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Week in Review – January 22, 2017

Another slow week in some respects, but I felt pretty busy. It was back to school for my daughter, and she’s started doing something: reading! She’s now learning to read words, rather than just letters. And she’s learning quickly. I’m impressed. I can’t wait until she can read a book all by herself. So, what else happened?

Reading

I finally started reading Animal Farm by George Orwell, and I was able to finish 47% of it in one day. I think I’ll finish it this week easily. With two books finished this year, I’ll be ahead of my monthly goal by one.

Writing

Although not writing, I’ve been preparing to work on some world building.

Videos

I only uploaded three videos on my main channel, but I’ve returned to my normal video-making pace this weekend. I’ve also announced that I’ll be working on world building videos. I’m still trying to figure out the new video editor.

Patreon

Nothing. Major revamp coming very soon!

Languages

Nothing, but feeling motivated to work on Japanese, French, and Norwegian. Yes, Norwegian.

The Blog

Nothing special in the past week, but continuing with once a day posting. I’m also keeping a very close eye on my stats. You see, I’m approaching a huge milestone. I may achieve it before the end of the month. However, when I resumed twice a day posting, my stats returned to what they were before. Back to once a day, and it’s slowed down again. It’s all about the number of posts, it seems. But also how much I use social media and comment on other blogs. Must get back to work on that!

Studying

Nothing.

The Next Week’s Goals

Catch up on social media for both videos and the blog. Keep up to date on comments, and comment on other blogs. I need to do that all again. Also, I intend on doing a Star Trek Project post, as well as the Argentina book post. And more!

How was your week?

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Passenger of One! The Jay Dee Show 16

The video holiday continued this week. But returning to normal next week! On my main channel, I posted a whopping one video. My vlog/science channel has had nothing yet. However, I did post a video there the previous week that I neglected to post here!

First up, on my main channel, I did a review of the movie Passengers. Take a look.

And then moving on to my vlog/science channel, I did a video about the channel becoming a science channel.

Well, there you have it. Not many videos, so pretty easy for you to watch both. I’m doing a lot of work on figuring out the new video editor, and I hope to have some videos using it soon. However, any simpler videos will be edited by Windows Movie Maker until I’m doing well with the new editor.

What did you think of the videos?

Week in Review – January 15, 2017

The past week was the complete opposite of the previous two weeks. I wasn’t that busy. A week off work and I spent a lot of time doing things with my daughter and not so much with videos or my blog. Basically, I took a holiday. But I did some things.

Reading

No work meant no commute to work, which meant I didn’t read. Actually, I did read, but they were books for my daughter. However, I didn’t start Animal Farm. I will be reading it tomorrow, though!

Writing

Like I said, I took a holiday. But after watching two movies and an anime series, I feel very motivated.

Videos

A whopping two videos on my main channel! And they were both reviews, one of a movie, the other of an anime series. Returning to normal this week, including a couple of channel trailers. That’s right, getting to work on my science channel. I still don’t have a name, though!

Patreon

Nothing. Major revamp coming very soon!

Languages

Again, nothing.

The Blog

It was a slow week again, but that’s because I took the week off. I didn’t miss a day, though. I got a movie review done, as well as the usual Authors Answer. I haven’t missed that in the 115 weeks we’ve done it.

Studying

Nothing.

The Next Week’s Goals

First of all, two channel trailers, one for my main channel, the other for my science channel. I’ll also have another movie review, since we saw Passengers today. I have some things to catch up on for the blog, including a Star Trek episode review and books from Argentina. And book reviews!

How was your week?

I’m a Rogue One! The Jay Dee Show 15

I took a bit of a holiday from videos this week. I still posted three, though. And they featured some reviews! However, they weren’t of books.

My main channel has been on vacation, and so has my vlog/science channel. Next week, I’ll be doing some channel trailers, though. Take a look at the videos for my main channel!

First up, I talked about the YouTube subscriber glitch. It’s a serious problem that has affected my channel, but it seems when I don’t upload, my subscriber count increases steadily. No drops, unless I upload.

Up next is my first movie review. It’s of the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One.

And then I did a review of an anime. I haven’t watched any for such a long time, so this is my return to watching anime occasionally. The review is for Attack on Titan.

Look forward to some big updates in the next week. My regular videos plus some channel trailers!

