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BLADE RUNNER 2049 – “Black Out 2022” Anime Short

i watched this on crunchyroll last night, and wow… the anime style and production on this sort film is fucking awesome… love these little short “films” they’re releasing in the build-up for the new Blade Runner movie… helps fill in some of the gaps in the 30 years between the first and this one, but without spoiling anything which is great.

#GoodStuff  #ThumbsUp

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Blade Runner 2049 Prequel Anime

You Can Now Watch the Blade Runner 2049 Prequel Anime From the Director of Cowboy Bebop

Shinichirō Watanabe is one of the most iconic anime directors in the business, thanks to his work on the beloved Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop. But his latest work is an intriguing sidestep: a 15-minute short film set in the world of Blade Runner.

The third and final prequel movie set between the events of Blade Runner and the upcoming sequel, 2049, Watanabe’s Blade Runner Black Out 2022 covers a period hinted at in the previous two shorts. It’s the year when a gigantic EMP blast knocks out power to the cities across the world, leading to a rise in anti-Replicant sentiment and eventually a complete prohibition of Replicant creation—one lifted in the years before Blade Runner 2049 through the actions of the movie’s new villain, Niander Wallace (Jared Leto).

too bad it’s only a 15-minute short anime film, especially since it’s from the guy behind Cowboy Bebop (one of my favorite anime shows)… but i’ll happily take it… will have to logon to cruchyroll and check it out later tonight.

speaking of the new Blade Runner movie…

Blade Runner 2049 first reactions: critics call film a ‘sci-fi masterpiece’ and ‘better than the original’

wow.

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Star Trek: Discovery Premiere Ends With Cliffhanger

Star Trek: Discovery premiere ends with shock cliffhanger

The first new Star Trek TV series in 12 years opened with a shocking plot twist as the new show’s hero, First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), became the first Starfleet officer in history to commit mutiny.

After accidentally killing a Klingon while investigating a mysterious anomaly, Burnham became convinced the enemy ships were going to destroy her vessel, the USS Shenzhou. So Burham took out her beloved Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) — via Vulcan nerve pinch! — and attempted to order her crew to open fire on a Klingon ship (like a Star Trek version of “Han shot first). Except Georgiou recovered just in time to override her order and put her First Officer under arrest.

i finally got around to watching the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery yesterday, and i have to say… i thought it was actually pretty damn awesome, and a lot better than i guess i was expecting… loved the opening intro, too — though i’m still not super jazzed about the music, but whatever.

still not paying for the CBS app to watch it, though.

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Did Somebody Say Anime?

oh jayden… getting me hooked on some of these damn anime shows.

he’s also into magic the gathering cards, so i suppose it could always be worse… like, a lot worse.

#blink  #chuckle

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More Punisher, Please

The First Trailer for Netflix’s Punisher Is Filled with Rage and Bullet Holes

oh yeah, definitely gonna be adding this to my binge list… loved seeing him in Daredevil and can’t wait to see what they do with it… even though i’ve been a little disappointed in the past couple “marvel” shows by netflix.

#hmmmmmm

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The Orville Was Bad

5 Science Fiction Comedies That Prove How Bad The Orville Is

Fox premiered Seth MacFarlane’s Star Trek-ish comedy, The Orville, last night. Was it as bad as all the early reviews claimed it would be? It was worse, actually, because nothing truly captures the pain of something actually managing to crawl under the low bar it set for itself. And there’s no reason for The Orville to be that bad, since plenty of other comedies have managed to achieve all the things MacFarlane wants to do, but can’t.

Though MacFarlane and company have claimed that The Orville isn’t a comedy or a drama, but some new hybrid that has been inaccurately sold as a parody, there’s actually nothing new in The Orville. The jokes that are based in the cultural osmosis achieved by Star Trek don’t really say anything about the show. The low-brow sex jokes are just… gross and weird. And the serious parts are flat-out boring in way that gives Star Trek: The Motion Picture a run for its money.

seems like everybody online, and especially the “critics” downright hated the show… but let’s be honest, what the hell were they expecting?!? between seth macfarlane and the show trailer that came out months ago, seemed pretty damn clear what you were getting with the show… it’s silly, an obvious spoof on star trek, with some obnoxious moments… but again, what the hell where they expecting?!

personally, i liked it in a cheesy kinda way.

