What’s Up 2020: Week 19

As we step into May now, things are calming down on the work front FINALLY! I have a little more energy to get some more writing done and hopefully clear out some writing backlog (although TV binges are piling up like crazy at this point). Either way, things are moving along now! Let’s check out Week 19 recap!

READING

Undead Ultra

  • Undead Ultra by Camille Picott (Review)

Currently reading: Double Barrel Horror Vol. 3

I finally finished reading Undead Ultra after some hardcore reading sessions due to blog tour being right around the corner! Of course, it already happened so you can check out the review linked above! Undead Ultra was a pretty solid read with a nice angle for such a commonly used zombie apocalypse premise!

Right now, I just started reading Double Barrel Horror Vol. 3 which is a collection of short stories by various authors. As I’m writing this up, I only read the first story and that was a fun one so hoping that it’ll stay good. Review for this one is coming up REALLY soon since its a last minute addition to join a blog tour.

PLAYING

faraway galactic escape

  • Faraway: Galactic Escape

Currently playing: Color Spots, Pinball FX3, Demon’s Tilt

As I find back my more actual video gaming and not mobile gaming motivation, I’ve still been trying to persist on finish up at least one mobile game roundup but have been stuck on pretty much the same mobile games. Faraway series on mobile has been one that I’ve been following for a while so I had to eventually finish it up. I’ll talk about it quickly in the upcoming mobile game roundup (it will happen!). I’ve still been stuck on the pinball game phase so went back to try out the other modes in Demon’s Tilt and I’m pretty happy I did because its something to discuss for the review that I was working on but have put aside as I explore these new modes and the new features.

WATCHING

the half of it

  • The Half of It (2020)
  • Fight Club (1999)
  • Panic Room (2002 rewatch)
  • Downrange (2017)

I have to say that other than Downrange having some little execution issues, my watching list was pretty solid. At this point, when you look at the titles here, I think you already know who is the director we’re working on for next season’s Movies and Tea. The Half of It is the newest release here and I felt that it actually exceeded my expectations of what they could do with this premise. Its pretty normal stuff but the characters and the focus is more along the lines of coming of age than teen romance and I like that sort of story. As we’ve been catching up on rentals and Movies and Tea and Netflix movies, Shudder had been neglected so we went to watch something there and found Downrange which also exceeded out expectations.

BINGING

Never Have I Ever

  • Never Have I Ever (Season 1, 2020)

Currently binging: Welcome Back to Sound, Me to Us, Youth With You 2, Yes I Do S2, Produce 2020, The Love Equations, Go Fridge S6

What might look like a very busy TV binge is actually a lot of the same things. There are some new Chinese drama airing soon that I’m interested in and one that I plan on catching up with that just finished so I’m hoping to get on with those once I manage to get out of my The Untamed obsession that I’m currently going through and rewatching it a lot! Plus, The Love Equations has probably two or three more weeks before it ends and that will be a fun TV binge to write, I think.

The highlight this week is Never Have I Ever and the one series that I hesitated to start and then binged it in like over 2 evenings or something. Really fun series overall. Its more of the coming of age thing with some romance and friendship tangents. It’ll be nice to see this one get a second season after how they set up the first season and then ended it. Either way, TV binge for this one is in first priority since its a new Netflix release so that’s coming up soon!

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

What’s Up 2020: Week 15

15 weeks into 2020 and its been quite the unexpected experience as we spend another week at self-isolation. The routine has definitely started coming into place even though it was a crazy shift in terms of work obligations with a huge load of responsibilities dumped on my shoulders so a lot of stress and fatigue and really not much of an Easter holiday to talk about since there wasn’t really any time off. Still, I tried my best to work around it and I’d say, it turned out alright!

