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An Exhaustive Summary of the Batman: Arkham Games Pt. 1

May 16, 2022
Batman: Arkham Asylum

The game starts with Batman driving up to the legendary Arkham Asylum with The Joker strapped into the passenger seat. Batman hauls Joker into the Asylum and insists on accompanying the guards as they escort Joker to his cell as he thinks Joker allowed himself to be captured. Joker enjoys taunting both Batman and the guards even though he is strapped to a gurney Silence of the Lambs style. There are some electrical problems but they are brushed off as nothing. As you escort Joker, you find out that there was a fire at Blackgate Prison so a lot of prisoners were transferred to Arkham including Joker’s men. You descend into the bowels of Arkham where it is revealed that Harley Quinn is free and has taken control of Arkham’s security system. Joker has made a deal with a corrupt guard which has allowed him unfettered access to the asylum. They kidnap Commissioner Gordon and announce that there are bombs planted across the city that will go off should anyone try to enter the asylum grounds.

Batman chases after Harley Quinn first as she has Gordon captive in the medical wing. In fact, Joker’s men have captured all of the doctors and nurses in the wing. Batman must rescue them as he searches for Harley. Batman follows Harley’s trail to the morgue where he finds out that Jonathan Crane aka The Scarecrow is also loose. He turns a corner and finds Gordon violently murdered and slumped against a wall. Batman tries to contact Barbar Gordon aka Oracle to break the news to her but gets no answer. He is forced to move on to continue his pursuit of Harley and Joker as the walls seem to stretch and crumble around him. He enters the morgue proper and finds three body bags. He opens the first two body bags and finds his mother and father whose corpses blame him for their deaths. He moves to open the third body bag and out pops Scarecrow who hits him with concentrated fear gas which plunges Batman deeper into a nightmare.

Batman comes to in a surreal dreamscape as he is hunted by an impossibly tall Scarecrow. Batman must use stealth to navigate the gauntlet laid out for him and shine a light on Scarecrow’s avatar to return to reality. Shaken, Batman discovers that a guard’s body is where Gordon was and he can’t trust anything he saw while under the effects of the fear gas. With the actual Scarecrow nowhere in sight, Batman moves on to continue his pursuit, feeling that Gordon can still be saved.

Batman locates and temporarily subdues Harley but Joker releases Bane who is somehow even more juiced than he usually is. The fight is difficult and Batman must focus on removing the shunts used to pump Venom into Bane rather than attack the big man himself. Batman barely survives the ordeal as Bane chases him back up to the surface. Batman activates the Batmobile remotely and uses it to plow into Bane and launch him into the waters of the Gotham harbor, confident that Bane will survive. However, something was very wrong with Bane and Batman deduces that it is probably connected to Joker’s reason for returning to the asylum.

With Gordon finally rescued, Batman retreats to a small Batcave that he secretly installed under Arkham to restock his gadgets and use the computer to figure things out. He discovers that warden Quincy Sharp had hired Dr. Penelope Young as part of Arkham’s new research facility in an effort to cure the patients once and for all. However, Joker’s intricate plan started with manipulating Dr. Young into experimenting with Venom, eventually creating a plant-based hybrid called Titan. This new chemical, which caused subjects to gain enormous strength but also uncontrollable rage, was Joker’s plan to destroy Gotham and finally eliminate the Batman problem. However, Young finally realized that she was being played and refused to cooperate further which prompted Joker to return to the asylum and enact his plan there.  The plan is now clear Batman must prevent Joker from getting his hands on Titan and part of that is finding Dr. Young.

Batman begins to track Dr. Young and rescues hard-nosed guard Aaron Cash who rallies the rest of the still-living guards and gives Batman clues about Dr. Young’s whereabouts. Batman is momentarily sidetracked by another dose of Scarecrow’s fear gas which leads to him reliving his parent’s murder in Crime Alley. While tracking her further, Batman finds the Titan formula and burns it. He finds Dr. Young who has been taken hostage by Victor Zsaz in the warden’s office. After rescuing her, she reveals that she was trying to get another copy of the formula out of the office’s safe. When they open the safe, a Joker bomb goes off which instantly kills Dr. Young. What’s worse, is there are already completed batches of Titan and Joker has them already. 

