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Awesome Altered Carbon

i binge watched ‘altered carbon’ over the weekend since the weather here was crappy and it literally rained for the past 3 days straight… so it was a good weekend to just curl up on the couch and chill out.

anywho, don’t want to drop any spoilers or anything… but damn, that show was freak’n awesome! i was pretty much hooked after the first episode… not a lot of sci-fi shows like this around, so i appreciated that right off the bat… the special effects and overall quality was kind of a surprise too, kept finding myself watching and thinking “damn, that’s pretty cool” at some of the scenes.

just a heads up if you haven’t watched it but are planning on it — quite a bit of nudity and violence, so i wouldn’t watch it with little ones around… actually called my sister to give her a heads up after a few episodes since i remember her mentioning the show a few weeks back… good thing i did, too. lol

also watched that “cloverfield paradox” movie i kept seeing pop up in my twitter feed… pretty good movie, even if it did leave some unanswered questions which can be kind of annoying…. ugh, bastards.

#GoodStuff  #GoNetflix

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Netflix’s Altered Carbon

Netflix’s Altered Carbon Is Some Incredibly Hardcore Sci-Fi

A lot of the science fiction that’s appeared on TV over the years isn’t exactly what sci-fi fans would call “hardcore,” from goofy procedurals with light futuristic elements to animated comedies like Rick and Morty. Altered Carbon doesn’t have that problem.

Netflix’s latest original show throws so many far out sci-fi concepts at you in its first 30 minutes, let alone across the whole 10-episode season, that it’s often hard to keep track of what’s going on from one scene to the next. But for those who stick with it, Altered Carbon is an engrossing show with fascinating ideas that it sees through all the way to the end.

The core premise isn’t too hard to grasp: Thanks to an invention called the “cortical stack,” humans are effectively immortal. Your personality and memories–everything that makes you “you”–exists in your stack, which nests embedded in your spine. If your body (or “sleeve,” as the show says) dies, you can be “re-sleeved,” as long as your stack remains intact. Continue…

really looking forward to this one… first the godzilla anime, and now this… man, everytime i think about cancelling netflix, they come out with something i want to watch or checkout — damn them.

sat down and watched Bladerunner: 2049 the other night and i have to say… wow… was even better sitting down and watching it at home without some of the distractions that can come with seeing it in the theater.

#SoGoodMang

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Godzilla 2018

was kinda surprised and excited last night to see that the first part of that new godzilla anime is now up on netflix :)

was getting pretty late, so made a mental reminder to check it out this weekend… curious to chill out and give it a watch since i’ve been looking forward to it.

speaking of anime, my son was telling me the other day that amazon seems to have dropped that “anime strike” subscription bullshit, which is awesome news… so now all those new anime shows are available to you if you’re a prime member — niiiiiiiice.

#thumbsup  #anime

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The Punisher, Today!

oh man, oh man… was thinking of binge watching season two of ‘stranger things’ with my friend tomorrow, but i kinda forgot that the new punisher was being released today on netflix.

….doh!

well, i know what i’ll be doing later tonight :)

#FuckYeah  #TimeForPunishment

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Honest Trailers: Stranger Things

i finally got a friend of mine to start watching ‘Stranger Things’ on netflix, and now for the last couple days she’s been texting me after each episode to recap and chat about it…

…which is awesome, since i kept telling her what a great show it was and that i thought she’d love it.

might have to go over and binge watch season 2 (again) with her this weekend… hmmmm… will have to see, but i really wouldn’t mind watching it again.

#GoodStuff  #ThumbsUp

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Houes of Cards Cancelled?!

House Of Cards Cancelled Because Kevin Spacey Loves Budding Boys

Kevin Spacey deserves an Oscar for finally finding the courage to live out the rest of his days as a gay man when the hard part of his career is over. Outstanding performance. Revealing your personal sexual preference behind door number one is in no way deflecting at all. He’s not attempting to hide behind the gay rainbow for protection from pedophilia accusations. There’s no way the public can be convinced you’re a certified kid diddler if you were fighting homosexual tendencies all along. These feelings and urges just happened to manifest themselves in the form of drunk dry humping some 14-year-old alone in a room watching TV. Unfortunately for Spacey western civilization has been desensitized to individuals who choose to come out of the closet. Public outcry won’t be over you enjoying the occasional penis in your mouth. But most of society will be upset when you come out of the “I like to take advantage of kids” closet. That’s why Netflix bet against the house. House of Cards won’t be renewed for another season. Congratulations, your affinity for the underaged cost a lot of actors their jobs.

damn man… i’ve loved that show for the past few years now, too.

damn you, kevin spacey.

Donald Trump Jr. Socialist Halloween In Penis Huggers

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Black Out 2022

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.

Continue…

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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