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Handcrafted Cup of Lies

Posted: August 14, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in Coffee Shop Talk, Reviews
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A friend recently altered me to an on going summer deal at Quick Chek.  All summer long any sized hand crafted iced coffee for .99 cents.  “You love coffee, especially iced coffee.  Go for it dude.”  So I went to Quick Chek asked the friendly clerk how to get a hand crafted iced coffee and than proceeded to order.  Knowing protocol at Quick Chek, I ordered, took my ticket from the printer and proceeded to check out.  It was a relatively short line so I paid and returned to the back to wait for my order.  So I watched my iced “Coffee” being made.  A measuring cup filled with milk dumped into a cup with a little bit of coffee and than Ice.  But the real sin.  I saw a pitcher of water come out.  I channeled the rock and my eye brow shot up as I watched the person pour water into my iced coffee filling the rest of the rest of the cup and than mixing it all together.

When I think of iced coffee I think of creamy cold coffee exciting my taste buds.  This was watery and did not come out very well and diluted the coffee’s flavor.  Do not get me wrong I love Quick Chek’s coffees and when I make my own iced coffee from the dispenser, it comes out good.  But I am in shook at these handcrafted iced coffee recipes.  Water REALLY.  No wonder any size is .99 cents the coffee is watered down to stretch it out.

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Quick Chek, if you are listening.  Please fix this problem.  You are better than this.

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What do you get when you mix a collectible card game, adult cartoons and other people….. You get Animation Throwdown The Quest for Cards.  I was skeptical of this game at first.  Oh how fun could it actually be?  It probably will be meh….. I was wrong.  The game play is fun, even if you don’t spend cash on it you can still build a decent and powerful deck with a good deck master.  You start off the game picking which deck master you want to run.  (Being a huge Futurama fan, I picked Lela).  Than you get your starter deck and you get the basics of the game fairly quickly with the game giving a limited amount preloaded combos for your cards.  Once you use them you will have to research new combos.  The game itself is fun and if you are looking to kill time….. well this will do it.  I have told myself… just one or two hands in the arena…. 10 battles later/ all my adventure points gone, and all my challenges used up for the day…. And what you know my time is gone LOL.  The game itself was announced in June of last year to launch in Quarter 3 of the same year.  So the game is still young and the developers are constantly adding and updating things in the game.

What I wish would come to the game in later updates.  The Cleveland Show for all the family guy, Futurama, American Dad, Bob’s Burgers, King of the Hill.  Why is Cleveland Show not represented at all?  They can’t claim rights issues Cleveland show is owned by Fox Broadcasting.  So would defiantly love to see that.  More playable deckmasters would be nice.  Like Hypnotoad… ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!… Huh.. wha… where was I?  OH YES.  Deckmasters.  Changes of clothes could useful for the deckmasters.  They already proved that they can with the implementation of Ricky Spanish Roger’s psychotic alter ego.

 

Hopefully in the future the game will add more deckmasters and more combos for the characters.  A character fusion system would be nice also.  But for now I will enjoy what has been given to me from the game.

Hypnotoad

All glory to the hypnotoad.

The Worst Witch (Netflix)

Posted: July 30, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in Reviews
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Back in 1986 a young Fairuza Balk starred in a TV movie series called the worst witch.  Which was based off of the books of the same name.  Thirty one years later Netflix streams a new and improved version of the series.  Starring Bella Ramsey…….. better known as

Lyanna Mormont

Arguably Game of Thrones most badass character.  Bella plays the timid, bumbling and sweet Mildred Hubble.  Which goes to show that any actor or actress with the right skills can be almost anyone.

The series like the TV movie series before it, stayed faithful to the book.  Mildred is a common girl with seemingly no magical family to speak of but somehow gets into Cackles school for witches.  With her best friends the head of the class Maud and the rebellious Enid.  For those who aren’t savvy with the fantasy and science fiction worlds.  People may write this series off as a Harry Potter rip off because of the story aspects of the show and the similarities between the two. But know this young readers and emerging nerd types.  The Worst Witch was written in 1974 where as Harry Potter was written twenty three years later.  Simply put do not judge a series based solely on similarities 🙂

The first season of the show on Netflix is well directed, shot very well and plays to the strengths of the cast as a whole.  It would be nice if in later seasons if the original cast made guest appearances. But I would think people like Tim Curry would be hard to get or Fariuza Balk for that matter.  The story of season one goes along smoothly.  But I feel like the only downside is the actress of Ethel.  Her over the top harshness seems forced and unnatural.  A couple of the actresses seem this way.  But right now I am chalking this up to the show finding it’s grove.

