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Democratic Party vs. Evil Alien Party
Does an agenda driven program about flawed but kindly Democrats battling Republicans in league with brain-munching aliens seem laugh- worthy to you? If so, you may like this program.
In movies, when aliens invade Earth, they usually have one agenda: conquer Humanity. Humans come together to fight the aliens, win or lose. "BrainDead" takes it an ant-step farther. The evil aliens have an additional advantage because Republicans already have many of the same goals they do.
The aliens subjugate humans by burrowing into their brains and ejecting most of it. This causes even the most ardent liberal to actively support cutting government spending and reducing its size. You see (guffaw, guffaw) if someone loses most of their brain and has the rest controlled by bug-eyed aliens, they become a Conservative.
The show makes a slight nod at balance by having one Democrat be promiscuous like one of the beloved Kennedys. It also has typical political backroom back-scratching and back-stabbing by both sides.
If the thought of conservative Republicans being similar to malicious aliens brightens your day, you will find this show pleasantly reaffirming.
Panzer General (1994)
Panzer General: a classic war game
Panzer General (available today for free as "Panzer General Forever") is still one of the greatest turn & hex-based World War 2 computer games ever produced. You can play the numerous scenarios as either side, but the true meat of the game is the campaign game of the entire war.
You can only play a campaign as the Axis. There are 4 shorter campaigns or the long one of the entire war. The long campaign starts in 1939 with the invasion of Poland. Units that survive the scenario are carried over to the next one, so a starting unit could survive the entire war (but with upgraded equipment that you've bought). You repair, upgrade, and add new units using points you get for obtaining objectives during the scenarios. If you do particularly well in a scenario, an extra scenario is available. For example, if you beat France very quickly, you can invade England.
This game is more of a stylized version of battle rather than an accurate simulation of the real thing. However, the end result is a good reenactment of the effectiveness of combined arms, the fog of war (enemy units more than a short distance from yours can't be seen), ambushes, and others.
A Unit has a "hard" and "soft" attack and a defense that is either hard or soft. You move, then attack. Usually both attacker and defender fire in a combat. Attack order is determined by initiative. The unit with the best fires first, the other unit takes losses then fires with whatever's left. Whenever a unit has a successful attack, it improves slightly. This increases its initiative and allows you to build it up stronger than a unit with less battle experience. During a scenario you can also reinforce damaged units and build entirely new ones. Units available include tank, infantry, cavalry, artillery, planes, and ships. You can also build trucks and other transport to move your troops and artillery faster.
The computer player is good. If you're a player of average ability, it'll be a challenge. I've played war games for years, but I still had a lot of fun playing this. So I say get it. It's free.
Nô Otoko (2013)
Would have been a 15 minute movie if the head cop wasn't an idiot
A super-smart bomber is blowing up people in Japan. Or maybe the bomber only appears so smart because the pursuing cop is so stupid. (spoilers now but no ending spoilers:) Suppose you're a cop, but you're real stupid. When offered 2 choices, which of the following would you choose:?
Early on, another cop narrows the possible list of bombers to only a few. Would you bring a squad of other cops with you to interview these few suspects or would you show up with just your partner?
If someone is about to shoot the bomber before they escape, would you let the bomber get shot, or would you fight the shooter before he can shoot?
Suppose you need the immediate help of the bomb squad. At the same time, you discover the bomb squad is in a room with a hidden bomb that will blow up in seconds. Do you call them and say, "Get out now!" or do you have a long, drawn out conversation with them?
That said, I still gave this movie a "5" because the guy with no feelings was interesting and because of the twist at the end concerning what the psychologist has learned after all the evidence is presented.
Anyone who watches this should also view "FrackNation", a documentary about fracking and GasLand.
Among other things, "FrackNation" has the GasLand creator admitting that water supplies could be lighted on fire long before any fracking occurred. It shows EPA officials telling the "flaming faucet" people that EPA tests show that their water is clean. It shows the "flaming faucet" people unable to provide any evidence whatsoever that their claims are true.
"FrackNation" exposes Gasland for what it is: an agenda driven piece of propaganda