Media Update 6/7/18


Deadpool 2

I have been looking forward to this movie since the credits were rolling on the first Deadpool. The first one was just so much of what a Deadpool movie should be with the self-awareness, hyper-violence, and comedy. They stayed true enough to the source material (at least from what I’ve read). The second movie was more of the same which is exactly what I wanted. They had a bigger budget so they were able to add a few more characters. However, the movie still messed with your expectations and they were masters of playing around with their trailers. I have always appreciated Ryan Reynolds’ sense of humor and he is at the top of his game in this one. As with most sequels, this one is better if you have seen the first one but why have you not seen the first one yet? Josh Brolin was a great Cable and a great straight man for Reynolds to play off of. Once again, the movie has some hidden heart to it as it explores how we treat people and the consequences of our actions. The movie was so funny and just plain fun. It made me look forward to what the Deadpool/X-Force/X-Men franchise might do in the future. I definitely recommend this one as I will probably give this one a rare second watch. (For those who don’t know, I have a loose policy of not watching things more than once as there is too much to watch out there.)


Sicario

So I really did not know anything about this one other than it had a high score on Rotten Tomatoes. After a little research, I realized that it starred Daniel Kaluuya, Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Victor Garber, and Josh Brolin (third movie in three weeks!). To me, it looked like every other military movie that all seem to blend together. I am not really a fan of the rah rah ‘Merica military movie because they creep me out (American Sniper for example). This is not that. This is a movie that shows how complicated the war on drugs can be and how our government can be tainted while trying to win a largely pointless war. The movie is full of tense scenes punctuated by great, largely realistic action scenes. It also covers some of the psychological effects of being in combat situations for so long and so often. Blunt is impressive as usual but she shares the main character role with a silent but intense Benicio Del Toro. While it is probably not an accurate depiction of the actual war on drugs, it definitely nailed my general feelings on the subject. Everybody is covered in shades of gray and nobody is innocent and there is far too much violence. It was a surprisingly good movie and I was hooked minutes in. I definitely recommend it.


Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell

After last week’s weird, harrowing journey through some crazy movies, I felt I had to watch something a little lighter to reset. Marvel animation has been on a pretty good roll. Their animated movies use a different continuity from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They lean into the cartoony nature of things without losing the sense of adventure in the live action movies. This movie teams up The Hulk, Doctor Strange, and the modern incarnation of the Howling Commandos. For those who don’t know (because I didn’t), the Howling Commandos are a SHIELD-sponsored group of monsters. In this case, it included Warwolf, Vampire by Night, Zombie Jasper Sitwell, and Man-Thing. The big selling point for me is that Doctor Strange is voiced by accomplished voice actor Liam O’Brien (of Critical Role fame). Also, Doctor Strange has recently become a Marvel character I am interested in and I have always been into the Hulk. This one deals with dreams, nightmares, and Hulk’s duality so we get a lot of both Hulk and Banner in a more meaningful way. This includes the two of them actually interacting. While this short movie is nothing to write home about, this was a solid story with some solid voice work. I recommend it if you want to watch a good comic book story.

Music of the Week:
Pay Homage – Windchill

Yungtown & Garrett Williamson – I Will Make It

Parquet Courts – Wide Awake

Fugazi – Waiting Room

Pantera – 5 Minutes Alone

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”
– I started watching Supernatural Season 13
– I started watching The Flash Season 4
– I started watching Arrow Season 6
– I watched more Gurren Lagann
– I watched more Glitter Force Doki Doki Season 1
– I watched more Barry Kramer on YouTube
– I finished iZombie Season 4
– I started the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4
– I finished Season 3 of Better Call Saul

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2 Responses to “Media Update 6/7/18”

  1. heatherericksonauthor Says:

    I really enjoyed this post. The videos were great, especially the Deadpool video. We are big Bob Ross fans, so it was fun! I’m visiting from the A to Z Road Trip.

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