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Media Update 4/26/18

April 26, 2018

Speed Racer (2008)

I am a fairly big anime fan and I have watched a ton of different series. Speed Racer is famous for being one of the earliest anime series to crossover into the Western market. It is also an extremely cheaply made show and the poor dubbing is still made fun of. Still, it was an exciting show. When the Wachowski Brothers (now the Wachowski Sisters) decided to make a live-action adaptation, I initially passed as I bought into the hate. However, I am a pretty big fan of Arin Hanson and he names the movie as his favorite of all time. The Wachowskis have always been very ambitious when it comes to their movies even when they fall flat. The movie is pretty wild. It mostly stars American and British actors but I was not overly concerned that it had very few Japanese actors. Because of the casting, I got to see great actors like Christina Ricci (my old crush), John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, and Roger Allam. Roger Allam, in particular, plays one of the best villains I have seen in a while in that I was begging for him to get his comeuppance by the end of the movie. The movie surprisingly has heart, good acting, and wilder car action than the Fast and Furious movies. The one drawback was the character of Spritle but if you have seen the anime, you should expect that. I definitely recommend it.

Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me was a movie that surprised me with how much I liked it. Steven Carrell is hit and miss for me but the story of a supervillain who adopts three little girls was surprisingly fun and sweet. The sequel was fun as well as we got to see more of their lives and more zany action. The trailer for the third looked really good as they hired South Park’s Trey Parker to voice the villain. Speaking of which, Trey really knocked it out of the park as a pathetic but funny supervillain. On a side note, it is very unfortunate that they started the movie with a Michael Jackson song but the sequence was still enjoyable. While the superhero/supervillain/secret agent stuff is fun, the real point of the movie for me is the family stuff. Meeting a long-lost brother in the midst of a mid-life crisis is a very interesting story hook. A stepmother trying to figure out how to connect with her three new daughters while also figuring out how to discipline them is way more interesting. Also, this series is the best Kristen Wiig has ever been in my eyes mostly because they do not allow her to improvise. The movie is full of references and allusions to spy movies (including Diabolik) and comedies (like the Pink Panther) and bad eighties sitcoms (the list is too long). Additionally, the Minions are barely in this one which is just fine by me. I definitely recommend it but watch the first two for the whole journey if you can.

Lost in Space (2018)

I was never really a fan of the original Lost in Space as I came around long after it was very popular. I do understand its charm though. I actually once saw June Lockhart speak live as a kid and that influenced me to watch a bunch of old episodes. To me, the show felt like a campy sitcom alternative to Star Trek which was already pretty campy itself. One episode was much like the next but the episodes were interesting and funny. This new show is the second attempt to reboot the original and I was a bit wary until I found out that a high percentage of the directors for the new series are women. I was intrigued and then some good reviews came in and I put it on the list. The show is about the Robinson family, a family of five who crash land on a planet and are later joined by a military man, Dr. Smith, and a robot. The show immediately gives the characters more depth by showing each character’s backstory in flashbacks. Of course, they do not reveal everything right away so I am still left guessing at some things. The characters are instantly likable and, although the family is absurdly capable, they do not feel like superbeings. They are each flawed but each one has strengths they can use to cover the weaknesses of their family members. It is a fun show so far. I recommend it, I will see how far I stick with it.

Music of the Week:
Mike Shinoda – Crossing a Line

FLOW – Go!!!

Stefflon Don – 16 Shots

Kimberly Korn – Broken Inside

Highly Suspect – My Name Is Human

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “CGI Adaptations”
– I watched more of Santa Clarita Diet Season 2
– I watched more of Beauty and the Beast Season 1
– I watched more of Legends of Tomorrow Season 3
– I watched more of The Pinkertons
– I watched more of Gurren Lagann
– I watched more Glitter Force Doki Doki

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