Media Update 5/18/17


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I remember seeing Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters by myself and it was one of those movies that I wanted to show everybody because I loved it so much. It was based on a comic book but it felt more like a fun science fantasy film. I went to see the sequel at a theater with friends and I was glad I did. This movie was everything I needed it to be and everything I wanted it to be. This is the franchise that taught me how funny Chris Pratt is, it is the main reason I tried Parks and Rec. Somehow, this movie was even funnier, more exciting and more heartwarming than the first movie. Now that we know the characters, we could really get into how they tick and dig into more of their backstory and where they are headed. The characters and the acting made this so good. Everybody was given a little more to work with and the script breathed a little more as a result. As with the first one, the music was so perfect. Rocket and Quill’s story resonated so much with me. I wholeheartedly recommend it and you do not really have to see the first one to enjoy it.


Bad Moms

When I first saw the trailer for this one, I thought it might just be a female version of The Hangover. When I found out that this was not the case, I was a little bit excited. After all, I am a huge Kristen Bell fan and I wanted to see her in another movie. Kristen Bell is, of course, great in this movie as a stay at home mom who has been driven a little crazy by her four kids. However, the real star of the movie is Mila Kunis who plays a mom who reaches a breaking point in her life and absolutely needs a change. Kathryn Hahn plays a crazy single mother who befriends the two. Christina Applegate and Jada Pinkett-Smith are great as the psychotic mom villains. A lot in the movie is played for comedy but it really is a touching movie for anybody who is a mom or has had a mom. It made me really grateful for my mother and for all the people out there I know who are mothers. It was really interesting to watch two women (Bell and Kunis) who I had watched playing teenagers now playing mothers. The movie was really fun to watch but it also felt like it spoke not to just being a mom but also being a human being. None of us are perfect, so we should embrace our flaws even as we work on them. I definitely recommend it.


Logan

I am really going to miss Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. He has been the heart and soul of almost every X-Men movie so far. It is a shame that his solo movies are not well-received. I have defended the first film (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) on this blog and I also liked The Wolverine as well. I think they both would have been better without the goofy effects and set pieces. This movie is what those movies should have been. The movie starts slow but it picks up a little bit in and then it grabbed me and did not let go. While I miss the color of Origins and the comic book references, instead they stripped the story down to focus on a post-apocalyptic story. The movie is dominated by the contentious friendship between Logan and Professor Charles Xavier but what really made me happy was Laura. A combination between a pit bull, a tornado, and a precocious pre-teen, her mostly silent performance was actually really powerful. This movie is also a comic book movie for non-comic book readers as no reading of the books or watching any other movies is necessary.

 

Music of the Week:
Ra Ra feat. TI – For The Money

The Slants – You Make Me Alive

Hyo Min – Nice Body

Diet Cig – Scene Sick

Shaggy feat Alaine – For Yur Eyez Only

 

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Rebels With a Cause”
– I finished Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23
– I finished Season 2 of Legends of Tomorrow
– I am almost done Better Call Saul Season 2
– I am almost done Season 1 of The Crown
– I watched more Fairy Tail
– I watched more Glitter Force
– I continued Season 1 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
– Happy Two Year Anniversary!

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