Thursday, November 14, 2019

DTM-Cast: Episode #105


Click on the image above to download the MP3.

A month's hiatus and you'd think it'd be a meaty episode...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

AEW Full Gear 2019



So "Full Gear" was a running gag on the Being The Elite show where Hangman Page always shows up in these videos in his gear and people comment on his physique. This led to the "Full Gear Challenge" that prompted Page to trim up or something... and then somebody remembered Full Gear and decided it'd be a perfect name for a PPV.

Sure, why not? WWE has had stupid PPV names like Stomping Grounds and Great Balls Of Fire. Impact Wrestling has an upcoming PPV named after a Steven Seagal film.

But yes, this is All Elite Wrestling's third PPV event following Double Or Nothing and All Out. I missed out on the live airing, but did catch the replay. So let's get into it.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

IMPACT (Nov. 5th, 2019): Ryan Shamrock



You know... I forgot that Impact was a thing that was being recorded on my DVR thing... so might as well look at last week's episode because that's all I got. I'm not going to do a full recap or anything like that because honestly, I wasn't paying a whole lot of attention, sadly... but I've seen enough of a show to gather five talking points.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Slideshow Movie Review #39 - Joker (2019)



Less production and polish, more raw feeling... suits a movie of this ilk, I think.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Mega Man Maker: Wily Challenge 2019-11-10



First level is short... so have a boss rush to make up for it. Joy.

This Week's Wares


So we got hit with a massive snowstorm and I'm still coughing and gagging over here without an end in sight. Hence the lack of noteworthy items this past week, which I truly regret. With that said, here are some wares for the week:

- Two video reviews

- A new Slideshow Movie Review on JOKER (yes, I did see.)

- A PPV Musings on last night's AEW show (Bought the replay. Will watch tonight.)

- The usual weekly Dynamite write-up.

- More goofy shit.

And maybe I'll manage a challenge run tonight.

That's it... later.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Asuka Eating Rice Has More Viewers Than WWE Backstage



So WWE Backstage debuted and nobody watched it. Meanwhile, this adorable video of KANA cooking rice has more views (and potentially more viewers) than Backstage.

And to think that Backstage was the show they wanted to counter AEW with...

But enough about that. Please enjoy this KAWAI video of KANA cooking rice.

YAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!


Thursday, November 7, 2019

AEW Dynamite (Nov. 6th, 2019): Shifting Gears For Full Gear


So, this has gotten up a little late and I do humbly apologize for that. It seems like it's going to be harder to try and keep up these weekly write-ups... but honestly, I don't mind doing them because it's nice to write and post about something that I'm actually enjoying for once... and there hasn't been much in the way of negative material as far as the output is concerned.

So I'll try and keep doing these for as long as I can, but even if these stop, that doesn't mean I won't be watching the show because as I've said countless times, it's the easiest two hours of wrestling I've watched each week.

So we got a PPV this weekend. Let's see how they build to it.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

New Terminator Bombs... Can We Please Stop Making These Movies?



Source: https://panow.com/2019/11/05/terminator-dark-fate-is-no-1-but-its-no-winner-2/
Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/terminator-bombs-at-box-office-1.5346902

Every time there's a new Terminator movie, the first question I ask is... "Why?"

Quite frankly, I've been asking "Why?" for every subsequent release since Terminator 3 back in 2003. Is there really a clamoring for new Terminator movies that fans really want? Is there really a need to see what happens after Judgment Day has been prevented in the second movie? Hell, some could even argue the need for a second film if they wanted to, since the original Terminator was perfectly fine as a standalone movie... but the sequel was nice to have, too.

And if that were it, then that's fine. There's no need to make more of these things. We don't need to know what happens after... I'm fine with nothing happening after Skynet is gone for good and life goes on. Why do we need to keep retreading that beat or change it around to give each new movie a reason to exit? Judgment Day's been delayed, it's been postponed, it's inevitable, Skynet is gone, but not really... and now the future leader of humanity is now that bad and dead and Skynet is gone, but now there's the Legion of Doom and the leader is now a Latina and then we'll have another movie where Twitter evolves into the new Skynet and everyone accepts their fate... can we just let this franchise die and be done with it?

