New Fiction 2019 – June

Godzilla: King of the Monsters dir. Michael Dougherty (2019)

I’m onboard for big character mash-up movies as much as the next man-child, but I wanna know a lot more about the titans introduced in this movie. It’s a lot of ‘em. It’s also one of those movies where so many people die constantly that I wonder what the movie is trying to do with the focus on human turmoil. It seems like the inevitable conclusion is a a society designed to appease the giant monsters. Skip forward a few hundred years and show that.

Tuca & Bertie (2019)

28th June – Tuca & Bertie is hilarious and weird, I love it.

29th June – Okay this show is even better than ‘hilarious and weird.’ Lisa Hanawalt’s voice is in everything. The focus on women’s relationships, on calling out shitty dudes, it’s all the kinda show we need to see more of.

Half the year already.

New Fiction 2019 – May

What We Do in the Shadows – “Pilot” (2019)

Holy shit, there’s a new kind of vampire and it’s the funniest character I’ve seen in a long while. I’ve only watched the one episode and will soon indulge in the rest.

Hanna – “Forest” (2019)

I’ve seen the movie, and so it feels… familiar, like a story retold. Stretching that out into an episodic series will have to mean some new plot elements, maybe new characters? I wasn’t compelled enough to continue.

El Chicano dir. Ben Hernandez Bray (2019)

This made me wretch. You know, in the brain. Its message is pure Latinos for Trump propaganda and trying to tell Americans of latin-american descent where their loyalties should lie. It doesn’t help that the producer is a genuine asshole.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu dir. Rob Letterman (2019)

Before I saw it, someone mentioned that it was a religious movie, and that’s all I could think about. I didn’t quite see what he meant, but it certainly made me second-guess the motivations of the creators. It also had giant purple Pokémon with speakers built into their bodies, so there’s that.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum dir. Chad Stahelski (2019)

I liked the first two a lot, but John Wick is now a franchise and I sure wish it wasn’t. I’d rather they took the James Bond approach. Movie ends, the next one is a mystery, you know.

Brightburn dir. David Yarovesky (2019)

The notion of Superman as an evil, sociopathic entity is intriguing. I mean, if it goes wrong, it can go real wrong. I just hope there’s no Batman character to stop him in future installments, just more descent into sadness and horror.

BETTER THAN IRL

BETTER THAN IRL

Tumblr came along at a pretty formative time for me (you know, those salad days that are your late twenties), and this book from @therealkatiewest‘s Fiction & Feeling promises to be an interesting and maybe Too Real collection of stories of the ways people connected with each other through places like this.

Less than 48 hours and $5800 USD to go!

New Fiction 2019 – April

The Favourite dir. Yorgos Lanthimos (2018)

This was a fun movie about two adversaries jockeying for power and then, holy shit, what, it’s not that at all. But I loved it, it’s the kind of thing I want to read but who has the time, who? You might say it’s my… favorite.

Creed II dir. Steven Caple Jr. (2018)

Another movie of adversaries. Adonis Creed is the same man, out to prove something, and so is his rival as the son of the man who was humiliated by Rocky in Rocky IV. However, this man is far more fucked up, and his emotional arc is the stronger of the two.

If Beale Street Could Talk dir. Barry Jenkins (2018)

The injustice in this movie is the quiet, seething kind. The movie shows people trying to live within the rules and shot down at every opportunity. But their love, their connections to each other, provides the hope that allows them to survive. The movie never crescendos the way one might expect, much like Jenkins’s last movie. It just continues, like the best stories, like life.

A Private War dir. Matthew Heineman (2018)

Journalists of war exhibit a certain bravery to tread into war and tell the story of those who must suffer it. This telling of the life of Marie Colvin shows that need we all have, I think, to do the thing that we know we shouldn’t. We shouldn’t imperil ourselves. We shouldn’t tell the stories of those who we ignore, because then we must face our willful ignorance.

The Spectacular Now dir. James Ponsoldt (2013)

A romantic comedy with some edge, something I think has become more prevalent recently. Sadly, we have a dude with an alcohol problem, and a girl who he uses to get over himself. I only cheer for her to tell him to fuck off.

Shazam! dir. Peter Safran (2019)

Not what I expected. The movie leans into family-friendly and focuses on levity, taking its time with building the hero out of the boy. In truth, it’s a frustrating journey, but perhaps that’s what it is to watch children struggle to find their place in the world.

