Hey it’s the end of June so it’s time to reflect upon all of the things I did to distract myself from responsibilities!
The World’s End (2013)
I love this trilogy, I really do, but for the longest time I couldn’t pinpoint what stood out as odd about the final instalment. After this viewing I realized what it was: the lead doesn’t change for the better. Gary King is the same character from start to finish and it just felt out of place compared to the natural development of Shaun and Nicholas through their films.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Clearly I was in the mood for blood and ice cream after The World’s End. This was only the second time I’d seen this so my thoughts on the character arcs aren’t swayed by frequency of viewing. Anyway, Edgar Wright could direct his way out of a Transformers movie so these are the tiniest of qualms.
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
So this was seen at the request of friends who had read the book (unlike me). Without knowing all the nuance of the source material I was still soooooooooo sad. Why would anyone go to see such a sad movie? Why do people read such sad books? Gaaaaaaaaaaaah.
I watched this on a plane as I figured it didn’t need to be seen on a big screen. I was right. I was also right to think that the film would sit with me for days as I’m still thinking about it. Confession time: I often mix up Spike Jonze and Spike Lee when discussing directors.
The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable by Punchdrunk (2013)
If you live in London and can somehow snag tickets before its July 6th finale, I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW MUCH YOU SHOULD GO AND EXPERIENCE THIS. I’d never experienced promenade theatre before but it was truly fantastic. The premise and reaction I had to it was very similar to Majora’s Mask, which I feel is both completely on point and not even close. If anyone knows of a production like this in southern Ontario then please let me know.
Game of Thrones (Season Four)
After finishing the season I thiiiiiiiiink I may try to tackle book 5. Of course the show is fantastic but I still feel like I’m only getting as much out of it as I do because I’ve read the books. I dunno.
The Yogi Bear Show (Seasons 1 & 2)
I love when work gives me the excuse to watch classic TV. While I always enjoy a good HB production, I now find I’m watching the show equally for the craftsmanship and technical achievements as I am for the gags and plot.
Beedle-Am Bam by The Vaudevillain (2013)
Earlier this month I went with a few friends to a street music festival and this set stole the whole show. The crowd around them was having as much fun as the performers and I picked up their latest record the next day. Go check out a few tracks and if you like the sound then you’ll definitely dig the whole album.
Eternal Champ by Sweet Valley (2012)
I’m clearly late to this game but I really dug this! Of course the Ocarina of Time samples didn’t hurt but there’s a beauty here beyond the recognisable elements.
Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey (2014)
I usually buy an album just before I do any traveling so that it can be a sort of soundtrack to the trip. This was the case for my adventures in London and it was weirdly appropriate when people watching while waiting for the tube. I can’t decide if the album is genuinely sad or if the sorrow comes from the inability to feel that sadness.
The Shining by Stephen King
I’m clearly stalling on getting through this as I’m a scaredy-cat. It hasn’t even gotten to the scary bits yet and I’m already terrified.
Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Augustyn, Mike Mignola, P. Craig Russell, David Hornung, and Eduardo Barreto.
The first story was great and the sequel was fine, but didn’t stick with me as much as I would’ve liked. I’m always inclined to like Mignola’s work so maybe that factored in. This isn’t necessarily the sort of Batman story that I gravitate towards so I’m hard-pressed to recommend it.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo 3DS)
I’m about half way through the game and never played the Gamecube version. I love point-and-click adventures and I really like how much personality Luigi has. This is the level of terror I can handle and I’m enjoying every minute of it!
And that, my friends, was the month of June.