Batman once again tussles with Harley Quinn in a lengthy battle. After capturing her and sealing her in a cell, he tricks her into revealing that Poison Ivy is being used to manipulate plants in the asylum’s botanical gardens to produce Titan. Batman heads that way to rescue her as she is an unwilling participant. She tells Batman that she can help produce an antidote to Titan but the rare spore she needs is located in the sewers under the asylum. Specifically, the spores are in the lair of Killer Croc.

 Batman descends into the sewers and is ambushed once again by Scarecrow. This time Scarecrow injects Batman with a pure liquid dose of his fear toxin. Batman and the video game itself have a breakdown in perfect fourth wall shattering style. The opening of the game is repeated but this time it is Batman who is strapped to the gurney and the player plays as Joker, escorting his foe to a cell. The villains are in control and Batman and his allies are now the inmates. Once again, Batman breaks through the illusion and finally gets to face Scarecrow one on one in a fair fight. This causes Scarecrow to flee and Batman watches Scarecrow get mauled by Croc before he can save the demented villain. 

Batman sneaks into Croc’s lair and must use stealth and patience to avoid Croc who is swimming in the water all around. In a very lengthy and tense sequence, Batman repels Croc by activating the shock collar still barely hanging on to the beastly man’s neck. Batman is able to synthesize one dose of the antidote before plants destroy his setup.

Batman returns to the botanical gardens to discover that Ivy has been injected with Titan, causing her to lose control and mutate. Batman fights the new monstrous version of Poison Ivy and is able to subdue her. The Joker lays a trap for Batman and captures him. On the roof of the asylum, Batman and the Joker face each other. Batman is exposed to Titan while Joker gives himself a heavy dose. The two fight like gladiators with Joker succumbing more and more to the Titan as Batman resists. Batman eventually uses the antidote on himself before beating Joker with the classic Batman combination of gadgets, cleverness, and fists. 

With Joker defeated, the effects of Titan start to wear off on all those who were dosed. Backup arrives and the Joker is finally arrested for real as he is utterly spent by the battle and the toll Titan took on his body. Batman rushes off to stop a crime in progress committed by Two-Face.

Media Update 5/12/22

May 12, 2022

Everything Everywhere All At Once

I had heard some buzz for this movie and it became a rare movie that I would see in a movie theater. A proprietor of a laundromat gets sucked into a conflict that spans the multiverse. It is pretty much a movie that defies explanation. The movie stars Michelle Yeoh who does an excellent job balancing comedy, tragedy, and action. Ke Huy Quan had been away from acting for almost twenty years (he was in a movie in 2021) and he is amazing as the emotional core of the movie. Stephanie Hsu is mind-blowing as the troubled daughter. Jamie Lee Curtis and James Hong do so much good work in more minor roles. The movie was amazing. It has a million blind-and-you’ll-miss-it references and jokes and yet it also made me cry. I recommend this movie.

Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness

I was totally hyped for this movie for many reasons. First, I liked the first Dr. Strange and enjoyed his comic books. Second, the movie was getting heralded as Sam Raimi’s return to horror. Three, it included some of my favorite MCU characters and had a lot of potential for fun cameos. I was not disappointed. Basically, Stephen Strange must protect a young girl with amazing powers while unraveling a mystic mystery. Benedict Cumberbatch is back as Dr. Strange and he does even better with the role balancing comedy with incredible drama. Benedict Wong returns and is just as funny as usual. I am not spoiling anything by saying that Elizabeth returns and she continues to show such an emotional journey of Wanda Maximoff. Rachel MacAdams is given more to do in this one. Xochitl Gomez is a relative newcomer but she is definitely going places as she is such a great actress. I can definitely see why Raimi directed this one and he has come a long way since Evil Dead. I recommend this movie.

The One

I love supernatural martial arts movies and this is definitely an exemplary movie in that category. It had the perfect balance of humor, action, and a little bit of drama. Also, a ton of early 2000s Nu Metal. The story here is that a man is murdering other versions of himself throughout the multiverse to absorb their power. There is one left to kill but they are now equal in power. Jet Li plays the hero and villain and does a great job at distinguishing the two roles. Jason Statham plays a multiversal cop who is trying to stop everything from going down. Carla Cugino plays the clever wife of the protagonist who gets mixed up in everything. They did a really good job playing with what a multiverse would look like. The differences are often played for laughs, though. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Ava Max – Maybe You’re The Problem

Camila Cabello – psychofreak

Future – WAIT FOR U

Jamantha Greene – My Lamp ft. Mikey T

Mashup of the Week:

