Tranquil Dreams Podcast #10: What’s Up 2021 Week 17

Welcome to the next episode of Tranquil Dreams Podcast! This week’s What’s Up 2021 is covering Week 17. We are officially back to weekly format.

In this episode, I take a look at what I’ve been reading, watching, playing and binging on Week 17 of 2021. Reading is a little uneventful however among the many things talked about in the other sections, some of the highlights are talking about what makes Dumplin’ a worthy rewatch, a capsule review of Oscar-nominated Chinese film Better Days as well a dive into the wrap-up of Chinese idol survival competition Produce Camp 2021 and their new temporary boy group INTO1. I also share some upcoming plans on new discussion topics on my mind lately to add some variety.

Hope you enjoy!

Related Links

Room – Game Review
Dumplin’ – Film Review
Paradise Hills – Film Review
Paradise Hills – Movies and Tea Podcast
Better Days – Film Review

Music in the Episode:
There It Is by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4519-there-it-is
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

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Tranquil Dreams Podcast #9 What’s Up 2021 Week 16

Welcome to the next episode of Tranquil Dreams Podcast! Its time to go back to a weekly recap for the What’s Up segment as I discuss what I’ve been currently reading, playing, watching and binging. This past week had a few film rewatches and a discussion of my love for Netflix guilty pleasure TV as well as my thoughts on some Chinese TV series that I wrapped up: A Murderous Affair in Horizon Tower and The Sword and the Brocade. Some of the few things that I discussed in this episode along with a touch on the lesser categories this week in reading and playing. 

Hope you enjoy!

Related Links

Enola Holmes – Film Review
Anna and the Apocalypse – Film Review
The Circle (Season 1) – TV Binge
Too Hot To Handle (Season 1) – TV Binge

Music in the Episode:
There It Is by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4519-there-it-is
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

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Tranquil Dreams Podcast #8: What’s Up 2021 Week 14 & 15

Welcome to the next episode of Tranquil Dreams Podcast! We’re technically supposed to be back to a weekly recap but a change in my schddule and setting a routine has causes it to be a little delayed! So, here we are! One more biweekly and then we will be back on track completely instead of the am entire week behind. I think it actually works better. Isn’t that great? Plus, I realized that it landed on a week that I pretty much was focusing so much on catch up and other things that I didn’t do a whole lot of things in each category so these two weeks has actually quite a bit to offer combined together.

With that said, this week, I may go a little deeper in what I’ve done from what I’ve finished to new additions on what I’ve been playing, watching and binging! And you know what? All segments are back in action. Pretty much…kind of…

Thanks for listening and hope you enjoy!

Related links:

Toronto Comics: Yonge at Heart – Book Review
Toronto Comics: Osgoode as Gold – Book Review
Ted Talks: Cornelia Geppert
Searching (2018) – Film review
Run (2020) – Film review
An Inspector Calls (2015) – Film review
A Home With A View (2019) – Film review
Nailed It! – TV Binge
Put Your Head On My Shoulder – TV Binge

Music in the Episode:
There It Is by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4519-there-it-is
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

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Tranquil Dreams Podcast #7: What’s Up 2021 Week 12 & 13

Welcome to the next episode of Tranquil Dreams Podcast!

This episode, I continue with the What’s Up 2021 as we dive into a double week recap for Weeks 12 & 13. No reading this week as there hasn’t been any progress in general however some fun bit to talk about as I discuss Little Nightmares 2, some horror movies from Shudder as well as a new Chinese series that has lived up to my anticipation so far. Theoretically the last double week recap as we get caught up with What’s Up! 

Thanks for listening! Hope you enjoy!

Related Links:

Little Nightmares 2 – Game Warp Podcast
Flushed Away – Friday Film Club

Music in the Episode:
There It Is by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4519-there-it-is
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

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Tranquil Dreams Podcast #5: What’s Up 2021 Week 8 & 9

As things slowly get back to normal, podcast will hopefully get back on track. This episode, What’s Up 2021 is recapping Weeks 8 and 9 of the year through the reading, playing, watching and binging. In all categories, its fairly unbalanced as expected as the 2 weeks aren’t really focused on this other than a lot of work. Either way, what can we do? Its over now and I can only look back and talk about what’s gone on. Plus, there are some really cool discoveries so hopefully, I will share some fun new titles for you all to check out if you haven’t already. As a note, its been a heavier focus on movies and TV these 2 weeks.

