Media Consumed May 2021 Edition

Things I've watched of late. Mostly good. Mostly.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier. The most recent Marvel TV series on Disney+. As a whole I enjoyed it if viewed as one long Captain America movie. In weekly installments I'm not sure it worked as well. Anthony Mackie and Wyatt Russell were great. But the flag smashers were terrible villains, and I don't think the series really stuck the landing.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Speaking of Anthony Mackie, he's in this too. And this was a fun movie. What if Abraham Lincoln was a bad ass Vampire killer? Bonus points for Rufus Sewell, and who doesn't love them some Rufus Sewell?

Star Wars Biomes. If you own an Apple TV, you know how utterly fantastic the aerial drone screensavers are. So this is like that, but set in Star Wars locales. Hoth is just fantastic.

For All Mankind. Season two just came to a close. And it was one of the best seasons of TV I've watched in a long time. Actually this has got to be one of the best TV shows I've had the pleasure of watching. If you've not seen it, and have an Apple TV+ subscription, watch it immediately.

Fear The Walking Dead. There is no amount of apocalyptic end of the world media that I find too much. Possibly my favorite genre. A spin off of its big sibling show The Walking Dead, it started out well, faltered for a couple seasons, but is back to being good in season six.

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Apple AirTags

I guess if you're the sort of person who loses things a lot, these would be handy? Can you imagine being genuinely excited to have lost something so you can use your cool gadget to find it again?

"Sweet, I finally lost my bag, what a bloody great day".

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I’m Over You

The b-side from INXS's What You Need wasn’t an album filler track. Instead a newly recorded synth affair performed entirely by Jon Farriss.

When Michael Hutchence died, they should have made Jon the singer. You really have to pay attention to hear it’s not Michael singing this. So good.

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Things I Like February 2021 Edition

Some things I like. And definitely worth your time.

Circle. Alien invasion movie unlike anything I've seen before. Filmed almost entirely on one set. What if you were forced to choose who lives and who dies? Gripping.

Star Trek: Discovery. Season three comes to a close. It's still very good but I felt this season slightly weaker. Suffers I think from having so few episodes to flesh things out. Prestige TV is not like the good old days of ST: Next Generation with 25 episodes every season.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year. Some truly amazing shots. Hard to pick one particular fave, but I do love me some shipwrecks.

The Endless. Slow to get going, but then has you on the edge of your seat. Low budget extremely well done (what genre would this even fit in?) horror, sci-fi (?) movie.

The Expanse. Season five comes to a close. This is by far one of the best sci-fi shows ever made. Like ST: Discovery, I felt this season suffered from having too few episodes. They say next season is gonna wrap things up. Yipes. Then what am I supposed to do?

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Wall Of Sound

Wall Of Sound

Back in the olden times when going to a restaurant was a good idea, we loved going to Windsor. Food is fantastic, IPAs delicious, and they play the best music.

Luckily you can order the food online and go pick it up. Safely of course. One of the upsides of that is getting mesmerized at their cassette wall as you wait. So many many good albums.

I wish I'd kept all my old cassettes to do something similar.

Fresh

The Phoenix metro area had quite the wonderful thunderstorm yesterday. Going outside this morning to sip coffee was just great. The air feels so clean and fresh. You can't help but sit and breathe deeply.

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Things I Like January 2021 Edition

Some things I like and definitely worth your time.

Star Wars Rebels. As a huge fan of the Clone Wars animated series, and anything Dave Filoni is involved with, I was really looking forward to watching this. Starts slow, and is a little kid-centric. But by season four had found its feet. Turned out to be a very very good tale set in the Star Wars universe. Clone Wars was better though.

Rockonteurs Podcast. If you like 80s music (and if you don't, what is wrong with you?) this will be right up your alley. Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt chat with the who's who of what made the world go round back then. Billy Idol, Boy George, John Taylor, Dave Stewart. It's great stuff.

Virtual Chat With Ted Lasso Cast. Ted Lasso was one of the best things to come out of 2020. And this chat with the cast of the show is just utterly delightful.

Utopia. Comic books. Dystopia. Villains. Rain Wilson. John Cusack. It will shock you "salt, bleach, spoon".

Ambrosia Devon Custard. When you find it over here in the US it just brings a smile to your face. And now a little something from the old country.

Cobra Kai. Like most chaps my age, I was a bit partial to the original Karate Kid. Hearing they'd made a TV show set 34 years later, looking at life from Johnny Lawrence's perspective was intriguing. And oh boy did it ever work. Nostalgia factor sure. But great writing and some deliciously funny moments makes this a must see. Final episode of season three is just marvelous.

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