Jbenito suspects the dancer is Janet Jackson’s former dancer, Rob Vinson. Could it be? He isn’t on Twitter, so I’m not sure how to reach out to him. Mya is on Twitter, but did not respond when I reached out to her.
I’m trying my best to not just flood the blog with Hamilton related thoughts, but I keep coming back to this one.
Whenever I get to the “Just Say No to This” song.
Thanks to YouTuber Tommy Love for hosting this video!
Which I will admit, annoys me so much about Hamilton, but it is part of his history and it affects so much of the rest of his story/life, that it has to be included.
But now I can’t watch this segment without stopping the play and immediately want to watch Katherine Ryan’s incredible take on the situation :
Thanks to Netflix UK & Ireland for hosting the video!
I’m so glad she’s on her way to 2 million views, as I’m sure we’re at least a hundred of those. As soon as the song starts, my brain already wants to watch Katheryn Ryan’s segment.
What I may just do is actually play the video on my phone and use it as a commentary to the scene. I’ll do it at least once. Plus, it will time out pretty nicely.
I would highly recommend her Netflix special, Glitter Room. It is very funny. The first time we watched it, we were essentially waiting for the above segment to start, and there were a couple times, we were like, here it comes, but then it didn’t happen. Well worth the wait.
She has a 2017 special, In Trouble, that is also pretty funny.
Hey, Lin-Manuel Miranda even supports her view point! So it does get better than this.
Unofficially, of course. Though, one of these times, I really should donate to Wikipedia, with how much I rely on them.
We are bound to watch a movie in January so that we can get our 2020 Cinemark Souvenir Cups. Walker Dennis would get one of him for the first film but then go back to getting his kids combo that includes a very small drink. But we like having a third one for when we take a guest, most likely, one of our nephews.
The Grudge is having another go in the theaters. John Cho is in it so that’s one thing it has going for it.
Kristen Stewart continues her comeback with Underwater.
The Informer has Clive Owen coming back to films! I thought about that guy a bunch this year. He apparently has been making two movies a year for a while but I have not had any of those bring them to my attention. He was apparently in the show, The Knick, with Chris Sullivan, so I really want to watch that show now.
Whatever happened to Rupert Everett? I liked him in a slew of things!
Josh Harnett is even coming back to films with Inherit the Viper.
Dolittle may be the movie we actually end up watching in the theater, begrudgingly. I was not a huge fan of Eddie Murphy’s franchise, only having seen the first one, but it looks like they are putting money in this one with a giant all star voice cast. Robert Downey Jr. is Dr. Dolittle, the veterinarian who talks to animals, and can understand what they say back. The voice cast includes Emma Thompson, Rami Malek (coming a long way from Until Dawn!), John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, and Marion Cotillard.
Will Smith continues his quest to reclaim the love of the people with the the concluding chapter of the now Bad Boys trilogy, along with Martin Lawrence. Which I appreciate him trying to bring back his 90s fun era as his attempts at Oscar gold has left me cold.
For Sebastian Stan fans, The Last Full Measure comes to theaters, sounds like a very interesting story involving William H. Pitsenbarger.
Stan portrays an investigator looking into a Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger. The film also has Peter Fonda in it, and I did not even realized he died back in August 2019.
Charlie Hunnam will be in Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen. Hugh Grant is in it too!
On my birthday, we get another attempt at making Gretel & Hansel into a movie.
I was going to give Birds of Prey a hard pass but Mary Elizabeth Winstead as The Huntress intrigues me.
So that is something the film has going for it. As Ali Wong is in the film along with Ewan McGregor as The Black Mask.
This really is the year of the comback! Alicia Silverstone is back, ya’ll! In The Lodge, a horror film.
Probably the definition of someone trying to reclaim their 90s cred, Jim Carrey in Sonic the Hedgehog! If I watch it, it will be for James Marsden and for the (hopefully) ten minutes we get in Mobius.
I am reminded that horror movies come out in February so that the BluRay will be available by Halloween. Fantasy Island is getting a horror film adaption that until right this moment as I type this, I was thinking about the Love Boat. I have never seen an episode of Fantasy Island so I have no connection to this.
Community’s Jim Rash is co-directing a film, Downhill, a remake of a Swedish film, Force Majeure. It stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and WIll Ferrell.
Hey, Valiant Comics actually got Bloodshot made into a movie, starring Vin Diesal. Good for those guys!
Maybe the first legitimate movie I am actually interested in. Call of the Wild, a CGI-Animated adaption of Jack London novel. The voice cast is pretty stunning with Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, and Bradley Whitford! Which reminds me, I still have that final season of Legion to watch.
It has been enough years (I guess?) so we are getting another adaption of Emma, this time with Anya Taylor-Joy. Are we going to get New Mutants this year?
The Boy is getting a sequel, this time with Katie Holmes.
I am a sucker for The Invisible Man, so I am excited about this new movie! Elizabeth Moss, who is enjoying an amazing career post-West Wing, is the gal who is being tormented by Oliver Mansour Jackson-Cohen’s the Invisible Man.
Wendy, a re-imagining of Peter Pan, is coming out at the end of February (along with Invisible Man), so that should interest my wife as she’s a huge Peter Pan fan. Seems like a very dark take on the characters.
I saw a trailer for Disney Pixar’s Onward, it looks cute with two demon sons wishing their father back to life but only get him from the waist down. Tom Holland may be lending his voice to too many animated films. Probably watch this with Walker Dennis but I would be okay with passing on it.
Ben Affleck will be in a sports drama, The Way Back. It is a re-team with Director Gavin O’Connor, which reminds me that I did want to watch The Accountant.
My Spy, starring Dave Bautista, Kristen Schall, and Dr. Ken Jeong, is the first kids’ movie I would be tempted to see. It looked silly and over the top, but in a good way.
A Quiet Place is getting a sequel, which might prompt me to finally getting around to watching the first movie.
Looks like the Riverdale cast has started making side movies! KJ Apa (Archie) is portraying Jeremy Camp in I Still Believe.
Britt Robertson (who I know from Under the Dome but she’s been in loads of things now), is portraying his first wife. His parents are played by Gary Sinise and Shania Twain. The story is what he based his song, I Still Believe, about.
Thanks to JeremyCampMusic for hosting the video!
Disney’s continuing quest to turn all of their animated feature films into real films, continues with Mulan’s release. Probably another one of these I will not watch until it is on Disney+.
Peter Rabbit 2 comes out and the first one was not horrible. Probably catch it whenever it becomes available to stream. Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson are back, and that is all I care about.
Lookie lookie, we have New Mutants set for April! I cannot find a movie poster with the new date on it so I will believe it when I see it. I also still need to watch The Dark Phoenix Saga, I know it is not good but I should still watch it. Like Fallout 76, it feels weird not experiencing something in one of my favorite franchises.
We are getting the 25th Bond film, No Time to Die, such a great Bondy title! I still have to watch Spectre.
Trolls World Tour will be a definite movie we watch in the theater. I have to remember that Cinemark does Discount Tuesdays where movies are actually properly price, so we should try to take advantage of that more in the coming year.
The Secret Garden is getting another remake that maybe someone asked for?
Black Widow is hopefully a movie we watch in theaters. For whatever reason, we missed out on Captain Marvel, we kept missing times or the weekend got away from us. But I would like to watch it.
Tom Hanks wrote and stars in Greyhound, a war film based on a book.
The Personal History of David Copperfield has 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi in it.
We get yet another animated origin story of Scooby Doo, titled Scoob! This was a trailer before Frozen 2 and Walker Dennis really wants to watch it. I wish it was just a feature length animated film and not an origin story but I am sure it will be decent.
Chris Rock developed a story that is being turned into the ninth installment of the Saw franchise, The Organ Donor. I thought we were done with that series?
Fast & Furious 9 is happening, I will be skipping that, I still have not seen one of these films.
Spongebob will have a trilogy of films come this summer.