I’m playing a game of catch-up right now and vouched to do 2 weeks here and then another 2 weeks What’s Up episode coming up next for Week 10 & 11 and then things should get back to normal on a weekly basis. Fingers crossed since work will pick up soon and these podcasts can’t really be done in advance a lot so it might go back to a biweekly format. We will see in time!

I’m still polishing this series and with the pandemic and work schedule a little crazy, my routine has taken a little switching up every few weeks causing this inconsistency and a little hard to find a set time to record and edit throughout the week. Bear with me as this (hopefully) calms down. I keep saying it but workload has been abnormally elevated so its hard to really tell at this point.

Either way, hope you enjoy this episode and let me know what you think and what you’ve been reading/watching/binging/playing!

Related links:
Hayao Miyazaki Ranking
Spirited Away – Movie Review
Fight Back To School – Movie Review

Music in the Episode:
There It Is by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4519-there-it-is
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

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Tranquil Dreams Podcast #4: What’s Up 2021 Week 7 Recap + Highlights

Its FINALLY time for the next Tranquil Dreams Podcast!

After a few weeks off from the podcast due to work reasons, its time to get back on track. While the past 3 weeks of What’s Up had reverted back to the written format, this episode will not only cover the Week 7 recap but also mention some highlights of the last few weeks!

With that said, Week 7 had some signs of getting back on track. I talk a little bit about some of the future plans coming up as things slow down for next month or in the near future at least in each of the categories. There is some new little things and ideas that I had talked about before but haven’t had time to work on.

One thing that I do apologize for mostly in the second half of the podcast is that I’m having some minor sinus issues so I had to clear my throat here and there and then take a little break in the second half as it was starting to really bother me.

Links mentioned in podcast:
What’s Up 2021 Week 4
What’s Up 2021 Week 5
What’s Up 2021 Week 6
Glass Masquerade – Game Review
BrandelSavage – Twitch Channel
Isn’t It Romantic – Movie Review
To All The Boys: Always and Forever – Movie Review
The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity – Movie Review
Ashes of Love – TV Binge
Eternal Love – TV Binge
Ultimate Decades Blogathon
The Uncanny Counter – TV Binge
Sweet Home – TV Binge

Music in the Episode:
There It Is by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4519-there-it-is
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

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What’s Up 2021: Week 6

As I consistently fall back to the original written format and also a few days late, this is the last week where this is the case as I was catching up with sleep and regaining my mental energy, I have a new game plan for next week and its going to get that next podcast episode out. For now, let’s keep with this format.

I promise to do a quick highlight of the past 3 weeks that were in written format since there are some little thoughts of a various things. This week might be a little different as I looked back and realized that I got confused with my weekly recap timeline so maybe this week might be a little less to make up for the mistakes.

READING

Currently reading:  The Visitor

As I fall behind on reading, I made zero progress on The Visitor. The hope is to get back to reading and finishing it in the coming week so fingers crossed 😉

PLAYING

Steam Game Festival Demos

  • Lunark
  • Rain on your Parade
  • Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery
  • Lost Words: Beyond The Page
  • Children of Silentown
  • A Perfect Day
  • The Companion
  • Ghost On The Shore
  • Beacon Pines
  • Cats and Other Lives

As I put together this week, I realize that I forgot to wrap up the Game Warp post for the Steam Game Festival. Tossing that onto the to-do pile. However, I did play some solid demos. One of them had a funky bug that shut off my PC but if they fix that bug, that game might be the ones with more potential. Of course, being a backer for Lunark also makes me a little bias but at the same time, the demo did not disappoint as in the world building while the controls needed a little polishing. Aside from that, Ghost on the Shore, Lost Words and Children of Silentown definitely are ones that I added to my wishlist after the demo as well.

WATCHING

  • Hustlers (2019)

As I get things back on track, movie watching has been on a low. Hustlers being the only film that I watched in the previous week (as I mentioned before that I’m behind so its like more than 1 week ago). I’ve heard good things about it. I do tend to stay away from films with Jennifer Lopez as the ones I’ve seen were pretty meh however, this one is alright. Everyones does a good job. Where I had issues with it definitely was not the acting but more the execution and pacing. I will discuss it more in a review post.

