What’s Up 2020: Week 47

Welcome to another Weekly recap! Week 47 friends! Its almost the end of 2020 and winter is definitely arrived for us as we’re snowing outside as this posts goes up! Its been a decent week overall. Sorting out a few things and finding time to do some other bits and pieces of stuff. Work is still a bit wild so I’m taking it easy on the blogging front so its been fair and few for posting schedule (which let’s admit is close to non-routine at this point). Let’s check it out!

READING

Currently reading: Wayward Kindred

I haven’t actually started it but I figured I needed something to cleanse my palate from reading novels so I wanted to check out my latest graphic novel addition from TO Comics that I had backed for Kickstarter. They always publish really awesome content but they had mentioned that COVID-19 has caused some potential issues so hopefully, it won’t be the end. I haven’t gone back to check on the news regarding the TO Comics situation. Excited to start this one up.

PLAYING

  • Typoman: Revised

We finished an entire game in one sitting on Saturday night which was crazy. Its been a while since we’ve done that. Typoman: Revised is a pretty fun platformer. Short and sweet for the most part. Its fairly straight-forward and plays with the use of battling with words. The words do get a little more repetitive by the end as to which to make but the final battle is about quick reflexes so that was pretty fun. I’ll get a review on Game Warp soon. Game Warp activity should be getting back soon with written reviews as our main focus and the podcast being discussion content but we are organizing schedule to make it all work out right now. Too many projects, too little time..haha!

WATCHING

  • Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given (2020)
  • Dumplin’ (2018)
  • Work It (2020)
  • The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020)
  • The Crossing (2018)

This week has been pretty great on the watching front. A good pile of fun stuff. Kevin Hart’s latest Netflix Comedy special is very to the times as the audience is all wearing masks plus, its overall a fun time. Some bits worked a little less but that’s normal in any stand-up comedy show. I had a lot of laugh out loud moments so for me, that’s already pretty good.

On the movie front, there were some meh movies but I’ll talk about Princess Switch’s sequel for next month’s Christmas rundown. The movies that I’ve been watching on repeat a lot in the background or whatnot is Dumplin’ and The Crossing. Dumplin’ is a feel-good movie through and through and The Crossing is this indie Chinese film that is done so well. Every time I watch it, I see these subtle details that make it even better. Really awesome stuff! If anything, its made me really focus on hunting down some indie Chinese cinema. There seems to be a lot of hidden gems and some upcoming talent to discover.

BINGING

Currently binging: Meeting Mr. Right S3, You Are So Sweet, Professional Single, Walk Into Your Memory, Our Song S2, Sing or Spin S2, Detective College S3, Everybody Stand By S2, The Wolf, Nothing But Thirty

Everything I’m watching is fairly decent although I’m debating whether to finish Walk Into Your Memory right now as its starting to lose its appeal halfway through. Professional Single and You Are So Sweet are my faves as its really just sweet romances overall but Professional Single is ending soon so I figured I’d share that one since the pairing is really cute.

As for new series, I started up a ton of new things, the only two that will stay right now is The Wolf which was a surprise drop that came with a lot of news which is why it caught my attention. Plus, its the first series of Sean Xiao released after the dumb news stuff that happened in February 2020 which I believe might still be stirring up another wave of stupid, but hey, I support the guy since I don’t think the situation is his fault. This series has high potential to be those revenge and love stories which I might find frustrating. Right now, its still okay. We will see since Sean Xiao hasn’t even showed up yet. I’m hoping his existence will help since I’m really not enjoying the main actress’s acting style. Some issues but nothing detrimental just yet since its only 6 episodes in.

With that said, I decided to finally start Nothing But Thirty because that was the breakout series this year about three ladies in their 30s experiencing different things. It churned up a lot of talk and its been recommended to me so I figured that I’d check it out. I’ll report back when I get further whether I think its worth all the chat.

That’s it for this week’s recap!
What have you been watching/playing/reading/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 46

Its another week! And I finally remembered what day of the week it is! Improvements, right? Getting things back on track and trying to pull myself out of all this delayed posts that need to go up. Either way, this week was okay. I took things a little slower but its all moving forward gradually. Plus, its mid-November, which means I can start putting Christmas decorations in the house which making this gloomy autumn feel a little less gloomy.

Enough rambling, lets see what’s happening!