DasonRZ Mashups – Get Circus

Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Into the Multiverse”
  • I watched more Riverdale Season 4
  • I watched more Batwoman Season 2
  • I finished What We Do In the Shadows Season 1
  • I started Scream Queens Season 2
  • I finished Nancy Drew Season 3
  • I watched The Galaxy Intruder (Rifftrax Version)
  • I watched Grizzly (Rifftrax Version)
  • I watched Treasure of the Amazon (Rifftrax Version)

Rollin Stone Top 100 Pt. 14

May 9, 2022

78. The Stooges – Search and Destroy

Iggy Pop and the Stooges were progenitors of punk music and this song definitely shows it. The raw guitars and heavy distortion showed a willingness to push music outside of its comfort noise. The lyrics here also push people out of their comfort zone as they were inspired by news stories about the Vietnam War. The discordant yet rocking sounds definitely put me in mind of the subject matter. This kind of song inspired a lot of my favorites like the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and Nirvana.

79. The Four Tops – Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I Got)

A true classic, that was actually another song recorded before the definitive version. The original version was recorded by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds about a year earlier which was just how things were done then, especially in the R&B genre. One thing about these singing groups is that it is hard to do research on the backing bands. The intro sounds like it could be strings (but it’s hard to tell) anyway it gives a bit of anticipation in the intro. The singing is in the spotlight here and Levi Stubbs does a great job leading while the others are in perfect harmony. 

80. Elvis Costello – I’ll Never Fall In Love Again

Yes, there are a ton of choices I could have made with really rocking tunes like Pump It Up, Radio Radio, or Watching the Detectives but I keep coming back to this recording. Technically, this is a Burt Bacharach song as sung by Elvis Costello. However, this recording is too charming not to mention. This comes from the soundtrack of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me which is a really excellent soundtrack. Costello’s playful vocals mix really well with the soft horns and piano work. I also think the song has such good lyrics.

81. The Drifters – Under the Boardwalk

A song that my mom used to sing to me when I was a small child. This is a song that I will forever equate with summer and spending time in either Myrtle Beach or Ocean City, MD (the real Ocean City). I love the sort of swaying tone of the song which is both calm and catchy. I always thought that it was the perfect marriage of surf music and R&B. The song encapsulates a lot of what the summer feels like (even though it’s about a tryst literally under the boardwalk). The lead singer on this single was originally supposed to be Rudy Lewis but he died of a heroin overdose the day before the recording session. Johnny Moore stepped up to the plate in a major way and knocked it out of the park. 

82. Credence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising

I was absolutely obsessed with this song for a long time. It got me through some days laden with depressive episodes. It became my unofficial anthem as I often sang it just under my breath as I did a lot of physical labor. It would make me excited instead of tired. Of course, this was a song that I also heard from a young age as my mom was into a lot of southern rock. The guitar riff will live in my head forever and the bouncy lyrics work so well with it. It does not hurt that the song is often used for the soundtracks for a lot of supernatural movies and television shows. It makes sense as it is a song about portents of doom and mysticism. 

83. Eminem – Without Me

There is a lot to choose from as I have been a fan of Eminem’s music since he first showed up. I have not always been a fan of Marshall Mathers but Eminem/Slim Shady is different to me. I like the urgent pace of this particular track. Eminem is a brilliant lyricist as he has a wide-ranging vocabulary and touches on so many parts of pop culture. This track combines a neat horn riff, Eminem’s lyrics, a sort of singsong riff, and actual backing vocals. The music video also includes the highly memorable sight of Eminem dressed as Robin as he acts like a sidekick to Dr. Dre.

Media Update 5/5/22

May 5, 2022

Jackie Brown

I had seen a little bit of this movie as a kid but I cannot remember how much because my parents shut it off and we probably returned it to Blockbuster Video. Now I can finally watch it on my own. It was well worth the wait. In this, a flight attendant finds herself stuck between a criminal and law enforcement and must concoct a plan to get out of trouble. Pam Grier is so good in the titular role. She is so clever, vulnerable, and funny. I now want to go back and watch some of her blaxploitation films. Samuel L. Jackson is on top of his game as a conniving criminal “mastermind”. Robert Forster often steals the show as a no-nonsense bail bondsman. Robert Deniro, Bridget Fonda, and Michael Keaton have memorable minor roles. The movie is full of twists and turns and excellent dialogue. It is not gory but it can be intense. I recommend this movie.

