Opus Digest for August 2020

Highlighting Opus' best content from the past month.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the constant stream of articles, posts, and tweets. It’s hard to know what you’ve missed. To help with that, I compile a list of each month’s most notable posts and reviews (i.e., the Reader’s Digest version of Opus).

Aug 1: August 2020’s Best Streaming Titles: Jurassic Park, Cobra Kai, Star Trek, 007, Inception, Batman

Dinosaur spectacle, crane kicks, Khaaaaaaaan, cinema’s greatest spy, dream hackers, the Caped Crusader, and more.

Aug 2: New Subscriber Playlist: Songs to the Siren (A 4AD Records Sampler)

Subscribers can listen to a selection of songs from one of the greatest record labels of all time.

Aug 8: The Alto Collection

Alto and his snowboarding friends are coming to your favorite console soon.

Aug 9: UA:LA’s Pilot Episode is Live Action Anime Done Right

Everything about this My Hero Academia-inspired short feels anime-esque without ever once looking cheesy or cartoonish.

Aug 14: “Buildings Aren’t Haunted, People Are” by epic45

The nostalgist duo’s latest single features one of their more intense vocal performances.

Aug 14: Origin Glow by oliviaway (Review)

When I think of my ideal ambient music, I imagine the sort of tones and atmospherics that drift through this album.

Aug 21: Review Round-Up: Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

Tenet may be “the most Christopher Nolan-y thing that Christopher Nolan has ever made.” But is that good or bad?

Aug 23: It’s Friday I’m in Low

The venerable slowcore band has been performing regular live sessions on Instagram during lockdown.

Aug 25: “Faster Than Light” by Unleash the Archers

I’d call the Canadian power metal band’s epic, soaring music a “guilty pleasure,” but it’s just too bitchin.

Aug 27: Macross Plus at 25: Revisiting & Reevaluating an Anime Classic

Though parts of its story haven’t aged too well, Macross Plus’ animation, visuals, and music are still as stunning as ever.

Aug 28: Review Round-Up: Dean Parisot’s Bill & Ted Face the Music

Is the return of Wyld Stallyns most excellent? Or totally bogus?

Aug 29: Chadwick Boseman, 1976-2020

The Black Panther star died after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

Click here to see everything I published on Opus in the month of August 2020.

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