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17 February 2017 @ 03:54 am
Still looking for a job, though next week I have an interview with another credit union. A test will be involved. Yay. I’m also going to the doctor on Monday for my six month check-up since I got on my medication, so we’ll see what’s going on there. But wait, there’s more! That Friday we’re also moving from our house into the townhouse in Cordova.

It’s gonna be a busy week.

I never really do much for Valentine’s Day, and I’m not shy about sharing my opinion on the matter (it’s a dumb holiday), but Joe and I were both off, so we decided to get each other the gift of Blu-ray (Arrival for him, Justice League Dark for myself) and then did a double feature at home.

Arrival is still one of the best films I have ever seen. I got really wet-eyed again. Still recommend it to everyone.

Gaming news has been pretty Resident Evil-based. I beat RE7 again, so I’ve seen both endings, and I’ve played all the currently available DLC with the exception of Ethan Must Die! Mode. I’m also playing through Madhouse difficulty with Bekah. I love this game to pieces. I also replayed the entirety of RE6 on Professional mode, just for the hell of it.

I've also been following news of Injustice 2. I gotta say, I'm digging the current showing for the roster. Playable Poison Ivy? Sign me up.
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I’ve had some free time lately (hah), and have used said free time to see some movies I’ve never seen before. I meant what I said about keeping up with mini-reviews of new (to me) movies, so here we go:

Maniac: Elijah Wood continues being the creepiest little hobbit ever by stalking women and brutally murdering them. The P.O.V camera is ingenious and makes the uncomfortable scenes extremely uncomfortable. Like super gross, had-to-turn-away-a-few-times uncomfortable. Great movie which is basically a darker take on The Voices and I will probably never need to watch again because yikes.

Heathers: The inspiration for Mean Girls which isn’t nearly as awesome (but is also not for my generation, so there you go). Speaking of which, this movie is aggressively 80s: shoulder pads, big hair, teachers smoking in schools, kids wearing trench coats in schools, kids bringing guns to schools… clearly this movie came from a different era. Oh, and Christian Slater is basically Jack Nicholson. And probably gets woobiefied by the fangirls, even though he’s a domestic terrorist.

Strange Magic: Not!Epic with meh music, a messy plot, poor writing and a desperate need for a discussion about consent. This movie is one of the worst I’ve seen in a while, despite some real talent in the cast (Kristin Chenoweth). The whole film feels cheap and lazy. On the plus side, the Bog King was a surprisingly interesting character who I really enjoyed, and the movie got a lot better over half-way through when he became the focus of the story. The first half is pretty insufferable though. Like, I can barely stress how difficult it was to get through. I recommend watching it like I did: with friends to make fun of it. Or with copious amounts of alcohol.

Justice League Dark: DC Animated’s second R-rated flick, focused on the titular team… and Batman, of course. A strong showing from Constantine and Zatanna, and a very unfortunate shout-out to Dogma that just… did not need to be a thing. At all. Far better than The Killing Joke’s first half, and inferior to it’s second. A full review (with pictures!) will be forthcoming. You guys know how I love to write bloated, opinionated recaps on DC animated stuff.

Rings: Saw this in theaters. I remember the original films…sorta. I remember Naomi Watts was in them, and that she had a creepy kid, and the whole “seven dayssss” thing. I always gets the English ghost’s name (Samara) mixed up with the Japanese onryo’s (Sadako). Oh, right… we’re talking about this film though. Uh….well, it distracted me early on with a conversation about the story of Orpheus with a reference to Hades as “the Devil”, which isn’t exactly an accurate analogue, and I’m enough of a pretentious asshole that it bothered me for a minute. Vincent D’Onofrio is in this, and he’s excellent. The protagonist is less so. I’m not sure if she’s a bad actress with an inability to emote, or her accent makes her seem like it’s the case. I’m leaning towards the latter. A decent mystery with a somewhat surprising plot twist regarding D’Onofrio’s character, but not actually scary in the slightest.
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04 February 2017 @ 07:42 pm
Hey team. Haven’t been around much for… obvious reasons… so I’m really behind on…well, just about everything. I have not returned to rectify that. However! I wanted to forget about my own problems for a bit and think about the problems of someone else—namely a fictional someone else: Mr. Ethan Winters.

For those that haven’t played it, Resident Evil 7 is basically the lovechild of P.T and Amnesia, with a dose of Haunting Ground thrown in. It’s mostly self-contained, so it feels more like a side story than a main entry, up until the last little bits where it serves as a viewpoint into the Resident Evil world at large. Make no mistake, if you’re not up to date on RE lore, you can still get this game and understand 99.98% of it. The direct shout-outs to previous events in the series, outside of gameplay staples like the knife (“What am I supposed to do with a knife!?”) and cranks used to open overly elaborate doors, are extremely minor. It makes for an almost surreal experience, as newer releases in the RE series can be alienating to players unfamiliar with previous games’ events, characters, and ideas.

