Debaser

Let it be known, this is where Jean Snow sounds off on his pop culture and gaming obsessions.

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The Walking Dead

This was definitely the best and most exciting season opener (for season 5) for The Walking Dead so far. Lots happening, and already we’re headed on a new course. The only thing that bugged me was the moment where the unknowns are getting killed (in the scene pictured above), and then it just “magically” stops just in time. This show so far has been pretty good about not being too obvious about who lives and dies, and also when those deaths will occur, and this scene just felt so standard. But the rest was fun, and that reveal at the end was great too.

Arrow

Well that was certainly an eventful season opener. I really like this show, and it looks like we’re in for another wild ride of a season. 

The Flash

This is pretty much exactly what I wanted as a companion show to Arrow — something that is lighter and funner, but still feels at home in the “universe” that is being created for Arrow. Sure, the pilot is a bit too backstory heavy, but that’s what you’d expect from a pilot, and I’m quite looking forward to seeing how the series moves along. It’s off to a good start at least, and makes me not regret having given up on Agents of SHIELD yet again.

Automata

I really, really liked this movie. I’d say it’s the closest to a Blade Runner I’ve seen since, well, Blade Runner. It has a similar vibe and presentation of the future, mixed in with some classic Asimov robot “directives.” And there’s something really haunting and emotional about the way they portray the robots, despite the incredibly simple aesthetics used. Great stuff.

Columbo: Murder by the Book

They have all of Columbo on Hulu Japan, and so the other day I went and watched the very first episode, from 1971 (“Murder by the Book,” they’re all done as TV movies). I’ve seen some Columbo in the past, but just the last ones that were made, in the early nineties I think. I really enjoyed this, thought it was really well done, and I was pretty surprised to see the director credit at the very end of the episode: Steven Spielberg. I definitely want to watch some more.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

I do still like the Twin Peaks movie because I get to experience more of this world, but watching it again last night I was reminded why I will never like it like I do the series. The problem with the movie is that it only focuses on the dark aspects of the series. What makes Twin Peaks the TV series so enjoyable is the  balance of weird/wacky/fun with a darker undertone. If you take away that first part (or at least the fun), then you’re just left with weirdness and darkness, and that’s definitely not what made me fall in love with Twin Peaks, and why I’ve watched the series so many times (at least 4-5 times). But hey, like I said, I still liked watching it, and I’m about to embark on yet another viewing of the TV series, and I just can’t wait until 2016 for those new episodes.

Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes

This is a fantastic documentary about the incredibly vast — and quite ridiculous — archives that Kubrick kept as he did research on his films (or even as he did research on what to do next). It’s fascinating, really, and you can watch it online here.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big fan of fighting games — the only one I remember really loving a lot was Power Stone — and although I know that the Smash games have a reputation for being more friendly (in terms of the controls), I still have never really played them much (I think the one I’ve played the most was Melee on GameCube, and even that wasn’t much). But I’ve been feeling the hype all year, and was getting really excited to finally dig into the series with the 3DS version. Guess what? I love it. I’ve played hours so far, unlocking most of the achievements, playing all of the modes — and there are lots — and just plain smashing my way through the roster. Currents faves are a mix of Wario, Link, Toon Link, Zelda, Ness, and Mario. I like it because I don’t feel like the controls are overwhelming, and it’s just plain fun to be battling it out with all these characters, and in these wacky arenas. This is just getting me that much more excited for the Wii U version, to have friends over for a night of fighting.

Hyrule Warriors

Despite the fact that this is mostly a Dynasty Warriors game with a Zelda skin — and I’ve never felt any particular desire to play a Dynasty Warriors game — I so wanted to get this because of, well, Zelda. I’m happy I did get it. Sure, it’s mindless hacking and slashing for the most part, but I’m still getting a huge kick out of controlling all of these Zelda characters, of fighting my way through Zelda enemies, and just the pure Zelda-ness of it all. Did I mention I kinda like Zelda-related things? I even love seeing the cut scenes, with those characters interacting and looking fantastic. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re a really big Zelda fan like me, then I think you’ll have fun with this.

Enemy

This is a very weird movie, and I can’t recommend it enough. I watched it a few days ago, and I’m still thinking about it. I watched this pretty much after watching Villeneuve’s Prisoners — which I also really liked — but man, this is a much more interesting film. The extreme yellow color-correction did bother me a bit at first, but I eventually got over it. It’s just one of those movies that leaves you with more questions than answers (in fact, there are basically no answers, at least no obvious ones), and it’s then fun to read up opinions on it — the same feeling I had after watching Lost Highway for the first time. And Gyllenhaal continues to be one of my favorite actors.