The Vault

I watched this movie on a whim and was thankful that I did. This movie is about a crew of divers who recruit a genius engineering student to get back a treasure that was taken from them. The movie stars Freddie Highmore in a role where he gets to use his actual accent. He is the genius engineering student and he does a good job as a fish out of water who is great at adapting. Astrid Bergès-Frisbey plays the female lead, a clever and funny con artist. Liam Cunningham is great as the almost fatherly leader of the group. Sam Riley plays a snarky spy-type character who constantly clashes with Highmore. The movie’s pace felt slow in the beginning as I warmed to the ensemble of characters but it really started picking up in the second half. The heist scenes were appropriately exciting and tense and well worth the wait. I recommend this movie.

Army of Thieves
These were the wacky hijinks that I was looking for. This is the story of how a bank teller becomes a criminal safecracker. This movie really rests on the shoulders of Matthias Schweighöfer who plays the quirky lead character. He also directs the movie. He is an instantly likable and absurd character. Nathalie Emmanuel is great as the jewel thief with an eye toward becoming a legend as well as getting rich. The movie follows the progress of three heists. It plays a lot with the traditional heist movie tropes while still keeping things feeling fresh. I recommend this movie and I will be checking out the sequel Army of the Dead.

Music of the Week:

Lizzo – About Damn Time

Olivia Rodrigo – brutal

PSY – That That

Bobby Shmurda – They Don’t Know

Mashup of the Week:

Matt OldbutGold – Lullaby for Gorillaz

Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Heist”
  • I finished Peacemaker Season 1
  • I finished The Mentalist Season 7
  • I finished What We Do In the Shadows Season 1
  • I watched more Nancy Drew Season 3
  • I watched more Batwoman Season 2

A to Z 2022 Reflections

May 2, 2022

Another year, another A to Z Challenge has been completed.

I feel like I definitely have the posting part down. I do wish I could have visited more blogs during the challenge but some life stuff came up. My buffer got low but I managed to finish with a burst of three posts in two days so I could take this past weekend to attend the renewal of vows of two dear friends.

I received plenty of lovely visitors and I tried to return the favor as best I could.

Some people have said that I should continue some of my stories. I will think about that. I honestly don’t have anything plotted out beyond the bits that I wrote but one of the stories this year was a prequel to a story from last year. Also, I did continue Poor Unfortunate Souls which I’m about to hopefully finish soon after dozens of posts. If nothing else, I have plenty of ideas for next year.

In the meantime, I’m tired and a tiny bit burnt out so I’m using this post as a bit of a rest.

In the meantime, I hope people had a good May Day. Workers’ rights are important and we are just entering a period where we are realizing that again. Support your local unions and treat all workers with kindness and respect.

Media Update 4/28/22

April 28, 2022

The Alchemist

This one feels a bit like a fairytale. It is light and dreamy and meandering. A woman is drawn into the woods where she meets a man who claims that she looks exactly like his wife who died a century ago. Lucinda Dooling plays the lead and she is amusingly brassy and abrasive while also being vulnerable. John Sanderford plays her put upon sidekick of sorts and the only voice of reason. Robert Ginty plays the titular character and does a good job as a tormented and cursed man. The special effects are delightfully schlocky and the pacing is weird but it was still a fun “bad” movie. I recommend it.

Parasite (1982)

Boy, this movie is hard to find online. Gee, I wonder why? I really wanted to see this movie because it has the great Stan Winston doing special effects on the cheap. The titular parasite is actually very creepy-looking and there are some really good effects from it. The movie actually felt like it might have inspired the Bethesda Fallout games. A man tries to find a cure for a deadly parasite that he helped create to keep it from the government in a post-apocalyptic world. Robert Claudini is an unlikely leading man but does a good job as a stone-faced and reticent scientist. Demi Moore plays the sweet-faced young lemon farmer in her very first movie role. The movie is a bit of a rambling mess but some good action scenes and great horror effects make up for it. I recommend this movie.

Netherworld

A strange movie with some very interesting horror elements. Transformation is a heavily used horror trope in both Empire and Full Moon movies. A young man travels to the south where he has inherited an estate from the father he never knew. Once there, he stumbles into a world of dark magic mixed with lust involving a demonic brothel. There are hints of sex but nothing too graphic. The movie dwells more on the horror aspects. Unlike other movies set in Louisiana, it keeps its magic vague and fictional instead of leaning on the usual mix of voodoo or santeria. This is great because most of the cast is white so there’s no cultural appropriation. Michael Bendetti plays the perpetually clueless yet curious protagonist. Denise Gentile plays the seductive and otherworldly beautiful witch/demon/whatever. I recommend this odd movie.