READING

Highland Cove

  • Highland Cove by Dylan J. Morgan (Review)

Currently reading: Undead Ultra

After having not a whole lot of reading during the week, I ended up having to take out 3 hours last minute to read through the entire Highland Cove novel. I don’t read horror a lot in general so it was definitely a change in pace. At the same time, it was a decent horror novel that as it picked up bit by bit, it was quite a fun read overall. However, the review is up so you can just check it out! 😉

Right when I said that I don’t read a lot of horror, the next book is also a horror-ish book and a zombie apocalypse deal. I just started up that one so not a whole lot to say about it yet.

PLAYING

sky children of the light

  • Demon’s Tilt

Currently playing: Sky: Children of the Light, Happy Colors, Cookies Must Die

Finally hitting the goal that I wanted for Demon’s Tilt, I’m pretty much done with that one although I’m sure as long as I have the Xbox Game Pass that I’ll go back to play pinball games now and again to relax. However, the game that I just started playing is Sky: Children of the Light by thatgamecompany who previously made fantastic games like Flower and Journey. Its on the mobile for free (at least where I’m at) and its really nice and the soundtrack is really good as well. I’m looking forward to finishing that one.

WATCHING

Zombieland Double Tap

  • A.M.I. (2019)
  • Albion: The Enchanted Stallion (2016)
  • 31 (2016)
  • Zombieland (2009 rewatch, Review)
  • Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

Its been a horror filled week, right? Most of my movies this week is in the horror genre also although Zombieland is more of a horror comedy. I’ve watched a few movies that has been rather middling at best and then one in particular that was really meh. The most fun definitely goes to revisiting Zombieland. The last time I saw it was in 2013 or something but my husband wanted to refresh his memory so that we could watch the rental for Zombieland: Double Tap which was going to expire soon. Its been a decade since the first movie so I was a little worried about the sequel. Luckily, it was still everything that I expected. Review coming up for that one!

BINGING

Skate into Love

  • The Great Canadian Baking Show (Season 2, 2018)
  • Skate into Love (2020)
  • The Circle France (Season 1, 2020)

Currently playing: Youth With You 2, The Love Equations, J-Style Trip, The Singer 2020, Me to Us

I’ve been watching quite a bit of TV and then a lot of it is food-related, which isn’t too good during self-isolation as it makes me want to eat even more. But then, we also have some fun TV binges like The Circle France which released the complete Season 1 in one shot instead of like The Circle US and The Circle Brazil that released it as 3 week events. The Circle’s concept in general is just a great idea and such a fun watch especially as different participants bring a different dynamic to the game. I’ve been absolutely in love with Skate Into Love. Its just one of the top series for me of 2020 so far. I keep wanting to rewatch it and the two main leads are super fun and it has such a positive message about chasing your dreams. Its a positive series and really cute and its what we all need during this time.

Of course, right after that, Tencent just aired their latest addition to a sister series to A Love So Beautiful (review) and Put Your Head On My Shoulder (review) called The Love Equations. They are airing this one really slow with just 4 episodes a week on the weekends but then I guess it makes sense since there is less than 30 episodes. Four episodes in and I already love it so I can’t wait for the new episodes to pop up the next weekend.

That’s it for Week 15 recap!
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 11

Week 11, friends! Last week was a bit of a crazy phase that hit everywhere, I’d wager. We all know what’s going on around the world and I’d like to keep this space a little safe haven away from it. Whether you joined into the toilet paper shopping or grocery stocking up in preparation, it was all a crazy development of events when the week ended. More time at home over the weekend gave us a chance to catch up on TV, movies and gaming and well, surprisingly, a very slow blogging week. It has been a long time that I’ve taken so many days off.

READING

Blackthorn

Currently reading: Blackthorn

I’m going to say that reading hasn’t quite gotten the attention that I’d like mostly because I’m trying to not touch too much of my devices when out and about, especially on the bus. I’m in one of the few businesses that haven’t gotten to stay home from work. Either way, final thing is I need to find time to catch up on some reading and it didn’t go quite as quickly as I’d like. Blackthorn is intriguing so far.