BINGING

  • Beauty From Heart (2021)
  • Sweet Home (Season 1, 2020 Review)

Currently binging: Who’s The Murderer S6, Shine! Super Brothers, Fourtry S2, Share Life, A Journey For Love, When We Write Love Story

With the wild workload thats been hanging over my life in general, its the first week that I have kept everything fairly stable and not a whole lot of new shows. The only one thats new is A Journey For Love is actually not that new except that I forgot to mention it before.

Beauty From Heart finished up and I’m working on the TV binge right now. So many thoughts for that one especially with the message its portraying and the character development. The husband and I finished up Sweet Home as well. The TV binge for that was released yesterday so you can check that out. In a nutshell, its pretty good and I like post-apocalypse films and creature features so right up my alley. There are some little issues here and there but overall, I’m hoping that it gets a second season.

Shows like Fourtry Season 2 and Shine! Super Brothers is at its last few episodes. Good thing because next one has some new things and the next season of Produce Camp and Youth With You is coming up so its going to be kind of wild soon.

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

TV Binge: Sweet Home (Season 1, 2020)

Sweet Home (Season 1, 2020)

Creators: Lee Eung-bok, Hong So-ri, jan Young-woo, Kim Hyeong-min, Park So-hyeon

Cast: Song Kang, Lee Jin-uk, Lee Si-young, Lee Do-hyun, Kim Nam-hee, Ko Min-si, Park Kyo-young, Go Youn-jung, Kim Gap-soo, Kim Sang-ho

Following the death of his family in an accident, loner Cha Hyun Soo moves to a new apartment. His quiet life is soon disturbed by strange incidents that start occurring in his new building. As people turn into monsters, Hyun Soo and other residents try to survive. – MyDramaList

Based on the webtoon of the same name, Sweet Home takes place as the world heads into an apocalypse where humans are turning into monsters. In an apartment building, the residents suddenly are locked in and soon realize why. As they hatch their plans of defense, its not whats outside but what is trapped inside that is their concern as well as who is infected and will turn. Being at a well-paced 10 episodes, the series moves through the characters foundation and the main characters slowly have their own story unravel whether in flashbacks or in conversation. The story also progresses in the sense that survival brings out the best and worst of people, making them at times the real danger as is the desires turning into these monsters. It makes you wonder whether its based a little on Buddhism and the concept of desire making someone unable to achieve happiness and in this sense, the infected will turn into monsters, some lethal and some harmless. With that said, there are two elements at least to look at Sweet Home: the characters and the monster design.

Sweet Home’s monsters are rather varied. There isn’t an expansive understanding of how someone gets infected but the symptoms are outlined fairly clearly. The change can be rather subtle unless someone is sitting around when someone’s nose fountains with a huge nosebleed. The monsters are rather varied and at one part, it stems from desire so there are many different types of monsters whether its one that is super fast with centaur legs or a giant eye or a gooey monster or a spider looking creature and so on so forth. They all are done fairly well. There are obvious moments of CGI use and its not as smooth as it should be but overall, it does look pretty nice. The only issue I had was one of the monsters was meant to be hulking and giant with this sinister grin and to me, it felt rather hilarious. Probably not the effect that the series was looking for but the monster itself was scary for its strength and relentlessness.

There are quite a few characters in Sweet Home. A decent bunch of ragtag supporting characters which bring some comedic relief and add some uselessness that usually causes more problems plus adds to the potential body count. The few main characters go more to Hyun-so, an eighteen year old that lives alone as a playtester and constantly thinks about suicide, a medical school student brother Eun-hyeok and an aspiring ballet dancer with a foot injury sister Eun-Yoo who is in disagreement with each other, a firefighter lady Yi-Kyeong, a musician girl Ji-soo and a mystery man with burnt scars on his face Jin-wook. The story revolves around these characters as their backstories get revealed one by one. What works well here is that these characters do slowly grow as they start to differ and show their worth as the situation gets more and more dire.

Sweet Home is an interesting first season to say the least. While I have little issues with the computer effects, the monster design, the atmosphere and especially those awesome fight scenes paired with “Warrior” by Imagine Dragons really does it all great favors. At the same time, the cast of characters and their development does work really well as they form their alliances and friendships and it all comes to a decent twist by the end. If there was any issue, its that the first season sets up for a second season and yet, if it doesn’t happen, that ending might be quite a pity. Fingers crossed that it will get a second season!

