April22014

MARCH - MOVIES

Frozen was delightful, and inspired a tangent of Disney classics. For as old as some of them are, they are amazing. Most of my memories of them are from a blurry VHS-to-24” TV setup, so I was pretty blown away seeing them in HD for the first time. Sleeping Beauty in particular looked impossibly well-detailed, with so much to take in for every scene. They’re all charming, fun, and re-watchable (every decade or so.) 

I really liked Short Term 12, and my second viewing of City of Ember was still a treat. Not sure where I stand on American Hustle or Wolf of Wall Street though. Non-sympathetic characters haven’t been doing it for me, lately

SHORT TERM 12 
AMERICAN HUSTLE 
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
CITY OF EMBER
THE LION KING
ALADDIN
FROZEN
SLEEPING BEAUTY
SNOW WHITE
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

2PM

MARCH - TV

I don’t know why I love Damages so much, maybe it just surprised the hell out of me when I caught the first season way back when. I’m happy to find that its still just as entertaining. Cosmos is a lot of fun too, I’m anticipating it weekly

COSMOS - Incredibly inspiring, uplifting. Brilliantly produced
DAMAGES - One of my top 5 favorite shows, intensely thrilling
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST - Enjoying and anticipating this remake
HANNIBAL S2 - Pandering to itself, little plot or character progress
PARTY DOWN S2 - Lacks plot but it’s funny, clever, short and sweet

8AM
MARCH - GAMESDARK SOULS 2 - Though initially failing my impossibly high expectations and certainly not as well made as the first, its still a tense, enjoyable and sometimes beautiful experience

MARCH - GAMES

DARK SOULS 2 - Though initially failing my impossibly high expectations and certainly not as well made as the first, its still a tense, enjoyable and sometimes beautiful experience

March112014

FEBRUARY - MOVIES

Everything I saw last month was good to great, and rather than sum up my reactions into more and more elaborately positive adjectives, I’m just gunna list em:

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
HER
NEBRASKA
12 YEARS A SLAVE
PHILOMENA
ENOUGH SAID
FRAILTY
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

6AM

FEBRUARY - TV

TRUE DETECTIVE - I think I enjoy the conversation and hype surrounding this show as much as (or more than) watching it.
PARTY DOWN - Funny enough, good casting
HOUSE OF CARDS - More interesting than entertaining, good though

March12014

FEBRUARY - GAMES

LAST OF US L.B. - In a league of its own, showcases everything TLOU did best, its short story alone is immensely rewarding
GUACAMELEE! - A blast to play, with a great sense of humor. Visually simple yet gorgeous at times, wish I’d given it a chance sooner!
CALL OF JUAREZ - Satisfying and tight gameplay, fascinating story
CIVILIZATION(S) - Maybe 15 hours altogether and I’m still not feeling it. I have little connection with what transpires, my only motivation being the repeated need to “complete” essentially endless tasks (ala The Sims series)
COD GHOSTS - Pretty stale but also refined, a modern day frantic arcade game

February42014

JANUARY - MOVIES

BLUE JASMINE - Excellent direction/acting/editing. Requiem for a Dream for trophy wives
GRAVITY - An intense experience, big action scenes took me out of it  PRISONERS - Intense throughout, well-acted, disliked the resolution
RUSH - Bizarrely similar to the inspiring documentary Senna, not as powerful
THE HUNT -  Shocking, sensitive subject material (child sex abuse), pathetically weak characters
THE CONJURING - Adequately entertaining and scary, lacks any real distinction from other horror movies
MORVERN CALLAR - Plodding and pretentious, free-spirited and exotic 
ELYSIUM - Thin on characters/plot, heavy-handed themes, forgettable sci-fi world

February12014

JANUARY - TV

COMMUNITY - Excellent! I feel the same amount of anticipation for this season’s episodes as I do for new Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, etc.
MR SHOW S4 - Final season is just as funny, I’m loling throughout most eps
ROME S2 - Pales in comparison to the epic first season, still worthwhile
GIRLS - Cool, shocking and directionless as ever (which is the point)

Been watching it sporadically over the year, so a special mention of ADVENTURE TIME for its imagination, interesting characters, and an amazing, inviting world

10AM

JANUARY - GAMES

ASSASSIN’S CREED IV - Best pirate game ever, unquestionably my fav AC
BRAID - Delayed playing this for far too long. One of the best indie games I’ve played. Thoughtful and genius, there’s really nothing like it
BLEED - Perfect little indie game, super fun and cool
DON’T STARVE - Want to like this but features convoluted crafting, trial and error with diminishing returns
DUKE NUKEM 3D - I love it when Duke curses, or says anything really
10,000,000 - Perfect mini time-waster that’ll last forever
TELEGLITCH - Creepy atmosphere, huge difficulty curve
RESOGUN - Visually noisy, not enough variety for me

January132014

2013 FAVORITES - MOVIES

Of everything I saw this year (including repeat viewings), these were my favorites:

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

DEAR ZACHARY

ROSEMARY’S BABY

SENNA 

SCENT OF A WOMAN

BEFORE MIDNIGHT

INTOUCHABLES

HOLES (I curse your family for always and eternity…)

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS

WARM BODIES (a nice surprise)

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