Sep 30, 2016

[Movies] Swiss Army Man (2016)

When it comes to those more art-style movies that seriously compete at film festivals, you can end up with some crazy stuff. And I definitely had that feeling when Tobie first showed me the trailer for Swiss Army Man.

The premise of the movie seemed pretty ridiculous - you have a guy trying to find his way home and finds a corpse. That corpse proves to be extremely useful for all sorts of functions like as a farting jetski or a seemingly spring-loaded  wood chopper. Why all this was happening or just how deluded the protagonist was for him to imagine these things were left in the full movie to explain.

I was not expecting to watch this movie with the office crew after work, but that's exactly what happened. I was intending to watch the movie together with Tobie but I certainly won't mind watching it again once we find the time for it.

Needless to say, I enjoyed it a lot.

Sep 29, 2016

[Comics] NerdSync Breaks Down the Clone Saga

The Clone Saga was a Spider-Man comic book crossover event that began ran from 1994-1996. It was the reason I quit reading Spider-Man comics entirely. Wikipedia calls it "one of the most controversial Spider-Man stories ever told" and is quite justified in that statement. And so I often look back at this story with very, very mixed feelings. As much as there was a lot to dislike about the event, it also gave us some great moments like Aunt May's (first) death and of course the unforgettable Ben Reilly.

It's 2016 and I've learned to appreciate what has happened to Spider-Man since that time. Sure, I still think more recent decisions were silly like Civil War and One More Day but not everything can be perfect. And yet the Clone Saga remains

In this episode of NerdSync, Scott Niswander tries to break down how the Clone Saga came to be and why it became such a mess in the end within 20 minutes. That seems long for a YouTube video, but this is already the condensed version of the story as told by many others, so this is still a great summary.

Watch, experience and share in my pain.

Why the SPIDER-MAN CLONE SAGA Sucks! || Comic Misconceptions || NerdSync

Sep 28, 2016

[Books] The Flux ('Mancer Book 2)

In these book universe created by Ferrett Steinmetz, the use of magic always come with a cost. And this book seems to be all about the price that 'mancers have to pay - and this is known as The Flux, which is also the title off the book. From the very first book the challenge was all about how 'mancers could manage their flux loads whenever they practice magic.

And for our dear protagonists, they have quite a lot of 'mancy to account for. And the biggest source of that magic is now a little girl, perhaps the youngest known 'mancer out there. And when you give such a young person so much power with equally significant consequences, you have a lot of potential danger.

This second book felt a lot smoother, as if Steinmetz was feeling more comfortable in his writing this time around. There are still some awkward narrative bits here and there, but that's understandable. The overall effect is still pretty awesome and quite a lot of fun, too. And that's really all that matters.

Sep 27, 2016

[Games] Adventure Time in LEGO Dimensions

With the release of LEGO Dimensions Year 2 upon us, let's take a moment to celebrate one of the more popular franchises coming to the game - Pendleton Ward's Adventure Time. Despite my amazing love for the show, I feel like that I have not written enough about the show and all of the great stuff that makes it so memorable. And it's nice to see the crazy character of the show immortalized in LEGO form in this way.

As before, the LEGO Dimensions Team has steadily released more videos featuring the characters in the game to get folks excited about the game.

And I'm feeling plenty excited after watching these character videos!

Sep 26, 2016

[TV] Voltes V and Other Classic Anime on iFlix!

As much as I love the original content on Netflix, regional streaming service iFlix has been getting seriously competitive in recent months. They already had a pretty competitive price point that certainly made adoption easier. But beyond that they've putting a lot of effort into expanding their content library, with both Western and regional content of interest.

So I kinda freaked out when we  got the update announcing that now iconic anime series like Voltes V were now available for watching. Beyond that, they even had the "original" Tagalog dubs that dredge up all these memories of my younger years watching some of these shows. It may not seem like a big thing, especially given how Voltes V was mainly a big thing here in the Philippines. But it just goes to show that iFlix is really thinking about their target markets and what shows may matter most.

In addition, iFlix has Voltes V focused booth this weekend at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) near Starbucks High Street on October 1-2 from 11:00am to 10:00pm, where you can get a chance to win Voltes V goodies and iFlix merchandise!

Check out the full press release below:

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