I would say give this show a chance, if you are looking for fantasy series to watch.  If you were a fan of the original give this show a shot and see if it meets your nostalgia memories or surpasses them.

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Death Note (Netflix)

Posted: July 21, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in Reviews
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When I first heard of the Americanized (literally) version of Death Note I was instantly hesitant.  Why?  Because EVERY Americanized live action anime has failed miserably.

Don’t believe me.  Watch Dragonball Evolution, Speed Racer, Ghost In The Shell, Astro Boy.

deathnoteAnd from what I have seen so far in trailers and teasers I am not impressed by this.  Light just from the trailers Light seems to be whmpy compared to his Japanese counterpart.  The trailer has a dark tone which is fine.  Death Note is a dark and twisted world where a man literally plays god picking and choosing who dies simply by writing their names in a notebook.  But that is all the trailer conveys is the dark tones when dealing with the God of Death voiced by Willem Dafoe.  But everything else in the trailers and teasers just seems more actionized than the Anime actually was.  I realize that the trailer says Based On.  But all they did was change the location from Japan to Seattle Washington.   The anime was never all that action oriented it was more of a dark mystery with the main character proving his genius by staying ahead of his intellectual rival who was trying to catch him.  Because of this I am not looking forward to August 25th for the release.

 

Here is the trailer (Credit for this trailer belongs to Netflix)

Netflix Death Note Trailer

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Castlevania Netflix

Posted: July 12, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in Reviews, Television
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A string and piano version of the main theme  (credit to the performers and conductors who did this piece)

castlevania

Like so many fans of this classic Nintendo game series, I was waiting in anticipation for this animated series to come out.  When it came out, I was in awe.  The animation was beautiful, the voice acting wasn’t cheesy like in the games. (What is a man! Example of game voice acting).  My only problem with the first season.  IT WAS SOOOOOO SHORT!!!!!  Four episodes following the story of Trevor Belmont (The story of Castlevania III Dracula’s Curse)  What I can say about the series without giving spoilers.  It tells the origin of Dracula’s turn to evil beautifully.  It even captures the background of Trevor very well without dragging the show to a grinding stop.  I just wish it was longer.  It is my hope that the following seasons will be longer.  The choices that Warren Ellis made with Castlevania was great so far.  If you are looking to kill four hours, than give Castlevania a run through.

A Baronet Is Not An Instrument

Posted: October 17, 2015 by Andi Pants in Reviews
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Hey there guys. Let me just start by saying that I have been waiting for this movie for what feels like forever. My first time seeing a preview for it I was wide eyed and amazed by what I was seeing; I was enthralled and absolutely fan girling. Guillermo has always done fantastic work, both of the Hellboy movies, Pacific Rim, Pans Labyrinth; they’ve all been fantastic movies. Maybe they haven’t been the highest rated, or critically acclaimed, but visually, they have always been stunning. Del Toro has done it again with the aesthetics of Crimson Peak. Seeing other people’s reviews I have seen the same thing over and over; it ranges from great to horrible, but all of them say that it was a visually stunning movie.

The movie starts with one of my least favorite types of opening, its clearly part of the movie toward the end, the main character, Edith Cushing, is standing in a fogged area, blood spatter on her cheek, practically panting while looking absolutely terrified. The following scene is properly the beginning of the movie. Though this is clever in drawing the watcher in, it drives me buggy. Edith lost her mother at a young age, and was comforted by her ghost the same evening; though in true Del Toro fashion the mother’s ghost isn’t an angel that you would think to see, it was something horribly grotesque, meant to make the watcher squirm. Fast forward ten years and a 20 something Edith is on her way to see if someone will publish her book, about ghosts. Which due to the time period was almost instantly turned down because Edith is indeed a female, she was told that the story needed a love story rather than a ghost story and was sent on her way.