READING

  • Nothing Good Happens After Midnight (Review)

Currently reading: The Girl on the Train

After a huge reading frenzy for Nothing Good Happens After Midnight, I managed to get it up on time. Its a pretty decent book and definitely so because of the authors that was involved in all the stories compiled. I’ve only actually read one or two authors other works in this list but definitely going to look up some of their other books.

However, The Girl On The Train has been sitting around in the currently reading for a while so I’m going to work on finishing that. Once that’s done, 2020 Goodreads Reading Challenge will be done and I can start surpassing it. I shouldn’t count my chickens before they hatch though, right?

PLAYING

  • Double Kick Heroes

Currently playing: Numberzilla

Technically speaking, Double Kick Heroes is still something that I’m playing. I did finish up the second difficulty, Hard Rock and will working on some of the achievements. However, I’m on the 3rd difficulty Metal and I might have plateaued at one of the levels so I’m going to put it aside and start something else on PC soon while having it in the background as something to go back to. Double Kick Heroes is still a fun game. There’s some hidden achievements that will open up new levels that I’m aiming to do. For rhythm game lovers like myself, its a fun one especially since it packs the beat ’em up concept and zombies and metal. For a non-metal music listener typically, I liked a lot of its music.

As for right now, I’m playing Numberzilla on mobile. Surprisingly zen experience. It plays with matching numbers and a little simple addition to play through the puzzle. A fairly challenging sort of game seeing as I’ve only been able to clear the board once (or it might be just my own issue).

Still thinking about the next PC game to check out, I’ll check in with that next week.

WATCHING

  • The Reef (2010 rewatch, Review)
  • Robin Hood (2018)
  • Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia (2020)

A quiet movie watching week as I spent more time reading over the weekend and watching some TV and such. Either way, I did a rewatch for upcoming Season 6 production for Shark Week for Movies and Tea for The Reef. It’ll be a while before that gets released. Finally went back to finish up Michelle Buteau’s Netflix Comedy Special, Welcome to Buteaupia which was pretty good overall.

That leads up to the only new watch of the week making it no choice but to highlight it and that’s Robin Hood. It’s an alright movie. Its pretty much what is expected for this one. I had rented it as a cheap rental and it was going to expire so had to watch it. I do like the Robin Hood story and they shuffled it around a little. I couldn’t help but compare it to the Robin Hood segment for Once Upon a Time though, which feels like I probably shouldn’t…

BINGING

  • Dash + Lily (Season 1, 2020)
  • Love Signal S3 (2020)
  • The Journey Across The Night (2020)

Currently binging: Meeting Mr. Right S3, You Are So Sweet, Professional Single, Walk Into Your Memory, Our Song S2, Sing or Spin S2, Everybody Stand By 2

This week saw a few shows wrapping up. Love Signal Season 3 had its final episode where it had people from all three seasons showing up for a final little talk. I’m sure its a last minute arrangement due to issues with one of the candidates for Season 3 making them have to edit out a lot of content. At the same time, I also started up Dash + Lily on Netflix in preparation for December content. Its a fun series especially in COVID times where we can’t go anywhere and it goes on a little New York adventure.

However, my highlight goes to The Journey Across the Night which ended. The series itself is pretty good. I just thought maybe they ended it at a point where it could have gone on to more interesting premise. I’m hoping its all a plan to have a Season 2 but I don’t know. It has a focus on mental illness and the ending hints at this misunderstanding of this mental illness that takes on nice little twist. Either way, I’m going to do a TV binge on it at some point. Maybe clear out a bunch of this before the end of the year (which seems like it’ll arrive faster than I can imagine).

The only new addition this week would have to be starting up a drama that was released earlier this year called Walk Into Your Memory also starring Eden Zhao in You Are So Sweet. I have to say that I still like it using his own voice instead of being dubbed. Either way, we will see how both pans out. I can’t say I’m really engaged in Walk Into Your Memory so its something of a filler series right now.

That’s it for Week 46 recap!
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 45

Another week has past by. I have to say to due to my current real job workload, the stress is getting to me so things are a bit behind on wrapping up the film festival reviews. I’m hoping to get it done soon but its the reality. Its also the reality that I’m coming to terms with right now that this unfixed schedule for blogging will be what’s going to happen for the next while until things settle down in real life so to not add extra stress. With that said, I’m still taking some time to relax and as its beginning of November, I’m starting to finalize a project (or two) for next year to change things up a little or maybe better wording it as changing the format of some of the segments right now.

Either way, that’s whats been going on behind the scenes for myself. Figured that I should address the weird posting schedule that’s been going on for the past month or so.

Let’s recap what happened last week!

