Narcos (Season 1)

When the first season of Narcos was added to Netflix, I remember watching the first few episodes, and enjoying it, but for some reason I got distracted and never finished it. With the addition of a 3rd season recently, I was reminded that I always meant to go back, and since I couldn’t really remember what had gone on in those first few episodes, I started from the start, and just finished watching that first season (watched it this past week). This is a fantastic show, I really enjoyed every bit of it, and can’t wait to now get through the next two seasons. Also, funny thing, I was trying to place the actor who plays Pena, and it was only the other day that I saw a tweet where someone was mentioning that he was Oberyn on Game of Thrones — I’d completely forgotten.

Mario + Rabbids: Battle Kingdom

I’m having such a great time playing this. I was so excited when it first got announced at our Ubi presser during E3 — and was even more ecstatic to see Miyamoto join Yves on stage (and I even had a chance to tell Yves just that). So yeah, I’m super happy that Ubi has produced a Mario game, and I’m even happier (and relieved) that it’s a fantastic game. I’m not even that big into turn-based strategy games — I like them fine, but don’t seek them out — but I was easily sucked into Battle Kingdom as soon as I started playing (I played 4-5 straight hours the first time I popped it in). A few days later, I’m still having a blast playing it, and it makes me hope that we’ll see more great collaborations between Ubi and Nintendo in the future.

Halt and Catch Fire (Season 4)

Halt and Catch Fire is among my favorite series of all time — it constantly feels like it was written just for me — and what we’ve seen so far of season 4 (the final season) has been fantastic. Every season has been set during a different era of technology, and this latest one, focusing on the birth of the web, brings back so many nostalgic memories — and the early 90s soundtrack doesn’t hurt either. Sure, I’m a bit sad that this is the final season, but maybe that’s for the best, as I imagine it’ll offer up some sort of closure.

Wonder Woman

I finally watched this, and yeah, it’s pretty good. I don’t think I would put it ahead of the other super-hero flicks that I consider to be my favorites, but it’s certainly one of the better super-hero films to come along, and it’s great to see a woman-led one be this good. I would have liked to see more action — because the scenes where we do see Wonder Woman in action are pretty thrilling to watch — but we were at least treated to some really entertaining performances and lines throughout. Gal Gadot is fantastic as Wonder Woman, and I’m looking forward to the sequel.

The Circle

Having watched this, I’m still not quite sure to what level I enjoyed it. I mean, I didn’t dislike it, and I was entertained enough throughout. But there’s something off, sometimes it’s the cheesiness of it — the satire of the Googleplex feels lazy — sometimes it’s just that what happens feels too obvious. Hanks feels wasted, and Watson is fine but I don’t find her performance to be particularly great or inspiring. I liked Karen Gillan a lot at the start, but later on, her burnout feels overly dramatic. So yeah, I somehow didn’t mind watching it, but didn’t come out of with super positive thoughts.

Batman: The Telltale Series

I’ve played the majority of Telltale games, but in recent years have definitely started feeling Telltale fatigue. I think the last one I played was their Game of Thrones game, which I did quite like, but I played it well after it was released. I’d heard good things about their Batman game, and so finally got to check it out this week, and I’ve found myself enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. I’ve played through the first 3 episodes (of 5), pretty much playing an episode a night, and I really can’t wait to finish the whole thing. The story is really interesting, and the game looks pretty damn good when played on a PS4 — I know there’s always a lot of criticism for their engine, with a lot of their games having serious issues on some platforms, but this one has been a smooth experience for me. I also like the Batman-y things they’ve done to spice up the gameplay, with the detective sequences, and it’s pretty interesting/shocking to see how they’ve taken liberties with what we’re used to seeing in the Batman universe (the way certain characters are usually portrayed). It’s made me want to play the Guardians of the Galaxy game too, although I think I’d rather wait for all episodes to be out before I play through it. My wish is still for Telltale to make a James Bond game though.

Death Note (2017)

So Death Note, I know what the story is about, but I never read the manga or watched the anime, or watched the TV series and movies that were done in Japan. I was pretty curious about the new American adaptation that just came out on Netflix, and so I guess I got to watch it without having any of the original series as baggage. Well, I liked it. Sure, it’s far from perfect, and it gets cheesy at points, but it kept my interest the whole time, and I was captivated enough to want to see how it would all resolve. I’m sure fans of the original will say it’s horrible, but I’ll say that it did make me want to maybe read the original manga or watch the anime.

Million Yen Women

This is a co-production between Netflix and TV Tokyo, and it just got added the other day, and we binged it over the weekend. I’m not usually a big fan of Japanese dramas, but I really enjoyed this — and you can cruise through it, as each of the 12 episodes are half an hour. It starts with an intriguing premise — 5 women suddenly move into a young author’s home, paying a monthly rent of 1 million yen (around $10,000). Things then get even weirder. I quite enjoyed the characters in the series, and it was a pretty fun watch. I’m also in love with the song by Kotoringo that plays during the end credits.

The Mummy

I went into this with pretty low expectations — I knew it didn’t get great reviews and did so-so (especially in North America) at the box office, but I’m a sucker for Ancient Egypt-related stuff (hence my excitement for Assassin’s Creed Origins), and I hunger for more adventure movies. With all of that in mind, I actually had a decent time watching it. Sure, it’s not great, and Tom Cruise’s character is pretty lame, but there was enough for me to have fun with — and I especially had a good laugh at Russel Crowe’s accent as Mr. Hyde. Most people are pretty down on the whole idea behind the “Dark Universe” shared universe, but I’m now kinda looking forward to seeing more stuff in this world. I like the Prodigium, as a conceit to bring in all of these monsters together.

Subsurface Circular

I knew nothing about this game — I think no one did — until I saw a tweet by its creator, Mike Bithell, and that’s all I needed. I loved his previous games, but this is completely different: a short (about two hours) text-based adventure game that tells a very intriguing story about a robot detective. I love the way it’s presented, and the story really was fantastic. Can’t recommend this enough. I really hope he keeps making short game experiments like this.