Media Update 1/13/22

Encanto

I will always be there for Disney Animated films and the Internet was abuzz with excitement about Encanto. i needed to jump on watching this movie before I was spoiled and I am so glad that I did. This is such a delightful movie. From top to bottom, the movie is funny and really pulled at my heartstrings. I always grew up thinking I was the odd one out and I definitely felt jealous of my siblings. However, I later realized that we are all weird and all have our strengths. Much of the movie’s strength comes from its extremely entertaining yet touching and relatable musical numbers co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Germaine Franco. They worked together to craft a style suited to the non-specific Hispanic setting and to fit the characters. The entire cast is fantastic but Stephanie Beatriz really shines as the movie’s lead and provides so much heart. I recommend this movie so much because I love it.

The Addams Family (2019)

I remain a huge fan of the Addams Family aesthetic. I watched the original show a bit but I fell in love with the Addams franchise with the 1991 film and its sequel. I was unfamiliar with the original cartoons at the time but I have seen a few since then. This movie’s style seeks to emulate Charles Addams’ original cartoons. As such, it also manages to be even more cartoony than previous incarnations. This is not a bad thing, just an observation that animation allows for more sight gags. The movie also does not try to retread ground already covered by previous entries. The movie gives each Addams something to do with their own story arc that fits into the whole. Voices by Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, and more really add to the fun. Throw in a great soundtrack done on Lurch’s organ and I got a great movie. I recommend this movie.

SurrealEstate

I saw an ad for this show while I was streaming Chucky off of the SyFy app. The idea of a show where real estate agents explore different haunted houses was interesting to me. The show follows a real estate agency that specializes in “metaphysically engaged” houses. Nobody believes them but they have a reputation of getting full price for houses with damaged reputations. Considering my obsession with the Stambovsky v. Ackley case, this show sounded right up my alley and I was right. Unfortunately, the show was both released and canceled in 2021. The show is full of unknowns as this is a Canadian show but they are all great. The show mixes drama, comedy, and horror in such a great way. I recommend this show.

Music of the Week:

Termanology & Shortfyuz – Salsa Moves

Royal Blood – Typhoons

Saweetie – Best Friend

SLIMEX – Offline

Mashup of the Week:

M3rt Mashups – Blinding the Habit

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Magical House”
I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch
I started watching The Mentalist Season 3
I watched more Terriers Season 1

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