READING

Currently reading: Nothing Good Happens After Midnight, The Girl on the Train

Starting up this book for an upcoming blog tour commitment! Reading is definitely on the low right now but look forward to this next week.

PLAYING

Currently playing: Double Kick Heroes

Taking a little time to game a little more to just break through everything and to relax. Nothing like a rhythm game that packs in entertainment, focus and music. I finished the game once on the easiest difficulty to get back into the groove and working through it a second time on the medium difficulty (Hard Rock difficulty) which was how I had played it in early access. Its the difficulty that I enjoy more.

WATCHING

Come True
  • The Farewell (2019 rewatch)
  • Bloodthirsty (2020, Review)
  • The Return (2020)
  • Come True (2020)
  • A Simple Favor (2018)

The movie watching has finally dropped back down to a normal amount. As Blood in the Snow Festival wrapped up over the weekend, the last few movies were all fairly decent. I’m working on the last 2 reviews right now to at least get that done and over with. I’m a bit delayed on the remaining Festival du Nouveau Cinema reviews with four reviews left or something. Just a quick update. The highlight of this week goes to Come True, the final movie of the BITS festival and happened to sweep up a lot of the festival’s awards, all of which I do agree with. Its a very unique story, premise and the ending is fantastic.

I rewatched The Farewell for the Season 6 production of Movies and Tea and it actually resonated even more on the second viewing. It seems that I never reviewed this one before here (oddly) so I’m going to get one up. As for the surprise of the week, it goes to the rental, A Simple Favor which is not my pick of the week but one that I had a lot of fun watching. Review coming up once I get back to double features.

BINGING

  • Go Newbies (Season 1, 2020)

Currently binging: Sing or Spin S2, Love Signal S3, Professional Single, The Journey Across The Night, Our Song S2, You Are So Sweet , Meeting Mr. Right S3

Go Newbies wrapped up. It was a fun little show about celebrities getting their driver’s lessons and the whole process. It was pretty fun to learn about the different laws in China and it was a fun experience overall to see how their driving tests are structured. Learning new things while having fun is always a good combination. No TV binge post for this but I do hope that they do a second season.

As The Journey Across The Night and Love Signal S3 heads into one more week before it ends, I’ve been looking for some new things to watch. You Are So Sweet is the latest one which is so far fairly generic but I like the cast and its about voice acting business which is a cool angle. I do have to say that Professional Single is still the most anticipated watch for me every week and variety shows like Our Song S2 and Meeting Mr. Right S3 also really entertaining.

A super late What’s Up this week!
Like I said, funky post schedule.
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 44

Welcome to another week of What’s Up 2020! I’ve been a bit confused with the days of the week since its been just wild at work. Either way, its been a little crazy in general. I’m hoping that once the film festivals wrap up that I’ll take a little moment to get things all back into order. For now, let’s check out what’s up this past week!

READING

Currently reading: The Girl on the Train

C’mon! Who am I kidding? No progress. I don’t want to make excuses for myself. I only have one pair of eyes and its been on overtime trying to catch up with film festivals so reading has been put aside. Light at the end of the tunnel though so we’ll be back to reading soon!

PLAYING

Currently playing: Double Kick Heroes

I’ve managed to get two 15 minute sessions of Double Kick Heroes in. Its more to relax and not have to commit too much since Double Kick Heroes is essentially different 2 to 3 minute songs to play though for their rhythm game style. Its listening to music, gaming and relaxing all at the same time. Plus, its the silliest zombified creatures that we kill. The last level, I was killing zombified sheeps and rams. The beginning part was zombie chickens.

WATCHING

  • Happy Death Day (2017, Review)
  • Happy Death Day 2U (2019, Review)
  • Shall We Play? (2020, Review)
  • A Thief’s Daughter (2019)
  • Bleed With Me (2020, Review)
  • Poissonsexe (2020)
  • Wisdom Tooth (2019)
  • Holidate (2020)
  • For The Sake of Vicious (2020, Review)
  • Moving On (2019)
  • Red Post on Escher Street (2020, Review)

Yet again a rather packed watch list. As we wrapped up the 31 Days of Halloween and Festival du Nouveau Cinema finished on October 31st. Reviews are still coming up as you can see the lack of review links. I went on a watching rampage to cram everything in before it wasn’t accessible anymore. Other than the highlight, I do think that Happy Death Day was my pleasant surprise watch that I really had a ton of fun discovering. Even the sequel was pretty good. With Blood in the Snow Festival also starting up, there’s some pretty cool premises but nothing that I’m super excited about yet. For the Sake of Vicious is so far the best watch and its not really horror but more revenge action thriller.

