Monday, June 5, 2017

Monthly Update: June 2017

Apparently it's now June?  I guess it's just that time of the year when the months just start flying by.  But overall, June was a nice month, somewhat busy now that I list everything out.  So let's get down to bizniss.

There were some movies Conklederp and I saw this last month, the two theatrical releases being Alien: Covenant and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, both of which I would recommend, unless science fiction is not your thing in anyway, shape, or form.  Although, Conklederp is typically not a science fiction movie person, but actually enjoyed both movies.  Guardians because it didn't take itself too seriously and because it had some pretty good writing, and Alien because it dealt more with exploration than any of the recent Star Trek movies and was more philosophical than she was expecting.  And it doesn't hurt that Michael Fassbender is a pretty versatile actor.  For June, the only movie coming out that is on our radar is the horror?/thriller? It Comes At Night.

Moving onto the small screen, we have been watching a number of TV shows, both in-person and of the streaming format.  For real TV, we have been keeping up with, um, The Bachelorette followed by the Rose Buddies podcast, which is hosted by 30 Under 30 Media Luminary Griffin McElroy and his wife Rachel McElroy.  Rose Buddies basically makes The Bachelor/ette family of products worth watching.  On the streaming front, we are finishing up with The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which I have realized takes about three or four episodes each season for it to find its funny-legs; we started the first two episodes of the long awaited Twin Peaks revival, but since we have no way of watching the show without an uber-cable subscription, we're planning on waiting until the whole season is released then do a 30 day trial and power through, but what we saw looked promising and appropriately weird as in the good parts of season two weird;  We're also following along with Fargo Season 3, which so far is close to my favorite season (1/3, 2) so far, but I'm a sucker for a great David Thewlis performance, not to forget Carrie Coon as Gloria Burgle is pretty great; then House of Cards season 5 was released at the end of May and now Orange is the New Black season 5 is coming out on Friday (June 9th).  Basically, the Netflix Effect.

Bookwise (I'll keep this brief), I've recently (as in on May 24th) started The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III, partly because of The Dark Tower trailer being released back on May 3rd.  I have also been reading the absurdly wonderfully titled The Book of Werewolves by S. Baring Gould, which is an 1865 text which looks at the historical origins of werewolves.  Two completely different books, but they're both great reads for completely different reasons.

On the video game front, I finished Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, which I already talked about, as well as The Witcher (talked about that one too) and am actively engaged with Dark Fall: The Journal, which I have also talked a bit about.  I also just started Fire Emblem Echos: Shadows of Valentia which I know I should probably not have started yet because I want/need/have to finish Chrono Trigger.  Oh, and I recently finished Code of Princess, which was pretty fun but a bit ridiculous in the way that you think, and there will be an Game EXP article coming up in the next week or two.  And I should probably finish Baldur's Gate: Extended Edition again because bloody hell that's a damn good game.

And lastly, speaking of Baldur's Gate, I'm excited to get back with our PNW D&D group this weekend after a while of not being able to find time, but our SoCal D&D contingent has managed to squeeze in two or three games in May, although we had to cut the last session short as our Skyping computer died due to not having a power cable readily accessible.  At the moment, I am 94.7% positive in what I am going to do for this Saturday, but there could be some tweaking going on (meaning there will definitely be some tweaking going on).

So that was May and what will be in June.  Kind of.  Sort of?  Either way, only 25 more days until July 1, 2017.

And Then We'll Do Funny Stuff


  1. Yes! I have also been considering the 30-day trial/power through to watch Twin Peaks, but it's tough! Little bits keep sneaking into my awareness, and I want to go waaatch!
    I've also heard it's very weird, which I think is a good thing. One interesting piece: David Lynch didn't actually direct all that many episodes of the original, but he's doing the entire run of the Return.
    I had heard it was available in a censored form on Youtube. Not sure if I want to watch that yet...

  2. I've heard good things about 'it comes at night' and I think I'm going to watch Alien on Saturday while Jane is out of town. She can't really do horror, and I still haven't gotten her to watch the first Alien. But I will!