October 2021 in Summary: A Shot in the Arm

Sorry for the lack of content this month. I recently started a new job and haven’t really had much of an opportunity to work on any reviews as a result. In the meantime, and to give the title of this update post a second meaning, I also got a booster COVID shot as was recommended. I suggest anyone who can does likewise.


Films watched in October 2021:

In theaters:

  • <None>

At home:

  • My Cousin Vinny (Jonathan Lynn, 1992)
  • A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)

My Cousin Vinny is commonly known as the court comedy that somehow manages to be more realistic than 99% of court dramas you’ll find. In addition to being one of the funniest movies out there, it really dispenses a lot of great advice (e.g. don’t talk to the police without an attorney present, make sure to know what, exactly, is going on before acting, etc.). Really, it’s Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei at their best, so what’s not to like?

Ever wanted to see an escape film minus the Hollywood bombast? Try looking into Robert Bresson’s A Man Escaped. This film is based off of the memoirs of André Devigny, a French Resistance member who, true to the film’s name, managed to escape Nazi imprisonment in 1943 after having been sentenced to death. The film is a real triumph in minimalistic storytelling, and, in many ways predicted the French New Wave movement that would occur just a few years later.


Games reviewed in October 2021:

Donkey Kong Land III

Fun fact: Unlike the Donkey Kong Country games, I played the Donkey Kong Land trilogy in reverse order. I couldn’t tell you why I did that, although I would end up doing the same thing with Metroid Prime years later.

I also did a 101% playthrough (yes, really) of Donkey Kong 64 recently, so you can expect a review of that game in the near future.

Anyway, Donkey Kong Land III is one of the last games of its kind, selling itself as a watered-down version of a console game when, as a result of both Pokémon’s international debut just a year later (one year prior in Japan) and Super Mario 64’s success, handheld consoles at last had a dedicated niche to fill, providing 2D experiences when the mainstream wasn’t and in a time when 2D was considered outdated. I highly doubt the1 people making these games really knew of it at the time, but those early Game Boy experiences really didn’t have much of a chance of holding up in the long run.

Ultimately, what holds Donkey Kong Land III back is that it’s every bit as guilty of being a watered-down rehash as its direct predecessor, although the level design is more bland than uninspired. It’s a bit of a shame that the trilogy didn’t continue following in the footsteps of the original game, which, while flawed itself, at least tried to pitch entirely new ideas (and succeeded about 55% of the time) because if Rare had taken the handheld platform more seriously, they could have made an underrated gem. Sadly, it wasn’t to be, and as per usual, there’s not much point in revisiting this game when you can play Donkey Kong Country 3 just as easily – and often on similar platforms, at that.


Featured articles:

The Outer Worlds – Matt from Nintendobound talks about the smash 2019 action RPG The Outer Worlds. It’s a highly acclaimed game, though it seems to be guilty of featuring the patented bloat of your average big-budget 2010s AAA game.

Life is Strange Before the Storm Review – Teen Angst the Game – Alex of Alex’s Review Corner takes a look at the slice-of-life game Life is Strange: Before the Storm, a game many people have likened to TellTale’s titles.

Movie Review – Poltergeist – In preparation of Halloween, ManInBlack reviews the classic Poltergeist, which I have strangely only seen the latter half of.

Denis Villenueve’s Majestic Dune – Starloggers reviews the latest attempt on Hollywood’s part to adapt the classic Dune series of sci-fi novels. It appears to have turned out much better than David Lynch’s attempt. Mr. Villenueve claims you need to see it in theaters, but I’m under the belief that if your film is only good if it’s seen in theaters, you’re doing something wrong.

Project G: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) – Aether continues his Godzilla project by reviewing Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Kind of interesting how the Heisei era decided to introduce mainstay King Ghidorah only three installments in. They certainly didn’t waste any time raising the stakes, did they?

Demo mode: Blue Reflection: Second Light (PS4) – And finally, AK tries a demo of the game Blue Reflection: Second Light, a sequel to an RPG set in modern-day Japan.


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13 thoughts on “October 2021 in Summary: A Shot in the Arm

  1. 100% completion of a game? Oof, but well done! For all the games I love, I think I’ve only been committed to getting 100% of one of them, and that was Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare. Taxing, but always feels good to have that percentage under your belt. Should make for a good review. And thank you for the link! 🙂

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    • I tend to only go for 100% completion if the game is actually designed around seeing everything it has to offer as DK64 is; otherwise, the game is over once I see the credits roll.

      You’re welcome!

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  2. I only know My Cousin Vinny because of the Seinfeld episode where it’s mentioned. Maybe I should remedy that oversight, and – like George – fall in love with Marisa Tomei in the process of watching the movie. =P

    I am very curious to see what you will have to say about Donkey Kong 64. I guess that nowadays I am part of the minority that still perceives it as absolutely awesome. I honestly do not feel it is as bloated as people say it is, so I guess I enjoy an insanely big collectathon far more than the average gamer.

    And thanks for the nod once more!

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    • I don’t remember how I found out about it, but I’m glad I finally watched it. And I can imagine Seinfeld provided a boost for many quality films over its run.

      Well, I won’t tip my hand too much, but I will say the variety does factor into what I think of it.

      You’re welcome!

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  3. I love My Cousin Vinny. Absolutely the most realistic courtroom film I’ve seen, and a great comedy at that. And who can beat Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei?

    I should see the other film as well. I have a lot of interest in those works about the resistance against the Nazis and other oppressive/conquering governments, especially if they don’t lay the bombast on too thick. There was a movie put out a few years back about the (incredibly deserved) killing of Reinhard Heydrich that looked like it might have been good, though I haven’t seen it either, but that story of the Czech resistance is also amazing.

    And thanks for the link! Second Light is coming out tomorrow, and based on my impressions of the demo, I have high hopes for it. Also hoping it gets a little more notice than the first game, though I’ll understand if it doesn’t — there’s a clear niche it’s still aiming for, and it’s one that I’m in, so if it hits that, I’m happy.

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    • Yes, I don’t remember how I found out about it, but you were definitely the one who convinced me to see it. Those two worked wonders together.

      And I can easily recommend A Man Escaped if you’re interested in that subject. It was certainly brave of those Czech resistance members to do such a thing; it’s to be expected when one is oppressed to the point where doing nothing is just as risky as attempting to improve the status quo.

      You’re welcome! Here’s hoping it manages to do well.

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  4. Congrats on the new job! Hope it settles in soon, so we can see more of you in these parts, but I also hope it goes well for you!

    And, as lways, thanks so much for the shout out! Glad you enjoyed the post!

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