Friday, August 14, 2020

DK Tropical Freeze advice 🏝️ ❄️

🦍 I’ve been meaning to write more here, and I’ve got my eyes on video games at this crazy time of self-quarantine. Before I post my Top 30 list (and articles), a warm up: the Nintendo Switch.

Donkey Kong Country (SNES) is one of my all-time favorites (Top 30, probably higher), so I decided to buy the Switch version of the 2014 “sequel”... Tropical Freeze.

It was on sale on the Nintendo eShop thingy. And holy shit, is it hard. It’s way hard. 🦧 The developers knew this, so they provided some much-needed mercy in spots. Here are some tips for you Switch players:
  1. Play as Funky Kong. Don’t even think about playing the classic way.
  2. Play. As. Funky. Kong. He hovers! He has more hearts! 
  3. Use the alternate controller config. The action went way smoother after I could use X and Y to grab.
  4. Play thru once (and beat the game) without worrying about all the secrets.
  5. Learn how to high-bounce off an enemy.
  6. Get all the gold Banana Coins you can. The 1-Ups and bananas don't really matter.
You will get better. There’s so much to unlock here, that the replay value (once you get over the hump) will make the game quite enjoyable.

I really wish I had the advice above when I began! 🍌🍌🍌

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Best of the Year 2019: Movie (Oscars edition)

TL;DR: I think Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is hand-crafted to win Tarantino the Best Picture award.

I saw a lot of movies in 2019. In my catching up, I've seen almost all the Best Film nominees. Maybe it was off-year, but I don't feel like there's stand-out classic that just screams to be "the best". I haven't yet seen Marriage Story. I don't think I'll ever see Jojo Rabbit. And Little Women is probably a no-go. Maybe the worst blockbuster was Star Wars IX, but I may post about that psychological tornado later.

I think history will remember Tarantino's Pulp Fiction as his best film, but his magnum opus is probably ...Hollywood. Think about the Academy voters--those Boomers will gobble up the heavy LA nostalgia. Meanwhile, the Gen-Xers will just blindly vote anything Tarantino. It's a shoe-in.

Here's my list of best seven eight of 2019:
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Doctor Sleep
  • Glass
  • Knives Out
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • 1917
  • Parasite
  • Us
I didn't pick a best. Maybe Parasite? I'd bet Uncut Gems is awesome too, but I haven't yet seen it.

P.S. Joker is good but overrated. If I hadn't seen or heard of King of Comedy I would probably think Joker is the best.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Best of the Year 2019: Song

Instrumentals (no lyrics) aren't included in the list...

"Celebrate the Void"

Kim Gordon
"Air BnB"



Battles (with Tune-Yards)
"Last Supper on Shasta, Pt 1"

Show Me the Body


"Crucifixion / A Prophet"

The Who
"Ball and Chain"

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Best of the decade 2010-2019 (music album)

An absolute metric ton of music comes out in 10 years. For me, what I listened to most (as an album) was Waaves' Afraid of Heights. Here's a list of 25 or so (in reverse alphabetical order):

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Movies (and TV seasons) watched in 2019

Starting in 2018, like Steven Soderbergh, I kept track of all the movies (new and old) that I watched over the course of 12 months.

For 2019, here's my list. Looks like there's about 130!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Best of the decade 2010-2019 (film)

Here's my list of about 10 movies which were great in the past decade. Mind you, I haven't seen everything in 2019 (or previous) years, but I've seen a ton of comic book films and obviously Denis Villenueve and Christopher Nolan stuff.

Quite clearly for me, Mad Max was the best thing I saw. I think everyone would agree that it's the most transcendent/iconic for filmmaking in the 2010s.
  • Inception (2010)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
  • Prisoners (2013)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
  • Gravity (2013)
  • Gone Girl (2014)
  • ⭐ Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  • Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Tie: Black Panther (2018) or Deadpool (2016) or X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
As I finish this list, I'm going to see Star Wars: Skywalker in a few hours ...It has nothing to do with the list above... Wish me luck!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

blog update: Best of 2019 and the decade


Looks like we're fully into the "end of the year" cycle... Tons of sites are posting their best-of lists. I've been listening to a lot of good tunes and a heap of great cinema. I think it's a little too early to post my lists. Over the next weeks, I'll be researching my "best of 2019" and "best of the decade". If you can't wait until January/February (maybe April), I'll make some crystal ball award season predictions now... 🔮

  • Billie Eilish will be the toast of the town. She'll win many awards (like the Grammy).
  • Once Upon a Time In Hollywood will win the Best Picture Oscar. I personally don't agree, but experience tells me it'll win... or come close to the win.
  • Tom Hanks 
  • Watchmen will get tons of attention. I haven't seen it, but I'm reading it's good.

Those are my most lucid predictions. I'm excited for several December movies, including the intriguing Richard Jewell dramatization.

 I'll have several lists ready for the cold and icy winter that's coming! ☃️

DK Tropical Freeze advice 🏝️ ❄️

🦍 I’ve been meaning to write more here, and I’ve got my eyes on video games at this crazy time of self-quarantine. Before I post my Top 3...