Some thoughts on NXT TakeOver: The End…

Too long since I’ve written about wrestling. Here’s something, a few stray thoughts from last night’s NXT TakeOver special:

  • Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas has a mouthful of a moniker (does he need the nickname in the middle?) and his entrance gear is Los Boricuas cosplay. Leave the goofy hat, braces and linen trousers at home, and you might be on to a winner with the former Sombra.

  • Also, didn’t Tye Dillinger look great in that opener? Someone’s angling hard for that main-roster call-up.



My Thumped reviews of Suburra and Elvis & Nixon
You’ll probably want to see a movie this weekend after all that happened today, but you don’t need to see the new Independence Day if you can help it. #screen   ·

I’m on the Kill List. This is what it feels like to be hunted by drones
This is Brazil come to reality, it really is. #comment   ·

Swallowing the Red Pill: a journey to the heart of modern misogyny
Don’t read this unless you’ve got a unicorn chaser at the ready, it’s depressing as all hell. #aux   ·

My Thumped review of Independence Day: Resurgence
Man, the critics round here really HATE this movie. I mean it’s not good, and it’s got serious issues, but it passes the time, and the 3D isn’t wasted for a change. #screen   ·

18 Quick Photoshop Tips for Beginners
All these years and I’m still a beginner at the aul’ PS. Filing this one under CPD. See also: Drawing Paths with the Pen tool in Photoshop (bit of a eureka moment, here). #aux   ·

My Thumped review of Gods of Egypt
Yep, it’s bad. But I’ve seen worse. #screen   ·

The dirty little secret that data journalists aren’t telling you
Like anything else in media, infoviz must be subject to scrutiny. And the more sophisticated, the more it needs a closer look, ‘cause everyone knows the trick about bar charts with a fudged x-axis, right? #media   ·

The dark side of Guardian comments
More infoviz here, this time graphing the prejudice against the Guardian’s female writers, besides the more controversial topics of ‘debate’, etc. #aux   ·

The Largest Ever Analysis of Film Dialogue by Gender: 2,000 scripts, 25,000 actors, 4 million lines
It confirms what was already known — that while males dominate Hollywood cinema — but the infographic breakdown makes tangible what’s too easy an abstract notion to ignore. #screen   ·

BLDGBLOG: Books Received
Haven’t been in the headspace for ideas this intersectional and transcendent for a long time, but this is worth linking for when I am. #words   ·

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Elsewhere: My Letterboxd reviews of We are Twisted Fucking Sister!, Respectable: The Mary Millington Story, Warcraft and The Resurrection of Jake the Snake

We are Twisted Fucking Sister!:

As a documentary, it’s unremarkable, though you can say that about nine out of 10 docs out there. But as a visual biography? That’s exactly what this is: an often surprising history of the early years of the hardest - and hardest working - glam rockers the US ever produced, and one that leaves you thirsting for more.



Enlarged Heart Radio 10

My 10th hour of interesting sounds for your ears is now streaming on Mixcloud.


Weeknotes #762-766

Well, April went by fast. Too fast to stop and take account, though on review I didn’t achieve that much. I watched a few movies and a bit of wrestling and a lot of anime. I listened to hours of podcasts. I read a whole bunch. I suppose that all adds up to something but right now I couldn’t tell you what.



Elsewhere: My Letterboxd review of Accident

Reblogged from my Letterboxd list:

What promises to be a high-concept thriller - in which a gang of assassins who employ elaborate Final Destination-style tricks to stage their hits are turned on each other by seemingly trickier forces - doesn’t take long to dissipate into a bland, tension-free surveillance drama that aspires to the paranoiac heights of The Conversation but has to settle for occasional bursts of violence to spike the attention graph.


Elsewhere: My Letterboxd review of The Jungle Book

Reblogged from my Letterboxd list:

Now here’s a real treat! Jon Favreau’s take on the Rudyard Kipling tales, as opposed to the boring 1960s Disney cartoon, is a visual feast and an exciting adventure with heart and soul despite being made almost entirely with computers. Shame the kid playing Mowgli is so bad, mind, but that doesn’t detract much from the triumph that is The Jungle Book.

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