Looking Forward (October 2021 Update): Happiness Through Entertainment

This is the quadmonthly happiness report for October 2021.

This is a post about the pursuit of happiness. Long ago, I adopted the philosophy that happiness was best defined by always having something to look forward to. In my world, that has always meant—at least in part—future entertainment choices. I am an inveterate list-maker. What follows are the things I checked off my list during the past quadmonth, as well as the entertainment choices I’m currently enjoying, and, of course, the ones I’m looking forward to.

Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch. Listen.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.”

Read”

Since the June update, the following books were completed:

  • Fear Itself, by James Swallow (a Star Trek: Discovery novel – science fiction)
  • Black Evening, by David Morrell (short fiction collection)
  • The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down, by Colin Woodard (nonfiction/history)
  • Screenwriting for Dummies, by Laura Schellhardt (nonfiction/writing)
  • Invincible: Volume One: Family Matters, by Robert Kirkman & Cory Walker (Image) (comic book)
  • Locke & Key Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft, by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (comic book)
  • World War Hulk, by Greg Pak & John Romita Jr. (Marvel) (comic book)

Currently Reading:

  • Big Damn Hero (Firefly #1), by James Lovegrove (science-fiction/media tie-in)
  • Nemesis Games (The Expanse Book #5), by James S.A. Corey (novel)
  • Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, by Keith R.A. DeCandido (urban fantasy/media tie-in)
  • Nameless: Season 2: The Lost Soul of the City (Book #1), by Dean Koontz (digital novella)
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene (nonfiction/physics)
  • Final Crisis, by Grant Morrison (author) & lots of artists (DC Comics) (comic book)

Looking Forward to Reading:

  • City of Bones (Harry Bosch #8), by Michael Connelly (novel/detective fiction)
  • Einstein: his life and universe, by Walter Isaacson (biography)
  • The Demon-Haunted World: science as a candle in the dark, by Carl Sagan (science)

Play”

Since June, the following video games were completed:

  • Days Gone
  • Wipeout: Omega Collection
  • NHL 18
  • Madden 21
  • FIFA 19
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (replay)

Currently Playing:

  • NBA 2K20
  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  • NFS: Heat
  • Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Mass Effect 2 (replay – PS3 Insanity run) …slowly, but surely

Looking Forward to Playing (* means I already own):

  • Arkham Knight (replay)*
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (replay)*
  • Bioshock 2 (replay)*
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Remastered (replay)*
  • Far Cry 6 (I mean, Giancarlo Esposito. How could I not?)
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
  • Marvel’s Midnight Suns

Watch”

This category gets subdivided into “Television” and “Movies.” I just want to point out that most of the content I’ve watched was created in this century.

Since June, the following television series were completed:

  • F is for Family: Season 2 thru 4 (Netflix)
  • Kim’s Convenience: Season 2 thru 5
  • Workin’ Moms: Season 3 thru 5
  • Lucifer: Season 5 (Netflix)
  • Bosch: Season 2 thru 5 (Amazon Prime)
  • Stargate SG-1: Season 3 & 4
  • Loki: Season 1 (Disney +)
  • It’s Bruno!: Season 1 (Netflix)
  • Flaked: Season 1 & 2 (Netflix)
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Season 1 (Disney +)
  • Man Down: Series 1 thru 3
  • Outlander: Season 4
  • The Flash: Season 7
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2 (rewatch)

Currently Watching (TV Series):

  • Stargate SG-1: Season 5
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3 (rewatch)
  • Supergirl: Season 6 (final)
  • Bosch: Season 6 (Amazon Prime)
  • In the Dark: Season 3
  • American Horror Story: Season 1: Murder House
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 1
  • What If . . . ?: Season 1 (Disney +)
  • Man Down: Series 4
  • Manifest: Season 1
  • Lucifer: Season 6 (Netflix)
  • Sex Education: Season 3 (Netflix)

Looking Forward to Watching (TV Series):

  • Shameless: Season 11
  • The Orville: Season 3
  • Stargate SG-1: Season 6 thru 10
  • The Blacklist: Season 8
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 4 thru 7 (rewatch)
  • Foundation: Season 1 (Apple +)
  • Bosch: Season 7 (Amazon Prime)
  • Manifest: Seasons 2 thru 4
  • Big Mouth: Season 1 (Netflix)

Since the last update, the following movies were completed. For clarity’s sake, I’m breaking these down into subheadings.

