Things that are making me happy

MOVIES

I’ve watched a lot. As usual.

And a lot of crap. As usual. But watching crap films is still instructive.

Annihilation was a trip. Loved it. Loved it more for not knowing much about it going in.

Den Of Thieves was surprisingly great; if a little long.

Still not seen A Quiet Place or Isle of Dogs

Marvel’s two this year were great. They have tentpole cinema nailed. The mix of fun, suspense, action, comedy and surprise is stirred to perfection.

My friend made me watch Defendor. A recent-ish Woody Harrelson joint about a mentally ill man who thinks he’s a superhero. I’ve seen this done before – badly – but the hard mix of dumb comedy, gruesome scenes and real heartbreak was nailed.

Got around to seeing Jumanji which was surprisingly fun. Discovered the writers used to write for Community, so that’ll be why.

Also I Tonya, Three Billboards, The Post, Ready Player One and You Were Never Really There were solid.

Still not watched my Mother screener. It seems like it’ll be hard work. See also Sacred Dear.

TV

Legion, Westworld, Happy! The Alienist, Counterpart and Billions are all doing it for me.

as well as old friends, The Blacklist (which needs a shot int he arm), Homeland (which has some aggressively anti-Trump fire in its belly) and Brooklyn Nine Nine.

Superhero TV has not been great of late, Legion excepted obvs, but Marvel’s Runaways was really nicely executed, nippy and oblique without being tiresome.

MUSIC

Superorganism, Hookworms and Janelle Monae have been my favourites this year.

Oh and that new Bowie live album that came out for Record Store Day.

And my lovely vinyl copy of Lorde’s Melodrama. I love Lorde.

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