Artemis Fowl, directed by Kenneth Branagh is coming out, I have heard of the book series but do not know anything specifically about it.
Wonder Woman kicks off the month!
Candyman pulls a Halloween and is making a direct sequel to the original film, and Tony Todd is back in the role as well! Which reminds me, I still have to watch that new Halloween film. Plus, I should play more Dead by Daylight, I feel like I am constantly reminded of how I made so many purchases in that game, and have not played in a while.
We saw a trailer for Pixar’s other movie, Soul, but I am not sure if we are going to watch it in theaters, I do like the idea of the film though and it promises to have jazz music in it, so I like that. Tina Fey co-wrote it, so it should be funny.
Judd Apatow is back with King of Staten Island, that stars and is co-written by Pete Davidson. He was just starting SNL when I gave up on the long running sketch comedy series. Heck, I used to at least know who was hosting it but I have given up on that too. Do people even talk about SNL sketches? I was told about the Batman sketch and even that was years old.
Thanks to Saturday Night Light for hosting the video. Thanksgiving 2017, so two years ago, and I only heard about it a few months back when Arkham Knight was the free PS+ game.
Ton Gun’s sequel, Maverick, finally becomes a real thing after years of hearing about it. Looks pretty legit with Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm (also making movies again?), and Ed Harris joining the cast. I imagine the plot is Miles Teller (out from movie jail) is the new maverick and Tom Cruise as to get him to focus his energy and dial back his bad boy ways.
In the Heights, is this year’s musical! I have not heard about it before but I hope there are some good songs in it. Jimmy Smits, Stephanie Beatriz (who we heard sing in Lego Movie 2), and Lin-Manuel Miranda are in smaller roles, by judging how their names are listed on the Wikipedia page. I still have not seen La La Land outside of watching three songs from it. This post is mostly about movies I was excited about but did not go out of my way to watch.
Minions gets a sequel, The Rise of Gru, which should deal with his twin brother, right? At least it should be acknowledged. Thankfully, Walker Dennis is not despicably into this franchise, I think he likes it enough but he seems to be a bigger fan of Illumination’s other properties.
Ryan Reynolds has a science fiction comedy, Free Guy, coming out. It sounds super fun! Reynolds is a NPC in a GTA/Fortnite mashup of a game, and becomes aware that he is in a video game. Which is a very fun premise. What would that world be, just an open world first person shooter? Is there a game like that? So Fortnite but in a more city like local but still with the countdown and the parachutes?
Ghostbusters : Afterlife, the movie, if we do not watch any other movies this year, we will watch this one, for sure! Probably buy the souvenir cups and popcorn bowl too. I am committed to this!
The Purge gets a fifth film! Five more and they overtake Saw, if I am counting right. The concept fascinates me but I need an origin story as I have so many questions about how it all got set up and what the infrastructure must have been like to get it started. Have they dealt with that yet? Even if it takes place in a comic or novel, I would totally read that.
Christopher Nolan is back with Tenet, and he did bring Michael Caine along for the ride! “Action thriller” seems to be the only description of the plot. RPatts getting some pre-Bat-time. Kenneth Branagh is having a banner year with directing a film and featuring in another one.
Bob’s Burgers is getting a film! Fun series, I only seen the first season and maybe some of the second? I just barely have time for the shows I do watch.
Disney ride, Jungle Cruise, gets a film starring Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt (who must have really impressed someone with her Captain Marvel audition), and Paul Giamatti.
We’re getting a Marvel Morbius movie?! I have been wanting one of these since Marvel has made movies and we have had Octobers! Missed ropportunity to have it be in October as even the BluRay will not be available by then. Jared Leto as Marbius kills my buzz but maybe he will be better in this role? 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, plays a friend in it! I cannot find a legit image that does not look like an artist rendering of what he should look like. Unless the above is legit, then we are off to a good start.
I get Sony has to do something with the Spider-franchise but I am really hoping this is at least watchable. I just wish Disney had all of the characters but then we would not get a Morbius movie. Then again, we are getting Blade, imagine that crossover? I am now!
Respect, Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin. This is dumb, and I am sure someone had the conversation, but I wished it was spelled R-E-S-P-E-C-T, which I get is longer and the hyphens are distracting, but it is probably more fun than they are hoping for.
I completely forgot to expect Bill & Ted Face the Music! I am smiling just typing that! William Sadler is back as The Grim Reaper, so that is amazing. I really wished they did this while George Carlin was still alive. Amy Stoch is back as Bill’s step-mother and Hal Landon Jr. is back as Ted’s father.
Let Him Go is a drama with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, so someone really wanted more of them together after not getting it from Man of Steel, and I am right there with them! Thomas Bezucha, who directed Family Stone, directs this film. The pair have to save their grandson from an off-the-grid family.
Video game franchise, Monster Hunter, gets a film starring Resident Evil’s Milla Jovovich.
The Conjuring gets its eighth film in the franchise, which I am happy that Patrick Wilson keeps getting continued work.
The Kingsman gets a prequel with The King’s Man, another franchise I have nothing to do with.
Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse gets a film adaption, the origin story of John Clark, a recurring character in Jack Ryan stories. They have to do something while Amazon has the Jack Ryan rights.
Sopranos prequel film, The Main Saints of Newark comes to theaters, with David Chase co-writing.
Edgar Wright is back with Last Night in Soho, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, and Terence Stamp.
Aaron Sorkin is writing and directing, The Trial of the Chicago 7, based off of the true events of the riots that took place during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
and not the Chicago White Sox like I originally thought it was going to be about before clicking the link for more information. Seems like a very interesting case and I have not heard anything about it before hand.
Apparently the story has been adapted a couple times already. The film stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Thomas Middleditch, William Hurt, Frank Langella, and Michael Keaton. So I will eventually watch this. I am sure it will also get Oscar buzz around it.
Now we get the real reason why Morbius is not the October movie from Sony’s Spider-Thinktank! Venom 2 is a thing, were we even expecting it? Walker Dennis sure did take to the first one so he might be able to watch the second one in the theater. Woody Harrelson is in it so we must be getting Venom vs. Carnage, which should look better as two black characters fighting each other was not pleasant on the eyes.
That poster may not be legit, but it looks pretty cool.
Tom Hanks’ second movie, BIOS, it is a science fiction film that also features Skeet Ulrich.
Hey, Murder on the Orient Express is getting a sequel! Death on the Nile, also written by Agatha Christie. Kenneth Branagh is back as the director and star of the film. So Sir Branagh is directed two films in one year and stars in two films as well, that has to be a record for director/actor, right? Along for the ride is Gal Gadot, Letita Wright (Shuri from the Marvel films), Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, and Russell Brand. These movies have quite the cast and I really do want to watch MotOE.
The 1990 masterpiece, Witches, is getting a remake! This time by Robert Zemeckis, so I am not sure if this is going to be a CGI film like his previous ones or a proper live action film. Cast is shaping up to be a delight with Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Rock. The film promises to be closer to the book version, which typical of remakes.
As referenced above, Halloween Kills is the sequel to the 2018’s Halloween sequel to the original movie. Seems like a giant cast but Michael definitely needs to kill people so a larger cast lets that happen. I really need to see that 2018 one. Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer are back, and Anthony Michael Hall is in this too! This marks the 12th installment for the franchise.
GI Joe’s Snake eyes gets his own spin off! I have yet to watch any of these films, and not necessarily going to break that tradition with this one. Now, if there was a new Ninja Turtles and/or He-Man movie, along with Ghostbusters, then my trinity of cartoons would be complete!
We get two musicals this year with Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, which will be the comedy one. I have not heard of this one either.
Can Marvel strike Guardians gold a second time with Eternals? So many question marks with this film, including, what is this even going to be? Is this going to work as an origin story for the Marvel Universe? A second option? Still, that cast and it being a Marvel movie, should mean success. Black Widow could be the more action heavy movie and this one being the more thought-provoking film, though I am not sure if Marvel has one of those just yet. Angelia Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, and Kit Harington, please come on into the Marvel Universe!
