TV & Movies

My TV watching of 2016

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I’m of the opinion that we are in a great age of TV. Multi-season, continuous narrative story telling is now truly matured and to my tastes a better experience than feature length movies. That’s not to say that films aren’t a viable story telling medium anymore, just that I find I get so much more into TV shows these days. Here I’ll go over the shows and films I’ve watched this year:

Better Call Saul Season 2

“Is it as brilliant as Breaking Bad?” is a moot point. Better Call Saul is a different animal, and in its second season it’s come into its own nicely. Both shows have a similar base line – portraying the change of their protagonist into their ‘evil’ alter ego – but they go about it in such different fashion. That’s all because of how different the two men are. Walter White’s change is much more drastic, so his story poses a much more dramatic chain of events, whereas we can already see Saul Goodman in Jimmy McGill quite clearly. His arc isn’t as extreme, but it’s nuanced and very subtle. People will say that this show is boring, but to me it’s still great fun and fascinating to see watch. His relationships with Kim and his brother Chuck are complex and a whole lot of tension is created from it. It’s just that it doesn’t manifest in explosions and killings like in Breaking Bad, but in great verbal battles one after another. The final episode of the season masterfully sets up things to come and I’m really looking forward to it. (more…)

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Daredevil Season 1 Review

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I’m not the biggest fan of superhero movies, especially Marvel. I just didn’t grow up with the comics or cartoons. I think Captain America is a ridiculous, almost embarrassing creation at face value. I watched the first Avengers movie and thought it was unimpressive. Last year I bought into the hype and watched Guardians of the Galaxy and left the theater with a big “meh”. (more…)

Blog #16: Everybody’s playing Fallout 4 and I’m just getting to New Vegas (also Baldur’s Gate 2)

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Work’s been a demanding mistress these past two months. Suffice to say, I worked the weekends and overtime. I write for this blog in the office, but the workload has been such that I couldn’t get myself to spend any energy towards updating this here site. I’m really hoping my current project will be successful, it’d make life a whole lot better! (more…)

Blog #12: What’s so interesting about Cyberpunk?

The iconic city scape of Blade Runner. It's clear what this world is like. People are stacked in huge building, bombarded with larger than life advertisements and everything is engulfed in darkness.

The iconic city scape of Blade Runner. It’s clear what this world is like. People are stacked in huge buildings, bombarded with larger than life advertisements and everything is engulfed in darkness. A singular police car indicates that crime is normality.

Genres are a fun concept to think about. What makes a fantasy story different from a science fiction one? What makes steampunk so special? What’s so interesting about cyberpunk? It’s fair to say that the best works of fiction don’t follow a common recipe of their assumed genre, but play with and twist accepted the conventions of their genre, unless the work itself is introducing such a crassly new form of setting that can be seen as the quasi origin of a new genre, like Tolkien’s works. (more…)

Blog #11: Back in the groove and forthcoming posts

I’ve been away for a few weeks, which was nice. Time to take a step back and do something else from the usual grind. Well, not that much different, as I managed to see some films and read a book. There’s a ton of stuff I’m queuing up to write about, so here’s an outline.

Usagi Drop stole my heart

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I might have mentioned it before, but I’ve been on a frustrating search for a good slice of life type anime or manga. I did not expect however to find an anime that would break into my favorites when I checked out Usagi Drop. Let me give it to you straight: Usagi Drop is an 11 episode long series adapted from a manga. It’s about Daikichi, a 30 year old guy without his own family. Upon his grandfather’s death, he learns at the wake that grandpa had a child with a mystery woman. The kid is a ~6 year old girl named Rin. The whole family is embarrassed by the situation, and when they started discussing where to send Rin to live, Daikichi steps up to become her guardian. Usagi Drop’s story revolves around the struggles and joys of raising a child in modern Japan. It’s got great characters, and mostly lives by just how likable Daikichi and Rin are. The storylines in the episodes are really light, low-key fare, so it’s really easy to watch. It’s all very happy and heartwarming and that’s something I really liked. It makes for a great contrast to all the heavy stuff I usually enjoy (Game of Thrones, etc.). There’s a sincerity in Usagi Drop that seems to have become really rare these days. A big, big recommendation from me. (more…)

Game of Thrones Season 5 Analysis and Verdict

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Having written an in-depth look at all the main character story lines this season it’s time to give my verdict on the season as a whole. It’s been a few weeks since the final episode and there’s been a lot of discussion online. Is Game of Thrones past its peak? Are we all getting fatigued now? Can D&D really rival GRRM? I’ll try to ponder these questions in this article and make sense of the current backlash against the show. (more…)

Game of Thrones Season 5 Character Review

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Game of Thrones Season 5 is a wrap and as always, it’s the worst time being a GoT fan, because right now is the longest amount of time to wait until the next season. Well, I guess the worst time being a GoT fan is once the whole thing is over and done, and the only thing that’s left is an emptiness. I had that problem when Breaking Bad finished. Or when I got done reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Anyway. Season 5 has been the most difficult season to date to judge. It’s been a week and I’m starting to digest things a lot better. I’ll be getting into specifics for every plot thread and grade it and then share some overall thoughts on the whole thing big picture wise. (more…)

Blog #1: Pillars of Thrones

Some light lesbo-erotic prose there

Some light lesbo-erotic prose there

Trying out a new format for my little blog here, as I’m looking into writing more regularly and trying to keep it to either reviews or larger in-depth discussions on stuff feels a bit too time intensive to do it spontaneously. So this will be the first of a weekly blog series discussion anything and everything I wanna talk about. (more…)

Whiplash Review

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After watching the Oscars, I figured I’d watch all the apparently good movies I missed out on last year, partially some of the Oscar winners/nominations as well as stuff I was interested in anyway. On the list were “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”, “Kingdom of Dreams and Madness”, “The Theory of Everything”, “Whiplash”, “Birdman” and “The Imitation Game”. I’ve now seen all of them except for the last one. I’ll get to it eventually.

So on to Whiplash! To say it outright: this was the most intense, most magnetic movie I’ve seen in a while. There is literally nothing I don’t like about it. (more…)

Steins;Gate Anime Review

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Recently I’ve been getting back into my Japanophilia, playing JRPGs, watching anime and reading manga. The completion of the Naruto manga which prompted me to pick that up again, my discovery of the Persona series and other things have all factored in. So here I am, a couple of years behind the anime scene, looking for stuff and collecting recommendations. I bounced off of Code Geass, enjoyed my time with Barakamon and initially bounced off of Steins;Gate. But seeing that one at the top of so many top anime lists, and seeing Kotaku’s Richard Eisenbeis declare Steins;Gate as possibly the best anime he’s ever seen, I just had to give it a second chance.
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