Media Update 11/25/21

Our Kind of People

Frankly, I would not have even heard of this show if I did not know somebody in the cast. It is not my kind of show and I have heard it described as “Black Dynasty” which I think is pretty accurate. The show is a primetime soap opera about a black family dealing with their past and the fact that they are in control of a huge company. The show is about wealthy people and therefore not extremely relatable although not everyone was raised rich. I was very pleased to see Joe Morton as the patriarch as he is an actor I love. He plays a great villain who is also relatable. Yaya DaCosta plays the show’s protagonist, the one we follow the most and are supposed to be rooting for. She is a lot of fun. Nadine Ellis plays a perfectly snarky tweener who has some villainous tendencies. The show is very dramatic but it is very well-produced. I recommend this show if you like drama.

Monster Hunter

I have never played a Monster Hunter game but I have seen a few streamed on Twitch and I like the look and feel of the games. When I found out that there would be a movie adaptation, I was interested. Given that it starred Milla Jovovich and was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, I thought it would be basically like the Resident Evil movie franchise. It was a little bit but did not quite achieve what I wanted. The movie was very pretty and had a lot of cool interactions of the titular monsters. It followed quite a few rules of the game and had some similar visual elements. However, it lacked a lot of the goofiness that went into the games. It was grim and gritty whereas the games are often comical, goofy, exciting, grim, gritty, and scary. Milla did a really great job as usual. Tony Jaa was interesting as a character that the audience could not understand and was mostly comic relief. I am always glad to see Ron Perlman. I actually do not recommend this movie unless you are familiar with the games.

Terriers

I had been looking to watch this show for a long time (it came out in 2010). I have always been a fan of Donal Logue and wanted to see it and finally, I took the opportunity. Donal Logue plays a down on his luck, scrappy private detective and he is charming as usual. Michael Raymond-James has such great chemistry with Logue and is really funny. The show is really well-written and rests squarely on Logue’s back but he is always up to the task. The show is quirky and funny but also has some great mysteries. It feels like a cousin to Veronica Mars. I recommend this show.

Music of the Week:

Clarence Clarity – SU฿LORD

Yard Act – Fixer Upper

Cory Hotline – Love Is What We Need

Jean Tonique – Let Your Body Move

Mashup of the Week:

TJA Mashups – Ride it Off

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Found Family”
I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch
I watched more Doom Patrol Season 3
I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 11
I watched more Titans Season 3
I started Young Justice Season 4
I started Elementary Season 6

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