Apr 26, 2017

[TV] Grace and Frankie: Season 3

I didn't expect to get into Grace and Frankie as much as I have and I've even dragged my partner Tobie into the mix of things. But the show has proven to be quite funny and very thoughtfully written, which is seen in how the show has made it to a third season on Netflix.

Grace and Frankie is a brilliant examination of life in one's older years through the lens of wry comedy. It's not the kind of show that needs sight gags and slapstick humor to drive home jokes. Instead it's the sort of comedy that makes you laugh because things are so relatable - and how they manage to make the problems of the older generation relatable to younger people is part of the magic of the show.

And let's face it the primary cast is amazingly talented and great at balancing both comedy and drama as needed throughout the episodes. And this third season really has a lot of both aspects coloring its story arcs in its usual low-key yet funny way.

Apr 25, 2017

[Movies] Batman and Harley Quinn First Trailer


So surprisingly a trailer and featurette video came out over the weekend to promote Batman and Harley, a new DC Universe Animated Original Movie coming out this year. What is pretty distinct about this release beyond the involvement of Bruce Timm is the fact that it's being done in the style of Batman: The Animated Series and not the gritty look of more recent releases.

While recent releases like Batman: The Killing Joke wasn't quite the best Bruce Timm project but maybe this movie will feel closer to that 90's cartoon we all grew up with. It once again features Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman but with the surprise casting of The Big Bang Theory's Melissa Rauch voicing Harley Quinn!

You can learn more about the project in the video below:


BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN Official Trailer Teaser + Featurette (2017) DC Superhero Animated Movie HD

Apr 24, 2017

[Books] The Rise of Io

As much as I have enjoyed Wesley Chu's The Lives of Tao series of books, I was starting to think that the life of the franchise was coming to an end. with Chu already trying to branch out with books like Time Salvager so maybe all the stories of Tao have been told?

The Rise of Io is a very aptly named book as it's the first in the series to focus on another Quasling other than Tao. Now we have Io, a Quasling who may not be as famous and historically relevant as Tao but perhaps could be much more given the chance. And how this book explores this sort of twist to things as different from the core Tao books.

And the book is solidly set in the same book universe as the big war between the Prophus and the Genjix is now an actual event know as the Alien World War. And how things have changed around the world because  of the now open conflict between the alien factions. Thus more and more it's clear that there's still plenty of story left in this setting for Chu to tell.

Apr 21, 2017

[Movies] Passengers (2016)

Tobie and I love Chris Pratt. His adorkable charm won us over back during his Parks and Recreation Days and him bulking up for Guardians of the Galaxy was really just a bit of a bonus. But beyond his looks, he's quite the crazy character on social media and that just endears him to us further. However we're not big enough fans to blindly watch anything that he stars in no matter how cute he is.

Passengers initially got us excited but in time the early reviews got us worried and so we deferred watching it at a cinema and instead watched it at home. As much as I love a good science fiction movie, this one was pretty vague about its premise in the trailers and didn't given enough material to get me truly excited.

And then we saw the movie and saw some pretty problematic parts of the overall narrative and things just a little weird from that point on. The movie has its good points and its enjoyable moments but it was still hard to shake off the big twist when it came along.

Apr 20, 2017

[TV] Kimmy Schmidt Season 3 Full Trailer


Not long after a friend and I were trading Kimmy Schmidt GIFs on Twitter did the news break that the first trailer for season 3 of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt hit the internet in all of its glory.

Now this is not to be confused with the Titus-centric, Lemonade-inspired teaser video:


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season 3 | Teaser [HD] | Netflix

As fun as that was (because Titus will always be divine!), now I'm talking about a full-on trailer for the new season that debuts this May! And the main focus - Kimmy is going to college!

Insert squees here.


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt | Season 3 Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

So much awesome television in the weeks to come!
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