TNG + Family Guy = Orville

#duh&bnsp; #shocked

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Epson’s 130-Inch Laser TV

Epson just unveiled a 130-inch ‘screen-free’ laser TV that launches this fall for $3,000

The home projector market is likely far bigger than you think, and Epson is the market leader by a wide margin, with a 53% market share in the United States. The company offers a good mix of high-quality affordable projectors and high-end models, but the latter category is today’s focus. Epson’s just-announced Home Cinema LS100 Laser Display is a brand new ultra short-throw projector the likes of which you’ve never seen before. It’s capable of projecting a display up to 130 inches diagonally onto a wall or an screen at remarkably close distances. What’s more, Epson says that if you use a good high-quality ambient light rejecting projector screen with the LS100, the quality of the image is practically indistinguishable from a standard LCD TV.

That comparison to LCD TVs is important, because the Home Cinema LS100 Laser Display comes with a fairly hefty $2,999.99 price tag. Compared to LCD TVs, however, $3,000 is nothing.

A decent 75-inch TV will likely cost you somewhere between $2,500 and $2,800, which isn’t bad when you consider that a 75-inch TV display panel is about 33% larger than a 65-inch panel, since sizes are measured diagonally. Then, if you want to go any larger than 75 inches, you can expect to pay anywhere between $4,000 and $10,000.

With that in mind, $3,000 for a 130-inch screen doesn’t seem all that bad.

oh man, i’ve been eyeballing tv’s of late and been seriously fighting the urge to upgrade the 70″ vizio (p-series, 2014) in the living room… i really kinda want to wait and see what the 2018 Vizio P-Series is and has to offer, because i have a feeling it’s gonna be pretty awesome… especially for the money… but damn, sometimes it’s hard — especially with a new football season starting up, etc… but damn, this new 130-inch epson laser projector sounds pretty tasty :)

Roku launches its own channel featuring free, ad-supported movies

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Bromans! Bro My God, Bro!

Bro My God, They’re Making a Reality TV Show Called Bromans, About Bros Living as Romans

There is an entire ecosystem of British reality TV that drifts across my feed without the finer details really registering. Couldn’t really tell you what Love Island is, for instance. But occasionally something stops me in my tracks. For instance: Bromans, a (real) show about lads living as Roman gladiators.

speaking of romans… ummm, seriously?!

#WTF  #Straight2Shit

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The Game of Thrones Season 7 Finale

The Game of Thrones Finale Wasn’t Perfect, But It Made the Season a Hell of a Lot Better

After six episodes that have been incredible, infuriating, revealing, confusing, and epic, last night’s Game of Thrones finale had a great many things to answer for. They were the answers needed to help recalibrate the show’s uneven seventh season so it ended up greater than the sum of its inconsistent parts—even if that doesn’t equal the show’s best seasons.

“The Wolf and the Dragon” had its own problems to be sure—one in particular made me want to actually scream in irritation—the main one of which was its surprising lack of surprises. If you’ve been paying a decent amount of attention, you didn’t have to hunt out hacker leaks to form a pretty good idea of what was going to go down in the season finale, but for me, that somehow didn’t make it any less satisfying. If you’re a book reader, you know how the show, having advanced beyond George R.R. Martin’s novels, has been partially satiating our hunger by sporadically giving us the scenes we’ve guessed and hoped were coming. The finale was packed with these scenes, like a Thanksgiving dinner—you know what the meal is going to consist of, but it’s still a feast.

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holy hell, what a season finale!!!

aside from the fact that this season was wayyyyyy to damn short — seriously, what the fuck man?! — it certainly had some great moments, beautifoo cinematic scenes with dragons… the Night King… legions of the undead, etc etc… don’t want to drop a ton of spoilers in case you haven’t watched it yet, but let’s just say they better be coming back with another mini or 7-episode season next year, because they just can’t leave it on that closing note there at the end…. last i read, they do plan on a final season with six episodes to wrap everything up… and that better be true, that’s all i gotta say.

no fucking way.

PS. one word… littlefinger.

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The Defenders We Like

6 Things We Liked About The Defenders (and 4 We Didn’t)

So many big crossover events can feel isolated from what’s going on in each individual character’s lives in their own series—unimportant enough that everyone can come together, quip, and punch bad guys for a bit, and then be on their merry ways for the real character development to happen in their own series. But The Defenders feels huge not just for the culmination of years of build up, but for how vitally important it is for the main characters and supporting characters involved beyond introducing them to a wider world… or a wider New York, in this case.

i started to watch The Defenders over the weekend and finished the last few episodes last night… didn’t realize it was only 8 episodes until it was over and i was like “you’re kidding me… that’s the end? the finale?!?! WTF?!”

i will say that i liked this show/series better than The Iron Fist, but damn man…. all that time waiting, hearing about it, and looking forward to it and it’s only 8 episodes long… geeeesh, c’mon netflix.

