What’s Up 2020: Week 37

Another week has gone by. A lot of last week was catching up, wrapping up, finalizing and then recharging and organizing. At the same time, as I had mentioned last time, I’m starting to get ready for next month’s marathon because I’ve learned from previous years that its not going to happen once the month starts so might as well start accumulating now, right? Yay to being organized..kind of…

READING

Fangirl

Currently reading: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Finally getting back into a teensy bit of reading. I’ve had some really bad luck with reading on the bus lately as I always end up being next to someone talking on the phone loudly so its not easy to make progress. Either way, Fangirl is pretty fun so far even if I’m still really early in the book like 20% in or so.

PLAYING

Currently playing: Luna, Cat Force

While I took a little to get myself organized, I’ve been playing Cat Force the most on mobile. Its full of cats and its Match-3 puzzle game and then they meow when they get matched up. Its all kinds of cute and I’m about 50ish levels into it right now. If I know myself, I usually cap out on Match-3 puzzle games at the most at 100 levels if nothing significantly new happens.

I do have a few PC games that I have lined up to play after I finish Luna. We are restructuring Game Warp to get some new direction so that we can get back on track somewhat in time. However, I do have some written pieces to go up soon.

WATCHING

  • Girlfight (2000)
  • Hairspray (2007 rewatch, Review)
  • Skyscraper (2018)
  • The Predator (2018, Review)
  • Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
  • Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004 rewatch)

Its fairly obvious with this list that I’m starting to prepare for the Halloween Marathon at this point. Highlight franchise this year (a marathon structure that I didn’t do the past few years) is going to be the Living Dead franchise. Believe it or not, I’ve only seen Dawn of the Dead remake before out of the whole franchise so you know, catching up with that. There’s also other movies set up in between as you can see as well. It’ll be fun. Less festival coverage means more time to focus on doing a proper marathon this year. My awesome co-host did mention the whole 31 Days of Halloween or something, maybe I’ll do that as double features here and then use that as social media since I really just be promoting the blog better.

BINGING

Go Ahead
  • Chef’s Table: BBQ (Volume 1, 2020)
  • Go Ahead (2020)

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

I finally finished Go Ahead which let me tell you is my 2020 favorite series so far. Tops the list right away. Its a different kind of family story; the cast is incredible; the story is really good and it had me hooked from beginning to end. There’s a few moments that gets me every single time. Its really a treat. Of course, it had to be my highlight series. I’m super behind on TV binge posts for C-Dramas so it’ll come out at some point but I won’t make any promises about how soon. Although to be fair, Chef’s Table taking the BBQ themed path is pretty decent also. Chef’s Table and Ugly Delicious kind of all ride on each other a little. Its still a decent 4 episodes to go through as a docuseries.

On that note, most of the currently is pretty much the same. I’m taking a mini break from Handsome Siblings as its getting really annoying when its not about the actual siblings or younger cast. I couldn’t focus for more than one episode at a time so I decided to give myself a breather and just start something new which happens to be Count My Lucky Stars that I had wanted to start when it first aired in August which at 5 episodes in had me hooked at the 2nd episode. I do say that nostalgia plays a big part seeing as people complain about the female and male leads age difference in real life but they are the new and old version leads of Meteor Garden and the best parts of the new and old respectively. I fangirled over Jerry Yan when Meteor Garden came out and in his 40s, he’s a different kind of handsome right now. Okay..I’m starting to fangirl here so I’ll stop.

In terms of TV though, Great Escape: Season 2 only has one episode left and probably some finale episode or something as they sometimes have, I don’t know right now but its sad to see that end although the next episode is one to look forward to as its a crossover with Who’s the Murderer. Everything else is fairly early or just in catch-up phase at some point so that’s all. Things are definitely settling down on the TV front which is great so I can get back on some Netflix or Shudder series.

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

What’s Up 2020: Week 36

Another week is gone and Fantasia Festival is behind us now! All the content is up at this point even if there was a week delay in getting mostly everything done. Next week, things should show some signs of returning back to normal as I start sorting through the backlog and what needs to be done as well, start planning for next month’s Halloween Marathon!

READING

Fangirl

Currently reading: Fangirl

I’m just going to confess right now that I did zero reading this week. None whatsoever. I was either watching movies for Fantasia or using every spare moment to write. I’ve also been going through some strange insomnia so it hasn’t helped the energy or productivity. Reading will resume as I do want to keep going with Fangirl once I’ve recharged my Kindle again.

