LOG 2: MARCH 2020
It's been a hell of a month. I lost my job and the world went to hell. But I'm writing this to document something much more serious: the media I consumed.
Started this not knowing much about it, but I had always heard good things. Will see if it actually is good or if it's just a bunch of horseshit.
Boy this would've been really good if it weren't for it ending with a text blurb.
High As Hope Florence And the Machine
It's another one of those.
It didn't grab like Body Talk, but things rarely do.
Hyperborea (Re-recorded / Remastered Versions) Tangerine Dream
With my very limited experience with Tangerine Dream, I'm not exactly in the best position to judge all their work. That being said, I feel like this got away from the more dreamlike works that I had heard off their albums from the 70s and early 80s.
I See You (Deluxe) the xx
The xx briefly get away from their signature "falling-asleep-while-performing" sound here, only to be sucked directly back to the well for the great majority of this album.
Doom Patrol Book Three by Grant Morrison, Sean Phillips, Richard Case, Stan Woch, Ken Steacy, Phillip Bond
A great metafictional end to a series that always embraced absurdity. Shows why this silly sort of fiction is really so important.
"Just Do" Stealing Sheep
Yeah, it's a banger.
Disappointingly, this is just some chiptune stuff, and I'm not at the point in my life where I will tolerate chiptunes.
Images of Sigrid Poni Hoax
I remember being real into this album when I was younger, and I had wondered if it was just due to being depressed or if it was actually good. The answer is a little of both.
The Truth (2019)
This movie is French as all hell. Shoutout to Ethan Hawke, doing an extended cameo as a bumbling American actor.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
NieR:Automata Ending A
I'm not wowed so far. The gameplay kind of sucks, and I don't like the characters. Has some inklings of something better to come.
In Search of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979 Disc 1, Tangerine Dream
I didn't realize when halfheartedly flipping through Tangerine Dream's discography and downloading them at random that this was sixteen-disc box set, but that wasn't going to stop me from trying to get through the whole thing.
In Search of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979 Disc 2, Tangerine Dream
In Search of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979 Disc 3, Tangerine Dream
These discs were just alternate takes of the first disc (for the most part) and I wanted something different.
In Search of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979 Disc 4, Tangerine Dream
I think this was the live show? Still pretty good, but I could use some variety.
In Search of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979 Disc 5, Tangerine Dream
I gave up. I'm sorry, I just can't take that much Tangerine Dream.
"When Do I Get to Sing My Way" Sparks
I feel this song in my bones.
Nier:Automata Ending B
A near identical playthrough with a neat gameplay twist and more philosophical bloviating from the villains, Adam and Eve, who are the first of their kind (GET IT?). Again, there are some hints towards something more, but it ain't there yet.
Nier:Automata Ending C
There are some genuinely shocking story beats (and one very predictable story beat), and a new playable character who was by the far most interesting. It goes deeper into existential questions than just about any other game I've played, and explores a lot of them without beating you over the head (surprising, given the naming convention of a few of the characters). Thought it goes some interesting places, it still feels like a chore to actually play.
Nier:Automata Ending D
This is a lot like ending C, only the outcome is worse.
Nier:Automata Ending E
This is the one part of Nier:Automata that really got to me. It says, through a metafictional lens, that we shouldn’t sit back and accept the cards that fate has dealt us. Not only that, but it posits that all of us, together, can fight the fates and bring about a better world, even if we have to risk sacrificing ourselves to do it. Objectively, it is a silly way to convey these ideas, but I can't say that it didn't get to me in a big way and temporarily made me feel connected to something greater. In the moment, it really hit me.
And then I thought about it some more. While it did make me feel connected, it felt like a strange thing to pull out at the very last minute of the game. Was there some running theme with connection and cooperation that I simply missed in the rest of the game? I supposed you could argue that the machines and androids who work together could signal to that, but that storyline never heads to that same conclusion, nor does it seem it ever will. And while this moment is cool in a metafictional sense, in a regular fictional sense, I didn't really care about it. I really didn't cared about 9S and 2B and a big part of this, in the world of this game, relies on that. Plus there's some real "anime"-level voice acting if you know what I mean.