PS. watched it yet? what did ya think?

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Game of Thrones Lastnight… Holy Shitballs!

Game of Thrones Is at Its Best and Worst Right Now

“Beyond the Wall” is primarily set—wait for it—beyond the Wall, following the inglorious bastard and his band of badasses on their search for a wight. Like many of Game of Thrones’ epic battle episodes, it starts out slow, giving them all a chance to talk with each other: Gendry bitches to Beric and Thoros about selling him to Melisandre; Jon tries to give Jorah his ancestral sword but Jorah refuses; Tormund decides he and the Hound are BFFs, which is totally hilarious; Beric and Jon commiserate about being resurrected; and so on. There’s nothing revelatory here, but it does an impressive job of setting up camaraderie between the seven men, most of whom hadn’t met each other before the end of the last episode, before shit goes down.

And man, does it go down. It begins with them getting attacked by a damn zombie bear, complete with ice-blue eyes, which is a subtle but incredibly effective harbinger of things to come. This fight goes about as well as a fight with a zombie bear should, which is to say not very; the bear keeps attacking even after Beric sets it on fire with his flaming sword, and mauls Thoros a bit. Eventually Jorah drives a dagger into its brain, killing it, and Beric has to use his sword to cauterize Thoros’ wounds, and they press on. Continue…

definitely filled with spoilers in these GoT posts, but i should think that’s pretty obvious… anywho, i know there’s a lot to complain or bitch about, as far as the plot and story goes… not to mention some of the choices being made, etc… but holy fuckballs! after watching it last night, i think i just kinda sat there stunned for a few moments… i’m not even sure which dragon it was, but…. daaaaaaaaaamn.

#sniff

Watching How Game of Thrones Made a Zombie Polar Bear Might Be the Best Part of Last Night’s Episode

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The Defenders, Today!

i dunno about you guys, but i’ve been looking forward to the release of The Defenders for quite awhile now — and it’s out today on Netflix ;)

so yeah, guess what i’ll be doing this weekend?

PS. just hope it’s better than Iron Fist, mang!

#BingeWatch  #ThumbsUp

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Vue You Later

i got an email a couple weeks back about how my Playstation Vue subscription was going up from $35 to $45 a month… sure, it’s only 10 bucks but i wasn’t overly happy about it, especially since i’m already another $15/mo for HBO and was thinking of adding the Sports package ($10/mo) — which starts to add up, since now i’m looking at $70 a month for Vue/Sports/HBO… and that’s not including Amazon/Netflix/Crunchyroll y’know?

then yesterday i saw this post on engadget about a deal going on with Directv Now and thought “hmmmmm, interesting”…

since i had some running around to do, i decided to stop by the AT&T store near me and asked them about the promotion, getting more info etc… long story short, i ended up signing up for it — had to prepay $105 for the next 3 months, and since i’m an AT&T subscriber with my phone, they upgraded my plan to the “unlimited” one and saved me another $4/mo… also found that i was eligible for another promotion they have going for AT&T users, where for a limited time you can get the $35 Diretv Now package for only $10 a month — so they gave me that as well, so after 3 months i’ll only pay the extra $10 a month on my phone bill for it.

oh, and i also walked out of the store with a brand new Apple TV (32gb)…!

soooooo…. net net… my phone bill dropped by 4 bucks, and in three months it’ll increase by $6 for Directv Now.

pretty sweet, huh?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Game of Thrones: Eastwatch

On Game of Thrones, the Cracks Are Beginning to Show

If Game of Thrones started its sprint to the season seven finish line in “Stormborn,” then “Eastwatch” is the episode where the show stumbled, fell down, and scrambled madly in an attempt to maintain its top speed. It was often sloppy and it was frequently shoddy, but man did it still move the story along as quick as it possibly could, no matter what the cost.

And there were costs. There were several interesting things in the episode that it would have been wonderful if the show could have explored in more depth, as it has in the past. Daenerys has listened Tyrion, Varys, and even Jon Snow’s pitches to lead the world and make it a better place for all people (i.e. peasants). Daenerys’ plan to do this is to take all the Lannister prisoners from the battle, and ask them if they want to bend the knee and help make the world a better, kinder place for everyone with her or if they want to die horribly. (Sam Tarly’s horrible father and reasonable-seeming brother Dickon choose dying horribly.)

