My Weekly Review (#18) – Succession

My Weekly Review (#18) – Succession

Welcome back! This week I’ll be recommending that all of you go binge the first 17 episodes of HBO’s Succession in order to be caught up for what should be an insane penultimate episode this weekend.

General Info

Succession has rather quickly become one of my favorite shows since it aired last summer, and for a plethora of reasons. The cast is absolutely phenomenal, the writing is hilariously spectacular, and the plot is perfection. The entire show is based around a family struggling to win the CEO rights to the family business from their father. Many of you may think, oh its business related I wont like it, but I beg to differ. I know countless people who aren’t in a corporate/business, field such as myself, and thoroughly enjoy Succession. Granted, even with a solid corporate background, some of these concepts fly right over my head too. But HBO does a swell job at keeping it very understandable and broken down for all of the non-business experts out there.

The Cast

This cast is to die for as well and I applaud HBO for putting such a stacked team together for the first two seasons. The entire Roy family could not have been cast any more perfectly. Kendall, played by Jeremy Strong, has such an incredible arc and its going to be extremely interesting to see where he ends up at the end of season two. Roman, played by Kieran Culkan, is hands down the most clever on the show and he constantly has me laughing. Sarah Snook portrays Siobhan “Shiv” Roy, and I do not think I have ever seen an actress with greater facial acting skills in my life. There are too many great actors and actresses (looking at you Tom, Greg, and Rhea) in this show for you not to at least give it a chance!

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My Weekly Review (#17) – Borderlands 3

My Weekly Review (#17) – Borderlands 3

Welcome back to another weekly rec! This most recent weekend was a very important one as Borderlands 3 came out on Friday. I used to play Borderlands wayyyy back in the day, so I had to buy the third installment of the main franchise when it dropped. It was a pretty busy weekend so I didn’t get to dive to deep into the story, but what I’ve played so far has been incredible. Playing Borderlands 3 immediately threw me back to sophomore year of high school the second the intro sequence began. 

Within minutes, I was out roaming in the canyons of Pandora as Fl4k the Beastmaster. It was tough deciding which character to choose too, as there are four very unique options to choose from. I was between Fl4k and Zane (the operative), but Amara the Siren and Moze the Gunner looked as if they would be fun characters to play as well. I’m sue I will at some point end up doing a play through of each character, but for now Fl4k has been making this re-entrance back into Borderlands so much fun. The upgraded skill trees are so dope too, and I love all of the little sub-branches/offsets that each has. And when they said we would find a bazillion guns in the game… they actually meant there would be a bazillion guns in the game. I have not seen a single duplicate yet and every gun has been insanely unique. Whether it’s the scope attached to the guns or the paint jobs they’re all covered in, everything is perfectly handcrafted for each weapon. I absolutely love it!

Now, it probably doesn’t make sense to rate a game that I have barely scratched the surface of, but as of right now I would give it a 10/10. I have not found a single thing I don’t like about the game yet and if I’m being honest, I really don’t think I will. So for any gamers out there looking for a new game to get into, I urge you to go grab this game. Be prepared to get hooked! 

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My Weekly Review (#16) – Carnival Row

My Weekly Review (#16) – Carnival Row

Welcome back! After a long, hectic week, I am finally back with recommendation #16, Amazon Prime’s Carnival Row.

I’m only halfway through season one, but so far it is one of the best shows I have binged over the last few months. The premise of Carnival Row revolves around inspector Philo (Orlando Bloom), who is trying to save the lives of the Critches and non-humans of Carnival Row itself. Vignette (Cara Delevingne), is Philo’s long lost lover and looking to start a new life in The Burge. IMDb’s synopsis of the show is “A human detective and a fairy rekindle a dangerous affair in a Victorian fantasy world, where the city’s uneasy peace collapses when a string of murders reveals an unimaginable monster,” and they have it rated at an 8.1/10.

It is so refreshing to see Orlando Bloom back on the screen, and he is nailing this role as a rugged detective searching for monstrous murderers. Not to mention, he and Cara are a splendid on screen duo and I cannot wait to see what the rest of this season has in store. All in all, through five episodes I would rate this show an 8.5/10, with my only critique being some of the concept designs behind the monsters in this show. Thanks again for reading this weeks recommendation. As always, please leave some feedback and give my page a follow so you can experience all of my content. I’d love to hear from all of my wonderful readers, so be sure to rate/comment often!

