Jul 24, 2017

[Movies] Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

So Tobie and I both love the movie The Fifth Element. Luc Besson's crazy, vibrant vision of a possible future that is both alien and familiar was a heck of a lot of fun and it's that energy and dynamism that we really liked. We will never get tired of saying "multi-pass!" whenever we can find excuses to do so.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is his latest science fiction movie project that apparently was something that he has wanted to do since around the time of The Fifth Element but the technology just wasn't there yet. But with advances in special effects capabilities, the movie is certainly possible.

As much as we love Luc Besson, we also know he can be a little hit or miss when it comes to his creations. His visual style is always something worth celebrating and he really knows how to paint movies in visual ways. But some of his writing quirks may not work too well on an international stage and thus making his stories harder to understand or even appreciate.

Jul 21, 2017

[Books] Wishful Drinking - Audible Review

My explorations of Audible's biographical offerings continue with one audio book after another. I'm generally enjoying learning about the lives of various geeky stars, although I have apparently ended up with mostly titles crafted by women. As much as they're all geeky women, they're women nonetheless. What a funny coincidence.

Wishful Drinking is an interesting biographical piece as it began as a stage show for Carrie Fisher, who clearly has a flair for humor and some good-natured, self-depreciating humor to boot. Then again I suppose a lot of comics, especially that brave the rigors of stand-up, eventually add this comedic skill to their wheelhouse.

But the timing of this book is rather interesting and it adds another level of vulnerability or perhaps more a sense of being genuine or something to this book. It makes for a great listening experience.

Jul 20, 2017

[Books] Damnation (The Burned Man #3) Review

So Damnation is the latest chapter in an adventure that started with Drake and continued in Dominion. I had kind of expected this to be a trilogy, but it's not and there's still a lot of story to be had for our diabolist friend Don Drake.

While I can't say that I've become a solid fan of the series just yet, I have been enjoying this series as part of Angry Robot Books' review program. McLean has a quirky vision of what he wants to achieve in these books and it does get rather interesting to see where things might go. And he's been building up to something fairly big across the first two books and this one is where he cashes in a lot of those chips, so to speak.

I think this series could have tied things up a bit more as a trilogy. With tighter writing and a bit more narrative direction (and editing), a little less fluff and a bit more focus might have resulted in a firmer story. Then again, this is Drake's story and he does seem to be the sort of character to resist and true structure or form, even when a character in a book.

Jul 19, 2017

[TV] American Gods: Season 1 Review

Wow, I added this to my review queue as soon as we had finished the last episode, but I'm not entirely sure I'm ready for this review. There's just so much to unpack here, but I'll soldier on and do my best to write about this singular television experience.

Today we're going to talk about the first season of the American Gods TV adaptation. I super loved the book as it's the title that got me into Neil Gaiman and it has influenced most of my on-again, off-again attempts at short story writing over the years.

So yeah this is a big deal.

Long story short, I'm loving the TV show far. And this isn't just me liking the show on its own merits and trying to forget that I had ever read the book. No this is me as a huge fan of the book loving the series because I never thought adapting it would have been possible and here it is going way beyond all my expectations.

You don't get that sense of fan satisfaction every day. So I may gush a little.

Jul 18, 2017

[TV] The New Doctor (Who) is a Woman!

It has been officially revealed that the next incarnation of the titular Doctor for Doctor Who is in fact a woman in the form of Broadchurch actress Jodie Whitaker!

Meet the Thirteenth Doctor - Doctor Who

Not that gender has ever been a big thing in terms of defining who the Doctor is.

And it's not we didn't just establish that Time Lord regenerations can't including switching biological genders such as in the case of the Master becoming "Missy" the Mistress.

And it's not like we haven't had strong Time Lady characters in the show like Romana and the Rani from the Classic series and others.

So yes, it's a rather exciting time for the Doctor Who franchise! I can't see what to see what new adventures she has for us.

Thirteenth Doctor Reaction - Doctor Who: The Fan Show

Alex Kingston reaction finding out Jodie Whittacker is the 13th Doctor
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