Quigley Down Under: Sometimes you have a movie that you only half-remember from when you were younger and you don’t really know if it was actually any good? This one was, though, a Western set in the Australian outback that manages to effectively deal with the inherent issues with the Western genre by moving the setting and changing the heart of the narrative in some smart ways.
Runaway: By contrast, this one does not hold up, at all. I liked it when I was younger but the performances are stiff, the camerawork weak, and the interesting premise that it starts out with of a world wherein robots are common but not necessarily humanoid is sort of dropped and replaced with something way more bland quickly. Oh, well.
Colossal: Actually I could have written a whole intro just about this movie because it’s amazing and I think basically no one saw it; I was told it existed and found it was on Hulu, and dear lord what an amazing film. If you’ve never seen it, it’ll appeal to basically anyone who has any interest in kaiju stories as a way of dealing with the unapproachable, and Anne Hathaway is a treasure.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: I skipped this in theaters and figured it was probably going to be a somewhat twee, charming in spots and often frustrating piece of work that shoves about three movies into one with its plot. That’s what I got, but the charming won out for most of the runtime… right up until the very end, when the whole time travel window dressing turned into a plot point that annoyed me in the exact way I knew it would when it first came up.
Spider-Man: Far From Home: It’s good, but you already saw it and already know that. No spoilers down in What Are You Playing, please.
Bonus question: How many bookshelves do you have in your house that are actually filled with books?
Andy McAdams: The eternal Final Fantasy XIV as I meander through the story. I’m really taking my time here, trying to avoid getting burned out by binging. I also picked up Cultist Simulator and The Escapists on Twitch for free I’ll probably play around in too.
Bookshelves – I had to count. 28 completely filled with actual print books, not including probably another shelf or two still in boxes. Our Kindle Library (and some Nook library) would probably double that shelf count if they existed in the meatspace. I’ve ready about 75-80% of those books. So, um, yeah. I kinda like to read. A lot.
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I… don’t know! It’s been a while since I was in City of Heroes, and I should check in on Star Wars Galaxies. Actually, I’ve been checking in on the resource situation, but nothing good has rolled in a few weeks, so I just haven’t needed to log in to tend my harvies. But first on my list is going to be Villagers and Heroes again. This weekend, I want to settle in a village and play with housing a bit!
I sold/donated many (many!) hundreds of books the last time I moved coast to coast (again) – we just didn’t have the room and carry-weight to take everything with us this round. So apart from a couple hundred kids books, we’re down to exactly one shelf of our personal books that made the cut. I’m almost entirely digital with my books now. It was a hard switch for me since being a bookworm with books spilling off every shelf has always been a big part of my identity, but I’ve adjusted to it now!
Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): It’s time to create a new personal goal for myself in Final Fantasy XIV, and that goal is to perhaps try for the chakrams that you get from Titania EX. I say “new goal” because my old one has been completed: I’ve created a practice dance studio for my Dancer. I don’t care if it looks like trash compared to other housing locations, I feel so accomplished, you guys. You don’t even know. There’s also likely going to be some more Dauntless in my immediate future, and I kinda feel the need to revisit Destiny 2 to see how utterly lost I’ll feel when I login. Spoiler alert: I will feel super lost.
Top to bottom full of books? None. There is one bookshelf that’s nearly full of books, with one shelf dedicated to console games, and most of those books are cookbooks. By and large, though, our bookshelves hold so much errata that it’s unfair to call them bookshelves. They’re just shelves.
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): At about a month since Shadowbringers launched, I’ve spent a lot of time in the game, gotten a third of the leveling I plan to do finished (you know, in a month for an expansion that will be current for two years), and yet I’ve still got plenty of stuff to do. Of course, I should probably start dipping into some other titles at some point, including a couple of offline things… or maybe even just fuss about with Granblue Fantasy again. It has been a while.
We’ve got seven bookshelves worth of books in our house, although this comes soon after we got rid of a lot of books in hopes of pulling a Marie Kondo on our many, many possessions. It probably won’t stay this low for much longer.
Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Now that I got settled and established back into World of Warcraft, I might actually venture into the new Patch 8.2 zones over the weekend to get overwhelmed all over again. I’ve also been exploring the Gladden Fields in Lord of the Rings Online and plugging away at finishing up A Plague Tale.
Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): This week will be another Crowfall week, but I tried Black Desert Online and that game’s combat seems pretty interesting and definitely worth more exploration. So between that and my daily Guild Wars 2 logins, I’ll be busy.
I have 2 bookshelves filled with books. I’ve read them all dozens of times, although audio books are really great too. I’ll have to find a way to fill shelves with those.
Tyler Edwards: I will be on hiatus from my regular weekend D&D game for the next month or so, but only because I’m playing different D&D games. First up, the continuation of a Dungeon of the Mad Mage playthrough we only come back to every few months due to our DM being busy. I play a Drow sorlock in this; she burns everything, and it’s the best. Beyond that, the ramp-up to Cataclysm sucked me back into Anthem.
I have four bookshelves, all of which are close to overflowing now, plus a drawer in my dresser full of books. I live in a very small apartment, so it’s almost more books than anything else.