Media Update 3/31/22

Halloween Kills

I really enjoyed the Halloween soft reboot from four years ago. I knew that the rest of the trilogy was probably going to be great. I was not disappointed. This movie picks up from where the 2018 movie left off. James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle return as The Shape and they do so much without speaking. His movements are so wonderfully creepy and fascinating. Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak return as the Strode family and they are great. There is a great ensemble cast and the movie does a great job of spotlighting everybody and keeping everything clear. It tells a powerful story about evil in the hearts of man. They really stepped up the violence in this one but it never felt excessive for the story they were telling. I recommend this movie.

Darkman II: The Return of Durant

It has been a dog’s age since I saw the first movie in this franchise. It is based on a comic book and it definitely feels like it. Liam Neeson is replaced as the titular character by Arnold Vosloo. Vosloo is so good. He is charming and easy to cheer on as the wronged yet unhinged anti-hero. He is such a charming guy that it is easy to forgive his violent nature. Larry Drake plays the titular villain and he is the perfect cartoon villain similar to Dick Tracy. He and Vosloo spew so many puns in the movie but none of them are groan-worthy. I loved the practical effects. The makeup and prosthetics of Darkman are spectacular in particular. This was a fun and corny movie to relax with.

Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies

I loved the first film as it surprised me with how weird and twisted it was but also how humorous it was. This movie was a great sequel with a return to form with new twists. We have a return of Andrew Divoff as the titular djinn. He is once again so good at being a creepy yet charming weirdo. His almost rictus grin is unnerving and his sandpaper voice is so fascinating. Holly Fields stars as a new protagonist and is great at being a morally gray but ultimately great character. The effects are so good. Some of them are appropriately goofy-looking but some of them (the djinn’s true form for example) are so great. The movie actually felt better than the first one. It felt like certain concepts had solidified and they were able to tell a more complex story. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

XG – Tippy Toes

ROSALÍA – CHICKEN TERIYAKI

Motionless In White – Cyberhex

MUSE – COMPLIANCE

Mashup of the Week:

Jojojozef – We Like to Get Low

Weekly Update:

This week’s theme is “Unkillable in Sequels”

I watched more Archive 81 Season 1

I watched more Blacklist Season 8

I watched more Scream Season 2

I started The Mentalist Season 7

I watched more Peacemaker Season 1

I watched more Nancy Drew Season 3

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