This is not a bad thing! What does tie it into the greater RE universe is intriguing for fans of the series, but how it can be played as a stand-alone story and still have the impact and feeling of a complete experience is an impressive feat.

If this game is on your radar then PLAY IT. It’s stupid amounts of fun, and unquestionably the scariest game in the franchise. I, a hardcore fan of the series, really enjoyed it… for whatever that’s worth.

Okay, so if you have not taken my advice in the last three seconds and experienced this fun-scary game for yourself, you may wanna take a break, bookmark this post, and come back when you have. From here on out we are gonna be in massive spoiler territory. And, like with the twist at the end of Chris’ campaign in RE6, this is actually something I think would be more fun to experience unspoiled.

For those of you who have already finished the game (or have returned months later to comment on this post, because I really wanna talk about it) here’s a few particular thoughts I had during/after playing, helpfully organized in a semi-coherent way. Y’know, like RE lore as a whole. A heads-up that I haven’t spent much time lurking online in the past few weeks, and that includes to get reactions/theories/ideas about the game. So, these are my original thoughts… which are ideally not completely at odds with the fandom at large (but, as with many big fandoms, RE is one which is forever splintered by a broken base, sooooo)

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Fair warning, there be spoilers as to the identity of the final boss in Persona 4, plus Marie's part in the game.

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10 January 2017 @ 10:41 am
I never got to talk much about Life is Strange on here. I bought it with a bunch of other goodies during the Steam sale, and got through it in about three weeks. It was pretty great, I’d highly recommend it. Well-written and varied female characters, an intriguing mystery, time travel shenanigans, great music, excellent voice work, smooth, almost comic bookish art style…it’s a cool little game that deserves all the praise it got from the beginning.

… That’s about all I have to say about it. I kind of wish I had more haha. Uh…go play it. It’s good.
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06 January 2017 @ 02:55 pm
This was set for tomorrow, but I realized I likely wouldn't do it then. So it comes a day early!

January 5 6th: [personal profile] samuraiter asks ”Maybe Nico speculates about Persona 5?

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(there’s still plenty of spaces for prompts, if you’re so inclined)
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Drive By Movie Reviews:

Moana: Amazing performances (it still astounds me that Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson can act and sing) all around. Gorgeous visuals, great music, and surprisingly mature storyline. Moana is one of Disney’s most active female protagonists, is extremely likable, and doesn’t get a shoehorned romance. Her relationship with Maui was explored very well. Maui himself was excellent—surprisingly likable for being such a huge jerkass. They did some really cool things with the deities in the story, and I think this might be the best representation of what Disney can do when they try to channel Miyazaki. Went in with few expectations, left quite pleased.

The Boy and the Beast: Unrelated to Beauty and the Beast, and also not a movie about bestiality (...more or less.)Awesome art style, great characters, and … probably the furry equivalent of heaven? I liked this more than I expected. I may not identify as a furry, but Kumatetsu can get it. Ended the film with an OT3 of Kumatetsu/Tatara/Hyakushubo (they are basically Kyuta’s three daddies and it is adorable) and the belief that Iozen is related to Asgore somehow. Not 100% satisfied with the ending, but the ride was fun (giggity.)

Arrival: One of the best films I saw in 2016. Even Joe, who is ridiculously averse to good sci-fi, loved it. He was so into it that he immediately wanted to go back to the theater and see it again. This is a definite “must own" kind of movie. Saying anything more would be disservice. Go see it. It’s about aliens and is one of the smartest, most moving stories I’ve encountered in a while. Go on. You’ll thank me for it.

Back to the Future: Can you believe I made it to 27 without having seen this classic? Well, believe it. I'm terrible. This was what we watched when we invited Bekah’s parents to the house for a “classic movie we’ve all somehow never seen” night. None of us had much in the way of expectation, which might explain why we were all so blown away. This movie was legitimately enjoyable! Even if there was a fuck ton of sexual assault in it. Guess that's just the 1950s for you.
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05 January 2017 @ 01:02 pm
So, like, apparently Mass Effect: Andromeda is coming out in March. That’s a thing.

Like with Inquisition, I’m barely following release info so that I can be mostly surprised. I don’t mind knowing who’s a party member and who’s romanceable, or the general set-up for the plot, but even that hasn’t really been revealed as of yet. It’s always possible that 2017 will not be so awesome, but in terms of video games, we’re gonna get some amazing releases in some of my favorite series’ with Andromeda ,Persona 5, Resident Evil 7 and the probable release of Injustice 2.

