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Media Update 12/1/22

December 1, 2022

Black Friday (2021)

I saw this suggested by Dead Meat Podcast and then I saw the cast and thought this would be perfect for this past week. Workers are confronted by alien zombies while being forced to work on Thanksgiving night. Despite the title, this one actually starts before sundown on Thanksgiving and we definitely see one of the dinners. The strength of this movie is the dialogue and the character work which are both excellent. This is an ensemble piece but the movie does focus on a few specific characters. Devon Sawa plays the “cool dad” of the store and a depressed mess. Ivana Baquero plays the cashier that everybody likes. Michael Jai White plays the strong stock guy who takes no shit. Ryan Lee plays the germ-averse young floor worker. Ken Park plays the brown-nosing assistant manager. Bruce Campbell plays the loveable yet problematic store manager. There is a lot of comedy and a lot of gross-out gore. The movie really touches on found family and who we actually are aside from who we tell ourselves who we are. I recommend this movie.

Blood Rage (1987)

One of the earliest Thanksgiving horror movies, this has been on my list for a while. After a traumatic incident in their youth, Todd escapes the asylum he has been in for years to attend Thanksgiving with his mother and his twin brother Terry. This movie takes place on Thanksgiving and deals a lot with family drama surrounding the holiday. We do get to see the dinner briefly. The strength of the movie are the creative gore effects. There are some pretty nasty deaths and body parts are strewn all over the place. Mark Soper is great at playing the two twins with very different personalities and physicalities. Louise Lasser is heartbreaking as the mentally broken mother who just wants everyone to be fine. Marian Kanter is the most likable character as the mental health professional trying to get to the bottom of the mystery. Julie Gordon is the final girl and is great at it. The rest are pretty much cannon fodder and their deaths are gloriously fun. I recommend this movie.

The Last Thanksgiving (2020)

I found this one while searching for movies that fit the theme. A cannibalistic family practices their holiday tradition by stalking and killing staff and patrons of a restaurant who are not celebrating Thanksgiving. This one takes place entirely during Thanksgiving night and we do see at least one dinner. While this movie is low-budget, there was a lot to love about it. The meanness and angst among the victims are relatable after working at a restaurant myself. Though it is heightened to a comical level. Standouts include Samantha Ferrand as the lead character, a bitchy young waitress and Tristan Petashnick as the diabolical and smirking villain. What starts as a low-budget horror movie actually evolves slowly into a neat story with interesting characters. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Pharrell Williams, Travis Scott – Down In Atlanta

Busta Rhymes, Skillibeng – Bulletproof Skin

Red Velvet 레드벨벳  – Birthday

The Amity Affliction – Show Me Your God

Mashup of the Week: 

Samuel’s Mashups – I Am Not Karma, I’m A God

Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Thanksgiving Horror”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Attorney Tom, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Dan Jones, LegalEagle, Dead Meat, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News, Emma Thorne, Jenny Nicholson, Conversations with Curtis, Games Done Quick, Top10 Wrestling, Cultaholic, Thought Slime, Allison Pregler
  • I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 7
  • I watched Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: The Initiation


November 28, 2022

I was off from my day job for a four-day weekend and so, of course, I went to visit my mother. I spent most of the time enjoying being with family and relaxing. The reset felt really good and I have so many projects that I want to get done. I did get some writing done but I did not finish anything for today. So this week will be a bit of nothing.

I am thankful for a lot in my life and I am thankful for you, my readers.

Thursday will be Media Update as usual.

Saturday will probably be more Faetown.

Media Update 11/24/22

November 24, 2022

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

The original movie was a pretty good addition to the franchise as they leaned into the memes so I was excited to see a bigger sequel. Sonic has to deal with the return of Dr. Robotnik while learning how to make friends. Ben Schwarz continues to be a really entertaining voice actor as Sonic, giving him likability but also some depth. Colleen O’Shaughnessey is so good at Tails and she should be because she has done it since before the movies. Idris Elba is the true heavy hitter as he goes all in on playing an echidna with a bad attitude. Noted anti-vaxxer Jim Carrey goes pedal to the medal as the obnoxious yet funny Eggman. James Marsden, Lee Majdoub, Tika Sumpter, and Shemar Moore round out the cast and are pretty solid. The story actually surprised me with how deep it got and the comedy never made me cringe. The action animation is so good. I recommend this movie.

