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Media Update 9/15/2016

September 15, 2016

Almost Famous

I had heard about this movie when it came out but I was focused on watching the Matrix and the Lord of the Rings instead. I was also in rehearsal or in performance all the time. This was another movie that I was not ready to see even though it is about a kid in the same place I was when it came out. The movie is about a young high school kid who gets to go on tour with a struggling rock band in order to do an article for Rolling Stone Magazine. It feels way more plausible when you watch the movie. From the start of the movie they put out there how important music is. Music is what pulls us through life and it is music that we remember later in life, interwoven with the memories of our own lives. There are too many good performances here to name them all but I really liked Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Jason Lee, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Frances McDormand and especially young Patrick Fugit. The movie is a great road picture that is kind of what you expect but also not. It is definitely a great ode to the seventies and the great rock music that I grew up on because this was the music my parents embraced. I understand that this was semi-autographical for the director Cameron Crowe and it really shows. The movie is pretty funny but there is a lot of thoughtful drama in it as well. I really liked this movie and I definitely recommend it.

The Get Down

I remember the first Baz Luhrmann production I saw. I was in my freshman year of college and I still had time and the inclination to go out and be sociable with people outside of my major. The local student center had a print of Moulin Rouge and a couple of us walked over to go see it. I liked the movie that night but on subsequent viewings, I have liked the movie less. It feels like it is all flash and very little substance and its central message is kind of trite and obvious. So when I saw The Get Down advertised on Netflix I thought it would be like Glee mixed with Moulin Rouge but with Disco and Hip Hop. It is not that. The miniseries is very musical but it is not that often that the main characters are doing the singing. Their world is one where they are surrounded by music as there is some song playing about ninety percent of the time. Still, the emotion feels way more real in this one than in Moulin Rouge as everybody comes off as more human and people I would want to hang out with. In fact, after watching two parts, I feel like I have hung out with them. I do not usually think of subtle when it comes to Luhrmann but this was definitely much more subtle. The young actors who star in this are all so good as well. I am excited to see more and I definitely recommend it.


I never got to go to CBGB but I am sure I would not have enjoyed it as I do not really enjoy bars too much. Also, there was a dog that was allowed to crap on the floor there. What I definitely would have enjoyed was the music that was played inside the club. It was a pretty rough joint if legends and this movie are to be believed. Hilly Krystal (no relation to Billy Crystal) was a man who just wanted to start a Country Bluegrass and Blues bar but that never quite worked out for him. Instead, he ended up creating a club that helped birth the punk genre and furthered a lot of musician’s careers. The movie mostly centers on the creation of the club, the early days of The Ramones and Krystal’s managing of the Dead Boys. Alan Rickman plays Hilly and is great as the kind of curmudgeonly positive man who runs this club by hook or by crook. There are great performances by Rupert Grint, Stana Katic, Ashley Greene, Freddy Rodriguez and Donal Logue. The movie is just kind of a ride through a history. There is a central message that says if you help people, you create something beautiful and they just might be there when you need help. I definitely recommend it because it pays homage to a great genre of music.

Music of the Week:
Devil Doll – Why

Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer

Kompressor feat. MC Frontalot – Rappers We Crush

D Boi Da Dome – Black and Orange (Orioles Anthem)

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message


Weekly Updates:
– This week’s theme is “The Power of Music”
– I am almost done with Person of Interest Season 4
– I am halfway through Once Upon a Time Season 5
– I started watching Charmed again
– I watched a little more Narcos and it’s still good
– The TV Crimes podcast is genius
– Started listening to Harmontown again
– The soundtracks on all of these are excellent

Media Update 8/11/2016

August 11, 2016

Jason Bourne

So I went to the Senator for a movie for the first time in a long while with my father. I like the Bourne movies well enough but unfortunately, I kind of forget their plots not long after seeing them. This is strange for me because I have a pop culture sponge mind that keeps those kinds of things safe in my mind’s vault. I cannot memorize phone numbers but I can remember all of that stuff. Still, I like the fight choreography and spy thriller action in the Bourne movies a lot. I also like when a character becomes an epic figure and a mere mention of their name answers questions and causes people’s eyes to widen. I also liked the Bourne Legacy because I might be one of the few fans Jeremy Renner seems to have these days. Anyway, this one was very much in the vein of the first three movies. There were a lot of locations and Bourne fought and shot people in all of them. Matt Damon was great as usual, though the role requires him to be pretty stoic. The real winner was Tommy Lee Jones who was at his charismatic best and did most of the talking in the movie. Also, Alicia Vikander was a very interesting character that, if there’s a sequel, we may happily see more of. My only problem was the camera work and edits were a little too shaky and quick in places. Still, I definitely recommend it.

