My Monthly Anticipation | January 2021

Hello ladies & gentlemen,

Who doesn’t love the anticipation of new releases and things that they plan on doing? Every month there seems to be something new and exciting ready to hit the market for our consumption.

Being ready to embrace them with open arms is all we can really do.

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  • Wow, you have been reading some tomes! I have a hard time concentrating beyond 400 pages, which is why I have not read Game of Thrones. I have starting watching a bit more Netflix and movies, so some of those also intrigue me. I sure hope 2021 will be better, but you are right, it is same old right now. Congrats on getting your major paper finished. I hope it is all you had planned when you started, Lashaan. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  • I am quite excited for Lupin, but will have to see if Dave is willing to watch it in French with me. And of course WandaVision. I haven’t seen any of the newer trailers but am very interested to see what they did with it.
    Good luck on your classes!

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  • I had no idea that you’ll be a teacher Lashaan! When you explained about studying criminology I thought you’d work with the police force and all. Anyway good luck with the new job!

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    • Ahhh but I do both, Sophie! 😛 Since I’m still doing my Ph.D. degree, I got the opportunity to teach a class since my supervisor is on sabbatical! Otherwise, I’m still working full-time in a police organization as a crime preventionist! 😀

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  • So, how many more years do you think Disney can milk the Marvel franchise? I think DC is dead in the water and I feel like the stop in releases of superhero movies due to covid has too much inertia to overcome.

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    • I doubt both can EVER die hahahha Unfortunately, I don’t share such a dark vision of both machines like yourself hahahah I think it’ll be like the comic book business. At some point, it’ll all get rebooted, and right now, they’re just constantly setting up the pieces for more projects within each universe. Their only real problem is keeping everyone young. Those reboots will be inevitable in the future. 😀

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  • Ok, ok, really excited for those book reviews coming. That Lupin show looks interesting. I’ll have to check it out… whenever I manage to watch a TV show.

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  • I want 2021 to be an amazing year where we finally get back to normal, but who knows when that will happen? Good luck with your teaching! Hopefully it will go smoothly😁

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  • Ohhhh! Welcome to the so-far endless tunnel of the ASOIAF readers! 🙂
    While compelling, this series shows no signs of nearing completion in the next few years, but still it’s a good, entertaining journey. Looking forward to your review!!!

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  • Not having seen the Mandalorian, it was the Cowboy Bebop reference that drew me to Persephone Station. And though I’m always a bit leery of believing those sorts of comparisons, it still intrigues me. I miss Bebop. I’ve not yet read any of the original Arsène Lupin stories, but I love some of the Lupin anime which was at least inspired by them, and I absolutely LOVED Les Intouchables, that was probably the very best movie I watched that year (and one I’d like to rewatch), so I’m curious about the new series. And regarding the rest of the year, how is it that saying goes? Hope for the best and prepare for the rest. Keeps the optimism without losing sight of reality. 🙂 I hope you find yourself enjoying the teaching, remote or not.

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    • I’m not a fan of these comparisons either but they do a good job in pointing out shows/movies that we might have enjoyed in the past hahaha I wouldn’t mind sneaking in a high recommendation for the Mandalorian though. Best thing to have ever happened to Star Wars! And if you haven’t heard, there’s a live-action adaptation project for Cowboy Bebop going on right now. Might interest you in a far, far future! 😀

      I’ve read the first collection of stories with Lupin and was intrigued by the concept of his character but wasn’t mindblown by the writing style (they weren’t exactly intended to be full novels after all). I have heard so many things about Lupin the Third though! I absolutely LOVED Les Intouchables too! I was skeptical and maddened that a Holywood version of it was released recently though. I didn’t dare get near it (it’s called the Upside). Thanks for the encouragement, Todd! Hope your projects for this month have been going well so far! 😀

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  • I didn’t know there would be a series about Arsène Lupin, I’m very curious to check it out now! You also put a lot of movies in your list this month, and they all seem very appealing! I will try to start the Game of Thrones books this year – wish me luck for that ahah! Anyway, good luck for the online classes too – hopefully many of your students will turn on their camera so it won’t feel like talking to a wall too much! 😊

