Thyroid

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    It Sounds Like Death Stranding Is Going To Blow Us Away
  2. Netflix Originals

    Movies: Okja: because I'm crazy for Bong Joon-ho. But I really want to watch Private Life, Fundamentals of Caring, Land of Steady Habits, The World is Yours, Meyerowitz Stories, First They Killed My Father, and Crossroads: One Two Jaga. Series: Bojack Horseman starts out great and gets better and better and better. Lots of non-traditional, even avant-garde storytelling. I was sure the show'd peaked by season 4, but season 5 started analysing the actual show and the people who watch it and use it to justify their own behaviour to themselves. Hilda is as good as you've heard. Great family fun. American Vandal is immature, mature, stupid, intelligent, touching. It's one of my favourite shows. The fact it's a parody but so ridiculous is what makes it amazing. And then it actually has something to say! Twice! Hoping we somehow get a season 3 (and 4, and 5). Everyone watches Black Mirror and I love it so much I pace it (watching an episode every few weeks). In case you needed my stamp of approval. Season 2 is as good as the first one. It starts out with a spectacularly disgusting scene (they just went for the jugular), but it tones it down.
  3. Women Directors

    Great thread! Annemarie Jacir is a great director. When I Saw You and Salt of This Sea are essential. I also like Mais Darwazah's My Love Awaits Me by the Sea; hokey title, but the movie eventually makes fun of itself. Not sure if that works in translation—the deconstructive character is an Arab archetype—but I think it's worth the watch. Cherien Dabis's Amreeka was good. May in the Summer was filmed across from my old house, but I've yet to see it. Glad to see Nadine Labaki get some love. Where Do We Go Now? had my theater in Jordan sobbing. That movie really hit home for a lot of us.
  4. Another Red Redemption, Dead

    Ugh, the temptation. I know I shouldn't, but I'm so curious.
  5. Photos of things

    Hey, congratulations! Those are nifty (and decidedly different) wedding pictures. You and your wife (and everyone) look elegant as all hell. What shoes are you wearing, if you don't mind me asking?
  6. Another Red Redemption, Dead

    I resented the first game for having around 300% more snake oil salesmanship than I wanted and about 100% less train robbery and saloon fights. I pushed through it because I was promised a good story, but the writing was awful, too. Does RDR2 have wild west stuff, or am I going to spend my time riding a carriage with a sleazy oil salesman and chasing a random man who MaY oR maY noT be GoD? I can endure a smidge more "Go to Point A, to be told to go to Point B, shoot someone" if there's a mission where you, I dunno, strategically stick-up a bank or something.
  7. Telltale Games is closing down, apparently

    Same here. I never got my boxed Sam and Max and Strong Bad games, because I was always worried about the shipping costs, and I could never get the Sam and Max soundtracks or art book. But my lovely friends knew how much I loved these games, and I have Surfin' the Highway in hardback and a Tales of Monkey Island mug because of it. Let that say something. From 2007 through 2013, I was suffering through an acute clinical depression. Mixnmojo, Idle Thumbs, the LucasArts library, Telltale, and Double Fine were a lifeline. I don't know if any of the people who made those games knew that they were creating something wonderful, but they did, and I can't overstate how important they were to me. As with Udvarnoky, the Telltale I loved is long-gone, but I felt strangely sad on the day of the announcement, as if an old friend you hadn't seen for years had just passed away. At least we have Double Fine and Campo Santo. (And Supergiant and Wadjet Eye. Rest in peace, too, Team Ico.) Here's to you, Telltale Games. You kept me sane at a time when little else did. I only wish you fared better.
  8. Recently completed video games

    As part of my ongoing efforts to wrap-up the LucasArts+ oeuvre, I'm just about to wrap-up "Grubbins on Ice," just over seven years—seven goddamn years—after playing the original Costume Quest. Still as adorable and charming as ever. Also, time flies. On a goddamn X-15 fighter jet.
  9. Full Throttle Remastered

    Full Throttle easily gets the award for coolest intro, though. Sorry, Monkey Island. (Telltale came close with Sam & Max. And "My Style" from Strong Bad is still catchy as all hell.)
  10. Full Throttle Remastered

    I'm bumping this from oblivion because I just finished Full Throttle for the first time. Which essentially wraps-up my twenty year journey into the LucasArts and LucasArts+ adventure game library. It was a good game. Harmed by a poor design choice or two, sure; I couldn't find the junkyard crane because the game did everything in its power to make sure I didn't notice it. Odd criticisms, here and there. They don't really matter. As denouement, though, it is fitting. Flawed, a little rough, but wonderful. Much like the LucasArts+ catalogue. I'd postponed Full Throttle intentionally. Once Telltale stopped being Telltale, I held onto it more. It was the last of the LucasArts classics—sans Loom and the B-ist of B-sides, The Dig—and I wasn't ready to quite let go. Those games meant—do mean—the world to me; they were a comfort and a joy, and I looking back at them I feel the same warm happiness that an old favourite book or movie inspires. Watching the credits, I got a little nostalgic—you see names like Jonathan Ackley, Larry Ahern, Mike Stemmle, Peter Chan, etc. knowing the great games they'd done and have done since. Got my nerd on there. Anyway, it's a surreal, bittersweet feeling; I've been in this fan community for 20 years (since I was eight), and I feel something precious has been lost. The upside is all the wonderful stuff being put out by other people (many of whom are members on this forum). I can't wait to try Time Gentlemen, Please! (I loved Ben There, Dan That) and the few Wadjet Eye games I have remaining. Campo Santo. Odds and ends. But I'll miss the LucasArts library. I do wonder if they ever realised they were creating something wonderful, back then. I suspect they didn't.
  11. The Walking Dead

    I'm a few years late to this, but I just finished episode 3 (from season 1) and feel traumatized enough to be unable to sleep. Good job Jake, Sean, and all. I feel awful. In a good way. I'll hate you in the morning.
  12. Recently completed video games

    There was a point during Torchlight II where I realised I honestly just didn't care anymore, and ended-up running past monsters in the last or second-to-last dungeon just to get to the end. Speed spell, then run. It's a good game. It's a very good game, in fact. Even when it's generic. But it's way, way too long. Definitely one for the multiplayer. I was enjoying it a lot more when I had someone to play it with.
  13. Discworld

    You know, I've done my share of "high-minded" reading (next to me: Thinking the Twentieth Century, Beloved, Both Flesh and Not) and I'm telling you: I love intellectual ping-pong as much as anybody. But the sincerity and heart in Monkey Island and Discworld both are damn fine constituents in anyone's formative fiber and they are both fine, fantastic works of art.
  14. Books, books, books...

    Argobot is going to freak. http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/03/02/now-in-bloom-our-spring-issue/
  15. Books, books, books...

    Not sure if anyone cares, but look into Edward St. Aubyn's Patrick Melrose books if you like tragicomic novels. Bit of Zadie Smith mixed with Ian McEwan, so far. Further, stronger confirmation awaits in the second one.