Media Update 6/10/21

Raya and the Last Dragon

Walt Disney Animation Studios has been very strong in the past decade and so I was excited to check out the latest movie. This movie is an original story and not based on an existing story like many Disney movies. The movie draws on southeast Asian cultures such as Korea, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Phillipines, and more but it takes place in a fictional land. It is a feudal story that takes place in a dystopia after a great disaster. The lead is played by Kelly Marie Tran who is so good at being a strong warrior, a sarcastic joker, and a loving person. She is opposed by Gemma Chan, a fierce yet highly charismatic young woman. Akwafina plays probably her best role to date and was instantly likable and a lot of the heart of the movie. They are joined by Benedict Wong, Izaac Wang, and Thalia Tran. The movie is absolutely gorgeous (as Tangled, Frozen, and Moana were) and the animation is so fluid and fun to watch. The story has a lot of heart but also a lot of comedy for a story set in a dystopia. I recommend this movie.

Kaboom

I am not really sure how to describe this movie or begin to explain it. It is billed as David Lynch for the Coachella Generation and that feels strangely correct. The movie is a mish mash of David Lynch, Donnie Darko, a sex comedy, and a dash or two of John Waters. The movie stars Thomas Dekker who plays a young queer man who is definitely too much in his own head. He stumbles onto a mystery and becomes absorbed by it. His partner in crime is played by Haley Bennett who was my favorite as a sarcastic no-nonsense character. They are joined by Juno Temple who plays a young woman who appears to be ditzy but is way smarter than she seems. Roxane Mesquida is great at playing a totally insane character. There are a lot of great side characters who just deepen the mystery and made me laugh or tilt my head to the side in confusion. I had no idea where the movie was going next at most points and I really enjoyed that feeling. I recommend this movie.

D.E.B.S.

This movie pretty much caught me by surprise. I was expected a fun little girl power spy movie but instead I got way more than I asked for in the best way. The movie follows a paramilitary school for young women called D.E.B.S. (Discipline Energy Beauty Strength). Sara Foster plays a young woman on the verge of graduating who is questioning a lot of things in her life. Much to her surprise, she ends up romantically entangled with a super villain played by Jordana Brewster. The two of them are so good together and a lot of the movie was just me marveling at how well they managed that relationship. There were plenty of other fun actors in the movie as well. The movie very much felt like a gayer version of the Josie and the Pussycats movie. It is a movie that is really campy and easy to discount but once I watched it, I saw a lot of to love. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

My Best Friend’s Hot

Castration Squad – A Date Wth Jack

PVRIS – Hallucinations

The xx – I Dare You

Mashup of the Week:

GC Mashie – How You Like Confidence

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Pride 2021”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I watched more of The Irregulars Season 1
I started watching Monsters Among Us Season 1

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