Saturday, 31 January 2015

BLOG -- Recap of January

So January was a quiet but busy month. At least my emotions were more stable. And I've been successful so far with my Final Fantasy XIV-related New Year's Resolution! Tomorrow will be my 1st year anniversary of playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Hmm... how to celebrate... lol

Outings/Events in January:
- Stayed over at my sister's place. 

- Hung out with friends x1. 

- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn achievements / news: I got married on my original server. Annnd... it's gonna happen again in the next month (with another character)!

- (Mobile app) Kim Kardashian Hollywood -- Soo... in case you start judging me on this -- I got the game to help a friend who is currently playing it. It is a little addictive, 'cuz I tend to be a sucker for dress-up games. One thing to note though: this uses a lot of data everyday, even when you're not playing so make sure your phone's connected to Wi-Fi or has unlimited / a lot of data to work with.

- (PS4) Minecraft -- I played this a couple of times with a couple friends. It still feels overwhelming, but I do want to spend some time and get sucked into it. Just... not... right... now... lol

- (Movie): Under the Skin -- This was weird. It was well-acted and well-everything. But soo... weird, lol. I was very intrigued when watching it, but I'm not sure if I would watch it again.

- (Movie): Magic Mike -- It was fun. I enjoyed the dancing, lol.

- (Anime): Waiting in the Summer -- I liked this. The drama was very quiet and almost non-existent at times, but the emotions were so strong and honest. I could really empathise with many of the characters.

- (3DS): Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale -- This was a fun, calming experience. The story was pretty cute. I'd recommend it just for the experience.

- (3DS): Theatrhythm: Curtain Call -- I reached the ending credits so I consider this beaten. I know I'll still be playing it from time to time, though. I still have to unlock and play "To Zanarkand". I love that track so much.

- Nothing this month.

Playing (not all at once):
- (PS4): Destiny
- (PS4): Costume Quest 2
- (PS3): Borderlands 2  
- (3DS): Bravely Default
- (3DS): Weapon Shop de Omasse
- (3DS): Liberation Maiden
- (GBA): The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition  
- (PSP): Persona 
- (PSP): Crush
- (PSVita): Persona 4 Golden  
- (Wii): Fortune Street 
- (PS2): Atelier Iris 2 
- (PC): UnEpic  
- (PC): King's Bounty: The Legend

- (TV Show): The Walking Dead (Season 3) 
- (Anime): Yu Yu Hakusho (don't remember)
- (Anime): Shakugan no Shana (Season 1 -- Episode 19)
- (Anime): Log Horizon (episode 3)
- (Anime): Mushi-Shi: The Next Passage (episode 12)
- (Anime): Sword Art Online (episode 14)

- (Manga): Judge by Yoshiki Tonogai (volume 6)

That's it for January. Here's a photo I took this month, plus a funny video I watched. I'll upload pics of my Final Fantasy XIV wedding whenever I get around to grabbing them off my PS4.

 Some of my Boxing Week purchases. It feels like Christmas all over again, hahaha.

 "The Worst Movies of 2014" by Chris Stuckmann. I guess I was lucky to 
have not watched any of these movies.

Have a good rest of the weekend and thanks for reading! :)

Sunday, 18 January 2015

BLOG -- My Movie-Watching History (in Theatres) [2014]

Here is my movie-watching (in theatres) history for 2014. I was a little disappointed that my first movie of 2014 was so late in the year. But I gotta say -- it was a great movie to kick things off. As I've said in previous Movie-watching blogs, I love movies and enjoy watching them. If I could afford it (money-wise AND time-wise), I'd be in the theatres almost every week (if there were good, interesting movies playing). 

Even though I've covered these throughout the year in my end-of-month blogs, here are all the movies I've watched in theatres for 2014, with additional commentary for most, if not for all.

Since I will be mentioning a good number of movies in this blog, some of them will contain spoilers. Any movie that will contain a spoiler will be marked.


