Skwad – Twenty One Pilots and Suicide Squad

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Let’s get something out right off the bat here: I’m not a music aficionado. I just like what I like and I can’t help that I like it. I have a wide variety of genres that I enjoy, with the exception of country music. Sorry, but I just don’t feel it. That said, you can take what I say with a grain of salt. Music is a touchy subject for a lot of people, after all, and I’m more of a game “expert” anyway (Playing fast and loose with the term expert.). So with that in mind, let’s continue.

For a number of years now, I’ve been listening to a lot of the same stuff I listened to over a decade ago because music these days… well… it sucks. Sorry, but it does. There’s an alt rock station where I live that plays this garbage hit list poppy trash. I don’t understand. When did “alternative” become “trashy new wave rap/pop nonsense”? There’s even a song with a banjo in it that makes me want to claw my eyeballs out! But I digress. The reason you are reading about music on my nerd blog here is because of this:

Twenty One Pilots – Heathen

That’s Twenty One Pilots’ Heathen and a music video for Suicide Squad.

Naturally, I want to see the movie. I have my reservations because DC has done a fine job mucking up Superman in theatres, but this movie looks to be different. I’ve seen lots of articles going back and forth about the trailers, commentary on the characters, positive and negative reactions. You name it. Thing is, I wanted to see this movie before, but now that Twenty One Pilots is featured in the music video, I want to see it even more!

You see, I love those guys. Having only recently discovered them, I’ve been eating up every song they’ve made. You know that feeling when you stumble across something you lost years ago? Like finding a five dollar bill in an old coat pocket? That’s what it was like for me when I heard the single Stressed Out on the radio. Then I listened to more. And more. And more. And now Twenty One Pilots is constantly playing on my phone, in my car, and in my head.

Being something I absolutely love, I’ve been dying to write about them on the blog, but I don’t write about music. I listen to it while I write and I’m playing Heathens on repeat right now because its new and its awesome. And the tie-in with a comic book movie is all the reason I need to blog about them.

It was the lyrics that drew me to their music. Songs like Migraine and Forest are so lyrically masterful I can’t even hope to achieve that level of metaphor in my own writing. I can find something I relate to in almost every song and sometimes feel like they are singing directly to me, or rather, the lyrics are my own emotions finally finding a way out. Its therapeutic. You should seriously check these guys out if you haven’t already.

So on the subject of Suicide Squad, I know the music doesn’t make the movie, but it sure has increased my hype! If that was the goal, mission accomplished. As with every comic book movie, I’ll go into it with an open mind and try to enjoy it for what it is. All I can say for now is that they picked the right music and Zack Snyder (hack) isn’t directing. Those are very positive things in my book.

 Take it slow.

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FFXI Journal – Entry 14 – Post-Script

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I stopped writing my Final Fantasy XI journal back in December 2015, but I wanted to check in because a lot has gone on. First of all, I took a couple of months off here and have returned just three days ago. I got that itch and couldn’t resist popping in and grinding out a few mobs on my dragoon. Why dragoon, exactly? Because every other job is already level 99!

That’s right. After I stopped the journal, I was dual-boxing with a friends account and his beastmaster. I used it to level all my jobs cleaving in Escha Zitah. It took some time, but I finally got there, with the exception of dragoon. My friend and I were duo’ing dragoons for a bit, but then I burned out and stopped playing. So, having returned, I finally got dragoon into range and finished my final testimony fight with Maat and got the…

Maat’s Cap!

Finally! So many years since I first played this game on PS2 release and I finally have Maat’s Cap. It feels amazing! Its so great that I had to write a blog post about it. During my time away from the journal, I’ve also managed to solo/duo all the Abyssea zone bosses and caturae. That’s a tall order when you are soloing all your own pop items. I’ve also got a decently gears thief and white mage now.

So what’s in store for Rexish of Asura server? Dragoon needs to be 99. Then I can go on and finish the final two battle scenarios, MKD and ACP. I also plan to fight Shinryu at some point. My beastmaster is not far off from 2100 JP, so that is also a concern, though I don’t know if I want to take on a new main job. I’ve toyed with blue mage, but I hate hate hate learning the spells. No patience.

And finally, I need a new linkshell. I’ve returned from my hiatus to find RevenantWing practically abandoned. I’m not interested in the Reddit LS and would prefer something with mid level players. I enjoy helping others and the social aspect of the game. Constantly chasing high end armor bores me too much.