For what it's worth, I don't hate the ones that came afterwards. T3 was kind of a waste of time where they basically said that Judgment Day is happening no matter what you do - rendering everything in the first two films entirely pointless - but I actually didn't mind Salvation. Not a great film, but at least it was trying something different (depicting the future war) and if that was the direction the franchise was going to go, then I would've been perfectly content with that... in my own disinterested way, that is.

But then they made another one; one which is supposed to be a "reboot" of the franchise. All I know is that they made the Eleventh Doctor and some guy claiming to be John Connor into Terminators and they had some folks from Game of Thrones play these characters from the first film. The whole thing came across as ridiculous and when I did eventually get around to watching this one, my brain was about to explode at all the stupid thrown together all at once.

Thing is those movies made money... people want to say they were failures but they made money. Probably not the kind of money the studios would've liked, but it was still fucking money. Even the short-lived TV show made some waves before it was cancelled, so it's hard to knock the studios on wanting to make another entry in the franchise, even if the reception to recent offerings had been cold.

And so here we are... they made yet another one of these fucking Terminator movies and once again, it disregards everything that came before in favor of its own storyline or whatever while still feeling very derivative and unoriginal. Oh, look. Another Terminator sent back in time to kill the leader of humanity. Another resistance fighter sent back in time to protect said leader from the Terminator... and just for shits and giggles, let's bring back Linda Hamilton and ARNOLD to reprise their roles as Sarah Connor and the old Terminator. Hey, James Cameron has a hand in this. And just for kickers, let's start the film by killing off John Connor, rendering everything that happened in the first two films entirely pointless.

And then the movie goes up... it makes very little money despite some favorable reviews... and so it is a bomb in the box office.

For the record, I have yet to see the movie. No real interest in it. Maybe if it pops up on Netflix and I've got nothing better to do, I might give it a whirl. So other than the barebones descriptor above, I've not going to dig too deeply into this one since there's no point. But even with my lack of interest in this latest rehashing of a rehash, I figured this thing would make a bit of a bank from the get-go or perhaps even be the best-selling movie of the franchise, considering what it had going for it... but nope.

There's a bunch of reasons people could come up with as to why Dark Fate suffered a dark fate at the box office. You could argue the killing of John Connor, the rehashing of old ideas, the diversity checklist, the forced gender politics, or whatever else the case may be... but for me, there is a very simple and straightforward explanation that makes the most sense.

People are just done with these Terminator movies.

Terminator is slowly becoming the sci-fi equivalent of Highlander; where the first movie is the only good one and the rest of it is trash best forgotten. In fairness, Terminator has two good movies to its credit that people like the most, but since then, it's been a run of less than stellar showings on the critical front. Also, the Terminator movies (up until Dark Fate, of course) made money. But it's getting to the point where these movies come off as so derivative of each other that you figure "Why bother watching this new movie that reminds me of an older movie that I could be watching right now?"

So the presumed "bestest movie since T2" - not a high bar, I should mention - is poised to lose big in the box office and that might put the kibosh on further Terminator sequels. And if that's the case, then good. This franchise deserves a long, permanent respite from another movie iteration and all these pretentious ideas for trilogies that will never happen. You want to make money off this thing? Sell some merch, comic books, books, and maybe fund another TV show... presumably one that doesn't make the two movies people actually liked in this franchise to be a complete and utter waste of time.

Maybe a decade or so down the line, we can reboot these franchise and give it something resembling a fresh start. And by that, I mean, something that isn't just action schlock with subpar special effects and a mediocre script that tries to shoehorn a message or ideology. How about we go back to what made The Terminator a great film? A sci-fi horror film with bits of action where the main antagonist came off like an actual killer and not just another pretty boy with shiny morph effects tacked on for good measure.

Either that or give me Robocop Versus The Terminator as a feature film circa 1994. I'd go for that.

Now that I'd think about it, I'd really ought to give The Terminator another shot. It's been a while...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

COMING SOON... Rebuilding An Old Review

So a long time ago, I had a hard drive where I stored some files and stuff. That hard drive went kaput, but fortunately, I had back-ups of some files and stuff on another hard drive. Unfortunately, some files didn't survive or were in a much earlier state. One particular review is an example of this.

