Media Update 3/18/21

Coming to America 2

I enjoyed the original Coming to America, directed by a favorite director of mine, John Landis. It was a very fun fish out of water story about African royalty trying to navigate America. Doing a sequel decades later makes sense as it gives time for the characters to change and find new perspectives. This movie catches up with Prince Akeem as he becomes King Akeem and is under pressure to find a male heir. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall return to their roles along with many from the original movie. They are joined by the addition of Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Jermaine Fowler, Tracy Morgan, Kiki Layne, and Nomzamo Mbatha. Mbatha and Kiki Layne are particularly good. However, I found this movie to be a bad sequel and a very strange and surprisingly joyless movie. Part of that was the writing for the characters played by Leslie Jones and Jermaine Fowler. Part of it was that the movie just felt strangely cruel. It put a lot of emphasis on what felt like the wrong parts as well. It just felt like a really bizarre movie. I do not recommend it and I bailed on the movie halfway through.

Guns Akimbo

I love Daniel Radcliffe’s career. He got all of that Harry Potter money and now is able to pick the craziest independent movies to star in. This one is no different. Radcliffe is very funny as a computer programmer who gets drafted in a real-life violent video game. Samara Weaving plays his main opponent and is delightfully funny as a psychopath. Ned Dennehy is goofy and good at playing an over-the-top bad guy. Natasha Liu Bordizzo is cute and charming as the only normal person in the whole movie. There was even a really funny appearance by Rhys Darby. The movie is nonstop interesting, funny, and exciting. It has a lot to say about Internet culture, what makes a person a person, what makes life worth living, populist underground movements, and so much more. This movie is absolutey insane in some of the best ways. Radcliffe really shines as an everyman who gets elevated to a totally different character. I definitely recommend this movie.

Ponyo

Hayao Miyazaki is a brilliant filmmaker who just so happened to choose animation to succeed in. I still have yet to watch all of his movies but I am slowly working my way through them and I could not resist with this week’s theme. This is a modern fairy tale of a goldfish who wants to be a human girl and the human boy she befriends. That is a gross oversimplification of the plot. The animation is so beautiful. Every single character comes through with such life to them that they are almost more human than human. I watched the English language version which has a fabulous cast and Studio Ghibli always does a good job with it. The cast includes Noah Cyrus, Frankie Jonas, Tina Fey, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Lily Tomlin, Betty White, and Cloris Leachman. The movie fills me with such joy and it has so many relatable moments with characters I loved spending time with. I absolutely recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Bear Ghost – Necromancin Dancin

Angie McMahon – Pasta

Selena Gomez – Look At Her Now

Internet Money – Somebody

Mash up of the Week:

Elysian Sounds – Phantom of the Chopera

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Fish Out of Water”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I watched more Vampire Diaries Season 2
I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 11
I started watching Allen v. Farrow

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