PLAYING

Luna

Currently playing: Luna

The same for reading as gaming basically, which was pretty much expected. Luna is still the game that I’m going to return to very soon. I didn’t get much time for gaming.

WATCHING

  • Homo ErecTattoos (short 2020)
  • Bring Me Home (2019, Review)
  • A Witness Out of the Blue (2019, Review)
  • Legally Declared Dead (2019, Review)
  • Perdida (2019, Review)
  • Chasing Dream (2019, Review)

I ended the last few days of Fantasia Festival powering through a lot of on demand films. It was a bit intense but all the films were pretty fun to watch. My favorites for the week had to go to A Witness Out of the Blue followed very closely with Chasing Dream. Both had their own style that was a lot of fun to watch. Both of the films, I’d gladly watch again if I had the chance (fingers crossed that Netflix might pick it up).

Talking about Fantasia coverage, I do have to to say, the only post that hasn’t gone up is for Fantasia shorts round-up. There were some impressive short films this year that I saw and no doubt the one from this week’s recap, Homo ErecTattoos was incredibly unique.

BINGING

  • Gagman (Season 1, 2020)
  • Little Forest (Season 1, 2020)

Currently binging: Great Escape: Season 2, Go Newbies, Go Ahead, Chef’s Table: BBQ, The Irresistible, Sing China 2020, Handsome Siblings, The Coming One:SuperBand, BLK946

I finally sat down to finish Little Forest which was a charming little show. Its always relaxing to watch little kids with celebrity adults in nature. Plus, I liked the celebrities involved so I had a fun little dynamic. However, highlight show that ended would be Gagman. That show was a treat every single week. I can’t say that I’m particularly happy with the rundown of the Gag6 (top 6 Gagman/Gagwoman winners) since I’m sure there are other people there that would be much more entertaining but its an alright mix of people.

Some of these shows have kind of fallen into the background right now as I only have a pair of eyes that I can’t watch movies and TV at the same time. I have some general shows that I always like to catch when they release like Great Escape 2 which should be ending soon along with the Master Version (which I never list here but its a show with the same escape room with little changes but a younger cast which are pretty much have their own set of intellectual skills).

Go Ahead is one of my favorite dramas this year and its nearing its final few episodes so I’ve been saving up the episodes so that I can binge it in one shot since if its anything like other series, the last 10 episodes will be a torture to have to watch one or two episodes and then wait for the next day’s to release. Because of that, I finally started Handsome Siblings which has been made so many times that its hard to wonder whether it’ll live up to the last one, which it took a little while to get into but I’m about halfway and its starting to get into a rhythm that I like. Aside from that, I keep forgetting to talk about BLK946 which is a show about trends and fashion/design while I’ve also started watching Sing China 2020 which is like American Idol but the Chinese version but hey Nicholas Tse is a judge/mentor so I’m a little late to the party but better late than never.

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

What’s Up 2020: Week 35

One more week of a whole lot stagnant activity to recap since its very one-sided. Something I do need to apologize for not having prepared more variety in advance. At least maybe you all for some good movies to look forward to in independent/genre cinema.

READING

Currently reading: Fangirl

Super early in Fangirl. I needed a break from reading for blog tours and other commitments and read something from my own TBR pile. I’m fairly early in the book but so far its a pretty fun read. Looking forward to getting into this one more.

PLAYING

Luna

Currently playing: Luna

While I have been wanting to do a little bit of gaming, its still be rather stand still other than playing some mobile games, mostly puzzles or Find Out. Gaming will definitely be the priority once the watching section below calms down. I have a few games after Luna that I have lined up and we’re having some talk about restructuring Game Warp to get it up and running again more regularly.

WATCHING

  • Clueless (1995 rewatch, Review)
  • The Kissing Booth 2 (2020)
  • Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty (2020)
  • Alone (2020, Review)
  • The Block Island Sound (2020, Review)
  • Jumbo (2020)
  • Suspense (2020 short)
  • Dead Birds (2018 short)
  • Crazy Samurai Musashi (2020, Review)
  • The Mortuary Collection (2020)
  • Bloodshot (2020)
  • Wildland (2020)
  • The Paper Tigers (2020, Review)

Between podcast recording and getting some expiring rental as well as just some fillers in between to change the pace a little, its been mostly focused on Fantasia Film Festival coverage. I’m a little behind on reviews but its all going to wrap up within the few days following the end of Festival on September 2nd.

