A Problematic Scheduling Conundrum

To Do ListUh Oh.  Huston, we have a problem.  Ok, I may be over exaggerating on this and I do admit that in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t really a problem, but lets put aside the real issues in our current world and escape into a parallel world for a few minutes, shall we?

I am at a cross-roads, of sorts, when it comes to my “free time” and how best to spend it.  To clarify, its not whether I should do, say, yard work vs. gaming.  No no, my issue is much deeper than that:

I have too many options and not enough time.

This may seem like a nerd’s dream but alas, its a nightmare of epic proportions!  My free time consists of about 2-2.5 hours on weeknights, after my kids are asleep.  Starting this week, two of those nights are down to about 1-1.5 hours as the kids have soccer.  So my time is limited.  My problem is, I have a bunch of TV shows, Movies, Comics and Games that I want to delve into and how do I do that with my aforementioned limited time? Lets face it, its not really feasible to break up a 2-hour chunk of time to do two of those things.  Now, I could watch two different shows (if they’re an hour each), but what if I want to watch the following episode of the first show?

Currently, I have immersed my self with my PS4 and playing Doom and GTA5.  Both of these are new games to me and I have only gotten about 25% of the way through Doom and played 0.98% of GTA5.  On top of that, I want to watch the 2nd half of The Getdown (just read the show was cancelled by Netlfix today), the 2nd season of Master of None, the new seasons of House of Cards and Bloodline, the last 8 episodes of this seasons Arrow, the…you know what?  Forget it.  Lets just agree that there are too many shows.

Oh wait, one more…I want to re-watch all the Game of Thrones seasons before season 7 drops in July.  I may have to end up settling for season 6, I don’t know.  Speaking of GoT, did you catch that amazing new trailer for season 7?  Fuck, I cannot wait for this season.

WWOk, so we’ve established that I have more television shows/episodes to watch than there are days this year.  Lets not forget the movies that I want to watch, including those that are in theatres or coming soon (I’m looking at you, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man).

And finally…my comics.  I have been reading a lot of comic books lately and I cannot get enough of these amazing, wonderful stories. If you haven’t, pick up the mini-series The Vision and Identity Crisis. Both of these are phenomenal.  On top of that are the weekly issues I read….Vision Tab

Ugh.  Its all too much, isn’t it? And its such a stupid fucking thing to complain about but I figure I cant be the only one who is having this….this scheduling problem. I want to do it all but I cant!  I just don’t have the time and I don’t want to sacrifice anything.

What I imagine will happen is, time will get the best of me.  The summer months are coming and with it are the later evenings spent chatting with the neighbours, drinking by the pool and some of these activities will be relegated to being “fall and winter activities”.  It’ll likely end up being the TV shows, to be honest.  Sure, I wont be able to game as much.  I will try to make time to watch a movie here and there at home and I will always make the time to go to the theatre to see the big movies.

Regardless, that’s where I currently stand.  Tonight I will have 2-2.5 hours of “free time” and I have to make a decision on how best to spend that time.  And I really have no idea what to choose.  This is truly a problematic scheduling conundrum.

 

Suicide Squad. What’s It Worth? 

img_6612This movie is an example of when the marketing for a movie is far better than the actual product. The lead up to Suicide Squad was unreal. I couldn’t wait to see it. The trailers made it look so damn awesome.
And then the movie hit in August (2016) and…it was ok. I mean, it wasn’t a big pile of shit. But it wasn’t the awesome spectacle that the trailers made it out to be.

I’ve stared it before, I’m a DC comics fan. I want these movies to work. I want them to be awesome and fun and looked at with the same love as Marvel movies are. But so far, DC movies are a distant second to Marvel.

Suicide Squad was released in December on home video/digital download. The price for the Blu Ray/DVD combo (extended cut) was $30 Canadian and then settled down to about $25 CAD. That’s way too much for Suicide Squad. Sorry, but that’s the truth. As a DC fan, I want to own this movie but not for $25.

Imagine my surprise when I was shopping at Costco (Canada) on Saturday and found it, on sale, for $14.97. Now this?  This is a price I can get behind. And I know some people would disagree and say that $15 is too high a price for Suicide Squad. But I plunked down the $15 gladly and look forward to watching it again.

