4 Reasons Ross Geller is an ASS

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

SOURCE: Warner Bros. Television [via. Screencapped.net]

Sometimes there are characters in shows that make you take a deep breath and sigh "What an Ass". One of the best examples is the massive asshole that is Ross Geller. Who tries to play his nasty side off as being a misunderstood nice guy, but when you really get down to it he is just a massive nob head. If you need any more persuasion here is exhibits 1 through 4 in the trial of Ross Geller vs Society.

Goodbye May 2017

Monday, 29 May 2017

This year, May has been one of the busiest months ever. Full of stress, heat, nervousness and adventures. Now that all the hectic days are starting to calm down a bit I feel that I'm able to plan for the future. Not just financially but also being able to plan what adventures to go on next. So here's whats been going on for me in may.

What I'm Playing - May 2017

Saturday, 27 May 2017


It feels like its been May forever, but now that the stress of moving cities has passed I can finally get back on track with whats really important. Playing games and writing about them. This month I haven't really been able to play a load of different games but the ones I have managed to squeeze in have been pure grade A awesomeness. So here's what I've been playing this May.

My Favourite Pranks From The Office

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


The American Office is without a doubt one on the best sitcoms ever made. Set in the offices of paper supply company Dunder Mifflin, The Office follows the lives of it's employees. However the pranks that seem to be a daily nuisance, are some of the best moments in the show. So here are my favourite pranks on The Office.

A Rear Window Into S-Town

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Being a podcast aficionado like myself, I always find it interesting when podcasts break into the mainstream to be talked about by the normies. Usually ending with their disappointment that every podcast isn't like Serial. The latest one to break the barrier and become a water cooler conversation starting point is the fascinating and voyeuristic S-Town. Be warned this article contains spoilers.


Cognitive Dissonance and Spec Ops: The Line

Saturday, 6 May 2017

SOURCE: 2K Games / Yager Development

It's been a wild month of big changes for me, with moving to a different city high on the list of priorities. So unfortunately I haven't been able to post much on here and even getting stuck into a game has been a challenge. But now that things have settled down a bit, I got the chance to blast my way through a game I've heard praised highly, and has been burning a hole into my backlog for a while. 

My 2017 Summer Blockbuster Picks

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

SOURCE: Marvel Studios / Disney

It's almost that time of year again, summer blockbuster season. That time when all the roller coaster rides of cinematic fun come out. This year has some movies I've been really looking forward to, and some that look interesting enough for me to drag my lazy bum to the cinema. So here are my picks for what new blockbusters everyone should go and see.

Fashionably Late to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Thursday, 6 April 2017

SOURCE: Warner Bros.

There are some films, games and books that I just seem to miss the boat on, and end up watching much later after all the excitement has died down. The Harry Potter series in general was like this after only really getting into it towards the tail end of the movie series. Now with the latest film in the Potterverse franchise -Fantastic Beasts and Where to  Find Them- I feel late to the party again, since most of the fans probably saw the picture with the cinematic release back in November of last year. But I've finally gotten around to watching it, in what I'd like to think is a fashionably late manner. 

3 Must Watch Bittersweet Films

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

SOURCE: Focus Features

The feeling I get after watching a film can range from satisfaction to all out anger, but the one feeling that affects me more then anything is that of bitter-sweetness. That feeling of happiness but with a pervasive tinge of sadness sprinkled in. These films usually enter my list of all time favourites, even though they carry such an emotional blow that I cant watch them too often.  Then sometimes I end up watching them as a kind of emotional masochism. So here are my 3 recommendations for some truly top shelf bitter-sweetness.

Goodbye March 2017

Thursday, 30 March 2017

March is when I really feel like the year gets started. After a cold, wet and lazy start to the year, the days start to get longer and I feel more and more motivated. It is also the month of my birthday, a day that I've never been an exceptionally big fan of. But slowly I've been ramping myself up for spring and summer.

What I've Been Playing - March 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017


This month I've been playing a few new games. Some of them I didn't expect to be as fun as they were. Also for a majority of the month I managed to get a little bit addicted to a new mobile game that took over my life. The Nintendo Switch came out this month with an awesome looking new Zelda adventure, unfortunately I wasn't able to afford one, so it was nice having some new stuff to play while all the Zelda people were being show offs.

Feeling Broody With Bob's Burgers

Friday, 24 March 2017

SOURCE: Fox Animation

Bob's Burgers is an animated sit-com that I've been watching for many years now, and has became one of those shows that I keep re-watching many times. In-fact in my previous post I mentioned how it is one of my comfort foods for whenever I feel a bit down. But there's also another thing that feels special about the show to me. That thing is the odd quirky nature of family life it portrays, that although dysfunctional, also is tender and affectionate.