With that said, I watched some solid movies in Fantasia this week. I couldn’t decide whether I like The Paper Tigers or The Mortuary Collection more although I’ve only written the review for the former so thats why I used it for the poster. The Paper Tigers takes on a nice look action comedy take on Kung Fu and friendship whereas The Mortuary Collection is pretty everything I love about horror movies with a lot of style and a great collection of horror anthology stories spanning through different decades with the main story as the backdrop that all works really well together. Full review is coming up for The Mortuary Collection so I won’t talk too much about it now.

BINGING

Rap Star
  • Rap Star (Season 1, 2020)

Currently binging: Go Ahead, The Irresistible, Go Newbies, BLK946, Great Escape: Season 2, Gagman, Street Dance of China 3, The Coming One: SuperBand, Little Forest

Listen Up or Rap Star, whichever the title is for this rap competition show was a treat and a half. It was one show that I caught at premiere time on Sunday at midnight every single week! I discovered some great Chinese up and rising rappers and discovered a ton of new songs. Its a little sad to see it end but then, the guy who won it was who I expected would win. Happy to hear them announce that Season 2 is already accepting applications now so thats going to happen and something to look forward to. I’m expecting some of the people from this season will probably show up again to give it a second shot.

In reality, Little Forest is already done as well but I just haven’t had time to finish the last 2 episodes so that’s something to work on. Great Escape: Season 2 and Gagman are all heading into their final episode in the coming weeks as well. Both of them that I’m loving a lot also. I’ve fallen a bit behind on Street Dance and The Coming One though. I pretty much exchanged it for The Irresistible which is really growing on me and Go Newbies which are celebrities learning how to drive and its wild. Still only one drama right now and that’s Go Ahead which is an awesome series. I gotta say that Huace really knows how to make Chinese dramas. They always are so awesome.

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

What’s Up 2020: Week 34

Week 34 recap is here! Its been a crazy week and we still have one more week or so of Fantasia left! Let’s check it out!

READING

Currently reading: Crackle and Fire

I’ve been working on reading Crackle and Fire lately. Its a first book of a new series called Angela Hardwicke Sci-Fi Mystery. Its pretty fun so far. Its set in this galactic futuristic world. It feels a little like Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee series except with a science fiction world. I’m pretty happy with it so far as a debut. Still have a little bit to go before finishing up. Review is going up soon since its part of a blog tour.

PLAYING

Luna

Currently playing: Luna

I haven’t had time to do any gaming this past week. When I do, I’ll be picking up with Luna right afterwards. I don’t see myself getting back into gaming any time in the coming week but its one that I’m looking forward to finish soon.

WATCHING

The Oak Room
  • Sheep Without A Shepherd (2019, Review)
  • The Undertaker’s Home (2020 World Premiere, Review)
  • Abracitos (2020 Short)
  • The Land Before Time (1988 rewatch, Review)
  • Hunted (2020 World Premiere, Review)
  • You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020, Review)
  • The Oak Room (2020 World Premiere)
  • Yummy (2019)
  • Downs of the Dead (2019 Short)

Nothing like film festival season to make it feel like my life is consumed with movies. Good thing is that its mostly pretty decent films this past week. I actually had a hard time choosing which movie to highlight between Sheep Without a Shepherd and The Oak Room. I was hoping to get the review for The Oak Room done before this post comes out but still stuck in some final editing so the review is coming out later today. Although, to be fair, You Cannot Kill David Arquette is also an awesome documentary also. With that said, my love for Black Fawn Films in general has me picking The Oak Room which was outstanding in a subtle way and very impressive. Still, three solid viewings. I have to mention that as a short film, Abracitos is really good also. It really got under my skin. Reviews for short films are grouped together in one post on the last day of coverage, which will be early September some time. As for now, enjoy some more Fantasia Festival coverage going up every day!

BINGING

  • Super Nova Games 3 (2020)

Currently binging: Great Escape: Season 2, Little Forest, Go Ahead, The Irresistible, Rap Star, The Coming One: SuperBand, Street Dance of China 3, Gagman

Some of the TV is starting to hit is ending bits now with final rounds for some and some variety shows wrapping up as well. Probably a week or two before it reaches its finale. The only TV drama that I’m watching is Go Ahead which has one to two new episodes a day depending on the day of the week. Its a fun show and I look forward to those episodes every day.

