The Haunting of Hill House was yet another show that debuted on Netflix during October. Everyone has been raving about it! Even the King of Horror, Stephen King described the show as “close to a work of genius.” in his tweet!
I could’ve sworn I posted a review of the movie Split immediately after watching it, but I can’t seem to find anything about it on my blog.
I mean… I distinctly remember pointing out that Split had a very blatant Easter Egg on the poster (let alone all the ones in the actual movie)!
More importantly (lol) I remember mentioning that I thought James McAvoy was so hot in Children of Dune (he was actually the inspiration behind the purchase of these H&M Black Wide-Leg Pants hauled here) and X-Men (all the ones he was in) and Shameless (UK) and Wanted and Atonement, and despite all the cray, thought he was very attractive in Split as well! How do I remember the structure of the missing post (down to each link) if I never actually got around to writing it? I searched both the the Drafts Folder and Deleted Files Folder. I even typed all kinds of possible keywords for the missing post (and aside from a small mention of actor Eamonn Walker being in the movie Unbreakable in my review of the prison show Oz), I got nothing, which was quite… strange. Actually, scratch that. Since the topic at hand is an M. Night Shyamalan Film, strange mishaps seems only fitting. Honestly, M. Night Shyamalan (not his movies, HIM, as in the actual man) scares me!
In any case, I absolutely loved Unbreakable, was a bit underwhelmed by Split (kinda’ predictable but enjoyable nonetheless) and super excited for Glass! I can’t wait to see Bruce Willis (I wonder if this is why he allowed himself to get roasted on Comedy Central just recently), Samuel L. Jackson and of course James McAvoy reprise their roles! That said, it’s gonna’ be a long wait, since Glass is set to be released in January. In the meantime, we can just keep watching the trailer (above) to tide us over lawl
The first time I heard this song, I was unimpressed. Few months later, outta’ nowhere, this song literally starts playing in my dream (inception much?) and now I’m kinda’ into it!
Chun-Li was actually my favorite character in Street Fighter! Although Vega/Balrog (Spanish character, sports a wolverine-esqe claw and wears an iron mask on his face) is a close second, because both Vega and Chun-Li were pretty speedy! Back in the day, we would all huddle around this really, really small tv (hand-me-down from my dad, which we reserved for gaming) and play Street Fighter II on the SNES for hours on end. If you lost, you’d have to hand the controller to the next person. If you won, you kept playing. We’d all take turns trying to dethrone the winner. In the interest of full disclosure, I used to cheat (I was a kid, okay?) by trapping my opponent in a corner using Chun-Li’s Lightning Kick, until their character’s health was depleted and I’d win.
I’d get such a kick (lawl) out of the bonus levels!
Consequentially, I was no longer “allowed” to choose Chun-Li lol That’s okay though because there was a Street Fighter Arcade Game at one of those sea-side restaurants (I believe it was Shrimpy) on Blajat Street. I’d be minding my own business, trying to finish the game, when a group of giants (everyone looks like a giant when you’re a kid) would strut in, take one look at me (in my pigtails and overalls lawl) and just assume that they could take me, which is why I’d get immense satisfaction trapping them in a corner, until my food was ready. Good times! lol Arcade-wise, I sorta’ stopped playing Street Fighter because King of Fighters was more fun (you got to pick 3 characters). I always used to hate the arcade version of Tekken (so slow) but when it started getting faster, I sorta’ got more into it. There were so many places that had Arcade Games back in the day and I might be remembering this wrong, but I believe that you could just pop in a 100 fils coin to activate the game and start playing, as opposed to nowadays where you have to buy a token (that can cost your entire life savings, easily).
When Tekken 6 came out, I finished the game, twice, using Alisa (the robot girl, because she’s super fast) and Angel (because she’s… pretty. lawl). Incidentally, both characters happened to have wings! Anyways, in the middle of Dead Risings 3, my character was surrounded by zombies, which made me panic, which in turn sent me into random button-mashing mode and outta’ nowhere, the main character executed Ryu‘s Dragon Punch! He literally yelled out “Shoryuken“! We all died laughing! Street Fighter and Dead Rising were both developed by Capcom (which should explain the cross-overs) but still, it was so unexpected, which is why I found it hilarious! It also made me miss Street Fighter so I went back to it and finished Street Fighter IV using Hakan (slippery Turkish Oil Wrestler) just because his character kept saying “Seriously?” which cracked me up (I’m easily amused).
