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Game Review: Assassin's Creed: Revelations (PS3)

The saga of Ezio Auditore da Firenze concludes in Assassin's Creed: Revelations, a game that continues the Ezio Trilogy's fine tradition of climbing, stabbing, shooting, and earning far too much money. As ever, assassinations barely need to be sneaky, but that doesn't stop the gameplay from being entertaining or the soundtrack from being effective--alternating between ominous, rollicking, and soaring. Heck yeah.

There are three main differences in AC: Revelations: (1) Ezio, who is now about 50 and much more serious, (2) the locale has shifted to Constantinople, where the Ottoman Empire holds sway, and (3) there's more Altaïr, that dude from the original Assassin's Creed. Oh, and this time Ezio can craft bombs. They're...diverting.

Like AC: BrotherhoodAC: Revelations has a ton of sidequests to distract from its ludicrous plot, this time involving retrieving the Masyaf keys (Masyaf being the Assassin's ancient castle/headquarters) to unlock Altaïr's li…

Savannah, GA: The hot hostess city

Fresh from a brief wedding-related soujourn on Hilton Head Island, SC--lovely spot, by the way, especially if you're an avid golfer, or like being smashed by warm waves on the beach--Fragrant Husband and I hung out in Downtown Savannah before the drive back to the city's li'l airport. According to Wikipedia, Savannah is the oldest city in the state of Georgia, and its port is a Big Deal. It is also quite tiny. Here's a picture of its petite city hall:

Naturally, our main goal was to feed me and little Cthulu. We found free parking at the Visitor's Center (also a good place for a bathroom break) and hopped onto the free shuttle. It's a bus, not a trolly, so the upside to not seeing all the cute squares is not dying of heat. Savannah is hot, y'all. We're talking 102 degrees in the shade. I about passed out walking 200 feet (about a city block), no joke. 
We had lunch at Barracuda Bob's, where I had a patty melt and my meng had Guinness Chicken Wings and…

Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the summer movie we deserve. It's well-written, well-acted, features spectacular digital effects, and has a soundtrack that hints, rather than manipulates. It's a sequel that's superior to the first film, 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Dawn continues the saga of Caesar (Andy Serkis), a chimp with vastly superior intelligence who has gathered other primates around him after their dramatic escape from San Francisco. The undisputed alpha, Caesar's leadership is put to the test as humans stumble into their forest home. Led by engineer-type Malcolm (Jason Clarke), the small group seeks to reactivate a nearby dam so they can power their headquarters and hopefully connect with other survivors of the virus unleashed during the end of the first movie.

Caesar allows the humans to return to San Francisco to their leader, Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) whose initial instinct is containment. Back in the forest, Caesar's right hand, Koba (Tob…