Wednesday, September 7, 2016

PokémonGoing Crazy


When this awesome teaser came out last year, I couldn't wait for Pokémon Go to be released. The anime used to dominate my middle-school years and I remember pouring hundreds of hours into Pokémon Red and Pokémon Gold, playing both so much that I eventually wore out their cartridges.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition


Earlier this summer I checked out the Harry Potter exhibition in Brussels. As a devoted Potterhead I simply couldn't miss it!

Monday, September 5, 2016

"When spares are spared, when time is turned, when unseen children murder their fathers: then will the Dark Lord return"


I'm a Potterhead, always have been, always will. That's why I was over the moon when Sarah brought home Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2016) for me to read. The book is in fact the rehearsal script of the same-titled two-part West End stage play, set nineteen years af the events of Harry Pottery and the Deathly Hallows. The story follows Harry Potter and his younger son Albus Severus Potter.

"Maybe it was a mistake so big that my family would be paying for it forever"


I just finished reading When I Was The Greatest (2014) by Jason Reynolds. I had it laying around since Christmas (thanks Katrien!), but I only recently found the time to dive in. The book came to me via BuzzFeed's 21 Books Everyone Needs To Read Before They Die listicle. Also on that list are Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and J.K. Rowling's entire Harry Potter series.

Friday, September 2, 2016

12 Years A Slave


And so two years later, I deliver

Independence Day: Resurgence


I recently checked out Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), the sequel to  Roland Emmerich's Independence Day (1996) starring the then up-and-coming Will Smith. His cigar-smoking, alien-killing alter ego made me fall in love with the original, so naturally I was very excited for a follow-up to one of my childhood classics. No Will Smith in Independence Day: Resurgence, though: it was made clear early on via the movie's promotional website that Smith's character would not be returning.

Suicide Squad


A while ago I checked out Suicide Squad (2016) with the Captain America to my Ant-Man, the Ricky Bobby to my Cal Naughton Jr., the Chazz Michael Michaels to my Jimmy MacElroy, aka my former bro-worker Philippe. I had heard some not-so-positive reviews, but the teasers looked awesome, my celebrity crush Cara Delevingne is in it, and I was very curious about Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and Jared Leto's Joker. So much has been written about the latter's dedication to the role that I couldn't help but wonder if his performance would compare to Heath Ledger's.

Monday, July 25, 2016

"Only at the edge of chaos can complex systems flourish"

The Lost World book

I just finished re-reading Michael Crichton's The Lost World (1995), which is apparently becoming something of a yearly tradition. Inspired my role as a content and social media writer at Jurassic Cast and of course 2018's impending release of Jurassic World 2 Ancient Futures, I'm going through anything and everything Jurassic Park possible. As you may or may not know, after Jurassic Park brought dinosaurs back to life in 1993, director Steven Spielberg urged Crichton to pen a sequel, which he ultimately did within two years. As soon as the book was published, Spielberg started making The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The sequel was released in 1997. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave by J Blakeson

Earlier this month I watched The 5th Wave (2016) by Pitch Perfect director J. Blakeson. My sister Margot had been raving about the book for the longest time AND angel-faced Kick-Ass actress Chloë Grace Moretz is in it, so of course I couldn't wait to check it out. Admittedly though, after The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner, dystopian YA movies are starting to do less and less for me, so all I was hoping for was an original plot, a good story and some decent acting.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Deadpool

Deadpool

I only recently watched Deadpool (2016) by debut director Tim Miller, a former visual effects artist. It's amazing it took me how long as it did, because everyone who had seen it recommended it to me, citing the movie's weird scenes and wacky humor. Deadpool is the eight installment of the X-Men series and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller and Gina Carano, among others.

