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Sunday Morning Cartoon Cavalcade Vol. 9 & 10

I didn’t get a chance to post my regular Sunday morning cartoon round-up last week, so I’m combining two Sundays in one. The big news is of course that Samurai Jack‘s new episode run is now over, and what an ending that was. I’m so thankful to Genndy Tartakovsky for producing this amazing extra season of the show, and giving the series a proper ending. I loved seeing Jack and Ashi’s relationship truly blossom in the final two episodes (despite the dark turn it takes) and I really wasn’t expecting to see something so final. I’m of course sad that I will no longer be getting new episodes of Samurai Jack on a weekly basis, but at least I got this lovely 10-week resurgence.

I’m still watching the second season of Mickey Mouse shorts, with last week’s shorts taking the form of “Eau de Minnie” and “O Futebol Classico” (which was by far the stronger of the two), and this week watching “Down the Hatch” (I loved the bit where they play hard rock with Donald’s vocal chords) and “Goofy’s Grandma.” For last week’s Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies short, I watched the still incredible “Duck Dodgers in the 24th and a Half Century” — still one of my favorite Looney Tunes settings. Today I watched “Speedy Gonzales,” which acts as the intro to the character.

For the last thing, both last week and today, I decided to start a re-watch of the old The Scooby-Doo Show — I’ve watched tons of Scooby-Doo series in my life, but that’s the one that I remember the most (the episodes originally aired in 1976-78, but I probably watched it in the 80s as reruns). I’ve watched the first 2 episodes, and it’s pretty fun, although the stories are incredibly dumb — they barely try to make the mystery interesting. And I’d completely forgotten that this series had a laugh track, which comes off as weird. But it’s been fun, especially since it’s been so long since I’ve watched anything from Hanna-Barbera.

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Design Web

Yukihiro Shoda

Alvaro Arregui’s Nuevo Studio has completed a new branding project, in the form of the very slick web presence of filmmaker Yukihiro Shoda — check out the site.

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Technology Web

Innovation Japan

Innovation Japan” is an initiative launched by the Japanese government to promote innovations happening in Japan on the tech front, in the form of a slick website featuring short videos that touch on a variety of topics (cybernetics, RFID, smart maintenance, etc.)

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Photography

Deep in Golden Gai

I love this shot taken in Tokyo’s Golden Gai area. Via Tokyoluv.

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Master of None (Season 2)

The second season of Master of None is just perfect (and the first season was pretty damn great too). It debuted on Netflix yesterday, and I watched the whole thing — episodes 1-2 at lunch time, and then 3-10 non-stop in the evening. I just loved it so damn much. Each episode feels like this perfect little movie (sort of like the second season of Louie did), and the episodes directed by Ansari were especially great (loved the opener in black & white). And that episode 6, just fantastic. The strength of the series is that it doesn’t usually go where you would assume it would go with something, and each story is just so captivating (for the most part, I’d say the weakest bit is the whole Chef Jeff bit). I’m just sad that I’ve now watched it all, and have another year to wait for another season (if there is one). Oh, and the ending was just perfect.

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Games Personal

2 Years a Game Dev

Today marks two years since I became a game dev.

After leaving Tokyo on March 31, 2015 and then spending a month in my hometown of Moncton, New Brunswick, we moved to Montreal on May 5, with my first day as an employee at Eidos Montréal — part of the Shinra Technologies team, based in the Square Enix Montréal studio — on Monday, May 11.

A lot has happened in these two years. After the Shinra adventure ended in January 2016 (due to the unfortunate cancellation of the project), I started at Ubisoft Montréal the following month — on February 15, to be exact — happy to join the For Honor team to experience the final year of development of this new franchise for the studio (the game came out on February 14 of this year, almost exactly a year after I started). For the past six months I’ve had the great joy of working as part of the studio’s Game Operations Online team (or GO-2, as we call ourselves), a service team that supports the live aspects of the studio’s various productions via operational guidance and tools.

What an interesting journey it’s been so far.

I have a ton of people to thank for helping me along the way, whether it’s through guidance, support, or plain ol’ friendship, and instead of going through a long list of names, I’ll give you all a big collective hug.

I’ve had a lifelong passion for games, and it became my dream to work as a game dev. Here’s to many more wonderful years in this industry.

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Firewalker

This is not a good movie. To be fair, I sorta remembered it wasn’t a good movie, but I was still in the mood to take it in, and there was some nostalgic fun in seeing just how “Cannon” it feels. It looks cheap, it feels cheap, and although Louis Gossett Jr. does a decent job in it, you’re immediately reminded of just how bad an actor Chuck Norris really is. Unless you have some childhood memories of this, there’s absolutely no reason to watch it. Oh, the one bit I did find incredibly weird and fun was that the baddie — some sort of Aztec assassin — has a scene where’s he’s reading an issue of Marvel’s New Universe comic Psi-Force. I shit you not.

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Psycho III

Oh, don’t worry, I’m not done yet with my 1986 movie marathon yet. The 20th film on the agenda was Psycho III, a film I barely remembered anything about — I wasn’t even sure I’d ever seen it, until I saw the suicide in the bath sequence, which I recognized for some reason. I don’t remember what happened in Psycho II either, and this pretty much felt like a sequel to the first film. Is it a great film? Nope. But it’s not horrible either, although I found Anthony Perkins performance to be incredibly awkward, which to me came off as bad acting (funny enough, he also directed the film). But it was fun to watch, in a schlocky kinda way.

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Blade Runner

Following The Fifth Element, the second part of last night’s double bill was a re-watching of Blade Runner — I watched the 2007 “Final Cut” edition. It’s just astounding that a film that was made 35 years ago still looks as groundbreaking and slick as it it did back then — which just goes to show you what kick-ass art direction can do to a film. This year’s sequel has a lot to live up to — although the fact that it’s directed by Denis Villeneuve makes me feel pretty good about it, as he’s one of my favorite directors these days. The original Blade Runner is still a terrific film, and I still think Sean Young is absolutely stunning in her role as Rachael.

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The Fifth Element

Excited as I am for Luc Besson’s upcoming Valerian film (I’m even currently re-reading the Valerian graphic novels), and also the new Blade Runner film coming out later this year (for which we just got a great new trailer), I decided to do a double bill last night of the two films that connect to these upcoming releases. First up was The Fifth Element, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. I’ve always loved this film, from the fantastically joyous performance by Milla Jovovich (“Multipass”), to the very European sci-fi setting, that put to film the kind of sci-fi we’d see in French/Belgian comics, and stuff like Heavy Metal magazine. I know some people can’t stand it, but I love it for all its weirdness, and was happy to see that it’s aged quite well, and even still looks really good. It’s about time we get another big sci-fi film from Besson.