Avengers: Endgame dir. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (2019)

I’ve only watched it once, but something felt… off. Or I guess, felt too perfect. It was too buttoned up, too many solutions. The part I was most fascinated with was the fallout of the previous movie’s actions, living with that kind of loss. And they touch on it, with some characters driven by it. But the world remains. Maybe that’s how it is? The world will always remain.

Bob’s Burgers – “Brunchsquatch” (2017)

Beefsquatch! Gene is the kid I wish I was, entertaining and outgoing. Also, I’ve never had brunch, but as I understand it the boozy orange juice is the highlight, yeah?

Bob’s Burgers – “The Silence of the Louise” (2017)

Mysteries can be a real hoot. Solving them, finding clues, you know. And mysteries in primetime cartoons are the hootest.

Bob’s Burgers – “Sit Me Baby One More Time”

(2017)

I traveled all around in March and April and ate an embarrassing amount of expensive food for free. And let me tell you, good as it was, it’s never worth the price. Some burgers may be better than others but, at the end of the day, you’re just eating a plop of ground-up cow muscle.

The Simpsons – “Holidays of Future Passed” (2011)

I’ve been doing a ton (ton!) of research on The Simpsons for some upcoming projects. Part of the research is watching every single one of its 650+ episodes. This episode, one of the many that skip ahead to see the family in future times, was pleasant, but didn’t quite hit the jokes-per-minute average that the old episodes achieved. It was interesting to skip ahead and see where they’ve gone.

Star Trek: Discovery – "The Vulcan Hello” (2017)

Oh no. I’m one of those fans who is going to complain about changes, like the klingons’ radical physical and cultural alterations. I understand the old Star Trek is dead, long live Star Trek, but it’s a hurdle just the same. I hope to watch the rest of this series sometime soon and get a better sense of it. As you know, Star Trek is never good right out of the gate.

Luther – Series 5 (2019)

Luther, man, what are you doing? These last couple of series have seen Luther make some real questionable choices, perhaps showing the fallout of all the decisions he’s made in previous series. Like with Shazam! up above, it’s difficult to see characters fuck up so bad and for so long. But, always a but, I understand that sometimes shit happens, and you respond as best as you can.

The Jam Report: April 2019

gamejamcurator:

image

This April we recommended 24 entries made for 15 different game jams. Especially the games of the Bitsy Jam with its special teeth theme and the VAMPIRE JAM have shown that they don’t lack bite at all. But all the other recommendations were amazing as well: We can offer you a pinball-roguelike, a time-paradox-pizza-adventure, a murder mystery with cute ghosts, a gardening game with spaceships and a black hole, a text adventure about a lump, a weird, but serious game which states, why neutrality won’t help against fascism at all and so much more. So check them out!

But oh, if you are too busy to read our article today, then don’t worry: Sebastian will stream all those games on our Twitch channel on Sunday, the 5th of May, at 13:00 (UTC-4). So save the date and join us!

Keep reading

I feel sick, likely due to food poisoning. These are the loneliest times. No one to help, no one to nurture. A grim reminder that if something happens, it’s up to me to resolve it, or suffer as necessary.

New Fiction 2019 – March

Alita: Battle Angel dir. Robert Rodriguez (2019)

An artificial person like Alita is going to exist, I reckon. I’m going to fall into an armchair of the future and fail to recognize where I am, who I am. A person with a brain? A soldier or a daughter. I don’t think it would be so bad to dream of electric sheep.

Captain Marvel dir. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (2019)

I’ve wanted to fly since 1990. A big, garish plane, capable of landing on water or land or ice and snow. All ports as home and no home at all. Danvers, denied the opportunity, breaks free of her roles to fly in the most amazing way. Her spirit is infectious, if well-familiar.

Us dir. Jordan Peele (2019)

The shadow of the shadow is the person. Somehow, the shadow wants to kill, and so it is suppressed and buried. A living burial is a horrifying, the most terrible thing you can do. Please don’t bury me, or anyone. Leave us out in the sun.

The Grand Budapest Hotel dir. Wes Anderson (2014)

A little window in the middle of the wall is the clearest view. Peer through it and see inside, then see inside, then see inside. The care of each of us is up to all of us, and yet you are remembered fondly, even as you live, even as you die.

Dragged Across Concrete dir. S. Craig Zahler (2018)

The long draw is an invention of the American Western. It’s the kind of story where a man is left standing, top of the heap. Knowledge of the law is, after all, the best way to break it.

The emotion is Janus-faced: we are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.

Carson McCullers, from The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1940)