Sunday, October 28, 2018

Virtual Tourist - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 10/28/18

Morning, all!

Mini Movie Review

Hunter Killer

Hunter Killer - a sub movie! Woot! Hubby has been chomping at the bit to see this one. :) The film has all the submarine movie tropes and then some. Some of the big pieces on the plot don't quite fit or point you in directions never followed up on, but ignoring those, you're in for a fun ride. Multiple groups are involved in the mission, so you get action from several directions and by various groups. Rating: 3.25 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

Virtual Tourist

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - subway trakcs

No subways are running from the station, so Jensen has to make his way over on foot.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - newspaper

The electronic newspaper in the game. Headlines and stories will change as the game progresses. Nice way to give players more info. 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - main suspect

Look at the awesome wrap around screen! Sweet! 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - cabal

Close up picture of the augmented troublemaker following the orders from the cabal. :P 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - chandelier

That is one cool chandelier!
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - cool room

The rest of the place is nice, too! This one gives a better view of the room. 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - underground

A meeting underground

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Culinary delights - grilled mouse on a stick.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Aerial view of the city of London!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

The DNA strand buildings are too darn cool! 

That's it for this week. Hope you have a marvelous day!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Virtual Tourist - Witcher 3 10/21/18

Morning!

Weird week. All the rain and cold were trying super hard to make me sick. I muddled through - yay! But somehow though we thought we had Fan Days this weekend, we did not actually have a booth. Boo! But it's given me time to fight against catching a cold. Yay! But I didn't get much done this weekend. Boo! Lol.

Mini Movie Reviews

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians - this film has been out a while, but it's still going strong. The preview clips I'd seen were awful, but hubby had read good things about it, so we took a chance. Glad we did. Most of the film is in English with a dabbling of subtitles here and there. It's a love story as well as a clash of old vs. new, familial responsibilities vs. self, rich vs. poor, and other clashes. All the little details and side characters made the film adorable and quite funny. There are a lot of lovely views of Singapore as well! The film was a lot of fun. Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

Witcher 3 - White Orchard


Look at that gorgeous sky! Lots of beautiful scenery abounds!

Witcher 3 - White Orchard

As you can see in the picture, the flora is super detailed. Lovely! 

Witcher 3 - White Orchard

Gorgeous! I could look at the clouds all day. Lol 

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - horses

I took this one because of the free-roaming horses! The game also has deer, rabbits, and other fauna running around.

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - Griffin

My first main Witcher contract. Hunt down and get rid of a Griffin running rampant through the countryside. Not an easy task!

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - Griffin

An actual sacrificial lamb. 

Witcher 3 - White Orchard

Geralt has been looking for his girlfriend Yennerfer, but she finds him instead. 

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - Yennefer

Yennefer - Geralt's girlfriend before he lost his memory in the original game. 

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - Yennefer and Geralt

Yennefer has convinced Geralt to go with her. His foster daughter Ciri has been seen and is in danger from the Wild Hunt. (I love the look she's giving him! Hee!)

Witcher 3 - royalty and Geralt cleaned up

Geralt after a mandatory bath and shave. (Hilarious situation, really.) Emhyr var Emreis, the ruler of Nilfgaard sits in the back. He wants his daughter Ciri found. His reasons are not quite the same as Geralt's.

Stay dry! Stay healthy! Have fun!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Virtual Tourist - Witcher 3 10/14/18

Morning!
Between quarter end at work and all the rain, I have no brain cells to rub together. Wheee!

Mini Movie Reviews

Venom

Venom - the film is a bit slow as they set up the pieces, but once Venom connects with Eddie Brock, the wild and fun ride begins. Full of snark and adorable bits, it plays down on the horrific elements of what Carlton Drake and the symbiotes have done and are trying to do. Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)


Virtual Tourist - Witcher 3

Witcher 3 - view from a dream

Still, inside a dream, this is the view from Yennefer's apartment.

Witcher 3 - Kaer Mohren in the dream

A view of Kaer Mohren in the dream.

Witcher 3 - Arrival of the Wild Hunt

The dream turns into a nightmare. The Wild Hunt is here, breaking the dimensional barrier to come into our realm.

Witcher 3 - Geralt wakes from the nightmare

Geralt wakes from his nightmare to frustrating reality. He's been trying to chase down Yennefer for over six months now that his memories have returned.

Witcher 3 - dawn on the first day of the game

Look at that gorgeous sky!!!!!!

Witcher 3 - tavern

Loved the little details in the first tavern we visit. Beautiful colored flowers painted in the walls. A bit of color to push away the dreary existence in the middle of a war-torn area.

Wichter 3 - tavern

More of the tavern and a view of my mentor.

Witcher 3 - Nilfgaard  outpost in White Orchard

Nilfgaard outpost in White Orchard. The conquering side. Locals are not thrilled at their presence. 


Witcher 3 - Nilfgaardian captain

Captain at the Nilfgaardian outpost. He's trying hard to be patient with the locals, but that patience is being tested.

Witcher 3 - a new day

A new day? Could be the end of one as well. Lol. I can't remember. But a lovely view either way!

Obligatory Promotion Section!

If you've not seen it yet, please take a look at the first book trailer for Alien Redemption!



If you like what you see, please consider"liking" the video. Sharing it would be even better! I need to start getting the word out, despite the book release being months away. Promotion is the hardest part of being an author. So any help would be much welcomed! Thank you!

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Virtual Tourist - Witcher 3 9/30/18

Morning, all!
Let's do this!

