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Happy Friday readers!
I’m not going to say much in this introductory paragraph this week. I’ll let the content speak for itself this week. Enjoy!
Track of the Week
I did not stream another episode of Rebel Rock Radio this week but one of the podcasts that I normally listen to dropped a couple of episodes. Actually, one of them was released last week but, somehow, I missed it. The podcast was Punk Lotto Pod. The first episode, the one that was released last week was a discussion about the compilation album Violent World: A Tribute to the Misfts. The second one, which was released this week, was a discussion about the 1985 Cult album Love.
This past Monday, I played Pirate Borg again. We didn’t play our regular campaign because too many of the players from it were not present. I wound up creating a new character for this session as well since it wasn’t the campaign. This time, I was playing a brute named Scallywag that talks to himself. Also, toward the end of the session, he married a demon and contracted syphilis. Fun times. I really love this game.
Outside of table top RPGs and onto video games, this week is identical to last week. I’m still trugging along with my “new” play-through of Cyberpunk 2077.
It appears that I have not listed my favorite September new releases here yet so here they are:
Any Joy - As Friends Rust
Grandstand - Brand New Friend
Cheap Grills - Sincere Engineer
Scars - American Television
I did this note on Substack last month. It is a list of all of the Bad Religion albums ranked from my favorite to least favorite.
Here are my most listened to artists for this week (according to Lastfm and compiled from Spotify):
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) - I watched this on one of the various streaming platforms. I think it was Starz. I didn’t watch this one when it came out in theaters. It was okay. I liked how it was set up against the backdrop of the Sharon Tate murder but I found the alternate history version kind of, I dunno, lame. I guess I had forgotten that this was a Tarantino film too. I also found it interesting that there were several camera shots that pop up often in social media as various memes. Yeah, I’m easily entertained.
Sisu (2022) - I had wanted to see this in theaters when it came out but I don’t think it ever hit any theaters near me. Anyway, I watched it with my wife on, I think, Starz. I liked it. Wife did not. She thought it was too violent. Oh well. Always good to watch some random old dude kill a bunch of Nazis.
No Country For Old Men (2007) - Never bothered to see this when it originally came out and I’ve been meaning to watch it over the years but never got around to it. I finally caught it Sunday evening on Hulu. I think it was Hulu. Anyway, I dunno. I wasn’t terribly impressed. I guess it was okay. I can’t believe that it won the Best Picture Oscar that year. Actually, I guess I can believe because most of the time, the movies that win are crap. I really thought that I would like this more because I’ve liked just about everything that I’ve seen both Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones in. This one just didn’t do anything for me.
The Thing (1982) - Another movie that I have never gotten around to watching. I really don’t know why I never watched this one. Seems like something I would have caught years ago. But no. Anyway, I watched it on a streaming service. Pretty cool flick. I can see why it is such a cult classic.
Muppet Treasure Island (1996) - Not surprisingly, I have seen this before. I don’t remember when. During our Pirate Borg session, one of the players made a comment that this is the greatest pirate movie ever made which started a discussion. Really? The greatest? Even better than Pirates of the Caribbean? I told the group that I would watch this one again and get back to them. So I watched it on Disney + and, to my surprise, I would have to agree that this movie is a better pirate movie than Pirates of the Caribbean. What do you think?
White Boy Rick (2018) - Meh. Not a complete pile of dogshit but also not something I would recommend to a friend. It is based on a true story about a kid in the 1980s that becomes an undercover FBI informant and ultimately becomes a drug dealer that winds up in prison.
The Covenant (2023) - I remember seeing the trailers for this one in the theater and thinking that I didn’t have any desire to see it. While scrolling through movies to watch last night, I came across this one and thought why the hell not. So the wife and I watched it. Not horrible. However (dot dot dot) this movie is way longer than it needs to be. It took nearly an hour and half to get to the point (maybe longer). I will also say, for the record, that I am not a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal in general so that doesn’t help its case.
Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott (COMPLETED)
Out of the Shadows by Justina Ireland
The High Republic Adventures: The Complete Phase 1 by Daniel Jose Older (COMPLETED)
The High Republic: Eye of the Storm by Charles Soule (COMPLETED)
This week’s pull list:
Doctor Aphra #37
Dark Droids - D Squad #2
Usually, the stuff that Spotify’s release radar puts out every Friday is kind of bland or is just full of stuff that I have no desire to listen or don’t care about. This week, something interesting popped up on there. It’s from a ska punk band based out Massachusetts called PWRUP. Now normally, I’m not a huge huge fan of ska punk but there are exceptions. This one, I think it something worth checking out.
That’s it for this week. Come back next week and remember to BE MORE KIND!
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