However, I felt like I need to highlight an FNC film choice. These last few movies were all pretty solid and the reason why I do like covering the festival. Its all deep movies and dramas which is why I don’t watch dramas a lot. The highlight for the week is Sion Sono’s Red Post on Escher Street and my review really says everything about why I like it so much. I like movies that don’t have a ton of meaning in context but end up being this ridiculously fun experience.

BINGING

perfect and casual
  • Perfect and Casual (2020)

Currently binging: Professional Single, Our Song 2, Love Signal 3, Go Newbies, The Journey Across The Night, Meeting Mr. Right: Season 3

I’m taking it easy on TV for a while since with the festivals, I’m really behind on TV binges (not that I wasn’t before but now even Netflix series are behind which I’m normally pretty timely at releasing). With that said, Perfect and Casual, a series that I loved a ton, wrapped up. Its such a fun series. The chemistry was great and the story was fun. Although I have to say all these contract marriages concept is getting a bit overly used. I have my eye on a few others and saw they also had the same story premise. This one has those feel-good vibes where the guy character is designed really well. Plus, I like Miles Wei so maybe I’m a little biased.

With that said, Professional Single is approaching the first half done and its super cute. The Journey Across The Night is nearing the end and still, the other shoe hasn’t quite dropped about the main male lead’s fate which I suspect should turn dark and honestly, I’m looking forward to it (hopefully it will happen). As for variety shows, Love Signal 3 is in its final 2 episodes and Go Newbies should be in its final one or two episodes although Meeting Mr. Right S3 and Our Song 2 is fairly early in their season. All shows that I’m enjoying. I’m going to need to look for some other Chinese dramas to start up soon. Just a little indecisive on what to tackle next. There’s a few detective mystery genre series that I have my eye on.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 43

Another week is upon us. This past week was rather unproductive in a lot of regards since its two film festivals are going to overlap so I’m in preparation mode to try to get ahead which has proven to be a little less productive than I’d like. Let’s check it out!

READING

Currently reading: The Girl on the Train

No progress in reading. I really wanted to but just didn’t get around to it. I’m not going to say anything for this right now since progress should be minimal for at least another week or two.

PLAYING

Currently playing: Double Kick Heroes

Took a little moment as a palate cleanser and to brush off some writer’s block to play Double Kick Heroes. Its been something that I’ve been meaning to do since its full release. I started back up from lower difficulty since I hadn’t played a long time plus started the game from the beginning because I realized that the progress I made in demo didn’t really translate into achievements. Its definitely more polished and I’m really enjoying it a lot (just as much as when I played it in early access phase).

WATCHING

Caught in the Net
  • Sin La Habana (2020)
  • Slender Man (2018, Review)
  • Drowsy City (2019, Review)
  • The Tremor (2020, Review)
  • Caught in the Net (2020, Review)
  • Truth or Dare (2017, Review)
  • Truth or Dare: Extended Director’s Cut (2018, Review)
  • Cocoon (2020)
  • Anything For Jackson (2020)
  • The Book of Vision (2020)

Technically I still have a whole 10 to 15 short films that I also watched during the weekend but its a bit intense so I left it out. Not a whole lot of difference from the last week as trying to power through Festival du Nouveau Cinema (which is still not as optimal progress as I’d like), still working through 31 Days of Horror/Halloween and started working on the Blood in the Snow Festival coverage. Its taking a little longer than usual and I’m pretty much behind but I will find some way to catch back up with everything. At least as of today, I’m only one day behind for 31 Days of Horror and that’s the most pressing.

A few movies that I wanted to highlight this week especially the Festival du Nouveau Cinema. I don’t usually highlight documentaries but Caught in the Net really shocked me a lot. At the same time, I really do need to mention coming of age film Cocoon and horror movie Anything For Jackson which both are quite impressive also. I do want to add that The Book of Vision is a beautiful movie but I will talk more about it in the review as I need a day or two extra to figure it all out in my mind about what I watched.

BINGING

  • Unsolved Mysteries (Volume 2, 2020)

Currently binging: Perfect and Casual, Our Song 2, Professional Single, Love Signal 3, Go Newbies, The Journey Across The Night, Meeting Mr. Right: Season 2

We are big fans of Unsolved Mysteries Volume 1 on Netflix (review) so its not surprise that we got onto watching Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 the weekend after its release. I had started watching it a little before on my own. There are some very good cases to look at. At the same time, there are always some that stand out more than the others. Actually in this case, my husband and I actually had opposite feelings about one case in particular.

