Monday, December 7

10E2665: 2020 Media Snacks

The great site KOTTKE (written mainly by Jason Kottke) does a rundown of his media consumption during the year - 2020 list here but bookmark the site generally as it brings a mix of arts and geopolitics each day from around the world. 

I have not fanatically recorded everything I saw, read, and cooked BUT a few nuggets to view online below - a short list. Note, Hoopla and Kanopy are 2 services available through many libraries that stream movies (and for Hoopla books and music too you can download) with simple interfaces. Huge fan.


AlphaGo;  On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition, coined The DeepMind Challenge Match. 

Butlins, The WORST PART of British Culture  Comedian Nigel Ng on Britain's best kept secret (and lets keep it that way...), Butlins.  "Walk past a Wetherspoon's at 2 in the afternoon. Imagine all those people - at a resort."   Some funny sh*t. 10 mins.

Hunt for the Wildepeople; I am on the Taika Waititi train. Wildepeople is a quirky and really accessible father/son (isn't really a father/son but you'll get it) escape film.  If you like this watch Waititi's earlier and much more regional New Zealand 80s flavored BOY.   Some of the same themes cropped back up in Jojo Rabbit.  Reminder Waititi humor revitalized Thor: Ragnorok and he uses favorite cast members throughout - good fun.

Knives Out. Last thing I saw at cinema before the lockdown in May. Want to watch a second time. the game GO features early on.

Last Black Man in San Fransciso; Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco... A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and the other locals on the margins.

Samurai Gourmet; old boy Sebiro (contraction of the English Savile Row meaning businessman) enjoys retirement and long lunches.  Desktop vacation.

Still Game; 8 seasons of a kitchen sink comedy(?) of Glasgow pensioners and various goings on. Start with that episode and if you get into the tone (some harsh words always between friends) you can go back and start at episode 1. 

Tenet: saw in a 100% empty cinema at a matinee a few months ago. Def enjoyed the experience. Brain hurt a bit afterwards (inversion-time-travel-theme). Worth a look.