Music of the Week:

Motionless In White – Masterpiece

The Destroyers – Freak on a Leash (cover)

Dorothy – Black Sheep

Becky G – No Mienten

Mashup of the Week:

Bronze is Bored – Fresh Prince of Slipknot

Weekly Update:

This week’s theme is “Charlie Band”

I watched more Blacklist Season 8

I watched more Riverdale Season 4

I watched more Terriers Season 1

I watched more Scream Queens Season 1

I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 6

I watched more Archive 81 Season 1

I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 12

I watched more Charmed (2018) Season 2

I watched The Killer Eye (1999)

Team Madrigal – Pokemon/Encanto

April 23, 2022

I recently saw this idea pop up on Twitter but I decided to flesh out my interpretation of the idea. I love both the world of Pokemon and Encanto. I actually think the two merge together into a fun AU. I used currently available pokemon from the existing Pokedex because that is all I have. If I had the time, I would have invented some new pokemon. Maybe one based on a capybara.

Alma Madrigal and Team Madrigal

The founder of a family team dedicated to pokemon competitions. Her hometown of Cocora is financially dependent on Team Madrigal and so Alma puts a lot of pressure on the family to keep earnings up. She is suffering her own trauma caused by the violence that killed her husband and nearly killed Alma and her children. This colors her relationships with her family and with their success and failure. She commands a Rotom that possesses their headquarters (or their tour bus) and automates things for her team.

Mirabel Madrigal – Normal-Type Expert

Often benched by her grandmother, Mirabel is actually the most dependable member of the team. She cherishes Normal-Type pokemon, believing that they are underrated and surprisingly capable in a pokemon fight. Her pokemon are scrappy, well-trained, and well-loved. Mirabel’s huge heart and unwavering determination make her a difficult opponent. She is often sidelined and discounted by her own family even though they love her. All of it is just fuel for the fire to prove herself in competition.

Her main team:
Eevee – Her family is on her to evolve Eevee but she never does, knowing Eevee is great just s
Meowth
Chansey
Aipom
Ursaring
Munchlax

Isabela Madrigal – Grass-Type Expert

The most photogenic of the Madrigals, she is often tasked with being the face of the team. She is often used more as a special attraction than a regular competitor. Alma takes a firm hand in guiding Isabela’s career. She only engages in two kinds of matches. The first are matches that they know she can win. The second are matches that will lead to tournaments or highly publicized matches. She is also the only member of the team that participates in pokemon pageants. She finds herself restless and wishing she could compete the way she wants to and get messy and make mistakes.

Her main team:
Bellossom
Sunflora
Ludicola
Roselia
Lilligant
Serperior

Luisa Madrigal – Fighting-Type Expert

The workhouse of the team, she is put in the most matches of anybody mostly because she never complains. Her record suffers from taking so many matches per year but she takes it in stride. She is always willing to lend a hand but it takes its toll on her. She has a lot of anxiety and fears that she will slip up at just the wrong moment. More than anybody else, she is willing to double battle with Mirabel.

Her main team:
Machamp
Hitmonlee
Hitmonchan
Conkeldurr
Pangoro
Emboar

Bruno Madrigal – Psychic-Type Expert

A somewhat nervous man who acts younger than his age, he sometimes clashed with his teammates and the public due to his somewhat creepy mystique through his connection to psychic pokemon. He felt isolated from those that should have been his loved ones. He left competition and disappeared after a fight with Alma that sent shockwaves through the team.

His main team:
Raticate – Not a psychic pokemon but Bruno always had an affinity for rodent pokemon.
Hypno
Mr. Mime
Hattrem
Indeedee
Hoopa

Pepa Madrigal – Lightning/Water Type Expert

The only child of Alma still in competition, Pepa is semi-retired. She has a habit of befriending and teaming with powerful pokemon but she has volatile and unstable emotions that often get in the way. Still, she is a kind mentor for her daughters, Isabela and Luisa. She wants the best for her daughters but is complicit on putting pressure on them to please her mother, Alma.

Her main team:
Vaporeon
Crawdaunt
Primarina
Electabuzz
Boltund
Heliolisk

The Support Team:

Camilo Madrigal – At one point there was an attempt to have him replace Bruno but he did not take it seriously. He has no desire to compete and instead helps transport and take care of the pokemon. He has a Ditto for a partner.

