Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Month in Review: May 2011

month in review mayI’m trying something new here. I know, I know: scattered through the Charge Shot!!! archives you will find the discarded corpses of many an ambitious new feature. We’ve even had a month in review feature before. But this one will be different, I swear!

How? Month in Review is a collection of our reviews from the previous calendar month. Games, movies, books, concerts, etc.: we cover a lot. Now you can catch up on anything you missed.

With any luck this will be the first of many Months in Review.

What are you waiting for? Hit the jump!

Movies

Perhaps against his better judgment, Andrew saw Fast Five and wrote, “Sure, it's bad, objectively, but if you sit there the whole time thinking about how bad it is, you're doing it wrong.

Boivin praised Thor for its “high drama” and “humor.” I guess those are words one associates with a comic book movie about a dude who flies by throwing his hammer and holding on to it.

Speaking of high drama and humor, Bove subjected himself to The Holy Mountain. How that boy still has a mind, I’ve no idea.

Chris finally got around to revisiting the UK’s “Up Series”. I consider Chris an expert on quality reality programming, and he’s all about the “existential” appeal of this unique series.

Music

Giaco saw John Vanderslice live in Philadelphia and had an amazing time.

Bon Iver released a new album called, wait for it, Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Jordan called it “indelible.”

Games

You may want to read Andrew’s value equation for Portal 2 before you heed our succinct review that I am penning right here this very second: PLAY IT.

Pankin enjoyed his time murdering fools in Mortal Kombat, so much so that he took a look at the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy and found its deviations from “kanon” underwhelming.

Giaco found himself playing The Chronicles of Inotia 3: Children of Carnia for the iPhone/iPod Touch. At 99-cents, he just couldn’t refuse.

Books

Chris praised Carsten Jensen’s examination of Marstal, Denmark in We, The Drowned but found the novel’s more global ambitions a touch out of place.

Our Stalwart Features

As always, you can check our regular review features: Thoughts of An Aspiring Music Snob (musicians), A Decade of Dreck (bad movies), and Art House in the Middle of the Street (supposedly good movies).

Stand outs include Chris’s encounter with grunge’s runner-up Soundgarden, Jordan’s disappointing viewing of Black Orpheus, and Boivin’s mind-numbing encounter with a Blue Eyes White Dragon in Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie.

That’s it for May! I hope you enjoy June!