In this general time frame you also meet Dr. Alan McMichael, played by Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy). Edith and Alan run into Alan’s mother and there’s talk of a new resident to the area from England, Thomas Sharpe, Baronet. Edith makes a rather snide comment about the title of Baronet; which sadly does prove to be true. Thomas Sharpe and his sister Lucille are as shady as they come. Thomas has hopes and dreams of making his machine to help dig up the crimson red clay and mine it for profit; though Edith’s father dashes those hopes. I can personally say that I was highly amused that her father was played by Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer on Supernatural), though sadly, he did not say “Idjit” at any point in this movie.

Now, for as much as I hate plot spoilers, there really isn’t a way to review this movie without at least dropping a few hints in the process. The plot of the movie is highly predictable, both from the beginning and as the movie is going. If I’m the one telling you that it was predictable, than you certainly know that it was. I did expect more horror out of the movie, more jump scenes than there were, more violence, more gore; and whereas a typical Del Toro movie was missing these things, the visuals, again, were positively stunning. The house, Crimson Peak, which earns its name from when the ore in the dirt stains the snow a blood red color, is a masterpiece in and of itself, though it has fallen into disrepair due to the lack of funds that the Sharpe family has. The house itself is certainly more of a castle, and holds its fair share of secrets.

Upon the sudden death of Edith’s father, she marries Thomas Sharpe and is moved back to England into the grand home that is Crimson Peak. Suddenly Edith finds herself waking, startled, at all hours of the night. When she wakes, Edith wanders the house and is suddenly confronted by a few different ghosts with backgrounds of their own, both tied to the house and to the Sharpe family. Through her own investigation Edith discovers that the ghosts are there for a very specific reason, as well as a warning from her mother from the encounter she had with the ghost at such a young age… “Beware of Crimson Peak.” Lucille has had ill will toward Edith since their first encounter, and the movie thoroughly covers the ‘why’ to that deep within the story, though through her psychosis she is able to make it seem as if she indeed had good intentions for Edith; especially when Edith suddenly falls violently ill, Lucille comes to Edith’s aid. Throughout this entire movie it becomes evident that there are darker motives behind why the Sharpe siblings have made such quick work of making sure that Edith was part of their family. The climax of the movie escalates quickly and it throws the entire story into a tail spin. While I would love to go into the details that are involved in the rapid climax of the movie, I’m going to leave that for ya’ll to see for yourselves.

One a scale of one to ten I personally would put this movie at an 8 or so. I love the visual, the story, though predictable was fantastically told and magnificently done. I don’t see the movie as being one to get any awards for its acting, or best movie of the year. I have a tendency of liking off beat movies though.

Let me know what ya’ll think of Crimson Peak if you have seen it, if you have any ideas of what it would be like if you’d want to see it. If you think that I’m wrong in my assessment.

Hello all ya’ll reader folks on the internet, how’s it going? The name’s Duo and I’m the new writer here at Generation Nerd. I’ll give a proper introduction of myself later, but for now I have a movie to review for ya’ll. Andi has assigned me to review the new Ridley Scott/ Matt Damon film: The Martian. First of all let me state that this will not be a Ebert-like review or any of that, I’m going to review this purely on level of entertainment and maybe touch on a few technical points. Now I’ll state this now before we get into the review, there will be some spoilers below but I will try to limit them as much as possible.

The film opens with the usual space exploration/sci-fi stuff: A crew of astronauts on Mars taking samples of the local soils and rocks, a few jokes thrown around between the crew collecting the samples and the poor guy assigned to checking the return ship. The Martin surface in the film does look like one would imagine the Red Planet, but being a fan of space films I couldn’t help but feel like they borrowed the setting from The Last Days On Mars, a much less known film that I will review later. Typically in this kind of scene you are introduced to the characters in the team; however, in this case it only really lets you see the dynamic between Mark, Damon’s character, Martinez, the pilot and hapless fellow checking the return ship, and really no one else. The film runs through this scene fairly quickly, bringing up the cliché disaster that leads the main character being abandoned. In this case it happens to be a Martian wind storm that Nasa Command has somehow badly misjudged the strength on. This combined with the mind-numbingly stupid decision not to make a stable platform for the return ship to sit on leads to the crew trying to get to the craft and leave the planet before being stranded due to an overturned space craft. What happens next? Glad you asked, during the escape a conveniently loose antenna assembly comes loose and nails Mark, leading to him being abandoned on Mars while everyone else escapes to go home. The next thing you see is the head of NASA Terry Sanders, played by Jeff Daniels in a role that fits him very well, announcing the death of Mark Watney to the world followed briefly by his funeral.

