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Cobra Kai – Season 3

I love Cobra Kai so much, I could binge 72 hours and still want more. Johnny is the best (and has always been), Larusso is a whiner (and has always been) and Kreese is a PTSDed war veteran who shouldn’t be allowed around kids (and has always been).

Spoiler Alert

I’m not going to debate about who’s right and who’s wrong. To be honest, kids shouldn’t be taught to fight outside of dojos (they should be playing D&D together instead), but that’s not the point of this post. Season 3 makes 2 very important points:

  1. It’s about time that Johnny and Daniel get together to fight Kreese, who’s always been the real enemy;
  2. It’s put in evidence that Larusso has always been the guy who steals the girlfriends and I’m so glad that Johnny would have been the one who would have ended up with nowadays Elisabeth Shue (who is still very cute), if he wouldn’t already have been with Miguel’s mum. It was awesome to see Johnny and Ali spend a day together at the street fair, he so deserved it. I know, I’m a big soapy dude.

Dune (2021)

We’ve both read the trilogy, we’ve seen the original movie (diected by David Lynch), I’ve played the video game on Commodore Amiga (one of my favourite, even though I’m not into RTS) and my nickname – Sardoken – is a derivative of Sardaukar, the elite military force of the emperor.

There was no way that we would miss Dune on the big screen!

My first advice is: if you’re a fan of Frank Herbert or of Science-Fiction in general, watch this movie at the theatre. The amazing images and the otherworldly music of Hans Zimmer make for an amazing spectacle that deserves to be seen on a huge screen.

My second advice is: if you know someone who has something negative to say about Dune… You know, the kind who always finds something that he would have done better… Turn your back and walk away from him/her. This movie is incredible and nitpickers should be ignored.

Dune is a very complex story and Villeneuve’s adaptation doesn’t sacrifice the impressive detail of Frank Herbert’s original vision.

I could have used a picture of Rebecca Ferguson for the post, she is awesome as Lady Jessica. But even her couldn’t steal the show from the real star of the movie: the worms of Arakis.

Snory & Hoofty & Poofty

Throughout the years, I’ve swapped factions and races. So, the time has come to re-introduce my hunter as she is nowadays.

Her name is Snory, she’s a Void Elf BM Hunter on the EU server Argent Dawn. You can follow this link to visit her armory page and better see her transmog gear.

I’ve been mainly playing this character for all post-Cataclysm expansions and I can say that Beast Mastery is my favorite hunter specialisation. The rotation makes sense, it’s fast, it’s ranged and it remains fun even when a fight requires to move a lot. It’s a real jack of all trade since you can easily top the meters in group content (LFR hero lol) and solo pretty much anything in the game.

Her professions are Mining and Engineering, which explains why she’s transmogrified as “techno” Hunter with Mimiron’s Repeater as weapon. my greatest wish in the game would be to get Mimiron’s Head as mount to complete her style (yep, back to Ulduar).

My total /played time with my hunter is over 152 days, which means 3642 hours and that’s only one of my characters. I could calculate my total WoW /played time, but some things are better left unknown…

The Call (2020)

In the fall of 1987, a group of small-town friends must survive the night in the home of a sinister couple after a tragic accident brings them to the couple’s door. (source: IMDB)

A bunch of teens at a street fair in the 80’s, it all started so well… Then begins the revenge game of a couple of old (what are they even?) witches. One slow scene after another, until we became restless in the couch, fighting not to fall asleep. We made it until the end but we won’t make it again, this post will make sure of it.

Real Detective

Real Detective is about real-life detectives and the true cases that consume and haunt them. Every detective has one. A case that pushes them to the brink. A case that takes hold of them and won’t let go. (source: IMDB)

Every Sunday at lunch, we watch a true crime documentary and this show is our favourite so far.

In each episode, a cop is telling the story of the worst crime he had to solve, while the case is being reconstructed in an event dramatisation.

The first reason why Real Detective is so good is because the stories themselves are very interesting to follow. The suspense is very well built, from the introduction to the conclusion, you wanna know who’s responsible for the murders.

