What’s Up Week 23

Week 23 is upon us. This week was pretty average and it was a lot of gathering energy and preparing (as much as possible) for the E3 2019 event. I’ll talk more about that in the Playing section. As for now, let’s just see what’s gone on this past week!

READING

Osgoode As Gold

  • Osgoode As Gold (Toronto Comics #5)

Currently reading: Lifelike

Taking a moment to dive into graphic novels was a nice change in pace. Osgoode As Gold from Toronto Comics was pretty good. The stories each had their style just like anthologies are and because of that, there is a lot of creativity set in the bustling city of Toronto both set in reality and fantasy. The review for it should be coming up soon. After much debate, I decided to read Lifelike, which is a solo project from Jay Kristoff who is the co-author of The Illuminae Files which I love a ton. I’m still fairly early in Lifelike so lots to see before I can say how I feel about it.

PLAYING

 

Its E3 time everyone! No games except preparation for the event then a lot of press conference coverages and recaps to put together.
If you missed it, we covered all the key conferences and whatever other smaller ones, we will be doing in the podcast recap. I’m not sure what will be done by the time this post goes live but for now, here are our recaps. It was a fairly star-studded occasion so maybe it’ll bring some movie fans who aren’t gamers yet to test the waters.

E3 always gives us a kick in the behind to get back into gaming with a lot of demos and new releases to want to try out or add to our long list of games to play.

WATCHING

I Am Mother

  • Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (rewatch) Review
  • I am Mother (2019)
  • The Super

Currently watching: Tracers

I don’t usually do a currently watching for movies but I happen to be in the middle of a movie since the weekend and haven’t had time to return to it just yet.

As for the movies watched last week, the first was a rewatch for Friday Film Club. You can check out our double feature HERE. The next two movies were chosen by the husband for the weekend viewings. His first choice went to the newly released sci-fi Netflix Original, I am Mother which has its issues but overall, its a pretty decent movie. The second is The Super which I don’t really want to talk much about right now as its held up by probably one element and a lot of it falls apart.

BINGING

Produce Camp 2019

  • Produce Camp 2019

Currently binging: Le Coup de Foudre, Class Monitor “Your Highness”, Love Timing

Honestly, its a lot of the same going on. I’m trying to tone down on TV because I have too much stuff thats just sitting on the pile and not done in every single category. With E3 taking over, it also lowered the amount of time for TV. Plus, I was hooked on the latest episode of Love Timing and kept playing it in the background over and over again. Luckily, there’s a new episode out now. I have to say, that show has increasingly been a fun experience and while I think Dream Space has its merit, perhaps this formula might just work a little better. Still a few episodes to go, so we’ll see how it comes together at this point.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
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What’s Up-Week 22

June is finally among us but the weather here definitely doesn’t feel like its anywhere near the summer. Perhaps its also the reason why we’ve been less in the mood for certain things and more just doing nothing. Whatever it is, this week still went relatively well. There was some time-crunching (particularly in the reading department) and some random spontaneous things (mostly with movie choices) and then some inactive bits as well.

READING

The Space Between Time

  • The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw (Review)

Currently reading: Osgoode as Gold (Toronto Comics #5)

Despite a bit of a time crunch to get the book finished and reviewed for the month-long blog tour for The Space Between Time, it finally was done and the book while unsure at first, turned out to really pull itself together and became one that actually made me think a little about it. The review is already out so you can check it out in the link above. After finishing this second book from Charlie Laidlaw, I have to say that he is a very creative author with some really nice ideas and plot execution. I’m looking forward to what else he has to offer.

Taking a little novel reading break to cut through some of the heavier reading I’ve had, I decided to check out another graphic novel that I’ve had (and I think contributed to on Kickstarter) called Osgoode as Gold which is the fifth instalment of Toronto Comics. I’ve been reading books for Toronto Comics for the last few years and its always delivered. You can check out the review for its 4th instalment HERE.

PLAYING

NOTHING…

We haven’t finished The Witness however also didn’t move forward in it either. I am however playing a bunch of mobile games on the go. Suffice to say that things are a bit behind as May Mobile Games Round-up hasn’t gone up yet but will very soon (if not already when this post has gone up). Its been a bit of a search for games and a lot has gone down to spontaneity and more like a one sitting game than something more long-form hence why not mentioned as currently playing but more suitable for the surprise in the roundup post. I have worked out a list of what to play next so worries. Game Warp took a bit of a hiatus as we sorted out a bunch of other things but we are also resting up to come back in full force with E3 only a few days away.