3 Must Play Walking Simulators

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

SOURCE: Campo Santo

There is a genre of games that has been unjustifiably given the most boring name of all time, but have captured my heart, that genre is the walking simulator. A walking simulator is a game that has you explore an environment to uncover a story. It's a kind of interactive narrative that explores a story through dialogue, written notes or just environmental cues that lets the player fall as deep into the story as their curiosity will allow. Most of these games are a few hours long and are best experienced in a single sitting, but if you have the time these games have some of the best storytelling there is. So here are 3 walking simulators that are up with some of my top games of all time.

Podcasticopia #4: Sawbones

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The problem with being a podcast fiend, who listens to a large number of different podcasts regularly is that, if I miss a week of podcasts it takes a very long time to catch up. I have just about managed to get caught up with my regular podcasts since I had a week podcast free in January.

This time in my monthly podcast recommendation series, Podcasticopia, is the medical history podcast Sawbones. And if a medical history podcast sounds like more of a sleeping aid then an entertaining, humorous, romp, you couldn't be more wrong.

Satirical Humour in The Lego Batman Movie

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

SOURCE: Warner Bros

It seems like this current wave of super hero blockbusters has been going on for an eternity, with multiple big budget films coming out each year. For the past couple of years the whole concept of super hero films has been boring me more and more, in much the same way zombie media did before that. The last film I can really say I enjoyed from the genre was Guardians of the Galaxy, and even that was more sci-fi and felt inherently different than other Marvel films. Well this past week I got to go see The Lego Batman Movie and that felt different in another way that felt like a catharsis for the character of Batman.

4 Things The Simpsons Taught Me About American Culture

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

SOURCE:  Fox / Gracie Films

Like many young British kids, growing up our choices in television seemed quite lacklustre. Between the preteen “dramas”, puppets and overly happy presenters - most of which have been recently outed as paedophiles - there was very little to get us excited over. With the exception of Rugrats, Goosebumps and a few other cartoons, there were few programs from our neighbours across the pond. So unless you had cable the chance that you would get to see American TV like was tiny. I for one was under the correct assumption that American kids programming was far better than watching some kid make wishes by rubbing the Queen's nose on a magic 50p coin.

Goodbye February 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Well February is almost over, even though it's only a few days shorter it always seems to fly by. As we enter March it seems like winter has been with us for an eternity, and I for one cannot wait for spring and summer to warm up the days. But regardless of my mumbled annoyances with how grey and dark it's been, February has been a relatively good month.

What I've Been Playing - Feb 2017

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

SOURCE: DONTNOD Entertainment / Square Enix / Evelyn Cole [via. Flickr]

This month I've had quite a bit of time to play games, so I've been trying to complete games that have been clogging up my backlog. I have a large stockpile of games that I've been trying to work through but it just keeps growing and growing. Since I'll be moving in a few months it will probably be best if I don't buy any new games to save a bit of money, that's another benefit of catching up on older games. So this has been my month in games. 

Simple Complexity in Hitman GO

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Source: Square Enix

When it comes to smartphone games we tend to hold them to a lower set of standards then we would a full console game. I think this mainly comes from the misconception that something like Candy Crush is all we can expect from the platform. Yes, there is a deluge of simple puzzle games that will happily trigger your endorphins by flashing colours at your face. But if your willing to dig around and spend a few pennies you can find some really challenging and entertaining puzzle games, and Hitman GO is probably one of the first ones you should try.

Year in Depression Treatment

Friday, 17 February 2017

Last February after years of resisting going back into treatment for depression I finally decided that continuing to suffer due to stubbornness was no longer an option. So now a year later even though my mental health is definitely not perfect there is a noticeable improvement. So here are some thoughts a year later, on depression and seeking help.

Podcasticopia #3: You Must Remember This

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

As you may or may not have noticed it has been quite a few weeks since my last "weekly" podcast recommendation, so for now this series is just going to be whenever the mood strikes me to write about a new podcast that's taking over my ears. This time I can heartily recommend, "You Must Remember This", a podcast about all the secrets, affairs and politics surrounding the first century of a completely new form of media, Film. 

My 5 Pop Culture Comforts

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

SOURCE: FOX Broadcasting

Sometimes there are moments in my life where I'm too tired, stressed out, sad or lazy to do anything of value. These moments are hopefully few and far between, but when they do come its nice to have a few things you can watch/read/play that bring you into a really comfy place. A few months ago the NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast did a segment on pop culture comfort food, this made me think what are the things I keep going back to when I need a little pick me up? So here is just 5 of the things that make me feel relaxed, comfortable and happy. In no particular order. ;) 

Fun With Cliches in Teachers

Tuesday, 7 February 2017


Teachers is one of the latest line of irreverent female lead television comedies coming out, and although somewhat unknown - and confusing given there is a British sitcom of the same name - this little gem is a show I could easily see getting a following of hardcore fans. Originally a web-series created by comedy group The Katydids, the transition to a longer television format can be noticed in some of the flaky b-plots in this first season but give the impression of a show growing into something fantastic.