While all of the world mourns the tragic passing of Mark, said astronaut is shown waking up on the Martian surface, partially buried and probably about the go insane at his suit’s absolutely infuriating alarm saying his Oxygen levels are getting low. Once he finally gets the cobwebs shaken clear, he digs his way out of the sand and starts trying to get back the HAB, NASA’s little station, in order to remove the piece of antenna that stabbed into him during the collision and punctured his suit. Ironically it’s also the antenna that sealed the breach and saved his life. After a quick scene where he is able to remove the object from within himself and staple the wound together, we get to see the man voice his thoughts of impending death to a webcam in a bid to let those who come later know what happened to him. I honestly liked this little but because it hits home as a real reaction, even if he seems a little too comfortable with the situation for it to be seen as completely realistic. After a night packing up his former team’s personal effects and neatly placing them in storage, he decides “Screw it, I’m going to live!” and begins planning on how to stay alive as long as possible. This leads to several rational actions such as: counting food supply to ration it, making a list of things he needs to do in order to maximize chances of survival, and planning a trip the site of the next mission (A mission planned for four years later, mind you). This also leads to the ridiculous, yet strangely possible, idea to turn part of the HAB into a potato field using Martian soil and his crew’s biological waste, along with some potatoes they had stored for Thanksgiving. This action leads to a montage showing his building of the potato enclosure, as well as a comical explosion when he tries to make a moisturizing system for the area.

The film cuts back to Earth about now where Mars mission Director Vincent Kapoor is asking Terry to let him send a satellite over the old HAB site to survey it for a future mission back to it due to the original mission being cut short and leaving excess supplies at the site. After a back and forth about why it should and shouldn’t happen, Terry allows Vincent to use the satellite and accidentally revealing that Mark is alive. This starts the third act of the film as NASA begins planning a rescue mission. I won’t spoil any more past this point because I felt it is where the film begins to really get good, and Ridley Scott begins throwing his trademark plot turns and emotion swings the rest of the way.

All in all the film was a very entertaining experience for me. Sure there were moments where it felt like the story faltered, and yes a lot of the science in it made the film feel like an apology for Scott’s previous film Prometheus, but overall the film was very well done. The cast was stellar in my opinion and full of star power. You have Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Eddy Ko, and numerous other talented actors. There were moments of comedy, suspense, futility, fear, desolation, just about any emotion or feeling a human being can get. I also enjoyed a few hidden nods to other franchises, real and imagined. At one point there is a reference to Lord of the Rings, which I feel was done for Sean Bean, in the form of a secret meeting between NASA leaders named Project Elrond. There was a reference to Game of Thrones that I may have imagined or thought too hard about, once again involving Bean’s character, where he decides to go behind Terry’s back and lead a mutiny in order to launch a rescue mission, which is implied to have cost him his job. I really enjoyed this film and would recommend it to other fans of the genre. It is well paced and succeeds in taking you on roller coaster of emotions. Now with all that said I do have one small issue with the film, during the film Damon does a good job of conveying a man doing all he can to survive a hopeless situation and his frustration with the situation, his commander’s terrible taste in music, and his bosses on earth; However, he seems too balanced, his psyche never really shows signs of collapse from despair or loneliness, he never seems to let the planet’s desolate landscape and remoteness get to him which does take a lot away from the experience. Other than that little gripe I don’t really have any real issue with the film and still recommend it to others. Also one last tidbit, between Saving Private Ryan, Interstellar, and now The Martian we have spent way too much money trying to rescue Matt Damon!

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this review and that it was helpful. I look forward to talking to all ya’ll wonderful folks again. Until next time, have a good one.