Perfect and Casual and The Journey Across the Night will both be in the last week or two. Our Song 2 has been pairing up some good stuff. The B group included some powerhouse singers like Coco Lee, G.E.M.,Jordan Chan Yunlong Zheng, a few that I really do like quite a lot. Professional Single is quickly becoming a series that I love a ton. The new addition this week is the prelude episode to kick of Meeting Mr. Right: Season 3 which includes Elva Hsiao and her boyfriend which seems like an interesting one. One thing that the pandemic has done is pull a lot of these people that previously didn’t do variety/reality shows to pop up in more places.

That’s it for What’s Up!
What have you been playing/watching/reading/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 42

Time is just flying by, right? I feel like I start off this segment the same way every week. I just happen to need more time in a day to get everything done (and maybe an energy boost with all the gloomy rainy weather this week). Either way, Festival du Nouveau Cinema is still going on until the end of October and I’m trying to work super hard (which is not going quite as planned) in order to start getting ready for the next festival coverage. Regardless, let’s check out the week!

READING

Currently reading: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Just cracked open a new book that’s been sitting on my bookshelf for a while. The Girl On The Train is one that I’ve been wanting to read. I literally just opened the book so haven’t really gotten really far. Not much to say at this point.

PLAYING

  • Detective S

I had wanted to play this game Detective S but its one of those fake free games where it gives you the first case for free and then tries to get you to unlock the rest by buying in-game stuff without any way to unlock it for free. The game is really a mystery case solved by find the difference mini-games.

WATCHING

  • The Edge of Seventeen (2017 rewatch, Review)
  • Siberia (2020, Review)
  • Violation (2020, Review)
  • The Bridge Curse (2020, Review)
  • Wish Upon (2017)
  • Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
  • My Salinger Year (2020)
  • Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
  • Kill It and Leave This Town (2020)
  • XX (2017)

Some rentals, some prep for Movies and Tea, some Halloween movie marathon picks and of course, FNC watches: There’s some pretty good movies that I had to decide between. Violation is a really good one that I liked quite a bit and the horror anthologies were pretty good as well but that double feature is coming up really soon. Jumanji: The Next Level was pretty on par to nice fun and entertainment, exactly what I needed to cut through all the more serious or horror picks this past week. However, the highlight of this week goes to My Salinger Year which was a lovely little story that played a little like The Devil Wears Prada but in the literary agent/publishing world.

BINGING

perfect and casual

Currently binging: Perfect and Casual, The Journey Across The Night, Love Signal 3, Go Newbies, Our Song 2

Nothing that wrapped up this week. I did rewatch Julie and the Phantoms quite a bit as background whenever I was writing so I didn’t add it in since that doesn’t really count. I have to get a TV binge for that one done soon.

Some new additions of the currently binging like Perfect and Casual which is my highlight this week and Our Song 2 which is also quite good since this season they found some great singers to join in like Joey Yung, Alan Tam, Kenny Bee and Jeff Chang as well as some good younger generation to pair with them that were great like recently Bonbon 303 centre Curley Gao and Tai Yi which were the two that I knew from before.

Perfect and Casual was my actual binge this week as I caught up with 3 weeks of episodes or something. I love the actor Miles Wei and he’s been mostly doing supporting or 2nd male leads but this time, he has the 1st male lead and I’m all for it. Its such a cute chemistry between the two plus I really hope this is successful and he gets more first lead roles in other TV series.

That’s it for this week’s What’s Up!
I’m falling a bit behind on everything so hoping to catch up in the coming week! Fingers crossed!
What have you been watching/reading/binging/playing?

What’s Up 2020: Week 41

A bit of a late one today since I lost track of time with Thanksgiving happening on Monday and having a day off and a change in my work situation which has everything all upside down right now. Either way, I realized it just now so here we are with a rushed What’s Up piece before I run off to wrap up something else!

READING

To Reap the Spirit
  • Undine

Currently reading: To Reap the Spirit (The Dead Dreamer Series #3)

I’ve been a little bit lazy with reading of late and it has to do with another film festival that popped up. With that said, I have a reading commitment for a blog tour that’s literally happening this week so its been a rush phase finishing up the reading last week. However, I did watch a movie that inspired me to go check out Undine which is a German fairy tale novella. Its an interesting one to say the least.

