Media Update 7/22/21

Luca

I am always up for a Pixar movie and I was overjoyed to see another original property instead of a sequel. The sequels are not bad but when Pixar brings something brand new, it never fails. This is a story of sea monsters mingling with Italian port life. I immediately loved the character designs and humor. The movie’s core is made up of the interactions between the main characters played by Jacob Tremblay, Emma Berman, and Jack Dylan Grazer. As usual, Pixar’s writing does not create any character or element that is not used. Every character delivers. Special shoutout to Saverio Raimundo who plays an excellent villain. As usual, I laughed and I cried and I was sucked in for the entire running time. The movie really felt like Pixar’s salute to the works of Hayao Miyazaki. I recommend this movie.

Space Jam 2

The original Space Jam was quite a movie and although it is not seen as “good”, it was definitely enjoyable. I was skeptical when a sequel was announced. When I saw the first trailer, I was in. LeBron James as an actor is charming and fun and his energy is definitely infectious. Cedric Jones plays his son and is great as a young man struggling to find his way in the world. Don Cheadle is such a good insane villain and is always entertaining to watch. Of course, there are all of the classic Looney Tunes characters who are not only nostalgic but iconic. The story of the movie felt way more fleshed out than the original and I ended up liking this one better than the original. The humor was very meta but very Looney Tunes as well. I recommend this movie.

Gunpowder Milkshake

Of course, the title of this one intrigued me when it dropped on Netflix. When I saw the cast, I really wanted to check it out. This movie is about a young assassin who must protect a small child while surviving an onslaught of evil men. The movie stars Karen Gillan as the cold but funny killer. Lena Headey plays her assassin mother. Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, and Angela Bassett play some badass women. Paul Giamatti plays the same wisecracking, sarcastic guy he usually plays. I have to give kudos to child actor Chloe Coleman who does a great job playing a scared but excited little girl in the middle of chaos. The soundtrack is absolutely a list of bangers with mostly classic rock. The fight choreography is absolutely awesome with plenty of innovative sequences with a mix of gore, excitement, pathos, and comedy. It felt a bit like a lighter, female-led John Wick. I would love to see more like this. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Akintoye – Overload

DHÄRÄ – Yuri Gargantuan

SIMONE ISTWA – Kiss Everyone

Angel – Miedo

Mashup of the Week:

Doug Ferguson – Smoke Is On The Heart

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Teamwork”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more Forensic Files
I watched more SGDQ 2021
I watched more Nancy Drew Season 2
I started watching Doom Patrol Season 2

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