Clifford the Big Red Dog gets the live action adaption treatment. Hopefully they do not lean into the Curious George disaster walking tropes, which Clifford is not known for but I can only imagine they are going to attempt to give the big ol’ dog an origin story. Will Walker Dennis want to see it? I doubt it,
There is no link but Netflix is making a movie (for theaters?) titled “Red Notice” directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber who also directed We are Millers and Dodgeball. So it has to be a comedy. The cast is pretty great with Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds.
Ben Affleck’s second film, Deep Water, based on the psychological thriller book.
Maybe the first movie I watch with Walker Dennis and I watch due to my wife’s disinterest in the big monster genre, but who knows, she might want to watch it. My big caution about the film is the percentage of dumb humans to actual monster content as I would want the split to be 95/5 monster to humans. Dumb humans can set up who the characters are for 15 minutes, then the next hour could just be the monsters fighting, as humans seek shelter but I also don’t care if any of the humans live. Which is my biggest gripe with the Aliens vs. Predators films as it is like 30/70 with the humans taking most of the film’s running time. Plus, there are so many humans in this film! Dreamboat Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, and Kyle Chandler, so maybe they will not take up too much time either. Plus, these are not any two no-name monsters, this is Godzilla vs. King Kong, so this should be presented like the once every 40 years match-up that it is! Can you actually believe the last time they fought was in 1962?! Way too long!
Disney’s official 59th animated feature film, Raya and the Last Dragon comes out. Raya is searching for, you guessed it, the last dragon. We have managed to watch the last several Disney films in the theater, so I imagine this one will get seen as well.
Will Smith, chasing that Oscar gold, stars in King Richard, a film about Venus and Serena Williams’ father, Richard. I guess he’s the most important part of those two’s career? I guess a movie from their perspective or from their point of view, could be a tad larger in scope so focusing on someone managing both daughters is the way to go.
Sylvester Stallone has a film, Samaritan, kicking the month off.
We are trying our hands with another Dune movie. The film should cover the first half of the novel, so hopefully we get the second film. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Daddy Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. The original film came out in 1984 and the book in 1965.
As this post takes some time to write, I legit was thinking that it has been a while since Steven Spielberg released a film and wondering if he was retired. Turns out, he has been directing West Side Story! We are getting three musicals this year! That should fill up the Golden Globes Musical or Comedy category! I have also not seen Ready Player One, or it turns out, several other Spielberg films. It looks like a cast of relatively unknowns, but I bet it launches several careers. The original film came out in 1961, and like most remakes, is supposed to be closer to the original Broadway source.
Even Coming to America is getting a sequel! Coming 2 America, get it? That’s fun. The original film came out in 1988. Plot seems a little dicey with Eddie Murphy’s character realizing he had a child (a son) he did not know about, like how he claimed Scary Spice’s daughter was not his, and now has to make six movies a year to pay off that child support. Silly Eddie Murphy! Arsenio Hall is back for this as is James Earl Jones. Leslie Jones and Wesley Snipes joins the cast.
We are supposed to get Uncharted this year, but for some reason, I am very doubtful of it. The lack of a Wikipedia page, Mark Wahlberg as a young Sully, no movie posters even being made by fans, Tom Holland as an even younger Nathan Drake, I’ll see if Travis Knight sticks around. I would love an epic Uncharted film, it would have to be at least three hours long, right? Hopefully we get a new Uncharted game, heck, even if it was shorter one like Lost Legacy, that would work for me! Which I still have to play Uncharted 4 and Lost Legacy, I will one of these months soon. Probably once I have Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 completed, or out of my system, whichever one happens first.
Good grief! We are getting a live action / animated combo of a thing to bring Tom and Jerry to modern audiences! Repeat my complaint already about too many humans above in Godzilla vs. Kong, but even more so here! Colin Jost is in movies now?! At least Dr. Ken Jeong is in it. Oh, and it is being directed by Tim “Fantastic Four” Story. At least it is during December, when we need a kids movie. Probably be a hard pass for it.
The Croods finally get a sequel to their 2013 film, which I also have no interest in watching. Hopefully the Cinemark Dollar Summer Movie program offers the first movie, or this will have to be another pass for old dad.
Tom Hanks’ third film, News of the World helps close out the year. Takes place after the American Civil War, he is tasked with bringing an orphan daugther to her next living kin. It is based on a novel.
The year ends with a third Ben Affleck movie, Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, that reteams him with life mate, Matt Damon, who along with Affleck, co-wrote the film. That’s fun. Adam Drive is also in it, no other information is available.
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It looks like Affleck and Tom Hanks have three movies out this year. No Christian Bale or Hugh Jackman (has anyone seen him in a while?) He’s doing Broadway and world tours, good for him!
By my count, 11 films, I am legit interested in watching, that seems like a decent enough movie going experience. As Walker Dennis gets older, it will be more fun to take him to more films.
Of course, other movies might crop up but these are the ones I could manage any opinions on.
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I wish you a Happy New Year! Make Good Decisions!
2020 is going to bring us the Summer Olympics and a Presidential Election. Who are the Democrats going to put up? It does not look like anyone is leading nor does it look like any of them can do it. Which seriously, how come no one is ever being groomed to be the ideal candidate? We did not get anyone during Obama’s re-election nor did we get anyone for George W. Bush, nor Clinton before him. It really cannot be that hard but I also understand no one would really want that job.
The Summer Olympics will be held in Toyko, Japan, so they should be glorious! Nasa is supposed to launch an exploratory mission to Mars. Liberia is going to agree to stop cutting down their trees and Norway is going to pay them to not do it.
In fiction, Arno Stark, Iron Man 2020, is supposed to become a thing.
Turtles in Time’s Neon Night Riders takes place in this year.
The company that makes the robots in I, Robot, forms. Godzilla : Final Wars takes place in 2020. Hugh Jackman’s Real Steel also takes place this year.
Of course, SeaLab 2020. The events of Harry Potter : The Golden Child take place. Dark Angel’s second half of Season One and the first half of Season Two.
The 11th Doctor two parter, The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood.
Glee’s series finale.
Robot House from Fallout is born on June 25, 2020.
I played Titanfall 2 and Monster Energy Supercross, the two games provided by the PS Plus Subscription Program!
Between the two, I probably enjoyed Titanfall 2 over Monster Energy Supercross, but if I was going to go back to one of them, to try to get better at it, I might choose Monster Energy Supercross. Titanfall 2, I gave two nights, and Monster Energy Supercross, I gave one night. I liked customizing my character’s outfit and bike, and there is a brand company called, Thor, that I really want to suit my character in, just for comic reasons.
I am not much of a guy who likes playing in first person mode, I just feel disconnected, and in this game particularly, it makes me feel like I am always crouching. I kept trying to jump to see if I was deeper in the ground than I was, but I was on solid footing.
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What I really enjoyed playing was most of my older games!
Under Trophy Adviser over at psprofiles, I kept having two trophies, the same one, listed for Hitman : First Season and Hitman 2. Which happened as you can play all of Hitman First Season within Hitman 2. Even if you do not own Hitman 2 properly, the demo is good enough.
Hitman reminded me very much of Sniper Elite 4, it is all stealth, until you are ready to attack, then it is about killing or completing your objective.
I completed the tutorial / prologue in Hitman, then I did the exact same thing in Hitman 2 for 1’s prologue. So I earned nine trophies in the first game, then I followed that up by earning the exact same trophies in Hitman 2.
I had such a great time and I am extremely tempted to try the Paris mission. I tried it for maybe 15 minutes and immediately realized there was a difficulty spike from prologue to first mission, or at least, the training wheels definitely came off. But I am tempted to go back to the game(s).
I am also tempted to watch the Hitman film but it is not available on any of our subscription services, which seems bonkers to me! Like, seriously, Hulu, Netflix, Vudu (with their free movies with commercials option), Amazon Prime, philo, and I knew it was not on Disney+, none of them had it. Amazon and Vudu wanted to rent it to me for like three dollars, but I am not doing that. Heck, even Roku’s own video library did not have the film.