X-Men: Apocalpyse

X-Men: Apocalypse

I recently checked out X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) with former bro-workers Philippe, Jeroen, Yannick, René, Mark and Pascal, making for a wonderful little reunion and a great chance for some serious fangirling over celebrity crushes Katniss Jennifer Lawrence and Sansa Sophie Turner. Admittedly, I'm not big X-Men connaisseur, so I went in basically with very limited knowledge of the X-Men universe. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

"I am reaching through time to touch you"

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

I just finished reading A Tale for the Time Being (2013) by American-Canadian writer and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki. The book came to me via BuzzFeed's 53 Books That Will Definitely Make You Cry listicle, with Gwen Moriarty's short description of it immediately piquing my interest. The list also contains The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Book Thief, This Is How You Lose Her, We The Animals, Eleanor & Park, Of Mice And Men, and The Fault in Our Stars, which I all thoroughly enjoyed. I couldn't wait to get started!

Friday, May 27, 2016

2015-2016 NBA All-Blue Collar Team

NBA blue collar players
Hard work pays off.

The NBA is a league of stars. Without the mesmerizing skills of Stephen Curry, the all-world talent of LeBron James or the alien athleticism of Russell Westbrook, it wouldn't be half as fun to watch teams go at it. Star players make highlight plays. They are selected All-Stars. They rake in the big cash and are marketed globally.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Sound of Europe

The Sound of Europe

Year after year the world celebrates Eurovision, the week-long, bigger-than-life TV song competition. This year's edition in Sweden already marked the 60th time the contest took place. To celebrate the occasion, Swedish mobile provider Tele2 teamed up with digital agency Emakina to develop 'The Sound of Europe', the first-ever crowdsourced song. Download the app to add your voice to the biggest online choir ever! The online karaoke tool allows users to seamlessly add their vocals to the original song by Swedish producer Pontus Winnberg.

2015 Offseason winners: revisited

"It's on us now"
After tonight's Game 7 between the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat, we will know who has to take on LBJ's Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. In the Western Conference, MVP Stephen Curry and his Warriors will face off against Kevin Durant's Thunder. Soon we will know which teams will be battling it out in the NBA Finals

The Revenant

The Revenant

A while ago I checked out The Revenant (2015) with my better half Cuteness Everdeen Sarah. We both love Leo and the blockbusters he churns out in rapid succession, which is why we couldn't miss out on the movie that finally earned him an Oscar. The epic historical survival Western was directed, co-produced and co-written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, best known for 21 Grams with Sean Penn (2005), Biutiful with Javier Bardem (2010) and Birdman with Michael Keaton (2014). The Revenant is based on Michael Punke's book of the same name.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

On Thursday me and some former bro-workers checked out Captain America: Civil War (2016) by director brothers Anthony and Joe Russo. It is the sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the first movie of Phase Three, and the thirteenth movie overall of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Civil Wars introduces, among others, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther, scheduled to appear in solo movies in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Phase Three will come to an epic conclusion with the second part of Avengers: Infinity War in 2019.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

#MoreThanMean


Waddle & Silvy Show regular Sarah Spain has been one of my fave sports personalities  for the longest time. When I saw a still of her on Pro Sports Daily's Redzone Headlines, I couldn't way to find out what she was up to now.

"What exactly did happen that night on the cliff edge?"

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

I just finished reading The Shock of the Fall (2013), the debut novel of British writer Nathan Filer. It was one of the UK's best selling titles of 2014 and fell into my lap by way of Tumblr, with a good recommendation by my talented sister Margot sealing the deal. Filer was born in Bristol in 1980 and holds a degree in Mental Health Nursing. He worked in mental health research at the University of Bristol before turning to his pen to advocate about mental illness, mental health nursing and government cuts in mental health services. The Shock of the Fall has been translated into 30 languages.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

2015-2016 NBA Awards Picks

2015-2016 NBA Awards

With another season in the books and the Playoffs fast underway, it is time for NBA writers all around the world to unveil their ballots. I was 6-for-6 last year so the pressure is most definitely on!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Zack Snyder - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

On Thursday I checked out Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) with my broworker Philippe. I'm more of a Marvel fan myself, preferring their superhero flicks over any DC Comics vehicle, save for Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, but I have to admit that the BvS trailer looked quite promising.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

