Mar 21, 2018

[Movies] Fullmetal Alchemist (2018) Review

As a pretty big fan of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime series, the news of a live-action movie had me cautiously optimistic. I had rather enjoyed the Samurai X live-action movies as they were a nice balance of honoring the manga or the anime that inspired it while also making the most of the movie medium. So that gave me more hope than had some American production company  tried to do this - remember the horrors of the American Death Note?

Fullmetal Alchemist as a movie mostly based on the manga series of the same name. As the movie's story spans several issues of the original comic, it contains a condensed amalgamation of multiple stories brought together into a more or less coherent narrative.

There's a lot to love about this movie but there were a lot of opportunities as well, so it's hard to say how things really went down here. They covered a lot of ground but maybe the should have left room for other stories or something. Or future movies even?

Mar 20, 2018

[Video] Avengers: Infinity War New Trailer

Avengers: Infinity War has already broken the record for superhero movie pre-sales set earlier this year by Black Panther.

So what may be the final official trailer for Avengers: Infinity War dropped over the weekend including variants of the awesome poster art above. There's a heck of a lot of information to process in this trailer and I had to watch it a couple of times in succession before I felt satisfied that I had seen most of it. But apparently I had still missed stuff.

But even if you're not combing over the trailer for every possible detail of the movie to come, it's still pretty exciting since it shows a LOT of the action in the movie.

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War - Official Trailer

io9 has already picked apart the trailer better than I can, so you might as well check out their break-down for your reference. April can't come soon enough!

Mar 19, 2018

[Books] Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Adventures - 11th Doctor Audio Originals Audible Review

Given my enjoyment with the Tenth Doctor Adventures audio book, I suppose it was only natural that I'd eventually check out the similar title for the Eleventh Doctor. I just wasn't quite as prepared for how much longer this book would be given the significantly higher story count this time around.

But this diverse collection is sort of all over the place in terms of Doctor Who stories, as is the nature of any anthology. There's perhaps a little something for everyone, but at the same time I felt like the Tenth Doctor collection had been a little tighter in terms of how it selected stories versus this one.

It's still quite the amazing collection of original Doctor Who adventures and one that is totally worth an Audible credit at the very least.

Mar 16, 2018

[TV] Zumbo's Just Desserts: Season 1 Review

Netflix introduces us to a weird variety of shows. Scanning their library of documentaries and reality TV shows is sort of the new channel surfing experience for us in this post cable TV life and I don't regret it. There are a nunber of shows that will surprise you in a nicely positive way.

That was what happened to us with Zumbo's Just Desserts, which we had expected to be just like the many other cooking-related competition shows out there. But now many of the tropes of the genre are pretty familiar and the reality TV framework sort of nudges folks in almost predictable directions given a particular setup.

But this show felt rather fresh as it was pretty much centered on the titular chef and his unique brand of creativity as applied to his dessert creations. All cooking fields have their distinct flavors and nuances in terms of overall style and how they present on TV. But this show tried to give things a distinct slant that may not necessarily feel 100% original in all aspects but it's certainly fun to watch.

Mar 15, 2018

[Videos] John Oliver on the Risks of Cyptocurrencies

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies continue to gain popularity despite many of the same people not fully understanding what exactly they're buying into when they invest. So I suppose it was only a matter of time before the likes of John Oliver would address the cryptocurrency market in his show Last Week Tonight and the resulting video wasn't necessarily a glowing review.

But in this typical style he does his best to break down the complex concepts behind the cryptocurrency market into terms that people can understand along with rather colorful metaphors and internet-friendly imagery, if you get my drift. The video runs for over 25 minutesd but it is totally worth your time and attention if you wanted to have a decent understanding of what this whole business is about and from there you can decide whether or not you want dip your toes into this particular pool.

Cryptocurrencies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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