PLAYING

cat force

Currently playing: Cat Force, Find Out

I never got around to starting Simulacra although its definitely still on my mind but I’m going to be realistic and not tease it any further and just stick with that I’m actually having time to play and that’s Cat Force, which I believe that I’ve reached the end of that game for me although I’m also still playing Find Out and that game is still so much fun.

WATCHING

Topside
  • Raw (2016, Review)
  • Future World (2018)
  • Hall (2020)
  • The Cloud in Her Room (2020)
  • Topside (2020, Review)
  • Diary of the Dead (2007, Review)
  • Survival of the Dead (2009, Review)
  • Mamà, Mamà, Mamà (2020, Review)
  • Undine (2020)
  • Jack Whitehall: At Large (2017)
  • Jack Whitehall: I’m Only Joking (2020)
  • #Alive (2020)
  • Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)

Between Festival du Nouveau Cinema coverage (which the writing is going incredibly slow) and October’s Halloween marathon trying to hit the 31 Days of Halloween, its been a wild ride on the movie watching front. I did watch a few really good movies though plus everything isn’t completely off track considering FNC is just a week into the festival and it runs for the rest of the month. I’d recommend a few like Mamà Mamà Mamà and Undine and of course, my highlight of this week goes to Topside which is an amazing movie!

Although, if we talk about other movies here, Raw is a very good movie and I have some upcoming double feature for Halloween marathon picks that were some great watches! Lots on the movie front in terms of writing coming up once I get things back into a certain routine this month with all the changes.

BINGING

  • The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)

Currently binging: Love Signal 3, The Journey Across the Night, Go Newbies

Would you look at the short list of TV happening right now? I really shaved off a lot of stuff that I was watching and didn’t start new things. Obviously the reason is because of movies but then I just couldn’t not watch The Haunting of Bly Manor right away. Plus, I was scared social media would start sharing all kinds of spoiler even if I try to avoid it. I love Mike Flanagan and The Haunting of Bly Manor is really great. It was a trip that sent shivers down my spine and had me on a edge a lot. The horror that gets me the most is anything related to ghosts and spirits so this stuff is right up my alley.

With that said, The Journey Across the Night that no one is watching sadly is a TV drama with that kind of psychological thriller twist to it that I really like. Plus, its set in Hong Kong and meshes Cantonese and Mandarin dialogue which I really appreciate. Its a ton of fun so far with some creepy moments. Hopefully more people will watch it. I would have loved to do a TV binge for it in October but the series runs into November since it only releases 3 new episodes a week.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
Hopefully your week has been less of a confusing rush of stuff!
What have you been reading/watching/binging/playing?

What’s Up 2020: Week 40

Every week is going by so fast. I don’t know if its just being really busy with work or trying to focus on getting the Halloween movie marathon going on track this past week or its just trying to make it through day by day and not think about those record high pandemic case increase every day. Either way, Week 40 means 12 weeks until the end of the year. Judging from how quickly the year has gone by, its probably going to zoom by as well. Another film festival is just around the corner and I apparently hate free time so I’m trying to get organized so that things run smoothly with the movie marathon month as well but I’ll talk about that more in the “WATCHING” section. Let’s check out how the week went!

READING

To Reap the Spirit

Currently reading: To Reap the Spirit (The Dead Dreamer Series #3)

Started up the third book of The Dead Dreamer series To Reap the Spirit which has been accompanying me throughout the past year (if not less than that). Its been a fun world to dive into. I’m still very early in the book so I’m not going to say much about it yet but I went into this with high hopes so I’m hoping that it’ll live up to it!

PLAYING

Playing next: Simulacra

I’m not going to lie that gaming as really been in the back of my mind. Just generally running out of time when it comes to trying to start up a new game. Its a bit wild seeing as I haven’t changed my mind on what to play but really just haven’t sat down to do it. Although I do blame it on a few things. My constant replay of Julie and the Phantoms as background to work on stuff and the need to get stuff prepared for the movie marathon. I’ll get back to it but my mind is a little scattered…

WATCHING

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)
  • By Night’s End (2020, Review)
  • Day of the Dead (1985)
  • Land of the Dead (2005)

Moving along with the movie marathon mostly this past week while having some picks for Movies and Tea working really well into what I need for this Halloween/Horror month. Aside from that, media accreditation for Festival du Nouveau Cinema came in and as Montreal moved into maximum alert meaning theatres are shut, they have gone completely virtual running from October 7th to 31st with an array of new age cinema that always has something interesting to discover every single year. I have a preliminary list set out to cover but the challenge is to see how on track I can be between festival coverage and the Halloween marathon!

