Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How Is My 2017 TV Watching So Far

Once again, for the 4th straight time, I made a mid-year list of what TV shows I’ve watched and been watching so far, arranged from best to worst, per my personal taste…

Rick and Morty
Technically, the season 3 premier has been the only Rick and Morty episode out this year.  But since it was only this year that I got to watch this series, I will be considering the weight of its entirety (which includes seasons one and two).  Hence, it’s the best TV I’ve watched this year so far.  CLICK HERE for more of my thoughts on it.

Doctor Who Season 10
Excited to know who would be the next Doctor.  But for now, I’m relishing Peter Capaldi’s final season.  The first six episodes are among the best Twelfth Doctor episodes ever.  It started getting a bit hackneyed by episode seven though.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

'American Gods' Is a Solid TV Adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Brilliant Fantasy Novel

In American Gods, the gods of mythology and ancient civilizations had come to and settled in America via the immigrants that believed in them.  However, in the present, since they are no longer worshiped as much as in old times, or have been forgotten, these Old Gods have become weak.  Instead, embodiments of media, technology, and globalization are the New Gods that dominate modern-day America.  A con artist named Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), who used to be a very powerful Old God, aims to regain the glory of his kind by rallying them against the New Gods.  And caught between this looming war between Old and New Gods are ex-con Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), whom Wednesday hired as his bodyguard, and his recently deceased wife Laura (Emily Browning), who has been inadvertently reanimated by the lucky golden coin of the leprechaun Mad Sweeney (Pablo Shreiber).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

'Lucid Dream' Works as a Mystery Thriller, Fails as Science Fiction

Lucid Dream is a South Korean science fiction mystery thriller film about a journalist named Dae-ho (Go Soo) who turns to his psychiatrist friend So-hyun (Kang Hye-jung) and her lucid dreaming technology in order to access his subconscious memory of his son’s abduction three years ago.  With the help of Bang-seop (Sol Kyung-gu), the police detective assigned to the case who vowed to find his son, and Seong-pil (Park In-hwan), a grizzled private investigator, Dae-ho begins to track down the kidnappers from the clues he obtains from his lucid dream of the event, bringing him closer to finding out what happened to his son and who is ultimately behind his abduction.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Top 10 Moments of the 2017 NBA Finals

My other favorite moments of the 2016-2017 NBA season:
My Finals recaps:

The 2017 NBA Finals certainly didn’t lack unforgettable moments.  But, just like before, I only have room for ten of them.

10.) The Dubs Winning the Championship
Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way: the moment the Warriors became champions again.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Holy Mackerel, the Ludicrous Mayweather-McGregor Fight Is Actually Happening!

For a long time, semi-retired boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. and MMA star Connor “The Notorious” McGregor have engaged in upping each other’s arrogance and jawing – each claiming that the he could easily beat up the other.  As early as last year, there has been buzz that a crossover fight was under negotiations.  But I really thought that such a match wouldn’t come into fruition because, seriously, the idea is simply ridiculous.  Thus, I’m genuinely stunned that it actually pushed through, scheduled on August 26 at Las Vegas.  I guess nothing is too dumb and absurd when huge piles of money are involved.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

'A Dark Song' Engrosses, as It Takes Things Slow

Usually in movies, when a magical or occult ritual (or the like) is required to be performed, it’s just done through a quick sequence or montage.  In the Irish indie film A Dark Song, the ritual’s the entire movie.  (The next paragraph is my attempt of a non-spoiler synopsis, but I think the movie will turn out being more enjoyable if one has zero knowledge of the character motivations and clues of its reveals, so it’s fine if you skip reading that.)

Top 10 Moments of the 2017 NBA Playoffs

As I mentioned in my list for notable regular season moments, I originally intended to make a list for playoffs moments once the playoffs ends – that means after the Finals.  But since a lot of fun stuff has been going on the Finals, I think its notable moments deserve a list of their own.  Hence, this “notable playoffs moments” list just covers the first three rounds of the 2017 NBA playoffs.