I finally finished up Super Nova Games 3 which was a journey and a half. It came to three 10 hour day events or something. Its nice to see some of the new celebrities that I liked getting some success. Its pretty entertaining as background noise. I have this new desire to learn archery though. Odd, right? Its not the first time that I’ve thought about it and definitely one of the more engaging to watch. Although they did add e-sports as one of the categories and highlight two of these Chinese mobile games and also 3v3 Basketball. Pretty fun overall even if it was a little time-consuming.

That’s it for Week 34 recap!
A lot of movies as expected with film festival coverage going on!
One more week to go and things should get back to relative normalcy…I think!

What have you been watching/playing/reading/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 33

Its Week 33! Much like last week, this week was all about amassing content and preparing for whats coming up. Its rather busy but lots of fun. It also makes for a hard to talk about section in this post. So…I won’t talk about this week but rather whats coming up later this current week that you are reading this post. Fantasia International Film Festival’s virtual edition starts on August 20th!! Tranquil Dreams is accredited press so in the next two weeks, the main focus will be movie reviews and festival coverage. As mentioned last week, its going to make this week have a lot of things I can’t talk about but we will work it out. I am working on other content to layer in between all the movie reviews but I really can’t promise anything at the moment.

With that laid out, lets get back on track and look at Week 33’s recap.

READING

  • Conscience by Jonathan Pongratz

Currently reading: Crackle and Fire

Honestly, I need to hunker down and do a lot more reading. The story that I finished reading is a short story so it was a fairly quick read. It was a recent reading commitment that I decided to prioritize since its an easier one to get through and start working on in advance. With that said, its a short story so I don’t want to talk too much about it until the actual review post goes up.

PLAYING

  • The Bunker

Currently playing: Luna

Sometimes I say things and then I realize that it might sound silly but I had time to game but didn’t find time to read. Still, Game Warp has beem in its lonely corner and I really want to get some content for it. It is why I am riding this surge of motivation and doing some gaming. I have two backlogged reviews to do including this one, The Bunker which is FMV game so its like watching an interactive movie. It was pretty fun and was mostly following a linear story and have some quick time events. Definitely one that I would have liked to play on PC instead of Playstation 4.

In terms of PC, I had started to play Luna, which seems to be a fairly short game. I love the art style in the game and its all really cute and has some creativity behind the story itself. Hoping to find some time to wrap this one up in the coming week.

WATCHING

  • I WeirDo (2020)
  • The Lodge (2019, Review)
  • Time of Moulting (2020)
  • A Mermaid in Paris (2020)
  • One Cut of the Dead (2017, rewatch, Review)

While there are some great Fantasia titles here like I WeirDo and A Mermaid in Paris which is definitely worth a watch and you definitely should look into seeing it in Fantasia if you are in Canada (because I think the Festival is limited to Canadian audiences), I won’t talk about it since I don’t have the okay yet. My highlight of the week goes to the only movie not part of the pre-Festival prep or rewatch and that is The Lodge, a movie that I actually didn’t get a chance to see at last year’s Fantasia Festival. How great timing is, right? The Lodge’s review is up already so you can check that out in the link above. Its one that really does build and has a fantastic reveal.

BINGING

  • Mr. Honesty (2020)

Currently binging: Great Escape: Season 2, Little Forest, Go Ahead, Super Nova Games, The Irresistible, Rap Star, The Coming One: SuperBand, Street Dance of China 3

While I won’t say that I particularly recommend Mr. Honesty, its the only series that I wrapped up this week. Its not exactly a bad series and not even that long but there’s some pacing issues and some dialogue that feels rather repetitive and dragged out in the second half. Some of the supporting characters are a tad frustrating. I’ll get around to the TV binge at some point. I’m really behind with these TV binges but I’m working hard on it this past while so hopefully get this one up sooner rather than later.

To be fair, Super Nova Games: Season 3 should be wrapped up since the final round competitions were underway but its like 8 hours split in 3 parts over 2 days or something so I’m still working through the Day 1 Final Round third part and haven’t even gotten to the Day 2 stuff. These are sport things so its not something that I normally binge but more filler material.

On that note, I started a new series last week called Go Ahead starring Wei Long Song, Seven Tan and Steven Zhang. It has a heavy focus on families even with no blood relation. Really great series so far. Well, so far is 11 episodes in so we’re just past the quarter series mark. Too early to say if it’ll fall apart but I’m hoping it stays good since it has a lot of potential.

I need to focus on Fantasia coverage so I won’t be starting anything else new for the next two weeks even if I have another two series sitting in the background that I want to watch.