Actually, there are two films, one in 2007 and the other in 2015, so I may have to check again, as I am not sure which one was unavailable to me. It was definitely the 2015 one that I was able to find through Roku’s handy search option. Handy in that it functions, unhandy that it rarely produces the results I want.
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I also gave Detroit Become a try. Connor died in the first mission and I did not even have the thought to restart the game, so I am only playing as Kara and Marcus right now. I believe I am starting Chapter Five of 32 (or some high number like that), I completed Marcus and his painting owner being confronted by Leo, the painter’s son, who is clearly on drugs.
I did that last night and I already feel like I may want a break. Which is probably just because the game is structured into chapters, so it feels like a good jumping off point.
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I started the Journey Collector’s Edition. I got through flOw, not really enjoying myself at all. Maybe at first but then I kept trying to just get to the credits, and it took a while. So, like flower, I am done with that game. One playthrough was enough.
It really did feel like a company’s first game. I still do not quite get the trophy, flOw, that one can earn in Flower, besides just being a callback to the earlier game, but one earns it by going through a cave in flower, and there were no caves that I could see in flOw.
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Journey, on the other hand, was a really fun experience! I ended up meeting two other players, neither of whom wanted to sit still for 20 seconds to help me get that one specific trophy, but that was okay. The game did not feel that long, once I completed it.
I do like the idea of playing and completing a game within an hour, it just feels fulfilling and gives me that sense of accomplishment.
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We got Walker a Lego Advent Calendar this year, so I am seeing new Legos all the time, and I have been tempted to get back into the Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 game, at least complete the DLC. So my plan is to play the DLC, do it again for the Free Roam, complete a main map objective, my current one is to find the frozen SHIELD agents and I have two more of those to find somewhere on the main snowy New York hub, and then complete a main mission in free roam, collecting all of the minikits, obtaining the hidden character, and saving Stan Lee. That is my plan for the rest of the month.
I suspect Santa is the 24th item in the set, but Walker Dennis really wants him earlier.
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The Ghostbusters Afterlife trailer was released!
Thanks to Sony Pictures Entertainment for hosting it!
It looks amazing and is immediately a must watch situation! It just feels like a legit movie. My buddy, Greg, pointed out that with Paul Rudd’s character’s comment about how there has been no ghost sightings in 30 years, it completely erased the 2016 film or at least, placed it into a much larger Ghostbusters multiverse. Which I would be all for if that means we can get more The Real Ghostbusters content!
That moment when they are watching news footage from the 80s films, is all I wanted from the 2016 film. Simply acknowledge the origins, say something about no ghost sightings in 25 years, maybe even take place in Chicago, to explain away why the origins cannot be present for this film, plus why the technology has to be built from the ground up.
It is going to take a while to get to July 10, 2020, but once we get there, it is on! Well, a week after that!
Walker Dennis is already wanting a Ghostbuster cake for his seventh birthday next year and whatever Lego Ghostbusters house comes out of this film. Which, now I am not even sure if we will get a firehouse but we better! They probably will make rerelease one just for the funs.
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Wonder Woman 1984’s trailer also came out!
Thanks to Warner Bros. Pictures for hosting it!
Gal Gadot is like, beautifully cast as Wonder Woman! And sure, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor is clearly some wish fulfillment but it will be great to get him back in the film!
That wonderful song you hear under the trailer is a remix of New Order’s Blue Monday.
Thanks to neworder for hosting their own video!
The original version’s video is a tad too trippy for me!
This film comes out a month earlier from Ghostbusters, June 5, 2020.
A month earlier than that, is Black Widow releasing on May 1.
Which reminds me, I have to start prepping my 2020 in Film post.
I keep trying to figure out which trailer I like the most of the three but I cannot commit to the full thought. Like, of the three, I really am most excited to watch Ghostbusters, as I really want a stellar Ghostbusters film. Black Widow and Wonder Woman 1984, are going to be amazing.
So I would rank them as : Ghostbusters > Black Widow > Wonder Woman
Sadly, Wonder Woman loses points because I am dumb and cannot let go how much of a shame it is that DC cannot keep a cinematic universe moving correctly. Well, at least this film works inside of a larger universe, even if that larger universe is probably (and rightfully) not going to be leaned into too much, if at all.
WordPress has been trying to inform me that “Ghostbusters” is a misspelled word, so I had to add it to the dictionary. Silly WordPress.
There are three missable trophies and I was reading the guide with each new chapter so there is a slight pause as I read the guide. I knew the game was short but after completing it, I wish I had simply done a blind playthrough for the fun of it.
Looking at Safe in Our World’s “About Us” page, I recognize some of these names!
Emily is part of the team, which makes sense.
Rob of PlayStation Access is a patron, which is pretty cool. I thought I recognized Lucy Hale but not from what I thought.
Seems like Safe in Our World does a lot of good work.
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Now it is time for another Mad Max check in!
I accomplished all of my preliminary goals and have started playing the story missions again!
I have all four strongholds equipped with working Scrap Crews and Cleanup Crews, and Deep Friah’s requirements required even less material so I have built a slew of items for him.
Dog is everywhere we go!
I was able to knock the threat of Deep Friah’s territory down rather quickly too so I was able to upgrade the Thunderpoon to 50% damage rate.
I earned the trophies for obtaining 5000 and 10,000 scraps on my person, and then I started upgrading everything! I got down to 4000 scrap and figure I will hold off until I get 5000 total scrap before buying another round of upgrades.
I also got the trophy for earning the rank of Road Warrior, so that felt pretty great. Now Mad Max is the Road Warrior!
I completed Hope’s first mission and Chumbucket’s wrench mission, which are both considered Wasteland Missions.
The Outcrier, who has a stronghold in Gastown, but is not considered a safe stronghold that I can build things in. Hope is in one of his cages. He sent me on a mission to gather some lights for him that were located in an old airport. His next mission and my current one is to gather a fighter which I have to do by completing a race.
It feels really good to be playing the story again and I do not feel overpowered so that is good.
According to CloNe817’s excellent guide, I might be getting the proper car, Speed Demon, after the race or some time after that maybe?. Which, ideally, will also be the end of Act III as well.
I will complete the race, then Hope gets me through a door to get the V8, and either before or after that, I have some fights to deal with.
My plan is to just commit to the story, completing any challenges and scavenging locations as I come across them. As far as I know, I am doing everything right thus far but it sounds like the scavenging location glitch is not something you know has gone wrong until there are no more locations to discover.
I have one Scarecrow left to demolish of the 28, which is another trophy I will earn. The one I am missing is right in front of a Stank Gum legion camp so I will knock that over once I take over that camp.
I have come across some mine sites but I will get those taken care of after the main story as it seems weird now to stop what I am doing to get the buggy and Dog and discover some mines.
I have looked for come convoys and completely dominated a few and that was prior to upgrading the Thunderpoon, so now I am really looking forward to laying waste to those guys the next time I come across one of those.
If I can start using my actual car in races, races should become much easier to do, so I am really hoping that race opens up those for me. That is also where the bulk of my scrap will go, upgrading all of Archangels.
I have a few Wasteland Missions to still unlock and complete.
I will have to come up with a fun way to take out all of the threats during the post-game. I figure I will make a list of races, do any side stuff on my way to a race, but there will be stuff that is just out there that has to be dealt with.
I might just use the legend of the map to go down all of the items, that way I can keep track of it easier.
I received another quest to complete some epic jumps so I hope to get the “Maximum Air” trophy when I finally commit to that quest.
As I have to build all of the projects in the strongholds, I probably come across more scavenging location as well. Which will also have Historic Relics.
I have been saving camps for post-story too. I have Top Dogs to fight, Oil Pumps and Transfer Takes to explode, and Stank Gum legions to fight.
I also have three more balloon rides to fly.
Lots to do and all of it seems very doable and fun!
