Guest of Honour, 2019 - ★★★. Casting the best living Lawful Evil actor as a health inspector is a damned inspired choice. Making that character the protagonist is a more curious one. I think it mostly worked.
I really loved Santeri Liukkonen’s article, Age of distractions or how to calmly enjoy what you are doing in 2021. I still struggle with the myth of multitasking, and get distracted far too easily. This quote, “If we can’t manage to control our whims, we won’t be able to work effectively towards our long-term goals. I guess it’s just that simple.” hits hard.
Youtube is a bad place, but every now and then a good video appears. Because I can’t seem to stop going there, I can at least make it easier for you (and future me) to see what was worth it.
I bought the new Chromecast in January. It replaced my Roku Stick from 2017, which had begun glitching and slowing down. I like the Roku and thought of just replacing with another, but the Chromecast looked interesting enough to try. I like the dingus. It’s fast. I like the pink remote. The voice commands are better than anything I’ve used. And AppleTV+ just showed up today. I watched an episode of the new snoopy show. It’s cute.
I almost never watch YouTube on a computer. It’s always on TV. Sometimes I’ll watch a video as a palette cleanser between movies. Sometimes I don’t have the concentration ability to watch something “real,” so I’ll go on YouTube and watch 40 minutes of trailers.
I don’t usually stop a TV show halfway through, but I abandon YouTube videos all the time. Scrolling back on the month’s history to find the few I’d like to remember, I was surprised how many were in there.
Stray Dog, 1949 - ★★★. Good noir. This movie occasionally just stops to take in the sights, be it a seedy neighbourhood or a baseball game. Lots of slow interrogations with anxious cops losing their minds because the city just keeps getting worse around them. Mifune slowly begins to think every crime that’s been committed happens because a thief took his gun.
It’s not the best game of 2020, but it’s the only video game of 2020. It felt like medicine, dropped right at the exact moment it was needed. We played it for a combined 400 hours. We had friends over. We built a cozy place. We watched fireworks together in yukatas. It was comforting and easy and nice.
This week, I’m posting my 5 favourite games of 2020. Everyone put Hades on their best of 2020 list. It’s probably game of the year for people who play a lot of video games. If you don’t, maybe it’s too difficult and too button-heavy and fast. But if you grew up on beat-em-ups and your thumbs are still calloused, this is probably the best game you could possibly play.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (2019)
Link’s Awakening is everybody’s favourite game from their childhood and this remake is painfully adorable and twee. It’s very strong nostalgia drugs. It’s probably the best short Zelda (there’s a lot of bests in the Zelda world). I loved all of the seconds of it.
If you liked Portal and can stomach peering into infinity, Manifold Garden is a pretty great treat. Puzzly and maddening and mildly headache-inducing.
Sayonara Wild Hearts
I adore short games. I played this twice, first on iOS, then later on Switch (which did come out in 2020). It’s better with a controller, and perfect on a TV, where the gorgeous art style can really suck you in. Sayonara Wild Hearts has such focus, such a strong sense of taste. Best soundtrack. Best longboard girl. So much love.