PaRappa The Rapper

Developer: NanaOn-Sha

Platform(s): PS1, PSP

Release Date(s): Sep 1997, Jul 2007

Kick, punch, it’s all in the mind,
And this old game, I’ll sure you’ll find,
That it used to amuse ya and also confuse ya,
It feels dated now, more than it used to.
*That was an improvised rap from the game, I’m not just a weird person.* (more…)

Published in: on March 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm  Comments (3)  
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Gitaroo Man Lives

Developer(s): Koei, iNiS

Platform: PSP

Release Date: Nov 2006

Some games seem to just go right out of their way to alienate their audience with their presentation. Gitaroo Man Lives, more or less a direct port of Gitaroo Man on PS2, is one such game.

It’s OTT anime style gives the impression that it’s more complicated than it actually is. All of the songs you play are original compositions, so you won’t recognize any of them. And at a time when Guitar Hero and Rock Band were at it’s peak, it seemed a little dated to be playing a rhythm action game that relies on regular controls. (more…)


Director: David Wain
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda and Malin Akerman
Released: Mar 2, 2012

The premise is solid.
There’s no doubt about that. Placing two straitlaced urbanites into a hippy commune, where all ways of life are acceptable, should be guaranteed a few laughs. Plenty of weed based humour, the odd nudist thrown in for good measure, it really should work. But sadly, like the hippy commune itself, Wanderlust just lacks any kind of direction or purpose. (more…)

Published in: on March 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm  Comments (2)  
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Final Fantasy III

Developer(s): Square Enix, Matrix Software

Platform: DS, iOS

Release Date: May 2007

It’s a bit of a shame for die-hard Final Fantasy fans in the West that they will probably never get to play the original Final Fantasy III. Every other installment in the RPG series has made it to Western shores in more-or-less their original form, either on Playstation, Gameboy Advance or as a downloadable title. For the third entry of the series, however, Square Enix opted for a 3D remake on the Nintendo DS, rather than a direct port. Was this a good idea? Well, yes and no is the rather frustrating answer. (more…)

The Woman in Black

Director: James Watkins
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, and Ciaràn Hinds
Released: Feb 10, 2012

Horror has to be the most misunderstood genre in all of Hollywood.

On any given weekend, in any given cinema, the film listings will nearly always contain two or three chick flicks, at least one action/thriller movie, two or more comedies and a handful of family films. But horror? Horror is dying out on the big screen, with the most notable films heading straight to DVD. Horrors that do manage to make it to the big screen tend to be of the bog standard slasher variety, full of scantily clad girls and OTT blood baths. The Woman in Black is one of the rare few that puts its emphasis on atmosphere and performance, rather than gore. (more…)


Director: Josh Trank
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russel and Michael B. Jordan
Released: Feb 1, 2012 

Found footage movies are really starting to piss me off.
There, I said it.
It’s not professional, it’s not articulate, and there’s a good chance that there might even be kids reading this. But I don’t care. Because its pissing me off.


The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (and the benefits of volunteering for it)

Now, some of you dedicated blog readers may have noticed that Shamelessly Awful has been absent on the interwebs as of late.
This is not due to emotional distress or a creative meltdown.
I would even half-heartedly argue that it is not due to laziness.