The Bad Guys

I am a big fan of heist movies and the idea of an animated version seemed cool to me. A group of thieves known as the bad guys reach a crossroads in their career and have to make some decisions. Sam Rockwell stars as Wolf and is great at exuding joy, snarkiness, but also heart. Marc Maron is surprisingly good as the curmudgeonly Snake. Awkwafina is a lot of fun as usual as Spider. Craig Robinson plays Shark with a goofy kindness. Anthony Ramos continues to shine as Piranha and even gets to sing (see below). The cast is rounded out by Richard Ayaode, Zazie Beetz, and Alex Borstein who are all spot on. The movie feels like an homage to movies like Reservoir Dogs, Ocean’s 11, the Italian Job, and so many more. The classic story of criminals going straight always feels good. The animation is so smooth and inventive in places. I recommend this movie.

DC League of Superpets

I had heard some pretty good things about this movie so this seemed like the perfect week to watch it. I also will watch anything The Rock is involved in. Krypto the Super Dog, Superman’s pet, has a rude awakening when he is forced to save the day with new friends instead of Superman. Dwayne Johnson is the star as Krypto and breathes so much life into what could have been a really annoying character. Kevin Hart is noticeably subdued as Ace the Bathound and, of course, has great chemistry with Krypto. I was really glad to see Vanessa Bayer in a movie again as I am a big fan and she played her positive character to the hilt. Natasha Lyonne’s voice is hard to miss and she is very funny. Diego Luna was almost unrecognizable as a relatable anxiety-ridden character. Kate McKinnon should play more villains because she was so good. There are a lot of other stars in the movie but they all have small parts. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Anthony Ramos – We’re Going to Be Good Tonight

Stephane Legar – Speed Life

Puppy Angst – Yellow Paint

Black Magnet – Floating in Nothing

Mashup of the Week:

DasonRZ Mashups – Still Into Party Rocking

Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Animals Saving the Day”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Attorney Tom, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Dan Jones, LegalEagle, Dead Meat, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News, Emma Thorne, Jenny Nicholson, Conversations with Curtis, Games Done Quick, Top10 Wrestling, Cultaholic, Thought Slime, Allison Pregler
  • I watched more The Strain Season 1
  • I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 7
  • I finished The Blacklist Season 9
  • I watched more Riverdale Season 5
  • I watched more Doom Patrol Season 3
  • I watched more Bob’s Burger’s Season 12
  • I watched more Scream Queens Season 2
  • I watched Dude Bro Party Massacre 3
  • I watched Scream 2 and 3

Roger Rabbit: Toon Platoon Pt. 2

November 21, 2022

Richie, Roger, Wendy, and Jessica go out on a group date to the movie theater. Roger has fun but Richie has an anxiety attack since the picture is Wuthering Heights. On the streetcar afterward, he spills his guts to Wendy about his dad being a legendary fighter pilot and Richie washing out. Richie relates that he really wanted to be a pilot and a hero. If he can’t be a hero for real, he will play one on the screen. 

Roger and Jessica get a moment alone as well and Roger wonders why Jessica is not in movies. She downplays her looks but Roger will have none of it and obviously adores her.

The next day, Richie shows up at a studio to read for a part. He gets the part because he is genuinely scared by having to walk up several flights of stairs to the audition. 

Richie returns to the apartment elated while Roger is sad that he still has had no luck finding his mother. Still, Roger is excited for Richie. Wendy is excited for Richie the next morning as he passes by. Richie gives her the cold shoulder because he spilled his deep dark secret to her. Richie moves on to the studio, the date is December 7th, 1941. Roger soon shows up at the studio having followed glimpses of rabbit ears in the city crowd. In spectacular, catastrophic style, Roger ruins Richie’s big break. The studio execs are into Roger and offer him a contract. Richie tries to bodily harm Roger who keeps apologizing. Their fight is interrupted by the announcement of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The two part ways yet again.

Jessica and Wendy report to the radio station, ready to do anything for the war effort. Otto Green reveals that he is German and takes them both hostage. He takes them away as Roger tries to chase the car down.

America’s part in the war begins and, as it was in real life, the fighting was not east. However, FDR reveals that they will be enlisting Toons as soldiers who never get tired or injured. However, the toons immediately show themselves to be useless in war as they were born to entertain, not fight. Similarly, Richie is having trouble as infantry when he struggles to cross a rope bridge with his platoon. Both he and the toon platoon are reassigned separately to a supply depot in Italy. Roger and Richie are reunited. We also meet a toon plane named Pee Wee who is afraid to fly. 