The other reason is that, thanks to a huge budget, many of the episodes star actors who, if not famous, are excellent character actors that we’ve seen many times in many films and TV shows: Michael Madsen, Mia Kirshner, etc.

This makes Real Detective perhaps the most moving and interesting of any true crime documentaries shows on television nowadays.

Pet Battle World Quests: Shadowlands

Since we’re trying to complete each day all the Pet Battle World Quests that award Polished Pet Charms, I have created a page with all the pet battle strategies that Soforah and I use in Shadowlands. They are not always the most optimal strategies, but they work even with a rooster of not-so-rare pets. So far, all the battles from Shadowlands are covered and I’ll soon add the strategies for BFA. That page is accessible via the “Links” menu located in the brand new top bar of the blog (ooh, shiny).

AHS: Hotel

We’ve seen the last episode of American Story Hotel and it was amazing!

Lady Gaga was absolutely stunning as was the rest of the cast, but it’s Denis O’Hare that left us speechless. Liz Taylor is probably the most amazing character I’ve ever seen in any TV show.

As usual for AHS, the show is extremely eye candy, from the setting to the actors, it’s a real treat. Some scenes are incredibly powerful, like when vampires Lady Gaga (as The Countess) and Matt Bomer go on the hunt for victims on the song Tear You Apart (performed by She Wants Revenge).

AHS’s Hotel Cortez is widely inspired by the real Hotel Cecil. This is made clear from the fact that both the real and fictional hotel are based in Los Angeles to a specific episode named Devil’s Night, which features Richard Ramirez, a serial killer who stayed at the Cecil Hotel during his murder spree in the mid 1980s.

Much like the Cecil Hotel, AHS’s Hotel Cortez was the scene of countless deaths, including murders, suicides and accidental overdoses. While the Cecil wasn’t home to a murderous hotel owner ghost and a vampire Countess played by Lady Gaga, a lot of the deaths in Hotel reflected many of the real life deaths at the Cecil.

I wish that I could write a post that would reflect how much we’ve enjoyed each Friday evening spent watching this show… It was amazing in so many ways. Hotel is officially our second favourite AHS season, right after 1984 (which also features Richard Ramirez btw).

The Mortuary Collection (2019)

An eccentric mortician recounts several macabre and phantasmagorical tales that he’s encountered in his distinguished career. (Source: IMDB)

There are 2 things that I really enjoyed in The Mortuary Collection: the voice of Clancy Brown and the aesthetics of the movie.

Unfortunately, the stories told by the mortician were too unsurprising. With such a setting, it could have been much better, if only the tales wouldn’t have such a feeling of deja-vu.

Spontaneous (2020)

Imagine this: you’re sitting in a classroom, falling asleep on the monotonous tone of your teacher’s voice when the girl in front of you suddenly explodes, for absolutely no reason. Later, another kid from school follows the same fate, then another and you might be next.

There’s something incredibly creepy in waiting for a death that may or may not come, in an hour or in a day. Ineluctability is one of human’s greatest fear. When each moment might be the last, everything has to happen now, especially love.

We were afraid to watch a modern teen romantic comedy. Fortunately, the movie didn’t become over corny, probably thanks to the excellent performance of Katherine Langford (13 reasons why) who’s mostly portraying very unlucky teens. I wish that she’d never age, so she could save many more teen movies.

Vacancy (2007)

Illustration by Ruth Gwily.

A married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They soon realise that unless they escape, they’ll be the next victims of a snuff film. (Source: IMDB)

Another underrated gem, perfect for a Saturday evening. The tension is built through the first 20 minutes of the movie and it doesn’t let go until its conclusion. The casting is great. As usual, Kate Beckinsale is fantastic and Frank Whaley plays a really good freak.

The advertising strategy for the film made use of a toll-free phone number. The number was made to sound as if one is actually calling the Pinewood Motel. In the background, screaming can be heard accompanying the voice of the proprietor, who informs callers about “slashing” prices and the “killer” deals that the motel has, if it has a vacancy. (Source: IMDB)

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