Features:

  • Stand by Me (1986) – rewatch
  • The Big Lebowski (1998) – rewatch
  • Galaxy Quest (1999) – rewatch
  • Layer Cake (2004)
  • The Bank Job (2008)
  • Fanboys (2009) – rewatch
  • Polar (2012)
  • Parker (2013)
  • CBGB (2013)
  • John Dies at the End (2013)
  • Snowpiercer (2013)
  • Chef (2014)
  • Death Note (2017) (Netflix)
  • How it Ends (2018) (Netflix)
  • Out of Time (2019)
  • 6 Underground (2019) (Netflix)
  • The Old Guard (2020) (Netflix)
  • Parallel (2020)
  • Kate (2021) (Netflix)
  • Sweet Girl (2021) (Netflix)
  • Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) (Netflix)
  • Army of the Dead (2021) (Netflix)
  • The Tomorrow War (2021) (Amazon)

It seems an uncommon number of these movies featured assassins and a lot of gunplay. That says something about me, but I’m not sure what.

Documentaries:

  • Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004) (documentary)
  • In Search of Beethoven (2009) (documentary)
  • When You’re Strange: a film about The Doors (2009) (documentary)
  • Inventing David Geffen (2012) (documentary)
  • Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015) (documentary)
  • What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2018) (documentary)
  • The Most Unknown (2018) (documentary)
  • If I Leave Here Tomorrow: a film about Lynyrd Skynyrd (2018) (documentary)
  • The Creative Brain (2019) (documentary)
  • Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones (2019) (documentary)
  • Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know (documentary) (2020)
  • Netflix Vs. The World (2020) (documentary)
  • Count Me In (documentary) (2021)
  • Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal and Greed (documentary) (Netflix) (2021)

Stand-Up Comedy Specials:

  • Bill Hicks: Sane Man (1989) (comedy special)
  • Whitney Cummings: Money Shot (2010) (comedy special)
  • Ron White: A Little Unprofessional (2012) (comedy special)
  • Jimmy Carr: Funny Business (2016) (comedy special)
  • Judd Apatow: The Return (2017) (comedy special) (Netflix)
  • James Acaster: Repertoire (2018) (comedy special) (Netflix)
  • Ron White: If You Quit Listening, I’ll Shut Up (2018) (comedy special)
  • Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast (2018) (comedy special)
  • Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits (2019) (comedy special)
  • Marc Maron: End Times Fun (2020) (comedy special) (Netflix)

Currently Watching (Movies):

  • Honest Thief (2020)
  • Mr. Right (2015)
  • Everything and Nothing (2016) (documentary)
  • Marvel: Behind the Mask (2021) (documentary)
  • Theo Von: No Offense (2016) (comedy special)

Looking Forward to Watching (Movies):

  • Tombstone (1993) (rewatch)
  • Super Troopers 2 (2018)
  • Wonder Woman: 1984 (2020)
  • The World’s End (2013)
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Listen”

Since the previous Looking Forward update, I’ve added the “Listen” component to the happiness motto/mission statement. Since June 2021, I’ve listened to the following recorded works in their entirety. My musical tastes seem decidedly last-century.

This seems like a lot, I know. Maybe you’ll be impressed to know that most of these were listened to during my commute to work, or on my iPhone during work downtime. Or, maybe you won’t be impressed at all.

