The month has come to an end and it’s time to do a quick wrap-up of what has been done.
Novels read: 2 (↑1).
Comic books read: 3 (↓4).
Manga volumes read: 16 (-).
Movies Watched: 8 (↓5).
TV Series’ Seasons Watched and completed: 2 (↑1).
Horizon: Forbidden West (Completed and review to come!).
UNCHARTED 3: DRAKE’S DECEPTION: REMASTERED (BACK ON IT!).
TV SERIES REVIEWS.
As I work my way through Dragon Ball Z, a nostalgic reread, I find myself highly enthusiastic and joyous about reliving the epic moments of this series, including this 11th volume that officially reveals the first Super Saiyan!!! 😀
LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK.
Over the summer, I wanted to read and complete this beloved comic book series, which, up until volume 11, was ALWAYS a lot of crazy fun but this final volume didn’t end as good as I thought it could. While unfortunate, I’d still recommend the series to anyone looking for a story about a cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats.
Out of the 8 movies I watched in August 2022, Ennio (2021) was my favourite. Any fan of his work would adore this documentary and those who have never heard of him will realize how omnipresent his work has become in popular culture.
What is Ennio (2021) about? It’s a well-rounded portrait of Ennio Morricone, the most popular and prolific film composer of the 20th century, the one most loved by the international public, a two-time Oscar winner and the author of over five hundred unforgettable scores.
My thoughts: This was such an inspiring and formidable documentary celebrating the life and accomplishments of the legendary Italian maestro Ennio Morricone, beautifully following his journey of respect and success, while also highlighting his memorable and timeless cinematic score masterpieces.
Working my way through more of his work, it was time to try another one of his more recent stories. It’s already an HBO series and, without even realizing it at first, it’s apparently tied in some way to the Bill Hodges trilogy (which began with Mr. Mercedes). I guess it was just destiny for me to pick it up now.
Ahhh, the final month of scorching heat before fall settles in and winter comes rushing in. Did it come and go as fast as ever? Absolutely. I enjoyed the evolution of this month, filled with a lot of activities and events, yet still feeling like I was able to have some more peaceful moments to do the things I want to do for myself. Among other things, a Rammstein heavy metal concert was the absolute highlight of it all. It’s not a genre that I chase after but there are a couple of sub-genres within heavy metal that are formidable, considering my penchant (among other things) for rock. Most of the reason for doing so goes to my girlfriend’s love for the genre and I have to say that this concert was by far the best one I’ve ever been to. From the pulse-pounding rhythmic music to the insane pyrotechnics, a quick look at what a Rammstein concert is like on YouTube would give you a good idea of the amount of explosive fun I had!
There were also a couple of activities that my girlfriend and I planned out throughout the month that were fun to do, from a visit to a museum and a couple of expositions on various subjects, including one on Native Americans and the way towards reconciliation, to a trip to an Asian Night Market where dozens of little food stands were organized for people to come to eat various dishes they wanted to try.
Another thing that distinguished my August from the usual was this idea my girlfriend had and that we’re doing with her sister and her boyfriend, that is to discover a new country every month. Within the month, once we randomly select a country, we set off to learn about it, eat/make dishes from that country, watch/read stuff about it, and this month was Turkmenistan. No offense to anyone but I wasn’t particularly hyped by the selection because of the lack of stuff to do it would inevitably entail. If anything I learned how isolated that country was and how submissive its inhabitants are to their president’s will. Sure, there was some neat stuff to learn, whether it’s their truly unique white marble architecture, their incredible talent in making carpets, or their food (we made their ishliki for supper), but, ultimately, and sadly, I’ll mostly remember it for the propaganda you’re forced upon there and their insane leaders. However, we’ve already selected the next country and I’m WAY more excited about it: Poland! The idea that I’ll be able to discover more about a place that two of my fellow friends hold dear, @Re-enchantment of the World, is quite exciting. This should allow us to learn way more stuff about a country sadly known (mostly) for the tragedies that occurred there.
Thank you all for checking out my monthly wrap-up and don’t forget to check out any posts that might interest you or that you might have missed out on!
Stay tuned for my Monthly Anticipation post coming out soon. 😉
So what’s going on with y’all? What have you discovered this month? What are your thoughts on the books/TV series/movies I’ve checked out?