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Small Thoughts on Detective Pikachu

Small Thoughts on Detective Pikachu

This post is (10/31) of the Blaugust 2019 event! You can find out more about Blaugust over at Belghast’s blog. I (Chestnut) created a Twitter list of all participants. UltrViolet created an OPML file of all the bloggers to import into your feed reader.

Wednesday night was date night, and as is tradition for Manthing and me, we sat down in front of the television to watch something and eat dinner to kick off our weekly four-ish hours together. Sometimes we watch something on Netflix (most recently IT Crowd and Sherlock), or pick a movie (recent selections including Aquaman and 10 Things I Hate About You), but it is typically something that one or neither of us has watched in entirety.

This past week, we watched Detective Pikachu. Neither one of us had seen it, and he was looking forward to watching it, whereas I was indifferent to seeing the movie.

Overall, I thought it was okay. The ending was a feel-good ending, but the ridiculousness of the writing in the first twenty minutes or so of the movie was off putting, and then carried into the entirety of the movie for me. It almost felt as though the writers were trying to make Deadpool, but for kids. I just couldn’t get over the start of the movie and get fully immersed into the rest of it until very close to the end.

I want to give the movie another try, and see if maybe having a bad day (I was in a lot of pain) affected my initial opinions of the movie. Right now I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to watch it again, but I wouldn’t change the channel if it were on.

Unpopular Opinion: Movie Edition

Unpopular Opinion: Movie Edition

This post is (4/31) of the Blaugust 2019 event! You can find out more about Blaugust over at Belghast’s blog. I (Chestnut) created a Twitter list of all participants. UltrViolet created an OPML file of all the bloggers to import into your feed reader.

Something I’ve seen going around the blogosphere and twittersphere is this XKCD comic. And I figured it’d make a nice simple post to try to figure out which movie I like falls into this. I was a bit confused with “below 50%”, however, because there’s both an audience score and the “tomatometer”, so I decided to go by either score.

I found that one of my absolute favorite movies (starring Bill Nighy and Alan Rickman) scored a solid 19% on the Tomatometer, and a 55% on the audience score. What movie, you ask? Blow Dry.

A lot of complaints about the movie seem to be that it’s “too formulaic”, which, I agree, it is. But it’s sweet. It’s a story of choosing your family. It is one of the first representations of LGBTQIA+ family that I remember seeing. Plus it’s just funny and cute, and the soundtrack is so much fun. It’s one of those movies that I absolutely have to put on when I’m feeling terrible because I just can’t help but laugh at the quips that come standard with British humor.

Besides, it’s Alan Rickman. That’s honestly the reason I picked it up at Blockbuster the first time I saw it, but it’s not what made me love it. Have you guys done this “challenge” yet?

#Listmas: Holiday Questionnaire Fun

#Listmas: Holiday Questionnaire Fun

So I’m getting back from vacation and into the swing of things. I figured I’d take it easy and do something simple to get me back into the swing of writing. I stumbled upon this cute little questionnaire over at A Life More Kawaii, and figured I’d fill it out as a way to exercise my brain and fingers.

Art by Momo-Deary

Favorite holiday movie?
White Christmas is away and by far my favorite holiday movie in existence. I’ve always loved the movies that my Grandmother would play for us as kids (1950s movies and the like), and White Christmas just stuck with me. Plus, it’s Bing singing great songs.

What are 3 things on your wish list this year?
The Saga graphic novels collection, Sailor Moon Season 1 DVDs, and Sailor Moon graphic novels. Two of which I received from Chaide for Christmas, and one from my brother. I feel very lucky that they got me them. I may or may not have squeed a bunch over all of it.

Why yes, I do have a Sailor Moon addiction. Problem?

Does it snow where you live? 
Not usually. Living in the south pretty much guarantees it’s a rare occurrence. But when we do get snow, it’s Snowmageddon.

Which winter holiday do you celebrate?
I was born and raised Catholic, so I grew up celebrating Christmas. While I consider myself more spiritual now, than following any particular religion, we still celebrate Christmas. However, I really just enjoy the season and that it tends to bring out the best in people–which really is the true meaning of the Holidays.

Worst gift you’ve ever gotten?
For Christmas? Uh, I’m not sure. I don’t think I’ve ever thought, “this is a terrible gift”. I’m always thankful that people take their time to get me something, because it’s definitely not a necessity.

Biggest pet peeve about the holiday season?
Aside from it “starting” before Thanksgiving? (Which is completely my biggest pet peeve in existence–let each holiday have its own time to shine without overlapping!) The fact that people get all righteous over the holidays. Not everyone is Christian, or Jewish, or Pagan. And while not everyone of these faiths gets uppity, the few that do are very vocal. Why can’t we all just get along and be decent human beings to each other, which is the prime teaching in every single religion?

Favorite seasonal song?
I think it goes without saying that it’s Bing’s version of White Christmas.

Would you rather it be cold and cloudy, or be kind of warm out?
I prefer cold and cloudy. Because maybe we’ll get some snow that way.

Hot chocolate or eggnog?
I used to adore eggnog when I was younger, but I think I’ve just grown out of it. I’d give it a try if it were that homemade stuff, though. Hot chocolate would have to be my answer–though it’s a year-round thing.

Favorite thing to wear during the holiday season?
Leggings! Even though I’m plus size, I love to wear leggings. Though I usually wear them with dresses because who needs “winter dresses” when you can wear summer ones with leggings?!