As work on the base continues under Richie’s command, he slowly starts to forgive Roger for inadvertently ruining his Hollywood career. Roger laments that he never found his mother and that Jessica left him. Richie consoles him.

Cut to Jessica who is reading German propaganda as Axis Annie on the radio under duress. She tries to tell Otto that she quits but agrees to continue when Otto threatens Wendy, a human who can be hurt. The two ladies talk about their predicament while Otto plays with his radio-controlled model plane again. Wendy is fighting mad but Jessica urges caution even as she reveals that Otto plans to attack a gathering of FDR, Churchill, and Stalin. 

When he sees other human servicemen teasing Pee Wee, he gets a soft spot for the Toon and comes to his defense. This earns Richie the respect of the Toons who have felt disrespected by the humans. Roger finally hears Jessica’s voice on the radio and excitedly tries to enlist Richie to go rescue her. Roger and two toons escape the base and the trio heads out to save Jessica. As the MPs move in to arrest them, Richie appears and saves them having decided to help after all. The four hijack a Nazi transport. 

Back in captivity, Wendy is brought before Otto who threatens her to get Jessica in line. As they talk, it is revealed that Otto has a full-sized radio-controlled V2 rocket and the plan starts to come into focus. 

Richie, Roger, and friends show up at the chateau where Otto is holding Wendy and Jessica. They infiltrate and Richie and Wendy are reunited. Wendy tells Richie about the plot to murder the Allied leaders. A plan comes together and Richie and his squad help Wendy out by stealing Jessica’s iconic clothes from nearby stores so that Jessica can seduce Otto. With the makeover, Jessica is even more gorgeous, attaining the look she had in Framed. Roger rejoins the group and is incredibly jealous. Roger burst in to confront Otto. After a chase, Otto regains the upper hand and captures Jessica, Wendy, Roger, and Richie. 

Wendy and Richie are brought before a firing squad where Richie finally professes his love for Wendy. They are saved by the toons who have managed to break free. The Germans chase our heroes since Jessica has managed to snag the keys needed to launch the V2 rocket. As things look grim again, the rest of the toon platoon shows up to fight the good fight. Otto has grabbed Wendy and Jessica yet again but Richie is afraid to follow them up the radio tower. As Roger gives chase, Pee Wee the plane flies in, having gotten over his fears. In Pee Wee’s cockpit? It’s Richie who similarly has gotten over his fears. They knock Otto off the tower but while the quartet happily reunites, he slips away.

Otto launches the rocket. Roger and Richie climb aboard Pee Wee and fly off to save the day. The rest of the toons take out Otto, leaving Richie, Roger, and Pee Wee to take out the rocket. Richie and Pee Wee take out the rocket by pulling off one of Riche’s father’s big tricks.

Cut to stateside where Riche and Roger are given a hero’s parade and deliver speeches. Roger’s speech attracts a particular person: Roger’s mother. They are finally reunited. Roger asks about his father and the camera pans over to Bugs Bunny who gets the last line. “Ain’t I stinker?”

Media Update 11/17/22

November 17, 2022

Hocus Pocus 2

I was a big fan of the original mostly because I was in the correct age group when it came out. When I found out that there was going to be a sequel, I was intrigued but not exactly excited. Of course, the Sanderson sisters Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are back and just as goofy as ever. They still have those characters down pat. Doug Jones also returns and gets more to do as Billy Butcherson. Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo, and Lilia Buckingham are the newcomers as the heroes of the movie and all do a really great job moving the plot along. Tony Hale and Sam Richardson bring a lot of comic relief. The problem I had is that the script is kind of a mess. They spend too much time on the “witch out of time” gags and gets muddled by jokes that did not land with me. Also, they kind of lost some of the characterization of the Sanderson Sisters from the first one. I really did like the flashback and the actresses that played the young Sanderson sisters killed it. I would not recommend this movie.

Ultraviolet and Black Scorpion

I am a big fan of Lucha and any show that takes a stab at trying to embrace the culture will be an automatic watch for me. The show is about a young woman who is gifted a magic Lucha mask that transforms her into a superhero. Her uncle also has a mask and tries to teach her the Lucha way. Scarlet Estevez shines as the main character, full of energy and joy. JB Villareal is great as the gruff Black Scorpion, trying to balance being a caring uncle with being a demanding teacher. The rest of the cast is really good, mostly made up of the title characters’ family. Lucha is a big part of their lives and culture and something that binds them together. It is one part sitcom and one part superhero show. It balances the two pretty well. I recommend this show.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

