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The Weekly TV, Movie, & Games Discussion Post For Week Of December 31st, 2023

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Take look at the shows we've covered, games we're playing, and movies we're watching this week that may not show up elsewhere on the site.

We’re heading into the final months of 2023 and it’s a different world to be sure due to the actors and writers’ strikes as there won’t be a broadcast season for the most part, unless you’re interested in game and variety shows. The streaming side offers us a bit more material that was in the hopper already so we’re definitely good other.

With the holidays coming up we’re moving into our romance drama craziness as I’ve got far too much of an affection for such things. But we’ve also wrapped up shows like Doom Patrol and Loki among others. There are a few shows we’re watching weekly as well that we aren’t doing full articles for to talk about.

First up, Cody is stepping in with a new review on the game side with the Steam Deck release of Chiyo. “Chiyo is a commendable addition to the puzzle-adventure genre, blending historical intrigue with spine-chilling first-person horror. While its puzzles occasionally tread the fine line between challenging and frustrating, especially when it comes to the controls of items, the game’s atmospheric prowess and narrative depth make it an intriguing journey from start to finish.

Whether you’re a seasoned escape room aficionado or a newcomer seeking a hauntingly immersive experience, Chiyo beckons with tales of spectral mysteries waiting to be unraveled. Just know it impresses more in the presentation department than anywhere else.”

Check out our full review.

With the heavy social media push that’s going on with “everyone” talking about Saltburn on places like TikTok, I’ll admit that I got drawn into checking it out. It wasn’t high on my list but I was curious to see what director Emerald Phennel would do and I enjoy the two main leads with Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordi from a range of things that the pair have worked on. The film itself was decent and it has some sharp moments and engages in some decent class criticism and the like, but most of what’s driving the online narrative involves people showing the film to friends and family to get their reactions to certain scenes. The scenes in question, by and large, aren’t all that shocking unless you’ve led a fairly vanilla life. But it makes for great social media reaction pieces and some amusing discussions about how uncomfortable people get watching anything involving sex with others in the room with them. The reactions end up becoming more of the story than the film for a lot of people but you do have to heap a lot of praise on the cast for how well and thoroughly they commit to some of the insanity of the film.

During holiday weeks you can get a few unexpected things thrown at you by people to check out and for me it was the 2019 Netflix series Unbelievable. Based on real events, it focuses on a serial rapist in the northwest and Colorado and weaves back and forth fairly well. It never really focuses heavily on the villain until the last couple of episodes when they’re more formally in view and it’s done largely through separate detectives dealing with individual cases until they realize it’s part of something larger. It’s pretty female-driven with how it plays out and it works very well because of the cast, which is what drew my attention. Kaitlyn Dever is the launching point for it but it eventually brings in some real favorites of mine with Toni Collette and Merrit Wever but there are some strong performances throughout. I also appreciated that it’s a single eight-episode show and wraps things up as much as “reality” can be wrapped up.

This week got the opportunity to check out a film I hadn’t seen in an age with Night of the Comet. The film did well in its original release overall as the $700k budget brought in $14.4 million in theaters over six weeks and went on to generate revenue through cable and home video for decades afterward. It was an early look at some up-and-coming actors and played well in an era of post-apocalyptic films that took the angle of asking teenage girls what they would do and building the story from there. That gives it a different flavor and feeling than a lot of other things from this era that just go straight to violence and while one may scoff at the whole shopping thing, it’s a familiar piece of a lot of stories of this type and fits in with how we’re trained as consumers in a capitalistic society. The film holds a lot of nostalgia for me but it was one that I never actively sought out to see again because I had seen it so often at a younger age thanks to cable. Revisiting here was an absolute delight as it’s certainly the best I’ve ever seen it and knowing the paths of some of these actors just makes it all the more fun. This is a seriously packed release across the board at an absolute steal of a price. It’s definitely a low-budget B-movie, but it’s a thoroughly enjoyable one through my glasses.

Check out our full review.

Next up, we got to spend some time this month with the five-season first-time-on-Blu-ray collection of Babylon 5. With over a hundred episodes, there are so many storylines and characters that I connected with and enjoyed. Particular sayings of some characters, knowing the tragic paths ahead of so many of them, and understanding some of the real-world tragedies as well. Babylon 5 is the kind of property that really needed a much larger world to play in as the decades went on but was lost to many for a lot of different reasons. With the new animated movie out earlier this year, high definition streaming out there for this series, and this first-time Blu-ray release now on the market, I’m hopeful that what was created here can serve as the springboard for more stories beyond it. I don’t want to go back to B5 to tell more tales in this period but I want to spend a lot more time in this world that was created and what can come from it. This set lets me go back and see the show in a way I couldn’t back in 1994 when I first watched it on a Saturday night and was introduced to something completely new. This is a very special property and this release is hugely welcome to have..

Check out our full review.

Movie reviews:

  1. Night of the Comet Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Review
  2. Hayao Miyazaki Says ‘Farewell’ with “The Boy and the Heron”
  3. The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes Review
  4. The Canterville Ghost
  5. Animation Is Film 2023: The Spider Within: A Spider-Verse Story
  6. Animation Is Film 2023: Phoenix: Reminiscence of Flower
  7. Animation Is Film 2023: The Concierge Review
  8. Animation Is Film 2023: The Boy and the Heron
  9. The Inventor
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Review
  11. Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Film Review
  12. Shazam! Fury of the Gods Review
  13. Justice League: Warworld Blu-ray Review
  14. The Little Mermaid
  15. The Boxtrolls Review
  16. Kubo and the Two-Strings Review
  17. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania Review
  18. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War – The First Kiss That Never Ends Anime Movie Review
  19. Sword Art Online The Movie – Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night Movie Review
  20. Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island
  21. Missing Review
  22. The Whale Review
  23. Point of No Return Review
  24. Blonde Review
  25. Wendell & Wild
  26. Clerks III Review
  27. Luck Review
  28. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  29. Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
  30. Hustle Review
  31. Top Gun: Maverick Review
  32. The Bob’s Burgers Movie Review
  33. Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers Review
  34. Stu’s Show Review
  35. Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition Review
  36. Bubble Anime Review
  37. Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis Anime Review
  38. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Review
  39. Turning Red Review
  40. The Batman Review
  41. Belle Review
  42. Drive My Car Review
  43. The Power of the Dog Review
  44. Robin Robin Review
  45. BoxBallet Review
  46. Bestia Review
  47. Eternals Review
  48. Encanto Review
  49. 8-Bit Christmas Review
  50. Music Box: Jagged Review
  51. Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review
  52. Tick, Tick…BOOM! Review
  53. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review
  54. Free Guy Review
  55. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission Review
  56. Dune (2021) Review
  57. Black Widow
  58. Jungle Cruise Review
  59. As the Village Sleeps Review
  60. Space Jam: A New Legacy Review
  61. A Quiet Place Part II Review
  62. Knots: A Forced Marriage Story Review
  63. School-Live! The Movie Blu-ray Review
  64. In the Heights Review
  65. Over the Moon Review
  66. Feeling Through Review
  67. Two Distant Strangers review
  68. Yes-People Review
  69. A Love Song for Latasha Review
  70. If Anything Happens I Love You Review
  71. Burrow Review
  72. Godzilla vs Kong
  73. Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story Review
  74. Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years Preview
  75. Raya and the Last Dragon Review
  76. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Review
  77. The Little Things Review
  78. In Other Words Review
  79. Earwig and the Witch Review

What did you watch this past week?

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