Daily Punch 7-17-13

And the final part of the Monk of the Healing Way

 

Tongue of the Stars-A Monk of the Healing Way learns to communicate with any she can negotiate with to avoid any conflict.  A Monk of the Healing Way may talk to any creature with an intelligence of 3 or greater similar to the Telepathy(su) power.

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Let’s add one more part to the Monk of the Healing way…

The Price of Healing, Greater-When you use your channel divinity class feature, if you heal an enemy, roll the dice as normal.  For each enemy healed in this way, you may heal an ally the same number of hit points is maximized and multiplied by 1.5.  The healed enemy must have been damaged during the battle, you may not benefit from this ability by healing an enemy who is at full hit points.  If no legal targets exist for this ability, it has no effect.

Daily Punch 7-15-13

Let’s add some more to the Monk of the Healing Way.  Im debating what levels thing are at, I plan to but them all out together thursday. 

The Price of Healing-When you use your channel divinity class feature, if you heal an enemy, roll the dice as normal.  For each enemy healed in this way, you may heal an ally the same number of hit points is maximized.  The healed enemy must have been damaged during the battle, you may not benefit from this ability by healing an enemy who is at full hit points.  If no legal targets exist for this ability, it has no effect.

Silver Screen Smackdown-Pacific Rim

I went to see Pacific Rim last Thursday.  Let’s see what I thought…..

 

TL;DR-GO SEE THIS NOW!  GO!  WHY ARE YOU STILL READING?!  GO!

 

Plot-This movie has a simple plot.  Let me spoil it for you.  Monsters show up, we built robots, fights ensue.  Now the robots are being shelved in favor of a giant wall.  The lone military man has a drastic plan to bring things to a climatic finish…  Wow, that’s original..but it works!  The whole thing seems way to simple on paper, but there it is.  And it does its story proud.  The movies about giant robots, and you get giant robots.  People on scene?  Talk about robots or monsters.  Every second drive the plot, and the plot is robots!  This is awesome.  You don’t get some weird “America #1” message, or hate OPEC, you get a streamlined plot dedicated to making you love giant robots and feel for the people caught in the monsters path.  This is what I wanted, and this is what I received.

 

Theme and Elements-In a bold move for a movie, the movie has some political elements mixed in, but only as at most a simple side quest in a giant movie.  Ideas like a giant wall to keep things out that ultimately don’t work, international collaboration etc are background noise in the movie.  Nothing that makes the movie jump the rails to a different path, but it’s there.  The major theme is-HERE IS AN ANIME MOVIE ABOUT ROBOTS AND MONSTERS!  All the set pieces are here and they do the dance that has been made famous in Japan quite well.  The stereotypes are there:  Russians who walked right out of Stalin Propaganda, the Asian kung-fu masters, romances between robot pilots, and interestingly enough an Australian pair who only missed a didgeridoo to be from the set of Mad Max.  Think of any 1980’s keiju anime series, and you have most of the elements of this movie.  That’s not bad, that what I wanted out of this.  This movie could have done something completely strange and tried to do what so many failed anime/American movie combos have been (looking at you Street Fighter and Dragon Ball Z, and you in the corner Matrix, I haven’t forgotten about you!).  Del Toro made the last 1/4 of a excellent anime series.  The first 3/4 is done in an excellent pre-title montage that handles thing well and jumps you right into the action.  While I love a convoluted story as much as the next guy, the original Super Mario Brothers was the last 1/4 of the story, and that made it great!  The same can be said here.  The movie knows what ground it wants to cover and it does it well.

 

The elephant in the room-Two quotes from two movies

“Today we are canceling the apocalypse!”-Pacific Rim

“On this our Independence Day!”-Independence Day

Combined-“Today we are canceling the apocalypse on this out Independence Day!”  reads like it belongs there, doesn’t it?  While I love this movie, it does feel like a strange homage to ID4.  That’s not bad, but it’s a thing.  The movie feels a bit like a distilled ID4 to capture all the good parts of the movie and make them better in this one.  Almost like distilling rotten water to make a good liquor.  You can feel the ID4 roots in this.  If you loved ID4, you will love this!

 

Cinematography and Looks-This movie is gorgeous!  The monsters are beautiful, and the mechs are beautiful.  Those are the focus and they shine.  The backgrounds are beautiful as well, but not distractingly so.  Actors look appropriate to the stereotypes they fill.  Best part that you might not notice: the helicopters!  They provide light.  You have night battles and they helicopters are a mobile light source that makes life that much better as you see what the hell is going on! (looking at you 1st AvP!)

 

Acting-  Let’s be honest, you’re not here to see Shakespeare, you’re here for robots!  But, in true Del Toro style, the part of the most that could have been neglected wasn’t.  The actors portray believable people in the world, and it makes the world that much more real.  No Oscars, but much better then it needed to be.

 

Let Downs-No movie is perfect, and a few logic things come to mind.  Why build the wall if monsters punch through it?  That isn’t really explained.  Why are the keiju a surprise if you know they come from one area?  Couldn’t you have teams out there 24-7 just ready to hit them when they happen?  Oceans big, but if there is only one door in, its not that hard!  Why is the one Australian such a dick at the start?  Why is the one scientist the first person to meld with a monster?  Heck, if I lived in that world, I’d be melding with any animal out there to see if it works!  These are small nitpicky things, but they make you wonder….

 

Things that you should look for like Waldo-

Russian Gwen Stefani

“Where is my shoe!”-Stay after the credits

Tentacles in a jar moving

Cthulhu Tech the movie!

Mi-Go

 

Final Thoughts-Its got its faults, but its awesome.  A worthy movie that you should go see now.  Worth the time and money.  Great new IP.  Now I just want to know if Del Toro will give up the mantel of this new world or remake this movie with enough sequels to kill the originality of the idea.  Rating: 8/10

Daily Punch 7-11-13

Lets work on the Monk of the Healing Way some more  now LEVEL 5!

Special Power-

The Price of Healing, lesser-When you use your channel divinity class feature, if you heal an enemy, roll the dice as normal.  For each enemy healed in this way, you may heal an ally the same number of hit points times 1.5.  The healed enemy must have been damaged during the battle, you may not benefit from this ability by healing an enemy who is at full hit points.  If no legal targets exist for this ability, it has no effect.

Daily Punch 7-9-13

Lets keep the Monk of the Healing Way going with its Level 3 power

 

The Empty Way to Peace-Monks of the Healing Way believe that weapons not only hurt the victim  but also the soul of those wielding them.  You gain the improved disarm feat.  In addition,you gain a +1 proficiency bonus to all disarm CMB attempts.  This increase every three levels of Monk of the Healing way.