MonsterVision - The Hidden II
Symbiotes run amok in this film that is also half of the first The Hidden movie. The commentary was good, the film was all right. A few definite gross-out scenes that I’m glad I was not eating during.
Children of Nova - The Complexity of Light
Very much in the vein of other bands I like (Coheed & Cambria, TREOS), and, as the title says, complex. I’ll have to give it another listen, but I like it a bunch.
Lost Years - Amplifier
Solid synthwave, a little darker than I usually like. I give it 1.5 yellow Lamborghinis.
Arcade High - Kingdom
Synthwave-y and video game-y. I give it three quarters put on the ledge of the Gauntlet machine.
The Dear Hunter - Migrant (Deluxe)
It’s The Dear Hunter. It’s some of the best indie prog you’ll hear, and you don’t need to listen to 5+ albums to get the full experience like with The Acts or Color Spectrum. It’s just this album. Listen to it. It’s pretty mellow.
Amygdalas run amok in a movie I’d put off watching for a while and now wish I hadn’t. Couple watching this movie with playing the super hard platformer Celeste and you’ll have what I think is a good introduction to some interesting modern neuroscience and some ways to look at and deal with your own issues.
Music - 2019-08-08
Northlane - Alien
Loud, growling lyrics and deep, chunky guitars. Recommended because they’re like Periphery. Got some more melodic stuff on there, too.
The Valley Ends - Hearth
Very moody, a little shoegaze-y, definitely heavy in parts. I like it.
Russian Circles - Blood Year
Instrumental, proggy, varying styles in all the songs. Pretty good.
Sleeptalk - Desert Daze
Emo and indie as heck, and even a little dancy. I like it.
Baggage - Life in Misophonia
Also very indie and emo and a little lo-fi. It’s all right.
Cory Wong - Motivated Music for the Syncopated Soul
One word: funky.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Season 1
- Started late July 2019, finished early August 2019
Brutal, Newtype-free reimagining of MSG where cybernetics to control machines are seen as a dirty relic for Human Debris to use for hard labor… until some of that debris discover an ancient machine from the Calamity War. Pretty brutal at times, the animation is at the level of Unicorn, and the characters and story are top-notch. Like 08th MS Team, it would be a great introduction for someone to the ideas and themes of Gundam (robot outfits, politics, war, trauma, masked villains) in general without getting too space magick-y or depressing (looking at you, Victory Gundam).
Sometimes I forget what media I’ve seen/read/listened to and what I thought of it. Hopefully this will help me remember.