Friday, 30 August 2013

A Podcast Double Penetration: Cynicast #11 And A DC Special

Hello everyone. Here is a double whammy of conversational treats. First there's the usual and frankly getting kind of old, 'bi-whenever the hell we can all be online at the same time' Cynicast. Then, in a very similar format, but just different enough that we can pawn it off as something else, there's the podcast special we made about all things DC related. Enjoy our quickish chat about the Man of Steel sequel, complete with a mini discussion about whether or not Ben Affleck will be any good at Batman. Because you won't have heard anyone expressing their opinion on that before.

There's also some chat about the new Flash TV series and some complaining about numerous subjects, from the new Xbox controller all the way to the awkward set up of the upcoming Justice League movie. But you'll have to listen to both podcasts to find out which subject is in which video. Or you could use some basic deduction.

Either way enjoy them. If you really enjoy them, feel free to like and subscribe. Hell why not just like and subscribe for no reason, just to be different.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Studio Ghibli Anime Review: From Up On Poppy Hill

It is said, and it is an opinion I frequently cite, that Studio Ghibli are the Pixar of Japan. While, as with most analogies there are glaring discrepancies, it is apt enough that I continue anyway. Because really, I don't think I could name two companies that so effortlessly make products that are simultaneously 1) Beautiful 2) Engaging 3) Smart and 4) For the whole family. I can think of nothing else that would be enjoyed by every echelon of my extended family.

Got an e-mail request for the music I mentioned, prepare.

Just within the selection pictured here we have everything from Crime Caper to WW2 fighter pilots, Newspaper slapstick and Norse Mythology. 

Hayao Miyazaki, pictured above is the creative flair behind most of the films, save for a few produced by others, most notable Isao Takahata. Miyazaki's son Goro is directing the film I'll be writing about today, though he did write the screenplay for it. The film in question being "From Up on Poppy Hill", the first Ghibli film I've had the pleasure of seeing during the cinema release and not 4 years after on an anniversary screening.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Poetry Corner 7: Social Attitude Test

Sorry for the delay, Harvey was supposed to check this but didn't, so I've just posted it. Bank Holiday Weekend still counts right?

Happy Bank Holiday people, though this one doesn't even have some lame pseudo-religious justification behind it, so just enjoy the day off. Or, if you are like me, enjoy another day off. One of those "Political Compass"-esque tests that will tell you where you stand in the political spectrum. Talk about redundant, but hey, doesn't mean I can't poke some fun at it. I'll post what my results said underneath, though just by reading the poem you'll get the jist of it.

Earlier today, a friend did suggest
That I take the Social Attitude Test
After a shrug and a sigh.
I comply.

Fifty questions later, we have my answer.
Apparently I think humanity is cancer
But not as much as I hate Religion, it seems.
"You'd drown John the Baptist in his streams"