Which video did you like the most? Let me know!

Movie Review – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

My sister and I went to a VIP theatre to watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It was in 3D. We had our food and drinks delivered to us at our seats. Very nice. But how was the movie? Here’s one of the official trailers to start us off.

Visuals

Since this is a science fiction/science fantasy movie, you’d expect good special effects and visuals. I wasn’t disappointed. It looked great! Even in 3D, it was well done. I was very satisfied with the 3D aspect of it, no visual problems at all. The ships looked very good. Much like the original movies. All the X-Wings, Tie Fighters, and Imperial Destroyers were very nicely done.

The planets were very good. I especially liked the tropical world filmed in the Maldives. It was the first time I’ve seen a world looking like that in Star Wars.

The CG for non-human characters were good, and a step up from the original movies’ puppets, which were a bit jerky-looking at times. But these were done well. The CG for the human characters (Tarkin and Leia) were quite good, but almost too perfect. So perfect that they didn’t look entirely real.

Overall, I’d give visuals a 5/5.

Characters and Acting

I found that the acting was fairly good. Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso was good. Diego Luna as Cassian Andor came across as arrogant, which I think is what they were looking for. I really liked Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe. He was my favourite human character. I also really liked Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus. He really grew on me as the movie went on. Riz Ahmed as the pilot was fairly good, though not my favourite character. Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera was okay. He wasn’t in the movie as much as I thought he would, but I wasn’t blown away by him. But I think the one that really stole the show as Alan Tudyk as K-2SO. The droid was the best. Very funny and a great character. Of course, Peter Cushing couldn’t reprise his role as Grand Moff Tarkin, as he passed away more than twenty years ago. However, he was as I expected in his CGness (that’s not a word). And James Earl Jones is back again as the voice of Darth Vader. Great job, as always.

Overall, 4/5.

Story

I came into this with an expectation of being treated to a movie which would bring me back to the original Star Wars trilogy. It was set just before A New Hope, and what we get is a story where a group of rebels try to steal the plans of the Death Star. That’s the entire premise of the movie, and it’s an incredibly important event that leads to Episode IV. I found that the story was a series of life or death situations that they had to get through to finally reach their goal. It’s difficult to talk about the story without giving anything away, but you have to expect some deaths. It’s not a story where you expect everyone to come out alive. Sounds depressing, doesn’t it? However, it’s a story that provides hope. Everyone has a positive attitude about what they’re doing, and they charge ahead regardless of their possible deaths.

One thing I was hoping to feel was a goosebumps feeling or two. I didn’t get any feelings like that at all. Nostalgia? A little. It was nice seeing brief cameos of beloved Star Wars characters. But it wasn’t amazing. It was very good. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t amazing.

Overall, I’d give the story a 4/5.

Overall

Excellent visuals, good acting, good story. It wasn’t entirely what I expected, but I did gain a couple favourite characters (Chirrut Imwe and K-2SO). I do highly recommend this movie, though. It’s certainly better than the prequel trilogy. It was fresh, though a bit grittier.

In the end, I give it 4/5.

Watch my review on my YouTube channel:

How about you?

What did you think of Rogue One? Let me know in the comments section below.

Welcome, Wonder Woman Trailer

It’s out. The second Wonder Woman trailer. It seems they’ve been able to make some pretty good trailers for the DC universe movies.  Batman v Superman had some really good trailers, but the movie turned out to be not so great. What’s going to happen with Wonder Woman? Watch this:

My initial reaction: Wow. I want to see this movie! A lot of it looks beautifully done. Some of it looks grand. It would look great on the big screen.

There have been so many superhero movies and TV series in recent years. I haven’t seen many of them. That makes me want to watch as many of them as I can.

What did you think of the trailer? And which superhero movies and TV series do you recommend? Let me know in the comments section below.

Passengers Official Trailer

It’s not often that a science fiction movie is completely unknown to me when the trailer is released. Usually, I know about it long before then. But this one happened. It’s Passenger, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. I didn’t even know it was science fiction when I saw the title. But then I saw the trailer. That looks very interesting! Have you heard of it? Take a look:

The trailer ends with a big question. What the hell is going on? This is a trailer that has me so intrigued, I feel like I need to see the movie. I want to find out what happens. What is this mystery?

What did you think of the trailer? Do you want to see it? Let me know in the comments below.