December 1st, 2015
Admiral, there be dinosaurs here! Yes, I finally got around to seeing Jurassic World, now that it’s out on Blu-Ray, and even though I admit I was a bit hesitant, after all, the majority of sequels aren’t particularly good, especially in this franchise where they’ve had two quite poor follow ups, but I kept my fingers crossed and amazingly, this was a pretty good flick. Not perfect by any means, but pretty good nonetheless.
So grab your motorcycle and race the raptors and let’s see what makes this flick tick.
November 29th, 2015
Every now and then, I like reading a good YA novel. There’s really nothing wrong with them, they can be just as engrossing and entertaining as an adult novel, just aimed at a younger audience. Seeing how much I enjoyed the last series of Guillermo del Toro books I read, I figured this new one ought to be fun as well and it didn’t disappoint.
If you love movies like Goonies, this is going to make you smile because it hits all the same beats. Kids out killing trolls and saving humanity? What could be better? So let’s look at Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus’s Trollhunters.
November 28th, 2015
Sure, there’s something you see every day! Captain America riding a T-Rex. Now I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really a fan of the original Planet Hulk event that Marvel did years ago, but I’ve only been an on-again-off-again Hulk fan for a very long time. Casting Hulk leading an entire planet of Hulks isn’t really my thing, Hulk is something best taken in small doses so I really wasn’t sure what to expect here. I just knew it was yet another spin-off of Secret Wars and decided what the heck?
So I leap into this five-issue mini that explores some of the aftermath of Secret Wars and asks, can you ever really have too much Hulk?
November 26th, 2015
It’s been a really long time since I did a belated review, mostly because I haven’t seen any of the summer movies until now. But since no TV series are ending and I need something to do on Thursdays, I’ll drop some reviews, this time for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, that came out back in May, but just hit Bluray.
Now I loved the first Avengers film, not quite as much as things like the first Iron Man, but I am a fan of most of the Marvel movies so you might think this is a lock, but it wasn’t as good as the first movie or a lot of others that I’ve seen. In any case, let’s take a look at Avengers: Age of Ultron and see what’s what.
November 24th, 2015
Every once in a while, The Dice Tower podcast has a good idea. It’s rare, frankly, I think they’re one of the worst offenders in this ridiculous “cult of the new” madness that has afflicted hobby board gaming, but occasionally, they hit a gem. A while back, Tom and Eric talked about games that they would never ever remove from their collections, even if they never played them again and I thought that was a really interesting topic, so here are my three games that are in my collection forever and ever, no matter what.
November 22nd, 2015
You might recall, in my review of The Last Colony, I said that John Scalzi was ending his Old Man’s War series and letting the characters retire in peace. Well, not so much. In fact, due to popular demand, he brought back the series, at least from the perspective of Zoe, the daughter. Now I don’t really mind so much, I like the universe and while Zoe isn’t my favorite by any means, I can deal with her. So he’s really given us a new book, telling The Last Colony from her side of the story. Is it good? Let’s find out!
November 21st, 2015
Following my review of the first Witcher mini-series, “House of Glass”, I liked it well enough but it wasn’t anything phenomenal. It was, however, enough to make me pick up the second when I saw that “Fox Children” was coming out.
This time, Geralt and his companion Addario, a fat dwarf with very little moderation of his mouth, find themselves in a swamp with no way out except signing onto a ship on a “rescue” mission. But who is really going to need rescuing? Let’s find out as I take a look at this 5-issue mini-series.
November 19th, 2015
There are some shows that stay great forever, things like Castle and Psych come to mind. Then there are shows that never really started strong and go downhill from there, shows like Under the Dome and Revolution. And then there are the shows that I’m talking about here, shows that start out fantastic, run for a season or two and go straight to hell. They go from being one of my favorite shows to one that I really can’t stand and often drop, or just stick with out of sympathy for how it used to be in the good old days. These are shows like Continuum, Orphan Black and the original Heroes.
I started thinking about this after Continuum came back and we re-watched the first season of Heroes in anticipation for the upcoming Heroes Reborn. Why, oh why did these shows go on as long as they did?
November 17th, 2015
This isn’t rocket science but I’m amazed at how many people just can’t figure out that what they’re doing is absolutely wrong and patently illegal and think that the copyright owners are somehow cracking down on them unfairly.
But instead of acknowledging that they are doing anything wrong, they’re trying to skirt the system so they can keep making that sweet, sweet illegal money. What the hell is wrong with these people?
November 15th, 2015
Welcome to book four in the Jumper series by Steven Gould. We pick up a bit after the end of the last book, Impulse, which I reviewed here, with the further adventures of Cent, the teleporting girl, as she tries to break the final frontier, jumping into space.
But as these books have gone on, they’ve started to drift away from their core, a family of jumpers who are being hunted by the evil Daarkon organization, headed by Hyacinth Pope. In fact, this time, Daarkon and Pope don’t really show up until the last 50 pages. Does that affect my enjoyment of the book? Let’s find out as I go looking at Exo.