I will know how I really feel once I actually beat the game and see what else is happening. Next week we find out what the December 2019 games are and that might throw me off if I am still playing Mad Max.
I am sort of in a mood for another open world game, so much content!
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Anyone else addicted to Lizzo’s Good As Hell?
Thanks to Lizzo Music for hosting her own video!
I immediately liked it from the first few bars I heard on the radio and the song just kept getting better. It is so much fun and a great message! Though Walker Dennis and my beautiful wife has pretty much listened to it first thing in the morning for the past few mornings but I still find lyrics to enjoy on repeated viewings.
Comixology added four new comics to their list for the week! Not only are there four comics but they are all What if…? comics!
What If? Civil War (2007) # 1
What If? Wolverine : Enemy of the State # 1
What If? Spider-Man : The Other # 1
What If? Planet Hulk (2007) # 1
A total savings of $7.96!
I’ve actually read all four of these and they were all pretty good.
Gosh, I thought I wrote a review for What If? Wolverine : Enemy of the State but it doesn’t look like I did. I’m really am the worst! Such a great comic and I reference it a bunch when I think about how much of a villain Kitty could be if she went bad.
I imagine since they wrote (2007) that means there has been additional Civil War and Planet Hulk What If titles which makes sense as those two are ripe for additional stories to be told.
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Just to try to make this a bigger post, I’ll give a few updates on my gaming progress. I’m still at rank 15. I played some Dead by Daylight last night, once as David Cage and I did not accomplish either daily goal. One was to be chased for 120 seconds and I got up to 90 seconds and the other is to open one exit, which I wish I was better at. It took two minutes to match me up and then I was dead within two minutes as Ghostface just found me, I got unhooked and healed and then he found me almost immediately and hooked me again. I really wish I had such luck or skill when I’m the killer. I played as the Nurse so I could teleport and hit a survivor four times and only managed to hit one of them. So I was playing pretty well last week and I picked up the game for the first time in a week and I was complete trash again. But instead of using it as a chill game, I have decided, with this and Rocket League, that I’ll just commit a gaming night to each game instead of trying to do another game and end the night with one of my chill games. That wasn’t doing justice to any of the games, plus it takes so long to match me that I’ve started losing interest or patience with it. Which is crazy as I really do adore Dead by Daylight but I spend so much time waiting and then I get killed so fast, it just stinks all over. I’ll keep playing but not as addictively as I have in the past.
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I’ll be playing Rocket League tonight and I’m hoping to knock out a slew of trophies or at least, make decent progress on them. I think I’m ready to pay online some more, especially in some four on four matches, so that way, there is a higher chance of me not holding the entire team back. I’m looking way forward to it. I have a list of trophies I want to tackle and everything.
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I was playing Beyond : Two Souls before Dead by Daylight and finished up the Old Friends, which turned into the Nora chapter, and then I started Dead by Daylight. I was thinking Old Friends was taking way longer so I did rush through it and that’s when I realized I need to really just mentally commit to one game. I missed two trophy opportunities but not really as we have the option to let a character die or live and if we were killing or saving all characters, this character would be considered the final character to let live or die. Which I’m pretty sure I’m 50/50 on that progress so I was already going to miss out on that trophy. I did choose to let the person die and it wasn’t much of a life they were living.
The next chapter is the Briefing, and it does feel like we’re leading up to the big finale. At this point, I do want to just get to Detroit : Become Human but I’m not trying to rush it but it might be time to put this game down. The Mission chapter was pretty great and worth playing just for that alone, plus the excellent character work, but I’m definitely not going back to the homeless chapter and playing forward like I originally thought of doing. I’ll save that for a second playthrough.
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I completed my fifth playthrough of Late Shift and I even experimented with making a video!
So . . . thanks me for hosting my own video on YouTube!
It looks like I can only post 50 minutes of video so if I want to put my first playthrough of Man of Medan up, I might have to purposely only do it in 45 minute chucks.
So that was a nice experiment to test out ShareFactory.
Anyway, so I wanted to make a video of my all time favorite story beat in Late Shift! I included the part where they call Sebastian’s friend to find his location to set up the hospital scene properly. Then there is the moment with the old man with the magazine that is cute.
But right around the 8:20 minute mark, Mark touches May-Ling’s hand and the moment with the heart monitor is such perfect writing! Joe Sowerbutts and Haruka Abe have such great chemistry and I can’t wait for these final two playthroughs to see what happens with them in the best endings! Hopefully the fifth one was the end of the bad ones.
I thought I was being a tad racist that the girl from Clean Bandit’s Rather Be looked a lot like Haruka Abe but it turns out they are one and the same! I loved that video before but now it got even better!
I wonder if this is why I’ve been thinking about Clean Bandit so much lately. The other night, I had the hardest time remembering the name of the band and had to look up Kiesza’s Hideaway as I recall the two songs being out at the same time. I’ve been in a 90s music mood as well as a 2014 music mood lately.
Apparently she was Po in that horrible Emerald City show but I don’t recall that and the Wikipedia page for the show doesn’t even list Po so she was probably a minor character. Shame she nor Sowerbutts has gotten more work. He was in a movie, I Capture the Castle that I should check out one of these days.
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I’m getting closer to completing the main story for Lego Marvel Superheroes 2. I believe I just have three more chapters and then I would have all of the hubs unlocked and I can start tackling the DLC and replaying levels for all of the minikits and to save Stan Lee. There are challenges scattered across the world that I will also have to complete as well.
I’ve been waiting to get to Knowhere so I can get the trophy for having Lockjaw and Cosmo in the same team.
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VUDU finally got Avengers Endgame and I immediately went to the third act battle sequence which literally starts a bit after the two hour mark with a full hour of the movie left and it was as glorious, if not better, than I remembered! We still need to buy Captain Marvel but I’m going to be spending a bunch of time with this film and its special features which include character spotlights and a commentary track that I’m going to listen the heck out of!
We finally earn my 20th platinum with Lego Avengers! So that gave me the perfect break to try the June games. Of course, Walker Dennis immediately notice there wasn’t anything to do in Lego Avengers so we started Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 and he walked around snowy Manhattan and Wakanda. We got a few gold bricks and some studs but I’m putting that game on hold for a bit.
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Sonic Mania took me right back, I especially love how SEGA title card and saying “SEGA.” I immediately had a smile on my face. I earned the trophy for setting a bridge on fire. I got to Flying Battery, the fourth zone of the game, and I couldn’t figure out what to do next. I just kept going around the same circle and I couldn’t buzz through any walls either. I’ll have to start the level again and see if I just went in the wrong direction or I’m clearly missing the right path. I’ll watch a YouTube video and see what I’m missing.
Thanks to YouTuber Tony StrongStyle for hosting his walkthrough of both zones and the boss battle.
I got stuck at the 50 second mark and the far right one takes us lower, I just didn’t commit to it.
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Once hitting that road block and having another game to try, I stopped Sonic Mania and attempted Borderlands 2. I knew there were two characters that had high level requirements, Zer0, who earns a trophy once he’s level 31 and Salvador, who has to be level 25 to earn a trophy. I left Walker D play as Zer0, as I wasn’t sure how violent the game got.
Walker thought he looked the most like Spider-Man, and that was enough for him. We haven’t found that sword yet. So that made me choose Salvador, and that was fine with me. We ended up with two play sessions, I doubt combined it lasted an hour even. We earned the trophy after completing the first mission, which was nice. Walker essentially just wandered around as I shot snow beasts and then he’ll catch up as we reached a new area. It was pretty fun actually. We got to the first city and met our first human quest giver, Sir Hammerlock. While there, we could modify our suits and Walker found a way to turn Zer0 to have red tones so now he looks even more like Spider-Man. I opted to not change my outfit.
On my own, I got Salvador to level five, earning me a second trophy. I’m currently on the Best Minion Ever quest. I can kill Bewn no problem but his brother, Boom seems impossible while he’s in his tank (Big Bertha) blasting at me while two dudes are constantly being respawned. I also kill running out of ammo and dying, so that doesn’t encourage me. I seem to knock his health down to half but then his health refills and I die again to repeat the process. I might not be waiting until it reloads. I should try again before calling it quits.