After failing to convince his Queen that a more merciful, less deadly approach may be called for, Tyrion—already shaken by the sheer destructive power of the dragons, seen while he walks through the ashes of the battlefield—heads straight for the wine, and even Varys takes a drink, as they contemplate Dany’s “join me or die” approach. They don’t think she’s a new Mad King, but the fact they feel the need to bring it up at all is telling. But they have hope Dany can be advised to become a more merciful, less murder-y queen—but they’re a hell of a lot less sure than they were before they left Essos. Is Daenerys really the savior the people of Westeros need? Continue…

shit man, i didn’t think it was that bad… sure, i’d like more battles, especially with the dragons… but we still saw Drogon roast a couple guys, not to mention Daenerys being a badass… speaking of which, that scene with John Snow and the dragon? g’damn.

PS. feel like i might have to re-watch it.

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Daenerys Unleashed Hell

On Game of Thrones, Daenerys Unleashed Hell and It Was Glorious

Where to even begin? “The Spoils of Conquest” was the reason we watch Game of Thrones, one of those episodes that starts entertaining and ends with an epic spectacle it’s hard to believe you’re actually seeing. And all it took was Daenerys tossing clever men’s clever plans in the garbage, and then setting a record number of actors on fire.

I suppose I should say this: The episode wasn’t great just because it featured (what surely has to be) the season’s epic battle, although man, it literally made me gasp multiple times. By sticking to basically three locations—Dragonstone, Winterfell, and the march of the Lannister army—“The Spoils of Conquest” felt far more focused than the rest of season seven, even as the episode, moment after moment, churned out more things we’ve been waiting forever to see, and things we didn’t realize how badly we wanted to see. Continue…

oh man, where to start? don’t really want to drop a bunch of spoilers in case you haven’t watched it yet, but damn… last night’s episode was the first one this season that really kicked some ass… the last few were good, and mostly just setting things up i guess, but then Daenerys finally kinda goes “fuck this shit” and goes on the attack with her dragons, and a horde of blood thirsty dothraki.

fuck yeah! about damn time, right?!

also, that sword “practice” between Arya and Brienne was pretty awesome… though i couldn’t help but wonder what was going through Littlefingers mind while he stood up on the rampart watching down on it… hmmm.

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Try’n Out Terrarium

was having some issues with Kodi/Exodus on my Fire TV the other night, so started to google around and after clicking around for a bit, ended up giving Terrarium TV a spin.

aside from liking the UI a little better, so far it seems like i’ve been having better luck finding 1080/HD streams… just to test, i re-watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones, then ended up spending the next two hours of my life watching Rick & Morty — hard to resist, sooooo good (lol)

another streaming app i downloaded/installed was Mobdrop App, which has a crapload of live TV stations… not quite as slick on the UI front, but looks like a standard android app… clicked around and tried out a few tv stations and everything worked and they came right up, though i did notice that it seemed like a couple of them were kinda low quality — totally watchable, but not awesome that’s for sure.

PS. why pay $35 a month for PS Vue when you can watch it for free?

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Game of Thrones, The Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For

Game of Thrones Finally Gave Us the Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For

Ice and Fire finally met in Dragonstone, and it was just as wonderful and powerful and awkward as I’d hoped it would be. Meanwhile, Cersei is already kicking Daenerys’ forces’ collective asses, while settling a lot of scores in some pretty brutal ways. Also, another (semi-happy) Stark reunion, and a sad goodbye to the show’s thorniest character.

as usual, i was looking forward to another episode of Game of Thrones, and it didn’t disappoint… i swear, feel like i say this every week, but seriously… for a show that’s a solid hour long, it passes by in a flash… i mean, the ending with the ancient old lady from High Garden?! Cersie’s revenge on the desert snakes?

…and yes, the moment we’ve all been looking forward to for years now — the first time that John Snow and Daenery’s meet.

oh, and king of the north’s reaction when he first see’s the dragons was kinda priceless, too :)

g’damn.

PS. followed by Ballers, Insecure, then Last Week Tonight? shiiiit… sunday nights alone is worth HBO.

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Game of Thrones: SE7, EP2

On Game of Thrones, Everyone’s Coming Together but Everything’s Falling Apart

It’s begun. I believe we’re going to look at last night’s episode, “Stormborn,” as the place where the final act of Game of Thrones truly started—where the ball was first set in motion, where the characters took their first true steps toward the conflict that will engulf all of Westeros. And for some of those players, their game is already over.

