Media Update 7/15/21

Black Widow

This is a movie ten years in the making. That is when Scarlet Johannson first played the character of Natasha Romanoff. Since that time, people have been crying out for a Black Widow film as she was the only female superhero character in the franchise at the time. The crumbs that have been dropped since Avengers (2011), were very interesting and it made me want to see more of Natasha’s world. This movie is an origin movie without being an origin movie and it could not have been made ten years ago. Johannson has grown so much into the role and really made it hers with gravitas and comedy. Florence Pugh is a breath of fresh air to the franchise, just as funny and strong as Johannson and the perfect partner for her. David Harbour largely plays comic relief but he is really good at that. Rachel Weisz is so good at being just iconic and oh so interesting. The story is really good and confronts a lot of difficult emotions that the franchise had to earn through years of good storytelling. I recommend it completely.

Loki

Disney+ has been killing it with their Marvel shows so far. I never know what to expect and I am always more than pleased with the surprises that I find. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki continues to be a revelation of a character. He is written and acted so well that it is virtually impossible not to be entertained by him. I was surprised by how good Owen Wilson is in this considering how many bad movies he has been in but he does commit fully. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a great character. Look, I do not want to talk about this too much. One more, Sophia Di Martino is damn near perfect. Alright, that’s it. I recommend this show.

Tenet

I know that I do not fully understand this movie but I really enjoyed it. I feel like this movie is almost impossible to really spoil because it is more about the journey than any destination. Like Interstellar, it plays with concepts of time travel but in ways that reminded me more of Inception. This movie felt like a more finely honed version of the concepts explored in Inception and Interstellar and I enjoyed it more. John David Washington is a very strong lead character. He plays a combination of a suave secret agent and a fish out of water in such a seamless way. Elizabeth Debicki has such raw emotion in her performance that it was fascinating. Robert Pattinson completely and utterly won me over as a great actor so much that I want to seek out more non-Twilight stuff that he has done. Of course, Kenneth Branagh is superb as the villain. My mind was reeling throughout the movie but there were so many awesome moments from both a technical and storytelling perspective. I went in feeling that I might not like it but I recommend it now.

Music of the Week:

Jacob the Horse – 12 Miles

Stiff Richards – Got it to Go

Kenta Kofot – Kom Igen

Bus15 – Marta

Mashup of the Week:

Dilly Tante, Jiko Sama – Mona Lisa, Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time

Weekly Update
This week’s theme is “Looking into the Past for the Future”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched Crytal Lake Memories
I started watching Forensic Files
I started watching SGDQ 2021
I need to do a YouTube rundown or ten because these creators deserve shoutouts

#FreeBritney

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