April 2018 Media Diet

I figured I’d start keeping track of media I consume, similar to kottke.org’s and subtraction’s. Here is the inaugural post, a few months late because I forgot to hit Publish.

Star Trek: Voyager – I started this after finishing Deep Space Nine. While I am a huge fan of The Next Generation, I think Deep Space Nine offers a completely different picture of the Federation. TNG’s view was that the Federation was basically a socialist utopia, but Deep Space Nine exposed the flaws of the Federation and the limits of it. Voyager is different. What’s it like in the absence of the Federation? Oddly, I didn’t even know this existed when it was out despite watching TNG a bit. It ended my junior year of high school.

I am a huge fan of the Rocky series so I loved this 1976 behind the scenes look of Sylvester Stallone and Carl Mayweather practicing the choreography for a fight in Rocky.

The Murder on the Orient Express (3 out of 5) – I’m a huge fan of Agatha Christie’s Poirot series and I love David Suchet so much. Watching someone else play the character is rough, even if it’s Kenneth Branagh. However, it was a pretty decent movie and I enjoyed it. Although, not a fan of Johnny Depp and I have been trying to avoid anything that he stars in.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (4 out of 5) – I did not see this in theaters, which I can’t believe. I think it’s the first Star Wars film (that I’ve been alive at release time) that I haven’t seen in theaters. I loved it. I am disappointed that Rey’s parents are nobodies. I hope they come into the next one and tell everyone that it’s a lie.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (4.5 out of 5) – Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies. I wanted to watch it again. I haven’t seen 2049, although it’s on the list.

Power Rangers (3 out of 5) – Maybe 3 out of 5 is too generous but I’m giving it at least half a star for nostalgia. It’s supposed to be campy and weird and it delivers. I used to watch Power Rangers religiously when I was a kid and this did not disappoint. It’s bad in a good way.

“It” by Stephen King (4.5 out of 5 stars) – This was an undertaking. It’s a large book, over 1000 pages, and while it was a great read I had to put it down for about a week to take a break. Now I can watch the movies.

“Not That I Could Tell” by Jessica Strawser (3.5 out of 5 stars) – It’s a quick read (I read it in two days) and it is a page turner. It’s predictable like others in the genre but the twist is a nice one.

“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann (5 out of 5 stars) – What a book. It reads easy like fiction. I couldn’t put it down.

“The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah (4 out of 5 stars) – It gets a little weird towards the end but it’s a great story about loneliness, being alone, violence, and perseverance.

“An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones (4 out of 5 stars) – There’s a lot to unpack here. It’s riveting. I cried at parts and laughed at others, I was angry as well.

“Annihilation” (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff VanderMeer (4 out of 5 stars) – An intriguing story about a piece of abandoned land called Area X.  The novel follows a biologist as her expedition team sets out to explore Area X.

Published by Vito Anastasia

Vito is a Business Intelligence Analyst with a love for civics. He is an active advocate and activist, especially in the LGBTQ community. He lives in Bethesda, MD with his dog and cat.

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