Feb 22, 2018

[Videos] 107 Facts About Fullmetal Alchemist

In celebration of the release of the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie on Netflix along with the first Fullmetal Alchemist cartoon and it's follow-up, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, I thought it might be fun to dig up this ChannelFrederator 107 facts list about the franchise.

FMA remains to be one of my favorite anime shows and it'll be interesting to see what kind of new interest the movie will bring to the franchise combined with the Netflix distribution of the cartoons. I for one will definitely re-watch the original shows for the full enjoyment of it all.

107 Fullmetal Alchemist Facts YOU Should Know - (ToonedUp #126) | ChannelFrederator

Feb 21, 2018

[TV] Grace and Frankie: Season 4 Review

Whenever a new season of Grace and Frankie hits Netflix, we're fairly quick to try to find time to watch it as soon as possible. And the way things ended with the third season certainly had us pretty excited to find out what would happen next. And with a duo like this, what can go wrong, right?

Like the other seasons before, the show continues to have a surprising number of levels to its stories and the many different issues it tries to tackle across the season and even within the individual episodes. And it's that richness to the writing that I love so much about this show.

I like things are evolving for more of the characters and not just are titular protagonists. There's a lot going on with pretty much everyone and how they try to balace things out and yet move the sort of "main" plot forward is a fascinating part of the whoe narrative experience of this show. But that's what keeps us coming back season after season.

Feb 20, 2018

[Games] Carcassonne: Abbey & Mayor Review

I recently picked up a few mini-expansions for Carcassonne and that got me remembering the fact that I still haven't written reviews for all the sets that we do have. There's still a lot to cover, but I'll eventually get around to it I'm sure.

Carcasonne: Abbey & Mayor is one of those expansions that we don't get to play with as much as it's a little more straightforward to explain the mechanics of other expansions more than this one. This doesn't necessarily make this a bad one to add to you collection, just one that feels a little tricky but also doesn't quite add someting mind-blowing to the game either.

I'm expecting to see more expansions released in the coming months given how the English publising license has moved from Rio Grande Games to Z-Man Games. We've already seen a subtle change to the look and feel of the tiles with the new releases and I'm on the fence about it. But I am curious to see what German-only releases they'll eventually publish in English.

Feb 19, 2018

[Movies] House of Z (2016) Review

I'm super loving Netflix's library of documentaries as they make for some really interesting random viewing on quieter nights at home. Movies are a little harder to pick at random since you don't want that time to get wasted on a possibly lousy one. But with documentaries your chances for someting decent or at least something informative are pretty high.

House of Z is a documentary about fashion designer Zac Posen, who we mainly know from his time on Project Runway, admittedly. It's clear that he has worked in fashion but I had never bothered to look into his professional history all that deeply. This documentary addressed that.

I was rather surprised to learn that his history is as colorful as it turns out to be, but then again the fashion industry can be pretty cutthroat at times. Zac Posen's story is a fascinating and detailed demonstration of this principle. And his participation in this documentary opened the doors to a lot of insights and some great photos from his childhood and other periods of his life.

Feb 16, 2018

[Movies] Black Panther (2018) Review

When I first heard that Marvel had plans of making a Black Panther movie, you can't fault me for being skeptical about the project. While being one of the oldest Marvel characters, he still wasn't the most popular one around for obvious reasons.

But given the colorful politcal times we live in, perhaps Black Panther is in fact the perfect movie for these times. And one that recognized its value beyond just telling a classic superhero story and thus elevated itself into something else entirely.

This movie is a celebration of a culture that doesn't always represented well in Hollywood. It's still faithful to many concepts from the comics but it's also a clever statement on many issues of our times presented in a masterful way.

This movie does an amazing job of showcasing precisely why Black  Panther is such an awesome character and why he has remained a mainstay of the Marvel Universe for so long. And this movie will only elevate him into something far greater.

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