You should definitely follow our blog to see all the coverage for it including recaps on all the conferences, podcast recaps as well as Top 10 Indie and Top 10 Mainstream Games. It’ll be a busy week or two coming up but we’re gearing up for it.

WATCHING

the ritual

  • Perfect Stranger
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Hoodwinked! (rewatch)
  • The Ritual

Good thing is that movies are back on track. I was running a bit low on the double feature content so had to get to some solo movie watching for the P and R selection. They were pretty average in my opinion but I’ll talk more about it in the upcoming double feature. I ended up doing a rewatch which I realized that I hadn’t reviewed either however, it was for a Friday Film Club HERE. Putting aside the rewatch, the most impressive movie out of what I’ve watched is The Ritual. It had some troupes as does most horror thriller in the woods sort of style has BUT…they do a few things really well and the threat is also put together effectively. Netflix Original movies are a bit iffy sometimes but I’d say this one is a definite win. Review coming up since it seems maybe I’ll have a double R selection also.

BINGING

beautiful youth

  • Beautiful Youth (Season 1, 2019)

Currently binging: Le Coup de Foudre, Produce Camp 2019, Your Highness “Class Monitor”, Great Escape, Love Timing

I’m trying to lower the TV binging right now. Its getting a bit numbing sometimes. However, I did burn through the entire Beautiful Youth season just in time for the season finale to air. Man, that is one good show that I’d love to see them do a Season 2 but with hopefully the same crew or at least a majority of the same crew. Plus, it had such a nice travel and reality show blend while getting to know some of the new talent in the entertainment business. Its a really nice blend especially to see these bromance develop as well. Everything is coming to near end with Great Escape at episode 10 or 11 (variety shows usually has 12 episodes per season) and Produce Camp 2019 also is at their 9th episode with the final live show coming up as well which will also be the last episode. Le Coup de Foudre also is ending soon with only about 6 to 8 episodes left. The new addition this time is Love Timing which is a little past halfway but I just started it, literally one episode a day to catch up. Its a show similar to Dream Space (which was on MangoTV) but run by iQiyi. Plus, a new TV series, Your Highness “Class Monitor” (which makes me wonder if its a same category as Accidentally In Love because of the similarity in their Chinese titles) which is also quite fun so far but I’m liking the second male lead 6 episodes in, which has been a while that I’ve gone back onto that route.

Thats it for this What’s Up!
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What’s Up – Week 20: New Things, Old Things and Catching Up

20 weeks into 2019 already! Spring is finally showing its face and as I go out to do more things, some of these bits might get slowed down a little bit. Its still a little too early to know but I’ve been transitioning between different elements of life and somewhat swapping my routine a little. As some TV series also winds down, I’m thinning it out a little to try to get some extensive backlog out of the way. It won’t reflect here but gradually, as Montreal events start coming into play as well.

READING

crossline

Currently reading: Crossline by Russ Colchamiro

I’ve been getting hit with some spring fatigue so I’m still reading Crossline at a very turtle pace, which needs to be remedied because I have another book lined up that needs to get started by the end of next week. Crossline is pretty good but I’ve been also watching movies with similar themes that I’m not sure if I’m getting an overdose of sci-fi. Keeping an open mind and I’m only slightly past the quarter mark in the book so its just the set-up phase done and things are started to unravel.

PLAYING

The Witness

Currently playing: The Witness

For a moment, I honestly thought this week would be no gaming at all except maybe some mobile game titles to fill up some space here. Those are going well but I like to keep it a little mysterious for the mobile games roundup segment. However, the husband started up The Witness last night and we played a few puzzles together, which was pretty cool. I’m probably going to start it up on my own also and play some of the puzzles also.

WATCHING

  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
  • Europa Report (2013) – rewatch – Review

I’m not going to lie that this list kind of probably should add in rewatching Jaws 2, 3 and The Revenge to refresh my memory for the Triple feature HERE. However, I won’t because I honestly just played it in the background to remind of the story and dialogue and wasn’t actually looking at the screen. So we are left with two films. One is a rewatch for an upcoming podcast which is Europa Report, a little found footage-esque sci-fi film. Trying to get things done in advance is always a good thing. And as I’m still a tad behind on the double features, I’m also trying to save up some more movies gradually and moved onto the M selection. I’m using a general of movies in my list that are rated badly but still I would like to watch so I ended up checking out The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. I love Shadowhunters, the TV series thats in its last season (if it hasn’t already ended) so seeing how the movie interpretation would be. I’ll share my thoughts on it in the double feature but lets just say, when the background world or lore is too heavy, its hard to just rally it all up in 2 hours and hope that its not convoluted.

