[NEWS] The Sunday Spew (10th November 2013)



I’m not the kind of blogger who quick-posts; I can’t quick-fire ramblings out into the ether in minutes. I struggle with my time management frequently and often find it quite impossible to write an entry under one thousand words. In fact, the majority of my posts average in the thousands. I’m not sure exactly why this is, all I know is my gut says I’m a verbose perfectionist who doesn’t know when to shut her gob.

As such, I feel like I’m missing out on some quality, interesting discussion. In attempt to remedy this trend I’ve decided to emulate a tried and tested segment of a regular weekly round-up of news, throw out a couple of links and shout-out to a few bloggers who piqued my curiosity with wonderful posts and articles in any given week.

This Week In Geek

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII TO OPEN DECEMBER 18, 2015 – This week the official announcement of the next Star Wars installment gave us an official release date of Christmas 2015. Rumoured to have been concerned over summer blockbuster clashing, Disney has opted for a holiday opening. Normally the timing would worry me, but I’ve no doubt that the still unnamed Episode VII will blow all of the other seasonal silliness at the cinema completely out of the water. Filming is scheduled to begin in Spring of next year.

MARVLIX – In an unprecedented (and slightly historic) move, Disney’s Marvel and Netflix announce their intention to unite their powers and join forces to bring us multiple series of live-action adventures based on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. In the most exciting team-up news since Superman vs Batman (which wasn’t all that exciting), this fangirl rejoiced as she pondered the future of Internet television and the many potential hours of life lost wrapped up in some Super stories.

THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE – As two heavy-weights of next-gen prepare to enter the ring and engage in a feud of deathmatch proportions, excited gamers everywhere wait impatiently for their chosen console. JohnHeatz reports this weekend on the extra goodies Sony is gifting PS4 advocates in the US and Canada, and for those still undecided a series of articles entitled Xbox One Vs. PS4 from 8BitChimp may just help you make up your mind.

And finally, GRAVITY opens up here in Ireland this weekend, granting me an opportunity to finally see what everyone else has been banging on about. All I need now is someone to come and see it with me!

In more personal news, this week I accepted Liebster and Versatile Blogger awards from some wonderful people and indulged myself in a rant about Awkward‘s divisive viewership.

Over at 1001-Up I’ve been reading about Kim’s and the team’s illuminating foray into the understanding of the Bronyism psychology and what attracts Bronies to Friendship is Magic and the online community. Rhio of The Adventures of a Girl Gamer writes about GTA V online and suggests a few fun ways that we can spend our in-game spondoolies. Drakulus continues to amaze with some epic Guild Wars 2 screenies and The Otaku Judge takes on Pokemon X.

I’ve been watching Arrow and The Walking Dead, both of which are still keeping me very much entertained, and managed to catch up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’m pleasantly surprised by the latter’s progress. I managed to watch the first Dracula episode last night before I began to doze off, but there’s enough content in the opener to convince me to keep watching for now. For a concise breakdown of the new series thus far, check out The Mental Attic’s review.

In the hopes of doing another “V Does DVDs” segment for the October releases I’ve consumed three of my thirteen possible entrants. Thirteen!? I don’t know what I was doing six months ago when all of these films were in theaters, but it was obviously very time consuming. It was probably drink related.

Having read a review of The Way, Way Back from Table 9 Mutant over at Cinema Parrot Disco, I decided that despite this particular film not being as appealing to me as my usual fare of blood, guts and glory, I really needed to start stepping outside of my movie comfort zone and give these soppy dramas a chance. I’m glad I did, and I’ll hopefully have a review of it up soon, along with the other twelve. I’m giving some serious thought to ringing in sick next week.

Have you anything to add? Tell me your news below!

During my work days I do many things to keep myself distracted occupied. Scrabble, crosswords, Temple Run… and even the dreaded and feared Candy Crush from time to time. Recently I installed the Hanging With Friends app, which is basically just a fancy looking cartoonified version of hangman. The other day I started a game with a random online opponent. It took me a few rounds before I realised he was playing an entirely different game to me.

