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Vergelegen Breakfast with Terrance and Ryan (2016-02-17) Photo Gallery 20 MAR 2016

It has been a good couple of years now since Terrance left our sunny shores for a life of teaching English in Japan, and while I have been over there once so far for his wedding, I pretty much rely on his annual(ish) visit to South Africa to catch up and learn all about his interesting life in the Land of the Rising Sun.

IMG_20160217_095041 ryan lotter and terrance brown at the stables restaurant at vergelegen wine estate

So as you might imagine, I was quite pleased to discover that he dropped into the country for a couple of days in February, so much so that I immediately suggested getting together for a nice breakfast at Vergelegen Wine Estate – an experience that he was instantly onboard for!

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Established in 1700, the historic and beautiful Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West is a must visit if you’ve never been there before, and it was a great treat for both Ryan and Terrance, neither of whom had been there before. We enjoyed a leisurely and delicious breakfast (complemented with extremely expensive water I might add), before shuffling along and taking in the sights of the estate.

(I did my best to keep up on my crutches, but eventually I set the two free to go and explore while I worked my way slowly back to the car park!)

IMG_20160217_110745 ryan and terrance standing in front of the museum house at vergelegen wine estate in somerset west

Following that, the three of us next headed over to Somerset Mall, where we caught an afternoon screening of Deadpool – which was surprisingly good. They really, really captured the essence of the character for the movie, with Ryan Reynolds proving to be the perfect actor for the role. (That sequence of him punching Colossus literally had me wiping away the tears of laughter!)

The movie done, I next convinced them that going for an ice cream with Chantelle would be a great idea, so after a bit of a wait at home for her to finish up with work, the three of us left and headed out to Gordon’s Bay beach.

Only… the wind had picked up a bit in the meantime, meaning that in the end we swapped out soft serve on the beach for ice cream in the safety of the Spur – which turned out perfectly fine as well!

IMG_20160217_155545 ryan lotter and terrance brown at gordon's bay spur

And yes, once again I took many, many pictures at the beautiful Vergelegen Estate:

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Related Link: Vergelegen Wine Estate

Review: Hulk Vs (2009) My Reviews 05 JUL 2012

Hulk Vs Wolverine: The Incredible Hulk has been tearing a line across the Canadian countryside, leaving a swath of destruction in his wake. He must be stopped at all costs, and there’s only one man up to the job. He’s the best there is at what he does, but what he does isn’t very nice. He’s Wolverine.

Hulk Vs Thor: With the forces protecting Asgard at their weakest, Loki the trickster seizes the opportunity to destroy his cursed stepbrother, Thor, once and for all. In an epic battle that pits god against monster, the Mighty Thor is forced to clash with the only creature that has ever been able to match his strength – the Incredible Hulk!

Hulk Vs is an interesting experiment I guess, in that it consists of two unrelated short Hulk battle movies, pasted together on one disc to be sold as a single animated feature film. Sure, this feels like a bit of a cheat, but when you think of it, it is actually pretty cool that for a change they didn’t cheat you by asking you to only buy one disc instead of two!

The first tale, Hulk Vs Wolverine is directed by Takuji Endo and is based on a screenplay by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle. This is very much a no holds barred slobber-knocker-fest, as for the first two thirds of its shortish runtime, the feature consists of little more than Hulk and Wolverine brutally pummelling one another (with a surprisingly large amount of blood for a Marvel animated feature).

However, things take a twist with the arrival of a couple of super villains towards the end, which adds a little more depth to the tale, and thanks to the inclusion of Deadpool, injects a little humour into proceedings.

In terms of animation, it does take a moment or two to get into the heavily stylized character designs, but the animation itself is fluid and the fights well choreographed, making for a good looking animated feature. Similarly, the voice actors used work well, and are accompanied by a decent music score to take in, the end result of it all being a non-stop guy-orientated feature, with lots of animated violence and the occasional chuckle or two to go along with this entertaining little piece of Marvel eye-candy.

The second tale, Hulk Vs Thor, is a little more cerebral than the first fight-fest, also based on a screenplay by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle, and is directed by Takuji Endo and Sam Liu.

This one sees the usual plot device of Loki attacking Asgard whilst Odin is in his Odin Sleep state, but this time around Loki manipulates Hulk into doing his dirty work for him, by extracting Bruce Banner out of the Hulk, leaving behind a rampaging monster over which Loki has some control and who pretty threatens to rip Odin’s kingdom apart if left unchecked. Enter Thor and what follows is again a great big battle movie (with less blood that the previous feature funnily enough), though this time around there are more than a few fronts on which fights need to be fought.

Certainly more serious than the first tale, but at the same time equivalent in terms of the amount of raw, untamed action you get subjected to.

The art style switches for this second feature, featuring slightly less stylized characters than in the first outing, but nevertheless stylized enough to set it apart from other animated features found on television at the moment. Again action and animation is fluid and well executed, making for a polished visual outing, complemented by a good voice acting cast as well as solid supporting soundtrack.

So in summary, Hulk Vs is an interesting experiment and well worth picking up for the short bursts of exciting comic book hero mayhem that it delivers, though you must go into it not expecting a story masterpiece to be able to get the most out of it.

A worth entry into the Marvel comic book film stable then, even if it does feel slightly out of place.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulk_Vs

Review: Uncanny X-Force #22 (Feb. 2012) Comic Books | My Reviews 30 MAR 2012

Some evil won’t stop. Some evil no prisons can old, no force can contain, no plea can soften. Sometimes to truly save lives the only option is to take them. The burden of that truth falls on a covert team of mutants assigned to those jobs too dirty, too dangerous for the X-Men. That team is the… Uncanny X-Force.

Right. So Fantomex took the decision to put a bullet into the boy who would be Apocalypse, leaving Captain Britain and the Captain Britain Corps no alternative other than to whisk Fantomex to Otherworld where he is sentenced to death. For reasons unknown, even to herself, Psylocke dives in as Lady Britain to save Fantomex, whilst Wolverine, Deadpool and Nightcrawler follow suit in order to save their team-mates.

But there is conflict in Otherworld, pitting Captain Britain and the Corps against overwhelming odds, Wolverine, Deadpool and Nightcrawler against something particularly wicked, and the escaping Psylocke and Fantomex against someone particularly twisted (and malleable).

Issue 22 of Uncanny X-Force delivers part 3 of the Otherworld tale from writer Rick Remender and to be honest, this issue acts very much as a setup title, basically crafting the battle scenarios which will surely fill the pages of issue 23 from start to finish. Basically a lot of dialogue split between the three main groups of characters mentioned above, brief action as the initial encounters play out, and not all that much else.

It reads okay, if a bit slow, and to be honest, I’m not so sure the witty dialogue between Deadpool and Wolverine feels all that natural, taking into account the gruff character that is Wolverine and the situation they find themselves in. Nevertheless, it does an admirable job as a springboard towards the epilogue of the Otherworld storyline, so worth picking up if you are actually following the rest of the series.

The art front is a bit of a mixed bag to be honest. Artist Greg Tocchini has a very rough, rushed style, and while it certainly is artistic, it does look rushed in a lot of places, and there are a lot of faulty body proportions and disappearing details that should have been picked up in the cleanup process. His style will certainly feel at home on a horror title, and I guess Uncanny X-Force is meant to carry a gritty feel, but to be honest I find his style misplaced here.

Oh well.

It wasn’t a badly written episode, but unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy Uncanny X-Force issue 22. I do however get that it is the “setup” issue so I can’t really complain all that much if I insist on ignoring the bigger picture. That said, it did make me look forward to the next issue, meaning it did it’s intended job, so there’s no faulting that! :)