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Have I mentioned how much I've loving Shadow of the Colossus? Of course, I have, but some things bear repeating. I'm pretty sure that it's my favourite game since The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher's Bay (which supplanted Primal). Indeed, it just might be The Coolest Game Ever, as far as I'm concerned. After four nights, I've bested seven colossi. Clearly, I need to keep an eye out for Ico. SotC astounds me — the beauty of it, the game's brilliant simplicity, its physics, the graphics, the fact that the creators were brave enough to trust the gamer to get by without an elaborate backstory, etc. and etc. It makes me grin (and too few things do).
Spooky and I are due a decent movie. The last couple of DVD rentals have been pretty awful. There was an Italian western on Saturday night, Giovanni Veronesi's Il Mio Westo (1998; aka, Gunslinger's Revenge). The only thing that comes close to redeeming this film is David Bowie's tongue-in-cheek performance as the preening, egomanical villian, and the whole comes off three parts Disney fluff to one part half-assed spaghetti western. Then, last night, we watched Stealth, and don't ask me why I do these things. Sometimes even I'm astounded at the depraved depths of my masochism. Stealth probably has the dullest and most superfluous first hour of any action movie in history, followed by a second hour that put me in mind of the "original" movies that the Sci-Fi Channel's been coughing up lately.
Okay. Time to work. Yippee. Oh, yeah. Spooky's decided that the hamster's full name is Chiana Marshmallow Pipsqueak, aka Hamtaro. Also, it was good to learn I'm not the only Jethro Tull fan out there...