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    • While it’s not strictly ON Lupin, which would’ve been so great to see today, it’s close enough to be worth a shot hahah

      Glad to hear about GoT! However, I could’ve sworn your sister told me that you already read the first book though! 😮 Hope your pursuit of the rest of the unfinished series will prove to be rewarding! 😀

      Thank you! Hope January will be nice with you too! 😉

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  • Oh, I do wonder what you’ll think of Eternals, Lashaan! 😁
    I’m a bit overdosed on comic book movies, so I’m totally not interested in whatever MCU or DCU puts out – but I might change my mind if you vouch that it’s good! 😀

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    • From Anathem, Ninefox Gambit, to Eternals, Marvel 1602, I think it’s safe to say that a lot of books you’ve recommended are high on my priority list this year! 😉 As for the upcoming superhero movie/shows… no worries. I’ll gladly go through them and let you know how it goes. And then you can take off maybe 3 stars (on 10) to whatever rating I give you to know if it might work for you or not! 😛 In fact, my next superhero movie/show review is going to be a big NOP for you hahahaha I can’t wait to write it up. 😀

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  • I love Denzel Washington films too and The Little Things looks just amazing! Thanks for sharing the trailer since it is the first time I am even hearing about the film. “A hunt for a serial killer” is such a well-trodden path in cinema, I do hope they have come up with something more or less new or an interesting perspective. Since we have the duo of detectives here it slightly reminds me of Fincher’s Seven too. Director John Lee Hancock does seem to jump film genres, The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks and now we have this. Versatile.

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    • The man can act and when he’s given a proper script and good direction, you’re bound to be impressed! Fences was one of his more modern projects that worked so beautifully for me, for example! And yes, it absolutely has a Fincher’s Seven vibe too, another classic that I adore! Hopefully this movie won’t just be one of those “good cast, bad story” things!

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  • So you’re one of those who reads different things at the same time. I mean, I guess I knew this before, but it still boggles my mind a bit.
    I didn’t know that students don’t have to put their cameras on. If I were the student, I’d probably enjoy that, but what is the school’s reasoning? It allows students to just log in and walk away and it condemns you to talk to the wall.

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    • Variety is always nice! 😉 I also have reads for different occasions (even more pre-COVID, when I could commute and whatnot).

      Yep, there’s no way to force it on students. I guess there are a lot of issues at play. For example, internet connection can be one. With larger Zoom groups, having your camera on might draw too much bandwidth and cause so much lag that you just can’t follow… There’s honestly no solution to this until Internet gets stronger for the whole world…

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  • Gosh, you are starting A Game of Thrones! I really want to do this as well, but not sure I have the stamina. Because once you start, surely you need to work your way through the whole series to find out how it ends? I agree, so far 2021 doesn’t feel that different from 2020. But I am still hopeful it will become better. Good luck with your online teaching, I see what you mean about talking to a wall (or to yourself) when you can’t actually see the students.

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  • Whew. Much to catch up on for sure. The struggle for leisure continues despite the forced reclusive lifestyle the pandemic has imposed on us who take the virus seriously. It could be disconcerting giving a lecture online with text or graphics instead of faces of an audience you hope is listening. You might consider being more aggressive in having more interaction by asking something after making a point. You sure have come a long way though. You’re now on the other side. Progress!

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    • Hahaha thanks, Karina! I’ll probably be much more direct with my questions and make them regret not participating too. 😉 Life sure has has given me some truly incredible opportunities so far and I hope to make the most of them as they come! I hope it’s the same for you too with your own life projects, Karina!

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  • Yay for teaching! 👏👏👏 I have a friend who teaches college classes via Zoom and she usually has at least a handful of students who have their cameras on, so maybe you will be lucky and not have to lecture to a wall. 😀

    Happy New Year! 🎉🎉🎉

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