It's a game with good moments. But that's about it. It's fine, but I can't imagine myself ever trying to play this again.
Nextworld Vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka
Oof. Nextworld is one of the rougher Tezuka series I've tried to get into, and it's probably due to being an earlier work. Tezuka still holds a place in my heart, but there's an obvious reason as to why this was never republished (besides Dark Horse being weird about things).
Woten is a short little platformer with pixel art and… well, that's kind of it. It's not a bad game by any means, but it's more of a tech demo than a full-fledged game. It has promise for when the full game comes out, but right now we just sort of wait and see.
Started The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
When I first played this, I had very little patiencefor the combat and weapons durability and wanted to avoid using any sort of guide. I had a feelign though, that if I was willing to really work on mastering different systems and go through guidebooks, I would probably enjoy it. But I also knew I needed a lot time to do this.
Luckily I was fired two days after I started this game and the world fella part, so I was about to have more than enough time to sink into it.
The Inevitable End Röyksopp
Röyksopp strikes me as one of the least offending electronic groups out there.
Until the End of the World (1991)
Worth sitting through all five hours. A spiritual journey of discover y and dreams. Shout outs to Solveig Dommartin, Sam Neill, and Max Von Sydow (RIP).
The Snob (1958)
Have you ever watched a comedy program that features one of those fake educational films form the fifties that seem so backwards and ridiculous that they couldn't possibly be real. It turns out they are real, and this is that film that they were referring to. The moral is that girls need to stop being so stuck-up and career-focused and they just tneed to party and find a nice man.
Night Owls (1930)
I don't remember what happened in this, but I think I remember a pie.
They don't make 'em like this any more. Nor should they.
Perfect Day (1929)
Before this film, I was under the impression that the gag of running a joke into the ground for so long that it circles to unfunny and then back to funny again was only invented by jews in the 1970's, but I'll be damned If Laurel and Hardy didn't prove me wrong.
Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn by Hugo Pratt
Hugo Pratt does some amazing work. I'm always a fan of romantic adventurers, and this fits into that category perfectly. And hey it's refreshing to see stories set in the 1910's where the protagonist is working with the indigenous peoples instead of against them. A big standout is the hallucinatory visit to Mu by one of the characters, and I hope to see more of that in later albums.
Ghost World (2001)
I went to art school with a lot of people who are like Enid Coleslaw, and they are just as unpleasant in real life as they are in the film. A great deconstruction of the Manic Pixie Dreamgirl.
Finished The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The big thing you should know about me is that I'm an idiot for ever abandoning this game. It is definitely a Guidebook game, but that's not at all a bad thing. It rocks cock, not only with a nice selection of cute outfits, but the underrated mechanic of having unlimited bombs at your disposal. Why don't more games give you that? It's a true masterpiece, and I look forward to playing it again someday.
Dark Side of the Ring Season 1
Turns out some of the real-life backstory behind wrestling can be real interesting when not handled by WWE. The Von Erich episode is highpoint, and it's amazing that Kevin Von Erich has been able to find happiness considering the long and heartbreaking history he's been faced with.
Dark Side of the Ring "Benoit"
A solid piece of work that also manages to look at the real consequences for the people left alive. Again, it's for the best that WWE had no involvement.
Alien 3 (1992/2003)
I can understand why fans of the series hate this one so much, but it's a hell of a way to end the Alien franchise. Or would have been anyway. It's dark, it's bitter, and just plain mean, but that's what works so well about it. It's a great way to end the franchise.
Alien Resurrection (1997)
But of course, not able to leave well enough alone, Joss Whedon had to write this turd. The actual concept bheind it isn't bad, and even shifting to a more comedic tone with the help of the Delicatessen director works well. But goddamn, that Joss Whedon dialogue just sucks the life out of it.
