Media Update 9/26/19


Child’s Play (2019)

I have been a huge fan of the Child’s Play franchise since I first saw the original 1988 movie. The movie took an interesting concept of a child’s plaything becoming a murderer (or vice versa actually). When I found out that there would be a new sequel that was rebooting the franchise, I was a little worried. The original franchise was just getting interesting again. Thankfully, this new movie is a separate entity that takes a science fiction angle rather than supernatural. I love the new take on Chucky, a product of no wisdom but high intelligence. Also, no moral center, of course. Chucky is voiced brilliantly by Mark Hammill and the practical effects are so good. The real standout in the movie is Andy, played by youngster Gabriel Bateman who is already a horror movie veteran at age 15. His mother is played by Aubrey Plaza who does a really good job of playing the overworked mother who is also the fun mom, trying her best. This version was an interesting take with more of a thriller/slasher feel to it. It also involved the human characters more in the story. Andy being older allowed for him to have more agency in the movie and definitely informed where the story went. I definitely recommend it.


Life After Beth

I much prefer zombie movies when there is a gimmick to them, something that sets it apart from the normal zombie movies which are often just long slogs of despair. This is kind of like a zombie romantic comedy in the best way. A young man gets dumped by his girlfriend but that changes when she comes back from the dead. Aubrey Plaza plays the titular Beth and it is a role she was born to play. Plaza excels at playing weird/crazy characters and Beth is certainly an insane (but fun) role. She is joined by Dane DeHaan who is the protagonist and the boyfriend driven deep into insanity. John C. Reilly, Paul Reiser, Molly Shannon, and Cheryl Hines play their parents who are quirky and are also driven to insanity. There is also a small but great part for Anna Kendrick. What I love so much about this movie is how they treat zombies. Zombies are just as confused about their condtion as everybody else is and it is delightful. The movie has so many twists and turns that it was fun to see where things were going to go. It is definitely a quirky movie. I recommend although it is not for the squeamish.


The Little Hours

This is from the same director as Life After Beth and while it has different subject matter, it has a very similar energy to it. This movie is sort of a parody of The Decameron which I had vaguely heard of before (it’s basically Italian Canterbury Tales). The story is set at a convent which is presided over by a priest played by John C. Reilly. Among the nuns in the cast are Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci, Allison Brie, and Molly Shannon. Dave Franco plays a man on the run who tries to hide at the convent and the story then breaks into a farce as the three young ladies each interract with Franco. There are also cameos from Fred Armisen, Nick Offerman, and Paul Reiser. The story is wild and I could barely predict what was going to happen next. Part of that comes from the dialogue and much of the movie being a work of improv. The actors were given a loose outline for the movie but not a script and they just went at it. This movie shows how good each of the actors is at off the cuff, offbeat humor. There is not a dull moment in the movie and I was either laughing or crying out in surprise most of the movie. I definitely recommend it.

Music of the Week:
Mandy Moore – When I Wasn’t Watching

He Is Legend – White Bat

Post Malone – Take What You Want ft. Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott

Blanco Brown – The Git Up

Mars Argo – Using You

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Aubrey Plaza”
– I started watching The Blacklist Season 6
– I watched more Marvel’s Agents of Shield Season 6
– I watched more How to Get Away with Murder Season 1
– I watched more Supergirl Season 4
– I watched more Charmed Season 1
– I watched more Lucha Underground Season 4
– I watched more Offhand Disney
– I watched more BTE
– I finished iZombie Season 5

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