IVERSON

Iverson documentary

With Allen Iverson now officially voted into the Hall of Fame, I thought it only right to check out the IVERSON documentary when I stumbled upon it in Netflix. The cornrowed and tatted guard, who single-handedly dragged an undermanned 76ers team to the Finals in 2001, is one of the greatest players listed at 6 feet or under, and perhaps one of the most popular athletes we've ever seen. Sure, he was a controversial character and an easy target for criticism for his ball-hogging ways, but Iverson was, above all, a warrior who deeply loved the game of basketball. Through 2007-2008, he was one of the NBA's premier scorers, but bad fits (Detroit, Memphis), his daughter's health and calf surgery made for an unflashy last hurrah over his last few years. 

Another one!


Another year to the resume.

Monday, March 28, 2016

"When someone is in your heart, they're never truly gone"

For One More Day by Mitch Albom

I just used Easter Monday morning to finish reading For One More Day (2006) by Tuesdays With Morrie author Mitch Albom. The book was featured on Buzzfeed's 51 Books That Prove Reading Can Change Your Life listicle, immediately piquing my interest with its premise. What would it be like if you could hang out with a deceased loved one for one more day? We all yearn for a chance to make good with lost relatives, to explain family secrets, and to seek forgiveness.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

"I'm not normal"

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

This week I finished reading The Girl On The Train (2015) by British autor Paula Hawkins, who tried romantic comedy fiction before trying some darker stuff. She wrote the book over the course of six months, achieving almost instant commercial breakthrough by debuting at No. 1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list, remaining in the top position for 13 consecutive weeks. I found the book via Tumblr and I was immediately drawn to the title and the cover. The movie rights to The Girl On The Train were acquired by DreamWorks Pictures in 2014. The movie is slated for an October release and will star Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson.

"Did you think this book was funny? Why or why not?"

B.J. Novak - One More Thing

I recently read One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (2014) by American actor, comedian, screenwriter and director B.J. Novak. You probably know him as Ryan 'The Temp' Howard from The Office or Smithson 'The Litte Man' Utivic from Inglorious Basterds. Talk about range. I stumbled upon his book via Buzzfeed's 35 Hilarious Books Guaranteed To Make You Laugh Out Loud listicle, in the wonderful company The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Tina Fey's Bossypants and Catch-22, which I all enjoyed, so naturally I had to read it. How else would I find out what happened to the boy who wins a $100,000 prize in a cereal box?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Fuller House

Fuller House

On Friday I watched Fuller House, the Netflix sequel to landmark sitcom Full House, which ran from 1987 through 1995, broadcasting eight seasons and 192 episodes.

We want (Mackle)more! We want (Mackle)more!

Macklemore Sportpaleis

I love me some Macklemore.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Suit up

Suits
"You wanna lose small, I wanna win big"
I never thought that I would become a binge-junkie, but here we are.

"I offer this work as a mere introduction to the wealth of fantastic beasts that inhabit our world"

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

For my birthday my sister Margot gave me J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them (2001). The perfect gift for a Potterhead like myself! The book is credited under the name 'Newt Scamander' and purports to be Harry's textbook of the same name mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The book benefits Comic Relief, with over 80% of the cover price of each book going to poor children in various places around the world. A couple of years ago, Rowling announced that there will be a movie trilogy inspired by the book, featuring Scamander as the main character, set in a world 70 years before Harry's story starts.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Inside Out

Inside Out

Last night I at long last watched Inside Out (2015). My brother Marlon is crazy about the movie and had been wanting me to watch it for months, and yesterday he finally won out. 

"I'm too fast. I'm too good and I'm too cool and you can't stop me"

Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini

I just finished reading Be More Chill (2004) by American author Ned Vizzini. I first stumbled upon Vizzini's writing via It's Kind of a Funny Story, which I read last year and enjoyed very much, so I didn't think twice about getting Be More Chill when it crossed my path a little while ago. 
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