Media Update 12/10/20

Enola Holmes

When I heard about a Sherlock Holmes-related movie starring Millie Bobby Brown, I got excited and when I saw the trailer I was even more excited. I had no idea that it was based on a series of books. The story is that Enola Holmes, the younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft, is stunned to discover her mother has disappeared from their family home. She summons her estranged brothers to help but feels forced to solve the mystery herself which pits her against both of her brothers and a shadowy conspiracy. Millie Bobby Brown is so fun in this. She is manic and excitable and so much fun as the clever yet untried Enola. Henry Cavill is devilish and fun as Sherlock. Sam Claflin was frustrating and easy to dislike as Mycroft. Louis Partridge was goofy and likable as the untested noble Enola meets. The movie felt like a fun ride from start to finish and there was not a moment that I did not like. I definitely recommend this movie.

Queen’s Gambit

I had had this show recommended to me several times so I decided it was finally time to dive in. The show is really well put together as kind of a period piece set back in the 1960s and everything looks so great. Anya Taylor-Joy plays the stoic Beth Harmon, an orphan who shows a penchant for chess and starts entering competitions. Chloe Pirrie plays her boozy mother, a bit of a mess who is trying to pull herself together. Moses Ingram plays the sassy Jolene, a fellow orphan. Isla Johnston plays young Beth and is absolutely great at being a quiet mouse whose gears you can see moving in her eyes. The show is pretty good but it moves too fast, in my opinion. A lot of moments are not given time to land and the stoicism of the main character means that we barely see a reaction to her. Obstacles appear in the main character’s path and she easily demolishes them and then everybody shrugs and moves on. I am about a quarter through it and I am open to it getting better but I may quit. I do not recommend this show.

Aeon Flux

I love a good cheesy mid-2000s action movie and many of them are inspired by The Matrix. Aeon Flux was a cartoon that was aired on MTV during their Liquid Television that my friends and I watched. The cartoon started as a series of short films, many of which were rather avant garde. There was not much of a story and the viewer was left to interpret a lot of it. The animation and design was also really interesting. They adapted it into a big budget film in the style of Lara Croft and Resident Evil. The movie stars Charlize Theron as Aeon Flux, an impossibly talented assassin. She is great as the action hero who is confused when the world around her is not what it seemed. Marton Csokas plays the member of the elite who may not be the villain he is painted as and is good at being slightly smarmy but also interesting. The real star of the movie are the interesting architecture, wild traps, and crazy action scenes. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

the tenth – Hymns and Hieroglyphs

Eleven – Monster

BiSH / NON TiE-UP

Katy Perry – Small Talk

Joywave – Like a Kennedy

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Women Not to Be Messed With”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more Elementary Season 3
I watched more Castle Rock Season 1
I watched more The Haunting of Bly Manor
I watched more Agents of Shield Season 7
I watched Sword and the Sorcerer (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Spiker (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Honor and Glory (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Prisoners of the Lost Universe (Rifftrax)
I finished Young Justice Season 3

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