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Media Update 9/23/21

September 23, 2021

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Anything Lin-Manuel Miranda is involved in gets a look from me. Sony Pictures Animation has partnered with Netflix and they are really cranking out some good films. It feels like animation in general is really upping its game. This movie is about a kinkajou living in Cuba who must journey to Miami for a mission of love. Lin-Manuel plays the titular kinkajou with attitude and mad bars. He is paired for most of the movie with the delightfully energetic child actress Ynairaly Simo. Zoe Saldana plays a very sassy and smart mom. There are some great smaller bits by Michael Rooker, Brian Tyree Henry, Nicole Byer, Juan de Marcos González, and Gloria Estefan. The music is really great with a mix of Cubano, Miami, Jazz, and some newer electronic stuff. There are 11 new songs written by Miranda. I recommend this movie.

School of Rock

This movie has been on my list for a long time but recently the movie has come up a lot and it was finally time to jump on it before Halloween starts. Jack Black has always been a favorite of mine. He has so many energy that it is impossible not to get caught up in it. Here he plays a down on his luck rock guitarist who ends up as a substitute teacher. The movie is really well done and leans into Black’s wonderful chemistry with the child actors. The child actors are absolutely superb with a special shout out to Miranda Cosgrove, Joey Gaydos Jr., and Maryam Hassan. I also really liked Joan Cusack as the quirky principal. The soundtrack is really good with plenty of classic rock songs and original songs performed by Jack Black and the kids. You can definitely see both the (family friendly) influence of Tenacious D and also a lot of heart and joy. I recommend this movie.

Earwig and the Witch

I really like Studio Ghibli movies (even if Miyazaki isn’t involved) so I was interested to see a movie I had not heard of yet being released. Also, this is the studio’s very first 3D animated film. Also, also, this is directed by Goro Miyazaki who is the son of the famous aforementioned Hayao Miyazaki (one of my heroes). This movie felt like a new direction for the studio but it also had a lot of the familiar feel of Ghibli films. In this movie, a young orphan girl is adopted and thrust into the world of witches. I was not a hundred percent sold on the new 3D animation but some of it ended up being very good. Still, it is lacking something. It feels more like a Ghibli video game. The acting really made up for some of the flaws elsewhere in the movie. Taylor Paige Henderson plays the titular Earwig and is a delightful protagonist. Vanessa Marshall plays a really good antagonist reminiscent of Roald Dahl books. Dan Stevens is probably the best part of the movie as a talking cat. Finally, there’s some good rock music by Kacey Musgraves. I recommend this movie despite its flaws.

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Mashup of the Week:

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Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “One Good Song Can Change the World”
I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch
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