Typically, the week I return to Blogdom turns out to be one of the slowest news weeks in my goldfish memory. I’ll just have to make do, and I promise I’ll stop making stuff up.*
TWITCHOOGLETUBE.TV – The internets exploded earlier this week when this story “leaked”. Google is apparently ready and willing to hand over ONE BILLION dollars in cold, hard cash-money to Twitch.tv in order to continue their plan to ruin everything and make everyone, everywhere activate their Google + account. There have been no official statements made regarding this courtship as of yet, and rumour is these talks are in the early stages. I’m not so sure I buy it but I’m waiting on The American Overlords to step in and cite something about anti-competition law. If you’re old or hate e-sports and have no idea what I’m babbling about, then you can read all about this possible game-changing move here.
TARRED & FETTERED – Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has confirmed that he will direct the first Star Wars spin-off movie, which could possibly focus on BAMF Bounty Hunter Boba Fett. He joins forces with the screenwriter of After Earth. I’m not sure what any of this means yet. Someone please help.
In TRAILERTOWN, nerdlingers everywhere are abuzz with the latest, full-length Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. Check it out here, if you haven’t already. Even I, the one who harbours an inexplicably fierce antipathy toward Zoe Saldana and everything she does, can admit this looks like a lot of space-rompin’ funsies. Also, the golden oldie in me thinks I’ll dig the soundtrack.
When I went to see the new X-Men flick the other day I also saw the trailer for
Marky Mark & The Machines Transformers: Age of Extinction. I’m still not sold on the continuation of this franchise, but at least LaBeouf got the boot. Also, dinobots!
And speaking of X-Men (super segue, bitches!), X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST released this weekend to much critical and fan approval. Have you seen it yet? What did you think? How totes amaze was that Quicksilver scene in the kitchen!? If you need a quick refresher before you hit the picture-house, check out Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer of the entire original trilogy.
BATS VS SUPE – And finally, in our (re-instated for this week only) Bats Vs Supe segment, we learn this week that it has finally been given a name. BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Meh. From now on, on this blog, we will be referring to it as BATMAN, V & SUPERMAN.
This week I returned gloriously to Earth and also to The Spew. After my homecoming announcement last Sunday, I then went on to pontificate about various season finales in [TV] The Season Roundup – HIT or MISS?
Now, for the Sunday Shout-Outs. Let’s kick things off by very, very belatedly thanking Alex Raphael for the thoughtful Lighthouse Award, Cara from Silver Screen Serenade and the generous Alex again for The Dragon Loyalty Awards and Janey from Cupid or Cats for the WordPress Family and Reader Appreciation Awards. These were all gifted while I was on my mission to VeePugnus Prime, so please accept my apologies for the delay in gratitude and my thanks for thinking of me during that tumultuous time.
It has been a mission itself to catch up on all of my blog reading from the last few months. As a result, some of my shout-outs today might be old, zombie posts of yours. I tried to keep things as current as possible, but some of you are just too damn interesting and talented not to mention.
Our WordPress Readers I’m sure have erupted with X-Men: Days of Future Past reviews. I’m still hesitant to review myself, but I’m never hesitant to recommend. Ryan from Ten Stars or Less gave this latest Singer offering full marks, but, in the interest of balance, Screenkicker! was a little underwhelmed. Brad from Hard Ticket to Home Video just the other day delighted me with The Ten WORST Mutants in the X-Men Movie Franchise.
Tim reviews and dissects in his indomitable way the latest Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer, which looks in equal parts awesome and kind of scary. In most part because of the apes riding horses. Tom from Movies & Music Cafe has begun a very interesting project; a collaborative screenplay, the genre, setting and many other elements of which to be chosen by his readers. Silver Screen Serenade‘s Cara watches an absolute favourite of mine, Jurassic Park, with her sister and posts the very entertaining conversation they had throughout in Schuster Sister Shenanigans: Jurassic Park.
Ruth from Flixchatter continues her fabulous Five for the Fifth series with the May edition, as well as asking her thought-provoking Questions of the Week. Flixchatter is a must-follow for any movie bloggers or movie lovers out there. This week Keith & the Movies gives us 5 Surprising Yet Phenomenal Movie Bromances and Lauren from mykindofmovie asks, Should There Be More Women In Star Wars? A fan of recaps? Then you must check out Melissa’s Snap Crackle Watch!, a blog dedicated to both movies and TV. Her latest Game of Thrones post had me cracking up. A big Welcome to Blogdom shout-out to Labyrinthwrm, who shares my love for Irish Hook and offered us an impressive list of Gone But Not Forgotten (Mostly) TV shows.
My buddy JF Owen posted a wonderfully fitting tribute to Dante in Best Friends Often Have Four Feet. And speaking of authors, the deliciously irreverent Sean Smithson of the infamous Office Inbetweener recently announced the impending release of his book, How to Lose a GIRL in 10 Ways, which I personally cannot wait to read. If it’s anything like the horrifying stories in his blogs I am guaranteed to be entertained. Erotic author and frequent Spew commenter Kitt Crescendo of The Inner Wildkat, reminds us how special May really is with Lessons In Going Solo. For anyone with a penchant for erotica, I heartily recommend this lovely lady.
For all of my gaming needs I continue to frequent the team at Play Legit, 8BitChimp (who recently relocated to a dedicated website – congrats!), the fab folks at 1001-Up and, of course, my favourite lads and lasses over at Gamers Sphere.
BLOGATHON BRILLIANCE – I couldn’t let this opportunity pass by without chronicling some of the best blogathons I’ve come across. This year so far we’ve seen quite a few inclusive and well-constructed series that I’m sorry I missed participating in. Below are a few that I managed to catch up on since my return.
Over at IPC, we had SHITFEST WINTER. This long-standing, successful and hilarious blogathon needs no introduction. You can find the list of every review of the shittiest films the participants could come up with here. For plenty of shits and even more giggles, IPC is the place to go. Mikey from Screenkicker! hosted the Screenkicker Olympics; wherein participants wrote about films and actors who are based in cities and countries special and specific to them. Ireland is shockingly under-represented, but that is, unshockingly, my own fault.
The hard-working MovieRob has an ongoing blogathon called Genre Granduer in the works currently, with May’s theme being crime, and next month’s recently announced as comic book movies. If you haven’t been over to Rob’s yet, you must check it out, he covers everything. Table9Mutant of Cinema Parrot Disco is hosting an IMDB Top 250 Challenge, which is a mammoth task but continues to tick along beautifully. Zoë from The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger let the X-Men enthusiasts take over and gave us so many excellent X-themed posts this month.
Cary from the brilliant Recollections of Play tugs on our nostalgic heartstrings with a TOTALLY 80s series, complete with My Little Pony and Spandex Shorts. And finally, Luke from Oracle of Film, hosts a “Question of the Month” feature, wherein he probes his fellow movie bloggers for things like our favourite quotes and the answers to the universe. That’s all I’ve caught up on for now. If I missed you, worry not, for I will be back.
As is tradition, I will leave you with a pic that can only improve upon this dim, depressing Sunday. Behold! Probably the best boat name I’ve ever seen.
It’s good to be back.
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* Can only promise this during intermittent bouts of sobriety.
** I think I just broke WP with the ultimate record for linkage diarrhoea.