dium

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  1. GOTY of the Year

    Last year I actually played through and/or spent a lot of time with several video games. This year I regressed into the bad old habits, and didn't really give games their due time before moving on to the next thing. That said, Breath of the Wild is my no-contest GOTY, and probably my favorite game in several years. I suspect I will end up double-dipping and buying it again for the Switch. Runners Up: XCOM2 War Of The Chosen, although I only just started it this Thanksgiving and haven't finished a campaign yet Heat Signature, which I also really need to spend more time with, ugh Literally Every Other 2017 Game I've Played That I Can Remember: Persona 5, which I liked a lot initially, but I stopped playing for some reason and never felt the urge to go back... and looking at it now, I was probably less than a quarter of the way through! Pyre, which I impulse-bought but haven't really given a decent chance
  2. anime

    I think that's a much easier perspective to take now than at the time. Maybe some of the outcry was performative, but I think people are and were much simpler creatures than that: endless eight tested patience that they didn't have. I agree, the variations on a theme are compelling (and the specific kind of tension it plays with is... singular, maybe?), but it was also 3 hours of repeating story beats spread out over almost three months. Even for the minority of viewers with the kind of patience for that, the nuance of difference between each cycle is lost in the wait week-to-week. I don't mean to say I think it was a failed experiment artistically, because I love endless eight. But I don't think it should be baffling why so many people bounced off so hard. FWIW, season 2 of Haruhi was the only season of anime I ever fully watched as it aired. I don't think it's contradictory that I both remember those episodes fondly and also remember my main takeaway emotion being frustration.
  3. Stranger Things

    You didn't dream it, I think that was the original plan for the show.
  4. Letterboxd

    I agree that rating art is dumb and reductive, but I've been doing it for the last year as part of keeping a film diary and I've found it a useful catalyst for critical thought. I tend to enjoy almost every movie I bother watching (because the internet is a well-optimized recommendation engine, and because I want to enjoy things, and, I guess, because I'm easy to please), so the meaning of my scale is slightly different: if I truly dislike a movie it gets 1-star, with anything higher than that a degree of 'good'. ★★★★★ - An unreserved favorite. This movie's 'flaws' are wholly endearing to me. (The Big Lebowski, Casablanca, Road House) ★★★★ - A movie that I like a lot. (Raiders of the Lost Ark, most of the Christopher Guest mocumentaries, Josie and the Pussycats) ★★★ - A movie that I like, but that I don't feel strongly about liking, or that I like with some significant caveats. (The new Star Wars movies, most of the Fast and/or Furious movies, plenty of old classics that I'm too young & dumb to fully appreciate) ★★ - A movie that I may have enjoyed watching, or that I like some aspects of, but overall find disappointing/off-putting/something-negative. (Hook, Bringing Up Baby, Wild Wild West) ★ - I don't like this movie at all. (Crocodile Dundee) When I started rating movies, with no previous personal ratings to use as points of reference, it was easiest to disregard half-stars. Now that I have a hundred or so movies rated, the temptation to dip into half-stars is surprisingly great... I gave both Baby Driver and Napoleon Dynamite ★★★ but I like the former notably more than the latter.
  5. Didactic Thumbs (Pedantry Corner)

    the crux of all grammar nitpicking right here
  6. Marvel movies

    Just agreeing with everyone that trailers are bad and that I hate them. (that Real Life trailer is good tho)
  7. Blade Runner 2049

    I don't necessarily agree with everything you wrote, but I'm definitely with you wrt liking this less the more I think about it. There's a hypothetical draft of this movie – that isn't terribly different from the one we actually got – that could've been one of my favorite sci-fi movies ever. Instead, I feel... complicated. (IDK how careful I have to be in here about spoilers, but I'm using the tag just in case.)
  8. Star Wars Episode 8

    In my case, the analogy with the MCU is very direct: the last Marvel movie I've seen was Guardians of the Galaxy three years ago. I like GotG, and in fact I didn't dislike most of the MCU movies I saw. So my lost interest wasn't due to a dip in quality. The market saturation is simply overwhelming.
  9. Star Wars Episode 8

    For all their faults, I don't think the prequels were safe or derivative. They were new stories. They were new BAD stories, but at least they were new. I saw Force Awakens in theaters twice, so I clearly enjoyed myself when that came out. But the backlash against that movie makes a lot of sense, and while I *think* I'd enjoy myself if I went back to it now, I'm not completely sure. It's only been 2 years, so, that's not a fantastic sign. For me, even if all these movies were fantastic (I like SW7 well enough and was disappointed in R1), a Star Wars movie every year is just waaaay too many. I'm the sort of person who is likely to enjoy these movies, genuinely, and even I can't bring myself to care.
  10. For the record, after saying upthread that the first episode didn't seem bad, I never had the urge to see the second episode and so never did. Shrugging emoji man.
  11. Blade Runner 2049

    Uh, so, it's good and I liked it. I mean, it's hard to throw unreserved enthusiasm behind ...but I agree that it is remarkable for all the reasons people have listed here. I might like it just about as much as I like the original – which is to say, a lot, but with some big caveats. Although I suspect I might come down a bit on it later, after I come down from the audio-visual high.
  12. Blade Runner 2049

    Maybe similarly to brkl, I was very comfortable assuming that this movie would be bad, and think it's inconsiderate how people are saying it's good. I'm joking, kinda, but also not really.
  13. Really? They're not great. But I could sit through them. They're watchable. I can only get through Encounter at Waypoint FARPOINT if I convince myself to think of it as camp, or if I'm watching it from an introspective – look at where all these characters came from – sorta way. It's only any good in hindsight, put into context of the great show it became, and otherwise it's just embarrassing. Really embarrassing. Emissary actually isn't that bad and I could maybe walk back that statement wrt Emissary. But I'm thinking more in terms of other early DS9 episodes, where several of the characters/performances I actively dislike before they eventually become my favorites. That said I probably should watch ep 2 of the new show before making these kinds of statements; I have not.
  14. It's weird watching a new Trek show and thinking how much better these episodes are than Encounter at Waypoint FARPOINT or Emissary, and how completely irrelevant that is wrt if this show will survive or mature into something I like as much as those other shows.