In Like Flint

I’ve been meaning to check out the Flint movies (Our Man Flint, In Like Flint) for quite a while, and just somehow never got around to it. Since the sequel came out in 1967 (and so part of my current movie marathon), it gave me the opportunity to finally watch one, aaaand… I really disliked it. I guess it’s supposed to be a fun take on the spy/Bond genre, but it just wasn’t funny, and pretty much everything in it was laughable, but not in a good way. Add a boring story, and it just felt like a chore to get through this. I definitely feel no desire to watch the first one now.

The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts

This book was such a joy to read through. Not only is the art throughout absolutely fantastic, but I found it to be an incredibly satisfying way to revisit the franchise, by way of these art pieces instead of what we tend to remember of the games (the actual graphics of the games). It’s also made me want to really get around to playing the Zelda games I’ve missed, which are basically all of the Gameboy ones (Link’s Awakening, Oracles, and The Minish Cap). It also includes an interview with some of the artists, that actually offers some insights in what the thinking was when they came up with the main aesthetic for each game.

Rediscovering Mystery

I’m so in love with the Noclip series of game-related documentaries, and the latest one is called “Rediscovering Mystery,” covering the mysteries and secrets found in games. It features some great interviews, including Spelunky‘s Derek Yu (and I now want to go play Spelunky again). I’m also really happy that they’re going to release follow-up segments that focus on Spelunky, The Witness, and Frog Fractions.

Santa Clarita Diet

The latest series I’ve been watching during lunch time at work with colleagues (I started a “Watch Club,” and so far we’ve watched Crazy Head and Medici) is Santa Clarita Diet, and I’m absolutely loving it so far (from the first two episodes). Funny as hell, and yet it gets pretty dark — and gory — but in a deliciously ridiculous way. Great job by both Barrymore and Olyphant — the latter a revelation as a comedic actor. Can’t wait to watch the rest of the season.

PechaKucha of the Day

I’m so happy to see this come out, a PechaKucha app! It’s a super simple idea, to have an app that shares a new PechaKucha presentation each day, and having played with it for a bit, it does just as advertised, with minimum fuss. I especially like the portrait images used for that day’s presentation (you can also scroll down to watch previous presentations). Give it a download, it’s free! And here are more details form the latest PechaKucha global newsletter.