Media Update 9/9/21

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

I never read much of Shang-Chi in the comics. The only ones I know that I read was his appearance in 2007 run of Heroes for Hire. Honestly, I feel like a martial arts hero character works better in film than in print anyway. This is a fun fantasy/action martial arts romp as Shang-Chi returns home to China to confront his past. The titular character is played by Simu Liu who is equally good at being dramatic, a badass, and funny. He is going to be a huge star. He is joined by Awkwafina in probably her best role to date. She is allowed to show so much more range here, mixing comedy with humanity really well. Tony Chiu-Wai Leung plays the perfect damaged villain. Meng’er Zhang is great as a mysterious anti-hero character and really stole a lot of scenes. Finally, Michelle Yeoh was excellent as always and very fitting to have on board since a lot of the martial arts were obviously inspired by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I recommend this movie.

Free Guy

As soon as a Ryan Reynolds movie is announced, I know that I will be watching it. This is the story of an NPC inside of a video game who suddenly becomes self-aware. The movie had way more depth than I thought it would. Ryan Reynolds is on point as the titular character, a combination of hilarious and engaging. He is joined by Jodie Comer as a gamer with a mission. She is delightful. Joe Keery plays a computer programmer in the real world who is impossible not to like. Lil Rel plays Guy’s best friend and provides a lot of comic relief. Taika Waititi provides the movie’s villain which is basically capitalism. The movie was the most accurate portrayal of video games on film to date. It really put on display the feel of what being in a MMO is like. There were so many touches of authenticity that amazed me. I need to see it again to catch all of the gags. I recommend this movie.

Cruella

People were bagging on this movie pretty quickly because of one scene early on. However, I had heard from reliable sources that the movie is actually campy fun. It is. This tells the origin story of fashion designer and attempted puppy killer, Cruella De Vil. The movie is really engaging. Emma Stone is brilliant fun as Cruella, she really plays two different characters really well. Emma Thompson plays a perfect snooty villain. Paul Walter Hauser and Joel Fry are really good at playing buffoonish comic relief. Kirby Howell-Baptiste plays the kind young Anita. John McCrea plays a quirky artist. Predictably, the costume designs are fantastic. The movie plays like a heist film which is absolutely not what I was expecting. It was so much better than I expected. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

ARCH ENEMY – You Will Know My Name

Marlowe – Lost Arts

sKitz Kraven – Locked & Loaded

Ginny Di – The Wave-Soaked Maiden

Mashup of the Week:

KajMashups – Through The WataMote And Flames

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Titular Character”
I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch
I finished watching Slasher Season 2
I watched more Titans Season 2
I watched more Batwoman Season 2

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