Three — THREE — three weeks in one!

…and still not too much to say about it.

I fell ill a couple weeks ago, to the point where thinking about doing anything other than laying down and doing nothing seemed daunting.

Last week, my wife and I were preparing for a holiday party we have every year for friends, so I had no time to sit and write — not that I had much to share.

Combined, however, these past few weeks have given me the following:

Asphalt 9: Legends

Asphalt 9: Legends
Free — and fun! — to play.

I have now played this game for over 35 hours and I am still enjoying it.

If you are playing it, please join my racing club, El Club 313, so we can unlock more treats more quickly and with togetherness. We don’t even have to talk in game to do it, it just happens when you do stuff you’d normally do, but when more people are active within a club, the quicker things get unlocked.

High Seas (Alta Mar) (Season 1)

High Seas
The girl at the front left is the girl from Pan’s Labrynth.

High Seas is a show on Netflix that is like a Spanish Agatha Christie telenovela about murders aboard a cruise ship taking its maiden voyage from Spain to Brazil in the late 1940’s. There’s love, murder, double-crossings, surprise reveals, classism, shady business dealings, and more(!) and that’s just the first season (there are two, so far) and only the first week of a two week trip! It’s a little cheesy at times, but it’s all quite charming and delightful and worth a watch.

His Dark Materials (Season 1)

His Dark Materials Polar Bear
The bear who would be king.

The first season is fast approaching its finale, and over the course of the past few weeks, the series has gone from “eh, it’s good” to “oh shit!” and I’m kind of bummed this season is as short as it is. In fact, I’ve enjoyed it so much, I wrote lyrics to the opening theme song, and it goes a little something like this:

His Dark Materials
Is a TV show
It is not TV
It is HBO

Eric J.

Anyway, I guess I’ll just have to wait to see what becomes of the series.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 3)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3
I couldn’t find an image that had everyone in it better than this banner ad and I’m sorry.

Released at the beginning of December, season 3 picks up in the middle of where things were headed at the end of season 2 and we zipped right through it. Midge is on tour with Shy, Susie has a complicated working relationship with Sophie, the Weismanns and the Maisels are annoying one another in equal measure.

All in all, I enjoy the show. I like the historical fictions it tells, I like the high jinx, I like the supporting characters, I like the overall pacing, but I don’t know that I love Mariam Maisel, and maybe that’s the point; maybe marvelous she ain’t.

Knives Out

Knives Out
I couldn’t find an image that had everyone in it better than this movie poster and I’m sorry.

Rian Johnson’s Knives Out is smart and fun and is like an American High Seas but a movie not a show and in a house on dry land and not an ocean liner afloat mid-Atlantic.

What can I say? I guess I just like delicious capers.

I only saw the movie once, and that’s probably enough for me to do so in theatres, but I love that Rian Johnson released an audio commentary you could listen to in-theatre if you were so inclined!

Mike Birbiglia: The New One

Mike Birbiglia: The New One
Joey Bagadonut’s brother.

I’ve always appreciated Mike Birbiglia’s soft-spoken, NPR, normcore style of delivery and comedic timing when tackling things like meeting his girlfriend’s boyfriend, the shooting up of the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and, in this special, becoming the father he never thought he’d ever want to become. He fleeces his yarns with just the right amounts of truth, humor, heartbreak, and earnest yelling and I can’t help but tear up a little by the end. Honestly, I can’t think of a reason why anyone wouldn’t like this lovable galoot, so I guess if that’s you, then you’re a turd.

Favorite Movies of the Decade

Noted good friend, Jesse, and I made lists of our favorite films from the past decade (decade here being 2010 – 2019 and does not include 2009, otherwise I Love You, Man and A Serious Man would have been on my Top 10 Favorites of the Decade, but since they are not, they get an honorable mention in this parenthetical instead). I suppose this could be its own separate post (still might become that), but here’s my Top 10 Favorite Movies of the Decade:

  1. The VVitch (2015)
  2. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
  3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  4. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
  5. Inception (2010)
  6. The Nice Guys (2016)
  7. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
  8. Annihilation (2018)
  9. Nightcrawler (2014)
  10. Midsommar (2019)

No, we did not have a rule where you had to pick a movie from each year, it was just a happy coincidence in my case.

We did decide that we will go through and watch our Top 10 movies together (similar to how we’re watching our favorite Bonds), and because of the Bond thing, I purposely left off Skyfall, but that probably would’ve been 2 or 3 on my Top 10, so Midsommar would have gotten the boot into my 10 honorable mentions, which I’ll save for that separate post I guess I’m going to have to write now.

Feel free to reach out to me with some of your favorites from the past 10 years if you like. And if not, that’s fine too.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to write anything next week, so if I don’t, have a fantastic holiday week (Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, Blessed Boxing Day) and take care.

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