Media Update 1/28/21

WandaVision

First, this show reminded me how much I hate sitcoms in general. Of course, I really think that is the point of the early parts of this show. This show follows newlyweds Wanda Maximoff (the Scarlet Witch) and Vision who have arrived in a small picturesque town straight out of a fifties sitcom (and then a seventies sitcom). Of course, everything is not as it seems. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany return as the title characters. Olsen switches seamlessly between comedy, drama, and horror. Bettany is so charming and feels like a throwback to vaudeville. The show feels like it is quickly evolving (I just finished episode 3) and the acting evolves quickly with the plot. It has a “happy horror” feel to it like Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, Firefly Funhouse, or Welcome to Nightvale. The supporting cast, made up of Kathryn Hahn, Emma Caulfield Ford, Jolene Purdy, David Lengel, and more really add to the chaos but it’s mostly Bettany and Olsen’s chemistry. I am excited to see where this show goes but the first two episodes were rough to get through. I recommend this show.

The New Mutants

I had been excited for this movie but delayed watching because A) I had trouble getting access and B) I had heard that reshoots ruined it. I should not have hesitated. This is the last official Fox Marvel movie. The premise of this is that it combines the superhero genre with the horror genre, something that has not been done much yet although it does have some parallels in Stephen King’s works. This follows five of young mutants stuck in a hospital until they figure out their powers. Something starts to stalk them all. Great formula for a horror movie. Blu Hunt stars as Danielle Moonstar who is easy to follow as the main character and plays damaged really well. Maisie Williams plays Rahne Sinclair and she is a really pleasant light in the darkness. Anya Taylor-Joy is both fun and aggravating as the always unstable Ilyana Rasputin. Charlie Heaton plays the loveable bumpkin Sam Guthrie and Henry Zaga plays the dimwitted but nice Roberto DaCosta. Rounding out the cast is Alice Braga as Dr. Reyes (presumably Cecilia Reyes) who does a great job at being both sinister and warm in equal measures. The movie works as a great horror movie with superhero elements. I recommend this movie.

Helstrom

I am not as familiar with the comic book version of Daimon Hellstrom aside from his relationship with Patsy Walker. I was interested in what Marvel’s foray into non-superheroic comics would look like. The Hellstrom families were never quite the level of the X-Men or the Avengers but remained on the periphery. This show feels like what I wished The Exorcist tv show was. The show follows Daimon and Ana Helstrom (sic) as they deal with the fallout from their infernal father’s plans for Earth. It plays as more a supernatural detective show than a comic book show. Tom Austen is charming and troubled as Daimon while Sydney Lemmon is guarded and snarky as Ana. They are joined by Elizabeth Marvel as a young nun initiate who is learning how to navigate the world of exorcisms and battling the forces of Hell. June Carryl annd Robert Wisdom are so good as the respective mentors of the siblings, an older generation arming the devilish twins with weapons to fight their own father. It is a slow burn of a show but there is plenty to sink your teeth into. I recommend this show.

Music of the Week:

Nas – Ultra Black

Kesha – Tonight

YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS – No Prey, No Pay

Haim – Now I’m In It

Mashup of the Week:

DJ Cummerbund – Mundian To Bach Nu

Weekly Update:
This week’s team is “Magical Marvel”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more AGDQ 2020
i watched more Elementary Season 3
I started watching Night Stalker: Hunt for a Serial Killer
I watched The Beast of Bray Road
I watched The Haunting of Dice Road
I watched Hauntings Across America
I watched The Mothman of Point Pleasant

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