Clumsy by Jeffery Brown
A solid autobiographical comic about a doomed relationship. Brown never shies away from his own faults, and thankfully doesn’t try to cast the woman who broke his heart as a villain. It's not exactly unique, but it's well-told nonetheless.
The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Omnibus 1 by Eiji Otsuka and Housuo Yamazaki
A very low-key supernatural affair, that deals with the concept of death in a very blunt and dry way (just the way I like it, baby!). For something that deals with corpses occasionally coming back to life and getting revenge on those who wronged them, it oddly feels closer to slice-of-life than straight-up horror.
RIP Stuart Gordon. Re-Animator still whips sack, and Jeffery Combs should've been given every award there is for his performance.
Eat-Man Vol. 1 by Akihito Yoshitomi
Eat-Man Vol. 2 by Akihito Yoshitomi
This is from that weird time in the 90s where they were still trying to figure out how to sell manga to people, and so we end up with only two volumes of as series that has lasted for 19 volumes in Japan. I wish there were more volumes in english, because I absolutely loved what I've read so far. Bolt Crank is a wandering mercenary who takes on oddjobs across a futuristic world (worlds?). Oh yeah, and he can eat any object and reconstitute from his body later. It's a lot of fun! Unfortunately, this is also one of those series that Viz likely still owns the rights to and will probably just sit on. Fuck you, publishing pigs!
20th Century Boys Perfect Edition Vol. 1 by Naoki Urasawa
Very slowly-paced, but Urasawa still kept me engaged the whole time, ratcheting up all the tension of a mystery that I cannot wait to see the end of.
JPEG by Digitalism
It's fine. It's digitalism.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
This was my favorite Ghibli film when I was younger. Guess what, it still slaps.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
I've seen this far too much, but it's still pretty good.
Gambling Apocalypse: Kaiji Vol. 1 by Noboyuki Fukumoto
There's no way to hate a something titled "Gambling Apocalypse." There just isn't. Not only does it contain the most tense game of Rock, Paper, Scissors in any medium, but it no one has come close to capturing the despair, and anxiety of being under an amount of crippling debt in the way Fukumoto does. Which is a good thing.
Puhser III: I'm the Angel of Death (2005)
Milo being the main character seemed like a risky proposition, but he's great as a bumbling, incompetent crime lord. A solid entry in the series that feels oddly lighter than the other films, which is odd for a film that has a very detailed corpse disposal scene.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness (2020)
Crazy as everyone says. It's nice to see a crime documentary where the even the allegations by the craziest person in the series are probably accurate (Carole definitely killed her husband).
F for Fake (1973)
This is one of my favorite movies and it should be one of yours. Do yourself a favor: don't bother to look up anything about this film and immediately watch it as part of your free trial to the criterion channel. You won't be disappointed. And if you are, you're not a good person.
Collected Essex County by Jeff Lemire
This is both super-depressing and super-Canadian (there's a whole chunk of the plot that deals with professional hockey). It's a solid family drama, and I can't help but love Lemire's expressive artwork.
There is not a better drug freakout movie, and if you think there is, you are wrong. There are times when it goes full Suspiria, and goes even crazier than that.
The Guest (2014)
While under quarantine, I decided to watch every blu-ray that I own that I hadn't seen (on blu-ray). Still pretty good. Dan Stevens is charismatic and really hot in it.
This is one of the best genesis games I've ever seen. It's an underplayed classic, and a great twist on the Zelda-'em-up genre of game. Also, the shadow spirit is pretty great. I want more. On an unrelated note, does anyone know what the best Sega Saturn emulator is?
Trading Places (1983)
Still pretty good. That's it.
While going through the Genesis Mini, this one stuck out and I played a few hours vowing to go back to it. This is that time. Who knows what it will bring? I don't know, but the isometric gameplay is going to be a big fucking problem.