PLAYING

i love hue

Currently playing: I Love Hue, Demon’s Tilt

Playing some really quick games lately. I still am on the I Love Hue mobile game that I like to play to calm down. There’s a lot to calm down about especially since our situation is possibly the minority currently so its all a bit nuts. Lots of things to chill out about as there’s also been a lot on my mind. I’ve also gone to check out Demon’s Tilt which is a pinball game on Xbox Game Pass. I like winning at these things so its addictive in that sense where one game never is one game, more like ten. Good thing is I’m somewhat getting better..yay! Both games are pretty fun in their own ways.

WATCHING

Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not To Steal

  • Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not To Steal (Interactive 2020, Review)
  • Child’s Play (1988)
  • Child’s Play 2 (1990)
  • Child’s Play 3 (1991)
  • Child’s Play (2019)
  • Paradise Hills (rewatch 2019, Review)

While everyone (in Netflix Canada, at least, seemed to be on a Contagion film watching phase, I guess to see whether we are living a movie, we spent this weekend watching Child’s Play. Sure its not the entire franchise but we watched what we could (except for Cult of Chucky which didn’t seem to correlate to any of the others anyways..but I might be wrong). Its all because I had rented the remake and wanted to finally catch up with Child’s Play, which had been in line for Halloween theme so we’ll be doing those earlier and I’ll fill in the missing movies from the franchise later.

Aside from a rewatch of Paradise Hills for Movies and Tea, the fun movie of the week went to Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or  Not to Steal, which is the latest interactive game/movie on Netflix, more geared towards children and people who like the new series, I suppose, which I’m in neither category but still liked it a lot.

BINGING

ugly delicious

  • Ugly Delicious (Season 2, 2020)
  • Unrequited Love (2019)
  • On My Block (Season 3, 2020)

Currently binging: The Circle Brazil, The Singer 2020, Youth is You 2, Me To Us

Netflix’s new TV series was really landing hard last week when it had Wednesday which released the 3 week event for The Circle Brazil with its first week and then Ugly Delicious Season 2 landed with a mere 4 episodes which was pretty quick to binge and then wrapped up the week with Season 3 of On My Block which was as usual, 8 episodes. On top of that, I finished up Unrequited Love which is a pretty decent series although it seems a lot of people didn’t think so which is why this year, they are releasing a  remake of it with new casting. Its only been a year so I find that kind of crazy and maybe a little ridiculous because Yitian Hu is heading right back into a role similar to his in A Love So Beautiful (review). We’ll see since there isn’t a release date yet.

While all three of the completed series could have been picked as a highlight, Ugly Delicious was half the length of its previous season and yet, I really enjoyed all 4 episodes and the depth and message each of them wanted to deliver and I learned quite a bit from all of the episodes.

On the currently binging side of things, a lot of new things there. Youth is You 2 started on iQiYi app (with english subtitles). I liked the first season when it was called Idol Producer and produced the now disbanded Nine Percent and never finished Youth is You which created UNINE. Its still preliminary ratings but there are some pretty talented girls if not memorable and unique as well. While I’m hoping to catch up with the new series as I only watched the prologue episode for Me To Us which has Nicholas Tse (fangirl here!), Jam Hsiao and Karry Wang (from TF Boys) grouping together to create a band with talented artists from all over China. It looks really fun but then, it all depends how they execute this show.

That’s it for Week 11 of What’s Up!
This recaps last week but this week, I’m sure everyone has been up to more if you are part of any quarantine process (I’m not so let me know what you are up to). What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 10

We’re past 10 weeks into 2020! Its been a wild beginning of the year! So many things happening and incredibly busy and all that crazy stuff. A lot of it hopefully will calm down in March although I’ve been having something else on my mind the past little while. This week, things went fairly smoothly packed with some binge gaming.

