Due to the fact we will no longer be able to have DirecTV starting next year (HOA installing new roofs and decreeing that no dishes can be mounted on the roof anymore), Katie and I have been researching new means by which to consume visual entertainment.
Being that this is Halloween, it's a good time to talk about those things that terrify us beyond comprehension. Yes, I'm going there. I'm sorry but you'll just have to deal with it. And mine is made all the more timely because I just finished watching season one of Lore on Amazon Prime (you might be familiar with this name because of my Kevin's 7 Podcast lists of the last couple years - 2017 | 2016) and the final episode ("Unboxed") was all about dolls.
Recently, I picked up a habit from a coworker. That being that I will keep my laptop open and serving as a second screen to my large monitor. On that second screen, I’ll run videos from MoviesAnywhere, Apple’s TV app, or Netflix.
Much like the mistake I made with my initial Disney/Pixar rankings post, when I ranked the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films a couple months ago, I forgot to explain why I put them where I did. Time to rectify that mistake.
The other day, Nathan came home from school with a new book checked out from his library. It was titled DC Super Pets: Royal Rodent Rescue.
I'm not sure how closely you follow the news, but Disney was recently cleared to acquire 21st Century Fox, including the 20th Century Fox film catalog and rights to a lot of iconic characters. Oh yeah, and Disney already owns the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Translation: The X-Men and the Fantastic Four and the Avengers can finally work together, like they always have in the comics.
Shortly before Katie and I got married in 2001, CBS introduced a new entry in the Star Trek television universe known as Star Trek: Enterprise. I was pretty gung-ho in favor of it.
At one point tonight, the Chicago Bears were actually up 20-0 over their divisional rivals the Green Bay Packers.
After a long day of swim lessons and re-organizing our media collection and nearly destroying our oven door (don’t ask), we decided to relax at home with the ol’ Nintendo GameCube.
Another weekend, another free trial of a movie channel courtesy of DirecTV.
Over the course of the last four (or five?) days, I've rewatched or finished watching both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Avengers: Age of Ultron. I've changed my tune slightly with The Last Jedi and need to add Ultron to the rankings overall. So here's a little explanation...
It's pretty nice that we have such a reliable network connection that is so uncongested that we can stream video while we work. I logged into MoviesAnywhere.com and streamed Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2 on a second screen while doing some QC on my other screen. Even just listening to it is a pretty amazing experience.
Katie and I were watching TV in bed tonight flipping through the program guide when I saw Point Break. I told Katie how I had never seen it.
Wanna know what really sucks? Getting an email from Spotify announcing the arrival of...
A couple months ago, I created my ranking list for Disney/Pixar films. Then I realized that all I did was make a list. I gave no rationale for the rankings whatsoever. This might be a good time to remedy that. So, below, please find my original ranking list appended with a brief reason why...
I want to do another list! I think I need to rank some other related stuff! But what? Hmmmm...
It’s been a week, I’ve let it all settle in, and now I feel ready to recap my return to the Pitchfork Music Festival (day 3). I guess I could’ve saved this for Tu(n)esday, but, I needed a post so, well...
How many of you remember oh-so-many years ago when I ran a pre-Goodreads book review site called Fun With Dead Trees? Probably not too many, I would think.
Don’t mind me. My brain is still recovering from the sonic boom that is Pitchfork Music Festival. I promise I’ll be back with something a little more substantive soon.
Question for y'all... are you fans of the Tomb Raider movies?
When we're offered a free day, couple of days, weekend, week, or month with a free trial of a premium movie channel, we tend to pore (You see that, 45? "Pore," not "pour.") over the viewing guide and set recordings on our DVR. This was no different this weekend with a free four-day trial of HBO and Cinemax and all their varied offshoots.
It only took me seven months to read.
I survived It.
My personal return to the horror movie genre continues in about five minutes with the Toni Collette starrer Hereditary. The trailer for this movie terrified me and I can’t explain why because it really didn’t tell me much about the plot of the film.
As you may recall, Katie and I started watching Alias. We’re now at a point in season one where there is a two-part episode in which a burned SD-6 agent named McKenas Cole comes to exact revenge on his former agency.
I’m not really sure that Orange is the New Black is really for us. It just wasn’t holding our interest. So we found something new. Well, new to us.
It’s so utterly pointless to go into Netflix with no idea what you want to watch. You don’t even need a specific movie or TV show in mind. Not even having a genre in mind can bite you in the butt.
I gotta admit that creating and editing that rank order list for Star Wars films and TV shows (that I’ve seen) was a lot of fun. I think I may try to do it more often with groupings that work logically. I may even make a page dedicated to these rankings to make it easier to find and edit for you and me.
Last week, Katie and I played the role of cool kids and binge watched both available seasons of Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix.
This past weekend saw the launch of the latest Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. This is the one that fans thought was completely unnecessary and were hoping would never actually happen. Admittedly, I was partially in that camp. While I wanted to know for certain which tales were "real" and which were not, I didn't think I really needed to know to the point of dedicating a full 2+ hours to it.
I don't know if you all read the same way I do, but sometimes it takes me a while to hit that proverbial stride when I crack open a new book.
I think I finally figured out some comic books to read in light of the fact that all my current monthly reads will be dead by August. Mostly, like I've said, I'm going to dig back a little bit and read a few dead titles that are still recent, but don't require a month-to-month committment. Maybe I can even find them in the library. That would be nifty!
The other day, we all went to the library and picked up the largest and most varied stack of items I have ever seen leave a library.
With Descender ending in a few months, I’ve been scrambling to find new comics to read. This desire for “new” has even led me to go back through old stuff. Both stuff that I’ve read and want to revisit and some old stuff that’s new to me.
The other day, I was listening to Queen’s Flash Gordon soundtrack and was reminded of the line in the movie uttered by General Kala, “What do you mean, ‘Flash Gordon approaching’??”