As for highlight this week, it has to go to A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night! An incredibly unique take on a vampire film and another Spectrevision win! It’ll be part of a coming double feature and also happens to be part of production for Season 6 of Movies and Tea so I’m not going to talk too much about it here.

BINGING

  • Julie and the Phantoms (Season 1, 2020)
  • Count Your Lucky Stars (2020)
  • Sing On! Germany (Season 1, 2020)
  • Ratched (Season 1, 2020)

Currently binging: Love Signal 3, Go Newbies, The Journey Across The Night, Intense Love

I just can’t decide for this week which stood out more so I decided to just forget about choosing and highlight all three! I’ve been harping on about Count Your Lucky Stars the past week or two so I finally decided that I had to let it go and watched the last 2 episodes and I still think its a great series. Top 5 of the year from what it looks like. However, I did manage to finally get back into more Netflix series and finished (then finished another 2 times) Julie and the Phantoms. It brought some High School Musical vibes and then I realized that the director of HSM is responsible for Julie and the Phantoms so it all makes sense, right? Finally, I’ve had my eye on Ratched since I’m a big fan of Sarah Paulson and it didn’t disappoint at all. I want to add this one to the Halloween marathon rundown so I’m working on the TV binge sooner rather than later.

That’s it for this week’s What’s Up!
What have you been playing/watching/reading/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 39

Two recap posts in a day everyone! I would usually put them together but I wanted to do the announcement portion separate so bumped this post to release later than usual instead. Things are relatively back on track as preparation mode for Halloween marathon has been underway, reading is relatively back on track and TV is slowing down a little but always finding something new to binge. Let’s check it out!

READING

  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Technically at this point that the post goes up, I’m done reading the book yesterday. So I wanted to count it as done even if its past the week. Either way, The Walled City was a ton of fun. I read it so very fast. It uses a slice of history and adds its own twist so its a dystopian based on Kowloon Walled City which was a very real place in Hong Kong in the past which is just a park now (that I happened to have gone to before). So many stories could come out of that location and its odd that not more have been done (or maybe I just never seen it before). Review of The Walled City is coming up. I literally just finished the book but I already know my next book.

PLAYING

Playing next: Simulacra

I don’t know what happened last week but everything kind of did fall apart once I think back and I forgot about gaming. Actually, I was playing a lot of Cat Force in between random stuff but didn’t decide on what game to play but with October around the corner, I’m thinking doing some horror game reviews so a quick one that I’ve had for a while that I’ve been meaning to play so instead of “currently playing”, I’m doing the “playing next” which fits better the situation…

WATCHING

  • We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011 rewatch, Review)
  • Go Back to China (2019)
  • Anna And the Apocalypse (2017 rewatch, Review)
  • Insidious: The Last Key (2018)
  • Enola Holmes (2020)
  • The Babysitter (2017 rewatch, Review)
  • The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)

C’mon, look at this list of movies. Its a pretty solid watch list. Some great movies that I rewatched and even among the first time watches, it was some great choices as well. However, I think the one that I had the most fun was Enola Holmes. It was quite the adventure plus I loved the whole character talking to the camera breaking the fourth wall constantly.

Although, I did rate Go Back To China fairly high as well and that was pretty good but I’m not sure whether I’d rewatch this one as frequently so it didn’t make the highlight movie for this week.

BINGING

  • Great Escape: Season 2 (2020)
  • Sing On! (Season 1, 2020)
  • Sing On! Spain (Season 1, 2020)

Currently binging: Love Signal 3, Handsome Siblings, Count Your Lucky Stars, Sing China 2020, Go Newbies, The Journey Across the Night, Intense Love

I had completely dismissed Sing On! (in any country format) when it first was released but it turned out to be pretty entertaining background show to put on while I was doing writing and working on. Plus, when the singing is bad, it wakes me up a little more. With that said, as much as thats the case and its fun and stuff, my highlight show that finished is Great Escape: Season 2 which is a variety game show that I love so much. I was catching it at midnight Youtube premier every week. Luckily, with the end of this show, they announced that Who’s the Murderer’s next season is coming up soon so thats a win overall.

