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.
“Miyazaki – An Art Show Tribute” was an exhibition held at San Francisco’s Spoke Art gallery this past month, and luckily we can browse through all of the pieces (and even buy them) on the gallery’s site. Pictured, Justin Hillgrove’s “Miyazaki Totems.” Found via Booooooom.
This is a Kickstarter for a photography book by Sean Bonner that I came to late, but I’m glad to see it got funded. Looks like a rather nice project, and I imagine it may become available again once it gets published.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I haven’t had a chance to read through all of it yet, but Eater has posted what looks like a fantastic guide to eating in Tokyo. There’s tons of content, including a massive essay by Craig on pizza (no joke).
USgamer posted a great interview with my buddy Rich Amtower, as well as Alexander O. Smith, about their experience localizing Vagrant Story, a game that changed, well, the game of how seriously localization was — and should be — taken.
The latest post on State of Tokyo is about PauseDraw, which I shared last week, but here’s another recent post on the site that shows off the fantastic looking Brotures Harajuku bike shop. Tokyo definitely has some awesome bike shops, which often feel like mini-museums when you visit them.