READING

celestial assignment

  • The Celestial Assignment by Theresa Braun

Currently reading: Blackthorn by Terry Tyler

Finished reading The Celestial Assignment which is a short story/novella of sorts. The review for that is in the works so I’m not going to talk too much about it here. Currently, the reading has moved on to a longer book Blackthorn by Terry Tyler who I did read a book from in the past few months that I liked quite a bit called Hope (review). I’m literally only at 5% so its hard to really determine how I feel so far.

PLAYING

thimbleweed park

  • Thimbleweed Park (2017)

Currently playing: I Love Hue, Demon’s Tilt

Gaming really got a big increase as I completed the entire Thimbleweek Park game as it looked it was going to leave Xbox Game Pass and I wasn’t sure when so I just found more time to get it finished. It was pretty fun. Written or podcast review is coming up. We haven’t quite decided on which yet. However, I’ve been back to playing I Love Hue on mobile which is a fantastic game about putting colors in order. I reviewed it before for a Mobile Games Roundup before HERE. I come back to this game every once in a while but I’ve been really into it as its very good for destressing. I also mass downloaded a bunch of little indie games on Game Pass as well and started up a pinball game called Demon’s Tilt. Pinball games are always quite entertaining although I’m still trying to get back into the speed of things.

WATCHING

pitch perfect3

  • Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
  • Dog Soldiers (2002)
  • First Love (2019 rewatch, Review)
  • Hell House LLC (2015)
  • What A Girl Wants (2003)

I had a hard time picking a movie that stood out this week mostly because other than my rewatch of First Love, everything else was pretty average. I caught up with Dog Soldiers which was one that people had told me was good when I reviewed The Descent (review) which was okay. The husband chose Hell House LLC which was a found footage horror and was alright with some decent scares (which apparently has 2 more sequels) and I chose to watch a 2000s coming of age teen film with Amanda Bynes called What A Girl Wants which was entertaining in Amanda Bynes way but rather predictable. With that said, I guess I have to pick Pitch Perfect 3 out of the batch because I’m a fan of the franchise and it delivered pretty much what I expected and was a decent farewell.

BINGING

our song

  • Love is Blind (Season 1, Review)
  • Our Song (Season 1, 2019)

Currently binging: The Singer 2020, Ugly Delicious (Season 2), Unrequited Love

I know that I put Love is Blind last week but then I realized they came out with the reunion episode so I officially finished it. That’s not a huge deal because the other variety show I watched was much more fun which I watched on Youtube via the SMG Shanghai TV Channel called Our Song. The concept of our song is renowned singers pair up with younger singers to recreate certain songs as duets in a competition format against each other. Its a ton of fun to watch and they all have some nice songs come out. Plus, it had a lot of singers that I loved (mostly from the older singers group).

That’s it for Week 10!
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 9

Week 9 is already behind us! This past week has been crazy busy. Hopefully, a little break happens following this week and things start picking up again. Still, a few things did wrap up today so that’s always good. I do apologize for movies being rather inactive this week, not really sure what happened there.

READING

to dream is to die

  • To Dream Is To Die (Dead Dreamer #1) by Sarah Lampkin

Currently reading: The Celestial Assignment

As I work hard on getting things back to normal, I managed to wrap up To Dream Is To Die which actually turned out to be quite a fun read. I have a few little issues with it but the world and the story itself is pretty decent. I’m working on the review right now which should be out soon. In the meantime, I’ve started a short story (which I don’t think even counts as novella) and I’m pretty much like 60% done as I’m writing this. Lots of book reviews coming up as I have a few other commitments to work on before the end of March.

PLAYING

snake pass

  • Snake Pass (incomplete)

Currently playing: Reigns: Game of Thrones, Thimbleweed Park

I’m pretty much completely focused on Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription at the moment. I had downloaded Snake Pass to realize that it was leaving the Game Pass so tried to get in a little time which resulted in one gaming session before it left at the end of the week. However, I have the general idea of how it feels. With that said, I’m still working through Reigns: Game of Thrones and have started Thimbleweed Park as the latter is going to leave Game Pass soon as well so scrambling to try and finish that one.