For years, I've been intending on rebuilding this review. Mostly for the sake of archival purposes, but since I've planning on re-uploading and re-editing these things anyway, there eventually came a point where I'd need to redo this one. And so that's what I'm doing right now.

Rebuilding An Old Review is going to either be a text feature or maybe full-bore video and it is going to recount the details regarding the reconstruction of this old review. Most of the source files are still intact, but I'm missing the main vegas file and that's what I need to rebuild. Don't know when this will be up, but it'll be a fun experience.

In the mean time, more to come...

Monday, November 4, 2019

Why Is This A Thing?


You know, if you're going to just sell a download code, I don't know why you'd bother with a box. It just comes off as stupid and a waste of resources. If I want a digital download, I'll go to the shop and download the game. I don't need an empty box taking up space.

Not pictured was a copy of SNK Heroines that was priced and sold for $29.99 at the discount bin. Wasn't a repackaged game and it did include the game card... which is funny because over at Amazon, it costs ten bucks more. Sometimes, it pays off to visit the bargain bins in your local commercial areas.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sorry For The Radio Silence... My Health Was Delayed In Saudi Arabia

Yeah, so yesterday caught me off-guard with a nasty case of a headache and painful coughing. It was so bad that I was lying on my back for the better part of the day and got nothing done.

I wanted to get a turn in on the SFB with big brother, but wasn't in the mood. I was hoping to get some dubbing done, but shit the bed on that count. And even worse, the one trip I had to make for an errand got me stuck in traffic due to endless Montreal construction and people who can't fucking drive, which raised my dander considerably and did not affect my health in a positive light.

A couple drops of Buckley's cough syrup - "it tastes terrible and it works" is the tagline for the product and it did indeed work. I still cough on occasion, but my headache is no longer a thing and  my head is in a much cooler place. So hopefully, I'll be able to resume the day without much hassle... though somehow, I doubt it.

Anyway, no Wily Challenge this weekend and it may be slim pickings during the week too. On the bright side, though, I'm almost done with #699 and #700.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Women In Saudi

I guess I'll mention this because I'd be an asshole if I didn't... not that I'd mind, but...

So they had Nattie vs. Lacey at the Crown Royal show in Saudi. First women's wrestling match ever, apparently. My thoughts?

Cool.

That's my only real reaction. I could go into how much of a big deal this is, but quite honestly, I don't need to do so. Others have more or less covered that ground and I don't need to be a parrot about that sort of thing. All I will say is that for all the so-called "history-making" moments that WWE would like to manufacture, the fact that they managed this match at all in Saudi is pretty cool.

And that's really all I've got to say about that.

We now return to our moratorium from modern WWE.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

AEW Dynamite (Oct. 30th, 2019): New Tag-Team Champs, Bro. (UPDATED)


Another Wednesday night, another episode of what has been, so far, the easiest two hours of pro wrestling that I've had the pleasure of watching. I want to say that the new NWA Powerrrrrrr show has been an easier watch due to its shorter, more compact runtime, but those fake commercials irritate the shit out of me and almost push the whole thing into a realm of parody. If you can stomach those bits, however, it's a fantastic show and a true alternative to the big arena and indy-riffic stuff out there.

In the meantime, we have AEW Dynamite, we have the first set of tag-team champions, and we have a CON-TRACT SIGN-ING! How exciting! Let's get to it.

And then let's redo this because the first time was written while I was half-asleep and wanted to get this over with, which is not a healthy combination. Fortunately, I was able to re-watch the show and give it more attention... as such, while chunks of the text will be unchanged, there will be plenty of new stuff.

So, if you missed out the first time, you didn't miss much.


Playstation 4 Surpasses Wii Lifetime Sales. Happy Halloween.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/30/sony-earnings-ps4-console-sales/

So the Playstation 4 has now officially sold more units than the original Nintendo Wii, making it the second-best selling home video game system of all time, trailing by a considerable margin behind the Playstation 2, which sits comfortably at the 150 million plus mark. Only time will tell if that milestone will be reached, but this is something to be commended, especially after the mismanagement of PS3.

Congratulations, Sony. I'd offer a "you deserve it" chant, but that means nothing these days. So here's a No-Prize, instead.