Bought THE LONGEST DAY on DVD just in time for D-Day

Today is June 6, the anniversary of when the western Allies stormed their way into a foothold in occupied Europe. The other day I went to a used game store to look for some NES titles, but I came away with a 2-dollar DVD of The Longest Day, one of my all-time favorite movies, let alone war movies, and undoubtedly the best movie about the invasion of Normandy. I owned the book when I was young and I may have read it, but it’s probably due for a re-read and a longer write-up at some point.

For now, though, I’m off to make some much-needed space on my DVR.

Revisited LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE

This post isn’t strictly movie-related, but I think there’s enough crossover interest. For years and years now I’ve played the video game Lord of the Rings Online. The MMO-style gameplay is very poor, but the geography is incredibly specific and faithful to Tolkien’s texts. A few months ago they finally released their Minas Tirith expansion, but I hadn’t gotten around to playing it. I sometimes go months without playing, but as long as the game is around I’ll always check in periodically.

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Have a working PS3 and a copy of Studio Ghibli’s NI NO KUNI

As I indicated the other day in my post on Hayao Miyazaki’s filmography, Studio Ghibli created some of my favorite movies of all time. They did animated sequences for a couple of video games, too, in the series Ni no Kuni (“second world,” or “another world”). I’d wanted to play these games in order, but being a PC gamer I didn’t have the right systems. Thankfully, a friend of mine found a cheap Playstation 3 as well as a used copy of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and sold them to me at a bargain price. This is a movie blog, not a gaming blog, but when a game is tied to the greatest animation movie studio of all time (sorry Disney) an exception is justified!

I’m not sure when I’ll start playing it, but I got the system up and running today.