/bangs table with rest of thread. ANDOR! ANDOR! I’ll have to replay Knights of the Old Republic II to solidify its placement, but I think it could be my new favorite thing in Star Wars. Great performances, stellar effects, phenomenal writing. There were like three award-winning monologues in this show…
And yet somehow it still didn’t grab me the way Interview with the Vampire did, nor did any monologue hit me as hard as the one Jacob Anderson delivers near the end of the first episode. Erotic, horrific, perhaps the most… compelling(?) portrayal of an unhealthy relationship since Possession. The first episode alone is my new favourite vampire film, and worth a watch even if you never plan to watch the rest.
I prefer drama to comedy, and this year was no different, but… Our Flag Means Death occasionally grated with the tropes of the Waititi school of comedy, but his performance as Blackbeard and the main romance of the show were shockingly riveting. The latest season of What We Do In The Shadows had some major missteps for me, primarily regarding Marwa, but Laszlo and Guillermo continue to deliver a lot of laughs. And Peacemaker didn’t blow me away but it was far better than the MCU’s attempts at making a TV show, with one of the best opening themes I’ve seen outside of anime in years.
On the subject of anime, I’m quite enjoying the latest Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury. If Gundam needed anything, it was of course, an opening episode that is nearly a direct adaptation of the first episode of Revolutionary Girl Utena. Add to that Lady Prospera, who has some of the worst Char vibes since Char Aznable himself, and a frankly foreboding The Tempest-theming throughout, and I think it could be the best non-Tomino Gundam. But we’ll see how it goes, there’s at least one more cour left of the show and Gundam has had some bad back halfs.
(Birdie Wing Golf Girls’ Story was a fun show, too.)
Haven’t seen many films this year, honestly, but it was nice to see several new stop-motion features this year; Pinocchio (del Toro, not Disney), Wendell & Wild, Mad God. Some very beautiful bits of animation in all three. RRR rocked, too.