That’s it for this Week 33 recap!
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 32

Week 32 is here! I have an announcement about some changes starting next week although I feel like since I’ve started working on some of the stuff, its going to be hard to not talk about it in this What’s Up! I’ll mention it a little later in this post briefly and talk more about it next week once I have a better idea of what I’ve got planned and manage to get done.

With that said, lets just jump right in!

READING

crackle and fire

Currently reading: Crackle and Fire

I’m having a writer’s block with getting book reviews out this year in general so I’m stuck on the previous book’s review. I can’t seem to edit it to something that I’m happy with so that’s why its not out yet. Because of that, I literally just downloaded this book to my e-reader and haven’t really started but its at 1% because I have it opened. Nothing much to say about it right now but I’ll share more later on.

PLAYING

gorogoa

  • Gorogoa

Currently playing: Luna

Like I said last week (and the first time it feels like things are going as planned this year), I pushed forward and got in some refreshing gaming time. I apparently needed it more than I had thought that I did. It recharged my brain and broke a bit of the writer’s block. I finished up Gorogoa (not 100% achievement) and it was a rather innovative experience and one that I had a lot of fun playing. It had some mind-boggling bits. Moving the pieces around and creating a new path and such is really cool. Its almost like a step further than similar games like Framed, but actually pieces them together to create another image at times and it always seems to have another trick up its sleeve and needs some strong sense of coordination to put together the screens. Either way, I will be working on a review to go up on Game Warp soon.

WATCHING

13 hours

  • Clapboard Jungle (2020)
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
  • On Chesil Beach (2017)
  • Detention (2019)

Let’s touch on the announcement I started with. Seeing as its in the watching section, I think most of already guessed the general idea of what it will be. I’ve been approved accredited press for Fantasia 2020 for this year’s virtual edition so I’m going to say that this week’s recap and next week’s is going to be heavily focused on things that I can’t talk about until Fantasia starts.

With that said, we’re moving forward. Can’t talk about two of them yet so automatically my choice goes to the surprisingly good 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. It was a movie that I had on my anticipated list in 2016 (if I remember correctly, or honorable mention or something) but never got around to watching it until its about to leave Netflix so I had no choice. A bit hesitant to watch it since things are bad around the world and I’m not a big fan on these type of movies. However, it was a rather surprising watch that I enjoyed quite a bit.

BINGING

great escape2

Currently binging: Great Escape 2, Little Forest, The Irresistible, Mr. Honesty, Gagman, Super Nova Games 3, The Coming One: SuperBand, Street Dance of China 3, Rap Star

The world of variety shows is mostly my life right now. Nothing new added to the list. My faves that always catch when it has the live premiere is Great Escape: Season 2 and Rap Star (or Listen Up…they seemed to have changed the name halfway). A ton of fun to watch. Great Escape: Season 2 really stepped up their game and every escape room and story is very entertaining. They just had a zombie-esque style one mixed with sci-fi elements which was rather intense. Rap Star is nearing the end as they just had their top 10 pick and heading in the next few weeks and lost a few contestants that I liked. The other show which is like a competitive game show between old and new generation celebrities called The Irresistible is also rather fun but its only 2 episodes in so still need to see how that goes.

Although two dramas just started that I’ve been waiting for so I am trying to finish up Mr. Honesty so that I can move on to hopefully better things. Its the final few episodes and feels like its a drag and feels like I see the twist they will have. I have too many unfinished series at this point so I just want to tough it out.

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

What’s Up 2020: Week 31

Week 31 is something of an in between week. I wrapped up a lot of things and then ended up being in the middle of deciding other things so its been a lot of nothing as I look over this week in the different categories below. I’m also trying to clear out and organize my to-do list and actually set up a list of backlog that I haven’t done yet so that I can start working on it so doing anything here is a little bit on hold as I did some housekeeping.

READING

and then we vanish

  • And Then They Vanish: Collected Stories by D.H. Schleicher

Currently reading: *Still deciding… leaning towards Fangirl or The Girl on the Train*

With that said, I finished up the collected stories by D.H. Schleicher which was a really fun read. I’m working on the review for the book as this goes up and should be there in a few days at most so I won’t talk too much about it right now. Some really nice ideas and premise in a bunch of stories about different people vanishing.

PLAYING

gorogoa

Currently playing: Gorogoa, Find Out

To be fair, I didn’t play anything this week other than mobile game Find Out every once in a while. Its been my filler games for the last few weeks. However, the game in progress is Gorogoa and I’m working on wrapping that one up so that I can move on to the next game. I don’t like games sitting in limbo for too long. My crappy memory makes me forget where I was when I stopped.

