patentdragon: (unexpected)
Right: time for some catch-up. Esssential if I'm going to get back into this blogging business...

Movies: Since last time I reviewed any movies, I saw Interstellar and The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies. Both merit a worthy 8/10. The former had hints of 2001 to it, but they didn't impede the story at all, whilst the latter entertained, but lacked a sense of conclusion - proimarly because it leads straight(-ish) into the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

I actually saw fewer movies this past year than in 2013, partly because some never got to us here, or had decent screenings, and three movies on the list either got postponed (Jupiter Ascending) or ended up with a 2015 release date over this side of The Pond, those being Monsters: Dark Continent and surprisingly Big Hero 6, which could have been a Christmas hit. Guess Disney surrendered to the power of The One Ring...

This year, however, is starting to shape up VERY nicely. There are two Marvel movies, of course, and a Star Wars. There was a "15 Movies To See in 2015" list somewhere, but some of those just didn't "float my boat", or feature on my radar. Oh, there's also a Jurassic Park in there somewhere, which might be fun. I'll throw together a "must-see" list if I happen to have nothing better to post about.

TV: 2014 was the Year Of The Twelfth - Doctor, that is - and Peter Capaldi did a pretty fine job of sweeping aside the "pretty boys" of the past: he really COULDN'T have been any more different (unless, of course, he'd be a Diversity Darling*, of different gender and ethnicity). The scripts had their ups and downs, but there was some really good stuff in amongst it all. Even the Christmas Special got pretty cerebral!

The other Big Deal on TV in 2014 was the return of Agents of SHIELD, for the first half of a second season - and boy did it turn things around! Now that Marvel Studios have Phase Three all planned out, the show can stretch its legs a bit, and grab some much-needed room to breathe - as in breathe [SPOILER] Terrigen Mist [END SPOILER]! The second half of this season will be "must-see" - as will mid-season "special event" mini-series Agent Carter. If the buzz (ahem) surrounding Ant-Man is anything to go by, the "glory years" of SHIELD will have a significant part to play in how things shape up from here!

Also worthy of note:
- Gotham: a different take on the Bat-world. Some liberties may have been taken, but hey, it's been worth seeing just to see where it'll go next...
- The 100: a show that didn't seem to have much potential, but which has since proven me wrong. Season 2 is due to commence on Tuesday, and that cliff-hanger certainly got my attention...
- Homeland: You'd have been justified in querying whether this could go any further after the final events of Season 2, but the recently ended Season 3 actually managed to keep things going... except for the last, and rather anticlimactic episode. I think a Season 4 is on the cards, and I'm happy to give it the benefit of the doubt when the season premiere comes around!

Okay, that was a bit longer than I planned, but sometimes, that's how these things go

* Oooooh, bit risky there, but I do hope that 2015 isn't another year of making creative types feel guilty for not pushing non-males or non-whites to the fore. This is something else I need to address on it's own...
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Why? Because of THIS:-

"I've Got No Strings" will NEVER sound the same again.

Tomorrow, things get even better, 'cause AGENTS OF SHIELD returns to UK screens at last! Wheeeeeee....!
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Ooops. Distinct lack of posts this week, after what's been a more consistent month, but what can you do?

ITEM! I'm onto Book "Five" - or more correctly Book Four, after a two-part Book Three of A Song Of Ice And Fire a.k.a. The Game Of Thrones books. Damn these are GOOD - no, make that EXCELLENT, as in the best reading experience I've had in YEARS. Hooray for my local bookshop , running a "Buy One, Get One Half price" promotion at present, 'cause it's saving me £5 a time when I get two volumes of the series. I just got Parts 1 and 2 for (the actual) Book Five, and I believe those purchases bring me up to speed.

Now, the TV series...

ITEM! By this time next week, Blockbuster Season will OFFICIALLY be underway, as CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER opens in the UK on Wednesday. I have an IMAX showing booked for Opening Day - the first of several this year, including GODZILLA and (if it's out in IMAX) GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY...

ITEM! Damn. Should've posted another video yesterday. I'm trying for 3 a week...

ITEM! I didn't mention it before, but AGENTS OF SHIELD is definitely on the up-turn with Friday's revelations - and it's going to get even better as Marvel Studios realise the show HAS to resonate with the movie and comic fans, or die in the attempt. The latter, I'm thinking, is hardly likely...
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Next week: Agents of SHIELD continues on UK screens. The spoiler dodging can at last come to an end...!

Sorry I haven't been posting lately, but I've been lacking motivation this week. Dunno why. Hopefully I can improve on that over the weekend - I know I can devote some time to producing more "ready-to-post" videos... ;-)

I'd be more topical, but hey, enough people are already doing that.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Yeah, yesterday got mildly crazy, and I went into "weekend coma" mode last night - a day too early, 'cause right now, and against all the laws of common decency, I am AT WORK!

Saturdays at work are not much fun, but at least I got to buy myself a fun lunch *BURP*, and I have plenty of time to relax(-ish) over the lunch break. Thankfully, it's one of the easiest days in a pretty gruelling schedule.

So, what else is there...?

ITEM! It's mid-season finale time for Agents of SHIELD, and could we be about to learn The Shocking Truth about our man Phil Coulson? Given the identity of The Big Bad in AVENGERS 2 (Age of Ultron), I have a strong feeling my suspicions may be about to be proved correct...

