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Christopher James Willcock

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Tag: Recommendations

https://cjwillcock.ca/2018/07/29/303/

Watched

Annihilation (2018)

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

I saw Annihilation this weekend. It’s a story of other-wordly gene-meddling. The creatures were bizarre, the story was well done. I enjoyed that throughout the movie, the premise remained plausible while pushing the limits. Recommended.

https://cjwillcock.ca/2018/07/29/301/

Watched

Ready Player One

… set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

I have been excited to see this movie from the initial announcement and it didn’t disappoint. It was much different from the book, but was still a superb movie. I will be waiting, maybe for a long time, for the remake that more closely follows the book!

https://cjwillcock.ca/2018/07/19/273/

Listened to Old Man Luedecke / One Night Only! Live at the Chester Playhouse from truenorth.labelstore.ca
Live at the Chester Playhouse is a beautiful recording of one gig, September 15 2017 when he appeared solo before a hometown crowd in the seaside village of Chester Nova Scotia. The record captures the warmth and intimacy of the show and the transmutation of the ordinary to the magical that Luedecke achieves every night. And that is what makes him such a loved live performer.

I purchased the digital download of Old Man Luedecke’s shiny new live album, One Night Only! Live at the Chester Playhouse.

I was lucky to take in Old Man Luedecke’s performance on this tour in my hometown of Summerside last year. He is a superb storyteller and a great performer. I enjoyed it very much.

I had the chance to shake his hand after the show and say hi. I let him know his music was a constant companion of mine as I spent a lot of time working on my computer and often choose one album to listen to on repeat all day long. It’s a fairly short list of albums I choose from most of the time.

I mentioned that my favourite music of his was Monsanto Jones and I was hoping he might have played it, but of course, I enjoyed the show. He spoke lively, “Oh, you should have told me! We could have played it.”

I asked, “What, just shout out from the crowd?”

“Yeah,” he said. “Sure!”

I told him,  “I will the next time” and I really hope he’s not annoyed about it the next time I see him on stage, because I won’t forget!

He only spoke with me for a moment, then excused himself to collect a beverage before we made our separate ways back into the Harbourfront Theatre auditorium where Breabach was taking to the stage.

Thanks Aaron for inviting me out!

Here’s this little tune I like so much, Monsanto Jones. Now I need to listen to this new album which has long since finished downloading!

https://cjwillcock.ca/2018/07/14/243/

Read

Earth Alone

Emery must survive basic training, become a soldier, and finally face the aliens in battle.

Just finished Earth Alone by Daniel Arenson. The romance felt forced into an otherwise consistent story, which on second thought may be entirely consistent with the young lovers involved! Overall an enjoyable read. Recommended.

https://cjwillcock.ca/2018/07/04/187/

Read

Blueshift

Eight hundred years have passed and Earth is nothing like they thought it would be.