Month in Review: June 2017

In month in review, I look back on the past month. The sections I choose to include will vary from month to month.


Reflections

In reflections, I ramble a bit about my past month. This section really could go anywhere.

I’ve really come to appreciate June. While classes end in mid-May and summer break does start then, things are a bit bittersweet as you say goodbye to many close friends for God-knows-how-long. Then, the second half feels like forced relaxation – you really just need to relax to recover from the stress of the school year. It’s not bad, but it’s not great.

Then, June comes. I’ve had half a month to get into the summer mindset, settle in, and get started on all sorts of fun things, whether they be planned (like my research) or unplanned (like this blog). I’ve had time to reflect on the past year and think about the future too. Not to mention there’s no pressure to enjoy the summer like in August, and it isn’t as hot as July yet either.

I don’t really have too much more to say in terms of reflections since I didn’t plan out this blog until the last few days of the month. I’ll have a bit more to say next month.


Reviews

In reviews, I provide quick ratings and reviews to anything that I watched, read, or listened to in the past month that don’t have a full piece planned. I use two rating systems as well (which I’ll talk a bit more about in my first full movie piece, but they should be pretty straightforward for now).

TV

F is for Family S2:

F is for Family S1 was ok. I coasted through it, enjoyed it, but it was largely forgettable. When S2 released, I didn’t expect to be wowed, but S2 takes the concepts from S1 and takes them to the next level. It offers a hilarious yet very dark look into a lower-middle class family in the 70’s. Unlike most shows that are set in long gone decades, it doesn’t paint use look back with a positive nostalgic lens. Funny, dark, and charming, this really surprised me in the best way possible.

Not worth a watchWorth a watchVery worth a watchA must watch

8.3/10 stars

Love S1:

Love is unique in that it’s probably the only show that I’ve watched all the way through where I hated both the protagonists. I’m honestly not sure how this show managed to keep my attention but it did. It’s also nice to see a show about relationships in the 2010’s where stuff like tinder aren’t thrown around in your face.

Not worth a watchWorth a watchVery worth a watchA must watch

6/10 stars

Love S2:

In season 2, I still disliked both of the protagonists, but many of the side characters are given more of the spotlight this season and it really helps the show out. All the side characters seem much more multifaceted to me than the main characters and all of them are much more intriguing. Some of the episodes are phenomenally well done too, particularly S2E4 and the season finale, S2E10.

Not worth a watchWorth a watchVery worth a watchA must watch

6.8/10 stars

Rick and Morty S1:

While I’ve seen lots of episodes of Rick and Morty in the past, I never sat down to watch either of the seasons as a whole. S1 is impressive for the first season of a show, but it feels a bit derivative of other animated comedies, particularly Futurama. It’s still funny and it definitely scratches that sci-fi comedy itch quite well.

Not worth a watchWorth a watchVery worth a watchA must watch

7.17/10 stars

Rick and Morty S2:

In S2, Rick and Morty really grows into its own show. It no longer feels derivative, it’s surprising, raunchy, unique, and sometimes makes a good point or two as well. This may be one of the single best seasons of an animated comedy, but for reasons I can’t quite name falls short of being a must watch.

Not worth a watchWorth a watchVery worth a watchA must watch

8.13/10 stars

Master of None S2:

I’m so torn about S2 of Master of None. On one hand, it has some amazing episodes (S2E1 and S2E8 being my favorites), but on the other, it just doesn’t seemed focused. The show seems to fall somewhere between an anthology and a serialized show and it just doesn’t work quite right. I hope to see another season, but I hope that it decides to take a shift either towards either truly being an anthology or truly being serialized.

Not worth a watchWorth a watchVery worth a watchA must watch

7.97/10 stars

Movies

Doctor Strange:

This movie has some of the coolest CGI I’ve ever seen. Absolutely mind-blowing and worth watching for that alone. Throughout the movie though, I kept thinking: How can the best fucking doctor in the world be this dumb? If the protagonist weren’t so fucking dumb this movie could have been so much more. There are also plot holes throughout but I’m much more willing to forgive those.

Not worth a watchWorth a watchVery worth a watchA must watch

6.3/10 stars

Saving Banksy:

Choosing a documentary on a whim is always an interesting choice, but it turned out quite well here. This documentary juggles between covering graffiti in general, Banksy specifically, preserving graffiti, and assholes who sell graffiti for millions. It really serves as a nice look into a real cool discipline of art that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

Not worth a watchWorth a watchVery worth a watchA must watch

8.4/10 stars

Burn After Reading:

This is classic Coen Brothers. There isn’t too much more to say than that. It’s not one of my favorites of theirs, but it’s still very good.

Not worth a watchWorth a watchVery worth a watchA must watch

7.24/10 stars

We Need to Talk About Kevin:

The concept sounded interesting but the movie sucked. I turned it off part of the way through.

Not worth a watchWorth a watchVery worth a watchA must watch

2/10 stars

Documentaries

Saving Banksy:

Choosing a documentary on a whim is always an interesting choice, but it turned out quite well here. This documentary juggles between covering graffiti in general, Banksy specifically, preserving graffiti, and assholes who sell graffiti for millions. It really serves as a nice look into a real cool discipline of art that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

Not worth a watchWorth a watchVery worth a watchA must watch

8.4/10 stars

Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World:

David Bowie is one of those shared interests myself and my friend Hannah have. We wanted to watch a documentary, found this one on Netflix, and it was so bad. We turned it off quickly.

Not worth a watchWorth a watchVery worth a watchA must watch

1.5/10 stars


Tidbits

In tidbits, I talk about some smaller but interesting things in brief that happened over the past month.

The Gorillaz released a new album a few months ago, but what you might have missed is the release of a song that wasn’t on that album. It’s quite good.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its report on the AHCA (the repeal of the ACA, aka Obamacare). Instead of listening to pundits and talking heads, you should make your own decisions and read the report yourself, then, call your senators and let them know whether you want the AHCA passed or not.

Fellow Earthicans, several people who worked on Futurama did an AMA on reddit. One of my favorite things we got from that is that if the show is revived again, Nixon would no longer be President of Earth. I’ll leave it to you to fill in the rest regarding who it would be.

Berlin-based band The Parcels released Overnight. Notably, this song was produced by Daft Punk. It’s funky and fresh.

A game that was cancelled 22 years ago on the SNES is going to be released. Nintendo announced that Star Fox 2 would be released as a one of the games for the SNES Classic Edition.


Again, since I just started this blog this month near the end, expect month in review to be a bit more fleshed out going forward. But hey this is a decent start, right?

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