Stranger Things 3

I was not able to start watching Stranger Things 3 the day it came out. Blowing stuff up on the 4th of July seemed more important than another tv binge. And, to be quite honest, I had been disappointed with the second season. I figured I’d get around to it eventually, but was in no great rush. It wasn’t that I hated it, but I just hadn’t been blown away like in season 1. Then social media started buzzing with how great season 3 was. Spoilers were everywhere, and I knew I needed to start it soon. So Sunday night I gave in and started it up. And once I started I didn’t want to stop. I had two days at work running on little sleep, but finally knocked out the last episode Tuesday night. I found myself very sad that it was over too. Season three was far superior to season two, and I need season four to come out like now. There are going to be lots of spoilers here so if you haven’t finished yet please do that first. I don’t want to be responsible for ruining your summer fun. If you are all caught up then come along while I run down what was good, and maybe not so good about Stranger Things 3.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Yep, I’m reviewing a movie that came out almost a month ago. And really the main reason is that I wasn’t too excited about it at first. I didn’t care for the super slow and serious Godzilla of 2014, and Kong: Skull Island was merely worth the price of a Redbox rental. What convinced me to finally go and see it? The crappy reviews of course. Critics seemed to dislike Godzilla: King of the Monsters because it didn’t have enough plot or human drama. Those are precisely the things I don’t want in a monster movie so I finally got off my ass last weekend to check it out. I’m assuming that you’ve either seen it by now or don’t care enough if I give spoilers. Continue reading “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

Good Omens – The Series Review

I waited a long time for this show to come out. It was one of the things I was most looking forward to this year, and it didn’t disappoint. You don’t have to have read the 1990 novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman to enjoy the show Good Omens. It helps give you a deeper understanding, but it isn’t necessary. Gaiman has made the show different enough from the book that even if you just read it yesterday you won’t know exactly what’s going to happen. I don’t want to ruin anything for those of you who haven’t read/watched it yet. What follows isn’t really a review as much as a list of all the reasons you should just shut up and watch it. And then go read the book. Continue reading “Good Omens – The Series Review”

Game of Thrones – The Long Night

A little over a week ago I saw an article with the headline that last week’s episode of Game of Thrones would feature the longest battle ever filmed, and be more epic than Helm’s Deep from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I knew immediately I’d be writing about an episode with such lofty claims. Helm’s Deep is my measuring stick for battles. Game of Thrones has done some pretty epic stuff, but nothing that could compare to that. I figured even if it didn’t live up to its assertions it would probably still be pretty fucking great. As soon as I knew I’d absolutely be writing about The Long Night I messaged Dave to tell him so. Then, just a few days ago, he told me he was writing about this episode too. And posting it a day before I post. I’m certainly not going to change my plans for him so this week you get two views of the same show. If there’s some redundancy you can blame him for taking my thing this week. You certainly can’t blame me for spoilers though since I’m warning you now. I checked his this morning just to make sure there wasn’t too much overlap between what we thought. There really isn’t so please feel free to read both, and get every opinion ever. Continue reading “Game of Thrones – The Long Night”

The MCU Ranked, and Slightly Updated

Dave messaged me last week wanting to know if I’d be ready for an Endgame podcast by Sunday. I won’t. Given the hype, anticipation, and number of people that I know who’ve already bought tickets I can only imagine how crowded every single showing will be for opening weekend. My love of The Avengers will not win out over my hatred of seeing movies in a sold out theater. Anything over half full gives me anxiety these days. I’ll see it sometime next week when I’m off early on a weekday, and can get in while most everyone else is still at work. During these messages Dave also mentioned that he was doing an MCU ranker for the site this week, and asked me to do one too. As luck would have it I did the one below last year for the old site. Obviously he hasn’t memorized every single article I’ve ever written. What a jerk. And then he ended up not even doing the ranker he set out to do. Anyway, besides cleaning up the formatting I left everything pretty much as it was when I first wrote it. I could go back and start over-thinking things, but why? I did add Ant-Man and the Wasp, but you’ll notice that Captain Marvel isn’t here. The lame answer is that I just haven’t gotten around to seeing it yet. My life has been busy and complicated so far this year, and I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I also don’t understand having two Marvel movies in theaters at the same time. I’d have been a lot happier to see this one at home a few times before going to see Endgame. So I’ll probably see Endgame twice before I see Captain Marvel, but I will see it. Continue reading “The MCU Ranked, and Slightly Updated”

Game of Thrones: Winterfell

Game of Thrones: The Reunion Episode. Oh wait, it was called Winterfell. But there sure as hell were a lot of reunions. Arya and The Hound, Arya and Gendry (was she flirting?), Arya and Jon (so sweet), Jon and Bran, Jon and Sam, Theon and Yara, Theon and his balls (figuratively speaking), Tyrion and Sansa, and (most awkward of all) Jamie and Bran. It seemed like a lot of feels and set-up for it being a season premiere, but I appreciate that they’re getting all this shit out of the way quickly. Too quickly, since this episode wasn’t even quite an hour long. There’s a whole lot of action coming so we need to move it forward super fast I guess.

I’m not going to recap every single scene. I’m more here to talk about how I felt about the episode, what I think some of these things mean, and what could be coming next. Needless to say: spoilers are coming either way. If you haven’t seen the first episode of season 8 turn back before it’s too late.
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The Role of Women in Video Games

My husband knows my rage triggers, and sometimes he sends me things to read or watch just to see my reaction. The latest of these was a 2013 series of YouTube videos from a channel called Feminist Frequencies. Right off the bat I knew that he was baiting me. The only reason I watched it was because it was called Tropes vs Women in Video Games. I’ll put up some links just in case you decide you want to see them for yourself, but they sure got my blood boiling. By the end of the 3rd one I was straight up anger watching. Hate watching is too strong a term in this instance, but I was definitely mad. The whole gist of this series is how deeply offensive it is to women that they are so frequently portrayed as damsels in distress in video games. Last time I checked I was a woman, and I’m not offended. All this series did was piss me off, and maybe point out some lazy writing in games. Continue reading “The Role of Women in Video Games”