Kevin Spacey and crew return for another season of Netflix’s original series House of Cards. All 13 episodes of Season 2 were released on Valentine’s Day. It took me a little less than a week to finally get into them, and a little less than 3 days to get through them all. I’m going to do this review Spoiler Free™ to the best of my ability.
I remember back in ‘aught four picking up a new series called Marvel Knights: Spider-man. I’d read a couple issues of other characters under the banner, but mostly I picked it up because I enjoyed Spider-man, and I was still a good two months away from spending every penny I earned on a new computer, high-speed internet, and a little MMORPG called City of Heroes.
Anyway, the title ended up being pretty solid. Late last year, I was excited enough to see the return of the banner (and the actual Peter Parker) that I picked up the first issue of this new limited run.
The story can be summed up very easily. An exhausted and drugged Spider-man is forced to fight his way through a gauntlet of foes. That’s it. It doesn’t get any simpler, folks. And yet, simple ideas often allow for particularly exciting execution.
That’s Brian Dobson, who voiced Skeletor in the 2002 CN Masters of the Universe series, and the great Alan Oppenheimer, who voiced Skeletor (and about half of the rest of the characters) in the original 80s series. They’re playing with figures of the characters they helped make famous (infamous?).
Toki Tori 2+ is a puzzle platformer from mostly-Indie developer Two Tribes. A sequel to a remake of a Game Boy Color game from 2001, it’s available as a downloadable title for the Wii U console, and off Steam for PC and Mac systems (Linux specs are listed, but apparently not supported). You can also pick it up on your iPhone. It’s regular price on Steam is $14.99, and I would assume the Wii U version is comparable. I was able to pick it up as part of a recent Humble Bundle and paid… significantly less.
In the game, you play as a yellow flightless birdlike blob that tries to sing and stomp its way home before its whole world rips apart. At least, that’s what I think is happening. It’s hard to say, because there’s not really any explanation for what’s going on. Along the way lots of other cute little creatures help and hinder your progress. The only reason I started playing it was because I thought it was something cute and easy Charlotte and I could run through.
Well… it starts out that way, anyway. Turns out, the game is actually a giant “Shut The Fuck Up” letter addressed to my entire whiny generation of aging gamers.
Before this, I’d never read a Deadpool book. I’ve seen excerpts of stuff online, so I knew a fair bit about him. I know he knows he’s a fictional character. I know he’s hamburger faced. I know he likes killing. I know he’s Canadian. I know he’s annoying, and I know he won’t die. From what I’ve seen, that seems to sum him up entirely. To the best of my knowledge, Deadpool stories can be serious, but for the most part, they’re bloodbath soaked foolishness.
I’ve wanted to read a Deadpool title for a while now, because many of the excerpts I’ve seen actually had me laughing out loud. I also remember about 10 years ago, when he got a relaunched monthly title that seemed like it might be something I’d be interested in. I passed it up, though, because I could barely afford the Masters of the Universe titles and mass quantities of Heroclix I was picking up weekly.
I saw this title hit the shelves a few months back, and thought “Meh, seems like a good enough point to jump in”. The title, Deadpool Kills Deadpool, sounds like it would be the bloodbath soaked foolishness variety of story, which suits me just fine, if that’s what I’m expecting.
I’ve been staring at this introduction for a while now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to figure out a way to talk about something that precisely meets my expectations, when my expectations start with “Meh.”
I’ve spent hours, literally hours, looking for a cell phone that was underneath a comic book that was setting in exactly the same place I usually leave it. If the ketchup is behind the salsa in the fridge, it might as well be on the moon. Once, I scoured a new apartment looking for a clear plastic shelf that was resting on top of the shelf directly below where it should have been.
What I’m doing here is admitting that I’m not always the most observant person. But even still, I have recently been picking up on an alarming trend.
I’m pretty sure my daughter is going to be a super-villain.
Wait… What? 2006? 2006!? There is no fucking way that this movie is almost 8 years old. Kids born the year this movie came out are not only in school, but they’re like in their 2nd or 3rd year. That is messed up. Time sure does fly.
Like an airplane.
BOOM. Segue mastered.
It’s the first Fat Guy With Glasses post of 2014! Woo! New Years and shit! It’s 2014’s first Review Grab Bag. As you all know, a Review Grab Bag is a like a paper bag lunch, full of a few paragraphs on some things that I just wasn’t able to write a long winded, “insightful” review about. It’s also kinda list-esque, if you squint and tilt your head a bit.
Since it’s a contractual obligation for every blogger to have their first post of any given year be either a Happy New Year post, or some kind of list, this is what you get. Sure, it’s usually supposed to be a Best/Worst list or an “I’m certainly never doing this again” list, I think the Blog Police will let me slide with this… as long as I wish everyone a Happy New Year at some point.
As it turns out, as an overall percentage, I watched a large number of Canadian Indie Films in 2013. Some, like One Week, or Adventures of Thunderstorm: Return of Thor, I was able to eek out full reviews for. Others, my impressions were not so easy to articulate. Sorry, you’ll just have to settle for a couple paragraphs abuht each, eh?
Well, it’s that time of year again. With only one week until the big day, Christmas Music is once again taking over the airwaves. And, once again, I got to hear the same joyous chestnut twice today. Did you know it’s Christmas time? I was only moderately aware that it was until the song came on and reminded me. Twice.
It reminded me of a time 5 years plus a week ago when the same thing happened.