@beej: Very true. However, what I'm trying to say is that there are multiple types of films, not even considering genre...in this instance I'm saying there is a difference between a war film such as Full Metal Jacket and Battle: LA. One is trying to deliver a profound message where as one, from my perspective is trying to be fun and entertaining, so should we criticize the latter for not having a good script designed to send a heart-wrenching message? I would argue that no, even within genre there should be different expectations dependent on the goal of the film.
I'm not going to tell you that I am often of the opinion that "critics" and even the majority of people are wrong, mostly because that would assume my opinion being fact. I am, however, of the opinion that the merits of something being good can be objectively assessed if you go into it with the right frame or mind--this frame can be informed by a multitude of anything, and I will not try to construct a systematic approach, but rather, I wish to discuss a few products that "critics" in particular have been overly harsh on.
1. Battle: LA. Have you seen the reviews? 33 % on RT and 37 % on Metacritic. This is abysmal! Yet I still went and saw the movie, and after talking to a few people before going to see I had a good idea of what to expect. An awesome war-flic plagued by not what is bad acting, but cliched writing. That's exactly what I thought of the film, and in comparing my opinion with the opinion of the other eight people I saw it with, most of us were of the opinion that is was a great war movie. Yes it fails to really develop the story, characters, etc... But, this movie--from what I can tell--did not set out to be a profound and poignant war film, a la Saving Private Ryan or Full Metal Jacket. So I highly suggest you see the film and give it a chance as a WAR film and nothing else.
2. MAFIA II. I recently completed this, after buying it for $7.50 on STEAM and I have to say that I really enjoyed the period peace. This is another game, where the mindset can really alter someone's opinion. I am not a fan of open world games, I get too distracted, and at times (i.e. my first play through of Fallout 3 and Oblivion) I completely forget about the story, which ends up in disappointment when I realize I didn't get to learn anything. The driving is fun. The gun mechanics are great. The characters are memorable. If you are a fan of period peaces, a la Boardwalk Empires, or even Mafia stories, pick this game up--it may pull from every Mafia movie ever made, but is that such a bad thing? Isn't imitation the highest form of flattery?
That's all I have for now, but if I find any other gems that I think are being given a hard time by the critics I may voice my opinion, I may not. Hope you enjoyed this blog!
@CryptoQuick: Quick Question, do your friends ever actually take you up on the "teach me how to build a computer." I find my friends just want me to build it and they want to be as hands off as possible.
This current build is about a year old. The board I have I know has had reports of having issues after a year, but I'll check the RAM and battery as well as run a memtest. I don't think it's the PSU, otherwise I would think that every time my computer went under load from a game it would shut itself off.
@MonetaryDread: When the computer doesn't turn on, everything will spin up for a few seconds, not long enough to even POST,and just die. Resetting the ram fixes this. @BeachThunder: Oddly enough I have a lot of experience with computers, as I built all of my friends...I'm the only one ever with issues...but back to your question, there are no beeps. My computer has an LED number code read out and the number it shows when this issue crops up is one that is "Unassigned" @Verb4tim: Windows 7 64 bit. Sometimes it is a blue screen masked behind my computer just shutting itself off. Example: got home today after leaving my computer on, logged in, nothing running in the background and much to my chagrin it was sitting at log in, so I logged in and the windows problem report thing came up saying I had suffered a blue screen.
I think it's the RAM...and I don't think, @TheKeyboardDemon: my ram is on the QVL, i'll have to double check.