BINGING

Put Your Head On My Shoulder

  • Dream Space (Season 1, 2019)
  • Put Your Head On My Shoulder (2019)

Currently binging: Le Coup de Foudre, Go Fridge (Season 5), Great Escape, Produce Camp 2019, Nailed It (Season 3)

Two TV series done this week. I’m feeling quite accomplished. One of them is a Chinese social variety show called Dream Space which is something like a matchmaking show which takes a look at romance and opening up a space for single women and men to focus solely on their romantic sides for a few days. I’ll write about this variety show even if I don’t for others because its worth it. I have a few thoughts on this one and they are having a season 2 already getting new candidates so I’m pretty excited to see how it changes. As for dramas, Put Your Head On My Shoulder wrapped up as well and its a nice little dose of cuteness along the line of the A Love So Beautiful universe and they make a point at the final episodes to address that to clear up some of the suspicion that people have been having. More on that in the TV binge at some point….

Most of the things currently binging is still very much the same. The only new addition is Nailed It which released its Season 3 on Friday. Because there were too many other stuff to take care of, its probably one of the first seasons that I didn’t finish it in the first weekend but we’re about 6 episodes in so its not a whole lot left to watch but its still very fun. The only other one I want to talk about is Great Escape which is heading into some more intense escape room experiences and its getting very intriguing to say the least.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
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What’s Up Week 19

Another week and things are pretty much back on track. Some new things, some currently ongoing and some things finally wrapped up! Its a fun little bit of stuff here and there which is always good.

READING

Justice For Belle

  • Justice For Belle by Didi Oviatt

Currently reading: Crossline by Russ Colchamiro

Working on some ARCs and upcoming blog tour things in the reading department. Justice For Belle releases soon (May 15th) and the review is going up shortly after that time as I wrapped up the novel last week

PLAYING

danganronpa trigger happy havoc

Currently playing: Danganronpa Happy Trigger Havoc

A serious lack in gaming this week but I’m set on working further on Danganronpa while at the same time, I’m trying out some new mobile games for the next mobile games roundup as usual.

WATCHING

Deep Blue Sea

  • The Shape of Water – rewatch (review)
  • Deep Blue Sea

A week of rewatches specifically all for Movies and Tea preparation for recordings! The Shape of Water is the final film in our Guillermo Del Toro season two journey and then we head into our first after hours episode with our shark week selection. As usual, we have three after hours episodes upcoming after The Shape of Water is released. I won’t say too much about it.

BINGING

  • The Brightest Star in the Sky (2019)
  • Idol Producer (Season 1, 2018)

Currently binging: Put Your Head On My Shoulder, Le Coup de Foudre, Dream Space, Produce Camp 2019, Flipped

Finally wrapped up Idol Producer from 2018 which was last year’s season that sparked Nine Percent and a bunch of other entertainment company’s also introduced their own boy groups after their artists have more popularity from this show. I realized that the Idol Producer for this year had actually ended just in April or something so I’ll be checking that out once I’m done with Produce Camp 2019. I realize that I can’t watch two at the time or else I mix up the contestants. As for The Brightest Star in the Sky, that finished up with 2 episodes dropping into the following week and its a really great show. I think that the ending kind of jumped a bit quick to wrap things up in terms of the natural progression of things but it still has its priorities in its plot. I’ll talk more once I get the TV binge done. Just toss it into the backlog pile ;).

Most of the shows I’m watching right now is currently updated every week. Put Your Head On My Shoulder is in its final week or two. Le Coup de Foudre stars the very fun to watch Janice Wu and is also a relatively short series at about short of its halfway point, I think. Produce Camp 2019 is going on at a weekly basis and I do participate on the Weibo voting when I catch it before the time zone difference cut off time. In my mind, there’s slowly a good idea of what the 11 members of this group might be although, the participants keep improving and having different shining points. While Dream Space is supposed to be preparing for its 2nd season but I’m still watching the first one where its a somewhat social matchmaking sort of show but very different from what I’ve seen from the US or Canada and while I don’t review a lot of these shows, I think I might actually talk about it in a TV binge once I finish.

That’s it for this week’s What’s Up!

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What’s Up Week 18: Currently Ongoing Update

Welcome to Week 18 of What’s Up! We’re back on track now and things are slowly rolling back into action. Its mostly currently ongoing things but at least something is happening rather than nothing. It sounds a bit pathetic when I look at it but the energy levels are back to normal by the end of the week and its time to get more movies watched (and reviewed) and some more games as well.

