Media Update 4/16/20


Onward

I have been a solid fan of Pixar since the release of the first Toy Story. They have not only advanced technology in animation, but they have also helped to innovate storytelling in the medium as well. Their misses are very rare and I look forward to every release with anticipation. When I saw the first trailer for Onward, I was definitely into the idea. Basically, it took a similar idea to Bright but made it better with that great Pixar touch. The story is about a world where magic, elves, pixies, dragons, unicorns, and so much more are real. However, it is also a world where the technology we have was invented and since it was easier, people largely abandoned magic. At its heart, the story is about a family. Tom Holland plays the lead character Ian who is nerdy and awkward and basically me in middle school. Chris Pratt plays his brother Barley who is fixated on preserving the world’s magical history from the age of heroes. Their quest is concurrent with their mother’s quest to save them. She is played wonderfully by Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. We also get Octavia Spencer who plays a personable but fierce manticore. As usual, I cried several times during the movie. Disney always gets me. I definitely recommend this movie.


Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic games have been over the top since the beginning. The in-your-face characters are cheesy but charming and there is a ton of nostalgia attached to the property for me. When the first trailer came out for the movie, people were mad and disgusted. Sonic’s design hit that uncanny valley and the brief glimpses of writing were not impressive. However, they took the design back to the drawing board and did rewrites and changed up the overall design. It worked. This was the Sonic that I grew up with, the wide-eyed optimist with a need for speed. Part of why the movie works so well is that Ben Schwartz is so funny. The character’s constant chatter could have been annoying but he brought a lot of charisma to it. James Marsden was the perfect more serious foil for him. I was not thrilled about the character being a cop but they did it well. Jim Carrey is an anti-vaxxer. Overall, the movie was really fun and I felt it really captured the tone and joy of the video games. I definitely recommend this movie.


Superman 3

I had seen Superman 1, 2, and 4 but somehow I missed 3. I think because the movie did not really get a lot of traction or popularity and its staying power was nonexistent. The fourth film was so ludicrously bad that it has a cult following. I enjoyed watching this version but more as a goofy analog to Superman 4. The plot meanders badly and there are a lot of plot points that are either not explained or glossed over. Margot Kidder’s Lois and Marc McClure’s Jimmy Olson are written out of the movie pretty quickly. Instead, we get Annette O’Toole ‘s Lana Lang who is perfectly fine but almost completely disconnected from the plot. The best part of the movie is Richard Pryor as a computer hacker villain with a heart of gold. Pryor is so good and his character is easy to like even when he is causing a lot of chaos intentionally or accidentally. We are also introduced to Evil Superman in this movie. It was pretty fun to watch Christopher Reeve play the big blue boy scout but also play a complete and utter dick. I recommend this movie as it is a quirky and cheesy ride but it has a lot of interesting things going for it.

Music of the Week:
Koryn Hawthorne – Unstoppable

BABYMETAL – Catch Me If You Can

Polarcode – I Crave You

Katy Perry – Never Really Over

Charli XCX & Christine and the Queens – Gone

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Blue Heroes”
– I watched more Stumptown Season 1
– I watched more Prodigal Son Season 1
– I watched more Elementary Season 1
– I watched more Slasher Season2
– I watched more Bojack Horseman Season 6
– I watched more Penn and Teller’s Bullshit!
– I watched more Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Season 2
– I finished Rizzoli and Isles Season 2
– I watched more The Imagineering Story
– I watched more My Hero Academia Season 1
– I started watching McMillions

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