WATCHING

Your Name movie poster

  • Your Name. (2016, Review)
  • Black Panther (2018)

I already apologized above for the lack of movie viewing. Its really mystifying how quickly the week passed and no movies happened. It could have to do with other busy things and just deadlines and work taking over and zapping my energy. Either way, both of these were decent viewings with Your Name strucking a chord more for myself, which was great because it was my choice for the concluding review for Ultimate 2010s Blogathon.  I’m having a hard time committing to watching superhero movies and that is why Black Panther took me a while to get back to however, its a nice change in pace for Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’ll keep other thoughts for when I do the double feature which I should pair with Avengers: Infinity War when I get around to watching it (hopefully soon).

BINGING

love is blind

  • Love is Blind (Season 1, 2020)

Currently binging: The Singer 2020, Eternal Love of Dream, Our Song

Love is Blind wrapped up with a finale episode giving the conclusion of the 5 couples and whether they went through with their marriage and at the same time, answering to whether the experiment worked for them. I’ll talk more about this show when I do the TV binge, which is in the works. I just lost a bit of interest once the blind love experiment section ended which pretty much the results of this deemed the experiment inconclusive. Either way, I’m mostly watching Our Song right now as its the only TV show that has finished and catching up weekly with the other two shows. I’m trying to start another series on Netflix but haven’t quite decided which yet.

Week 9 ends with a lot of writing plans in the horizon. 
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 6

In a blink of eye (or at least it feels that way), we’re looking at Week 6 that has passed us by. As we get into February and things are still quite busy and probably won’t stop for the rest of this month at least, other things are moving along fairly okay. Let’s see whats up.

READING

when stars are bright

Currently reading: When Stars Are Bright by Amber R. Duell

Nearing the halfway point with this current read, When Stars Are Bright is a rather interesting novel set in the 1930s. It says that its a Thumbelina retelling but I don’t really know since I don’t quite know that fairy tale in the first place. Probably should do some research at some point on that. However, I can say that this book is a decent read and it’ll be interesting to see where the character will go from this point.

PLAYING

life is strange 2

  • Life is Strange 2

Currently playing: Overcooked 2, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

As we get back into gear for Game Warp Podcast, the next game is Life is Strange 2 on our list of games to review. Life is Strange and games from Dontnod Entertainment has been a staple in the podcast gaming roster so the episode should come out soon-ish so I won’t talk too much about it. This is a different game from its previous games set in the same universe, some things done better and some things not quite at par.

With that said, I’ve been on a gaming kick as I picked up the deal for $1 Game Pass for 3 months for PC and am getting ready to look at some of those games. Before that, this weekend, I finally decided to start up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, which has some unique mechanics that needs some getting used to. I literally started the game not too long but I don’t think its a long game so will have to find time to wrap that up at some point.

WATCHING

La La Land

  • La La Land (2016, Review)
  • Bumblebee (2018)
  • In My Dreams (2014, Review)

A quiet week of movie watching as I got caught up in having a hard time to decide what romance to watch for Valentine’s Day marathon as romance in movies just wasn’t really feeling it. Landed on La La Land, which was a surprisingly fun movie for  Oscar fodder and then the husband chose Bumblebee as the weekend movie (along with a few other ones on Shudder that I fell asleep so I’m not including it here), which was a ton of fun as well.