READING

Justice For Belle

Currently reading: Justice For Belle

I’m currently reading Justice For Belle. I mean, I’m literally only 10% into it so I have the absolutely basics and set up of the story right now. However, this is an ARC so…it goes live on May 15th which should be around the time that I get the review up, maybe on the 16th. It gives me some time to finish reading and form my thoughts. I need to pick up my pace in terms of reading as I’m falling behind on the Goodreads Challenge.

PLAYING

danganronpa trigger happy havoc

Currently playing: Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc

I’ve been meaning to start Danganronpa for a while and finally dived in at the end of the week. I literally just finished the prologue and decided that I’m not playing this one with the husband because if thats the case, I have to read it out and its a lot of reading as its very much a visual novel with some mystery twist, I think. Anyways, this one is set for a long haul as I believe it clocks in at about 30 hours so not doing the recording for it either because its going to be too long.

WATCHING

the silence

  • The Silence

There is this new wave of movies that target your senses and the latest horror Netflix Original, The Silence is all about being quiet again just like A Quiet Place. I have a few issues with The Silence so its going to be interesting to write up that review. Overall, lets just say, it starts off good and spirals downwards real fast. Not the way you want your horror movie experience to be. Sad, because I really love Stanley Tucci and he gets this leading role and its for this lackluster horror film.

BINGING

  • Z Nation (Season 1)

Currently binging: The Brightest Star in the Sky, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Idol Producer, Produce Camp 2019, Flipped, You vs Wild, Brave New World, Escape Room, Z Nation

I’m enjoying everything that I’m currently binging but as The Brightest Star in the Sky comes to a close with 2 more episodes falling into the next week, its at the point where I’m having very deep feelings and love for this series. At the same time, Idol Producer is an older series so I ended up trying to be more on track with the current Produce Camp 2019 since I have some trainees in there that I’m really interested in giving some support for. At the same time because of Produce Camp 2019, I ended up pushing forward watching Flipped because of Kido Gao. I got back into watch Brave New World, a variety show and Escape Room as well is catching up as well. Z Nation is still the show I watch with my husband and we finished Season 1 and went right into Season 2. As for my pick right now is trying out You vs. Wild, an interactive Netflix series which I’m doing one episode per day and so far, its been quite fun. I’m liking it more than Black Mirror: Bandersnatch which I only tried for 10 minutes and stopped.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
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What’s Up Week 16: When TV is the Best Multitasking Companion…

Tranquil Dreams (28)

Overlapping long weekends are usually a great time to catch up on some work and for myself, it was time to finalize a lot of stuff thats been sitting around so suffice to say that I did get some TV and movies going but a lot of other things as well. Easter weekend is always that tricky time where its busy at work and never certain on what happens in general. However, there is a decent balance here. Although, there is a great tilt towards TV as that is one of the most effortless parts of my life and its always fun to put on in the background.

READING

FOREVER PEOPLE

Currently reading: Forever People

I’m still working on reading Forever People and very close to the ending now. The review will be going up later this week as part of blog tour.

PLAYING

rime

  • Rime

Currently playing: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

We are working on shorter indie games in our backlog these past few weeks. I’m hoping to get a lot of the reviews done afterwards. Rime was a one that I started last year when we got it via Playstation Plus free games. I can’t remember which month but I was really excited about it. Overall, the game is visually beautiful and runs about 3 to 4 hours with a fantastic soundtrack but just a few little technical things that I’ll talk about in the review (at some point when I get it done). The playthrough however should be on the channel next week. Game Warp channel has The Unfinished Swan’s playthrough going up this week, in case you are interested.

WATCHING

holidays

  • Holidays
  • Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

A drop in movies this weekend and it had to do completely with me because I had a bunch of stuff to do and I didn’t want to start a new movie and not be able to focus on it or fall asleep. However, we did finally get around to some more titles on Netflix. I really don’t know which I prefer out of the two though, maybe holidays because the horror anthology had some really fun segments even if some of them were downright weird. But then, it was Easter weekend so Holidays sounded like a suitable choice.