I always thought that the idea of this franchise was pretty neat and I had fond memories of the first movie and I remembered the second one being alright. Ben Stiller is great when he is acting as a normal guy just trying to do the right thing. Robin Williams, Rami Malek, Owen Wilson, Steven Coogan, and Skyler Gisondo are great at bringing the comedy and are all fun to watch. Dan Stevens is great as the clueless Lancelot, basically doing his best Chris Hemsworth as Thor impression. The movie comes to a grinding halt whenever Rebel Wilson or Ricky Gervais show up on the screen. They do a lot of mugging and bits that fell flat for me. I am shocked that this movie was made in 2014 because it aged like milk. Too many gay jokes, piss jokes, sexist jokes, and so on. I found myself groaning through a lot of it. This kind of sucks because I thought that the parts that worked really worked. I would not recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Sabrina Carpenter – Nonsense

Rod Wave – Break My Heart

Bryson Tiller – Outside

Nickelback – Those Days

Mashup of the Week:

William Maranci Mashups – Closer But It’s Funkytown By Lipps Inc.

Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Magical Whimsy”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Tamara Chambers, LegalEagle, NWA, Dead Meat, Quinton Reviews, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Gabi Belle, Brutalmoose, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News, Tales from the Territories
  • I watched more Chucky Season 2
  • I watched more The Blacklist Season 9
  • I watched more The Strain Season 1
  • I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 12
  • I watched more Doom Patrol Season 3
  • I started Titans Season 4
  • I watched Amityville Clownhouse
  • I watched Jack vs. Lanterns

DC Comics Television and Film Wishlist

November 14, 2022

Since the announcement that James Gunn and Peter Safran were taking over as heads of DC Comics Film and Television, I have been more optimistic about what might be coming down the line. I decided to put together a little wishlist in no particular order of projects they could work on. The last time I did this, I apparently wished She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Hawkeye into existence so my fingers are crossed. Some of these are repeats but with a different twist.

1. Birds of Prey 2 and/or Harley Quinn 2

I loved the Birds of Prey movie produced by Margot Robbie and directed by Cathy Yan. The movie was a roller coaster from start to finish. While Warner Brothers’ marketing would feel the need to change the name to Harley Quin: Birds of Prey, the movie introduced a lot of cool versions of classic characters. It is an absolute crime that this is not already a franchise. I would love to continue the madcap adventures of Harley. I like the idea of her flitting in and out of other people’s stories and there are a ton of heroes and villains she can mess with. I also want to see the continuing adventures of Black Canary, Renee Montoya, and Huntress. They could go on a lot of adventures together and there is a wealth of Birds of Prey comics to draw on. These actresses deserve better than being pushed aside for the Snyderverse.

2. Sandman Mystery Theater (TV Show)

Now that we have seen the success of the Netflix version of Sandman, it would be cool to see some of the possible offshoots and spinoffs connected to that world. One character that I have loved since I first read the above-titled comic is Wesley Dodds who was also known as the Sandman. Dodds was a wealthy eccentric who is haunted by strangely prophetic nightmares about the crime happening in his city. He would don a World War 1 style gas mask, three-piece suit, and trenchcoat. He uses some gadgets and traditional detective work to determine the truth of the crime. He carries a gas gun that ejects a sleeping gas or a gas that causes delirium and uninhibited truth from the subject. He fought the symptoms of societal problems like racism, nazism, classism, and mental illness. He did not kill. He was aided by Dian Belmont, the socialite daughter of the District of Attorney who used her connections and the fact that she was a woman to hear things to help Sandman save the day.

3. Batwoman (Season 4)

I have been thinking about this show lately since I watched the last episode produced. The show was canceled along with all of the other Arrowverse shows which are in the process of wrapping up. This show got a lot of initial buzz when Ruby Rose was cast as Batwoman, Kate Kane. The show had a compelling story and created a really neat world with excellent characters. When Ruby Rose quit the show, the showrunners decided to replace her instead of just trashing the whole thing. This ended up being the best thing to happen to the show. They introduced the new character of Ryan Wilder. They were able to keep a lot of what made the first season work including the return of the villainous Alice (Kate’s sister) who stole every scene she was in. I feel like the change also shook up the cast a bit and allowed characters Luke Fox and Mary Hamilton to step into the foreground. The third season saw Batwoman face down her own demons along with the legacy of Batman, finally realizing who and what she is. The show ends on a cliffhanger and there was so much more to explore.

