Top Things For 4/01/13

I hope you’re all surviving your April Fool’s Day, everyone. I personally hate this stupid day each year, as my patience for outlandish articles and “shocking” tweets grows thinner and thinner. More and more, today seems like a day to just avoid everyone/the Internet. But worry not, fair reader, for you will always have a safe haven here! My lies will always be comforting and/or self-preserving, and never malicious! So without further ranting, let’s get to the best of this coming week! Because it can only go up!

Books

On Tuesday, The Sword and Laser is kicking off their discussion of The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. While I won’t be reading this month, I always enjoy listening to the podcast, watching the YouTube videos, and creeping on the Goodreads forum. If you want to see this month’s sci-fi/fantasy releases, they have a calendar here. If you have any interest in their discussions, or want to see which six books I am currently reading, head to Goodreads.

Comics

This is actually a pretty light week, for once – for which I am immensely thankful. The last several weeks have been jam-packed with releases, and it was getting tiring. Probably the most notable release on Wednesday is the new Action Comics #19, which sees Andy Diggle taking over from Grant Morrison. Of course, Diggle walked away from the title almost immediately, and artist Tony Daniel will take over for at least an issue. Apparently more info on what’s next for the Superman series is forthcoming. So while there’s drama behind the scenes, Daniel’s art looks pretty amazing, and hopefully worth the price of admission so to speak.

Movies

This week sees the release of the Evil Dead reboot, but honestly I could not care less. The original is a cult classic – though I’ve never seen it. A roommate in college tried to get me to watch one of the sequels, but I just couldn’t get through it. Some of that might be because this guy had the worst. Taste. In movies. EVER. I mean, Daredevil, Electra, and Ghost Rider were unironically two of his favorite movies. His favorite actors included Nic Cage. So maybe I didn’t give the movie the chance it deserves. That being said, this reboot just looks… meh. Like a Cabin in the Woods without any sense of self-awareness or humor.

The movie I am actually excited about, however, is the re-release of Jurassic Park in 3-D. In general, I’m pretty cynical when it comes to these 3-D re-releases, as they seem like the absolute laziest way to make money. On the other hand, Jurassic Park is a phenomenal movie that still holds up twenty years after its initial release, and the chance to see it (again? I can’t remember) in theaters is just too great to ignore.

Music

My frankly embarrassing lack of investedness in the world of music is well documented. I mean, I probably spent $10 on music last year. And the year before that. And probably the year before that. I’M NOT THAT HIP YOU GUYS. But if I had to point out an album release this week, I’d probably have to go with The Band Perry. I don’t love them, but the only other artists I recognized were Rilo Kiley and NKOTB. And I couldn’t name a song by either. Rilo Kiley brings back really embarrassing memories of a phase I went through in college where I was really into indie folk music. So… yeah.

Television

I warned you guys. GAME OF THRONES GAME OF THRONES GAME OF THRONES holy crap did you see when they cut that guy’s nipple off and did you see the dragons eating fish and oh man Cersei wants to totally strangle Margaery Tyrell and she and Loras are her worst nightmare because she can’t seduce them and when are Jon and Ygritte gonna get DOWN and where was my homegirl Arya?

Sorry. Deep breaths. Calm.

Anyway. If epic fantasy isn’t your thing, Parks and Rec is coming back on Thursday after a few weeks off! And New Girl has been moved to Thursday too, where we’ll get to see Nick and Jess try to have a first date as Schmidt and Winston attempt sabotage! AND APPARENTLY MAD MEN IS BACK ON SUNDAY??? How did I not know this??? And Doctor Who is back on Saturday! SO MUCH TV YOU GUYS I CAN DIE HAPPY.

OK, well I just managed to make my own day with those last few revelations. I hope you guys find something to enjoy this week in the world of pop culture. Or in your fulfilling lives with your real jobs and stable incomes and significant others. NOT THAT I’M BITTER. Anyway. Peace out.

Top Things for 09/03

There now. Isn’t your day instantly better?

I don’t even need to do an opener this week, because MORGAN FREEMAN being RIDICULOUS is enough, right?

Books

None of this week’s genre releases really captured my eye, but the one that came closest was The Rapture of the Nerdsby Cory Doctorow. It’s a tale of humanity in the future, when most of us have left the planet for the stars, and traded in our humanity for technological upgrades. Described as “a tale of the singularity, posthumanity, and awkward social situations,” it seems tailored for our generation. Might be worth a read.

Comics

This month, as the first anniversary of DC Comics’ epic reboot, sees the release of the “#0” issues – which look to fill in a bit of the back story of the new status quo. Since I couldn’t pick just one, here are the two I think look most intriguing.

Action Comics #0 – The tale of how Superman got his start. We should see how he came to Metropolis, how he was inspired to fight crime, and maybe even how he met Lois and Jimmy.

Green Lantern #0 – I’m years behind on Green Lantern by now, but I’m still hearing tons of buzz. There’s a new mysterious GL in town, and now we get to meet him. This should hopefully raise some new questions and answer some old ones before the next sprawling epic – “The Rise of the Third Army” and Hal’s destiny as the greatest Black Lantern.

Movies

Jack. Crap. It’s depressing really.

Music

Sondre Lerche – my boy from Norway – has a live album out this week! In general I don’t prefer live albums (I want my albums to sound perfect, and my concerts to sound live), but I may be willing to give this one a try. The guy’s music is fun and off-beat, and really chill. I feel like this video captures his sound and style pretty perfectly, so give it a watch and see what’s up!

Television

Now that Breaking Bad has ended – and what an ending, post to come – for the year, there’s only one show on my heart, mind, and TV – DOCTOR WHO! To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan until this summer, when I got caught up on the Matt Smith/Steven Moffat era, and absolutely fell in love. This season’s opener wasn’t my favorite (Daleks ugh), but I intend to treat each episode as precious because these are the last ever episodes with Karen Gillan (my future wife) and Arthur Darvill (my future BFF). Plus, this next episode on Saturday? DINOSAURS ON A SPACESHIP!

 

And that’s it for the week. Those are my recommendations, take ’em or leave ’em. I hope to have a post on this half-season of Breaking Bad on Wednesday or Thursday, and hopefully a post from Stephen on Friday! Have a great week all, and do something to enrich yourselves! Read a book, go for a run, learn something new. Or don’t! Whatever!