Mar 29, 2017

[Books] The Buried Life (Recoletta Book 1)

It's easy to stick to the fbook franchises and authors that I'm already familiar with, but there are only so many books left to read by any one author or franchise series at a time so I'm regularly looking for another books to get into.

The Angry Robot Books review program has given me access to a good number of interesting titles and has introduced me to many different authors. My latest read is The Buried Life, a new spin on telling a story in a post-apocalyptic future without really focusing on the post-apocalyptic part of things. Thus it leaves that as part of the setting and not part of the core story.

It's always tricky to get into a new series, even more a new author. But since I committed to reviewing books as a regular part of this blog, I've learned to be patient in order to allow the book time to reveal its story and go where it needs to go. Sometimes it pays off. Sometimes it doesn't.

But that's the whole point of reading, right?

Mar 28, 2017

[Movies] First Justice League Trailer

After going through the rather silly process of releasing individual teaser trailers in anticipation of the release of the full trailer on Saturday, the first full trailer for the Justice League movie hit the internet. Given my general dislike for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I haven't been playing too much attention to the developments around this movie.

On the whole, we're finally seeing the members of the new Justice League fight off some parademons, as pretty much promised by the visions of the future that Batman had in the prior movie. Batman still seems a little heavy on the weapons while Aquaman is pretty much Khal Drogo with fish scales. Wonder Woman is divine while Superman remains distinctly absent. I know he's supposed to be dead, but does anyone really believe that Superman won't be a part of this Justice League movie somehow? The Flash is looking a little awkward while Cyborg may become this movie's Green Lantern horror given all the CGI involved.

DC seems determined to present this as a fun movie given the now standard practice of cueing the action in the trailer to the old school selected to accompany the clips. But we'll see what the final movie is like - it's still a Zack Snyder movie after all.

JUSTICE LEAGUE - Official Trailer 1

Mar 27, 2017

[Theater] In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play (Repertory Philippines)

Completing this year's regular season for Repertory Philippines is In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. I love a good comedy and this one seemed promising enough given it's deliberately sexual flavor to its humor. And in these trying times, we could all use a good comedy.

But the play turned out to be a lot more than just cheap comedy, which I suppose is to be expected from Repertory Philippines at this point. They do have a knack for finding some interesting plays to stage. Slapstick is easy but good comedies like this that need you to think as well are a little harder to come by. And they're also tricky to execute well.

I really enjoyed this production, and I was glad that we had a good experience with the opening weekend. I tend to steer away from the first weekend as I still expect a lot of technical errors or other goofs that come along during the first weekend of performances. But in this case it was a great matinee with a pretty respectably large audience for a Sunday show and we're all the better for it.

Mar 24, 2017

[Movies] The Iron Giant (1999)

Featuring the 107 Facts video for The Iron Giant had me missing the movie something fierce. Thankfully iFlix had it in their movie library, so that saved me the effort of scouring the web for a way to get a copy off the movie. Oh the joys of streaming entertainment services.

And how can you not love this movie? After all it's quite the epic tale about a giant robot from outer space, but at the same time it's a wonderfully grounded story that's ultimately about a boy. Plus it's pre-Pixar creation by the now legendary Brad Bird that already follows his principle of telling stories with key focus on characters.

And again, it's a movie with a giant robot. How can you not appreciate a giant robot? Sure, I obviously have a thing for robots large and small, but that's beside the point. Giant robots are fun, and there's something even more fun about a giant robot who still has that retro look despite being pretty powerful given his extraterrestrial origins.

Totally cool.

Mar 23, 2017

[Doctor Who] The Road to Season 10

So I've been dancing around staying more in tune with the updates and spoiler discussions related to the upcoming 10th season of the new Doctor Who series, but one can only resist for so long. But the new season brings with it a new companion in the form of Pearl Mackie playing Bill Potts with Matt Lucas' Nardole also in the team. I'm not sure how to feel about these things.

But the teasers and trailer videos leading up to the April premiere of the new series are certainly getting more and more exciting with some interesting images including someone says saying EXTERMINATE and what appears to be an old school Cyberman from the Classic era. What could it all mean?

Series 10 Teaser - Doctor Who - BBC

Series 10 Teaser "A Time For Heroes" - Doctor Who

Series 10 Trailer - Doctor Who
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