With that said, started another Chinese drama called Intense Love which is pretty cute. I’m trying to figure out whether I’m on board with this hype of this TV actor that’s been in a lot of dramas and variety shows. That’s the main reason why I started the series but then its been a lot of romantic and cute moments and generally a good time.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 38

Another week as passed and as things in real life is going slowly out of hand again where I am in terms of the pandemic as we are pretty much in the beginning of the second wave, its been just wrapping things up here and there and taking it a little slower in the past week. Let’s check it out!

READING

Fangirl
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Review)

Currently reading: The Walled City

Back to reading some TBR from my own shelf and not reading commitments actually feels kind of nice. I actually have a lot of stuff sitting around on my book shelves waiting to be read like the entire trolley that I’ve dedicated to it so its a work in progress. Fangirl took a little while mostly because of having no time to read but once I found time, it was one that I blazed through. It was a lot of fun and I did like it quite a bit. The review is up already so you can check that out for all my thoughts on it.

I did start up a next novel inspired by a conversation that my husband and I had about Hong Kong’s Walled City back in the days and well, I happen to have a book called Walled City so figured, why not! I’m about 25% through and its been rather fun also. Its set on a countdown of days which what its for is still a mystery so we will see where it all goes from there. I should get through this fairly quickly as have to hop onto another book commitment for an upcoming blog tour.

PLAYING

Luna
  • Luna

Currently playing: *contemplating Xbox Game Pass titles: Tell Me Why/Ori and the Will of the Wisps/Night Call/Wolfenstein Youngblood*

Like I said, wrapping things up, right? Got into some more gaming time and finished up Luna. Honestly, this game is really simple and really short so its all about dedicating the time to just do it one go. Its rather charming both in its art style and the story and narration although the game itself had some little one-dimensional puzzles but I don’t know if its more of an experience and not meant for deep gameplay since it is also geared for VR experience and probably more immersive as that than a normal gaming experience.

With Xbox Game Pass for PC leaving beta, its price is increasing to something I think its a bit high so I stopped by subscription finally since I wasn’t doing much with it anyways but there are some nice additions that I want to check out hopefully before the sub ends. Its just which one is what I’m contemplating for the next game as well as maybe some streaming. Its been on my mind for a few months so I probably should just do it. I have a general list above so let me know if you’ve played any of these and which you’d recommend.

WATCHING

  • Michael McIntyre: Showman (2020)
  • Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015 rewatch, Review)
  • Dr. Jason Leong: Hashtag Blessed (2020)
  • Fantasy Island (2020)

While the stand-up comedy shows were both more entertaining than Fantasy Island, Fantasy Island is the only new actual movie that I watched this week. I did start another movie but fell asleep due to some funky insomnia last week so going to give that a go again. Fantasy Island is alright. The premise is better than the execution to be honest. Its definitely more thriller than horror. I won’t dive too much in it since I will be doing a review on it soon.

On that note, its not my highlight but my go-to rewatch is always Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong. Mostly because its a digital version and I can easily put it on whenever I want so its a good pairing and a fun little premise that I truly love more and more. Plus, its made me think about doing a month of just movies set outside of Canada since in this current state, there’s no travelling to other countries and we can only live through movies that explore other cities in their own movies. Could be fun, right?

BINGING

  • The American Barbecue Showdown 2020 (2020)

Currently binging: Great Escape:Season 2, Love Signal 3, Handsome Siblings, Count Your Lucky Stars, Sing China 2020, Go Newbies, The Journey Across The Night

As some Chinese shows come to end or just fall of the map from my watch list for picking up later, I got back to some Netflix stuff. Of course, its always the food shows that I’m on track with. We checked out The American Barbecue Showdown which was really fun to watch and made us immensely hungry at the same time. I have a TV binge coming within the next week. On that note, some promising shows popped up Netflix in the last while that I’m hoping to check out, especially Ratched because I love Sarah Paulson in pretty much everything that I’ve seen her in and the premise looks really good.

As for variety shows, Great Escape S2 has only one side episode to wrap it up. Count the Lucky Stars was a true binge and I’ve caught up to the current episode and its probably going to do the pain in the ass thing where the final episode will get bumped to the following week just to torture its viewers a little more with the wait. But I can’t get enough of Jerry Yan and Shen Yue…the former is just fantastic, so much better than the Meteor Garden days, both appearance and acting skills. The new series that I started would be The Journey Across The Night which is a little bit of a horror psychological thriller sort of show set in Hong Kong and creepy hauntings and schizophrenia. I’m only 2 episodes in so it could veer off from my first impressions, who knows. Fingers crossed that it won’t.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
What have you been reading/playing/watching/binging?