My Last Month in Media

Well I haven’t posted in what feels like forever, and that’s just embarrassing. I wish I could say it’s because I’ve had nothing to talk about, but no, there was plenty of media that I could have been analyzing over the past few weeks. So to make up for that, here’s a summary of everything I’ve been reading/watching/playing/thinking about over the past month or so.

I actually watched Homeland at the same time that I went through The Walking Dead, and I’m almost guilty that I gave that show it’s own post because, while more popular, it’s nowhere near as good. Homeland isn’t perfect, but it’s deeply compelling stuff that doesn’t get quite the recognition it deserves because it just barely misses the top tier of quality TV—certainly nothing to be ashamed of considering what else is on air now. Eight years ago, Homeland would be all anyone talked about.

I really should have done some sort of reaction piece to Dark Knight Rises, which is the single most disappointing viewing experience I’ve ever had. The film wasn’t terrible; it just had so many unbelievable elements that I never thought Nolan would let slip through the cracks. I expect more from a structural genius like him. My full review here. It was thankfully a lot more fun on a second viewing, but still way too stupid. BONUS FACT: I do the worst Bane impression ever.

Beasts of the Southern Wild was enjoyable, if only because the main girl is the cutest child ever to appear in a movie.

On the opposite end of the indy wholesomeness spectrum, Killer Joe is one of the best films of the year, and one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen. After the insanity of the last fifteen minutes, I’ll never be able to look at Matthew McConaughey or fried chicken the same way again.

I’ve been very slowly reading Chronicles of the Black Company, and I appreciate what it’s trying to do (a pitch black war story with no good guys in a fantasy setting) but it just hasn’t grabbed me. Not sure if I’ll read more after finishing the first installment.

The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh will get its own post at some point. It’s too relevant to everything I believe not to—likely I’ll revisit it around the release of McDonagh’s next film, Seven Psychopaths, which looks phenomenal.

I’ve been told plenty of times over the last couple of years that I really shouldn’t have missed out on Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar’s Old West take on their celebrated sandbox video games, so I finally got the chance to play that, and it more than lived up to the hype with a great world, characters, story, and gameplay that all came together to set a standard for western games that likely won’t be improved upon for a long time. Haven’t played the Undead Nightmare expansion yet, but I’m obviously looking forward to it.

Breaking Bad is taking over my life. Recapping it every week here and have more or less arrived at the point where a third of my conversations are about how freaking good it is. Only two more episodes this year, so let’s hope they’re brilliant enough to hold us over till the latter half of the season.

And of course there’s been plenty of entertainment news, but the one thing that really made me stand up and cheer was the confirmation that Joss Whedon has signed on to write and direct Avengers 2, while overseeing the entire Phase 2 of Marvel’s cinematic universe. It’s going to be a fine few years at the movies.