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Forensic Files (1996)
"Medical Detectives" is an extremely interesting series in which you learn about crimes been solved through the miracle of medical technology. The narrator is excellent and the stories carefully picked. But alas, like all other documentaries some episodes are quite boring, for instance the episode "Killer Fog". But even this episode managed to keep me intruiged in the scientists' brilliant minds. This series will keep me watching until the end of time!
This is a great series with an excellent voicing cast. Jonathan Katz hasdone a smashing job in creating and producing the series. I wonder if he writes everything, even the lines that his patients say... Anyhow, the show is laugh-out-loudly funny, and the animation is lazy yet original. This is an awesome show and everybody who doesn't like it either can't catch the jokes or are plainly crazy!!
Egoli: Place of Gold (1991)
Truly South African.
"Egoli, Place of Gold" has been running since I can remember and the show has some great actors and superb writing. Just like any other soap it also has some unrealistic turns in the script, which can be excused, because you can't keep a show realistic for nine years. This show is really South African, and it remains, even after nine years, a pleasure to watch.
True Believer (1989)
Truly a Memorable Film.
As a huge fan of Robert Downey, Jr. I anticipated this film for weeks when I heard it was on television. So, last Saturday night I turned on the TV and, I wasn't sorry.
James Woods is in a great performance as Edward Dunn, a hotshot attorney who hires Roger Baron (Robert Downey, Jr.) to clerk for him. Woods defends a Korean whom's mother believes that he's been wrongly accused. But all the facts points to the Korean (Yuji Okumodo)...
As I said, Woods is in a great performance, which unfortunately could have been much better had it not been for his wiggy hairdo. Downey is excellent, and you can actually feel his character's anticipation. You can also feel the coldness and bitterness of Okumodo's character. Kurtwood Smith is very interesting as Robert Reynard, and the rest of the cast are also in intruiging performances.
The film is at some points very hard to follow, but overall this film could well be one of the best crime dramas of the late 1980's.
"Sin" is a quite fun shoot-em-up with lots of different weapons to choose from. A good plot drives the story and the game is quite interesting. "Sin" will not always be remembered, sadly, partly because of "Half-Life". See, When the creators of "Sin" heard that "Half-Life" was going to be brilliant, they quickly released "Sin" before it was completely ready for release. So the game was incomplete. The game would have been a masterpiece if only the creators had spent a little more time on programming.
The best of the King's Quest series.
The third installment in the King's Quest series of computer games is undoubtably the best. Although the graphics is crude in comparison to today's mind-blowing 3D adventures, and the game is mercylessly difficult at some points, the writing and interesting characters is more than enough to keep you coming back for more.
The story is simple: You play Graham, The crown prince of Daventry. Unfortunately he was kidnapped by the evil wizard Manhanan when he was an infant. Since then he was forced to work against his will for the evil wizard, cooking, cleaning or whatever. Now, a long time later, you decide to escape, and claim your kingdom. There's just one little problem. It's not that easy.
Now you have to travel across the land searching for items to use in your quest for freedom. Your travels lead to an unneccesary copyright protection issue, a few spells that you have to brew up. The only bad thing about it is that not even a full stop may be out of place, or else you turn into a cat or something.
But not even this can contradict the fact that this is without a doubt the best "King's Quest" ever made. Check it out! Just make sure you've got a copy of a walkthrough for it.
The scariest game you'll ever play. *SPOILERS*
When "Phantasmagoria" was first released in 1995 it was the most violent game ever to be made, and censorship issues arose from all over the place. People from all over the world despised of the game and the question as to wether this game should even be available in stores arose. When I first played the game I was already knowledgeable that the game was not for sensitive players. Yet, I put the first of the 7 CD's into the CD drive, installed the game and started playing. To my shock, I wish I hadn't...
You play Adrienne Delaney, a bestselling author. You and your husband Don move into an old, deserted mansion, unknowing of its evil, demonic history. Everything is fine at first, but then Adrienne starts getting curious, and so the saga begins... From the first night in the house Adrienne has strange nightmares. Don seems sympathetic, but not for long...
In the house you discover locked doors, rooms behind fireplaces, a baby room with a strange cloud in it, and other unexplained mysteries. You also find two people living in your garage. You slowly but steadily discover the demonic forces of the house, but when you finally unravel the might, it might just be too late...
The game is not only shocking but downright evil. The game brings you shock after shock, and Malcolm's story will haunt you for a long, long time. The game left me having nightmares for weeks, and I won't play it again, that's for sure. Not that the game is bad. It's excellent, really, with a great cast and fantastic writing, brilliant directing and a spooky plot. I won't play it again because of this. It perfectly captures the idea and it showcases heavily on these talented actors. It's just too spooky.
The game is very short for seven CD's, but not very short compared to other computer games. Hardened player will scream from excitement toward the end, where Adrienne has to run for her life, chased by Don.
When me, my brother Jaco and my nephew W.P finished the game and the ending credits started showing, we were too pale and sweaty to say a thing. When the music that comes with it started playing, we simultaneously started dancing without a word. It was only when the music ended that we fell down on the bed laughing. Laughing at what we saw in the game.
Take a piece of advise from somebody who knows: Take this game bit by bit. Or else...
Fantastic follow-up. Even better than the original.
"King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne" is another classic adventure game from Sierra, the masters of excellent gaming. It follows up to the first, and you are once again Graham of Daventry. Your Quest is to find Princess Rosella, who is missing.
In this game you control Graham with the pointer keys, and have to type commands manually. Yet, even though it's tough work, it's real fun. The only really irritating part is when you type something in that the computer's vocabulary doesn't hold and then says for instance: "What is a smart?" That sucks. The game is a huge improvement over the original. Great fun, very interesting and magically wrote. Although crude to today's graphic adventures, I rate this one seven out of ten.
Pokemon is finally a creative, fresh idea that you haven't seen a lot lately. The creatures are very well thought out, and the voicing is excellent! Here and there sees a well struck line, for instance:
Ash: If anybody's there you can come out, and if you're a monster or a ghost, you can just stay where you are!
Pokemon is not just for children, if that's your idea. Some adults can also find entertainment in this great animated series!
The seventh in the ultra-classic King's Quest series is a must-have for all fans of good adventure games. You control both Princess Rosella and her mother, Queen Valencia in this fantastic, under-rated little game.
The story: Princess Rosella falls into a magic pool in her garden. Through This she travels to a magic land far away, and has only one quest: To get out of it. Her mother then jumps in after her in search of her daughter, and also lands in this land of magic, fantasy and the unknown...
The title is now out as a "Sierra Original", which means it's available at a very low price for those of us who have to keep a budget! The title is most definitely worth every penny, and if you see this game in stores (it's pretty rare, so keep your eyes open!) I just want to tell you one thing: BUY!