4. Green Arrow: Supermax

This is an idea that has been kicking around since the mid-nineties on various film rumor sites and apparently, at least one script was written. The idea is that Green Arrow is framed for a crime he did not commit and is sent to a prison designed to hold supervillains. If he is to survive, he will have to fight through some of DC Comics’ criminals and law enforcement. I think the idea was that he would also team up with some anti-heroes. There are so many possibilities of who Green Arrow would fight or team up with inside the prison. The setting would allow the blending of a lot of franchises within DC Comics. I feel like one of the reasons that the movie was never made was that mainstream folks did not know who Green Arrow is. With the success of the Arrowverse, that has changed. It is time to pull out an old idea and dust it off.

5. The Outsiders (TV Show)

This is a variation of an idea that I have had for some time now. The Outsiders is a DC Comics team that has had several different lineups. The team is most linked with Batman who started the team as a more covert alternative to the Justice League. There have been versions without Batman at all. My favorite was actually co-led by Nightwing and Arsenal. This would be a different idea. This would be Batman forming a team of young heroes who all have the burden of having at least one villainous parent. The idea would be that all of them somewhat share an understanding and similar motivations for heroics. The core team would be Spoiler (Stephanie Brown), Robin (Damian Wayne), Enigma (Evelyn Nashton), Orphan (Cassandra Cain), and Ravager (Rose Walker). There are plenty of other characters who could slide in and out of the show. I would think it would be best for this to be animated.

6. The Question (TV Show)

I always loved the character of the Question as soon as I was introduced to him. He is a throwback sort of hero similar to “mystery men” like Sandman (see above), Crimson Avenger, and Vigillante. The character is a detective who wears a blank face mask and a color-changing suit. The character of Rorschach in Watchmen was based on him. However, unlike Rorschach, he is a character who is more likable and his politics are much easier to stomach. He is also a hero, operating in the shadows. A detective show is always a win for me, especially if the detective is not a cop. Also, he eventually recruited cop Renee Montoya to be his successor. The idea of a show where a cop is slowly shown the right way sounds great to me. While we are rebooting it, we could also remove more of Steve Ditko’s objectivist leanings.

7. Suicide Squad (TV Show)

I feel like this idea is a no-brainer especially since one of the new heads of DC Film and Television revived the franchise on the big screen. I feel like there are several more Suicide Squad movies that can happen but there are also smaller stories that can be told as well. The Suicide Squad is a great repository of B and C list villains where we get to explore who and what they are. It is also a great way to refurbish and fluff up villains before they are in a movie or continue their story after they have been in a movie. The Peacemaker show was successful. I feel like there is more meat on that bone.

8. Catwoman: The Heist (TV Show or Movie Series)

I watched the movie Catwoman: Hunted earlier this year and I loved it. It felt like somebody put Lupin III and DC Comics into a blender and hit frappe. I would love to see more of this charming world. The series would pick up where the original movie left off with Selina Kyle aka Catwoman having her own agenda as a world-renowned thief and less renowned fighter for the rights of the weak. She would work with and/or manipulate her relationship with Batwoman, Julia Pennyworth, and King Faraday to steal valuables, fight injustice, or both at the same time. The series would continue the International feel of the original with the team showing up anywhere on the globe to fight familiar faces and more obscure foes.

9. The Shadowpact

This is a little bit of a deep cut but I really liked this team when they briefly got the spotlight in DC’s Day of Vengeance storyline. They are all supernatural heroes who banded together by chance but stuck together because they felt like family. The lineup originally consisted of Detective Chimp, Blue Devil, Nightmaster, Enchantress, Nightshade, and Ragman. The group is full of has-beens and never-weres. Still, they are all experts in their own areas. For example, Detective Chimp is possibly the world’s second greatest detective (after Batman). The team operates out of the Oblivion Bar, a bar that exists outside of our known dimension. The bar is frequented by every supernatural creature you can think of. I feel like they could provide an interesting story that has not been told yet.

10. Justice League International

Or whatever you want to call it. The point is, I would love them to capture some of the fun from the Justice League International days that was specifically carried over into Formerly Known as the Justice League. That title was full of superheroics but its real strength was its goofy humor and witty banter. The series saw the reformed Maxwell Lord build a new team called the Super Buddies made up of Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Elongated Man, Sue Dibny, Mary Marvel, Captain Atom, Fire, and Power Girl. It feels like Always Sunny in Philadelphia and DC comics had a baby. In the end, they are heroes but they are going to be very snarky about it. This would be a great antidote to the grimdark reputation that Snyder left behind.

