Jan 19, 2018

[Books] Stardust (BBC Radio 4) Audible Review

Stardust is a Neil Gaiman creation that has existed in so many forms that I have lost track of all of them. We know there's the orginal book but there's also at least one graphic novel adaptation and of course there's also the live-action movie.

But given the continued longevity of BBC Radio when it comes to bringing various works of fiction to life, we now have yet another version of the Stardust story to enjoy. This is more than just an audiobook - in fact it's a full-cast dramatisation of the work with a very diverse set of voice talents helping to bring the story to life.

This was originally released on BBC Radio 4 but was later distributed as an audiobook, which is how I came around to listening to it, finally.

Jan 18, 2018

[Videos] 107 Facts About Cuphead

Cuphead was the posterchild of the indie scene last year as an odd run and gun game that celebrated the old Fleischer cartoons in terms of aesthetic and styling. Boss fights just seem to keep coming one after the other as you get through this rather challenging game.

So it was only a matter of time that ChannelFrederator's The Leaderboard would get around to running a 107 facts video to celebrate this truly novel game.

107 Cuphead Facts YOU Should Know!!! | The Leaderboard

Jan 17, 2018

[Books] Will Grayson, Will Grayson Audible Review

In my efforts to read more fiction, one of the tiles that inevitably came up on my list was Will Grayson,Will Grayson, a novel written by two giants in the young adult fiction mark - John Green and David Levithan.

I had at last read Levithan's Boy Meets Boy along with Every Day, but I can't say that I'm all that impressed. His often idealistic representations of LGBT-friendly utopias are a bit of a stretch and while seemingly give hope for the future can also set some troublesome expectations. He hasn't been significantly harmful but it doesn't quite set realistic expectations either.

I ended up with the Audible version of this book because yet another of the many, many sales that the site runs for its members. It was, at least, an interesting "reading" experience.

Jan 16, 2018

[Videos] Black Mirror Season 4 Featurettes

So you've already finished the short but traumatic binge-watch of Black Mirror's fourth season on Netflix. Now what? Well, apart from re-watching the entire series run thus far, you can also opt watch these per-episode featurette videos looking into some of the nuances of telling each story.

Don't complain, they're about a minute long, so that's really not much. This is scraping the bottom of the barrel for more Black Mirror content until another season comes along.

Jan 15, 2018

[Movies] Dream Boat (2017) Review

The gay cruise is a concept that I've yet to fully wrap my head around. Then again, it's not like I understand why people go on cruises, period. But it really does seem to be a major thing as we are all reminded whenever Al and Chuck Travel sponsor something on shows like RuPaul's Drag Race.

Enter Dream Boat, a documentary about gay cruises that popped up in our Netflix suggestions. It wasn't an American documentary, which sort of added an interesting angle to it as well as it'll often feel like most LGBT-related documentaries seem to be American in nature and thus very US-centric. This one follows a more international crew with gay men from many different parts of the world all on a single cruise ship.

This felt like one of those more low-key documentaries that didn't quite want to push a particular agenda or message. So we get a very slice-of-life approach to things and a heck of a lot of individual interviews as opposed to narration by some unseen observer or something else like that.

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