Media Update 2/6/20

Jupiter Ascending

This movie has a heck of a reputation. When I announced that I was going to watch this movie on Twitter, a friend asked if I was being punished. The thing is, I really like the Wachowski Sisters a lot. They are not perfect filmmakers but they are so creative. They are really good at worldbuilding which is one of my favorite things in fiction. Also, the movie stars Mila Kunis who is somebody I wish would be in more movies (Cancel Family Guy). She is very easy to like as a human woman out of her depth in an alien world. Of course, most people know that Channing Tatum plays a dog/human hybrid in this movie and I liked him. The other stand out was Eddie Redmayne who hams it up so much that it was impossible not to love him. There are a ton of other fun side characters who really add to the movie. It is not a great movie but I found it to be a really enjoyable movie. The movie was an absolute mess but my only real problem was the scattered and repetitive plot. (Seriously, who gets kidnapped three times in one movie? Aang?) There were quite a few funny scenes and the action and character design were definitely on point. I recommend this movie as long as you can relax and enjoy a goofy movie.

October Faction

I am a sucker for a good science fantasy/horror show so when I heard that a show was coming out with “October” in the name, my interest was instantly piqued. The show follows two parents who are secretly part of an organization that hunts monsters. Monsters often hide in plain sight, posing as humans. Tamara Taylor is undoubtedly the star of the show as the mother returning back to a town where she first experienced both monsters and racism. She is cunning and protective of her family and those around her. J.C. MacKenzie plays the father of the family. He has a dry sense of humor but he supports his family as the father figure but also supports his wife as her partner in hunting. Their kids are twins played by Aurora Burghart and Gabriel Darku who have such good chemistry together, backing each other up at every turn. The show has two mysteries. The first is the mystery behind the monsters that the parents must fight. The second is the twins beginning to touch the world of the supernatural on their own. I cannot wait for these two to eventually blend together but I love watching the whole family try to hide secrets from each other while still remaining a loving family. I recommend this show.

Bates Motel

Most horror aficionados have seen the movie Psycho, a precursor to a lot of the greatest of the horror genre. The movie’s tale is mostly psychological and about how people can lose themselves to insanity. Of course, in Hitchcock’s classic, we are left to fill in a lot of the backstory ourselves. This show is a prequel to the movie (although it is set in modern times). It follows Norma Bates and her son Norman Bates as they move into the house and open the Bates Motel. Vera Farmiga plays Norma Bates, a widow excited to start over and acting too clingy with her son. Freddie Highmore plays the legendary Norman, a shy kid who is often emotionally and psychologically manipulated by his mother. From episode one, it is easy to see that they have an unhealthy yet kind of endearing relationship. There is also a cast of characters at Norman’s high school (he’s 17) who look like their gearing up to Carrie him. It is interesting to start to see the seeds of what makes Norman Bates into the creature he becomes. I have only watched the pilot so far and, although the acting is good, the show feels very anxiety heavy in a bad way. I will definitely try more episodes and I recommend the show.

Music of the Week:

Tyler, the Creator – Earfquake

elbow – Dexter & Sinister

The Interrupters – Take Back The Power

Summer Walker – Come Thru

The Prostitunes – Hey Psycho! (Do U Recycle?)

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Inheritance”
– I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 9
– I watched more VODs of AGDQ 2020
– I watched more Stumptown Season 1
– I watched more Prodigal Son Season 1
– I started watching The Chilling Tales of Sabrina Season 2
– I watched more Penn and Teller’s Bullshit Season 1
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 1

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