Media Update 9/16/21

Marvel What if…?

I used to love reading issues of Marvel’s What If and their multiverse. In the past few years, I have written a few myself and I have ideas for more. When I heard about this animated show, I was excited and intrigued. I was not prepared for how good this would be. This show proposes what would happen if you made minor changes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. Each episode shows the different event and takes it forward to a conclusion. The acting is done largely by the casts of the movies they draw from. For example, the first two episodes use the voice talents of Haley Atwell, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, and Karen Gillan. Other voice talents filled in for stars that could not or would not make it like Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans who have retired from their roles. I was not prepared for how detailed the stories would be and how much they make me fondly remember the various movies. I recommend this show.

Reminiscence

I was wary of this movie but I saw that it was leaving HBOMax and so I jumped on it. The movie is set in a world in a future ravaged by climate change. Technology has been invented that allows people to review other people’s memories. The story is a kind of film noir detective piece heavily using that technology. Hugh Jackman is great as the grizzled memory technician who becomes an amateur detective throughout. His narration really drove home that film noir feel. I did find his character infuriating and frustrating at times but it ultimately worked. Thandiwe Newton is excellent as his wisecracking coworker and only friend. Rebecca Ferguson is really good as the femme fatale, that iconic woman who is nothing but trouble. Cliff Curtis is really good as a monstrous heavy, a villain who is complex and interesting. I recommend this movie.

Coherence

I watched this movie on a whim and I am really glad that I did. This was the kind of movie that I really have to think about and probably watch videos and read articles about to fully understand. Either that or I need to make a series of flow charts while I watch it again. The former is more likely to happen. The movie is about a group of friends who get together for a dinner party on the night that a comet is to pass closely to Earth. They are suddenly plunged into a lot of drama and intrigue stemming from their history as a group and also multiversal happenings. The movie is fascinating and mind-bending. I was not too familiar with the cast beyond Nicholas Brendon who took a darker turn than I’m used to. Emily Baldoni really stole the show as the character the movie focused on most of the time. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

seeyousoon – Faster Please

MUNA – Silk Chiffon

Rob Scallon – Slappity Slappity Slap!

8 Graves – Numb

Mashup of the Week:

espiodetv – Chop I’ve Funked

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Playing with Time”
I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch
I watched more Titans Season 2

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