Media Update 6/29/17


Moonlight

I can see now why people were so high on this movie around the time of the Academy Awards. However, it does not mean the movie was not painful to watch. It was a really good movie but ninety-five percent of the movie is very sad. This is not necessarily a bad thing but I did need to watch something happy right after. The movie is told in three chapters, following a boy/teen/man who lives in a bad part of Miami and he is dealing with surviving school and dealing with his drug addicted mother. On top of that, he is gay. We watch portions of his difficult life where even the people who are nice to him are problematic. All of the performances are fantastic and I really felt for the main character. I also felt for his friend and I even sympathized a bit with some of the ‘villains’. The writing and the acting were that good. Everybody was just so human, flawed but trying their best. The look of the movie is well-shot with most of it looking more like a work of art than just a movie. I can see why it won for Best Picture but like most Oscar movies, I never want to see it again. I do recommend it to you, though. Check it out.


To Wong Foo, Thank You for Everything, Julie Newmar

This was actually the most enjoyable movie I watched this week partly because it was also the only light-hearted movie of the bunch. When I was looking for movies to honor Pride Month this week, I saw both straight people and gay people praising it. The movie is about three drag queens who decide to drive across the country to compete in a beauty pageant but their car breaks down in a small town along the way. That sounds kind of like the plot of a horror movie but this was a quirky comedy about empowerment and gender issues. Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguiziamo play the lead roles. They pretty much disappear into their characters. They embrace the hyper-femininity as most drag queens do and each is a funny yet complete character. The movie ends up being a kind of touching portrayal of drag queens leading a rebellion in a small town, trying to get the women to feel better about themselves while making the men treat the women better. Homophobes are the villains as is anybody who would use a power dynamic to mistreat a woman. I definitely recommend it.


Bound (1996)

When I was younger, I did not want to hear what other people thought. I would make my own decisions on what to watch. Now, I love to hear recommendations on what to watch. I heard that this movie was pretty good even though it looked like something I might have just walked right by. There are a couple interesting things about this movie. First, it was written and directed by Lana and Lily Wachowski back when they were known as the Wachowski brothers. They made it before The Matrix but it is sans CGI special effects and sci-fi/fantasy elements. The story does have twists and turns but at its core, it is simple. A woman tries to escape the mob with the help of a newly released ex-con who is renovating the apartment next door. Jennifer Tilly is the main character and she is under the thumb of a mobster played by Joe Pantoliano. Gina Gershon plays Tilly’s new lover who concocts a plan to get away clean with a lot of money. The movie is part drama, part thriller and there is some great acting even if at times it is melodramatic. If you like tense action where characters are trying to outwit each other, then I recommend this one.

Music of the Week:

Sandra de SáBye Bye Tristeza

Panic! At The DiscoI Write Sins Not Tragedies

Dusty Springfield – I Only Want To Be With You

Wild FlagRomance

Alan CummingShine

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Pride”
– Happy Pride Month! You know, for the two days left of it…
– All three movies have been screened at Pride festivals
– I watched some Agents of Shield Season 4
– I watched more of Season 1 of House of Cards
– I watched more of Season 3 of The Flash
– I watched more of Season 2 of Supergirl
– I watched more of Season 5 of Arrow
– I watched more Glitter Force
– I watched more Fairy Tail

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