It sure feels like it was summer and my beard was long the last time I wrote one of these… (PS: Baseball season is upon us!)
Well, guys, it’s been a long time.
(“Classic start,” Katie said while taking a sip of her morning coffee.)
I think it’s been over a month since I posted one of these and that’s just not right. Gotta get my blog situation right, y’all. I’m gonna try to keep on top of it from here on out.
Wanderlust – Watched this movie again with Katie and Kara. Same director as Wet Hot American Summer (set in Waterville, Maine (Colby College adjacent! (Kate’s alma mater))) and it shows. Not just with the repeated actors or the appearance of people from The Slate, but also in the wacky comedic style. I remember leaving this movie on while my mom was recovering from surgery, and she got…very agitated during the bloopers of Paul Rudd’s psych up speech in the mirror.
Community – Even with the Olympic break I’m an episode behind. The return of Dan Harmon has been a real boon for the show. I don’t think I would have watched another season of the “gas leak” show. The characters were all like third or fourth generation VHS recordings. You could tell their general shapes, but they were fuzzy and sounded wrong. Would I have noticed as much if I didn’t know about the behind-the-scenes changes? I would like to think I would. Glad to have it back, but it’s a bummer that Donald Glover left the show. Troy is a funny character.
How I Met Your Mother – I almost can’t remember which episodes this covers…If it covers the special How Your Mother Met Me episode, then it’s been a good string of episodes. I’m not as bothered by the way that the show keeps returning to the Robin well with Ted. His history with Robin was the catalyst that set off the whole show and it did need resolution before the end. Was the shot of Robin rising into the air like a balloon necessary? No, probably not. It looked cheesy as hell…
The Amazing Race – Watched the first episode of the first season with Kate to marvel at how far the show has come. I think that we’ll continue to watch it, but maybe after we finish with the Baseball documentary. The new season starts this weekend! Can’t wait!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Has it been so long that the Craig Robinson episode is covered by this entry? That was the most laugh out loud episode of the season. I really love what Dan Goor and Michael Schur have done in modifying the Parks formula for a cop show. It’s consistently funny without being mean. Just like Parks.
The Mindy Project – They’ve gone and pulled the trigger on the Danny Castellano thing…and then gone into winter hiatus. I don’t blame Mindy for leaving us on such an exciting cliffhanger, but I worry that it won’t be enough to save the show. I hear it’s on the bubble and without a damn good second half it could end up leaving us forever!
Game of Thrones – Watched the first episode with Katie and Min. I think it was to motivate Min to read the books or watch the show, but I have suspicions that Katie was trying to stealthily get me into it too. I will say that it’s got that HBO sheen to it. Just super high-quality looking and super well acted and executed. The story’s even got a great deal of intrigue wrapped up in its silly medieval trappings. I’m hoping Kate misses this entry and doesn’t see that I could perhaps (on a good day!) be persuaded to watch more episodes of this show…
New Girl – I really hope that they keep Coach in the show. He compliments Winston better, in my opinion, by being a guy they can pair him off with when they want to give Schmidt someone else to hang out with (or the three of them together. Also funny!). The post-Super Bowl Prince episode was pretty great and the show’s in a solid place right now. I can’t say that I look forward to it every week, but I will say that it consistently makes me laugh pretty hard.
Justified – I think I caught up on the last season in this gap, but who knows? I’m already like four episodes behind in the new season, but it promises some great Art suspicion of Raylan’s shady dispatch of Nicky Augustine last season.
Trophy Wife – Not gonna win any awards for innovative sitcom-ing, but fun.
Parks and Recreation – I’ve enjoyed the way that the show has developed so far, but, and here’s a crazy idea, wouldn’t it have been great if they ended the show when Ann left? They could have allowed Leslie to finish the park first, but that would have been a great starting point, methinks.
Archer – Archer Vice is so awesome. I’m absolutely loving the madcap antics of the ISIS drug cartel. So great.
The Daily Show – Jessica Williams is now the best correspondent.
The Colbert Report – I got tired of Colbert’s schtick back in 2009 or so. Now I’m ready for it again. It’s hilarious.
Masters of Sex – Well the length between posts means that I managed to finish the first season. Damn fine show. It’s probably gonna feel a little shiftless or aimless to the average viewer (moreso than Mad Men, even), but the character work is superb.
