With the start of school I generally notice a decline in media consumption (class notes and project outlines take time!) but I like to think this month was quality over quantity.
I went into this knowing very little and was soooooooo happy with it! I loved Coraline and this had a similarly balanced tone of light and dark that you don’t usually see from other family-oriented studios. Casting Hollywood names usually ends up being distracting for me but that wasn’t the case here. I can’t recommend this film enough.
20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
The premise sounded promising (following the lives of back-up singers) but those they focused seemed to share a very similar story: they loved what we did but tried to break out and couldn’t quite reach the levels that we expected. Maybe it’s an appropriate sampling of the industry, but the end result was repetitive and in a depressing way.
Garfunkel and Oates (Season 1)
I think the easy way to talk about this show is to compare it Flight of the Conchords but I think the basic premise of following two struggling musicians is really as far as the similarities go. Their music and the show has this angler fish quality where it dazzles you with bright lights to distract you from the biting reality.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 1)
I’m a latecomer to the show and it’s a lot of fun. As a fan of The Lonely Island, I’m glad they built a series around the sort of character that Andy Samberg pulls off best.
Doctor Who (Season 8)
I’ve been a believer in the 12th Doctor from the start and the season is still really working for me. The prickly Doctor is a nice change of pace from Tennant and Smith but the character’s interest in the unknown and sense of wonder has remained (two of my favourite traits).
Neuromancer by William Gibson
I think I better appreciated this book after doing a bit of research on its relevance. I took for granted how many of the ideas that are common place today were really introduced in this book and I really wouldn’t have known given how engrained I am in the current state of society. Even if you’re not interested in reading it for its impact on society’s understanding of technology’s potential influence, it’s a great crime novel with intrigue and action.
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
(Page 35 of 638)
Clearly I’ve just started the book but I’m so excited for this! Mike Mignola mentioned this collection of Arthurian tales in one of his Hellboy collections and I’d never really considered where those stories came from! It’s already taking me back to my weekends watching Sword in the Stone.
Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Velhmann and Kerascoët
PLEASE HELP ME FIND MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS! I loved the artwork and the casual nature in which it handled the darker parts of the human condition. It felt like a mix of Disney-like naivety, Studio Ghibli wonder (with a touch of danger), and George R. R. Martin’s ability to just straight-up kill anyone. It’s not for a younger audience but anyone who is old enough to read this definitely should. And again, if you have recommendations based on this book then please share.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
It appears I’m on a dark kick this month but I frighten easily so I could only read each of these stories during the daytime. The artwork and her approach to sequential art is wonderfully balanced and it all just adds to the tension. Plus she’s a fellow Canadian so that’s cool!
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
This is a super new release and it’s so fun to read. The premise is great and Campbell’s work is always so fun to look at. There’s a lot of variety in his compositions and each page is a new treat.
The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts and Christian Robinson
I picked up the book based on Robinson’s artwork and the story not only rhymed but had a great message! I was kinda expecting it to be about how size doesn’t matter (and in a bigger sense it is) but the story of Sally McCabe and how she affects her school is so much more than that.
Super Smash Bros. Demo (Nintendo 3DS)
I wasn’t sure if I was going to pick this up next month as I wasn’t sure how it would handle on a portable platform but this game is already so much fun! I’m looking forward to playing the other new characters as Megaman and Villager are already super fun. I don’t know if you can play with friends or how that stuff works yet but I’ll share my code if I can figure this stuff all out. Any suggestions?
And that’s it! I feel like these quasi reviews are just “oh I really like it!” but it’s how I feel. There’s genuinely so many great things out there to see and experience!