Archive for February, 2010

“Jessica, Why Have You Come Here?”

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

And this week we’re featuring Let’s Scare Jessica To Death, a movie that is every bit as imaginative as its cool title. It’s really amazing, one just needs to dig around a little to find long overlooked gems such as this one. Sometimes I get a tickling sensation in my stomach when I think about all those great movies left to discover.

Blogs Ahoy And Then Some!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

We had one of those rainy Mondays today that always tend to make you feel all sad and melancholic. I’m not sure what’s the deal with rainy Mondays really but they’re definitely more poetical than, say, rainy Wednesdays or Thursdays. Not to mention rainy Sundays which seems totally paradoxical. Is it because it rhymes better? Or maybe it’s that Carpenters song…

Anyway, I know you have already bookmarked Slightly Deranged as your homepage by now and you’re visiting it every hour, but you should go out there and meet other blogs too. You wouldn’t believe the incredible communities of such talented people that lurk behind the seemingly endless tides of nonsense that wash over the internet day by day. It almost makes me feel guilty.

First we have Gnome’s Lair, a sweet blog about gaming in general with a strong focus on retro and indie games. Heck, it has a tag for “ZX Spectrum” which makes it an instant bookmark in my book — I mean, my browser. The content is excellent and features posts that feel fresh and insightful. It’s well worth a visit and even a permanent stay!

Next is A Hardy Developer’s Journal created by a guy that (surprisingly) is called Igor Hardy. This is an invaluable resource for developers and fans of indie games alike, although they do cover some well-known titles. It’s often updated with reviews, interviews and articles (really good articles) about game design. It focuses on adventure games so this is another one I keep close to my heart.

Finally, The Armchair Adventurer is a newcomer to the block and this is from a guy that is hopelessly enamored with the sounds of a PC speaker. I’m sure you must be familiar with this sentiment (I know I do). There’s not much content yet but the very first article features one heck of a rare text adventure which makes it an instant win in my browser — I mean, my book. Blocky screenshots included. Looks like there’s an upcoming interview with Al Lowe here, so you’ll want to keep an eye on this one too!

In other news, I should also mention while I have the opportunity that our movie of the week has been updated as usually with its share of screen captures and video clip, and today we got pirates… in space… among lots of other things. In fact, it basically feels like watching four movies in one. You name it, and I’m sure The Ice Pirates will have it!

Allow me to finish this update by bringing your attention to this incredible offer of indie games: Machinarium, And Yet It Moves, Auditorium, Aztaka, Eufloria and Osmos at $20. That’s six good games (at the very least) for twenty lousy bucks. Keep in mind that Machinarium alone usually costs that and is well worth every penny. While I still have to play Eufloria, all the other games are great, especially And Yet It Moves which is a surreal puzzle/action game of sorts with an amazing grunge presentation. I doubt I have to say anything about Machinarium itself other than it’s one of the most breathtaking games released in quite some time – you won’t be able to tell just how artful games can get (in the good way) until you have played Machinarium. The offer ends this Friday so if you’re even remotely interested be sure to check it out soon: The Indie Bundle.

It’s THEM!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Something commonly referred to as “life” got in the way yesterday and held me back from updating. But don’t panic! Our weekly pick is up and it involves ants. Lots of ’em. In fact, Phase IV is the best ant movie ever made because it takes ants to the next level — literally. If you know the movie already then this is a great opportunity to relive it, and if you never saw it, well, that is why you’re reading this blog in the first place.

This House Is No Longer Clean

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

It wasn’t my intention to post the news to ease down with the obituaries (lots of cult celebrities have been passing away lately!) but I was appalled to find that the recent death of Zelda Rubinstein went mostly unnoticed. You might remember her as the great Tangina from Tobe Hooper’s seminal Poltergeist (although it was practically a Steven Spielberg movie). She died at the age of 76 after a month of battling poor health, which she had been dealing with for years. Poltergeist remains easily one of the scariest movies ever made and the performance of Zelda was hands down unforgettable (you could say she singlehandedly saved the sequels too). Zelda was a strong activist for safe sex and HIV awareness as well, something that she openly acknowledged didn’t help her career. Recent appearances included the utterly good Behind The Mask and Southland Tales. R.I.P. Mrs. Rubinstein.