Media Update 5/25/2017

Independence Day: Resurgence

This is a project that I have heard about for the last twenty years. The original was created by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin (of Leverage/Librarians fame). It was a fun, cheesy blockbuster action/comedy movie about a full-on invasion of Earth by extraterrestrials. I have seen it several times and it never gets old to me. This sequel basically took the form that was rumored for the last twenty years. Humans merge their technology with the tech of the fallen ships to fight a bigger threat. Sequels always have a bigger threat. Twenty years later and they combined some of the old cast with a new one. We get a returning Jeff Goldblum who is just as eccentric as he is in every movie. We also get a returning Brent Spiner who gets more of a role and a returning Bill Pullman who gets less of a role. Our action stars are Liam Hemsworth, Jessie T. Usher and Maika Monroe who all play fighter pilots in the battle and Deobia Oparei. Judd Hirsch also returns but probably should not have, same goes for Vivica Fox who was in the movie for like 30 seconds. The movie was pretty fun, actually for a 20-year sequel. It felt like the first movie but it made a little more sense to me. I want to see a prequel about Deobia Oparei’s African warriors fighting the aliens hand to hand. I recommend it but your mileage may vary.


I am a big fan of Christopher Nolan and I have been since I saw Batman Begins. I like his filmmaking style that always has interesting characters and intricate plots that pay out big time. Some (like Dark Knight) are better than others (The Dark Knight Rises) but I have at least liked each of his movies that I have seen. This movie is a thinkpiece about the physics involved in space travel, black holes, and wormholes. It also touches on the emerging science of gravity waves. Nolan and his brother had a consulting physicist named Dr. Kip Thorne who is a former classmate of Dr. Stephen Hawkins and a brilliant scientific mind in his own right. They worked hard to make this tale of space travel as scientifically accurate as they could. The way they play with time and relativity is really amazing and actually kind of terrifying. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as a former NASA pilot and a scientist who are tasked with finding a suitable planet for humans to relocate to. McConaughey’s daughter is also a key character and she is played by three actresses due to the relativity of time. There is a definite feel to the movie that is reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequel 2010. The movie made me think, made me laugh, made me sad and made me happy. It is super long but if you have the time I recommend it.

Plan 9 (2015)

Another movie that has been in the works for a long time. Remaking Plan 9 from Outer Space of all movies sounded like a fool’s errand to me when I first heard about it. The original is so bad that it is fun to watch it, especially with friends. Ed Wood was a passionate filmmaker but he never really had enough money or expertise to really bring his movies to life correctly. The premise of this movie is trying to make a modern remake that is truer to that original vision but with a better budget and more hands on deck to realize the vision. The result was actually really fun. The movie is reimagined with less aliens and becomes more of a sci-fi zombie movie with more mysterious aliens. This removes the awkward speeches from the aliens and allows the movie to focus more on the townspeople. While it is not a perfect movie by far, it has an offbeat humor and a lot of fun action. It plays a little with zombie tropes since the method of creating zombies is a little different from most movies. I recommend it but mostly for the hardcore bad movie junkies, the sci-fi nuts and nerds like me.

Music of the Week:
Patrik Fitzgerald – Safety-Pin Stuck In My Heart

Wrekonize – Clones

X – Johnny Hit and Run Paulene

One Direction – Drag Me Down

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Outer Space”
– I watched a ton of Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
– I watched more Season 2 of The Get Down
– I watched more Fairy Tail
– I finished Sherlock Season 4
– I finished Better Call Saul Season 2
– I finished Season One of The Crown
– I caught two more episodes I was missing of The Librarians

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