I saw Surf's Up... on Sunday. And I must say I really liked it. Some bits were a bit crude, but otherwise a very, very funny movie. I don't remember so much what I was laughing at, but that I was laughing. Go see it.
What's with all the penguins?
Now they're surfing. Earlier they were dancing and preaching on global warming. And before that they were marching. And before that they were commandos.
But what the hey, penguins rock. But we all know who the greatest pengu
Essays, Not Rants! 230: Zombieland: A Treatise on Life in a Post-Consumer Society I mentioned it as a joke last week, but this week we’re going for it. I’m so sorry. Zombies have long been used as a means to comment on the perils of consumerism. Mindless hordes doing things without thinking for the few capable of independent thought to stand up against. Zombieland takes the conceit one step further, within the film self actualization is only possible in a world free of the shackles of trad
Essays, Not Rants! 382: Zero Two When I got my Game Boy Advance SP many years ago as a wee tween I was very excited about some of the games I could play. Obviously, there was Pokémon Ruby because, c’mon, you gotta catch ‘em all. Then there were the new slew of Mega Man games, like the Battle Network series, an RPG where you bounced between Lan in the real world and Mega Man in the digital, fighting viruses and the such in an adorably nascent look at cyberwarfare. More importantly, however, the
Had the Youth Group Christmas Party less than an hour ago. 'twas fun... Got my paws on Defilak during the Chinese *cough* Gift Swap... And he's cool.
Good food, good fun, good fellowship, good fire. Yeah.
Essays, Not Rants! 147: You Should Really Watch Agent Carter Peggy Carter was an unexpectedly great part of Captain America: The First Avenger. Beyond being a woman in an otherwise very male-dominated cast, she held her own and served an important role in the progression of the story’s arc. Then a One-Shot on Iron Man 3’s BluRay had her tackling sexism and bad guys in a post-World War II setting. All the while there was talk of a tv show happening, and then it was planned, and then this past T
Essays, Not Rants! 231: You Should Be Reading Mockingbird There’s a lot to like about the new Mockingbird ongoing title from Marvel. For starters, it’s the next step in a really spiffy new direction Marvel’s been taking with their comics lately: diversity. In the past year-or-so, Marvel’s really stepped up their game with who’s in their comics. You’ve got Asian characters headlining their own series (Totally Awesome Hulk, and the fantastic-and-severely-under-appreciated Silk), and Spider-Man a
Essays, Not Rants! 005: You Are Noble Six In my last entry I (somewhat) briefly touched on the notion of video game immersion and storytelling. I said that the biggest advantage of telling a story through a video game was that the player would gain investment in the story due to having that “hey, I’m the hero!” moment. I wanna elaborate on that, explain just how some games do it - and how they’re so much better for it. Mass Effect is an easy go-to example. Right off the bat you’re asked to g
Essays, Not Rants! 132: Yet To Do it Again I’ve only played The Last of Us once. Well, only played it through all the way once. I started a New Game+ about a year ago, but still haven’t finished it. It’s odd, I know, considering how much I write about it (plus two final papers and counting). Oh, I play the multiplayer every now and then and I do look up cutscenes for reference, I just haven’t played it through again. Don’t get me wrong, I want to; it’s just a big commitment. Not time-wise (t
Essays, Not Rants! 336: Yellow (流星) I have A Lot of thoughts about the movie adaption of Crazy Rich Asians. Far more thoughts that I’ve had time to write down. Much of that is wrapped up in the fact that it’s set in Singapore and I have a very complicated relationship with that country, owing to it, well, being where I was born and the odd circumstances with which I’ve found myself returning there for the past decade or so. So this blog post is not about that. Rather, it’s about a song tha
Essays, Not Rants! 254: Xenophobia, Science Fiction, and, eventually, Hope I didn’t learn the term ‘xenophobia’ from the news, the radio, or a textbook. Didn’t come up in class or any place you’d expect. Rather, I learnt the word ‘xenophobia’ from the old Star Wars Expanded Universe books. Was in the context of various political factions being distinctly anti-alien. Now, the xenophobia usually stemmed from the Empire and their staunch humans-first attitude and view of anyone who wasn’t as b
So I need to write a short story for my Creative Writing class. It's due by mid-October. What to write? Well, I could write another episode/chapter of my science fiction serial. Thing is, I will for my science fiction class anyway (and yes, that is a thing. I'm studying science fiction for college credit. Current reading assignment is Ender's Game.). Alternately, I could brush off this old story about a couple running away that I never finished and actually finish it. Probably rewrite it. It