The opening song though, is simply amazing!
Thanks to YouTuber EzE for hosting the opening!
The song is “Short Change Hero” by The Heavy, an English band.
It is so great and got me hyped to play the game.
I’m not sure if Walker’s progress with Zer0 is tied to his non-PSN-account or when it is time for me to play as Zer0, do I just carry on at his level 3 status? I’m going to have to take the time to test that.
Pretty fun game, I just hit a road block and couldn’t figure out how get pass Big Bertha.
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We are currently in the middle of PlayStation’s Days of Play right now! So many great games are on sale.
I had to take a chance on NBA 2K19 as it is typically a $60 game and it is only three dollars so I had to buy it. I did wish that I downloaded NBA 2K19 Prelude first, as it is free and would have scratched that itch. But my progress in Prelude carries over to NBA 2K19 proper and I’m a huge fan of that, so I have to get my three dollars worth out of NBA 2K19. Prelude (that I keep wanting to type as, Preclude) has its own trophy list which I was jazzed about. I’m not very good at it, mostly doing D+ work but I get into the Cs and I’m definitely capable of getting into the Fs. I’m hoping more practice helps with that. My character is a Power Forward as I grew up a huge Phoenix Suns fan (I’m from Arizona) and a Charles Barkley fan, so that’s who I wanted to model myself after. Turns out, I have no idea what a Power Forward really does. I’m constantly losing points for being out of position but I stay in the paint under the basket so I have no idea. Hopefully the proper game tells me more about how to be a proper Power Forward.
I’ve started the game and I just got to the game after the Indiana State Fair. This game has already gone in ways I would never have expected and I’m having a real blast playing the game. I’m no good at it and I really need to learn how to make baskets on the courts and off the courts as I didn’t do well in the game on the side of the barn nor the fair game. I really want my character to start being a team player and to date that Nikki character so I’m hoping I get to make more decisions in the game as I’ve been able to make one or two dialogue options and I’m hoping for more of that.
My goal is to get him on the Phoenix Suns or stay with the Indiana Mad Ants until I can do so. I’m not really sure how seasons work or once I pick a team, if I can change teams. I imagine I can’t so I’m just going to hold out and get Phoenix Suns worthy. Two teams are interested in me but I see the Suns are starting to get interested. I also need a Phoenix Suns hat for me IRL. And to learn when the NBA 2019-2020 starts. Apparently the Suns have had a rough nine years of not getting to the playoffs but maybe they can do it this year. They have also never won the National Championship either in their 51 year history.
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What I’m mostly excited though, is the free Fallout 76 demo that is available right now!
Thanks to GameSpot for hosting the footage! This is the full Bethesda conference but you can stop watching it after the 20 minute mark. So mark to lead and address Fallout 76’s rough start and get it out of the way. Great idea of make all of the DLC free (thus far).
This week, there is a free trial, on the PlayStation Store it is under the Demos, that we all get to play! So that’s what I’ll be doing tonight! I’m hoping the progress I make carries over to the eventual day I buy the game. Pending on how I take to the demo, I might have to move this up my wishlist and no longer hold out for dog companions to be added.
Human NPCs are being added as is a Battle Royal, which seems interesting.
I got confirmation progress made in the demo will carry over and I’ll find out if trophies pop in the demo tonight. Which I checked and they do not, which is unfortunate but I also understand that they want us to buy the game too.
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Another another thing we’re excited about it Ecto-1 and KITT coming to Rocket League!
Thanks to Rocket League for hosting their own video!
Ecto-1 is out already and for two dollars, I’ve already bought it. KITT will also be two dollars and out on July 22. I already bought the DeLorean from Back to the Future.
The trailer is filled with hype that can barely contain itself!
I want the Game of the Year Edition so that’s usually $25, I was hoping it would have gone on sale during the Days of Play but it also makes sense it wouldn’t have with the current promotion. I’m hoping it will go on sale even just for a tad by the end of July but either way, I’ll be buying it soon. I currently have $14.82 so I have enough for KITT and I’m really hoping to get a $25 PSN card for Father’s Day then I can for sure get it but it might be Mid-August before I do as I’ll just buy a ten dollar gift card every payday until I have the $25 but then I’ll be sweating my PSN Wallet until I get it back over $25 again. but that’s on me and my anxiety. I have this plan in place so I can just keep buying two $10 PSN cards and be back on top within a month. I just have to work for what I want is all it really comes down too.
I can’t find any pictures online so I had to take one myself.
I beat Cosmic Star Heroine, thus earning my 16th Platinum!
Such a fun game! Turns out, I was playing on Agent difficulty, which is Normal. I was just minding my own business, I beat Prime Evil to complete Psybe’s side quest and I marked off the trophy on my list and realized I never earned the trophy. I looked it up and turns out, some trophies are glitched, and most of them are the boss battles. So I panicked as just three hours earlier, I had earned the Recruit 20 Crew Members gold trophy, which took some time. So I was debating about regathering those folks or not when I realized the PS4 had backed up my save file when I turned it prior to eating dinner. So all I had to do was refight the arcade boss for Dave’s side quest and get back to Prime Evil. I was tempted not to redo the arcade but that’s how we got Dave’s best weapon and that guy is a beast once he gets that weapon.
While reading about the glitches and the advice to hard save before each boss fight, I also received the advice to lower the difficulty to Tourism, the Easy mode. What this does is knock off a quarter of the health of the opponents as well as weakens them so they don’t hit the team for too much damage. So I still played the same, the fights were just faster, which was nice and I had made up that hour of playtime in 20 minutes.
I really really enjoying my team of Alyssa, Lauren, Psybe, and Dave – such a great combination of characters and abilities. I’ll put Chahn in the upper tier as well but we can only have four person teams. I’ll probably rank Sue even higher than Chahn.
Lita the Vampire of the Mines’ trophy also didn’t pop for me, but I was prepared for that one. All of the other trophies popped without a problem.
I still wished we could have beaten the main game boss and then had the post-game option to take on the optional bosses and quests, instead of being forced to do it all beforehand. I get the decision though and it makes sense with where all of the characters end up after the story is over but it would have still been nice to have.
If you have an itch for a Chrono Trigger / Old School SNES RPG game, this should satisfy that scratch.
I did like how the game forces us to play with all of the characters at least once. With 11 playable characters, there is bound to be a clear division of characters.
I’ll rank them as
Sue, his counter attack is amazing! Chahn
Clarke is just the absolute worst but he’s a fun dancer so he’s lighthearted. Z’xorv/Arete/Orson, I would just say are fine as is Finn, maybe there is just a clear worst character and a slew of also rans.
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I’ve decided to get back to Spider-Man PS4 as my next game. I’m going to complete my Ultimate New Game Plus and be completely done with that game. I’m so close, I got drugged by Scorpion and had Miles run away from Rhino, and my next mission is Heavy Hitter. Tuns out, I only have four missions left before the end of the game. Heavy Hitter / Step into My Parlor (the Mary Jane level) / Heart of the Matter / Pax in Bello / Epilogue, which doesn’t really count as it is the ending cutscene, as bitter sweet as it is.
The Electro / Vulture fight was as hard as I remembered, as I just get lost in the night and I can’t track Vulture or his weapon he’s throwing around. So I’m really not looking forward to the Rhino and Scorpion tag team nor the final boss fight. Second to last boss fight, I don’t recall being as hard as the others. I’m not dreading Mary Jane’s level but I do want to just burn through it as quickly as possible.
I figure after that, I’ll finish Batman : The Enemy Within as that’ll be a nice plat to have and I just have to enjoy and play the game, there isn’t any side quests or hidden trophies to worry about.
