Media Update 11/12/20

The Haunting of Bly Manor

Ever since it was announced that Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House was getting a second season with an all new story, I was jazzed. I had no idea at the time that the new series would be adapting one of my favorite ghost stories, The Turn of the Screw. Like Hill House, Bly Manor takes the original story and adds more elements full of psychological and existential scares. It also adds creepy children, a horror movie staple. It expands on the story with some things that were only alluded to in the original story without spoiling the mystery and magic. Victoria Pedretti really shines as the American au pair who might be a bit out of her depth. Child actors Benjamin Evan Ainsworth and Amelie Bea Smith are super interesting as kids and play the weirdness with a great balance. The staff takes a bigger role with T’Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, and Amelia Eve being a really welcome part of the cast. They each add warmth and life to a very isolating story. I definitely recommend this mini-series.

Evil

I really love stories about investigating potentially supernatural things where there is a balance of true believers and skeptics. Of course, in the real world this is silly since the supernatural does not exist but in fiction it definitely can. The show stars Mike Colter as a catholic priest in training who has been tasked by the church to investigate claims of miracles and possession. He hires two people to help him out, neither of which are true believers. Katja Herbers plays a forensic psychologist who Colter tasks with investigating the motives and inner workings of the people they encounter. He also hired Aasif Mandvi as their tech guy who works from an angle where anything can be faked through technology. They are opposed by a strange man played by Michael Emerson who seeks to muck up their investigations and lives. The show definitely does a good job of providing interesting mysteries. I recommend this show.

Killing Eve

This show is fairly simple in construction but leads to complex, interesting drama. Sandra Oh plays a MI-6 analyst who is tasked to track down an unknown female assassin with no official acknowledgement from the rest of the organization. The psychopathic young assassin played by Jodie Comer finds out about the investigation. A lot of the show is carried by these two and their interactions with the other characters and their interaction with each other without actually meeting (at least as far as I have gotten). Sandra Oh is great at being kind of a curmudgeonly, awkward yet highly intelligent investigator. Jodie Comer is great at being an absolute psycho while still being so interesting and charismatic. The show has a lot of good dry humor and intrigue. The supporting cast does a great job of helping to move the plot along and interact with the two leads. I recommend this show as well.

Music of the Week:

Little Dragon – Another Lover

PRIZM – Disco Biscuit

Adanna Duru – Doll

Planet Sun – Flowers In My Bed

MarthaGunn – We Don’t Need Each Other

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Investigation into Cruelty”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched more Harley Quinn Season 2
I watched more Doctor Who Season 11
I watched more Elementary Season 3
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more Agents of Shield Season 7
I started watching Young Justice Season 3
I started watching Cults and Extreme Belief Season 1

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