Dolores Madrigal – The tactical scout of the team. She acts as an advance woman to gather information on future opponents and their possible strategies. She has a Chatot partner.

Antonio Madrigal – The youngest member of the family, he wants to be a competitor in the future. For now, he loves feeding and caring for pokemon not currently traveling with the team.

Julieta and Agustin Madrigal – Mirabel’s parents and the logistics department for the team. They organize food and travel for the team and make sure everybody is taking care of themselves.

Felix Madrigal – Pepa’s husband, Luisa and Isabela’s father, and the hype man of the team. He makes sure to be positive and make sure that everybody’s emotional needs are met. Unfortunately, these goals are often derailed by Alma’s issues.

Media Update 4/21/22

April 21, 2022

Spider-Man: No Way Home

I have been a fan of Spider-Man since I was a tiny tot. It was one of many comic books that I spent my allowance on and walked several miles to get. I have liked each adaptation of Spider-Man for different reasons and in different ways. This movie was the culmination of two decades of Spider-Man movies. It is the eighth movie but the third incarnation. MCU Spidey has been my favorite because he felt the closest to what I read back in the day. However, I really have appreciated the whole ride. Even the lowest points were a lot of fun. This movie was such a love letter to all of that while continuing the MCU story. Tom Holland really shouldered the movie but had a lot of help from Zendaya as usual. The return of Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Thomas Hayden Church, Jamie Foxx, Rhys Ifans, Jon Favreau, and the underrated Jacob Batalon really made for a great ensemble. I recommend this movie.

Moon Knight

I never read much Moon Knight growing up but I did like his design. In some ways, he reminded me of DC Comics’ Azrael. The strength of this series relies on Oscar Isaacs. Playing three different characters in one piece is difficult but he really pulls it off. The visuals are absolutely stunning, full of twisty mystery and strange dream logic. Oscar Isaac pulls off all three characters while being endearing and charming in different ways. Ethan Hawke plays a perfect level-headed creepy villain. May Calamawy plays a badass female lead. I am really interested to see where this one goes because I have no idea. I recommend this series.

The Batman

DC Movies are so much better now that they have largely abandoned the larger extended universe. As the so-called Snyder-verse closes down, the new movies that have popped up have been way more creative. Batman is one of my favorite characters and I was interested in what this new version would be. The movie encountered so many setbacks during production that I had all but written it off. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The extra time definitely let them develop the movie more. The movie feels like an interesting combo of film noir and action-heavy superhero movies. Robert Pattinson is such a good Batman. He realy gets what makes the character tick and does so much with the role. The visuals were so pretty even though they were dark and shadowy, a reminder that dark doesn’t have to mean boring. It was an interesting take on familiar concepts that felt innovative but also comfortable. Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Zoe Kravitz, Andy Serkis, Jeffrey Wright, and John Turturro made up a great cast. They made some casting decisions that I would not have predicted but it all worked. The movie is a bit long at 3 and a half hours but I never felt like it was dragging. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Avril Lavigne – F.U.

YUNGBLUD – The Funeral

Gucci Mane – Serial Killers

Maggie Rogers – That’s Where I Am

Mashup of the Week:

Helmholtz Mashups – 2011 Beach Dance Party

Weekly Update:

This week’s theme is “The Hero and the Mask”

I finished Scream Season 3

I watched more The Mentalist Season 7

I watched more Nancy Drew Season 3

I watched more The Legend of Vox Machina Season 1

I watched more Blacklist Season 8

I watched more Riverdale Season 4

I watched more Terriers Season 1

I watched more Peacemaker Season 1

Media Update 4/14/22

April 14, 2022

Red Notice

I am a huge fan of both Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds so the prospect of a movie with them playing off of each other was very appealing. This movie is pretty slick with really good pacing. The weight of the movie rests on the patter between the Rock and Reynolds Connection. They are so good at sniping at each other. In between that are some really fun action sequences and fights that definitely elevated the movie. Gal Godot is at her best here. I think she is more well-suited to being the vaguely foreign villain. The three also play off each other well. The sleeper hit here was Ritu Arya who was great as the hard-nosed yet also snarky cop. What I am saying is that there was a lot of snark in this movie. I recommend it.

