Nov 30, 2015

[Movies] Terminator: Genisys (2015)

It's hard to figure out what they want to do with the Terminator movie franchise. It seems that every new iteration added to the long line-up of movies just gets stranger and stranger - it's like we've lost the ability to figure out how to tell stories this setting and thus they just throw whatever they can into the mix to see what might come out.

Terminator Genisys demonstrates that not only have they forgotten how to spell, but they've also reached a new level of retcon ridiculousness as they've begun to extensively re-write their own story in order to come up with a completely new reality that doesn't make all that much sense. And they continue to find ways to drag in Arnold into all this. It's getting really sad.

I certainly wasn't excited enough to try and catch this movie while it was in theaters and didn't exactly race to catch it on home video either. But I've already seen all the other movies and The Sarah Connor Chronicles and so it's hard not to be a total completest about this series. The end result wasn't too terrible, but it was still disappointing.

Nov 29, 2015

[Pink Scene] QC LGBT Pride March 2015

This year's QC LGBT Pride March will be this Saturday, December 5, 2015. Registration starts at 02:00pm at Tomas Morato corner Don Roces Avenue.

In addition, this year's street party after the march itself will be handled by Jungle Circuit Party. The street party will not charge entrance and features several DJs including DJ Brian Cua, Billboard # 1 remixer DJ Toy Armada, DJ Poi, Brazilian DJ Romeo Cavalcante and International Circuit DJ Jay Santos!

Nov 27, 2015

[Movies] Mortal Kombat (1995)

During the rise of fighting games on video game consoles, there were generally two main schools of thought at first. You have the CAPCOM players who loved the Street Fighter series like nothing else with their consistent move sequences that applied across multiple characters. But then came along the Mortal Kombat series that really tested the limits of just how gory a video game can be. The games seem a little tame by today's standards, but you kinda get the idea of what they were all about.

But strangely enough the game actually had enough of a plot tying things together for someone to think that making a movie out of all this was a good idea. And thus in 1995, we got the first Mortal Kombat movie. And since I say first it means that this thing actually managed to get a sequel.

Now this was well within the period of video game movies being almost guaranteed to be bad. And while I still don't think this movie was absolutely terribly, it definitely left a lot to be desired.

Nov 26, 2015

[TV] Hustle: Season 1

It was thanks to Tobie that I got into the show Leverage some time back and it was certainly a fun run with crime. Thus it only makes sense that it's thanks Tobie again that I've just gotten started on an older show, Hustle, that seems to be cut from the same cloth in many respects.

But don't confuse that statement to mean that all shows about criminals pulling heists for whatever reason are the same. As is often the case when you compare UK and US versions of a similar theme, you will end up with drastically different shows. And where Leverage tried to establish itself as a Robin Hood scenario where you have thieves trying to balance the scales for the mistreated and such, Hustle is quite different instead.

There's a lot of differences between the two shows that go beyond that little quirk and I'm sure we'll continue to explore these notions as we get through the series. And things are just getting warmed up.

Nov 25, 2015

[Games] Smash Up: The Obligatory Cthulhu Set

I've been wondering how to handle the remaining Smash Up expansion reviews since each new set just adds more factions and not much else. The core game mechanics remain the same and we're not exactly getting new rules, more like new keywords associated with this faction or that one. Should I still write a lengthy piece or should I just make something quick and dirty? Decisions, decisions...

But at least for the Smash Up: The Obligatory Cthulhu Set, I'll try to spend a bit more time. This expansion stands somewhat apart from all the others in terms of flavor, game mechanics and overall feel. And that's pretty special.

Now I have to admit that I was never all that much into the whole Lovecraft deal but it's hard to escape its influence in the geek world. In many ways, this expansion is quite the public acknowledgement of this fact and the role Cthulhu and the other elder gods play in popular geek culture. And so in that sense, the self-aware nature of this set is intrinsic to its charm.

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