Mini Movie Reviews

Smallfoot

Smallfoot - an unexpectedly deep film. They tackle some tough subjects. The animation was great. There are loads of cute and amusing moments. Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby's rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)



The House With A Clock in its Walls

The House with a Clock in its Walls - The film has some great special effects. The story is told from Lewis' point of view, (the boy) so there is a lot we see coming that he doesn't. In that respect, it made the movie somewhat predictable. Still, it was a nice bit of fun. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)


Virtual Tourist - Witcher 3

Hubby had Witcher 2 and 3 from sometime back. I tried doing Witcher 2 but the dizzying factor was too high, and no means to tone it down in the options. I moved on to Witcher 3, and have had little problems in that respect. YAY!

Witcher 3 - The Beginning 

The beginning sequence is done in a 3D coming book style. Worked very well! Dark times are upon the land as old evil has come through the veil.

Witcher 3 - beginnings

They mention the origin of Witchers. Children mutated through magic to make a breed more suited to fight against ghosts and monsters.

Withcer 3 - The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt has come through the veil. The land is in the midst of war, so the Wild Hunt is roaming the countryside for their nefarious purposes unchecked.

Witcher 3 - Start Screen

Start screen for the game. Hubby bought a season pass with the game when he brought it, so it shows two add-ons at the bottom there. The image moves. Also, whenever you hit escape to save a game or pause it, it keeps a picture of where you are at the time. I thought that was a nice touch!

Witcher 3 - Geralt

This is Geralt - he's the Witcher who is the focus of the games. 

Witcher 3 - war

War is everywhere. Things that have happened in the previous games have led to the current bad situation.

Witcher 3 - Yenefer

Geralt's lover Yennefer. This is a dream he's having while searching for her. He'd lost his memories at the end of the original Witcher game and had forgotten all about her. Some mild nudity shows up here and there.

Witcher 3 - Yennefer

Yennefer - she is a sorceress. Geralt and his teacher have been looking for her for the last six months.

Witcher 3 - room

Lots of lovely details! You can also see the minimap and active quest on the right.

Let the games begin!

Hope you have an awesome week!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Alien Redemption - Coming in 2019 - Book Trailer

Greetings, all!

I decided to get an early start on promoting my SF novel Alien Redemption. The current publications date is set for sometime in 2019. The book will be published by Zumaya Publications through their Otherworlds Imprint.

So to get you excited about the project, I've created a "Coming in 2019" book trailer!

Enjoy!



Let me know how you like it!

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Mind Sieve on a Sunday!

Morning, ya'll!

I figured I'd go for something a little different this week. Give life some variety and what not. :) So this week is:

Mind Sieve on a Sunday!

Mini Movie Review

KIN

KIN - This is a family drama with super cool effects and science fiction elements. Eli's adopted mom has died. He and his father are trying to cope. Then his brother Jimmy is released from jail. He's been gone six years. To compound the problem, we find Jimmy owes a lot of money for protection in prison. Eli, who's been stripping wire from old buildings, comes across a bloodbath in one of them. He also finds a strange weapon.

Matters escalate quickly on multiple fronts, and it's just a question of when the train wreck will happen.

Gorgeous cinematography, great effects, great acting, and mystery bits leading us towards the finale. It's about family, belonging, getting past the things that pull you down. Definitely open for a sequel! Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

Bag Man - Sci-Fi Short Film - This 10+ minute short film is what the movie KIN is based on. Several elements made it from here to the movie. (The owl!) A little abrupt and with 0 explanations, but it was fun seeing the correlations.



Cool new song (to me!) I thought I'd share. Would be a lovely fit with the boys from Supernatural. :)

No Roots by Alice Merton. Super catchy!



Prepare to be Disturbed!!!!  Guardians Inferno from Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2. (Most of the cast is in this! You just might not recognize them! lol!) Talk about an 80's flashback. lol.




2Cellos - Thunderstruck - love the set up for this one. These guys rock!





Okay, got to go. Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Virtual Tourist - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 8/26/18

Morning all!

Mini Movie Reviews

Alpha

Alpha - There is a lot of gorgeous cinematography in this film. They start out us out with the crisis point then go back a week earlier. It's a gimmick they could have left out and made a better film due to it. It was nice to see some of the culture of the tribe, though the whole beating of the kids was not explained and didn't make much sense, especially the night before a long excursion. Several instances of anachronism, which were odd. Several cases where the boy had a chance to make things better for himself and didn't. (Hunter tent, sabertooth tiger pelt.) Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

Continuing the dog theme...

A-X-L

A-X-L - Adorable premise, blossoming AI escapes and gets adopted by a boy after getting bested by him. (Alpha dominance also showed in Alpha.) But a lot of problems with doing things for convenience and plot manipulation. Example: We see AXL use intelligence in evading pursuers and not being found, yet later he doesn't move back even though we see in his sensors he is aware of the weapon the person is pointing and the pool for gasoline at his feet. He claws things, but we never see the claws. Lots of little things that added up to take away from the film. Rating: 3 out of 5 Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission.

One funny thing was that in A-X-L they show pics of man and dog over the years and of course had one for ancient man and dog. Tying it back to Alpha. Heh heh. Oh, and today is National Dog Day! So you have doggie movies you can see to celebrate. :)

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - GARM

Left for dead, Jensen has made his way inside the GARM facility where the trap was spring. 


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Inside GARM 

View of the inside of GARM.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - GARM bridge 

Moving from building 1 to building 2 of the GARm facility. It looks so cold out there!


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Waterfalls at GARM 

There be waterfalls at GARM. Used for power generation?

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Slowly working my way to possible escape from this place.


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Helipad view

View of GARM from the helipad.


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - GARM from a distance

View of the whole compound as I make my escape. Impressive looking, no?


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Good to be back.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Crime waits for no one. 

 On the book trailer news - I've picked three possibles for the music for the trailer. As I've done in the past, I look to Kevin MacLeod for excellent royalty free tracks. Will I use Black Vortex, Phantom from Space, or Voltaic? Too soon to tell. :P
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