WATCHING

Little Women

  • The Cabin in the Woods (2011 rewatch)
  • The Platform (2019)
  • Little Women (2019)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
  • Peninsula (2020 screener)
  • Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Caglistro (1979 rewatch)

A couple of rewatches paired with a random title, two rentals near expiring and then a screener this week definitely makes for some fun movie watching time. A lot of the movies were pretty good. The Platform was a good dystopian movie in the veins of something like Snowpiercer with a heavy message about social class. Sonic the Hedgehog is pretty much a children-oriented video game adaptation. Its not as good as Detective Pikachu but Jim Carey does his thing and Ben Schwartz voices a good Sonic so it a fun enough time. I’m not going to talk about rewatches or the screener (since that has embargo so review coming up very soon for that..maybe even this afternoon).

The highlight of this week is goes to Little Women for various reasons. One, I love Saoirse Ronan and her roles are great. Really should do a Sunday List for her (unless I forgot that I already did…). Second, its a good adaptation that takes a bystander look at how the story came to be and has a little bit of a story in a story deal which is pretty nice.

BINGING

sugar rush extra sweet

  • Sugar Rush Extra Sweet (Season 3, 2020)

Currently binging: Great Escape 2, Little Forest, The Irresistible, Mr. Honesty, Gagman, Super Nova Games 3, The Coming One: SuperBand, Street Dance of China 3, Rap Star

I love food competition shows. If you’ve been hanging out here, you know that I devour those series literally. Sugar Rush Extra Sweet released on July 31st and less than 24 hours and I was done. There are some changes so I will do quick little TV binge for it.

A lot of the same going on for the currently binging except for 2 new additions. The first is finally starting a new drama series called Mr. Honesty. It started off a little iffy and this series has the hated revenge plot from the supporting cast that makes very little sense so makes the supporting male lead a tad annoying. However, the two main leads are pretty fun. Could have better chemistry but it fits into their roles so I have a feeling it will improve further down the road. Fingers crosses. Other than that, Mango TV’s new game show The Irresistible has a ton of celebrities that I like and the first episode was pretty entertaining.

As an ending note to follow-up the beginning blurb, things will wind down as I clear things off my to-do list as virtual Fantasia Festival starts ina few weeks and I will be covering it. It feels good to get back to some kind of norm of previous summers. I miss it more than I had thought I would.

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

What’s Up 2020: Week 30

Week 30 of the year everyone! Last week was a bit of a whirlwind. Not weather-wise since it was incredibly hot and increasingly stuffy. Good news is that I’m kind of back to some kind of normal so things are getting back on track a little on all departments. Plus, you will notice that a lot of variety shows wrapped up so the Binging department will be (hopefully) less crazy. I did also get some good news that I will talk about in My Weekly Adventures coming up at the end of this week…

READING

and then we vanish

Currently reading: And Then We Vanish: Collected Stories

Finally got back to some reading as I decided that reading on the bus was the best thing to do. I finished 2 of the stories in this anthology and they are pretty decent. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the angle each of these stories will take. Hopefully, I will finish up soon as this is rather fun to read and I’m making good progress, and a review will be up soon.

PLAYING

glass masquerade revelations

  • Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions – Revelations DLC

Currently playing: Gorogoa, Find Out

After going into some major gaming sessions of Glass Masquerade 2: Illusion, I’ve wrapped up Revelations DLC which had some pretty fun little puzzles and designs. It felt a little easier than the other DLC since it had more irregular pieces but at times, bigger pieces to put together. However, the art in Glass Masquerade 2 is so nice. The design of each puzzle and the story behind each one and little dialogue is fun. For now (unless they come out with more DLCs in the future), its done as I think about some games to move on.

Although, first priority is to get back into Gorogoa and finish that one up. On a side note, its not exactly just this week but the last month, I’ve been playing a mobile game called Find Out which is a rather quirky puzzle game which has a nice twist on hidden objects mixed with puzzle elements. Plus, it always adds free new levels.

WATCHING

one cut of the dead

  • 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)
  • Deep Blue Sea (1999 rewatch, Review)
  • The Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • The Night of the Living Dead (1990)
  • One Cut of the Dead (2017)
  • One Cut of the Dead Mission: Remote (2020)

As we try to get through the Living Dead franchise from the beginning slowly and having some shark week moments with 47 Meters Down: Uncaged and rewatching Deep Blue Sea, the movie that came out of nowhere as a random pick on Shudder is One Cut of the Dead. Its been a while that I’ve loved a movie this much. I have a review coming up so I won’t talk too much about it here but its a must see if you haven’t already. Its takes you for a seriously awesome ride. Its one that pairs really  nice to check out its free Youtube short movie as a project to bring happiness during this tough 2020 as everyone lives through this pandemic.