Anybody you’re hoping to bump into under the mistletoe?
I think mistletoe is kinda dumb. Always have. Always avoided it, and still do.

Embarrassing holiday story?
I don’t know of any embarrassing ones. Though I do remember in middle school one of the few times we had Christmas Eve at our house, my grandpa had a heart attack and had to be carted to the hospital in an ambulance…

Favorite holiday treat?
One of my grandmothers makes these “ginger cream” cookies that are to die for. But I can’t share the recipe with you–it’s a family secret. But seriously, they’re this molasses cookie with spices and icing and they’re soft and oh-so-tasty.

Latest you’ve stayed up on New Year’s Eve?
I’ve done the ball drop a couple times. Honestly, it’s not my thing. I’d rather stay up and play video games. Which I think is the plan this year, too!

Favorite holiday character?
I honestly don’t know that I have one. I can only really think of the Grinch and he’s not a favorite or anything.

Do bird boyfriends count as holiday characters?

What are you doing for the holidays this year?
This year we flew up to visit my family for the holidays and spent some time with them, which was very nice. Though I think next time we might make it a bit shorter because the poor cats were so upset.

Favorite pie flavor?
I know it’s a sin, but… pie really isn’t my thing. So no thanks. I’ll take some home-baked cookies!

Your favorite holiday tradition growing up?
My father’s birthday is early December, so we’d always decorate the house for his birthday, and then put the tree up a week or two later.

White lights or colored lights?
Depends on which ornaments we’re using to decorate the tree! And if we’re not doing a tree and just lights, depends on the area and the general lighting/decoration situation.

What tops your tree?
Chaide and I don’t do a tree at home (three cats…), but my parents have an angel topper that my mother made to top their tree.

Candy canes – Yum or Yuck?
I love minty things! Gum, candy canes, soft peppermint candies…

Favorite gift ever received?
Just being able to visit my family for the first time in 2.5 years was pretty much the greatest thing ever.

Favorite seasonal activity?
Does staying home and doing nothing but gaming count as a seasonal activity?

Favorite seasonal story?
I don’t really know that I have one…

Which of the “12 Days of Christmas” would you most like to receive?
I’ll take the ten lords a-leaping. Especially if they look like some sexy Otome boys. *fans self*

I can’t wait to play this~
Event Horizon

Event Horizon

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So in raid last night, we came to Gravitron’s room, and a guild member, Marlis, just casually mentioned that the room reminded them of Event Horizon. I’ve only ever seen Event Horizon once, and it was creepy as fuck. But I’d definitely watch it again.

Honestly, the only thing about the room is a somewhat out of place is the globe in the middle with moving rings. We don’t really see Eldan items like this around. I wonder if it’s the Genetic Archive itself? But, why would one put it on the first floor by the “piddly” bosses? Shouldn’t it be with Ohmna?

I also wonder if the Devs tasked with creating the vibe for the Genetic Archives raid pulled from Event Horizon for the ambience of the room, or if they just kinda said, “Hey! Wouldn’t it be cool to have a big floating ball in the middle of the room for no reason?!”.

Calmed Down

Calmed Down

I’m Scared, Yo

So, I’ve calmed down since writing the WildStar post yesterday. And while I do feel that NCSoft has a financial model change up its sleeve, I have to admit that I’m really scared.

I’ve never been actively playing a game during a shift in model. More often than not, I’d play a game some, get distracted by another game, and then come back to the game after the model change. Or, I’d played it as it released B2P.

However, much as I don’t particularly care for NCSoft as a whole company, they do have great B2P models in their repertoire, so that helps to calm my nerves, some. Also, if WildStar goes anything like ESO, I think we’re in for a smooth transition, IF/WHEN it is announced.

From what I know of the ESO community, many people deem their developers much as we see Carbine developers–people who really do want to listen and give us the best game possible. So I guess the love and dedication the development team has for the game and the community is another reason to help make me not so scared.

But mostly, it’s the community at large. So long as things don’t go down the toilet, and the community stays, things will be fine, and quite possibly get even better!

But, this is all speculation, of course. And my feels. Because talking about my feels is good, right?

Game-Free Night

Tonight, Chaide and I are going to take a gaming break for the week and curl up with some Brie en Croute, fruit, and summer sausage in front of the television and watch Animatrix and Matrix Revolutions.

I’ve only seen both of those once, so I’m looking forward to watching them again. While Revolutions wasn’t the best movie, I do feel it did a good job of wrapping up the story. And Animatrix is just amazing. One, because it’s anime, and two, because the story depth and the way all of them tie into the Matrix universe as a whole is pretty freaking awesome.

Tomorrow we plan on doing an Explorer’s Night, where we go through a low level zone in WildStar and just smash face on everything, and help some low level guildies and non-guildies with elite mobs and quests and such. We’re also going to give another go at the Goldensun Essence. So if you’re on Entity and interested, you should come along!

This weekend is really busy, so I’m not sure we’ll get in any TSW or FFXIV. So if not, I’m going to try to convince Chaide to get some in on Monday, which has essentially become the “guild’s day off” from scheduled events. Officers and members schedule things on our calendar Tuesday through Sunday, but never Monday. It’s interesting, because it’s almost like it’s become an unofficial thing…

This is a different kind of post for me, and I’m not sure how I like it. But I want to write more, even when I don’t have a lot of gaming stuff to write about. So constructive feedback is welcome.