The Man from UNCLE

So I was too young to see this show when it came out and I never saw any reruns. So I had no idea what the show was about but the trailer for the movie looked like a lot of fun. I really do like the sixties era spy movies on which this movie is based. Stuff like James Bond and George Smiley and so many others has a kind of iconic charm to it. This movie follows that style and also the understated, subtle performances that you might see in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy but not as grim as the new Bond films. The movie stars Armie Hammer, Henry Cavill and Alicia Vikander again. Armie Hammer is really great as a soviet spy forced to work with an American and really transformed himself in the role. Henry Cavill is actually really fun while he’s not playing Superman and plays a really good charming rogue. I was relieved to see that Alicia Vikander is more lively in this movie which shows that her stoicism in Jason Bourne was part of her character. She is pretty funny in this movie and often steals the scene in the best ways. The movie is fun and light, kind of a mix between a popcorn movie and a more complex spy movie. It was a pleasant way to spend an evening and I would definitely recommend it.

Eye in the Sky

I started watching this weeks ago but the poor internet connection kept making Amazon both lose connection and then fail to save progress. It was frustrating but kind of funny considering that a lot of this film is about establishing communication links with places thousands of miles away. I sat down to watch this movie because my mom chose it but I thought the trailer had looked pretty interesting. This one follows a single drone operation run by a joint English and American military task force. It details the politics and realities of drone warfare in our world today. So you have the military trying to accomplish the tasks in front of them while politicians try to deal with and prevent the fallout from those actions. Alan Rickman was excellent in this one and that’s great because this was his last movie. He has his usual gravity and charm but for the character, it is just like any other day. Helen Mirren is excellent as well. Her character is powerful and drives the story forward. Finally, there was Aaron Paul who did not have as many lines but those lines counted. He’s a great actor. Throw in the ensemble backing them up and it ended up being a great movie that was surprisingly emotional. I definitely recommend it.

Music of the Week:
The Sword – Hammer of Heaven

The Blizzards – Trust Me I’m A Doctor

Raleigh Ritchie – Never Better

Tristam & Braken – Flight

Lor Scoota – No Turning Back

Weekly Updates:
– I am heavily assembling Halloween. I will work on it soon.
– I finished Season One of Limitless and it so great
– I finished watching the IT Crowd and I wanted more
– I’ve watched a little bit of Olympics but it’s not my thing
– I am kind of burned out on politics for a bit
– I also picked Penny Dreadful back up and it’s great
– This week’s theme is “Surveillance”

Media Update 1/21/2016

January 21, 2016

Red 2

I remember seeing Red when it came out on DVD but I can’t remember if I saw it it on TV or what. I don’t think I saw it in theaters but regardless, I watched it because I had heard it was a comic book first. I still haven’t read Ellis’ original. I never saw the sequel probably because there were other things to watch and my enthusiasm for Bruce Willis was dampened by Kevin Smith’s stories. However, it was free this past week and I checked it out and I really liked it. Part of what makes the Red movies work is the ensemble cast. John Malkovich in particular knocks it out of the park in every scene but Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker and Anthony Hopkins excel as well. I’ll definitely be sticking around for the sequel this time.


The Revenant

I kind of thought I knew what to expect when I went to the Revenant. Leonardo DiCaprio has been very particular with the movies he has chosen in the later part of his career. They are usually period and deal with a lot of good character work and are compelling as hell. So I thought I kind of knew what to expect from the Revenant but I was wrong. The movie is one of the most powerful movies I’ve seen lately which is really saying something. The movie is beautifully shot and the sound is so crisp and clear that I was a bit staggered at first. The characters are so strong that a lot is done with such little dialog. I don’t want to give much away but it’s been clear for quite some time that DiCaprio has come a long way since the dark days of Titanic. However, as good as the movie was, I can’t bring myself to watch it again. It’s a lot to take in.



White House Down

I watched the other similar movie, Olympus Has Fallen in theaters and I felt that my quota for White House invasion movies was satisfied for a while. White House Down looked less serious and I just didn’t get to see it. I guess I was expecting a movie like Rush Hour but with the Secret Service. That wouldn’t be too bad, it’s just what I expected. What I got instead was something more in the ballpark of Air Force One and Die Hard with a Vengeance. Actually, there wasn’t a whole lot of humor even if it is lighter than Olympus Has Fallen. However, the movie was fun to watch as Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum really focused in and each gave a good performance. Everybody else did a really good job too but I want to especially single out Joey King. King is a great child actress who does a lot to move the plot along. It was a great movie.

Links of the Week:
A Tale of Alan Rickman (RIP)
SkiFree in Real Life
The Eagles – Take it Easy (RIP Glenn)
Eluveitie – The Call of the Mountains
The Eric Andre Show – New Yorker Monologue

Weekly Updates:
– Gearing up for the A to Z Challenge again
– Weird that Bowie and Rickman both died at 69
– Agent Carter is still so good
– The Captain America documentary was excellent too
– Suicide Squad is getting a lot of flak already
– Deadpool is gonna be awesome

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