My November Adventures

November was a bit of a mess of a month. I was close to a burn-out after back to back film festival coverages and its why it took a while to wrap up the remaining films for those festivals. Luckily, that’s all done. With work also being an explosion of work, its been quite the crazy ride. I don’t foresee December being a lot better but at least, the slowed down posting schedule got my focus back on writing posts. With that said, not a really exciting month overall but still a few things to talk about plus at the end, there’s some December plans.

Not talking about any new projects until December’s wrap-up or January’s beginning of the year post as I have some final decisions to make on some possible changes or a new project/segment.

Blood in the Snow Festival

The ranking for the feature films (with the except of one Parallel Minds that I didn’t see):

  1. Come True (Review)
  2. For The Sake of Vicious (Review)
  3. Anything For Jackson (Review)
  4. The Return (Review)
  5. Hall (Review)
  6. Bloodthirsty (Review)
  7. Bleed With Me (Review)
  8. Shall We Play? (Review)

Overall, Blood in the Snow Festival was a good one. There were some really fun discoveries and some good direction on the stories that were being told. All the reviews for the feature films are up. I usually do something for short films but it already took so long to get this batch done that I haven’t had time to do that. I might still go back and highlight a few that I thought were rather unique and entertaining.

New Restaurant

New restaurant opened up yet and its a Hong Kong style noodle shop who has both curries but even more for the fish soup base that they have for their noodle soup. The noodle soup is ordered similar to what you’d do for Japanese ramen where you get to pick the base, the type of noodle and then 2 toppings. The soup itself actually has quite a bit of extra ingredients added in. I had the combo which included a drink and mine was the lemon ribena which is something very much part of the Hong Kong landscape. Can’t go back to visit in this current landscape but at least there’s food to make me feel more connected, right?

New Spices & Masks

The husband had some company coupon codes sort of deal so we went ahead and took a look at the catalogue. I have some fun candles on the way that didn’t make it on this post but we ordered the spices kit from Gourmet Inspirations. So far, we’ve only tried the Veggie Fusion which adds a nice kick to the veggies.

As for the masks, the Instagram posts says it all. I’ve tried a few companies that make masks and Hop La Gogosses is by far my favorite so I’ve returned a few times. Not to mention, they are close so when I have time, I usually try to do a pick-up instead of getting it delivered. They have these custom ones so you get to choose the front and back from a range of choices.

Black Friday Haul

  • Best Buy: Chromecast
  • Google Play: The Almost Gone, Very Little Nightmares
  • Cineplex: Rental: Guns Akimbo
  • Steam: Gnog, Jenny LeClue Detectivu, Celeste, Transference, Sea of Solitude, The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories
  • Xbox Ultimate Game Pass

Black Friday has pretty much mostly been an online deal even before the whole pandemic landscape so seeing as I did overall spend less this year, I ended up picking up on some of the sweet deals online for games and such. The only physical item I got was a new Chromecast. Our old Chromecast was starting really casting some things really well and was starting to get a little tempermental so we changed it and it seems to work better.

Everything else was mostly gaming related. Xbox Ultimate Game Pass for PC was dropped to $1/month and that’s great since I had a few games to catch up on so my next month of gaming is pretty much sort out since when I cut my subscription 2 months ago, I still had a few games that I hadn’t tried out yet.

As for Cineplex, there was some good rentals but the one that I’ve been meaning to watch is Guns Akimbo so that’s going to be done soon.

Christmas Marathon & Upcoming Plans

End of November means that its time to welcome in the Christmas Marathon! Christmas movies have been fairly slim pickings but thanks to Netflix releasing an immense amount of Christmas movies (whether good or bad), there’s a little more selection. Hopefully enough to fill out these few weeks leading to Christmas. It should start tomorrow December 1st if all things go well.

A quick mention on December plans while we’re at it. I’m trying to work out all the backlog and releasing some more current release stuff, mostly TV (Netflix and Chinese Drama TV binges). I’m going to blend it all in this month while catching up with some 2020 TV series that I’ve missed or didn’t finish. Fingers crossed that I can work on as much as possible.

That’s it November Adventures!
Nothing too exciting and just a lot of spending overall.
What have you been up to?

Christmas Marathon: The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (TV 2005)

Netflix is making me seem like I watch the weirdest Christmas movies.  LOL! Still, Frosty the Snowman is kind of iconic in this holidays spirit.  He’s a magical snowman, what more is there to say, right? It was short so with limited time, I checked this one out.  I still have that half finished movie lingering in the background calling out to me.  Really need to get to that.

Here we go! I present to you: The Legend of Frosty the Snowman.

frosty the snowman 2005Director: Greg Sullivan

Cast (voice): Jeannie Elias, Bill Fagerbakke, Tom Kenny, Tress MacNeille, Kenn Michael, Larry Miller, Kath Soucie, Tara Strong, Burt Reynolds

Evergreen is a small town run by mayor Mr. Tinkerton, a man with many rules, order and routine set into place for not only his family but everyone.  There is little for anyone to imagine or dream up.  Thats until Frosty graces his magical presence into the lives of the children one by one.  Through Frosty’s guidance, Tommy Tinkertown, Mr. Tinkerton’s youngest son learns about the legend of Frosty the Snowman and how they need to act with the other kids to prove the magic and existence of Frosty the Snowman.

frosty the snowman 2005

The Legend of Frosty the Snow is definitely one geared towards younger kids.  I love children movies and I watch a ton of them all the time. Modern TV cartoons feel slightly dumbed down compared to when I was a kid.  I can’t really sit around and watch morning cartoons anymore.  And if anything’s convinced all of you, I pretty much can sit through a lot of really bad stuff and still see some good out of it. Don’t get me wrong, there’s just no other time that I could rant about horrible morning cartoons.  The Legend of Frosty the Snowman is for young kids because its set on a pretty simple premise.  The animation is nice and colorful and its mellow and sweet for the most part.  Sure, there’s the evil principal who wants to be mayor and not let anyone believe in magic but its a short movie and reminds its audience that its important to believe.

frosty the snowman 2005

Personally, if I wanted an animation to believe, I’d go for Polar Express but you can’t really compare the two. I never knew of the story of Frosty the Snowman so to me, this was pretty interesting for that aspect.  Frosty also brings back that horrible time in Grade 3 when we had to sing Frosty the Snowman revamped with a modern song and then we kept having to redo it in rehearsal because the guy playing the piano accompaniment kept messing up. Frosty doesn’t bring me any crazy awesome memories because of that embarrassing moment. Nothing to do with this movie. It didn’t capture me too much unfortunately and I started playing Criminal Case (Facebook game) halfway through.

Okay, I’m ranting now.  I’m going to say that I’d group this with the previous two cartoons I reviewed.  Its for around the 8 years old or younger group. 10 is stretching it a little, I think.  Kids are more knowledgeable than they used to be, not exactly sure they’d believe or enjoy this as much. But then, I’m not a parent so who am I to judge? 😉 It does send out some good messages.  I always think its great to reinforce believing in magic and this has a lot of fun times with snowball fights and fighting for what you believe, working as a team, etc.

Have you seen this 2005 TV version of The Legend of Frosty the Snowman?