Movie Monday: Schindler’s List

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a classic. It’s Schindler’s List!

Plot: The plot is inspired by a true story and honestly this is one of the few historical films I think should be a must watch movie. There are some liberties taken with it, but for the most part the things that happened in the movie actually occurred.

Casting: This is where I would say Liam Neeson started his career in being a badass lead character. He’s gone on to be a badass in tons of movies afterwards, but still this where I’d say he started that particular career path.

Cinematography: Being filmed in black and white and being a historical film there is very little in the form of special effects, but there is one part that deserves mention. The use of the red coat is a pivotal thing in the film and incredibly noteworthy.

Music: Fairly tame, but given the nature of the film that’s a good thing.

Overall: A must see film, if you haven’t seen it you really need to do so.

For those who like: True Stories, History.

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.

Retro Game Friday: Battlefield 1942

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering the first entry in a series that is incredibly popular now. It’s Battlefield 1942!

Plot Synopsis: Look up World War II.

Gameplay: This was a pretty revolutionary game at the time, as it had a massive amount of players that could play in a single match at one time. 64 players was pretty amazing. As for the rest of the gameplay it follows the now standard Battlefield formula of capturing locations and holding the majority of them to slowly whittle away the enemies spawn tickets which let an enemy respawn upon death. 1942 also allowed players to pilot various vehicles ranging from Jeeps to bombers. This made the matches get really insane when you had all 64 players playing.

Art: The art has aged poorly, but that’s to be expect of a 3D game.

Music: I don’t remember a whit, I was having too much fun gaming with my friend online.

Overall: It’s might be worth a try if you can get a free copy, but I’m pretty sure the servers for online play are down now so it’s not really worth spending any money on this.

For those who like: FPS, Military Games, World War II, Vehicular Mayhem.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Bookish Wednesday: Dragonvein Book 01 by Brian D. Anderson


This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the first book in a series I stumbled across recently at my library. It’s Dragonvein Book 01 by Brian D. Anderson!

Plot Synopsis: Carentan, France 1944 – Ethan Martin, a soldier in the 101st Airborne, is fighting for his life. But soon he will learn what peril truly is when he is ripped from his world and transported to a land of magic, swords, and dragons. And though the Nazis are now far, far away, danger is closer than ever.
The Eternal Emperor, Shinzan has destroyed the mages and only a few dragons remain in exile.

Plot: The plot is pretty intense, and not at all bad considering how short the novel is. That all being said, some of the tropes that normally come across in books like this get very much subverted. It’s pretty good for such a short book.

Characters: Ethan is a great male lead, but he’s also incredibly naive and headstrong. Jonas on the other hand is a secretive sort of fellow that makes it hard to trust him. Kat is the female lead, and I enjoy her character quite a bit, although maybe I just enjoy outspoken female thieves who can handle themselves well regardless of their age. The rest of the cast is good, but I have to say Kat is my favorite character of the bunch. Ethan can be too much of a goody-two shoes sometimes and it’s a bit grating.

Overall: If you enjoy Fantasy, especially Transported to another World stories, you’ll love Dragonvein Book 01.

For those who like: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Transported to another World stories, Drama, Action, Adventure, Great Plot, Excellent Female Leads.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.