Recent media (and other diversions)
Inspired, of course, by Kottke’s media diet posts.
Ratings have two components: a momentary assessment, either of quality (expressed with 1–4 ★) or of subjective enjoyment (expressed as 1–4 🅙); and my level of confidence that I’ll feel the same way in the future (expressed as a percentage). Aren’t I cute.
🃏 Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile by Leder Games. Beautiful art, board and pieces. Easily the most interesting board game I’ve played, and I love how it evolves every time you play. I’m just not sure how often I’ll realistically coordinate with 2–4 other people to play a 2–4 hour game. (🅙🅙🅙Ⓙ / 80%)
🎬 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. (🅙🅙🅙🅙 / 80%)
🎬 Luca. More fun than I expected. (🅙🅙ⒿⒿ / 50%)
🃏 Fort by Leder Games. Jess and I played our fourth game recently and we’re enjoying it a lot. Probably best for four players (haven’t had a chance to try that yet), but still great for two. Games last 30–45 minutes, fun mechanics, great artwork. (★★★★ / 80%)
📕 The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson. I listened to the audiobook. It’s not properly approached or appreciated as entertaining fiction, but it’s not quite “speculative documentary” either. I feel duty-bound to BS the enjoyment component of my rating and not to give any more details. Just read it. (★★★★ / 70%)
🎬 ‘INSIDE’ Netflix special by Bo Burnham. Brilliant multidisciplinary execution. Also very funny and dark. (🅙🅙🅙🅙 / 40%)
🎧 How Not to Drown by Chvrches. Since their first release, I’ve gone to Chvrches for synthy sound and dream-logic poetry, and more and more they’re giving up those distinctives for a more acoustic sound and fairly literal lyrics about relationships (what I’m calling their CCM phase). (🅙ⒿⒿⒿ / 80%)