Back to the point of this post, for some reason, the live action versions of Anime, Video Games, and so on, usually tend to… suck. Super Mario Bros (1993) was trash! The original Street Fighter (1994) despite including Van Damme as part of the cast (Kylie Minogue as Cammy lol) was a trainwreck! Somehow, Mortal Kombat (1995) was even worse! The list goes on and on and on.
However, Machinima released Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist (live action web-series) which was pretty awesome! Ken looked like a low-rent Tom Cruise and everyone mostly talked in English, but the whole thing was so good, regardless. The fight scenes choreography was just… *mmmwha* perfection! Prior to that, they’d released Mortal Kombat: Legacy (Season 1 here) which was insanely good! My favorite episode was the one featuring Raiden (here). Both shows were successful enough to get a second season.
Just goes to show the difference between being money-hungry (churning out garbage as quickly as possible for a quick buck) and being a true fan (resulting in quality work, born of love)!
I just finished watching Blade Runner 2049 and honestly did not enjoy watching it (or at least not as much as I thought I would). I know it’s been out for a minute but I was adamant that nobody (from my inner circles) should go watch it in theaters, since it’d most likely be chopped up beyond recognition (in the name of “censorship”, but really, it’s just so they could fit in even more showings and therefore get even more money from movie-goers) because… Kuwait. Instead, I insisted that we all watch it together at my home, in the Cinema Room (which might not be state of the art, but a lot of time, effort and money was spent to make it as comfy as possible). The reason I insisted we watch it uncensored (in the Cinema Room) was because I’ve heard a great deal about how visually striking Blade Runner 2049 was supposed to be, and in that aspect, it did not disappoint. Blade Runner 2049 was absolutely beautiful! I got seriously strong Anime vibes (namely Akira) while watching Blade Runner 2049, not unlike a recently released Netflix Series called Altered Carbon (which I binge-watched as soon as it came out). They all had that “CyberPunk City” (low life, high tech) aesthetic going for them, which I tend to enjoy.
With that being said, Blade Runner 2049 was also quite slow. Too slow for my taste. Everything was very drawn out (the long pauses were extra long and the meaningful glances took a beat too long as well). Heck, even the movie itself was almost 3 hours long! Stretching everything out in order for people to drink in every detail was unnecessary. People would either get it or they wouldn’t. Finally, the biggest disappointment was the plot, which I thought was quite simple (offensively simple). It seemed like they threw all their money on the visuals and completely disregarded the story (all style, no substance). Honestly, it felt like they just wanted the movie to appeal to a wider audience (be more mainstream) so they played it safe, story-wise. The fact that Blade Runner 2049 had a star-studded cast further cemented that notion (at least, to me). All in all, Blade runner 2049 was very pretty, but way too long, and quite frankly, boring (definitely not worth the wait). In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve never actually watched the original Blade Runner (it came out before I was even born).
Nothing particularly stood out to me, movie-wise. I get more excited about tv shows, honestly. With that being said, The Walking Dead is still my favorite tv show, ever, obviously. Stranger Things and The OA were both equally excellent with The OA slightly edging out Stranger Things as my favorite of the two but it struck me as quite odd as to how similar they both seemed to each other.
Westworld bored me to tears (up till episode 6 which I feel like is when it picked up).
I grew up watching Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien but Conan quickly became my favorite of the two and I haven’t stopped watching his shows since. Conan is simply a delightful human being! Honestly, I love the guy! I don’t watch any other talk shows because I just never really got into Ellen and I can’t stand the two Jimmy’s (Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel).
Hostel is one of my favorite movies of all time! The other two are 28 Days Later (reviewed here) and Green Street Hooligans. I got my hands on a bootleg copy of Hostel when it first came out (2005) and watched it with my older sister because watching horror movies together was kind of our thing but I sooo did not know what to expect.