BINGING

love timing 2

  • Twogether (Season 1, 2020)
  • Love Timing 2 (Season 2, 2020)
  • Woof Meow Story (Season 1, 2020)
  • We Are Blazing (Season 1, 2020)

Currently binging: Great Escape 2, Little Forest, Super Nova Games 3, Gagman, Street Dance of China 3, The Coming One: SuperBand, Summer Surf Shop

Like mentioned in the beginning, a lot of shows ended in the past week, which is quite a relief since it was getting a little hard to track everything. I wrapped up Twogether on Netflix and while that was fun, I think it meant more for fans of Jasper Liu and Lee Seung-gi, although the show did make me want to catch up on some of their series that are on Netflix. We Are Blazing was a bit of a letdown, more that the team I was rooting for didn’t win but then I had already had a feeling who the winner would be and it was them. Its not that they are bad but its kind of a cop out in my opinion. The show overall had some issues but its a nice concept to expose all of these music groups of different forms and variety, especially with the sheer amount of boy or girl groups being created through the different shows on different channels.

Woof Meow Story and Love Timing Season 2 definitely were my faves which I felt sad to end. Woof Meow Story really excelled in the Woof story as the finale saw them working hard to find a suitable home for the stray dogs, and even had a follow-up on their current status. Because I wasn’t a fan of the Meow story part, Love Timing 2 overall was a much more fun reality show. I always liked their format the most out of all the different relationship reality shows and this time they changed it up to a more realistic level that took them after their love confession and acceptance to the final episode where they could go on a trip together and experience the outside world in a realistic world to consider their own lives and how it would be together in a weekend trip and then make another decision whether it was suitable still to be together or at least wanted to work hard to be together. A lot of these shows lack the grounded element and this show already had the merging life but living with everyone else in the show for 30 days so adding this final element does give it one of the more sophisticated structure and perhaps a more solid jumping spot for these different pairs. Two shows that I hope will return for another season in the future.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
This week has been a lot of fun and had some nice discoveries!
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up 2020: Week 29

Week 29 has gone by and the first week back at work was subconsciously more stressful than I physically felt. Its been nice to be able to walk around outside more back and forth except its also not so easy since it was also heat wave so wearing a mask was rather uncomfortable but of course, needed. As for the actual week of blogging and doing these little things that we cover here, it was relatively unproductive in terms of everything. I actually didn’t feel the fatigue until the weekend hit and the longer than usual run along with the heat just knocked me out. Its probably why motivation level was low and indecisiveness was high. Either way, let’s check how that’s affected progress (and it did because its been a long time that I had posted so little in a week).

READING

and then we vanish

Currently reading: And Then We Vanish: Collected Stories

I’m going to confess right now that there was no reading done AT ALL this past week. I need to wrap up this novel so I’m going to work in some reading time.

PLAYING

temptations dlc

  • Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions – Temptations DLC

Currently playing: Gorogoa

I’m still working on the two games. Currently, I’m more focused on Glass Masquerade’s second DLC because its just super relaxing and essentially a puzzle. Gorogoa is a lot more thinking involved but I did move forward with that a little. The Temptations DLC was all themed around women in various stories and such set in a somewhat pretty fantasy design.

WATCHING

47 Meters Down

  • 47 Meters Down (2017 rewatch, Review)

Currently watching: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Being tired and watching movies is really not helping. I didn’t feel like progressing with much movie watching so here we are, one movie watched and its a rewatch. What can I say? However, we are having half a mind to watch the Night of the Living Dead franchise and it all started with my husband’s desire to watch the 1968 version of Night of the Living Dead, which not to do with its quality but more my fatigue, that I fell asleep and watched half of it only. Currently finding time to finish it up.

