My January 2024 Media Diet

I have struggled to post anything to the blog this past month. I have been trying to update my app Bound due to new Google Drive API changes and the conversations with Google have been incredibly slow and boring. In the mean time, I have been filling my time by playing a few games and rewatching the Lord of the Rings trilogy with some friends.

Other than that, here is what I did in the past month:

📺 The Crown (Season 6). The final episode of The Crown really nailed the tone. Seeing the queen grapple with her station and humanity against her past selves (and actors) was really well done. I didn’t love every episode this season but the finale made it all worth it. (👍🏻)

🍿 Saltburn. Didn’t expect this to go the way it did. Not sure I liked it but I didn’t not like it either. If you’re curious, give it a go.

📖 The Narrow Road Between Desires by Patrick Rothfuss. Will the third installment in The Kingkiller Chronicles series ever come out? Not sure. This was a fun quick romp in that world and would be a decent onboarding for anyone who was thinking about diving in.

🍿 Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Better and worse than I expected at the same time. Phoebe Waller Bridge was great as usual and so was Ford. The third act was a little over the top for my taste.

📺 What If… (Season 2). Entertaining yet forgettable. That pretty much describes the entire post-Endgame Marvel universe for me. Will the pendulum swing back? Not sure, but I think onboarding the X-men (someday) can do it.

🍿 Killers of the Flower Moon. Such a long movie. It’s good, as most Scorsese movies are but I don’t think I’ll be watching it again anytime soon.

📺 Monarch: Legacy of Monsters. Was this show good? I’m not even sure I enjoyed it. I watched the whole thing because I was on a bit of a Godzilla kick after Godzilla: Minus One but I’m not sure I should have stuck with it.

📺 Reacher (Season 2). This show is exactly what you think it is and it’s more fun and well done than you would expect.

📺 The Curse. Very odd show with a finale that shouldn’t be missed. Emma Stone, Nathan Fielder, and Ben Safdie were perfect in their roles. Every scene was uncomfortable. I could only watch one episode at a time because it was too exhausting. (👍🏻)

📺 Delicious in Dungeon. I always keep a charming anime around to fill the random bits of time. Right now it’s Delicious in Dungeon; an anime about eating monsters in a vaguely DnD like world. Every episode there is a new monster to eat. Strange and fun at the same time.

🕹️ Midnight Suns. I received a Backbone One as a gift for Christmas last month. I’ve been playing Midnight Suns via Xbox Remote Play on my iPhone. It’s been a pretty fun experience playing a AAA title on my phone. The game is a mix between Slay the Spire and Fire Emblem: Three Houses and it’s got me hooked. (👍🏻)

Tim Bueno @timbueno