Recent media (and other diversions)

Inspired, of course, by Kottkeโ€™s media diet posts.

Ratings have two components: a momentary assessment, either of quality (expressed with 1โ€“4 โ˜…) or of subjective enjoyment (expressed as 1โ€“4 ๐Ÿ…™); and my level of confidence that Iโ€™ll feel the same way in the future (expressed as a percentage). Arenโ€™t I cute.

July 2021

๐Ÿƒ Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile by Leder Games. Beautiful art, board and pieces. Easily the most interesting board game Iโ€™ve played, and I love how it evolves every time you play. Iโ€™m just not sure how often Iโ€™ll realistically coordinate with 2โ€“4 other people to play a 2โ€“4 hour game. (๐Ÿ…™๐Ÿ…™๐Ÿ…™โ’ฟ / 80%)

๐ŸŽฌ Wild Mountain Thyme. This one was quite a surprise. Seems like a low-budget cable movie that somehow scored an A-list cast? The writing is uneven. Great train-wreck of a payoff, and I somehow mean that in a good way. Walken is great. Just ignore the accents. (๐Ÿ…™๐Ÿ…™๐Ÿ…™๐Ÿ…™ / 80%)

June 2021

๐ŸŽฌ Luca. More fun than I expected. (๐Ÿ…™๐Ÿ…™โ’ฟโ’ฟ / 50%)

๐Ÿƒ Fort by Leder Games. Jess and I played our fourth game recently and weโ€™re enjoying it a lot. Probably best for four players (havenโ€™t had a chance to try that yet), but still great for two. Games last 30โ€“45 minutes, fun mechanics, great artwork. (โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… / 80%)

๐Ÿ“• The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson. I listened to the audiobook. Itโ€™s not properly approached or appreciated as entertaining fiction, but itโ€™s not quite โ€œspeculative documentaryโ€ either. I feel duty-bound to BS the enjoyment component of my rating and not to give any more details. Just read it. (โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… / 70%)

๐ŸŽฌ โ€˜INSIDEโ€™ Netflix special by Bo Burnham. Brilliant multidisciplinary execution. Also very funny and dark. (๐Ÿ…™๐Ÿ…™๐Ÿ…™๐Ÿ…™ / 40%)

๐ŸŽง How Not to Drown by Chvrches. Since their first release, Iโ€™ve gone to Chvrches for synthy sound and dream-logic poetry, and more and more theyโ€™re giving up those distinctives for a more acoustic sound and fairly literal lyrics about relationships (what Iโ€™m calling their CCM phase). (๐Ÿ…™โ’ฟโ’ฟโ’ฟ / 80%)