Media Update 7/4/19

The Lincoln Lawyer

When I originally saw the trailer for this movie, I knew it was a movie I wanted to see but not one that I would jump on. Now that I am in a legal profession, the movie became more attractive to me. Also, it is adapted from the same world of novels that the television series Bosch is adapted from. This means that it is well researched with interesting characters and twisting and turning plots that make for a good story. Matthew McConaughey plays a slick lawyer who always gets his client off or at least gets them a good deal. He is the kind of lawyer who is friends with everybody except for the cops. William H. Macy plays his investigator, a likable guy who knows where all of the bodies are buried. Marisa Tomei plays an Assistant District Attorney who just so happens to also be Matthew’s ex-wife. Ryan Philippe plays his client, a rich boy with a spotless record but a real mystery. There are also great small roles from Michael Pena, John Leguiziamo, Josh Lucas, Bryan Cranston, and Michaela Conlin. The movie feels like a film noir version of a legal drama riding high on the charisma of McConaughey and Phillipe and the clever plot. I definitely recommend it.

How to Get Away With Murder

This was one of those shows that I never watched because I did not have a cable hookup but I had heard good things about it. I finally took the leap, watching it on Netflix. The show follows students in a law school in a Criminal Law 101 class where they are treated like sharks in the making. Their teacher is played brilliantly by Viola Davis. She is always several steps ahead of her students and often has masterful tricks to pull for her clients. Each episode, she tasks her students with helping to find solutions on her cases in order to prove their worth. She does not care what depths they have to go to in order to get the information she needs. The show follow five students the nerdy one, the quiet girl, the brash girl, the flirty gay guy, and the frat guy. (At least, that’s the crew in the first season). There is also what appears to be a season long (or series long) mystery that is forming and each episode reveals new bits of evidence and facets of that. I am really interested to see where the show goes because it is very compelling so far. I definitely recommend it.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

I have not really heard anybody talking about this movie which is strange considering it is headed up by Denzel Washington. I feel like the movie might be hampered by a downer first half and Denzel Washington’s quiet, mumbly performance. Denzel plays an activist criminal defense attorney who is thrust out of his comfort zone after decades of honest service to clients. After years of being the man behind the curtain, he finds it hard to operate in court or in communication with clients and other attorneys. Still, he carries the fire of activism in his heart and tries to spread that flame to others. The movie is really about how truly good men are often not rewarded or appreciated in their own time. It also shows how easily good men can fall. If you can get through the first bits and into the meat of the story, you just might enjoy this moving story about justice, injustice, and the price of both. I recommend it.

Music of the Week:
St. Vincent – Masseduction


Ally Brooke – Low Key (feat. Tyga)

21 Savage – a lot ft. J. Cole

Royal Deluxe – I’m a Wanted Man

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Defense Attorneys”
– I watched more Game of Thrones Season 3
– I watched more Arrow Season 7
– I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 4
– I watched more Santa Clarita Diet Season 3
– I watched more The Flash Season 5
– I finished Star Trek: Voyager Season 2
– I started watching Designated Survivor Season 3
– Happy Independence Day!


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