Summer's over. It went by with a whimper. Summer usually makes me restless and want to do things like read more books, see more movies, and such. So here's a quick run down of what I've watched/read/played this summer and a short review.
We've not had full network or cable TV since 2004. Not much worth watching but thanks to the Internet I've kept up on a few shows:
- South Park - this summer the guys doing South Park put all their seasons and all their episodes online, for free. Its awesome. I caught up the on the last few seasons I've missed. Overall they're still funny, but they are starting to show their age. They've been around only a few years less than the Simpsons, who haven't aged well at all.
- Battlestar Galactica - Sci-fi has started putting the BSG full episodes on line to view. Still good. This season (the last one by the way) is better than last season.
- Grey's Anatomy - Nerdwife got me hooked. Beautiful people, everyone sleeping with everyone. Predictable plots. Don't go to Seattle Grace Hospital, everyone gets tumors there.
Movies - DVD
- 300 - what the fuck was I thinking? Why did I torture myself with this again?
- Cloverfield - still like it.
- The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie - 1960s French comedy, funny, bizarre, oui.
- Red Road - drama about a Scotish police officer and her past. Recommended.
- The Terror of Mechagodzilla - what can I say? I'm a sucker for old Godzilla movies. Lay back and enjoy.
- Mulholland Drive - David Lynch, nuff said.
- There Will Be Blood - Creepy but good.
- Starcrash - spectacularly bad. I recommend it to anyone who loves watching cheesy sci-fi from the late 70s.
- Alone in the Dark - I can see why people now don't like Uwe Boll.
Movies - Theater
- Kung-Fu Panada - liked it, a lot.
- Wall-E - beautiful but sad.
- Dark Knight - kind of a flat plot. However Heath Ledger is the best Joker, ever. Worth seeing for his performances alone.
- Wanted - meh.
- Star Wars - Clone Wars - great animation...but the cartoon shorts by Gennedy Tartakovsky were better.
- Tropic Thunder - was funny, could have been funnier.
- Iron Man - liked it, but not ga-ga over it.
- 26 Lies, 1 Truth by Ben Peek - Quick and easy read. Was interesting. Had to keep reminding myself this book is fiction.
- Wormwood by Ben Templesmith - graphic novel. I enjoy the characters, the art, the plot, the genre.
- Aliens Omnibus by various - collection of Aliens comics.
- Predator Omnibus by various - same as Aliens, but starring the Predator.
- Star Wars, Rogue Squadron Omnibus by various - majority of the story is done by Michael Stackpole, an author I enjoy from his Battletech works. I like the Omnibus, its like 30 comics in one and gives a complete story arc.
- the complete set of Patrick O'Brian - I'm up to the third book, H.M.S. Surprise
- Bass Guitar for Dummies - yep, get my learnin on. Its actually a pretty good book. I'm learning the basics and starting to make noise. I'm supplementing this with some how-to videos I found on YouTube.
- various, my current playlist has a lot of Feist, Death Cab for Cutie, The Ting Tings, Postal Service, Lily Allen
- Evil Genius Chronicles
- Security Now
- Off the Hook
- This American Life
- World of Warcraft - this has become my TV time, our raid group is up to Black Temple
- Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas - popping caps/getting paid
- Dawn of War: Soulstorm - Sisters of Battle yo!
- Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos/The Frozen Throne - its still a great game
- Starcraft - getting ready for Starcraft 2
- X3: The Reunion - my poor mercantile empire with super awesome HQ and warships was left neglected since 2006, my employees wanted to be paid. Plus I had a few more empty sectors to turn into vital trade hubs.