After that, I’ll complete my first playthrough of Beyond : Two Souls and I’m not sure if I’ll actually beat Knack but I feel like that’s the only other game that I made a load of progress in and stopped. Oh, and SOMA, which I might just do what I did with RiME and just have a YouTube video at the ready to get me pass any obstacles.
There might be a few Uncharted 3 trophies I can clean up just to try to get to Rank 15, my only real video game related goal for 2019. I’m currently at Rank 14 with 70% but it took me so long to go from 13 to 14. From there, I’ll have to look at my games again and see which one I really want to invest in. Mostly just the Kill 30 enemies with the Dragon Sniper, RPG-7, Mag 5, and PAK-80, which is four more trophies and most likely pretty easy to obtain.
I really want to get the Lego Marvel Collection too, as Walker Dennis is way into Spider-Man and Legos and I keep wanting to play those myself too. Which reminds me, we still have the first Lego Movie to complete too but he has been way into playing with his actual Legos than wanting to play that game, I might have to secretly play it on my own. By the time we or I complete it, Lego Marvel Collection will have to be cheaper than full price $60. Even buying it for $55 would be a win.
I’m very much influence by the Trophies subreddit, with what game I want to play. Uncharted 4 keeps showing up, so that might be the next game I tackle. I probably should mentally plan on playing at least another playthrough of Heavy Rain and Beyond : Two Souls so I can get it Detroit Become Human but I’ll probably just jump straight to Detroit and do one playthrough of that and maybe make a fun game of having one playthrough and then marathoning a second playthrough of all three games in rabid succession.
Beating Beyond : Two Souls opens up Detroit and beating Uncharted 4 opens up Lost Legacy. Then I still have the two Life is Strange games to play. I keep being tempted to buy Ms. Pac-Man for four dollars and to get the Season Pass of Batman : Arkham Knight but I have plenty of games to play before buying new games or content.
Hellblade : Senua’s Sacrifice also showed up once or twice and I want to get to that game too, so there easily could be my next three games.
Turtle Soup played Walker and mine voicemail around the 50 minute mark, which felt pretty good. I hadn’t realized my pauses were so long, maybe it only feels that way to me but it is hard to record a voicemail with a five year old but it turned out pretty well.
Thanks to YouTuber 420 Romantic for hosting the video!
Brian McKnight’s Back at One is such a great song!
So of the four free games I could access on the PS4 for February 2019, I have to say the one I really gotten into is For Honor.
Gunhouse was fun, I’m not sure if I really got into the mechanics of it. I’m sure if I kept updating the weapons, I’ll eventually get better at it. The art style was pretty fun and the game was overall entertaining. I just kept thinking of playing Rogue Aces.
So then I started playing Rogue Aces and the training modules were fun but then came the tutorial for bombing a city and I was doing decently with that. The hardest part was getting back to my base to reload. I was getting the hang of it but it was a bit more work than I was willing to do at that time.
I did all of the work to start Hitman First Season, I downloaded all of the episodes. I went to the demo for Hitman 2 and made sure I had the legacy pack downloaded over there. I went back to the Complete First Season and did the initial story segment (like three minutes) and then I saw the yacht. It looked like more of a time committed than I was willing to give on that day.
Which brings me to For Honor. I did all of the work to make sure I was a member of the Ubisoft Club, which thankfully was one of my six passwords so I didn’t need to click “forgot password” or anything like that. I saw in the club that I could download something for free if I had Steep so then I downloaded that game and was confused by I still couldn’t download the item. So I had to actually play the game and access the club through Steep. I was only slightly disappointed that there wasn’t a free item in Steep for owning For Honor. Steep was a free game in January that I never got around to attempting.
Walker Dennis was a pretty big fan of Steep, he mostly liked seeing the guy fall down. But he also enjoyed snowboarding and hang gliding too but the falling down was pretty rewarding. I need to go back and attempt some of the easier Steep runs. I got Silver in a few and Bronze in a few more but then I went back to For Honor.
For Honor has been a lot of fun! I’m glad the fighting mechanism wasn’t as crushing as people said it was. Or they commented that once you got it, you got it but I’m not sure how anyone would not get it but then again, I didn’t get either Rogue Aces or Gunhouse.
I’ve been doing the Single Player Knight storyline, I have Chapter Six of Six left. Then I’ll do Viking and Samurai after that. I’ve been playing on Normal and having a fun time. I’m not finding all of the Observations or the Breakables, but I do want to make a point and get all of the Observables, as I like learning the story. I haven’t bought anything with silver, but I know one of the trophies is to buy all four heroes in a class, so I will do that. I was tempted just to burn through it with the Knights but I figure I’ll see which of the three classes I like the best.
With real money, I did buy For Honor Dynamic Theme 1, for $2.99. I was just looking forward to my next game session and that’s when I realized I was going to be committing to For Honor for a while and I’m now trying to match my themes with my main game. There was two of them, but I didn’t like the second one that was portraying a giant battle of the three classes. I preferred the simple image above with one from each class.
I turned it to Easy for Walker Dennis to try it as he wasn’t thrilled with Spider-Man’s theme being gone. Either the game wasn’t as bloody as I remembered or they turn it way down. That or he was only hitting them with the light attack and not the heavy attack but he was doing pretty well. Then I got uncomfortable with him playing it and had him stop after two or three minutes.
We’re in the course of moving so I hadn’t had much time to play but For Honor has been a fun game and I’ll probably keep playing it until I’ve gotten through all of the story missions. I think, if my skills carry over to Hard, I’ll attempt Hard but I haven’t really mastered parrying yet, it feels like I do parry but I also miss sometimes too but maybe by the time I have another six chapters in with Vikings, I’ll have it down to a sweet science.
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This past weekend, we took Walker Dennis and his cousin to see Lego Movie 2 and we all had a pretty great time. I keep having the Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi “Not Evil” song stuck in my head.
Thanks to YouTuber Chuyperron 25 for hosting the video.
My beautiful wife keeps getting the Everything’s Not Awesome song stuck in her head.
Thanks to YouTuber ToyBox 23 for hosting the video.
The third song that I really enjoyed was Gotham City Guys.
Thanks to YouTuber aranha verso for hosting the video.
Ironically, Catchy Song was not all that catchy for me.
During the film, there were times when I was thinking about the upcoming game and how would we even “play” the movie as there is a few action sequences but not that many.
We did buy the full game so I’m just waiting for Tuesday,February 26 to come out and then we have to wait for the Easter Bunny to give the game to Walker. We did catch a playthrough of the first level and the game does look fun.
Thanks to Gamer’s Little Playground for hosting the video.
It is a more complicated game than Lego Dimensions but it also seems like instead of having characters with abilities, we’re just making items that do those abilities.
I keep thinking about how I don’t feel like I myself am ready to move onto a new Lego game as I feel like I still have Lego Dimensions goals. So also for Easter, I want to get him the Fantastic Beasts story level, as that’s the last story pack he’s missing and I like the idea of owning all four of the portal variants. Then I want to get him the Beetlejuice fun pack as I still regret not buying it at Walmart that time I could easily have bought it.
So funny how Walker kept talking about Lego Dimensions during the film. During the Gotham City Guys song, Beetlejuice showed up and Walker couldn’t help himself but comment on it. He was just so excited during the film. We are definitely buying that film when it comes out. It will definitely benefit from a second viewing as there are so many references that it is hard to notice them all in one viewing. Also, the story itself needs to be watched again knowing what we know at the end.
Walker’s favorite scene was the one when we learned Rex Dangervest’s proper backstory. Massive Spoilers when you click the video.
Thanks to NATE 28 MeMz for hosting the above video.
But his favorite moment was seeing the Back to the Future DeLorean and the TARDIS. He was so excited that I missed the Terminator reference and the Hot Tub Time Machine reference. At least I got to see Bill and Ted’s Phone Booth. I looked for the above video myself but then I noticed the sequence in another video Walker was watching and that boy knows how to find videos on YouTube.
