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Hello! I hope this format is not too annoying. But I wanted to change things up a bit, and it's been a long time since I played around with a Listal list.
Here is everything I've read, watched, and played in 2018 so far.

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Belladonna - PC Games
Year Walk - PC Games
The Frostrune - PC Games
Zero History - William Gibson
Yesterday (2017)


8 Movies || 1 Show || 1 Game || 1 Book
Favorite New Media: Raw, In This Corner of the World

August Snow (2018)
Summertime Bloodsuckers

I did a tiny pinprick of a vampire movie theme for June and I'll continue this theme in July. For June I watched four fang flicks- well, three fang flicks and one somewhat down to earth, people-eating flick which I'm including for having overlapping themes. Speaking of which, my favorite new film this month: Raw. I had a great time watching Raw. It was weird and candid, repulsive in all the right ways. Nothing about it felt cliche, and the slow simulatenous unraveling of the characterization and drama was intriguing and genuine. This is not technically a vampire movie, however the "awakening" of the main character was done in a way that mirrored common themes in vampire movies- explorations of sexuality, coming of age, family you're forced into, and the treatment of this slow-burning hunger as something somewhat sensual. It fits the bill pretty well, and I'll gladly recommend it to anyone on a vamp movie binge.

Queen of the Damned is one of my favorite movies ever and I enjoy it more every time I watch it. It's definitely the vampire movie we need, willing to poke a little fun at some of these tropes we've gotten so used to, especially in the media influenced by Anne Rice's work. It still has the fun agnsty melodrama, and maybe it still inescapably feels like an early 2000's film and not something as perfectly ageless as I want it to be, but giving Lestat a carnal interest in heavy metal music to the point of joining a band as the lead singer is hilarious. There is a lot of enjoyment to be had with this concept.
Also still loving Aliyah's amazing performance as Akasha. Rest in peace beautiful queen.

I watched The Transfiguration and Byzantium back to back, which was weird and melancholy. Neither are my favorite vamp movies but Byzantium was just a little too tedious and trite for me- hundred year old teen vampire is perpetually mad at her mother for the lengths she goes through to keep both of them alive, and despite running for her life for hundreds of years mother doesn't want to let it be known to her kid there are people who are literally hunting them down to kill them. Let's try a little basic communication guys, us humans have to learn these lessons with only like 80 years max, you have the ability to work this out.

The Transfiguration was very well done in that it disturbed and saddened me, which I beleive was the purpose of it. It is a fresh presence in the ever-increasing pantheon of vampire media. It is very hard to watch, and deals with some pretty heavy concepts that I don't want to delve too heavily into because that could easily be another 1000 words. If young people in really bad scenarios is hard to wath for you, definitely skip this one. But I found a review that I really liked on gizmodo.com that I feel like brushed on several of the aspects of The Transfiguration that I did and didn't enjoy. In a vacuum it is quite an excellent film, though it's hard to see it without the context demonizing poor black men, especially in the inner city. But part of the movie's quality is that it does bring up these questons, and I appreciate the combination of a popular speculative genre with the type of movie that's hard to watch because it reflects the ugly difficulties of reality.

Back to the mortal realm...

I saw two beautiful animated films, both having to do a little bit with art and a lot with Japan, and I enjoyed both.
Miss Hokusai was pleasant, and while it has a lot of art, history, supernatural / mythological events, and tough family situations, it's actually a lowkey slice of life film that highlights little moments in this part of the main character's life. I enjoyed how down to earth it was, and the nonchalance of the supernatural world existing with little consequence to the real world. By comparison to other films and things I saw this month, I didn't feel any very strong emotions through this film. It doesn't have a big emotional impact. But it was pleasant to have on and the animation was lovely, so in the end I'd recommend it.

In This Corner of the World definitely shook me. It was extremely beautifully animated, but haunting from the very first moment, as it follows a young woman growing up in and around pre-war Hiroshima. While it shows virtually no combat it's one of the best war films I've ever seen, and it gave me feelings I wish more war movies did. I don't feel especially qualified to discuss how I personally feel over this as I personally have a lot of distance from these real life events, but I can wholeheartedly say In This Corner of the World is a gorgeous and devastating and hopeful film and definitely qualifies in my book as essential viewing for anyone interested in historic cinema.

Not too much to say about Los Parecidos and Wanted. Overall I didn't get a lot out of them, though there where little things I liked about both. I think my general feeling of both these films was that, there's an interesting story or anecdote here, but I was ready for both of them to be over a good 30 minutes or so before the films actually ended. At least Los Parecidos had a funny Twilight Zone vibe.

Books? TV? Games? A light month, since I went on vacation near the end and had a lot of chores to keep track of in preparation, but I got through a few things. It took me the whole month to read but August Snow was a decent novel, though it was definitely aimed at someone of a different demographic- a little older, a little more masculine, someone who likes to grumble about smoothies, espeically kale smoothies- but the writing was more than decent and it was nice to read something with some culture in it.


14 Movies || 2 Shows || 4 Games || 1 Book
Favorite New Media: Technobabylon, Memories of the Sword, Atomic Blonde

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Posted: 5 months ago at Mar 20 23:32
Nice to see your thoughts on all of the above. Looks like we came down similarly on I Am the Pretty Thing..., The Ritual, and Black Panther. Here's hoping this list continues to grow throughout the year. :)

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