Killjoys

I stumbled upon this show when searching for information on one of my favorite horror franchises. This is a futuristic story of space bounty hunters called Killjoys. Actually, they are more accurately defined as acquisition experts as they usually capture their targets alive and are also sent to retrieve stolen goods. It feels like a less problematic Firefly. It is always good to see Aaron Ashmore again. He and his brother are charmingly snarky. The star of the show is Hannah John-Kamen who is great as the expert assassin who apparently does not want to kill. Rounding out the main cast is Luke MacFarlane who is the muscle head himbo. The episodes so far have been fast-paced with plenty of action and comedy. I am interested to see where it goes. I recommend it.

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

This is why I love my third choice. It sometimes pushes me into making choices that expose me to something I have been putting off or would not have picked otherwise. This movie is a gem of a movie. It is a crazy comedy/action movie with one of the greatest casts in comedy. It would take too long to list them all but the standouts for me were Ethel Merman, Phil Silvers, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, Sid Caesar, Edie Adams, and Peter Falk. The movie is full of plenty of funny dialogue but even more slapstick and physical comedy. At the time of filming, there were 100 stuntmen working in the US and this movie employed eighty of them. It never lets up its pace for a full 3 and a half hours. The original theatrical run had an intermission. It is absolutely a movie that you do not have to watch in one sitting as it is chopped up into a lot of different comedy teams. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Gucci Mane – Blood All On It

Dove Cameron – Boyfriend

MESHUGGAH – Broken Cog

Wet Leg – Ur Mum

Mashup of the Week: 

DJ Cummerbund & The B-52’s – Love Shack (Tik Toxic Remix)

Weekly Update:

This week’s theme is “The Chase”

I started Scream Season 3

I watched more The Mentalist Season 7

I watched more Nancy Drew Season 3

I watched more The Legend of Vox Machina Season 1

I watched more Blacklist Season 8

I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 12

I watched more Riverdale Season 4

I watched more Terriers Season 1

I watched more Billions Season 1

I watched more Archive 81 Season 1

Media Update 4/7/22

April 7, 2022

Escape Room

I have always really liked the concept of an escape room along with the lore but I never wanted to try one in real life. Too much anxiety. Having a movie full of deadly escape rooms is such a vicarious thrill. The movie was very intricate and every moment was tense. The lore was also really interesting and I could almost believe in these curated escape rooms. The power of the movie rests on two things: 1) The intricate and beautiful puzzles and 2) the cast’s chemistry. Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, and Jay Ellis are all so good together. It was so fascinating to watch them work off of each other. The movie is put together so well that it left me very satisfied. I recommend this movie.

The Protégé

Like the above, this movie has been on my radar for a little bit so I decided to go for it. An assassin for hire must dive headfirst into mystery and violence to avenge her mentor. The strength of the movie rests squarely on Maggie Q’s shoulders. She is so good in this role of the reticent yet snarky and determined. She was great. Samuel L. Jackson was as charming as ever as the mentor. I was really surprised by the continuing evolution and resurgence of Michael Keaton. He was such a good morally gray character who added so much to the movie. The movie would have been much poorer without him. It was a surprisingly unique movie. I recommend it.

The Scary House

This has been floating around on my Watchlist since it came out based solely on the font of the poster and the short blurb. This story is about a family who moves out of the city to a more rural town where they find that their house may be haunted. It feels a little bit like Stranger Things, What Lies Beneath, and Broadchurch thrown into an Austrian blender. It is a German-language film with a bit of Slovenian tossed in. It is primarily a murder mystery with supernatural elements. There is a lot of quirky sitcom comedy but also f-bombs so I do not know who this was supposed to be for. It starts slow and I was going to tap out but I stuck with it and it got way more interesting. Still, I am not sure I would recommend it. 

Music of the Week:

Silk Sonic – Smokin’ Out the Window

Japanese Breakfast – Be Sweet

Tyler, the Creator – Come on, Let’s Go

DMX – Bath Salts (Audio) ft. JAY-Z, Nas

Mashup of the Week: 

vixoria drift – Indestructible? THATS WHAT I WANT

  • Weekly Update:
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  • I finished Scream Season 2
  • I watched more The Mentalist Season 7
  • I watched more Peacemaker Season 1
  • I watched more Nancy Drew Season 3
  • I watched more Supergirl Season 6
  • I watched more Theodosia Season 1
  • I watched more Rosewood Season 1
  • I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 6
  • I watched more Archive 81 Season 1
  • I watched more Riverdale Season 4

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