TV Binge: Bridgerton (Season 1, 2020)

Bridgerton (Season 1, 2020)

Creator: Chris Van Dusen

Cast: Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Jonathan Bailey, Ruby Barker, Nicola Coughlan, Ruth Gemmell, Adjoa Andoh, Claudia Jessie, Luke Newton, Luke Thompson, Polly Walker, Golda Rosheuval

Wealth, lust, and betrayal set against the backdrop of Regency-era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family. – IMDB

Based on Julia Quinn’s first book of the Bridgerton book series called The Duke and I, Bridgerton’s first season is like a Regency London’s era of Gossip Girl. Its scandalous and there’s a mystery lady called Lady Whistledown writing on everyone’s gossip and spreading her speculations about different situations. Set during the beginning of the season where the debutantes go into society to look for their suitors, the first season is all about Daphne, the oldest daughter of the Bridgerton family as she enters into society and navigates her way through everyone’s different opinions before hatching a plan with the newly arrived Duke Hastings who wants to craft a fake connection with her to avoid having to deal with other mothers of available daughters as he doesn’t want to marry while creating the smoke screen for Daphne that will make other men desire her more because of already being desired. Of course, its no doubt that Daphne and Duke Hastings form a real connection eventually and it becomes quite the push and pull relationship, full of drama and soapy elements as well as the many sex and intimate scenes going on.

Bridgerton is thoroughly a guilty pleasure. There’s no other way to put it. Its not exactly untapped territory especially for myself that watches a ton of Chinese dramas which revolve around crafting fake relationships that turn into real connections and so on so forth. What makes Bridgerton fun is of course the Regency London era with its beautiful houses and lovely clothes and the very innocent and protected debutantes who are protected from everything about sex and intimacy. At the same time, the world that its crafted is a racially integrated Regency era London where (according to Wikipedia because I haven’t read the source material) it differs from the book’s setting. However, they do a great job and justifying how it all came to be briefly in conversation. The story itself definitely has those expected frustrating moments where the two misunderstand each other and then there’s some scheming that creates them to diverge in their feelings and its a whole roller coaster ride in terms of the few months of the season that Daphne and Duke Hastings go through.

Other than the setting, Bridgerton is all about the characters. For starters, the main couple Daphne and Duke Hastings has a ton of chemistry and that reflects well as their connection grows stronger and they love each other more. The sex scenes are done incredibly well and very believable. Above all of it though, its about Daphne’s sexual awakening and the gradual revelation and learning about how sex works and how getting pregnant works and all that comes together that crafts her character in a certain way. Aside from these two, the story does also deliver some other great characters. The favorite going to Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) who is Duke Hastings aka Simon’s mentor. Hands down the best character in the whole first season. The first season also laid down the foundation of the Bridgerton family whether its their widowed mother Violet or the three brothers, Anthony, Benedict, Colin and Gregory or the younger sisters Eloise, Francesca and Hyacinth who all make an appearance, big or small. Seeing as the following seasons will be about the other members of the family, that foundation is rather important plus the first season also follows some of the relationships and character development for a few of the siblings especially for Anthony, Benedict, Eloise and Colin.

There’s not a whole lot to say about the 10 episodes of the first season of Bridgerton. For those who like Regency era London settings, this one is a pretty decent choice. The first season’s most compelling parts are the scenes that build up the relationship between Daphne and Simon. The slow connection and the comfort; the change from disapproval to love; the fake relationship to real; what they teach other and grow together: it has its frustrating moments but then it also has some well-crafted moments. The second compelling element has to be trying to figure out who is Lady Whistledown especially when she’s voiced by Julie Andrews. When I finished watching it the first time, I had some mixed feelings about it but when I watched it a second time around, I realized that there is something there that does work.

As an aside, Season 2 has been confirmed and its going to follow the brother Anthony who had his tangent in season 1 although, I was rather lukewarm to the whole thing. However, the season ended hinting that it would be focused on him finding a wife so we will see where that goes. In the meantime, I’m going to catch up with the series when I have a moment see how the series match up to the source material.

