The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid – (1989)

The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie. I don’t mean to say it’s the most technically impressive; that would doubtlessly be The Lion King. Nor do I mean it’s the most fun to watch; it’s hard to beat Lilo & Stitch. It’s not the funniest (The Emperor’s New […]

Hercules

Hercules – (1997)

Before we talk about Hercules, can we talk about how terrible this video cover is? I don’t know if this is what was on the original VHS release or just something they whipped together for the re-issue, but my goodness is it awful. For one, if you’re going to make your […]

The Five Eras of Disney Movies

Though I’ve worked my way through all the cartoons I bought myself for Christmas, I find my appetite for animated bliss is unsated. So I’ve decided to go back and re-watch all of my Disney movies, and to make an effort to complete my collection. Until last week I didn’t own copies of Hercules or […]

A Study of the Eight Virtues (by way of ponies)

I’m not surprised that I ended up enjoying My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I went into it expecting a charming, adorable, and occassionally funny kid’s cartoon. What I Was not expecting is that the show is probably the best cartoon to hit the air in ten years. (No, seriously, ten years. That’s how long […]

An invisible choir sings, and you are bathed in radiance…

First NetHack ascension: Dez, the lawful dwarf archeologist.

Second NetHack ascension: Grundle, the neutral human caveman.

Now Rosa the chaotic elf priestess joins these illustrious ranks. This is her story.

(Warning: There are three spots in this account where NetHack veteran-purists will probably grit their teeth and seeth with rage. I’m a big fan of […]

The Binding of Isaac

First off, I really hate the aesthetic of this game. I’ve never been a fan of the “ugly on purpose” school of graphics design, and while I delight in a thick coat of black comedy, Tumorbaby’s Adventures in Poopgore Dungeon doesn’t exactly qualify. There are a few clever gags hidden away in here behind the […]

Survivor: South Pacific (week four)

Okay, now I’m sure of it: Jim is the best player this season. He skimmed by on Ozzy’s alliance just long enough to make sure the competition (Cochran, Dawn, etc.) couldn’t turn the tables without him, then started looking for ways to fracture the alliance to his benefit. In particular, he noted Ozzy’s tendancy to […]

DYWYPI?

My first NetHack ascension was a dwarven archeologist, after a couple hundred false starts. My second was a caveman who stumbled upon archeologist #217’s bones file, complete with some artifact weapons, a bag of holding and a charged wand of wishing. I don’t even want to think about how I lost that run, but I […]

Survivor: South Pacific (week three)

Sometimes Survivor is all shock and sizzle, but sometimes things just go exactly the way you expect. This episode was one of those.

First up is the Redemption Duel: Semhar vs. Christine. The order of the day is balancing a wooden statue on top of a long, thin pole. Semhar psyched herself up for the […]

Donkey Kong Country Returns

I received Donkey Kong Country Returns last year as a Christmas gift. It’s a game I wanted, and would have bought for myself, but there were two things preventing me from devouring the game immediately:

I started playing a two-player game with my brother (who purchased it for me) on Christmas Eve and completed three […]