My Weekly Review (#15) – Brightburn

My Weekly Review (#15) – Brightburn

Welcome to another DustyPosts weekly Recommendation! My recommendation for this week is the movie Brightburn. It is a horror/sci-fi that is essentially based on Superman, but what it would have been like if became a villain and used his powers to “take the world.” While it didn’t really feel like a horror movie, it was still very solid in my opinion. It could have used a little more plot (or maybe even just 10-15 more minutes of movie) to really get things going, but It starts getting really good right at the end. And even though it felt more like a thriller than a horror, there were still some horror elements to the movie that were done quite well. There is one scene about halfway through the movie that almost made me lose my dinner. Brandon (evil Superman if you will) chases after his uncle who is attempting to escape in his truck. I don’t want to give too much detail here, but it is quite the injury his uncle sustains. Overall, I would rate this movie a 7/10. It had loads of room for improvement, and I could easily see the producers adding in more of a horror element into a second or third movie. I mean, this was an origin story after all so it makes sense why there was more detail/dialogue than fighting/death. Even if you don’t like superhero movies, I would still suggest watching this unique adaptation of the Superman story. 

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Wrigley Field Ivy Tour Review

Wrigley Field Ivy Tour Review

Welcome back! On this week’s recommendation, I will be discussing something I did on vacation in Chicago last weekend… the Wrigley Field Ivy Tour!

For starters, Wrigley has always been a field I was dying d to visit at some point in my life. It falls second to Fenway but still lands before Oracle, which are both fields I haven’t had the chance to travel to yet. I am a Red Sox fan, but my girlfriend is a massive Cubs fan (and by massive I mean we watch almost every single game). So naturally they have grown on me quite a bit over the last year. I knew we would be in Chicago about four months ago, so I went ahead and bought some Ivy Tour tickets for the bit of free time we still had left in our schedule.

I had only been to Chicago once before my trip last weekend. While there, I spent almost a full day near Wrigley. It was late December though, so they were in the middle of renovation season. With that being said, I was still in awe being near such an incredible piece of MLB history. So this time around, getting to experience almost all the stadium was mesmerizing. So much has happened within its walls, a lot of which I would’ve never thought was true, and it was such a spectacular experience to indulge myself in.

After standing around outside the stadium for 15 minutes or so, we were finally allowed in with a group of about 40 people. We were walked through the concession area and out to the stands where I finally got my first view of the field itself. It was magnificent. Everything I could’ve ever imagined and more as my eyes shot around to every corner of the stadium. After we got some background information on the stadium, we made our way out to the Budweiser Bleachers. From there we went down to the ivy (which was hands down the best part) before visiting the visiting teams locker room, the Press Box, and finally the Cubs Dugout. They even let us stand on one of the on deck circles that the Cubs themselves use! It was probably one of the coolest tours I have EVER done while on a vacation, and I would highly recommend doing it if ever in Chicago.

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My Weekly Review (#13) – UpWork

My Weekly Review (#13) – UpWork

For this week’s recommendation I wanted to talk a little about UpWork. It is a freelance job site that allows you to spend credits for a wide array of jobs. You can find anything from building Excel tables to writing novels, and it is incredibly simple to use. I’m not sure where my writing career would be if I hadn’t stumbled across this wonderful site and I can’t wait to hear how much it helps everyone else!

This site was what actually got my writing career under way almost five months ago. It all started with one or two small copy writing jobs before someone was kind enough to take a chance on me with a few small articles. Both of those articles were published to Medium (#1 and #2) and I could not have been more proud of myself. After a month or so working for that first company, I picked up a second gig writing summaries of Netflix shows. That has quickly evolved into detailed listicle writing and in depth breakdowns of some of my favorite video games too.

From there came my first real writing “job” however. With a fully functioning blog site, some published articles, and a fresh resume I was able to land a sports writing job. Basically a dream come true if you ask me! So with all of that being said, for any of you who are new to writing (or even if you just aren’t sure how to land that first job), be sure to go check out UpWork.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

As I sit and wait for Netflix’s original The Witcher series, I found myself reminiscing of the days back in 2015 when The Witcher III: Wild Hunt was released. It hadn’t been long after that before I logged into my PlayStation and purchased the game, which I haven’t quit playing since. I forgot how incredible this game was, and for so many reasons too.

Of course, my first go-round back in the day was on an Xbox, so the first thing I observed after logging in was the superior graphics. The hills, trees, and skies off in the distance are more mesmerizing than I recall. And as I mowed my way through some of the earlier creatures, I noticed how smooth the combat mechanics still were. And how could I not mention the story line! Each and every quest builds upon the next so effortlessly. The conversations between Gerald and the NPCs throughout the story are written so well. Everything about this game is still incredible, and I can’t wait to dive deeper into it over the next few weeks.