Of course, part of me is nervous it’s gonna be worse than I remember.

Sigh.

I’m a Movie Junkie. It’s True.

I love Netflix.  I am a movie junkie.  When I was younger I used to work for Rogers Video (to those not in Canada, it was the competitor to Blockbuster) because I just loved watching movies and would re-watch a number of them over and over.   With Netflix, that ability to re-watch movies repeatedly would, in theory, be easy.  But the problem is there are so many good shows and movies on Netlflix, you just want to move onto the next episode or movie.

But lately I have this craving to ignore the movies on Netflix that I haven’t seen yet and re-watch a few in my collection.  My wife doesn’t understand this.  I tried to get her to watch John Wick last weekend.  She refused but did ask how many times I’d seen it.  Seven.  Seven times since I bought it February 2015.  I think the movie is absolutely ridiculous fun.

So, here are the movies that are rattling around in my head to re-watch, in no particular order of desire:

Man of Steel.  Batman vs Superman.  The Lethal Weapon Quadrilogy.  Aliens. 3:10 To Yuma. The Dark Knight. The Matrix. 

I’ve never done drugs like heroin or cocaine or anything that I could ever have been addicted to.  My point is, I have never been a junkie with a craving.  But I can only assume the cravings I have for the above-titles are similar.

With respect to the Lethal Weapon movies, I blame by buddy Sammy.  On Twitter he tagged me with a song by Sting and Eric Clapton, “It was Probably Me” that was used in Lethal Weapon 3.  And its been a damn earworm ever since.  So I need to watch these movies soon so I can calm the cravings down!    In case you need a refresher on the song, which I will say is quite good and catchy as all hell, here you go: Listen to Me!

What movies are rattling around in your head that you have this incessant need to watch again?

 

 

I Want My DC Movies. Now!

 

dc-logoThe last couple of days have seen a lot of news items about Ben Affleck and his decision to drop out of directing The Batman. A lot of better articles have been written about what it means, what the future of DC movies looks like now and whether the world is going to explode. So I wont contribute to the “well, what does it mean?!?” conversation.

Instead, allow me to say: WHAT THE HELL, DC/WB?!?!?  FOR F*CK’S SAKES!

In the last 8-months, DC/WB movies have lost 3 directors from their DC-based properties. Almost 12-months ago, I sat and watched a TV special hosted by DC overlord Geoff Johns and Kevin Smith discussing the future slate of DC movies and what to expect. And then in March of 2016, they kicked it all off with Batman vs Superman.

Oh and I know, a lot of people thought it was a pant load but I didn’t mind it, espeically the much better Extended Cut.  I still think that there are a lot of issues with the movie but that’s neither here nor there.  Then Suicide Squad came out in August 2016 and I started to get slightly worried about what the hell was going on.

The Justice League movie was announced and once again, Zack Snyder was directing his 3rd DCEU (DC Extended Universe) movie, following Man of Steel and BvS. Again, we could go on about that decision but the reality is, the movie is coming out this November.  That’s a lot better than what is going on with The Flash movie, which has gone through 3 directors itself and is now in a page-1 re-write. You know what that means? It means that the entire script gets re-written but they keep the characters involved.  Well, that’s good to hear, since they’re all based on comic book characters!!

I know that Wonder Woman is coming out this June and that the Justice League is out in November.  And filming of Aquaman is about to start or has just commenced this week (the below pic was taken at the table-read with cast and director).  But I want a Flash movie. I want to see The Batman movie! I don’t want stupid delays and hold ups and shit like that.

aquaman-table-read

And I whole heartedly put all the blame on Warner Bros. for just screwing around.  Marvel didn’t have these issues because they had a plan, they mapped it out and they make great fucking movies. Marvel movies are made by fans of the source materials.  So far, the driving force behind DC movies are the idiots wearing suits and drinking $20 coffee beverages with intricate names that belong in NASA handbooks.

Please, DC. Please WB…just take a breath and get The Flash going, get a director for The Batman and get rolling on that…just get going. Because Marvel has the next 10 years planned out and if its anything like the first 10 years, you’re in some deep shit just to be competitive.

Ok wait.

I hate to end this on an anti-DC feel because I’m a DC fanboy.  So here, take a look at the upcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League  trailers. You gotta admit…they look pretty badass.