Spoiler Warning

Like last week’s premiere, “Stormborn” wasn’t much for themes or artistry. But unlike the premiere, the episode wasn’t worried about catching people up as much as it was devoted to getting things done, bringing characters together, wrapping up loose ends, checking off some boxes, and generally getting things started as the series’ end game begins.

That meant most of the characters have started getting stuff done, too. First and foremost, Daenerys and Tyrion have formed their plan to take the Throne—have Dorne and Highgarden lay siege to King’s Landing, minimizing casualties, while the Unsullied attack the ancestral home of the Lannisters, Casterly Rock, and cut off Cersei’s gold (and much of her power). Melisandre comes to Dragonstone and tells Daenerys about Jon Snow, the Prince(ss) That Was Promised, and the Long Night within minutes of her arrival; Dany and Tyrion send a summons to Jon almost instantly so they can all discuss the impending threat of the White Walkers, and, after a quick discussion with his lords, he and Davos immediately head out to meet the Targaryen Queen, and hopefully gain an ally—an ally with both dragon-glass and three fire-breathing dragons, the weakness of both the Walkers and their wights, respectively. Ellaria, the Sand Snakes, Yara, and Theon head out with their fleets to begin the attack. In the Citadel, Sam is already trying to use a forbidden procedure to cure Jorah, a storyline that would have played out over at least four episodes had it been done two seasons ago. Continue…

another sweet episode last night… and once again, found myself rewatching it again later after the new season premier of “Ballers” — another HBO show i dig… but back to Game of Thrones, there’s really only two things that stand out for me…

first, Nymeria!!! and second, seeing Missandei get fully naked… i mean, sweet lord almighty! g’damn she has one helluva body ;)

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Game of Thrones, Season 7 Premiere

Game of Thrones Is Back, and Things Are About to Get Very, Very, Very Bad

After last year’s incredible, explosive, monumental season finale, last night’s quiet season seven premiere almost seems like a PG fantasy film… even despite it beginning with bit of mass murder. But watching it closely, you can see the new problems that will plague the characters this season, and will likely lead to their downfall—assuming an army of the dead doesn’t get them first.

“Dragonstone” won’t go down as one of the show’s grander season premieres, as it’s more interested about reestablishing where its main characters are before rushing into the game’s “final round,” as it were. It’s certainly understandable, and since we had to wait an extra four months before the new season began, it’s probably not the wrong choice, either. But it’s hard to think about the explosive (often literally) events of the season six finale and not find “Dragonstone” a bit too sedate and prologue-y.

Which is funny, because the actual prologue of the episode—one of the show’s few pre-credits scenes—is so full of death. Arya, now masquerading as Walder Frey himself, calls a feast and invites every single Frey involved in the Red Wedding. Once they’re all there, “Frey” raises a toast to them, and their accomplishments, and how they slaughtered the Starks, and by that point dozens and dozens of Freys are dying because they’ve all been poisoned.

So when I say the season seven premiere was quiet after another gig in Arya Stark’s Westerosi Murder Tour, it should tell you exactly how quiet things were. Jon and Sansa address the Stark bannermen. Bran and Meera are let through the Wall. Cersei and Jaime get ready for war. Sam empties chamberpots at Oldtown. Euron Greyjoy offers an alliance to Cersei, based primarily out of a shared desire to murder family members. And the Hound takes a good, long hard look into the Red Priest’s fire, and what he sees is ice and death. Continue…

oh man, almost forgot just how much i love this show… even after all these years of watching, i still can’t help but get pumped up just hearing that opening theme song — which i still think is one of my all time favorite tv show openings… i mean, the map… the animations… the theme song… all together it still kicks ass, and i’m really glad they never changed it.

can keep reading about the episode, though it’s obviously filled with spoilers if you didn’t watch the episode last night… i thought it kicked ass, and flew by wayyyyyy too damn quickly for my liking… especially after waiting so damn long, it almost felt like the whole episode was 10 minutes long or something… before i knew it, it was over and the ending credits were on, and i was like “shiiiiiiiiit!!!!!!”

PS. who else binge watched season 6 this past week? :)

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Game of Thrones: Winter Hits This Sunday

sweet baby jesus… after a looooooong wait, the new season of Game of Thrones is finally almost here! fuck yeah… can’t wait.

i went ahead and signed up for HBO yesterday, so i’m all ready to go… figure it’s worth a couple months of HBO just to get my GoT fix.

#FuckYeah  #WinterIsHere

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