So for all the gamers out there, I highly suggest giving The Witcher III: Wild Hunt a go as soon as you can. And for those who have already played the game, go back and play it again! The world is filled with quests and Easter eggs, and I’d bet there is something new even for someone who has beaten the game. After all, this game was given tons of awards for a reason!

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My Weekly Review (#11) – The Boys

My Weekly Review (#11) – The Boys

Welcome back! On this weekly recommendation I will be discussing Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys, which was a show my dad literally got me into yesterday. Just as a warning, this show is very graphic. I’ll also do my best to give no spoilers but read at your own risk!

So for starters, the story of the show so far is extremely intriguing. It’s basically a modern day superhero show shown from a few different perspectives: 1) A normal guy who recently underwent a tragedy and makes friends with some deadly people, 2) a sup (pronounced “soup, what people with powers are called in the show) who is finally living her dream in the big leagues if you will, and 3) Other sup’s/people working with sup’s views on everything going on in the world.

They also don’t use ANY of the typical hero’s you would expect to see in the superhero genre. A lot of the characters may be knockoffs in certain ways, but it’s refreshing to see a new take on someone with say, the ability to talk to fish underwater. This show also does an incredible job showing the human nature side of things for the sup’s and that is what leads to a bunch of drama within what I have watched so far.

Along with the story’s freshness and the comedic relief that comes along with a few of the characters comes some very dark and disturbing things. I almost feel like a terrible person at times because something absolutely heinous will happen, yet I find myself even more drawn in because of it. And as I mentioned earlier, it is unimaginably graphic. Whether it be the sex, death, or blood, this show is one you will need to watch once the kids are asleep.

I’ve only made it about halfway through the first season so far, but I would rate this show a nine out of ten every day of the week. I strongly recommend giving it a shot even if you aren’t into shows like this typically, but for those of you who are I would guarantee you will find yourself just as sucked into the show as I am.

P.S. Keep an eye out on Summary.org for my review of season one and anticipation guide for season two!

My Weekly Review (#10) – Avocado Bombs

My Weekly Review (#10) – Avocado Bombs

Welcome back to another rendition of my weekly recommendation! This week I will be discussing avocado bombs, which I just recently tried for the first time. These green balls of heaven are typically something you will find at a Japanese or sushi restaurant. I’m sure they have different names depending on where exactly you go, but no matter what you must try one the next time you decide to eat sushi.

So these avocado bombs are essentially a rolled up ball of shredded crab encased in avocado slices. I’m not even sure how one would get an avocado to stay in a circular shape, but I do know that the combination of flavors this brings to the table is insane. They also will typically glaze the top part of the avocado ball with some eel sauce, spicy mayo, and crunchy flakes for additional flavor. It is somewhat challenging to eat with chopsticks, even for people who usually don’t have any problems using them, but it is well worth the struggle. So get up and head to your nearest sushi joint to see if they have these bad boys because they will literally change your life forever!

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P.S. if you google these images you’ll see the exact reason you need to go try them ASAP. I myself just found out that some places also will wrap the avocado in bacon… so I will be searching for a place near me that does soon. And for those of you who aren’t seafood fans, drop the crab meat and substitute with any other meat you’d like!

My Weekly Review (#8) – God of War

My Weekly Review (#8) – God of War

Welcome back to another weekly recommendation! This week I will briefly go over one of my favorite video games OF ALL TIME, God of War.

One of the main reasons this has climbed to the top of my favorite games is all of the mythological aspects. I started writing my book about halfway through April of this year, and one of the main things I focus on throughout the book is Norse Mythology. Of course, I have tweaked some aspects of the recognized mythology to add my own personal touch, but after one of my friends read the first chapter, he recommended God of War since it was in the same realm of what I wanted to pursue. And let me tell you what… this game was right up my alley. I put all of my free time into this game for roughly a month and completed 100% of the game. It was so neat delving deeper into the mythology that I was already researching for my book, and to see the spin that the developers took on the mythology that they added into their game.

Another reason God of War is a must play for any of you who own a PlayStation is the fighting. The Leviathan Axe/Blades of Chaos combo is insane and welding them both was an absolute treat. Not to mention the graphics of the game are on another level, especially for someone who had been an Xbox gamer their entire lives. The runic attacks add another layer of incredible right on top of the God of War cake that has been so masterfully created. They effortlessly flow between regular attacks and the graphics behind them were just plain beautiful. All of this mixed with the countless available hours of exploration are the perfect equation for a game that I would rate 10 out of 10.

So, for anyone who is looking into a new PlayStation game, or even if you just want to finally make the switch from Xbox as I recently did, I strongly recommend adding God of War to your list of games to buy. 

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