*Maybe SPOILER* Coulson isn't just an LMD (life Model Decoy), he's going to be The Vision - remember "Doctor Phineas Horton's Synthetic Man" from the fair in the early stages of Captain America - The First Avenger? That was the World War 2 Human Torch, later used by Ultron - in mainstream continuity - to create the android assassin and later Avenger, The Vision. Plus, with The Scarlet Witch appearing in AVENGERS 2, there's the love of The Vision's life... *end Maybe SPOILER*

ITEM! The 2014 blockbuster trailers are coming in quicker now, with Amazing Spider-Man 2 now hitting our screens in teaser form. The first one of the reboot movies was pretty good, but I get the feeling Sony Pictures are pushing too hard for the big-spectacle AVENGERS audience, totally missing the fact that AVENGERS was the pay-off for a multi-picture arc, not a once-every-two-years blow-out. This movie looks like fun... but maybe TOO MUCH fun?

ITEM! Oh great - Minecraft is being a laggy bitch right now, and that was directly responsible for my last in-game fatality. I may have to slim things down, even though I'm running on a high-memory allowance set-up, and I suspect some unused or non-performing mods may have to go. Or maybe flying around in airships too much is the cause, as my graphics card may be running rather hot recently. I may need a powered external USB hub so that I can fire up (hmmm, bad choice of words) my laptop cooler again...

And finally... Oh lovely; the exam room has been punishingly hot at times, with heating on to combat a cold snap that never fully materialised hereabouts a couple of weeks ago, but now the weather seems to be turning... turning cold and VERY windy. Yuck.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Before I forget... Oh, yeah - Happy Thanksgiving, USA.

And The Rest... Been relaxing with Minecraft on my "day off" before The Big Weekend kicks off. Tomorrow - almost today, in all honesty - will most likely be a lot like today, but with added packing (which I haven't even begun thinking about yet!). At some point in the next 24 hours, I will be a bit rushed off my feet...

Oh dear, looks like we're in danger of racing ahead of the US as far as Agents of SHIELD is concerned, as the show takes another "week off". So far, the show has done pretty well, given that it can't really stray into "big guns" territory, unless it's following up on a recent movie, such as THOR - THE DARK WORLD, as it has done these last two weeks. They really should have a "big name" (of sorts), floating in and out of the background, not exactly racing to the rescue all the time, but... well, reminding you that this IS The Marvel Universe. Several names would spring to mind if I put some thought into it - it's so much fun to spot a reference and go "Yeah...!"
patentdragon: (unexpected)

Guess I know what I'll be watching after Agents Of SHIELD.

Meanwhile, the build-up for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who hits fever-pitch with...

Looking VERY promising. Welcome back, Paul - shame it's been so long, and for so short a time.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Hey, look at that: two in a row!

Today, a video posting update...

...and some thoughts on the progress Agents Of SHIELD is making. The show is a few episodes old now, with characters getting established, and just maybe the beginnings of a story arc, as more story elements don't quite get resolved in the regulation 43 minutes. Spoiler Soup ahead: Just who is behind the eye implants? Could this be another nod towards Arnim Zola, as in the second episode? What did the "formula" in the lab mean, and who wrote it originally? Someone - or something - the comics-savvy might recognise (it actually looked vaguely like Vulcan, tbh)? What's up with Coulson? And just who is Skye, and who's she working for? Dare I throw a name out there - Monica Rappanicci? Skye said she'd erased someone's identity before... so maybe it was her own...

Tune in next weekend for another SHIELD Wacky Theory Slot!
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Yes. Oh heavens, yes.

Now, is that an AVENGERS-level "yes"? Not just yet, but you have to start somewhere. I mean, Buffy started with a movie that wasn't exactly stellar, right?

ALERT: Spoilers may follow... )

The Final Verdict... We have a hit, and a definite "drop everything" show for Friday night. I am most intrigued to see what else this show has to offer... 8/10
patentdragon: (unexpected)
Hey, look at what I did today (and about five months ago)...

Hoping to keep to a three video-a-week schedule from now on. I'd like to get through all my existing "n00b" Minecraft vids out of the way so I can get to work on Stargazer Season 2.

Also, I must remember to complete my Dungeon Master play-through...

patentdragon: (unexpected)
I was going to post a widget for my latest Steam purchase, but it wouldn't work, so I'm now stuck for something to post tonight. Yeah, I'm that desperate...

...well, not really, but I have little to report, beyond the ongoing preparations for ...Stargazer Season 2, and of course there will be more videos posted tomorrow - I'll be "double-timing" the Season 1 videos just to clear the way for the imminent new material.

Oh, hold on, here's something...

(Marvel's) Agents of SHIELD - 8pm, Channel 4... in ONE WEEK.

Drop-everything TV, I'm thinking.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
What to do, what to do...?

Well, there's...

- all that email business I've been deftly avoiding all the last week and a half, for a start. Better get that seen to tomorrow (without fail!).

- and I have *gasp* been writing lately, so maybe a write-up session would be a good idea!

In the meantime, my hopes are taking a pounding concerning getting Minecraft "modded up" again. Oh, there's something REALLY sweet with which I could re-ignite ...Stargazer Season 2, but I just can't get the mod-handling "framework" to run... and that's with a new version of the game heading our way. *sighs* Typical.

And finally... 27th September: the day we get THE FIRST EPISODE OF AGENTS OF SHIELD. Niiiice.
patentdragon: (unexpected)
By the time I wake up these past few days, it's past midnight, and I go "Not much point in blogging now".

Naughty boy.

Anyway, this is an extended weekend, as I'm taking Monday off. I'll probably be working to clear my stuff from other rooms, where it's either been since The Move, or has been TEMPORARILY relocated, and building up a bigger stock of Dungeon Master videos, so that I can post something every week.

So, without any further ado, let's get the weekend going...!

Holy crap, how could I forget...? Yeeeeeesssss! Channel 4 is going to show the new Agents Of SHIELD series, having won the rights out from under satellite TV's noses!

Also... Ben Affleck is our next Batman (as in Superman/Batman, coming 2015)? Interesting... and, it seems, not entirely popular. Could be a classic case of "wait and see".

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