Goodbye January 2017

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January is finally coming to a close, and despite it being wet, cold, miserable and quite frankly boring, this year it has also been about getting motivated. So January you have lit a fire under my ass to conquer the rest of 2017 with gusto.

Island Life With The Summer Book

Thursday, 26 January 2017

If you have been keeping upto date with my blog you'll know that this year one of my goals is to read more, the first book I've jumped into is The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. Jansson is better known for Moomin, the series about a family living a quiet life in nature spending time exploring and idly going about their lives. Moomin and Jansson herself is a fascinating story and if you get a chance I fully recommend the BBC documentary Moominland Tales: The Life of Tove Jansson. The Summer Book is the first adult fiction novel by Jansson, and based around the interactions she witnessed between her mother and niece.

What I've Been Playing - Jan 2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

SOURCE: Nintendo / The Pokemon Company [Via. IGDB]

Well it's been quite a while since I've done one of these posts, and since it's the new year I'm filled with determination and have lots of games to get through this year. This month a few new games are coming out that I want to play eventually; Resident Evil 7, Yakuza 0 and Dragon Quest 8. One day I'll get around to them but this month is not that time. This is what I've been playing this January.

Lumberjanes and tools of change!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Comics and cartoons are some of the most important creative media in developing a society that is inclusive and understanding to others. This is something that I have grown to believe increasingly over the years, and being a man approaching his 30's faster then he would care to admit and STILL regularly consuming them, I'm happy to say that things are starting to go the right way. Lumberjanes is a comic that has been in publication since 2014, has won numerous awards and is able to confer a sense of understanding in a non patronising way.

5 Games I'm Excited for in 2017 - Pre E3

Monday, 16 January 2017

Source: Nintendo

It hasn't even been E3 yet and still we have some fantastic games to look forward to in 2017, with the return of large franchises like Zelda and Mass Effect, to some new faces and with a truckload of indies thrown in. Also with the release of the new Nintendo system in March there is plenty of pre E3 games to get excited over, so here are my picks of games I'm excited to get my grubby little mitts on this year. 

The OA: Thoughts and Theories

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Source: Netflix

In December Netflix dropped another new original series to cap off a year that saw such critical hits like; Stranger Things, The Crown, The Get Down and Luke Cage. That show was The OA and appeared with very little fanfare, but ended up being a show that ended up capturing the imaginations of theorycrafters with its ambiguous story and bizarre premise. Now before we get into the nitty gritty of this you should watch the show to completion because I will be talking spoilers and theories about the ending. 


Quirky chicken at Yard & Coop

Friday, 13 January 2017

Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to be invited along to the opening of a new Liverpool restaurant, Yard & Coop. An eatery based around chicken as the name suggests, this new location is only the second for the fledgling franchise after the success of their flagship in Manchester. So I was excited to pop along to try out some dishes on the night, and I was not disappointed.

2017 Book Goals

Friday, 6 January 2017

2017 is going to be the year that I fall back in love with reading, after a couple of years of being distracted too easily with flashy lights and lethargy it's time to jump head first into the written word yet again. I used to read quite a bit, not to the extent that some people do but still a substantial amount. One big reason is that I want to become a better writer, and one thing I've heard countless times from writers I respect is that reading as much as you can is one of the best ways to learn and find your own style.

Podcasticopia #2: Talking Simpsons

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Right, well it seems I have some explaining to do, a month ago I started the Podcasticopia series saying, "I'll do a new post each week". But here we are a month later with only the second post in the series, what can I say apart from FORGIVE ME. If you have no idea what I'm going on about well this is a series where each week I'll showcase a podcast that I love and think you should all check out, and I promise that regular updates to this series is a 2017 goal. 

Anyway this weeks podcast is the superb "chronological exploration of The Simpsons"; Talking Simpsons from The Laser Time Network. 

Smell ya Later 2016

Monday, 2 January 2017

It's seriously scary how fast years go as you get older, I swear as a youthful little nugget a year felt like an eternity. At this time of year when I start to look back at all the things I did and didn't do. Although in the social and political space 2016 feels like a complete explosion of shit, as for personal life stuff it's been a pretty good year. So here is a rundown of all the good stuff from my 2016.