Media Update 2/13/20

Birds of Prey

I will be blunt and say that DC poisoned their own well when it comes to movies so I will eternally be wary of what they produce from here forward. However, when I first heard of this movie when it was announced, I was excited that it would be produced by Margot Robbie. Back then they were calling it Gotham Sirens but I was excited about a movie directed, produced, written by, and starring women. One of the two DC movies that appealed to me in the past ten eight years was directed and starred a woman. However, I will say I liked this one better. The movie stars versions of Harley Quinn, Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, and Renee Montoya. Part of what made me love this movie is how much fun it looked like Margot Robbie was having as Harley. She was so much fun and a lot more complex than her previous outing. Jurnee Smollett-Bell (as Black Canary) stole a lot of the scenes she was in with how cool she was and how much I loved her character. Rosie Perez shone as the brassy and tired Renee Montoya. Mary Elizabeth Winstead was so funny and loveably awkward as Huntress. Ella Jay Basco played an innovative version of Cassandra Cain who I want to see more of. Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina were the perfect villains. The movie felt like it was practically directed by the character Harley Quinn which is a credit to director Cathy Yan and Christina Hodson (the latter of which has already been hired to write two more DC films!). I recommend this movie for a really good time.

Descendants 3

We all know that I am a Disney nerd and, as the years go by, I am only becoming a bigger one. The Descendants is the perfect series for me. A musical movie series that is adapted from the entire library of Disney’s animated canon. The central cast from the beginning has been the daughter of Maleficent, the daughter of the Evil Queen, the son of Jafar, and the son of Cruella Deville. They are played respectively by Cameron Dove, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart, and Cameron Boyce (RIP). There is an island where all Disney villains were banished to but now their kids are starting to be given a chance at redemption and a better life by the world the heroes built. It ends up being quite a fascinating look at what good and evil mean as it explores a lot of the gray areas of morality. The heroes can do bad things and the villains can do good things. The usual cast from the last two movies comes back but we get some great additions. I have to give a special shout out to Sarah Jeffery who plays Audrey, the daughter of Aurora and Prince Phillip. She was not new but I have to mention how good China Ann McClain who is so likable as Ursula’s daughter. I also really liked Cheyenne Jackson as Hades, he was funny yet way deeper than I expected. I think that is part of why I love this series because it does get deeper than I expect each time and the writing makes sense and it draws from a deep well of stories. It also has a really fun, poppy musical-style soundtrack that I love. I recommend the whole series for Disney fans.

The Saint (2017)

Interestingly, this was supposed to be a pilot for a new The Saint television series (a remake of the 1960s series). The show was never picked up and the pilot was to remain unaired until Roger Moore died and the decision was made to air it as it was one of the last things he filmed (also he was the original star of the 1960s series). Adam Rayner is very charismatic and fun as Simon Templar, the quick-witted and funny master thief who steals from villains and gives to charity. His partner in crime/crime-fighting is played by Elisha Dushku who is why I watched this movie in the first place. I love her so much and she is so stylish in this. I really wish the series had been picked up because it would have included great characters from Greg Grunberg, Yani Gellman, Enrique Murciano, and Sir Roger Moore. The writing is a lot of fun and the two-episode pilot shows a lot of promise. Dushku and Rayner work really well together and their dialogue shows loads of chemistry. I recommend this as well.

Music of the Week:
Joji – Run

Grupo Firme – La Estoy Pasando Mal

Tones and I – Dance Monkey

Steam Powered Giraffe – Hot on the Trail

Galantis – San Francisco feat. Sofia Carson

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Good is the New Bad”
– 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 watched more The Chilling Tales of Sabrina Season 2
– I watched more Ducktales Season 2
– I watched more Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 3


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One Response to “Media Update 2/13/20”

  1. rolandclarke Says:

    Two that I have to see: Birds of Prey looks fun; and the world needs The Saint…and Eliza ‘Buffy’ Dushku.


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