What’s Up 2021: Week 5

So…work apparently has no sign of slowing down. While I wanted to shift things around and get out 2 podcasts next week, I decided its probably best to just clear out this week before it gets further behind. I’ll have a bigger show the week after as a quick recap over the missed weeks. I realize that a lot of this weekly recap is rather ambitious thinking on my end however, things will get back on track once work slows down. Anyways, I will talk about the hectic work schedule in the next adventures post but for now, let’s check out the What’s Up and what’s been going on (obviously not too much considering my time is all spent on work).

READING

Currently reading: The Visitor

Its disappointing to say but I’m still working on The Visitor as I fall further behind on the reading commitments. I’m just hoping to really find some time to get in a few hours and finish up this one and get the review out at this point.

PLAYING

Currently playing: ReCore

As a way to relax a little, I started up ReCore on the Xbox Game Pass that I had downloaded a long time ago but kept skipping over it. I didn’t play a whole lot of it, probably about a chapter or so. Its a rather decent game to say the least. The world and the gears and all is fairly easy to control and work on. There is different enemies and such that make it pretty cool. Of course, I’m still at the beginning so lots of time for it to ramp up in difficulty and challenge my limited gaming abilities especially when it includes shooting although I do love games with lock-on targets.

With that said, Steam Game Festival also started up since February 5th and I’ve been checking out some of those games. They belong to the next week so I’m going to talk about them all in the next What’s Up, hopefully in podcast format since I have some some thoughts and a good bit of games to play which I’m hoping to get an impressions post up on Game Warp. Suffice to say that progress is very slow.

WATCHING

  • Isn’t It Romantic (2019, Review)
  • A Nice Girl Like You (2020, Review)
  • Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018)
  • Lila & Eve (2015)

Valentine’s Marathon has started but its a rather rocky road as with the current state, only 2 movies have been watched so probably the remaining bits will be mostly TV binge backlogs at this point. However, I’m still working hard on it. Luckily, the start off point was pretty good as Isn’t It Romantic is a fantastic romantic comedy that mocks romantic comedies so very fun overall.

As for the other two films, I had to bump those up in the watch list as I realized fairly last minute that they were going to leave Netflix Canada. With that said, these two were alright overall. Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings is a few sequels in this franchise which I’ve only seen the first movie eons ago and haven’t seen anything in between so its a fresh watch however it feels pretty standalone so it was easy to follow and the whole monster designs and stuff in the fantasy elements are done super cool. As for Lila & Eve, its a revenge thriller sort of deal. The story itself is a pretty good and the twist is fairly decent although it feels like at one point, it has a few clue-ins on what the twist might be. However, Viola Davis is such a great actress that this movie is lifted up because of her and even for myself who isn’t such a big fan of Jennifer Lopez as an actress thought that she did a decent job.

BINGING

  • Locke & Key (Season 1, 2020)

Currently binging: Who’s The Murderer S6, Shine! Super Brothers, Fourtry S2, The Treasured Voice S2, Share Life, Sweet Home S1, Beauty From Heart

As some of the shows start tapering out and some of slowly fallen off the radar for me, I’m actually clearing up some space for some upcoming shows that I have my eyes on and others that I want to finish from before once things calm down. However, I did decide to start up Locke and Key which is the definite highlight of this week since I did finish it fairly quickly. A great premise and well done show. I’m looking forward to Season 2 for sure. Plus, I’ve been looking through where to get the graphic novels to give it a read when I get the chance. This one is right up my alley.

As for currently watching shows, its really a lot of the same. Beauty From Heart has ended when this post goes up but these posts are generally a week in delay. I’m bumping it to talk about next week instead. Boy, do I have a lot to talk about for that show. Fourtry S2 and Shine! Super Brothers are also in the last few episodes as well. The husband and I decided to start up another Korean TV series so that’s the new addition as we started watching Sweet Home. I can’t say its as fun as Uncanny Counter and I’m super tired so reading subtitles is not something that I do for a long time so we’re about 2- 3 episodes in at this point.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
A little disappointed to not get a What’s Up podcast done this week but instead of pushing it back a few days, going back to the written format keeps things a little more organized on my end.
Some normalcy have mid February for sure.
No guarantees on podcast next week but I’ll definitely try if things run smoother than anticipated at work (which is never the case as I’ve grown to realize).

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