Hanging With Friends Screenshot

My opponent’s “words” on the left.

This game went on for hours and I was giggling like a schoolgirl throughout, so much so that I’ve now decided that rude hangman is the only way to play hangman. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to waste my Sunday by getting back into bed and vegetating with some tea and my Brussels while I play SWTOR on my laptop and pretend to be a Jedi.

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42 replies

  1. Yay! I’m glad you gave The Way Way Back a chance (and especially glad that it sounds like you liked it??) :-) Thanks for the mention! I look forward to the review (and all the other DVD release reviews – sounds like fun!) :-)


    • I did really like it! It was all thanks to your rec and review too, because I wouldn’t have gone near it otherwise. Thanks for stopping by! I’ll go off and drool over your Thor post now.


  2. Thanks for the taking the time to visit my blog :]. Let me know when your movie reviews come out. I’ll be interested in reading them since I haven’t watched much tv this year.


  3. Thank you so much for the shout out!! :D
    Congrats on making an update post that’s super interesting and interactive. I’ve been trying to master this for quite some time, but I normally make update posts when I haven’t time for a 1,000 word full-of-nice-pictures post that I normally do. I guess it’s because I know my post is rushed! Also sometimes I just like to sit here and type stuff and see what happens. Ha.

    I’m loving Walking Dead Season 4 so far, but after watching seasons 1-3 in a week long binge to catch up with it, I’m missing being able to just watch 2-3 episodes in one go. Now I have to wait until every Friday to watch an episode, Friday’s don’t come quick enough!

    Hope you have lots of fun pretending to be a Jedi :D x


    • You’re very welcome, I really enjoyed your post. Thank you for the RT! I definitely feel ya on the “rushed” thing, it’s never possible to post something that you’re 100% happy with. I’m going to start doing that; just sitting down and typing stuff as it comes to me. Sometimes great things come out of you when you’re doing that, and it’s more relaxing, less pressure almost.

      I REALLY miss not being able to TV binge. There’s something excellent about ending an episode and just being able to press play on the next one. Apart from the instant gratification it brings, I think if you watch a series in a few sittings it gives you a much better idea about things like character development, plus you remember more than those who had to wait weekly. My folks are fans of TWD and they wait to watch 3-4 episodes in one go. I wish I could do that, but I’m far too impatient. :D

      My new Jedi kept getting ganked in the PvP areas so I came back with my Lvl 55 Smuggler and blasted everyone with one-shot. VENGEANCE. \o/

      Hope you had a nice weekend!


  4. Another amazing writing, V! I always enjoy reading through them, and this is no exception. Thanks for the shout out, by the way, and well…definitely hope you enjoy…ed? Your Jedi day ;)


  5. Ooooh, I got a mention!!! Weeeeee!!!

    What do you think of Arrow so far? I think this season is much stronger than the previous one and it’s not even halfway through…I’m just waiting for Flash to show up hahaha…and I love they have Brother Blood in the plot!

    So you say you play SWTOR? Hmmm, that might be the reason I needed to go back to it (I left because I had no one to play with) hahahahaha

    Speaking of film/dvd reviews, there’s a really fun Chinese historical movie called Red Cliff, directed by John Woo. It’s split into 2 films and both are fantastic and hilariously over the top (and being a John Woo film, there’s the obligatory slow-mo dove shot). I saw it with friends months ago, and I wholeheartedly recommend it V.

    I still need to see & review Riddick & Thor :)

    On my end, my week had the new WoW expansion announcements and the ensuing WoW geekgasms hahahaha…

    You know, with you, John & 1001up.com posting these round-ups, I think I should try it out!


    • :D

      I’m loving Arrow’s return so far, it hasn’t let me down at all, and many aspects of it are improvements on Season 1. I hear too that The Flash will be making an appearance soon… Ahhh, can’t wait.

      What SWTOR server are your characters on? Everyone I used to play with has left too. A couple came back with the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion release, but they’re all gone again.