BINGING

Find Yourself

Currently binging: Who’s The Murderer 5, Eternal Love of Dream, Where Are We Going Dad? 5, The Singer 2020, Find Yourself, The Little One 2

I’m watching and started watching too many things that I’m starting to forget things here and there. Luckily, one of them will be ending next week and I have a few that is just updating on weekly basis and then, one for viewing in between as its an older season. Ending series which will wrap up in a week is Who’s The Murderer 5 which has been a fun and wild ride with some nice boosts in the quality of their cases. Eternal Love of Dream and Find Yourself is currently dramas that are playing that I’m watching via Youtube and Netflix respectively. They are updated weekly about 6 episodes or something. As for variety shows, The Little One 2 and The Singer 2020 literally just started with one new episode a week. Finally, Where Are We Going Dad? 5 is the older variety show that I’m watching just because its cute and fun. I’m not going to lie that everything I’m watching right now is pretty decent. My fave does go to Find Yourself which has started off really strong, but I’m a bit worried might lose its steam a little if the main couple has the fate that I’m thinking they will have. Hoping really hard that it doesn’t get frustrating…

That’s it for the Week 6 recap!
What have you been watching/reading/playing/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 2

Week 2 of 2020 has wrapped up and its been a fairly crazy time. A lot of it got affected by the fact that we had some bad weather hit Montreal and the lovely suburbs that I lived had power outage for 16 hours or something which of course, took a toll on the whole movie watching and gaming elements along with one other issue. With that said, it still is pretty balanced of late. I’m trying to start 2020 with a nice start of not procrastinating any writing so taking things a little slower to allow more time to do the write-ups.

READING

Death in Smoke

  • Death in Smoke by Barbara Elle (Review)
  • The Weighing of the Heart by Paul Tudor Owen

As with any power outage, my Kindle became my best friend, especially as the cell towers seemed to also be affected. I was able to catch up on some reading and finished up The Weighing of the Heart which will be reviewed in a blog tour coming up very soon. Both of these books that I finished was pretty good. I’d have to say that The Weighing of the Heart was good because of the Egyptian mythology angle as well as a quick concise story that helped keep the pacing really good.

PLAYING

color pieceout

Currently playing: Color Pieceout, Overcooked 2 (co-op mode)

I’ve been playing Color Pieceout for a while already but never really quite talked about it because its a mobile game. Mobile Game Roundups are hitting a little stand still over at Game Warp Blog which is mostly a writer’s block for specifically game reviews. Its coming up soon but I just need to get back into the groove of things. However, Color Pieceout is a fun little game. Its free and uses coins collected during the puzzles to unlock things which makes in-app purchases unnecessary. Its animation is similar to Professor Layton and blends Match-3 puzzles with mystery cases. So much fun!

WATCHING

brokeback mountain

  • Brokeback Mountain (2007)
  • Mamma Mia! (2008 rewatch, Review)
  • Sinister (2012)
  • The Marshes (2017)

I’m not going to lie that I started a few movies but just fell asleep so I’m not adding it in like Robocop, The Raid 2 and some other one that I can’t remember right now. However, these few are those that I did finish. We are getting back into horror, not that I took that big of a break from it in the first place. The highlight of this week goes to Brokeback Mountain which is part of the Movies and Tea season. Why it gets the highlight is simply because it surprised me how much I liked it. It shouldn’t because its Oscar fodder and it comes with its talent but I liked it a lot more than I expected that I would. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy Sinister which was a pretty tight fight between the one to highlight. Sinister did a lot of things right and had a sequence that I absolutely loved and had some clever twists to the story.

BINGING

all i want for love is you

  • All I Want For Love Is You (2019)

Currently binging: The Circle, Who’s The Murderer 5, Ashes of Love

I took an unexpected turn and started watching All I Want For Love Is You, which wasn’t part of my list anywhere and just popped up on my feed and I was like, “Sure. Why not?” It turned out to be pretty fun overall. It had the whole teenage high school romance that went into university. There were some silly moments but it had some SERIOUS pacing issues. I’ll be getting the post done for this one and will talk more about it then. One the other hand, The Circle has one more week of their event to go before it ends. I honestly can’t wait to talk about it since there’s a lot to discuss about that and it’ll depend on how the final few episodes go. While I’ve started a new series via Netflix called Ashes of Love which was a big deal the year that it was released. I literally just started the first few episodes so hard to say how I feel about it so far.

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