Media Update 2/27/20

Jojo Rabbit

Thor Ragnarok made me absolutely fall in love with Taika Waititi’s style and each thing I see after has cemented my fandom of him. I love his sense of humor that blends so well with really deep thoughts. When I found out that he was planning a movie where a young Hitler youth has Hitler himself as his imaginary friend, I was immediately all in. I knew right away that Waititi would not engage in simple shock humor or milk the gag inappropriately. I was correct. This movie is indeed about a young boy who gets sucked up into the Nazi movement (all his friends are doing it!) during the tail end of Germany’s involvement in World War 2. Roman Griffin Davis is so great as the impressionable yet curious little boy, JoJo. Scarlett Johansen puts forward probably the best performance I have ever seen as Jojo’s hard-working and idealistic mother. Thomasin McKenzie is great as the soft-spoken yet dominant young girl that challenges Jojo. Sam Rockwell is great as a screwup Nazi officer who just seems to be a dumb jock with a secret. Of course, Taika Waititi is excellent as the zany imaginary Adolf, a cross between a wild faery and Hitler himself. The movie is a great story about growing up, learning that the people around you don’t know everything and that you should not follow the crowd. I definitely recommend it.

Frozen 2

The first Frozen was such a revelation of a movie for Disney. Along with Tangled, it really reinvigorated the animation studio and brought it up to the level of Pixar. It added that classic Disney flavor with the technical mastery that Pixar had. When the first trailer was released for the sequel, I was absolutely amazed. It upped the stakes and I knew that they would do great things with the established characters. This movie revisits the memorable characters but dives deeper, letting us know even more about these characters. Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell are so good as Elsa and Anna that I would watch a hundred movies with them in it together. Anna and Elsa are such good characters. Additionally, we get to go deeper with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Olaf (Josh Gad). They did not get much depth in the first movie but here they get their moments to shine. Sterling K Brown, Jason Ritter, and Rachel Matthews are really good as new characters. This is another franchise that I am absolutely happy if it ends here but I would also love to see what happens next. They opened up so much more of the world that I am fiercely curious to know more and see more. Besides, the new movie had some really great new songs. Into the Unknown is a complete banger of a song that I have been humming for days. I really recommend this one.

Wrinkles the Clown

When I heard about this movie, I thought it was just another documentary about the clown phenomenon from a few years ago. In reality, it is a surprisingly deep look at so much more than that. Primarily, the documentary is about the legend of Wrinkles the Clown. Wrinkles is a creepy old clown who hires himself out to adults to scare their kids straight. Through viral marketing tactics and the power of modern folklore, he was able to create a legend. Kids began to buy into the legend and it became a YouTube thing and then it took off. Then people started to get inspired and the famous clown sightings across the country began. People took it too far but by then it was out of everybody’s control. The documentary covers so much. It covers the legend itself, a crazy story that built over time. It interviews modern folklorists about the spread of new legends (like Charlie Charlie, Bloody Mary, Momo, etc.) It explores how something goes viral. It explores child psychology and how trading physical punishment for severe psychological torture is not the answer. I was expecting there to be more of a horror element but it actually ended up being a fairly wholesome documentary. A lot of the people involved are dreamers and it was actually a bit inspiring. I recommend it.

Music of the Week:
Orville Peck – Queen of the Rodeo

David Bowie – Helden

Rita Ora – Only Want You

Crazy Lixx – “Wild Child

Blanco Brown – The Git Up

Weekly Update
– This week’s theme is “Childhood Trauma”
– I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 9
– I watched more VODs of AGDQ 2019/2020 and SGDQ 2019
– I watched more Stumptown Season 1
– I watched more Prodigal Son Season 1
– I watched more Bates Motel Season 1
– I watched more Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 3
– I watched more Penn and Teller’s Bullshit Season 1
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 1
– I watched more Elementary Season 1
– I watched more What We Do In the Shadows Season 1
– I watched more The Witcher Season 1
– I watched more Locke and Key Season 1
– I finished October Faction Season 1

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