Sherlock – Also burned through all three of the third series. I agree with a lot of the criticism that the whole thing was a little too metacontextual. A little too wink wink, but it was also that brilliant character alchemy that really makes the show shine. Martin Freeman is a beast in it.
House of Cards – Valentine’s Day weekend was more or less spent binge-watching the entire second season. It’s schlocky and trashy, but it’s also so fun. Who knew trade embargoes and congressional procedure could be so interesting? I’m interested in seeing where the third series is going to go.
Olympics – I watched so many winter games. Just the best way to experience the disparate and weird winter sports. The only real heartbreak came during ice hockey. What a bummer…:grumble grumble:
Baseball – Got the first two innings of the Ken Burns documentary in. I was struck, yet again, with how fantastic this series really is. Can’t wait to keep watching this with Katie.
The Americans – The huge event at the end of the first episode of the second season was mindblowing and super creepy/scary. I think this show is one of the good ones. Check out the first season for free if you have Amazon Prime
Calle 13 released a new album, but I haven’t gotten around to listening to it yet. Instead I’ll put one of the tracks from one of Katie’s playlists that has completely taken over my brain, ZZ Ward’s “Put the Gun Down”
Also Ga-In’s new videos!
Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die – Finished this guy a long while ago. Super good. Super depressing sometimes. Also super uplifting when you realize that, even though it’s just fiction, the human spirit does not go quietly into the night. Just kind of chilling to think about if the Machine of Death were real…
Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection – A fun little diversion about health. It did help me get a hold on what I wanted to do with myself as I strove to be healthier in my life.
Earthbound – Who knew Ken Baumann was a good writer? Full of heartwarming little stories, this is actually a nice, short, gentle read.
All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono – I listened to the now famous Playboy interview many moons ago in podcast form, but getting a chance to read about the Lennon/Ono philosophy was just as fascinating the second time. Yeah, sometimes they were pretentious and obnoxious, but other times they were just way ahead of their time and really right. Worth reading if you like The Beatles, John Lennon, or Yoko Ono.
How to be Black – Yeah, it’s kind of a silly book, but it’s also a pretty good memoir of what it is to be black in America, but to also refuse to conform with what people say you’re supposed to be.
This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death – Only a few stories in on this one. They’re already more sophisticated than the previous version without sacrificing any of the pathos.
Civilization V – Hoo boy! I played so much of this in the past few months! Between games with David, his coworkers, Eric, and Lee I’m playing about 10 simultaneous games (plus a solo game here or there) and I’m totally digging it. I’m developing strong strategy and actually getting close to meeting David in my game that has progressed the furthest. I’ve also destroyed two civilizations in that game. Bwahaha…
Super Mario 3D Land – Platforming honed to perfection. I beat every level but the final, super secret one and I think that’s ok with me. That level is brutally hard/mean. Loved the game and I want to beat 3D World as thoroughly, for sure.
Bravely Default (Demo) – Talk about a brilliant marketing measure! This demo got Min and I interested in the game, prepped us for the start, and motivated us both to buy it day one. That’s how it’s done!
Cook, Serve, Delicious – Still loads of fun, but hard to squeeze in between all the other stuff I’m doing.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies – Finished the main game! Just gotta burn through one last DLC case where I’m defending an orca (yes, you read that right!). I loved it, but I’m ready to be done, I think.
The Walking Dead – I think this is from when I played with Katie and beat episode 2. Freaky episode. Min, you should get here.
Nidhogg – Fencing! It sounds boring, but it’s so addictive. It’s got that perfect rock, paper, scissors thing, but it’s all sped up in real time. Min and I killed each other like 100 times before finishing our second or third match.
Bravely Default – Ok, so the main game: still pretty good! I didn’t love the initial few jobs, but there are so many that I’m loving all the new, weird stuff I’m seeing.
Risk of Rain – I love me a roguelike. This was tons of fun to play with Lee and Min. We need to set up another time to play, for sure.
Inazuma Eleven – A soccer RPG! It’s awesome! You recruit players like capturing pokemon! There are special moves! I love this game.
Super Mario 3D World – Just a few levels here and there. I need to get all the star coins now to unlock the super secret worlds. So fun (and so pretty compared to the 3DS one!)