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My Best THINGS OF 2021

I can’t believe that 2021 is nearly over. It flew past. So before they ring out the old and call in the new, here’s my list of things that were high points in the world of stuff this year.

Best Film: Dune, so good I saw it twice for my 50th birthday. Once with Evie and once with Henry. They loved this fantastic version, as did I. Although I still love the 80s David Lynch version (more like a Shakespearean take). Yes, I will be buying it the moment it comes out on blue ray/4k 🙂

Runner up: The Suicide Squad.

Best LP: Gengis Tron- Dream Weapon.

Swirling ambient, techno beats dreamy vocals all mixed with urgent metal guitars. The sci-fi soundtrack to a world after us.

Favourite Music Video: Sphinx by Gojira off their new lp “Fortitude”, which also features the epic song “New Found“.

Favourite You Tuber (new category): Joshua Weissman, a twenty-something chef from Austin, TX, that kind of reminds me of a young Mike Patton (Mr Bungle/Faith No More singer). Amongst many other things, he is responsible for introducing me to making Kimichi at home (although I substitute apple for the pear and soy sauce for the fish sauce).

Runners up: Vincenzo’s Plate (for Italian, I now can do spaghetti in tomato sauce right and omg I’m never going back), Aaron and Claire (Korean) and Will Yeung (Vegan, mainly Asian).

Best computer game, Far Cry 6. It may not be the most original game. Detracters are getting at it because it rehashes lots of stuff from previous incarnations of the franchise. Still, it is the highly polished version of the Far Cry experience, the story flows nicely, and it has got that baddie from The Mandolorian and Breaking Bad. Its been my holiday in the sun since I got it for my birthday two months ago. Oh, and it’s got Danny “Machete” Trejo in it. Winning 😀

Best RPG this year: I’ve been even more obsessed than usual with my stuff this year (mainly OpenQuest), but the Fallout RPG by Modiphius rocks my boat being a huge Fallout 4 fan. Even if it turns out to be a bit dodgy as a game, it’s a huge setting and equipment guide, lavishly illustrated with concept art from Fallout 4. Sure I could probably rip the illustrations off the net from various Fallout wiki’s, but it’s lovely to have it all in a properly printed hardcover book. Honourable mentions Dee Sanction (All Rolled Up), Mythic Babylon (by my friends at the Design Mechanism) and Beowulf (by Jon Hodgeson and his ferociously talented team at Handicraft games). I should probably do a round-up of cool RPG stuff that has come my way this year.

Best RPG related moment of this year. OK, this one of mine, but seeing 300 copies of the nicely printed OpenQuest (with colour plates and ribbons!) turn up outside my house on a big fuck off pallet and the resulting Great OpenQuest Mailout that occurred back in July/August rocked hard.

What a palate of 300, 8 by 11.25 inch hardcover books looks like.
The Great OpenQuest mail out!

The Suicide Squad

So I finally got round to watching the second DC Universe Movie about this group of villains, turned sort-of-heroes, as part of my Christmas 2021 decompress.

First off, it grabbed my attention in the first act, and while the pace did slack off, the direction was polished and the whole thing flowed. If I wasn’t tired with the end of year burnout, I would have watched the whole two hours plus in one uninterrupted sitting on the edge of my chair viewing.

Second, it’s a war movie, about a squad of soldiers who just happen to be lower-end superheroes, which draws a straight line for inspiration from the Dirty Dozen, through Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. That’s a good thing in my book since I grew up with and enjoyed such films. Sam Peckinpah’s Cross of Iron is my favourite of this genre. In my book director James Gunn gets this in spades.

It’s a lovely ensemble movie too, with a large list of fantastic actors, all of whom get their moment to shine – even if that moment is cut short by a gruesome but quick death. There are lots of witty dialogue, cool character development (the ending with Blood Sport is just the coolest thing ever in this department) and laugh out jokes, big explosions.

In short, it just rocks and makes it onto my perfect movie list 🙂