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Old Movies, an Impenetrable Wall, and Writer's Block


On 04/17/2014 at 10:09 AM by Matt Snee

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rear window

Been up late watching old movies with my mom these past few nights.  Watched “Charade” with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, and then last night we watched the first half of one of my favorite movies, “Rear Window”.  I tell you, every time I see that movie I am more impressed with it. Classic, classic film.  It’s so tightly directed and perfect… I just love it.  Tonight we’ll watch the second half and chill.  My mom hasn’t seen it before and really likes it.  It’s been nice watching these old movies with her. I love old movies, and normally don’t have anyone to watch them with.  My dad is coming back on Friday at last, which will be really nice.  IT’s been hard for him staying back in Maryland with no TV and no decent food, and I will be glad to have him back. 

superstar saga

In other news, I hit a wall in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.  After doing a terribly annoying Princess Peach escort mission, I had to fight a tough boss with not many items and totally died.  I don’t have to do the escort mission again because I saved it afterwards, but my nerves were fried about it, so I quit a little angry.  I was talking to Nick about it, and he’s beaten it and noted that it gets enormously difficult in the end.  Well – what the hell?  I went into this game thinking it would be light and easy, but it’s getting seriously tough and I’m like “Why?” 

I took a break and didn’t play it yesterday and played through Luftrausers instead which I’m reviewing.  I don’t know if I will go back to Superstar Saga soon… probably will, cause I do like the game, but I haven’t had time for FFX since I’ve been playing it and that kind of pisses me off. 

Anyway, I played Luftrausers until my hand hurt – it’s apparently beatable, but I don’t think by me.  So I’ve reached a stopping point and began my review.  I do like the game, but it’s not my normal cup of tea.

kim deal

Meanwhile, I ordered four 7” solo records by Kim Deal, of the Breeders and Pixies fame, and finally got them in the mail yesterday.  They sound great and are really inspiring.  Makes me want to make music again.  Kim Deal has always been a role model to me, and I always aspired to make music like her when I didn’t want to make classical type music.  I don’t know why, I just love the home made, human sound of her records. 

I haven’t written for a couple days, and I’m stuck on the beginning of chapter one of my new book, not sure how to start it yet, though I do kind of know what I want to say.  I just don’t know how to say it yet.  Haven’t worked on games either for a while… feeling a little disjointed about that stuff and a little disgruntled.  It just seems so impossible to me now. 

I really like my game ideas though…  I wish at least I could get rid of this writer’s block and at least write these game ideas into stories, like as plays or novellas, or something.  I think there’s a lot of great ideas there and I want to get them out.  I wish I could be more productive. 

Anyway, that’s basically it for today.  I hope all of you are doing great! 


 

Comments

avidacridjam

04/17/2014 at 01:32 PM

Good picks for movies, sir. Perfect films, both of them.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/17/2014 at 01:44 PM

yeah man, I love those flicks. 

KnightDriver

04/17/2014 at 03:47 PM

On the Filmspotting podcast the other day they were doing a segment about director/actor collaborations and mentioned, as an aside, the Bernard Herrmann/Hitchcock collaboration. I forgot Herrmann did so many of Hitchcock's films.

Also, on the Retronauts podcast the other day, someone mentioned how much the Mario & Luigi games had been made too easy after Superstar Saga. I guess I just like easy games. Not to say I don't like Superstar Saga. I want to play that again sometime.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/17/2014 at 05:51 PM

that's funny because I was talking about it to Nick and he was saying how Partners in Time is equally frustrating and he put it on the shelf instead of finishing it when he hit the wall in that. 

Some games should be easy, some hard, and some inbetween.  But Superstar Saga might be a bit too tough for what it's supposed to be. 

KnightDriver

04/18/2014 at 03:22 PM

I think I got stuck on a puzzle or couldn't find a thing. I'm goin' back an beat that sucka.

Super Step Contributing Writer

04/17/2014 at 05:39 PM

What role does Kim Deal play in the Pixies?

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/17/2014 at 05:51 PM

she was the girl.  she played bass I think. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

04/17/2014 at 06:58 PM

I didn't have MTV or cable when Pixies were big, so I wouldn't know which one the girl was, but bass sounds right.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/17/2014 at 07:00 PM

yeah she sings on some of the tunes. 

Beerfan

04/17/2014 at 05:46 PM

I love old movies.  Hitchcock is the best.  Rebecca is one of my favorite movies of all time.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/17/2014 at 05:52 PM

yeah me too.  I haven't seen Rebecca though, I will change that soon. 

xDarthKiLLx

04/17/2014 at 07:53 PM

Superstar Saga is a bunch of fun, though I never got far in it.  I really dig the battle system.

I hope your pops has a safe trip back, dude!!!

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/17/2014 at 09:34 PM

thanks, it will be nice to have him back.  Superstar Saga is a lot of fun, and I love the battle system, it's getting tough though!

Alex-C25

04/18/2014 at 10:37 AM

Bowser's Inside Story is sometimes tough at times too, but atleast it's very fun.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/18/2014 at 10:39 AM

yeah I'd like to play that one.  I do enjoy Superstar Saga, I am just shocked at how frustrating it's getting late in the game. 

transmet2033

04/18/2014 at 10:47 AM

You keep reminding me that I need to go back and watch some classic Hitchcock.  I keep forgetting that I have a copy of North by Northwest somewhere in my collection.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/18/2014 at 11:13 AM

North by Northwest is a great movie.  I watched that last week with my mom.  Great soundtrack. 

C.S.3590SquadLeader

04/18/2014 at 04:04 PM

That's why no matter what RPG I play, I tend to overstock healing items because I know there's going to be a point where I'll end up in that exact same situation. Though even with that mindset, there've been more than a few games where even that didn't help as much as I'd like it to.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/18/2014 at 04:06 PM

I didn't have enough coins for more items.  I'd have needed to grind to do so... and I didn't feel like doing that. 

NSonic79

06/12/2014 at 02:19 PM

I mostly like the old black and white ones myself. for some odd reason the sound of them are soothing to me, enough at times for me to fall alseep in a good way.

I still need to give this mario RPG's a go but I thought I'd start with one of the first that started it all on the Wii VC.

Did FFX upset you or was it the game you played before that?

Bitches Love Cannons: The Movie: The Game! I know you can make it after seeing what you've done with Sisters of the Meat.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

06/12/2014 at 05:26 PM

ha ha, I'll put Bitches Love Cannons on my to-do list!

I love old movies.  I like the sound of them too.  They're just chill. 

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