Archive for February, 2021

Media Update 2/4/21

February 4, 2021

Hardy Boys

I used to read Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books when I was a kid. I liked the idea of kid detectives and I devoured any fiction on that subject. When I heard that there was going to be a new series, I definitely wanted in. The series does similar things to the Nancy Drew series by injecting it with more character and plot. Instead of being the lantern-jawed, all-American boys, Joe and Frank Hardy are more relatable people. The two have just lost their mother and are trying to put their lives together when they are thrust into a mystery. Rohan Campbell plays Frank Hardy, a good guy who is hungry to solve his mother’s murder. Alexander Elliott plays a much younger Joe Hardy, a bit of a mischievous kid who is trying his own angle on the mystery. The supporting cast is excellent. Riley O’Donnell is fun as the tomboyish and clever Biff. James Tupper is great as their dad, an actual professional detective. The rest of the cast is also excellent. The mystery is compelling and I am left really wanting to know where it is all going. I recommend this show.

The Lovebirds

I love both Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani and when I heard they were coming together on a crime/romantic comedy, I was intrigued. This became even more the case when I found out that Michael Showalter was directing since Showalter was the director of Nanjiani’s previous movie, The Big Sick. The premise here is that Rae and Nanjiani play a couple on the verge of breaking up who get involved in a criminal conspiracy. They both do such a good job of portraying real people who are suddenly caught up in the criminal underworld. Nanjiani is snarky and hilariously pathetic while Rae is both sassy and clever. They mix it up with a whole cast of strange characters but the real show here is the great chemistry between Nanjiani and Rae. They are so good together and they spend the movie rambling to each other nonstop in an endearing way. I recommend this movie.

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

I have been watching a lot of documentaries and documentary series lately and most of them are not worthy of lengthy comment but this one stuck out to me. I thought that this would be an interesting series as the Night Stalker was a long case which is definitely interesting from an abnormal psychology and a criminology viewpoint. However, I ended up disliking this series. I did not think it was possible but this series was actually boring. The show is almost entirely stitched together interviews with police detectives (and their families) about the hunt for Richard Ramirez. These interviews are intercut with odd lingering shots of knives dripping with blood and other vivid imagery. The series lacks a neutral narrator to pull us through the story. We are left mostly with Gil Carillo and Frank Salerno telling cop stories. I really got tired of it. There were very few historians or any other academics laying out what was going on and any theories on why. Instead we get a lot of interviews with the people directly related to the case. It also highlighted a lot of police incompetence involved with the case. I do not recommend this series.

Music of the Week

Death Cult Electric – Deleter

K.O.Y – Baltimore

Check B – Corona

ONSLAUGHT – Bow Down To The Clowns

Mashup of the Week

Neil Cicierega – Rollercloser

Weekly Update
This week’s theme is “Working on a Mystery”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 3
I watched more Stargirl Season 1
I watched more WandaVision Season 1
I started watching The Crown Season 4
I started watching Sleepy Hollow Season 3
I started watching The Ripper (docuseries)

Cozy Questions Pt. 5

February 1, 2021
  1. If You Could Meet One Historical Figure, Who Would You Choose and Why?

My first thought on this was Nikola Tesla but I feel like he might be an intimidating presence and I am not sure what we would have to talk about. The meeting might be anticlimactic. Then I thought, of course, of Picasso who I have shared depression with. Upon further reflection, I have a completely different idea. It would depend on your definition of a historical figure but I would choose Harpo Marx. When I read Arthur Marx’ autobiography, I instantly felt connected to him. A quiet and thoughtful man, he was a good listener with a mind that was always working and he was overflowing with creativity. We had different paths in life. Harpo dropped out of school and entered show business as a performer. I graduated from college and entered show business as a designer, technician, and carpenter. He went from stage to screen. I went from stage to desk. Still, I think we are on the same wavelength.

  1. If You Had to Be a Teacher, What Subject Would You Teach?

I actually have been a teacher albeit somewhat briefly. I taught a few classes when I worked as a counselor for a summer camp. I co-taught Theater Design Theory, Set Design, and a couple more little classes. The teaching was difficult due to my social anxiety but also because my students were all teen girls who were more interested in flirting with one of the few males within miles and miles. It was awkward but the connections I actually made were rewarding. Still, I feel like I could do a better job now. I would teach creative writing probably. I know that I am not published but I feel like I could help spread the love of writing like teachers did for me. I write almost every day and I have done so for most of my life. That has to count for something.

  1. Describe Your Perfect Day

I am not sure such a thing exists but I imagine that I could come close. Watching a movie with my mother and family would probably be part of it as we relax and enjoy a good movie. I would also love to spend that time also writing. I would also love to play a tabletop roleplaying game with my friends which are always fun. I would finish by relaxing and playing some video games as I let my brain drift and relax. The day would also include really good food. Freshly made breakfast maybe Eggs Benedict, lunch from Maria’s, and a barbecue brisket feast for dinner. It is hard to squeeze everything that I love into one day but you could fit in enough to have a day in the top 10 for sure.

  1. Describe Yourself In a Sentence

A thoughtful yet loyal creative who loves a good story as much as he likes knowing he is helping.

  1. Who Makes You Laugh the Most?

My friends make me laugh the most. I first met them through tabletop gaming where I have laughed until I saw spots in my vision. I started gaming online with some of them but that did not last long, mostly because I am not a huge fan of MMORPGs but I did enjoy the community and there were plenty of laughs over TeamSpeak. The group moved into Craft Night and Bar Trivia Night where we continued to make each other laugh like crazy. Slowly but surely they became my closest friends and I am constantly surprised at how funny and creative they all are. We are going to start Tabletop Gaming soon and we are trying to plan a Rifftrax-like Movie Night.

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