10.) When John Wall Hit a Gutsy Gamewinning 3-pointer, Forcing Game 7 in the East Semis
John Wall only shot 9-of-25 that game, but he was able to nail the shot that mattered most.  Down by two and facing elimination, Wall received the ball for the Wizards’ last possession.  With Avery Bradley – probably the Celtics’ best defender – on him, Wall hit a trey with 3.5 seconds remaining, which turned out being the gamewinner.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

'The Belko Experiment' Is Decently Interesting and Thrilling, but It Doesn't Live Up to Its Potential

The Belko Experiment has this intriguing setup: 80 Belko Industries employees go to work in a remote company building in Bogota, Columbia, thinking it’s just going to be another ordinary day at the office.  Suddenly, steel shutters envelop the building, trapping them inside, and a voice in the intercom forces them to participate in a kill-or-be-killed, survival-of-the-fittest game.   If instructions aren’t met, they are going to be remotely killed – as each employee apparently had a nano-bomb implanted at the base of his or her skull when he or she was hired under the pretense that it’s supposed to be a tracking device in case he or she was kidnapped.  So alliances are made, friends become enemies, and chaos and slaughter ensues.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Cavs Are a Team With Nothing to Lose, and They Played as Such in Game 4

After earning a 3-0 lead in impressive fashion going into Game 4, the question is no longer whether the Warriors will win the championship or not, but when will they win it.  Regardless of the result of the game, nothing would really change – the Golden State Warriors are going to be the 2016-2017 champions.  Hence, the Cavaliers had nothing to lose in Game 4.  Might as well go supernova in the first quarter without concerning themselves about reserving energy for the home stretch.  And their attitude paid off.  They scored a Finals-record 49 points in the first quarter – resulting into 86 at the half, another Finals record.  The resulting lead was insurmountable enough for the Dubs to catch up to.

Friday, June 09, 2017

For the Cavs, Game 3 Was Game Over

For the first time this Finals, the Golden State Warriors didn’t rout the Cleveland Cavaliers.  But they still got the Game 3 win though.  Up 3-0, it’s now all but certain that they are going to win their second championship in three years.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

In Game 2, Kevin Durant Displayed His Great Versatility (at the Expense of Kevin Love)

After being destroyed in Game 1, the Cleveland Cavaliers did a better job in Game 2.  LeBron James was excellent (triple double, 12-of-18 shots), and the Cavs kept it competitive in the first half.  Then the second half came.  For the second straight game, they got humiliated.

Monday, June 05, 2017

DCEU Scores Its First Real Win with 'Wonder Woman'

At its fourth try, the DC Extended Universe has finally had a movie receiving universal acclaim.  And there’s something exhilarating and amusing about the fact that it was accomplished through the solo movie of, arguably, the least iconic of DC’s “Trinity.”  In this sense, it can be said Wonder Woman bested Batman and Superman!

Kudos to DC/Warner Bros.  They managed to release a Wonder Woman movie first before Marvel could release a Captain Marvel movie (which I thought would happen first since Marvel made an announcement first, and with all the lack of vision going on with DC/WB during that time).  Getting the first major-comicbook-movie-with-a-female-superhero-as-lead out ahead of their rivals is a good win for them.  In addition, it even turned out being the best DCEU movie so far (Suicide Squad is a far second).

Sunday, June 04, 2017

If Game 1 Is Any Indication, Klay Thompson Is Going to Be a Genuine Nightmare for the Cavs

The Golden State Warriors drew first blood in their record-setting third straight Finals matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Despite not quite functioning at their best (they missed a couple of easy layups and open looks; Klay and Draymond only combined for 6-of-29 shooting), they managed to rout the defending champions due primarily to the following reasons:

Saturday, June 03, 2017

'Raw' Is a Weird, Unsettling Coming-of-Age Film

The French-Belgian film Raw tells the story of Justine (Garance Marillier), a young girl who grew up in a family of vegetarians and veterinarians.  In her first week at veterinary school, she is hazed along with her co-freshmen by the upperclassmen.  As part of the hazing, the new class is splashed with blood and ordered to eat raw rabbit kidney.  Justine initially refuses, but she’s forced to do so eventually.  From this point onwards, things only get darker and more disturbing.