Media Update 1/4/18

I, Tonya

I was ten years old when Tonya Harding shocked the world by hitting not one but two triple axels in competition. I was twelve when the world was shocked again by an attack on Tonya’s rival Nancy Kerrigan. After that, Tonya Harding became a national punchline that I remember hearing for quite some time in the mid to late nineties. This movie does not attempt to excuse Tonya Harding for her part in the incident, but it does try to explain it better. It makes a good point that most people do not picture the actual incident correctly. Tonya’s Ex-Husband, Jeff Gilooly, hired a pair of guys through his best friend who smacked Nancy in the leg with a police baton. This movie paints Tonya Harding in a more sympathetic light and it was interesting to learn more about somebody who was the target of so many comedy bits. Margot Robbie was brilliant as Tonya Harding and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite current actors. Allison Janney played Tonya’s famously caustic mother and she did so well that I was surprised to see her name in the credits. Sebastian Stan was great as the super pathetic Gilooly who can’t seem to do anything right. These are not heroes but I understand them a little better and I sympathize with Tonya more. I wholeheartedly recommend this.

Schitt’s Creek

I have a somewhat complicated history with Eugene Levy. He was in some great mockumentaries, stuff like Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. Then he did the American Pie movies, the first of which was awful and the rest looked even worse. So when I saw this show advertised, I  thought of American Pie instead of Christopher Guest. I should have known because the fabulous Catherine O’Hara plays his wife on the show hearkening back to their pairing in previous Christopher Guest films. The show is about a family of super wealthy people who get screwed by their money manager and get everything repossessed by the IRS. They have to live in a small town they own because the IRS deemed it had no value and did not take it as well. The show has that magic that Always Sunny in Philadelphia has and Seinfeld does not. It is a show about terrible people who are somehow also likable. Their main flaws stem from the alien quality of being super rich most of their lives so it is both easy and difficult to fully hate them. Levy and O’Hara feel like they have been married forever and both have dynamite comic timing. The show’s real shining star is Dan Levy (Eugene’s real-life son) who has never been in anything big prior but he is incredibly funny. My hat is also off to Annie Murphy who plays a great spoiled rich princess who is in the process of getting knocked down several pegs. The cast of characters in the town are great and there are too many of them to name. I fell in love with this show thanks to my brother and I cannot recommend it enough.


I was a big fan of Monty Python when I was a kid. My first exposure was when my friend Arthur brought a book of episode scripts from the show on a camping trip and he let me read it a bit. Then we watched the show together and then I watched as much as I could on my own and then I bought their albums. They were a superstar sketch comedy troupe who worked to bring absurdity and weirdness to the comedy world. Their movies were also fun, weird, and memorable. This movie was not really any of those things. This movie reunited half of Monty Python as it gave Graham Chapman the title role, Eric Idle a role as the secondary villain, and John Cleese a minor comic role. It is a pirate comedy that startled me by not being very funny. It was obvious that everybody was trying but the script and the energy were just not where they needed to be. There were also far too many rape jokes in it. There were an absolutely absurd amount of rape jokes. I was sad that this was the last movie for comedy greats Graham Chapman, Spike Milligan, and Marty Feldman. The movie was strangely boring to me but both John Cleese and Eric Idle are on record saying that it was bad so I should not be surprised. At least there was a great David Bowie cameo. I do not recommend this one.  Go watch The Life of Brian and Young Frankenstein back to back instead.

Music of the Week:
Half Japanese – Put Some Sugar On It

Tokyo Bon – Makudonarudo

Ariana Grande – The Way

Gucci Mane – First Day Out Tha Feds

Rock Goddess – Heavy Metal Rock’n’Roll

Weekly Updates:
– This week’s theme is “How the Mighty Have Fallen”
– I started Season 4 of Longmire
– I watched more Little Witch Academia Season 2
– I watched more Blue Exorcist
– I continued watching The Magicians Season 2
– I caught up on NXT
– I watched more GTLive, Game Grumps, Critical Role, DCA, and other YouTube shows
– Welcome to 2018

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