So if you’re still around on Asura, look me up! Most of my friends in game seem to have vanished from the face of Vana’diel. See you in game!

Movie Review: Finding Dory (Spoiler Free!)

Finding Dory

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This is going to be short, sweet, and right to the point.

If you liked Finding Nemo, go see Finding Dory. And get ready for all of the feels.

As a self-admitted Disney fan, I knew I was going to love this movie before I walked into the theatre. The thing I wasn’t expecting was the short Piper that played before the movie. It was likely the best Pixar short of them all, and that’s saying something. They have made some incredible shorts.

The movie itself was absolutely GORGEOUS! Remember when Finding Nemo came out and everyone was awed by the graphics, particularly in the ocean. This movie ramps it up to 11. And my understanding is that water is a hard medium to work in. Seriously, from the reef to the kelp forests, to the aquarium, it was nothing short of eye-candy.

The story, as the title indicates, revolves around Dory discovering who she is, finding herself. Of course, she isn’t the only one who does so. Marlon and Nemo are there as well as some other familiar supporting characters, but the new cast was hilarious and crucial to the plot. No moment feels wasted. Everything flows. And the end? Well its probably one of the most satisfying endings ever, in my opinion at least. But I’m just a completely biased commenter on an obscure blog on the corner of the interwebs. What do I know?

The jokes were super funny! I found myself laughing most of the way through this movie, except for the moments when all the feels were trying to escape my eyeball port holes. Being the macho macho man that I am, I had to force those feels deep inside. If this movie doesn’t draw a single tear, you might be heartless. Not the Kingdom Hearts kind. And if you don’t laugh… What are you? A robot? If so, I, for one, would welcome you as our new overlord.

Now, this is the part where I usually point out the things I didn’t like, but I’ve got nothing for you. Sorry. I loved this movie through and through and any fan of animation and Disney should stop what they are doing and go see this immediately. What are you waiting for? Stop reading this blog and go! Go!

Movie Review: X-Men Apocalypse (Minor Spoilers)

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You know what’s amazing about the X-Men movie franchise? There’s like a billion movies and all of them are part of the same series. Yes, there is a retconn in Days of Future Past, but it doesn’t mean the events of the first movies didn’t happen. It simply means that tampering with time rendered them moot. This would be like Toby Maguire’s Spider-man going back in time and altering his origin instead of Sony just starting over with a new actor. The X-Men literally changed actors and got younger right in front of us and it worked.  I’ve always had a lot of respect for that. To me, it feels a lot more fitting for a comic based movie.

I’ve personally enjoyed all of the movies with the exception of Wolverine: Origins. That movie got a lot of heat for its inaccurate portrayal of Deadpool, but I didn’t know much about him back then. What always bothered me was the campy feel of the movie. There’s a scene where Wolverine literally chops a ladder down beneath Gambit piece by piece. There also a scene where Wolverine calls Blob “Bub” and that misunderstanding is what causes them to fight. Not the best writing.

Now you have a little familiarity with my take on the X-Men. As for the new movie Apocalypse, I freaking loved it! This movie was everything I really wanted to see in an X-Men movie. There are some minor things I didn’t like (as there are in every movie) such as the weird magic used by Apocalypse to transfer bodies. That is NEVER explained. Its obviously not a mutant power, so what the heck is going on there? Apocalypse also seems a little on the short side. A co-worker pointed this out to me and I have to agree. My only other gripe is about Psylocke. Why is she even a thing? There had to be a batter mutant out there for that role.

On the plus side, and without revealing too much (spoliers ahead, but very minor, no plot details), we get to see some awesome scenes with Nightcrawler, an origin story for Storm, Magneto embracing his power, Quicksilver doing what he does best, Wolverine (OMG), and a fantastic end sequence with one of my favorite mutants and potentially an arc for a future storyline. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know who I’m talking about.

The acting was spot on, with the exception of Olivia Munn. Psylocke was so flat and boring. Its a good thing she wasn’t a major character (I expected this). I thought the jokes were on par with Marvel’s MCU and Kurt Wagner had some great one-liners. The graphics? It’s 2016 and its Marvel. What is there to say? They were awesome. The movie was a beautiful concoction of action and mutant powers. I really don’t understand the bad reviews.

My only other gripe is that this movie was predictable. I knew how Wolverine’s appearance was going to go down long before the movie was released and I had the ending figured out within the first half. Still, I enjoyed every minute of it and would definitely recommend watching this movie!