      Will definitely pick up Red Cliff, sounds like my kind of thing!

      I’ve seen a some of the WoW conceptual art for the newly announced movie. I haven’t played the game in about five years because once I started it stole about a month of my life. ;P

      You should do the round-ups! They’re fun and they don’t require too much thought, perfect for a Sunday eve.


  6. The Sunday Spew. Sounds like my hang overs haha xD

    Good post :D


  7. Yeah, I’m gonna hold off on XboxOne and PS4…I know I’ll probably end up getting both since I have the Xbox 360 and PS3…but last time they did this it took them at least 6 months after release to get their shit completely together. And there are not exclusive titles that I must have right now on either of them. SO I will let them battle for my heart and mind into 2014!


  8. I agree that you are a verbose perfectionist, but there’s nothing wrong with that. I have to say that I’m glad that you don’t know when to stop! If you reign yourself in, we won’t have as much of your entertaining banter.

    I’m really enjoying Arrow this season, but I’m not quite as enamored with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’m not sure why the latter is the case; it just hasn’t hooked me. Dracula on the other had is a winner big winner. That’s the vampire that my generation grew up with and has come to know and love.

    Gravity is a great movie from a visual standpoint, and the plot is compelling, if not all that scientifically accurate. Most science fiction levies serious blows to accurate science, especially physics, but this one bothered me a little more because it lives in that netherworld between pure science fiction and contemporary drama set in a remote location. Don’t focus too much on the science miscues. Let those slide by and just enjoy the movie experience. If you give me a few hours, I would be happy to come to Ireland and treat you to a movie. :)

    Linda – “You’re going to do what?”
    Me – “Ah…I’m going to Ireland to watch a movie.”
    Linda – “What movie?”
    Me – “Gravity.”
    Linda – “We saw that.”
    Me – “I’m going to see it again with one of my friends.”
    Linda – “Who?”
    Me – “Vee.”
    Linda – “The zombie girl? I don’t think so, We’ve had this discussion before.”
    Me – “But…”
    Linda – (THE Look)
    Me – “OK.”

    Ummm, hey Vee how about we just have a discussion about Gravity after you see the movie. Have some popcorn and a large Sprite for me, OK. Lot’s of butter on the popcorn!

    See ya.


    • Ah JF, you’re completely hilarious! LOL @ “The zombie girl?” :D Linda has the patience of a saint, I swear. I totally believe that you’d take me to Gravity though. And thanks for the tips, because you can rest assured that I’d be distracted from the experience if there are glaring scientific inconsistencies. Now I shall ignore them and “leave logic at the door” as I often say and do!

      S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t been what I thought it would be. I’d stopped watching after the third ep because to be honest I wasn’t all that bothered and I felt that other shows were more deserving of my time. When I said as much to my brother he assured me that there has been some improvement, so I sat down and watched three eps in a row to bring me up to date. Maybe being able to do that was key because I found I enjoyed it more than I had in the beginning, especially this most recent ep. That said I only like Coulson and May. Simmons is alright I guess. I dislike the rest of the cast, which isn’t good.

      As of last night I’m up to date with Dracula and I really enjoyed it. JRM was perfectly cast IMO.


      • I said as much, JRM is a fantastic Dracula!! I’d love to see him play a straight-up adaptation…

        Even considering some of the liberties Coppola took with the novel, his film is still one of the better Dracula adaptations and Gary Oldman one of the best Draculas…I’d love to see JRM do the original Dracula, and see how he measures up to Oldman :)


      • Linda totally agrees with your assessment of her state of being. Obviously, I have a slightly different perspective or I wouldn’t continue trying that patience on such a regular basis. :D


  9. Can’t wait to get your thoughts on Gravity – it’ll blow your balls off : )


  10. Many thanks for the shout out. LOL at that hang man game. I used to try to do the same thing, with naughty words, when playing online Scrabble.


  11. I have a question. What server do you play on in SWTOR? I have a awesome/lonely Jedi Sage that desperately needs a partner :].



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