Media diet for Q4 2019


Spotify playlist for this quarter is here. Playlists for past quarters and years here.

Okay, music I most enjoyed discovering this quarter:

Rediscovered or revisited (i.e. I’m no longer excluding great albums I revisited but hadn’t forgotten about), and really liked:


Ones I “really liked” (no star), or “loved” (star):

  • Audiard, The Sisters Brothers (2018)
  • Goddard, Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
  • Riley, Sorry to Bother You (2018)
  • Runge, The Wife (2017)
  • Wilde, Booksmart (2019) ★
  • Gilligan, El Camino (2019)
  • Dano, Wildlife (2018)
  • Various, On Becoming a God in Central Florida: Season 1 (2019) ★
  • Brewer, Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
  • Scorcese, The Irishman (2019) ★
  • Betts, Novitiate (2017)
  • Burns, The Report (2019)
  • Leitch, Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • Corbet, Vox Lux (2018)
  • Baumbach, Marriage Story (2019) ★
  • Möller, The Guilty (2018)
  • Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) ★
  • Various, Unbelievable (2019) ★
  • Various, Watchmen: Season 1 (2019)
  • Hulsing, Undone (2019) ★
  • Johnson, Knives Out (2019) ★
  • Safdie & Safdie, Uncut Gems (2019) ★
  • Nyoni, I Am Not a Witch (2017)
  • Fox, The Tale (2018)
  • Akhavan, The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)
  • Chaganty, Searching (2018)
  • Abrantes & Schmidt, Diamantino (2018)


Ones I “really liked” (no star), or “loved” (star):

  • Witcher 3 
    • Fun, gorgeous, huge. Less free than BotW of course, but more polished and detailed than either BotW or Skyrim. Way too much dialogue for me, but it’s skippable. I wish it had meaningful ranged combat, and more variety in its environments (outside special quests like “Through Time and Space” and “Beyond Hill and Dale”). For some reason I liked the core game loops of Skyrim and BotW better but I’m not sure why. Very nearly gave this a star.
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
    • Pretty solid Metroidvania. Beautiful 2d worlds akin to recent Rayman games. My complaints are that combat is just button-spamming, it’s a bit short, and it can be unclear which elements are interactive vs. background. Hollow Knight is solidly better.


  • Herken, The Winning Weapon
  • Sherwin, A World Destroyed
  • Russell, Human Compatible
  • Mueller, Atomic Obsession [notes]
  • Greenberg, Sandworm


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