Media Update 11/10/22

November 10, 2022

Enola Holmes 2

I really loved the first film so I knew that I was going to check out the sequel. Enola Holmes has become a detective in her own right and takes up the cause of poor match girls in London. Millie Bobbie Brown is so much fun as Enola and I love the character so much. Henry Cavill returns as possibly one of the most interesting versions of Sherlock I have ever seen. Louis Partridge returns as the adorkable friend. We get to see more of Adeel Akhtar as Lestrade, a total Sherlock fanboy. David Thewlis plays a menacing inspector who dominates all of the scenes he is in. I also loved seeing Helena Bonham-Carter and Susan Wokoma return and get expanded roles.  I really love the way that they are reimagining the lore of Sherlock Holmes and daring to do things differently while still staying true to the heart of what Sherlock Holmes is. However, Sherlock Holmes stories originally were quite dismissive of women and this story is rectifying that. It is also way more light and fun than other adaptations. I recommend this movie.

Tom Swift

This is a spinoff from the CW Nancy Drew show which I love and I loved Tom’s crossover episode. Tom Swift is a billionaire inventor but his easy life is suddenly shaken by the disappearance of his father. This show felt a lot like Black Panther if it took place in America. Tian Richards has boatloads of charm as Tom and is good at playing a character who has a good heart but an ego the size of the sun. It gives the character room to grow. Ashleigh Murray plays his childhood friend who has backed him up all the way. Marquise Vilson plays the stoic bodyguard who is way smarter than he lets on. I have not watched a ton yet (and the show is already canceled after 10 episodes) but I like the mystery and the cast. Tom Swift is also a very LGBTQ+ friendly show with Tom himself being incredibly gay. I will probably finish this show out. I recommend this show.


Since DC television is so good, I knew I would check this out eventually. After returning from the war, Alfred Pennyworth seeks to start his own security firm and immediately gets tangled in criminal and government intrigue. Jack Bannon plays the lead role and is most of the reason to watch since he is so charming and likable. Thomas Wayne is played by Ben Aldridge and offers some comic relief as a straight shooter and non-combat character. Most of the comic relief comes from the trigger-happy friend/employee of Alfred played by Ryan Fletcher. Paloma Faith plays a really good villain who I am excited to see more of. The show is a spinoff not of the Arrowverse but comes from the excellent Gotham show. Therefore, it has a darker tone but still has some humor. I have enjoyed the show so far and it is less predictable since there is less source material. I recommend this show.

Music of the Week:

Quavo & Takeoff – Messy

Avril Lavigne – I’m a Mess

Wiz Khalifa – Keys

P!NK – Never Gonna Not Dance Again

Mashup of the Week:

Kazelion – Come As Long As You Don’t Panic

Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Legacy”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Tamara Chambers, LegalEagle, NWA, Dead Meat, Quinton Reviews, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Gabi Belle, Brutalmoose, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News, Tales from the Territories
  • I watched more Chucky Season 2
  • I watched more  Legends of Tomorrow Season 7
  • I watched more The Blacklist Season 9
  • I watched more The Strain Season 1
  • I watched more Riverdale Season 5
  • I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 12
  • I finished The Flash Season 8

Roger Rabbit: Toon Platoon Pt. 1

November 7, 2022

This is a prequel that took place in 1941 about 6 years before the events of the original movie. We open on the Randall family farm in Kansas as a pickup truck drives up. The man from W. Fitch Feed and Grain. In the farmhouse, parents Dora and Earl Randall fret over their promise to each other to tell their son the truth when he turned eighteen. But where is that son? Their youngest, Timmy, informs them that he went off to the barn to milk the mule. The angry mule kicks Roger Rabbit through the side of the barn. He lands in the path of the combine harvester being driven by two of his younger brothers. Feed man Fitch watches in horror as Roger is twisted up into the combine and absolutely mutilated. The brothers watch impassively and sure enough, Roger emerges unscathed, something they have apparently seen many times before. 

We cut to Roger’s eighteenth birthday party. Roger is goaded by his little brothers to blow out his candles and he blows himself up like a balloon before letting loose and launching the cake through a window and miles away. We then cut to Roger being summoned to speak with his parents. They ask him if he has ever noticed any differences between himself and the other kids. Roger has not. They point out the time that Roger got a face full of dynamite down at the quarry and he walked away fine. Roger responds that he takes his vitamins as they taught him. They finally break it to him that he is adopted and that he is also a toon. Roger panics, never once suspecting his toon heritage. Although he loves his folks, Roger resolves to find his biological parents.