There was no direct references to Dimensions, which I figured there wasn’t going to be but characters from the game show up in the movie like Gandalf. They do quickly address the Lego Batman Movie in an exchange and we’re back to the film.
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I also committed to not playing Spider-Man on the PS4 during our move. Walker got into the spirit of things and agreed to pack up his Legos, including his Lego Dimensions figures and bases. We kept the game out and the box is accessible but he seems committed at this point.
But Walker has really gotten into Spider-Man these past few weeks. I did buy him that Carnage Lego Set so now he has a Lego Miles Morales. I also bought him the Titans Heroes Miles.
Now I’ve been regretting not treating myself to the Titan Heroes Scarlet Spider but if I come across one, I’ll snatch it up now.
We’ve been wanting to rewatch Spider-Verse for a while now. We’ve been getting by on watching Sunflower by Post Malone and Swae Lee.
Thanks to Post Malone hosting his own video.
Then we added “What’s Up Danger” by Blackway and Black Caviar, to our playlist too.
Thanks to Viral MEDIA for hosting the above video.
Now Walker goes around saying “Hello Danger” all of the time, no matter how many times I correct him about the actual song title.
So he wanted to play Spider-Man PS4 and I didn’t have a problem with that. I had forgotten that we left Spider-Man in his underwear so we laughed about that and then Walker changed the suit to the Infinity War suit.
Sort of nice that we live in this age where I can did a search for “Spider-Man only scenes in Infinity War” and get a supercut of just that.
Thanks to YouTuber Something Something for hosting that video.
Walker was happy to not have to sit through a two hour movie for seven minutes of footage.
I can’t believe Lego Movie 2 was nearly a two hour film, but Walker had a great time and never got fussy. Unlike Aquaman that had him either restless or bored during portions of it in the middle of the second act. He’s excited for the next Spider-Man movie, as I told him we’re getting two this year, Avengers Endgame and Spider-Man : Far From Home.
Thanks to TomScott1703 for hosting a video of all of Spider-Man’s scenes from Civil War. I wished I thought of that two weeks ago when Walker was bored through so much of Civil War just waiting for Spider-Man to show up. But once he does, he’s in that movie for a fair bit.
He didn’t want seem to want to watch Homecoming but did watch Amazing Spider-Man 2 and was with it for most of the time. I’m hoping to get the Toby Maguirefilms for Easter as Amazon has the trilogy on BluRay for $30, and it comes with digital codes!
So it’ll be nice to get both of those and be caught up on our Spider-Man collection. If not, I’ll probably buy it some time later as after Easter, it is safe for me to buy myself inexpensive items until November.
I’ve been thinking of Easter a bunch lately. My wife just wants the second Fantastic Beasts film on BluRay, Crimes of Grindelwald, as she missed out on watching it when it was in theaters. Plus, she has the first one and I think it’ll be cute to get her that one while Walker gets Fantastic Beasts for Lego Dimensions. It will be a theme Easter of Fantastic Beasts and Spider-Man and Legos. I’m sure we can find eggs of all three of those.
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Walker was just swinging around on my New Game Plus file and noticed backpacks on the map.
Thanks to Sick Critic for hosting the above image.
I’m not sure what made him want to find them all, maybe as he has his own backpack and can relate to Spider-Man on that level but he wanted to get catch them all.
He has a Hot Wheels backpack but I can see us buying him a Spider-Man one for Kindergarten. It is odd that a poor high school and then college student could afford to buy 55 backpacks but we just have to go with that.
In 30 minutes, I had found 27 out of 55 of them, but I also had to find the satellite towers too to make it easier. I wasn’t going to activate the satellites and leave the map as hazy as possible but here I am activating them and getting backpacks.
Walker is also taking my phone and taking pictures of the contents, even though the images are not going away anytime within the game. So I’m going to have 55 images pretty soon on my phone.
The very first one we found was the Spider-Plushie one and from there, he wanted to see them all. I had already found the menu from his first date with Mary Jane, as that was a story moment.
Here is Walker’s picture of the plushie. I have 26 other images of various success rates. The clock used to be on the wall until I took all of the nails out of the walls. Now it just sits there.
One fun aspect of this is that Walker knows how far away 27 is from 55 and is appreciating the amount of work it is to get all of these.
One of these days, I have to fight Shocker and change the night mode to day mode, it would make finding the backpacks easier. But instead of doing that, I played For Honor instead. There is a game store a block up from FEAST that has a spider-plushie in it but it is closed at night so we couldn’t see it in the game. Which is super fun to see stores keeping regular hours in the game.
Thanks to redditor TerraFlaeKSFL for taking the selfie and telling us where it is and the name of the store, Gamer’s Paradise in Chinatown.
Which I hadn’t really thought about but it makes total sense that FEAST would also be located in Chinatown with Martin Li owning it.
I did have the thought of just loading the finished file or any of the DLC files so Walker could see all of the contents of the bags but this way is more rewarding and fun.
Walker wanted to see Spider-Man hang upside down so we had to find an overhang to make that possible and then Walker wanted me to hold him upside down and take a picture of him looking at Spider-Man being upside down but I couldn’t both hold him and take the picture. My wife tried her best but by the time she was in a decent position, I was losing my grip and the tv picture didn’t show up well in the photo either. We just have too many boxes but we’ll try it again in our new place. It was sure cute at the time though. Of course, I had him in the position and then he had the thought to have a picture taken. He’s a heavy 38 pounds right now and I’m not getting stronger as he gains weight, which I thought would be the case but I have to start lifting weights as I don’t want these days to be numbered.
Now I really regret not taking the extra 15 minutes just to do the Shocker fight. It was pretty hard the first time around, I died several times, as it took me a while to figure out how to web sections of the wall and throw them back him. The auto-saving was pretty generous but I’m not sure if that holds true for New Game Plus and Ultimate mode. I did do so much better with the Kingpin fight, but Shocker is really the first boss you come across in the game. Then the game takes a break for an hour before the next big showdown. Maybe I’ll try it tonight if I can find those other backpacks.
When I was playing, my main priority was listening to J. Jonah Jameson’s podcasts and barely cared about collecting backpacks or landmarks (public or secret), I just did them for the costumes and moved on. Oh, and I cared about getting the newspapers too. Turns out, you store them so even if you don’t see all of them, they are in your collection, you just have to manually look at all of them to get the credit for all 53 newspapers.
After Magik (44) got her own Chess Piece, I thought for sure Kitty would get hers, soon after. Instead, it took longer than one would suspect. They did eventually make one, 61, and I want it so much! Poor Lockheed, can’t get included in any new merchandise materials!
Magik came out in November 4, 2015, she’s a White Pawn
Kitty came out in May 25, 2016, she’s also a White Pawn
So she must have came out around the same time, I had quit searching for her.
Ever since Hastings closed, I’ve allowed myself to lose all interest in comics, outside of podcasts. I don’t even keep up with comic movie news, until they are literally coming to theaters.
All of chess discussion is making me want to listen to Murray Head’s One Night in Bangkok.
Thanks to ChessVEVO for hosting the video!
Which is odd, I was expecting it to read as MurrayHeadVEVO but I forget it is from a musical titled, Chess. A play, I would love to see, as I do enjoy the game of Chess. As I prefer my kicks, above the waistline. A line, that I adore to say, whenever I can. Except, most people don’t get the reference now and I’ve had to dial it back as they probably think I’m talking about boobs. ( o ) Y ( o )
YouTube actually has five songs from the musical!
The order to listen to them, according to Wikipedia –
Pity the Child
One Night in Bangkok
I Know Him Well
So I’m going to have to listen to these, sometime soon!
This reminds me of when I discovered YouTube had a live performance of Beethoven’s Last Night
Thanks to YouTuber squintyt4e for having the playlist. I thought YouTube made it so you can link to a website of a playlist but I’m not seeing that option. My understanding is that that video should play all 37 videos.
Probably my favorite musical and by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, so great!
My favorite songs, in order of the show –
What Good is this Deafness
What is Eternal
This is Who You Are
Who is This Child