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Your Tastebreakers for This Week

Welcome back to your favorite segment, where a college kid in his dorm room recommends the stuff he's been watching, playing, and hearing this week, instead of studying for his finals! Is that college kid me? Yes, yes it is. Let's get into it!

Watchmen on HBO Max

I've actually been rewatching The Queen's Gambitthis week, and no one needs to tell you to watch that, so we're digging into the vault for this week's pick.

I'll be honest, I find myself consistently disappointed with anything that comes directly from the mouth of DC Comics. It's not that the stories told in the DC Universe are any less compelling than that of the Marvel universe, but often their screen adaptations fall exceedingly flat in comparison.

However, Watchmen on HBO is so good. Like, so good. You take perhaps the best comic book ever written, then bring that universe into a dystopian America where the country is under attack by a militarized army of white supremacists? I mean, who could even imagine something so crazy. Ha ha, ha....ha.

But seriously, the way the plot grips you on its own, then proceeds to fold in the Watchmen universe as it unravels is masterful. This is as much a work of art as it is a superhero show. Incredible.

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

This game is getting a reboot for the Switch this summer, in full HD picture.

You might be wondering, why Skyward Sword? Why not Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, or Majora's Mask?

Well, my hope, along with other Zelda fans, is that bigger name reboots will be coming to the console when the series hits its 35th anniversary in the not so distant future. But Skyward Sword is nothing to scoff at. It isn't one of the best games ever, like others on this list, but it is still a great time.

Skyward Sword is a fun journey that will bring you back to your childhood, master sword in hand.

Creepy thumbnail though, I can't lie.

I'm Not There (2007)

This is my personal favorite clip from this film, where Cate Blanchett plays the legendary Bob Dylan. In I'm Not There is a film wherein six different actors play characters based on the different public personas and stages of the immortal singer-songwriters life.

Who are these actors, you may ask? Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, and Ben Whishaw. Not too shabby, if you ask me.

The film is far more just interesting than compelling, to see six different actors take a completely different approach to the same titular character at each point in the film. I adored this movie, especially the performances of Ledger and Blanchett.

CHIKA, Once Upon a Time

This is my favorite album of 2021 so far. Chika is unashamedly herself, in this deeply raw project that discusses her anxieties regarding her growing fame and the change that comes with it. I normally like to recommend specific tracks on the projects I recommend, but in this case I'm going to have to insist you listen front to back.

You'll be blown away, just like I was.

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