As Roger sets out, he is almost immediately hit by a car driven by a distracted Richie who is trying to practice a Shakespeare soliloquy. Richie is frightened out of his mind but is comforted when he realizes that Roger is a toon. Roger hitches a ride with the shaken Richie. Roger relates his quest to find his biological mother and shows off a picture with only the bottom half of his mother in frame. Richie tells Roger about how he wants to be an actor and is headed to Hollywood. However, amongst Richie’s 8X10s, he finds a picture of Richie in a flight suit. This clearly strikes a nerve and Richie angrily rants about the air force and how he quit. When Roger begs to go to Hollywood with Richie, Richie accidentally reveals his bias against toons. Feeling guilty about his bigotry, he begs Roger to forgive him and accept a ride. However, Roger accidentally destroys Richie’s car almost immediately. The two hitchhike the rest of the way.

The two of them part ways in Hollywood when Roger sees his first Toon (Wile E. Coyote). Roger tries to question people about his mother but spending all day asking random people on the street takes its toll and dispirits poor Roger. He does perk up when he hears a radio program called Mr. Keene, Tracer of Lost Persons. Roger excitedly rushes into a barber shop where the radio is and asks where they are broadcasting from. Mr. Keene could help him find his mother. A customer with a towel covering his head gives Roger the information and as Roger rushes away, we see Eddie Valiant pull off the towel in a cameo.

We cut to the radio station as two voice actors are reading the script live. One of them is Jessica Krupnick who not only does the female character’s voice but also produces all of the sound effects perfectly with just her mouth. Roger bursts into the studio and fights with the receptionist. Station manager Otto Green tosses Roger out onto the street. Jessica chases after Roger to give him back the photo he dropped and Roger is smitten at first sight. She gives him a lead on a place to stay in her building. 

Meanwhile, Richie is not having much luck getting any acting gigs. He gets into a fight with an air force recruiter and pisses off a bunch of airmen with his chip on his shoulder. At the same time, a couple of Navy sailors have misinterpreted something Roger said. Both men are chased by two different branches of the military. Roger finds an escape route as the two meet up again but Richie balks at it, blurting out that he is afraid of heights. He finally admits out loud that he washed out of flight school because of that fear. Richie is caught by the airmen and gets beat up.

Riche comes back to consciousness in an apartment being tended to by Wendy Rowan, Jessica’s roommate. He is told that Roger rented the apartment for the two of them. Richie bitterly states that Roger has been nothing but bad luck so far. Roger returns as Wendy reveals that their new apartment neighbors Toontown which Roger sees for the first time. Roger bolts toward Toontown to find his mother. Richie walks with Wendy while she goes to the grocery store and he goes to get a new suit. Richie apologizes for being so rude earlier and they both reveal to each other that they are trying to be actors. While shopping, the two see more bigotry toward Toons. We also get a bit about food prices going up because of the war.

We hear a bit more of Jessica on a different radio drama before we cut to Otto Green’s office. He shows Jessica his hobby of remote control planes. Jessica tries to bring up to him that their programming seems to be pushing the idea of neutrality in World War 2 quite a bit. 

Media Update 11/3/22

November 3, 2022

The Final Rose (2022)

When I saw the premise of this one, I had to check it out even though I am not a big fan of dating reality shows. People start disappearing during the filming of a Bachelor-style reality show and one single mom is trying to weather the storm. Christina Masterson is great as the relatively normal young heroine who is the only one who is noticing the weirdness behind the circus. Robert Palmer Watkins is pitch-perfect as the snotty bachelor who is all about looking good with minimal effort. Brian McGovern plays the smarmy, overly-tanned host. Carrie Alexander plays the bubbly model type with a soft spot. Brytni Sarpy plays the mean girl with a killer instinct. And the rest of the cast is really great too. The movie really hits that sweet spot between the horror of a slasher and the horror of the phoniness of reality television. I recommend this movie.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities (2022)

I have a weakness when it comes to Del Toro as he is one of my all-time favorite creative minds. I will give anything he does at least a shot. This is an anthology television series where each episode tells a short horror story based on short stories. They definitely went for the cosmic horror side of things with Lovecraft and his followers being major sources (without the racism). Del Toro also wrote some of it. So far, the acting is absolutely great with characters you can sink your teeth into as horrors unfold. Those horrors are absolutely well done. The effects, both practical and computer-generated are beautiful in a horrifying way. I am looking forward to being creeped out by the excellent directors and screenwriters. I recommend this show.

