Media Month in Review – January 2010.
Well, this month had school, school, and some more school. Anime offerings were a bit sparse, but I made up for it elsewhere. I think this month I’ll make a separate post again for the monetary expenditures, heh. I think I’ll give some items here a bit more details.
This is one of the main sections of the Basterds, who are not really the main characters, if you ask me. It also makes you think (if you watch it in an inquisitive mindset), about who’re “The good guys”.
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – It was a good movie, in that it made emotions rise within me. I felt it was very similar to Forrest Gump, and not surprisingly Eric Roth is signed on both of these movies’ screenplay (both are adapted from stories). I think if they had cut the last 10 minutes off of the film it’d have been better.
- Inglourious Basterds – Another movie with Mr Pitt, or at least, so it appears. When you think of it, the Basterds didn’t really have much screen-time in this film, and if you ask me, Christoph Waltz shouldn’t be Oscar-nominated for his supporting role, but main role. Who decides what’s main role anyway? Anyway, this movie was weird. I don’t know if I liked it or hated it, it was just so… weird. Landa, aside from his choking moment was the only sane character in the film.
- Up by Pixar – This was a nice movie. This was a fun movie. This movie was everything I expected. But it wasn’t anything more. It was nice, but it wasn’t special.
- Gladiator – I had found out Chen did not watch this magnificent movie, so I sat down and watched it with her. Always a treat. I need to rent Braveheart for her to watch as well. She has some major commercial movie gaps, while having watched a lot of more artistic/indie films.
- Read or Die OVA: I’ve watched this at a convention several years ago, and I remembered the steampunk feel, so was a bit surprised when I saw the modern setting. That lead me to the realization: Steampunk means everyone has a super-power. In essence, the only difference between comic book superheroes and steampunk is outfits, and the role of technology.
Also, I love Yomiko Readman, I used to read while walking to and from school when I was younger Also, good animation. You also got to love the James Bond style opening sequence.
- Gurren Lagann, episode 7 – I was worried I’d get no progress on this, but on the last day of the month we watched an episode, Chen and I. I hope to get more done with it this month.
- Maria†Holic, first episode – This season is too much like Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei, and I have a hard time seeing how I could view more than two episodes a day. Love the animation styles of Kanako, and the too-much like a dating/eroge sim is both amusing and a bit overbearing at times.
- The Big Bang Theory returns. Sadly, it seems a week in and a week out. Anyway, it seems that from being a show with crazy Sheldon Cooper, it becomes more and more a show about the craziness of Sheldon Cooper. I still enjoy it a lot. Not loving Bernadette though, and especially that “voice”. I love comedies.
- American Idol, Season 9 – I only started watching last year, and sadly, the best part, the auditions, appear to be shorter this year. Anyway, it’s always fun to watch the auditions. The fun is only rivaled by the pain!
- The Australian Open Tennis Grand-Slam – I always have a hard time with this one, both because many of the games occur when it’s 2 AM here, and this year I felt the need to sleep, and because it happens during my Finals season at school. I saw some awesome games.
- Night Watch, by Terry Pratchett. I planned to just pick this up and read a page or two, or a 10-page section, because this is my favourite Discworld novel, and it has plenty of my Favourite Moments in it. I ended up reading all of it, again. Joy.
- The Truth, by Terry Pratchett. I was on a Discworld roll, and it’s been a while since I’ve read the book about the introduction of newspapers into Discworld. So I read it again as well. It was nice, but not mind-blowing.
- Dogs, Bullets and Carnage, volume #1 (manga) by Shirow Miwa: I’ve covered the #0 volume last month. Mom picked up the first two volumes. The action is indecipherable, the characters are mostly cliches with no real personalities, and it’s not even entertaining. I’ll read volume #2 cause we own it and then write a post about this.
- Fullmetal Alchemist manga, volumes 20-22 – Yes, I had to do a bit of catching up, because the store didn’t get them for a while, and then got them all together. I must tell you, the more characters and more convoluted the plot becomes, the less that actually happens in each volume. More talk, more “plot”, but less actually happening.
- I went to Body Worlds, it was splendid. I was sad that the horse-rider statue(?), I guess exhihibt is a better word, wasn’t there. I’m interested in science, biology, anatomy, so this was quite interesting. My parents were also attending. For those who don’t know, people donated their bodies to science, and they were preserved in a manner that lets you see the way the body is built; muscle tissue, internal organs, the lot.
- Agricola board game – Played this with Chen at a board-game evening at friends’. She expressed desire to play again, so that’s success. We played the simplified “Family game” version, and I’m curious to see how it holds to replay, and what the full game has got to offer.
- Stone Age board game – Same setting. I think I “got it”, this game also has a lot more luck than the one above that is not very random (but still got a lot of things happening), it also felt like a simplified Taj Mahal.