Media Update 2/1/18

Blade Runner 2049

I had heard mixed reviews of this movie but then I remembered the one really bad review I got was from somebody who does not seem to like movies in general. I love the original Blade Runner for its world-building, characters, and settings. I did not like its pacing but it was really my one issue with the movie. That is actually my big issue with this movie. Well, pacing and also length. I watched the movie in two installments because my schedule has gotten tighter on a regular basis. That is not to say that the movie is boring, though. Far from it. If I had been in theaters, I probably could have made it in one shot. The two movies gave me the same feeling. There is kind of a hopeless feeling to watching things that look like humans try to survive being killed off by somebody just doing their job. Ryan Gosling plays the titular blade runner this time and he has a great subtle performance as he tries to solve a big mystery. Robin Wright plays his boss, a woman who does not suffer fools. Ana de Armas was one of my favorite parts of the movie, as a very interesting character that made me smile but also made me sad. I also really loved the technology and implications of Carla Juri’s character. Finally, of course, there was Harrison Ford who felt like he fell right back into his role from the original but properly aged as he would be. If it feels like I am talking too vaguely, it is because I do not want to spoil anything for you. That is because I definitely recommend this one.

Peaky Blinders

I had heard about this show off and on for a while now but the name threw me a bit. After three episodes, I am sure not sure what that name actually means. It is largely immaterial. The show is about a small gang in England who are trying to move up in the world. They are a band of brothers back from World War I and still feeling the effects of the trenches but believing they have something left to prove. They have a lot of obstacles. The IRA is around, still stinging from recent losses to the English government. Communism is starting to take hold and workers are threatening to strike. There other British gangs both ones that pretend to be gentlemen and gypsies. Above all, there is a new chief inspector brought over from Ireland, formerly an IRA hunter and he tolerates no nonsense. The head of the gang is played with a lot of good layers by Cillian Murphy. His chief rival, the no-nonsense inspector, is played by Sam Neill. The show is gritty and dramatic but definitely without a sense of humor. The interplay between the different factions of Birmingham, England make for a very volatile plot that could shift at any moment. I definitely recommend watching this one.

The Pinkertons

I have heard about the historical Pinkertons for a long time. From what I had heard, they mostly helped to protect trains but I did some research and found out that they are security guards and private detectives. The show follows that narrative. In the show, Allan Pinkerton (the founder of the nationwide company) teams his son up with a female agent in Kansas City. William Pinkerton is a ne’er-do-well who gets by on his street smarts, likability, and physical toughness. He is assigned a new supervising partner in Kate Warne, a by-the-book agent who loves science and it feels like she operates a bit like Holmes. The show deals with dark subjects like murder and the aftermath of the Civil War but it does so with a light touch. I would liken the show to stuff like Warehouse 13 or Brisco County Jr. The chemistry between the two stars is fun to watch. Yes, the story is set in the south during the reconstruction period and that is addressed. People are still very hurt and angry. People are also still rocked by the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. This is the landscape in which the two heroes are trying to solve crimes while also not being official law enforcement. I recommend it as I will be checking out the rest at some point.

Music of the Week:
The Fall – Telephone Thing

Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe

Becky G – Todo Cambio

Vince Staples – Norf Norf

Red Sun Rising – Amnesia

Weekly Updates:
– This week’s theme is “Detectives and Criminals”
– I watched more Glitter Force Doki Doki Season 1
– I watched more Gurren Lagann
– I watched more K
– I finished Season 2 of Schitt’s Creek
– I watched more Little Witch Academia Season 2
– As usual, I watched more Game Grumps and Critical Role
– I also watched the Royal Rumble and Takeover: Philadelphia

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