MOVIE: Captain America: The Winter Soldier [SPOILER]
DATE: April 19, 2014 
RATING (OUT OF 5): ****

COMMENTS: I loved the relationship between Captain America and Black Widow. As much as I had the small desire that they would yearn for each other romantically, I felt much more warm and fuzzy that they expressed a non-romantic intimacy. That sense of deep understanding between friends – it’s really, really beautiful.


MOVIE: How to Train Your Dragon 2
DATE: June 17, 2014
RATING (OUT OF 5): ****

COMMENTS: It was really good. Had a couple issues with some scenes, and one major plot development close to the end, but overall it was enjoyable. The music was really, really good. I want to have my own dragon now!


MOVIE: X-Men: Days of Future Past
DATE: June 20, 2014
RATING (OUT OF 5): *****

COMMENTS: Finally – a time travel story without a loophole! This was really good.


MOVIE: 22 Jump Street
DATE: August 1st, 2014 
RATING (OUT OF 5): ****

COMMENTS: This was really funny. I especially liked the credits at the end. Poor Dave Franco, though.


MOVIE: Lucy 
DATE: August 12, 2014
RATING (OUT OF 5): ****

COMMENTS: I very much enjoyed the ideas presented in this movie. It made me think that maybe my current struggles aren’t that big or significant at all. I would love to be able to access 99% of my brain.


MOVIE: Guardians of the Galaxy 
DATE: August 24, 2014
RATING (OUT OF 5): *****

COMMENTS: This was so fun and funny. I was surprised that I would enjoy it so much.


DATE: August 26, 2014

COMMENTS: I didn’t enjoy the shifting from past and present. I would have preferred just watching the past and seeing the romance and development of the two main characters. The past had so much potential to become a good movie.


MOVIE: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (3D) 
DATE: September 2, 2014
RATING (OUT OF 5): ****

COMMENTS: I really enjoyed it. The style was still there, and the stories were interesting. I especially liked the continuation of Nancy’s story.


MOVIE: Breathe (TIFF) 
DATE: September 9, 2014

COMMENTS: I didn’t like this movie at all. It made me nauseous and sick. I felt head-aches. Halfway through the movie, all I wanted to do was go home, curl into a ball, and whimper. I felt so uncomfortable watching this movie. Also, too much shaky cam. The one good thing I could say about this movie is that the acting was well done.


MOVIE: Over Your Dead Body (TIFF) [SPOILER] 
DATE: September 11, 2014
RATING (OUT OF 5): ****

COMMENTS: This was really nice. Surreal, spooky, dramatic. And creepy. That one scene with the forks – spine-tingling! Some of the scenery shots were really nicely done. Kudos to Takashi Miike.


MOVIE: Labyrinthus (TIFF) 
DATE: September 13, 2014
RATING (OUT OF 5): ****

COMMENTS: This was pretty fun and interesting. I think I would enjoy playing a game like this, sorta. I also liked the humour. There was just enough of it.


MOVIE: Maze Runner [SPOILER] 
DATE: September 30, 2014
RATING (OUT OF 5): ****

COMMENTS: This was very enjoyable. I liked the intensity and the humour. I kinda wished more was explained, but I guess it will be in the sequel.


DATE: October 21, 2014
RATING (OUT OF 5): ****

COMMENTS: This was an absolute mindf*ck, but in a good way. It made me think about many different things about relationships. I really hated Nick for cheating on Amy. When I think about it, he was the catalyst for many of Amy’s crimes. Setting up her death and framing Nick for it; killing Desi – Nick was the catalyst.


DATE: November 5, 2014
RATING (OUT OF 5): ****

COMMENTS: Robert Downey Jr. was so good here. The story was okay, but the interactions between Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall were very nice. I could really pick up Robert Downey Jr.’s want for approval / affection from his father.


MOVIE: Big Hero 6 (3D) [x2] 
DATE: November 25, 2014
DATE: December 2, 2014
RATING (OUT OF 5): *****

COMMENTS: This was sooooooo gooooooood. I loved Baymax and the core of the story.

You can read my review for it here:

That's it for this blog. Thanks for reading! If you have any comments about anything (even if you greatly disagree with anything I've said, or if this made you think about the movies you've watched and want to share), feel free to comment! :)