microsoft Account credentials (formerly known as your Windows Live ID), then you can simply confirm the purchase. This will add the game / demo / DLC / avatar clothing item / whatever directly to your download queue. It is already purchased, even if the deal ends in the next ten minutes – you locked in that deal price. Then, the next time you turn on your Xbox 360, it will download to your console automatically!

Halo: the universe, the fiction, the movie, and the 4th installment

I recently revisted and finished the first Halo game, via the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition. What a treat. That moment where you find the recording in Jenkin’s helmet camera and discover the flood? The moment where a game that was just beginning to get painfully repetitive in its level design, suddenly becomes frantic as you try to escape the flood that are chasing you; the moment you first step out of the pelican to gaze upward at this ring-world you’re on; the moment when Cortana picks a fight with 343 Guilty Spark – each a classic moment in Halo history.

As excited as I am for next week’s release of Halo 4, I can’t even begin to express how much I really care for this saga. Continue reading “Halo: the universe, the fiction, the movie, and the 4th installment”