I’m psyched, but also…don’t have the time for all these games coming out within a span of three months of each other? I’ve already pre-ordered the special edition of Persona 5 (a man had needs, don’t judge me!) So I don’t really feel like I can afford to pre-order any of the other games, no matter how much I’d like to.

What will probably happen is that once I eventually beat P5 I’ll pick up one of the other games I really want after…possibly after playing something related.(I really wanted to play through P3P before the new game, but that’s not seeming achievable at this point haha.) At the very least, I’d like to finish my second ME3 PT before getting into Andromeda. I’m really close to the end, after all.

Anyone else excited for Andromeda?
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04 January 2017 @ 05:35 pm
Ahhh, time to break out that Talking Points meme, where I’m supposed to make a post once a day in January in an effort to be more active and give me the chance to interact more with my excellent online friends.

*checks date*

…Welp. Fucked that up.

January 1 2 3 4th: [personal profile] novel_machinist asks ” You go to the mail box. Inside of the mailbox is a giant spider. He's sitting on top of your mail. Do you let the spider keep the mail? Burn down the mailbox? Change of address? Be as redic as you want.”

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(there’s still plenty of spaces for prompts, if you’re so inclined)
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04 January 2017 @ 04:27 pm
I have a terrible habit of not doing a customary “new year resolution/wrap up” post until a few days after the year has started (it’s basically tradition at this point NGL.) So here comes my belated look at the resolutions I made last year. They were:

#1 — Complete all editing of The Black Witch and begin the process of shopping for a publisher

#2— Work at my physical health to end 2016 no higher than 180 pounds

#3— Remember to have fun

The results were…mixed. Probably 70/30 for failure/success, which isn’t the worst ratio I’ve ever had. I originally completed my editing of The Black Witch in the first-half of the year, then had Bekah edit it for me. Her edit wasn’t done until about December, and since then I’ve been doing a big “final edit” before I feel it’s worthy of shopping around (obviously an agent or actual editor would want to whack it a few times, I’ve no doubt, but I want to feel like I put as much effort into the project as possible before I hand it over to someone else.) I’m a little over 1/5 through the third edit, and I’m actually really glad I’m doing this because I have found an incredible amount of little technical things that somehow escaped both of our notice.

My physical health went to hell, and my weight goals went with it. I’ve gained weight like crazy in the call center, and I’ve almost hit 220 again. AGAIN. It’s completely unacceptable. My clothes don’t fit, my self-esteem (already in the realm of ~lol I’m the worst~ due to all the health issues in 2016) is at a uncomfortable low, and just…no. Unacceptable. I’m making a new resolution for this, and I’m intending to stick with it. And, honestly, keeping my body physically healthy is 500% more important now than it was before. It’s not just “looking good” that matters anymore, even though it’s something that’s still in consideration because lol I can be surprisingly vain.

If my first goal was sort of met, and my second was LOL NOPE, then my third was…more or less on point. For all the terrible, awful, no good, very bad things that occurred this year, I made time for things I enjoyed. I played some incredible games (Undertale!), saw some excellent movies (Civil War! Arrival!) and generally tried to enjoy myself when I could. I failed at keeping up with friends as much as I would have liked, and though I wouldn’t say this goal was a total success, I think I faired pretty well, despite everything else.

I also posted a fair amount—for me, that is—so that’s something.

So, where does that leave me going into 2017? Though the nature of some of my posts can be…less than positive…I am a ridiculous optimist by nature. Always have been. I can’t help but think things will get better. “Darkest before the dawn” and all that jazz. So, with that in mind, I am making the follow resolutions (in no particular order):

#1 – Legit put the work into reaching, and maintaining, a healthy weight. Come the end of the year I would like to be 190, at a maximum.

#2 —Put away $100 into savings every month. Living pay check to pay check sucks, and this is basically $50 a check to maintain—which I should be able to do.

#3 – Read more! I want to read at least ten books this year. Fanfic (even novel-length) doesn’t count. Graphic novels don’t count. Books I’ve already read count as half a book.

#4 – Writing, a two-parter! Part one: make The Black Witch publish ready and actively seek out publication options. Part two: complete a rough draft of a different manuscript.

#5— Provide “mini-reviews” for every new movie I see. This will help me keep up with what I’ve seen, while also keeping me to where I’m posting on here with some frequency.

I feel like these are five resolutions are 110% achievable in the span of a year. They’ll take dedication, but that’s not a bad thing. I’m sincerely hoping that, come this time next year, I’ll be able to look at this list and feel pride that I’ve met the goals I set for myself.

The compassionate, incredible Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec (which, if you haven’t watched, you absolutely must) once asked the city of Pawnee, “Are you better off now than you were a year ago?

When 2017 rounds the corner, I want to be able to answer with a resounding “Yes!
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