The Night Before Halloween (2016)

I randomly picked this off of the SyFy app because the premise looked goofy. A group of friends are cursed when they are tricked into putting their friend into a coma. If they don’t trick somebody else, they will die at midnight on October 31. This movie could have been really good. It was not bad but it had the potential to be way better. I liked the concept but the plot was a little muddled and the script could have used a few more passes. The actors really gave it their all, though. Bailee Madison was the clear standout as the lead character and she screamed and emoted her ass off. She put everything into this and it shows. I also was surprised at how many surprises there were in this movie. They definitely got me on a few of them. Overall, the movie was too clunky. I do not recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

 Vølfgang Twins – Battle Anthem

Taylor Swift – Bejeweled

Chlöe, Latto – For the Night

Busta Rhymes, Big Daddy Kane, Conway the Machine – Slap

Mashup of the Week:

MashupChuck – Living Circus Girl

Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Halloween Hangover 2022”
  • I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch: Barry Kramer, Impact Wrestling, All Elite Wrestling, Emily D. Baker, Tamara Chambers, LegalEagle, NWA, Dead Meat, Quinton Reviews, Onsta, Savy Writes Books, Gabi Belle, Growing Up in Scientology, Watcher, Some More News, 
  • I watched more Chucky Season 2
  • I watched more The Blacklist Season 9
  • I finished The Flash Season 8
  • I watched more The Strain Season 1
  • I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 12
  • I watched more Riverdale Season 5
  • I watched more Blacklist Season 9

X (2022)

October 31, 2022

There seems to be a long history of sexual repression in horror. I think that comes from people (and not just religious people) who equated sex with immorality. If the aim was not a baby, the sex was sinful. Even masturbation is seen by some as unhealthy and unbecoming of a person’s mental and spiritual health. However, a lot of human bodies are wired to desire sexual satisfaction and that is just how a lot of us are put together. Limiting sexual congress to just reproduction would eliminate a lot of what sex is. Taking all of that way would suck the joy out of life. Sure, society can let itself get out of hand when it comes to sex but getting rid of it will never be the correct or healthy solution. People need to have fun because enjoying life is kind of the point. You do not have fun to make work feel better, you work to make fun possible. There is nothing immoral about enjoying yourself if nobody is getting hurt.

We do see it a lot in horror, though. Scream was kind of the first mainstream movie that put it out there in words but characters in horror are punished for having sex. That is one of the “rules” put forward in that franchise because it existed long before the nineties. Famously, Pamela and Jason Voorhees tended to punish people for having sex because that distraction led to Jason’s drowning. Norma Bates taught her son Norman that sex was sinful and that all women were whores and therefore distractions from a righteous past. The point of this seems to be so that the audience can see a sex scene but also see these characters get punished. The audience feels better about it because nobody got away with it. It is a transactional kind of morality where people can enjoy things that are “bad” if the ledger is then balanced. 

The first thing I noticed was the setting, I have been to these wide-open rural settings before and they are peaceful but also unsettling. This means that I also noticed the always-excellent A24 cinematography. This is a film company that makes every frame a painting but Ti West, Eliot Rockett, and their team did an exceptionally good job. A lot of period imagery from the dying gasps of the 1970s which always feels dirty to me. Must be the film grain. The gore is so good with plenty of juicy red blood and the prosthetics they use really look great. When you are making a grounded horror film, the violence has to be grounded too. This limits the cartoonishness of it but also allows for more brutality in a way. The kills are mean in the best ways. I really loved the slow slip of tone from warm and fun to cold and scary.

I am far from the first person to say it but Mia Goth is an amazing actress and plays two different roles in this movie. She is likable as the audience’s point of view character and scary as the hardened farm woman. Brittany Snow is fun as the sexy blonde bombshell who is smarter than she seems. Martin Henderson is great as the fast-talking leader of the outfit who seems to get by on his sheer force of will. Jenna Ortega is cute as the young girl way out of her depth. Scott Mescudi’s sarcastic humor and lightness help keep things moving along. Owen Campbell is good as the nerdy film buff who is excited to finally be making something big. I like the chemistry among the cast, they really feel like people I would love to hang out with. 

Overall, I really loved this movie. It was a really interesting story and had some amazing visuals. The blood was a lot of fun and the scares were definitely earned. I loved the duality of the villain and the heroine of the movie being played by the same actress. I also liked that the message of the movie was way more sex-positive and honest than horror usually is. I definitely recommend this movie and I look forward to the prequel and sequel.

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