Hello ladies & gentlemen,
The month has come to an end and it’s time to do a quick wrap-up of what has been done.
Novels read: 1 (↓1).
Comic books read: 10 (↓3).
Manga volumes read: 3 (↓6).
COMIC BOOK REVIEWS.
VIDEO GAME REVIEWS.
Definitely the best of the five Hill House Comics that have been released! It totally deserves a sequel if it ever could get one. 😀
LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK.
This was pretty uninspiring. It doesn’t bring anything new to the table and the artwork is mediocre compared to the stunning cover!
Out of the 13 movies I watched in February, three easily got all five star rating: La Haine (1995), Sound of Metal (2019), and There Will Be Blood (2007).
La Haine (1995) is an authentic and chilling 24-hour journey alongside three hooligans fully embracing verlan and bathing in a cycle of violence and hate as society feeds a deep-rooted cultural segregation without any mercy for dreamers and misfits.
Sound of Metal (2019) is an emotionally-resonant, deafening, and daunting journey of self-acceptance depicted through a staggering and evocative performance by Riz Ahmed who’s character battles a rapidly deteriorating hearing. The story presents his transformation through a raw and authentic vision of grief while drawing a profound and sensible analogy to drug addiction as he chases after the memory of a past life no longer within his reach.
There Will Be Blood (2007) is an indisputable epic revealing the blazing clash of modern capitalism and religious fanatism while exposing the frailty of personal beliefs, the sin of avarice, and the madness of power. Daniel Day-Lewis’ portrayal of Daniel Plainview is a mind-boggling tale of self-destruction as we watch a man lose his grasp over his humanity as his ego consumes him following failure, deception, and treachery. Paul Dano’s portrayal of Eli Sunday sublimely supports Daniel Day-Lawis’ through a composed and terrifying performance as a religious zealot blinded by a parasitic obsession for self-actualization.
I’ve never read anything by John Marrs but I’ve heard of his books before. Really looking forward to seeing how this ends! 🙂
What a terrifying month it has been! I thought I was ready for all the new challenges that were coming but I clearly underestimated the power of time. Or at least I overestimated my ability to manage it! It’s not like I didn’t see coming many of the things expected for the month but a lot of them drained me so quickly that it was hard to not want to do things that required less cognitive processing! Throughout the month, blogging had to take the hit first and it was pretty much inevitable. Most of my daily tasks requires me to read and type away on a computer and to add blogging in there was overkill. While I still managed to squeeze in a couple of posts here and then, I definitely couldn’t maintain a tempo that I was so accustomed to have for reading and blogging.
The first thing that really made it all hectic is the lectures I was giving this month. The online classes I gave were on Monday mornings and that’s rough as much on me as on students! While I love the experience of teaching, I can’t say the same about doing it online, especially to students who are more likely than not hidden away behind their computers. The magic of teaching is just not the same. You don’t see them, you don’t know if they REALLY understand what you’re saying. You can’t even tell if your jokes make a couple of them laugh. Teaching online forces to revert to your imagination and convince yourself that your teaching style works… And that your jokes are funny. 😛
The second thing that made things more complicated on my end is my work duties. By the middle of the month, our little crime preventionist team saw a organizational change in structure that made all of our projects a bit more complex to execute. My contract was also in the middle of renewal and that led to a change in scenery as I had to decide to take another offer that guaranteed permanence (which is pretty much a guarantee of financial stability) within the police organization. While I won’t be working in crime prevention for the next year or so, I will be on an even bigger project related to a police body cam project and you can’t imagine how big of deal this is politically out here right now. One thing’s for sure, I won’t be without something to do for a while!
To keep myself sane, I did find time for a bit of reading, gaming, watching movies, and roaming around the city, just so that I didn’t go crazy (did I mention that I also have things to do related to my thesis?). While I clearly couldn’t post or blog hop as much as I wanted to, towards the end of February, I was able to catch up on a lot and I will try to stay connected with y’all, because I miss y’all. I already know that a lot of things should come before my blog but I also know that every time I do blog, I’m a happier person. 😉 So thank you all for being awesome every time I do get the chance to check out what y’all are up to!
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?