Media Update 9/8/22

Graduation Day

All of this week’s movies were chosen by googling the theme as I try to do the same theme at this time every year. As graduation day approaches, members of a high school track team are murdered one by one. Does the killing have anything to do with a runner who dropped dead of a blood clot months ago? The movie is a great example of the whodunnit style of slasher movies where you try to figure out who the killer is. They do a great job of muddying the waters to make you scrutinize everybody. Patch Mackenzie is the standout of the movie as the sister of the deceased runner who is on leave from the naval academy. We also have the disgraced coach played by Christopher George who the town sees with blood on his hands after the runner’s freak death. The movie is well done and really feels like the final days of senior year. I recommend this movie.

Massacre at Central High

A young man moves to a new school but he has an in with the school bullies but when he turns them down, things start to get ugly. This ends up being a great sort of parable about how power corrupts. I also feel like somebody watched this before writing the video game Bully. The power dynamics of the school feel very real to the cliquish environment of high school and how most people are just keeping their heads down to get through it. The movie gets pretty dark. It is common knowledge in the film theory world that this movie directly inspired Heathers. Although, Heathers is a black comedy while this movie is very serious. Derrell Maury, Andrew Stevens, and a young Robert Carradine carry much of the weight of the movie. A lot of the movie hinges on the chemistry between Maury and Stevens. I recommend this movie.

Seance (2021)

Another movie with a deep mystery. At a girl’s boarding school, a young woman’s suicide sparks rumors of a vengeful ghost on campus. A new girl arrives and gets swept up in the mystery and horror. This is a pretty fun mystery that shows the dynamics of a friend group, one dominated by a bully and her friends who don’t want to be targets. Suki Waterhouse plays the new girl, a quiet yet tough girl who bucks the social order. Inanna Sarkis is really good at being queen bitch. Ella-Rae Smith is great as the shy and sweet girl that nobody wants to hurt. The movie has a lot of twists and turns and keeps the mystery alive of whether this is a supernatural or natural killer at work. Great camera work and suspicious behavior do a lot of work in keeping the viewer guessing. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Demi Lovato – EAT ME feat. Royal & the Serpent

Gorillaz – New Gold ft. Tame Impala & Bootie Brown

Black Eyed Peas, Farruko, David Guetta & Shakira – DONT YOU WORRY

Rema, Selena Gomez – Calm Down

Mashup of the Week:

DeadeyeDave3 – Harder Bodies

Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Back to School”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Play Frame, Attorney Tom, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Cruel World Happy Mind, Emily D. Baker, Wendigoon, Rina de Coro, Tamara Chambers, LegalEagle, NWA, Jarvis Johnson, Gamblord, Dead Meat, Quinton Reviews, Gabi Belle
  • I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 6
  • I watched more Naomi Season 1
  • I watched more Batwoman Season 3
  • I watched more The Strain Season 1

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