  • A Hard Day’s Night (1964) Beatles
  • Magical Mystery Tour (1967) Beatles
  • Disraeli Gears (1967) Cream
  • Let It Bleed (1969) Rolling Stones
  • Willy and the Poor Boys (1969) Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Déjà Vu(1970) Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Workingman’s Dead (1970) Grateful Dead
  • Sticky Fingers (1971) Rolling Stones
  • Hunky Dory (1971) David Bowie
  • Master of Reality (1971) Black Sabbath
  • Exile on Main Street (1972) Rolling Stones
  • Eagles (1972) Eagles
  • All the Young Dudes (1972) Mott the Hoople
  • Aerosmith (1973) Aerosmith
  • Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd (1973) Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Secret Treaties (1974) Blue Öyster Cult
  • Hair of the Dog (1975) Nazareth
  • Toys in the Attic (1975) Aerosmith
  • Wish You Were Here (1975) Pink Floyd
  • Fool for the City (1975) Foghat
  • Welcome to My Nightmare (1975)Alice Cooper
  • Fly Like an Eagle (1976) Steve Miller Band
  • Breezin’ (1976) George Benson
  • Agents of Fortune (1976) Blue Öyster Cult
  • Lust for Life (1977) Iggy Pop
  • Love Gun (1977) KISS
  • Dire Straits (1978) Dire Straits
  • Some Girls (1978) Rolling Stones
  • Stranger in Town (1978) Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
  • Powerage (1978) AC/DC
  • Pieces of Eight (1978) Styx
  • Hell Bent for Leather (1978) Judas Priest
  • Candy-O (1979) The Cars
  • Overkill (1979) Motörhead
  • Permanent Waves (1980) Rush
  • British Steel (1980) Judas Priest
  • Mob Rules (1981) Black Sabbath
  • Tattoo You (1981) Rolling Stones
  • Fire of Unknown Origin (1981) Blue Öyster Cult
  • Metal Health (1983) Quiet Riot
  • Love at First Sting (1984) Scorpions
  • Stay Hungry (1984) Twisted Sister
  • Permanent Vacation (1987) Aerosmith
  • Dream Evil (1987) Dio
  • Full Moon Fever (1989) Tom Petty
  • Countdown to Extinction (1992) Megadeth
  • Rubberneck (1994) Toadies
  • Wildflowers (1994) Tom Petty
  • Load (1996) Metallica
  • Hellbilly Deluxe (1998) Rob Zombie
  • Blues on the Bayou (1998) B.B. King
  • Ponzi Scheme (1998) Firewater
  • I Believe in You (1999) Don Williams
  • Hell Below/Stars Above (2001) Toadies
  • MP3 (2004) Marcy Playground
  • Angel of Retribution (2005) Judas Priest
  • Broken Boy Soldiers (2006) The Raconteurs
  • Gods of War (2007) Manowar
  • Hit Row (2008) Jerry Reed
  • Somewhere Back in Time (The Best of: 1980-89) (2008) Iron Maiden
  • The Devil You Know (2009) Heaven & Hell
  • El Camino (2011) The Black Keys
  • Dogs (2011) Parlor Mob
  • ,,,Like Clockwork (2013) Queens of the Stone Age
  • Super Collider (2013) Megadeth
  • Hardwired…to Self-Destruct (2016) Metallica
  • Diamond Head (2016) Diamond Head

I’ve also listened to the following podcasts for the first time.

  • Omnibus (with Ken Jennings & John Roderick)
  • Is We Dumb? (with Dan Cummins & Joe Paisley)
  • Life is Short with Justin Long
  • TOM Talks (with Tom Segura)
  • The Greatest Generation (with Benjamin Harrison & Adam Pranica)
  • Eating the Fantastic (with Scott Edelman)
  • Star Trek: The Pod Directive (with Paul F. Tompkins & Tawny Newsome)
  • Still Pretty: a Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcast (with Lani Diane Rich & Noelle LaCroix)
  • Warped: the unnecessary Star Trek podcast (with Matt, Shawn & friends)

The next quadmonthly report will be filed in February 2022.

Until then . . . (with apologies to Charles Osgood) See you on the radio.

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