Two U-Haul boxes filled with all the physical junk I’m sure I don’t need in my life finally arrived on Friday, so this weekend was mostly made up of unpacking boxes, figuring out where all the frivolous crap I own could go, and hoping I can get rid of pretty much all of it before my next move. Still, there was some time for entertainment this weekend—primarily the weekend’s nine hours of WWE content.
Marvel’s The Defenders is now streaming on Netflix, meaning I’m once again reminded of all the other shows I’ve wanted to watch (and still want to watch in a lot of cases) and haven’t gotten around to for unknown reasons. I’m also reminded of the sequence of events that makes up my Netflix experience more often than not:
- Mindlessly scroll through categories
- Add too many shows and movies to my list
- Watch The Office (or Parks and Recreation or Friends)
- Forget about those new additions to my list
- Repeat steps 1-4 ad nauseum
- Delete tons of shows and movies from my list when it gets too overwhelming
- Start the whole process again
Pretty normal, right?
My wife and I have been trying to expand our Netflix habits beyond watching the same few sitcoms on repeat lately. This has been (mostly) good. I finally watched GLOW. We’ve checked out standup specials from Donald Glover and Louis C.K. this week, with several more grabbing our interest. And I found a show that let me know once and for all that my childhood is dead.
The first season of Netflix’s GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) is, in terms of the actual wrestling portion of the show, just the beginning. It’s all build to the first show, which sets the stage for the work to come in the recently picked up second season of the show. But GLOW isn’t about the wrestling so much as it’s about the women behind the wrestling and the man running the project. That’s not to say the in-ring action isn’t good though—it is, especially considering the actors reportedly did most of the in-ring work themselves. It’s just that this is a show about people who happen to be wrestlers in a new promotion, with personal development and interpersonal relationships shining throughout the season.
I’ve written about Supergiant’s Pyre a couple times—and that’s just counting the posts dedicated to it. I said on both occasions that Pyre is a special game and that I was loving my time with it. Both sentiments remain true after finishing the campaign. 2017 has already featured a game that quickly became one of my favorites of all time and another excellent game I still need to get back to (Horizon Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, for those not clicking through), but Pyre holds its own among them.
Like both of those games, Pyre takes place in a post-apocalyptic style setting. That’s about the only thing it has in common with either game, though.
My wife and I spent a good chunk of the weekend looking at dogs and eventually adopting a little guy we named Groot. It turns out being on the move so much is a little counterproductive to consuming entertainment (shocker, I know), but you can click through the break to see what I managed to sneak in over the weekend.
I’ve finally had a little more free time over the past few days, and I’ve dumped a good chunk of it into continuing Pyre‘s campaign. I knew I was going to like this game after a few minutes with it at PSX last year. I loved it after just a couple hours with it late last month. That love has only grown stronger as I’ve put more time into it.
Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal isn’t the fun, kaiju-infused romp much of its marketing presented it to be. It isn’t a light-hearted story about friends getting together. Not even slightly. It also isn’t a monster movie—at least not in the way viewers will likely expect it to be. But it is undoubtedly worth watching.
Late post today, and probably a short one too. My wife and I are half-moved into our new place, which basically means what little we have with us is set up but the majority of our stuff is still in U-Haul’s possession and will be for a while. There’s been plenty to fill the time, though. More than enough. Here’s a bit of insight into it.
A couple big things happened in the Hollywood-adjacent world yesterday. Let’s take a look.