BINGING

  • Go Fridge! (Season 4, 2018)
  • Black Summer (Season 1, 2019)

Currently binging: The Brightest Star in the Sky, Put Your Head On My Shoulder, Great Escape, Master in the House, Produce Camp 2019, Z Nation (Season 1)

As with our main title up top, TV is yet again my most focused topic. However, this week I wrapped up two pretty good ones so I’ll talk a little about both of them. Go Fridge is Season 4 which is last year’s season. Its a fun little show where back to back episodes focus on two celebrities and their fridges and the content inside which goes between a talk show in the first part and then a team battle between the two teams of chefs as they make a custom menu based on what they’ve learned during the talk show part and the contents in the guest’s fridge and see which one wins. The second one which we binged in two days is the new Netflix series Black Summer, which essentially is set in the Z Nation universe and set before that show. I know that now because we started watching Z Nation after we wrapped up Black Summer. When I was doing research, it seems there’s a lot of criticism about Black Summer but with exception of some overacting, its a pretty decent show and I’d like to see a Season 2 for it. I’ll go into more details in the upcoming TV binge.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
We’re progressing slowly but work is a constant in my life with extended work hours and overtime so things are going to slow down especially in the next What’s Up.

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Whats Up Week 15

Welcome back! This week has been really good. I actually was getting some stuff done over the weekend and found a lot of new TV to keep me company in the background. Heavy on TV is not too weird as TV binging is still my fave activity which requires the least amount of energy. Old habits die hard, right?

READING

  • The Collection of The Negatives (The Blood Rising Book #1) by Violet St. Karl

Currently reading: Forever People

We will keep this short and sweet. I wrapped up The Collection of the Negatives and its for a blog tour next week so look for the review then. I took on another blog tour the week after for Forever People so I’m currently reading that one.

PLAYING

  • The Unfinished Swan

Currently playing: Omnicube, FutureGrind

So many things to continue and yet, the husband and I decided to get back to finished The Unfinished Swan which we probably started playing at least half a year ago and then stopped because I fell asleep while he was playing. We actually restarted the game and finished it in almost one sitting. I’m going to get back to Omnicube and FutureGrind the coming week. The Unfinished Swan is one that I’m pretty eager to talk about so you should see the review once I get a moment to sit down and write it as well as the playthrough. Giant Sparrow is known for its narrative excellence so suffice to say that this debut game for them definitely has a few things to talk about especially seeing how well their following game What Remains of Edith Finch, which was our top 3 games of 2017.

WATCHING

spider man homecoming

  • Leatherface (2017)
  • Flipped (Review)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

After last weekend’s crap fest of movies, I decided to take a break from the Netflix alphabet since I’m relatively ahead and started the week on a spontaneous bad weather day where my husband couldn’t get to work and decided to watch Leatherface which wasn’t good but I have a little something to talk about for that one. Something that I’ve thought about regarding all these movies coming out for these iconic horror characters. That’s coming up at some point. But we’re here to look at the good stuff. The first, of course, is Flipped which I rewatched for Friday Film Club because I just love that film so much. If you don’t know what Friday Film Club is, its a double feature over at Movies and Tea where every Friday, Elwood and I each pick one movie that we want to share. You can see the post HERE. Flipped is my standout movie of this week however, its a rewatch so I figured I’d choose from the first time viewings and well, the choice would have to be Spider-Man Homecoming which I rented recently to catch up with the MCU films. Its pretty decent but I’m a bit fed up of how many Spider Man movies we’ve had in like the last 15 years or something and the different Spider-Mans we’ve cycled through.

BINGING

The Singer 2019

  • The Singer 2019

Currently watching: The Brightest Star in the Sky, The Legend of the White Snake, Go Fridge! 4, Great Escape, Viva La Romance 2, Produce 101, My Daughter’s Boyfriend

The Singer 2019 finally ended! Its a pretty cool professional singing competition. The fact that they added in those little changes to switch things up and people got eliminated but had a chance to come back all had their uniqueness. This was solely voted by the audience so its a different experience altogether. I’ve learned that my tastes differ quite a few times and sometimes there is no reason on how people choose their faves. It was a nice few months of following this and I learned about some singers that I otherwise wouldn’t have known about. Because this is a singing competition, I’m not going to do a TV binge on it.

There is more and more currently showing stuff that I’m watching hence why the list keeps getting longer and I’m starting to fall behind on some shows, specifically talking about The Legend of the White Snake which I’m behind starting this week as only watched 2 of the 6 episodes released (and I might give it a little break also because the show is entering a slightly cringe-fest phase). While I did add some older seasons of stuff over on WeTV on Youtube like Go Fridge (Season 4) and Produce 101 (because they have a new season called Produce Camp 2019). Everything on WeTV is translated title because they don’t have official English titles for it. My favorite show right now, no competition at all, that is on my mind constantly is The Brightest Star in the Sky. Only a few weeks left of this one…

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