It’s been a minute but who knows if anyone even reads this so let’s get on with it, shall we?
1. Space Sweepers (2021)
Fun Korean sci-fi adventure. It gets a little convoluted in the end but is quite enjoyable overall. Future Earth is trashed and those not super rich can only reach space via employment as orbital trash collectors (the titular space sweepers), where they find corrupt corporate machinations constantly working against them. Our protagonists are one such crew, who stumble upon a child the mega-corp very much wants for nefarious reasons. Hijinks, as they say, ensue.
The best review I read may spoil some plot but if you’re so inclined, it’s short and you can find it here.
2. Anna von Hausswolff: Dead Magic
Would I be me if I didn’t recommend you some death gospel, as some kids are supposedly calling it? I could sum this album up as rock meets progressive organ meets melancholy folk or you could go listen to it yourself.
3. Mosul (2019)
Based on the stories of a Mosul, Iraq SWAT team known for their brutal campaign against ISIS, this film follows the team as they pick up a new member while continuing an unauthorized mission. Expect the military detail and brutality of something like Black Hawk Down but from the Iraqi perspective, as they fight through the city smashed by the realities of modern urban warfare.
1st preserved dinosaur butthole is ‘perfect’ and ‘unique,’ paleontologist says: Yup.
I tested the dumbest PPE of all time – the Rich Guy COVID Helmet: I wish these were cheap so we could all run around playing Daft Punk/astronaut and not give a shit if they break or suck because they will and do.
Twitter thread about an old Japanese PC game “where you start a band and have to recruit members, make some recordings and live a life of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll… After recording you need mixing the song, then your friend Bob Marley sells your CDs on the street, or play it on the radio”
You know, your friend Bob Marley, who sells your CDs on the street. Just like a real rock star.
Right, so, that putsch on Wednesday kinda messed up my intention of keeping interesting, at least with regard to what I’m enjoying, but here’s a few jams.
Emma Ruth Rundle: Marked For Death
There’s some sort of (sub-?)genre of music that is raw rocking, kinda folky, occasionally metallic, typically morose and gloomy that I only recently realized is a whole grouping of its own that I’m apparently way into. Rundle’s presence sounds full and cutting, even with mostly her electric guitar and voice driving the show.
To be honest, I am struggling to describe her well without sounding like a pretentious ass and resorting to terminology like “death gospel” or “experimental dark folk” but she’s on Bandcamp so it’s incredibly easy for you to give her a listen yourself.
Zamilska: UNDONE and Uncovered
You may have noted my previous mention of Ruiner’s “absolutely banging industrial soundtrack.” Zamilska is a big part of that. UNDONE holds several of Ruiner’s tracks and Uncovered, a newer release (2019), will also punch you in the face in the good way.
Spaniards in the Snow
A Twitter thread of videos from Madrid, where residents are enjoying the largest snowfall in over six decades. Highlights include epic snowball fights, surprisingly detailed snow dicks, skiing by car, and a tyrannosaurus rex (of course).
Recent media consumption to kick off 2021:
An isometric shooter from 2017 with a cyberpunk theme and an absolutely banging industrial soundtrack. Considering a recent high-profile cyberpunk-themed game released from another Polish developer, you might think I accidentally bought the wrong game, but the truth is I’ve been meaning to grab this game for a while and certainly have some time while that bigger fish works out its kinks and I wait for any 4k-under-1k GPU to become actually obtainable.
I was initially thinking to grab this on Xbone, as it has the look of a game that would feel better on a console, but for whatever reason ending up buying it on PC. I’m certainly glad I did, as it’s much easier to play with a keyboard and mouse (aim with mouse, move with keyboard) versus the controller I initially tried. I might just be bad at this stuff now, I don’t know.
2. Competing streaming service year-end comedy specials
Netflix has Death to 2020, Amazon has Yearly Departed. They both made me laugh.
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
I thought I hadn’t seen it in order or maybe just not in a while but actually I think I somehow completely missed this film until recently. It’s good, you don’t need me to tell you.
That’s all I got for now!