BINGING

unsolved mysteries

  • Life is Beautiful (Season 1, 2020)
  • Unsolved Mysteries (Season 1, 2020)

Currently binging: Great Escape 2, Love Timing 2, Woof Meow Story, Super Nova Games 3, Little Forest, We Are Blazing, Gagman, We Are Young, Summer Surf Shop, The Coming One: SuperBand, Rap Star, Twogether

I just noticed that its a complete rundown of variety shows right now. My currently binging is all variety shows over the course of a week. Some of them are ending soon though. I think Love Timing 2 and We Are Blazing has their big finale the coming week. I got back into Twogether to try to wrap up the last two episodes and the series so that I can work on a binge (depending if its worth it) since it is a Netflix series afterall. The new thing this time around is Super Nova Games 3. I’m not sure if I’ll finish it since last season, I watched halfway and stopped. I do need to try and find a new series to watch soon although Netflix has some good stuff coming up. And I have my eye on a Tencent Cantonese series called White War but I’m saving up a few more episodes so that I can do an actual binge.

For the highlight of this week, it was pretty much a fight between the two completed series. Life is Beautiful is a Tencent variety show which looks at the everyday lives of these Chinese actor/actress/musicians/TV host. A few of them are people that I quite enjoy so it was a lot of fun. However, I used to love Unsolved Mysteries and watched it with my dad so there’s a whole nostalgia factor going on there. Its Netflix revival is really impressive. I’m halfway through the TV binge so I’ll discuss it more in the coming post.

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

What’s Up 2020: Week 28

Another week has gone by! I do apologize in advance for the lack of the posts the last few days. I’ve been occupied with some other obligations and preparing to go back to the office as work from home phase ends. Real life took over writing. However, last week was pretty efficient and did have some nice progress some way or another.

READING

and then we vanish

Currently reading: And Then We Vanish

I’m still working on this book. I took a little break from reading so progress is not a whole lot of difference to last week’s. Its intriguing so far but I’m still way too early to say much more about it.

PLAYING

gorogoa

Currently playing: Gorogoa & Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions

I’m still gaming sporadically as this past weekend also saw some gaming conferences like Devolver Digital and Ubisoft Forward. I got in some Gorogoa in and moved the plot forward a little. Its such a clever game of moving the pieces and getting them to work together properly. Glass Masquerade 2 is my relaxing end of the day or morning game. Its a nice little break. I picked up the 2 DLCs right before the Steam Summer Sale ended which was pretty good since I also wrapped up the main game and will start working on the DLCs soon.

MOVIES

doctor sleep

  • Doctor Sleep (2019)
  • Matilda (1996)
  • The Net (1995)
  • 3615 Code Pere Noel (1989)
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

Between working on the double features, getting some rentals watched and then preparing for a blogathon entry, my movies watch list looks rather impressive, right? To be fair, I caught up with some older movies like Matilda and The Net that has been on my to-watch list forever. Christmas In July Blogathon over on Drew’s Movie Reviews is happening again this year and I chose to do a double feature piece and its fairly obvious which two titles above were my picks. 3615 Code Pere Noel was a great alternate Christmas movie though but my highlight of the week goes to Doctor Sleep that was such an awesome watch. It gets more and more awesome the more that I think about it and then the more that I think about it, the more I want to read The Shining because I feel like the movie was missing so much of its actual nature that Doctor Sleep dove into, plus, I own the Doctor Sleep novel but haven’t read it because I never read The Shining.

BINGING

you are my destiny

  • You Are My Destiny (2020)

Currently binging: Little Forest, Viva La Romance 4, Rap Star, Woof Meow Story, We Are Young, Great Escape 2, Yes I Do 2, Love Designer, We Are Blazing, Gagman, Let’s Sacalaca, The Coming One: SuperBand

It seems my currently binging list keeps expanding while the shows ending are just too little. I’ve actually ended up watching mostly variety shows at this point which are all currently airing so its only one episode a week which looks like a lot but in reality, its not all that bad. New to the group is Gagman (a show to find the best comedian/variety show host), Let’s Sacalaca (a show about celebrities running a surf shop) and The Coming One: SuperBand (Season 4 of The Coming One focused on creating a 5 person band).

You are My Destiny finally ended and boy, do I want to talk about this one? Being a remake of a Taiwanese series is hard stuff especially one of the series starring the talent Joe Chen and one that was super popular. I had caught up with the series last year and rewatched it earlier this year and did a TV binge HERE. This remake has its moments and then it also has its fair share of issues. Not quite as successful of a remake as 2018’s Meteor Garden and this one was only 30 episodes instead of MG’s 50 episodes.

Either way, I have a line-up of back log TV binges to do so we’ll get to this one soon. Plus, I’m brainstorming a new little project (like I need another one, right?) but stuck on a title for it so if that comes together, I’ll make an actual announcement and if its in this section, obviously, its TV-related.

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