Thursday, February 18, 2016

X-Files S10 Episode 4 Mini Review

A pretty awesome slasher inter cut with moving family drama on Scully's side.

There are two types of shots that seem out of place. One because of the camera angle and the other is a handful of flashbacks which highlight the time passed in an awkward manner. On the other hand, there are plenty of cool visuals to balance it out. One of them being the beams of light from flashlights crossed like an 'x' right after Mulder says "back in the day is now". I don't know about you guys, but I'm a sucker for that kind of iconic imagery.
The main antagonist, 'Trashman', is an instant classic. I honestly think you could easily make a feature length film about this guy. The episode explains his inception with new age principles half correctly taken from eastern concepts. However, it strongly reminded me of a Jewish concept instead. Though I can't elaborate any further without wandering into spoiler territory.
The episode ends in a rather moving and intimate way. Mostly carried by Gillian Anderson's heartfelt interpretation of the script.

X-Files S10 Episode 3 Mini Review

A fun monster of the week episode that is very much in line with the tone of such episodes in the original series. There's not much to say about this episode as it is pretty straight forward. It's hilarious, has a sweet ending and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

X-Files S10 Episode 2 Mini Review

The opening scene is fantastic. Although its subject material might be somewhat dark, there is a definite Raimi -esque camp present. In other words, perfect X-Files material. When Mulder and Scully arrive they look exactly like they're supposed to. All the looks poses and dynamic in dialogue are reminiscent of exactly why I once fell in love with the series in the first place. The episode's tone has a wide range. There's tension, humour, reflection, action -and there's some stuff about William in there that's pretty heavy. Episode 1 was fine, episode 2 is great. I love it. I can recommend this episode to anyone, but to give a bit of a clearer idea, I can recommend this episode to fans of The X-Men and The Avengers: Age of Ultron especially. Parents and caretakers are also sure to have their heartstrings tugged.

X-Files S10 Episode 1 Mini Review

The episode starts out with a opening monologue by Mulder, explaining what everyone should already know by now. The rest of the episode feel awesomely classic. The conversations carry the proper weight and sucks the viewer right in. Though that might have come at the cost of humour, of which there was little to go around. Mulder looks scruffy, in accordance with the plot, which creates the danger of Duchovny looking like Hank Moody. This effect was averted early on in the episode however when Mulder declines a drink. His acting, of course, also doesn't play a small part in bringing us back ten years. Gillian Anderson is equally enjoyable on screen and delivers some of the most poignant lines of the episode. Impressive when you consider she's the one not suggesting vast conspiracies. Her hair seems inconsistent throughout the episode. A superficial observation of course, but none the less odd for such a big production. The end of the episode is highly satisfying, I'm definitely tuning in for the next episode.

Catching up with X-Files

The new season of X-Files has begun. Don't worry, those episodes will be reviewed shortly. But first, just in case you haven't started the new season yet, a list of episode that I deemed fun to watch in a mind refreshing binge. This will at first be nothing but a literal list, but I will add information along the way.

Pilot (obviously)
Beyond the Sea
Darkness Falls
Clyde Buckman's Final Repose
Jose Chung's From Outer Space
Paper Hearts
The Post Modern Prometheus
Bad Blood
Duane Barry
The Host
The Field Where I Died
Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man
The Field Where I Died
War of the Coproges

Friday, February 05, 2016

Friz Quadrata, the Tastiest of Fonts

I fucking love Friz Quadrata. And I'm not alone. A noticeable amount of foods and drinks (drinks especially) utilize this font in one way or the other. Lets compare, starting with the drinks.

AMSTEL. This is where my love for the font lampooned into what it is today. After noticing what I would then call 'the Amstel font' in other contexts I started seeing it EVERYWHERE.

They're not all going to be beers, promise.

A lot of them are, though.

Add some curls and BAM, it's Mexican now.

Now, on with the foods: