Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Wordless Wednesday 9 – New from Marvel…

What If? Infinity

One of my favorite comic runs I’ve ever read was Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers and New Avengers, which crossed over excellently in the “Infinity” storyline. I did a lot of blogging about Infinity, and you can read post like these before, during, and after posts. Or you could just go back to the beginning, which I now understand to be Fantastic Four

Meanwhile, one of Marvel’s most amusing and interesting ongoing series is What If? where they explore the question in terms of their different characters or storylines. So when I saw that they had done several comics regarding Infinity, I had to give it a look. There are five them, each asking “what if?” in terms of a different outcome of Infinity.

And yes, Hickman wrote a story with a lot of possibilities, a lot of points of failure. A lot of possible what-ifs. However, if I were to take this comic set as a whole, I would say that they just weren’t as good as Hickman’s original – or his alternatives. Part of what was great about his comics was the existence of alternate realities, and all sorts of exploration of what the characters and world would be in different configurations. In all the possible configurations…

And that’s what I didn’t like in the What If? series. Because really, all of these possible worlds exist within the main continuity as well – and they’re all crashing to an end. But there’s no mention of that in these what-ifs, not really… but that was the whole point of Infinity. That’s what was going wrong, that’s what drove the plot. If I were to write a What If? of Infinity, the focus would definitely be with the incursions. But alas… here’s the stories they did go with!

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The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

When David and I first read In the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss we fell in love with the story and his style of writing. The second book,The Wise Man’s Fears, just continued our love of this world that he had created. Now we are anxiously awaiting the third installment and while we are waiting for that he released a novella about one of the more mysterious characters in the books named Auri.

She is a quiet thing who seems to house wisdom beyond her years in the main books, so to have a novella about her is just fascinating. It is great to get into the mind a little bit of this character from her own perspective instead of just from Kvothe. It definitely has some stylistic similarities to the main novel, but the very way the story is told just fits with Auri’s personality. Continue reading

What’s Streaming September 2016

 

It’s a big month for Netflix, with original premieres and lots of movies coming. Amazon Instant and HBO are both heavy on movie premieres, and Amazon will be streaming episodes of new seasons right after they premiere (quite possibly for a price, but episodes of Big Bang Theory Season 10 and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD will be available for example). Let’s check out what’s streaming!

 

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Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge

Feel like some John Williams and shark attacks? Netflix is bringing them straight to your home! You’ll maybe need a bigger boat for this marathon…And if you really feel like bingeing some shark movies, you can always do a comparison binge between these and the Sharknado movies, also on Netflix. I recommend some sort of strong beverage for the latter…

Practical Magic

I absolutely love this movie. It’s perfect for a girls’ night in, or a night when you miss family or friends. A romantic dramadey starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, this movie follows two sisters who fumble their way through life and love, and make some witchy mistakes in the process. It’s fantastic. (Also worth a read is the novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman, a comparison of the two is fascinating.)

Sweeney Todd

A Tim Burton movie starring (who else?) Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, as well as Alan Rickman. If you’re a fan of the musical, this one is worth a watch, although as with most of Burton’s work, you’ll either love his take on it or not.

Top Gun

A classic film from the 80s, if you haven’t ever seen it, now’s your chance, because it’s flying into Netflix on the 1st. (Sorry, couldn’t resist…)

True Grit (1969)

If you love John Wayne or saw the remake from a few years ago and haven’t seen the original, this movie is for you. One of John Wayne’s best, and absolutely worth a viewing.

Galavant Seasons 1&2 (Coming Sept. 7th)

If you loved this show while it was airing or never got a chance to try it out, the complete series will be available to watch this coming month.

Supergirl Season 1 (Coming Sept. 10th)

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If you’re a fan of Arrow and The Flash, Supergirl will be worth watching, especially since it will be moving over to the CW for its upcoming season, which means…Let the insane crossovers begin! Also, this gives you plenty of time to catch up before the season 2 premiere October 10th.

Penny Dreadful, Season 3 (Coming Sept. 17th)

I recently discovered this show when the first two seasons began streaming on Netflix, and I’m incredibly excited that the third (and final) season will be available on Netflix so soon. The creators made the interesting choice to end the story after the third season, so even though it had quite the following, any petitions for Netflix to pick it back up will, unfortunately, not accomplish much. Instead, you can see how the entire show plays out in one weekend long binge. I recommend leaving some lights on.

Gotham, Season 2 (Coming Sept. 19th)

Are you a fan of Gotham? Just your luck then because season 2 will be coming out September 19th, the same day as the season 3 premiere.

