May 31st, 2016
Sometimes something about a movie just appeals to you for some reason and other times, you know exactly why you’re watching. In this case, it is the latter and we wanted to see this movie specifically because it starred Hiroshi Abe, probably my favorite male Japanese actor. I’d watch this guy gargle. So we have a detective film, based on a book by Keigo Higashino, whose books also gave rise to things like Galileo and Shinzanmono, which this movie is related to, how could we possibly go wrong? Therefore, let’s take a look at The Wings of the Kirin.
May 29th, 2016
Well, the time has come to pack up my woodworking shop and move to a new house. After 17 years here, we just bought a new house, a much nicer house in a much better place, and one of the things that I get out of the deal is a nice, new shop. So it’s packing up 16 years of tool purchases and making the trek. This ought to be fun.
May 28th, 2016
I can’t say I’ve ever really been a fan of X-23. She was just created to cash in on Wolverine’s popularity (and she’s not alone, there are plenty of Wolverine-esqe characters in the Marvel Universe). And I’m not wild about just having someone step into the suit, that’s what DC does and I’ve written many times that I hate it. There doesn’t need to be an “all-new” Wolverine. If he’s dead, or old, then let the character die and just create new ones. From a story-telling perspective, that has been and always will be my position.
But Laura Kinney is now “Wolverine” so let’s see how this goes.
May 26th, 2016
I noticed something about this series. Last year, my wife and I burned through Daredevil in a couple of nights, we couldn’t wait to get to the next episode, but this year, not so much. We watched the first couple, then… we didn’t. We’d go days between watching one. Sometimes a week. Sometimes more. It wasn’t that the show was bad, there just wasn’t the drive to get through it this year. I don’t know what that means, or if it means anything, maybe we’ve just been there, done that, but it is an observation I made.
But that said, let’s get into season two of Daredevil!
May 24th, 2016
I come across some really weird movies sometimes, but when it’s directed by Takahshi Miike, at least you know what you’re getting int0. He’s done movies like Ichi the Killer, Yatterman and one of my all-time favorites, Zebraman. And now he’s doing an undercover cop flick.
Well not any undercover cop, but the worst cop ever. So let’s take a look at The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji and see how far down the rabbit hole it all goes.
May 22nd, 2016
Having been playing these silly tablet app games for a long time now, there’s one thing that I’ve grown to really hate, to the point of considering dropping a couple of games that require it. That happens to be the ridiculous treadmill that some games require that you keep running on to get ahead, a treadmill you just can’t get off of and can’t opt out of. It’s a part of app gaming that I find eminently frustrating.
May 21st, 2016
I’ve been a fan of Cyborg since his first appearance in DC Comics Presents #26 in 1980, a preview for the upcoming New Teen Titans. As one of the core members of the Titans, at least that incarnation, he’s been among my favorites, largely because he’s a regular guy who responded to adversity, not by feeling sorry for himself, but by adapting to his new reality and using it to better himself. He’s gone through a lot of different changes over the years, from being a lower tier character to becoming one of the founding members of the Justice League during DC’s 2011 continuity reboot. Not bad Vic, not bad.
May 19th, 2016
The Japanese really have a thing for locked room mysteries that I just don’t understand. Sure, they’re a staple of murder mysteries, but this borders on obsession. So here we have another mystery series that is entirely made up of locked room mysteries.
Or is it? Let’s see what we can make of The Perfect Insider.
May 17th, 2016
This is something I don’t get, to be honest. In a number of discussions over on a woodworking forum, people were variously looking for opinions on how different people handled different problems and invariably, there is always someone who brings up the most ludicrous possibility, as though we ought to seriously consider it when making decisions.
Here’s a thought… don’t do stupid things!
May 15th, 2016
This may be heresy to some, but I really never got at all excited about this movie. I’m not excited about any of the Star Wars movies that Disney is doing. I just don’t care. As I’ve said before, to me, Star Wars ended in 1983 and anything since is something else. But I pick up a lot of movies and when it came close to the time that The Force Awakens was supposed to be released on Blu ray came along, it was cheap on Amazon so I ordered it. And while I was at it, I ordered a couple of “add on” items, things that Amazon says are so inexpensive that it makes no sense to ship them separately, so you can only get them if you order with a minimum order, I think it’s $25, and I made over that. Then, Amazon ships all three things I ordered separately, including the things that were too cheap to ship on their own. Good job Amazon. But I don’t care, that’s their problem.