New Girl, Season 5 (Coming Sept. 20th)

I absolutely love New Girl. If you’ve ever had roommates or incredibly awkward dates and jobs, you’ll definitely find something to relate to in this quirky and hilarious show.

Zootopia (Coming Sept. 20th)

Although September marks the beginning of the exclusive Disney/Marvel/Netflix contract, so far there has been little to show viewers what that will mean for content being carried. Zootopia however is joining Netflix this month, which definitely shows promise since it is one of their more recent releases.

Longmire, Season 5 (Coming Sept. 23rd)

Don’t worry, Longmire fans, Netflix is indeed continuing the show after that crazy cliffhanger at the end of last season, and you’ll be able to catch the entire 5th season September 23rd.

The Imitation Game (Coming Sept. 28th)

If you’re like me and missed this when it was in theatres, you’ll finally be able to see it at the end of the month on Netflix. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, it follows Alan Turing’s work with the UK government as a code breaker during WW2.

Marvel’s Luke Cage, Season 1 (Coming Sept. 30th)

The show that we’re all actually waiting for, Luke Cage is finally premiering at the end of September. If you watched Jessica Jones, you’ve been waiting for this since you figured out who Luke Cage is. If you haven’t watched Jessica Jones, you still have time before the Luke Cage premiere. And heck, watch Daredevil while you’re at it too!

Notables Leaving Netflix in September:

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Roman Holiday (Moving to Amazon)

Zoolander

Sept. 4th-11th:

Emperor’s New Groove

Lilo and Stitch

Fringe Seasons 1-5

How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Caddyshack

An absolute comedic classic, Caddyshack will be coming to Amazon streaming September 1st. If you’ve never seen it, definitely watch it.

Interview with a Vampire

Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, and Christian Slater all star in this 90s classic film version of Anne Rice’s classic vampire novel. Check out an awesome vampire movie with a promise of no sparkly vampires!

Doctor Who, Season 9 (Coming Sept. 5th)

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If you also forgot that Doctor Who moved to Amazon Instant Video, here’s a reminder! Season 9 will finally be available to catch up on, so break out some tea and get ready to DO WE OOOOO!!!

The Witch (Coming Sept. 17th)

An independent horror film that’s all about atmosphere and building up suspense, this film won quite a few independent film awards but received mixed reviews from audiences. If atmospheric suspense and supernatural happenings in colonial America sound good to you, though, give this film a shot.

Young Adult

A moody and thoroughly awkward struggling-through-life-in-your-thirties movie, Young Adult stars Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt. Worth a watch, if anything because of how uncomfortably realistic and embarrassing it is throughout, as well as for some fantastic performances from the two leads.

 

 

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300

THIS IS SPARTA! And also this is a fantastically stylistic cinematic version of a graphic novel by Frank Miller, directed by Zack Snyder.

Children of Men

I still remember chancing on this movie late one night while flipping channels, and it definitely got underneath my skin. If you’ve read the book by P.D. James or if you’re just curious, give this movie a shot. It’s gripping and terrifying, mostly because its content is handled in such an amazing way.

Rushmore

Are you a fan of Wes Anderson? If so, one of his earliest movies is coming to HBO Now/Go, and I recommend checking it out.

The Great Muppet Caper

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Oh nostalgia! This classic Muppet film from 1981 will be coming to HBO this month, so get ready for some childhood flashbacks. Bring some popcorn!

The Princess Diaries

A classic teen movie, if you’re in the mood for something lighthearted and fun, give this movie a watch and see Anne Hathaway’s fantastic breakout role as a girl who gets to be told by Julie Andrews that she’s actually a princess. Awkward teen situations and quirky girl things ensue.

 

For the full list of what’s coming this month, check out the source: http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/27/12666744/netflix-amazon-prime-hbo-now-new-movies-tv-shows-september-2016

Pokemon Go – Where Is It Now?

Last month, we had three great posts about the new big phenomenon – Pokemon Go. I’ll include a link to each of these at the end of this post. But it’s been a month and a half or so of the game now… where is it now?

I think it’s lost a lot of people, certainly a lot of daily constant play and obsession. It certainly lost Holly and I. On the other hand, I know of people (like podcast hosts I hear from) who are still playing, or in fact one at least who hasn’t returned to podcasting yet because of the game.

In many ways, it sounds like an incomplete game, with plans for future features. During this time, they were working on rolling out internationally and dealt with some of their big initial problems. It’s like the initial release of a game like World of Warcraft – big group expecting it, big group at the start, more than they expected. And the growing pains to go with that. We got into that game much later, which is a good time to get in, because those early growing pains can be difficult.

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