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Media Update 11/18/21

November 18, 2021

Dune (2021)

I never read the Dune books. What little I was able to absorb through osmosis sounded exceedingly strange but I knew that it was a science fantasy series told over several thick books. I never watched the David Lynch version. However, I started to hear really great things about this version and so I decided to watch it as soon as Halloween was over. The movie is very long at 155 minutes but I have watched plenty of movies that long. The movie took a while to hook me as I tried to absorb all of the lore and exposition. Once it hooked me, I stayed hooked and I was very invested for the rest of the movie. It helps that it has such pretty visuals but it also has a compelling story with interesting characters. It also has an all-star cast of Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgaard, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, and many more. It was also the first movie with Jason Momoa in it that I really liked. I recommend this movie.

Artemis Fowl

Another book series that I never read but now I really want to. This series tells the story of how the fairy world exists in the modern-day. It has such an interesting take on magic and the taxonomy of magical creatures. Like the Percy Jackson series, I feel like it does a lot to innovate its source material. The movie version was pretty good but they have yet to confirm a sequel so I wonder how well it was received. Still, anything with fairies is something that I am interested in. The movie rests on its star newcomer Ferdia Shaw who is pretty good as a surprisingly stoic child actor. Lara McDonnell plays a fae agent who is interesting and I want to see more of. Josh Gad probably has the best role I have seen him in as a strange, dwarven thief. I had never seen Nonzo Anozie act before but I found myself charmed by him. We also get some smaller parts from more seasoned actors Judi Dench and Colin Farrell. I recommend this movie.

Mockingjay Pt. 1

I watched part two about six years ago when it was in theaters and never watched this movie. I did read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire so I felt that I needed to close out the series. I ended up liking this movie more than Part Two. The second part was kind of confusingly shot and a bit confusing (even with all of the context I now have). This movie is very straightforward and tells a neat story about wartime propaganda and the shady ethics of government and the military. Jennifer Lawrence had settled into the role of Katniss Everdeen and really shines here. This was the last complete movie that Phillip Seymour Hoffman did and he is great. Donald Sutherland is at his most villainous and came off as very disturbing. Liam Hemsworth does a serviceable job as the guy. We get a lot of great returns from Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, and more. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

dankeサン – Futon Anthem

PERSEFONE – Merkabah

Selfmindead – “Progress”

Shmoneymo – LOCKED IN

Mashup of the Week:

Doug Ferguson – People Are Dreaming of Rainbows In the Dark

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Young Book Heroes”
I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch
I watched more Doom Patrol Season 3
I finished Elementary Season 5
I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 11
I watched more Sopranos Season 1

Media Update 12/3/2015

December 3, 2015

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2

So my Dad and I met up on Sunday and fully intended to go and see Spectre at the Senator Theater. The Senator is still my favorite movie theater followed by the (now closed) Rotunda and the Hunt Valley Regal. Unfortunately, Spectre was sold out and on a whim we decided to watch Mockingjay instead in the big theater. We sat down just as the movie was starting but I don’t think we missed anything. What I *was* missing was seeing every other movie in the series. Now, I read the first book so I wasn’t completely lost but there was obviously a lot I had missed. The movie depicts a very dark, post apocalyptic United States that is very close to being overthrown. There was a lot of interesting political intrigue and studies in what ptsd does to a person (especially the young). I thought all of the acting was great and the movie was shot really well. The pacing was a bit slow in places but the story, although a bit predictable, was interesting to watch. I have to give special tips of the hat to Natalie Dormer, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence. It made me want to go back and watch the other films (minus the first one, I guess).

Taxi Brooklyn

I decided to check this series out since it shares a castmember with Supergirl. The show is about a gung ho Brooklyn detective (Chyler Leigh) who is forced to rely on the skils and transportation of a French-born taxi driver (Jacky Ido). You might recognize this as the loose plot from Taxi, the horrible Jimmy Fallon/Queen Latifah film. It’s not related to that. It is instead related to a 1998 French film from Luc Besson. This show deals with human emotion and how a city lives and breathes. Chyler Leigh does a great job as a guarded and antisocial cop who was thrust into the spotlight reluctantly. It’s hard to expect anything else after seeing her on Supergirl. Jacky Ido often steals the show as a charismatic, touchy feely and extremely intelligent taxi driver. The show is a pretty good procedural with a few comic touches and a non-stop kind of feeling. It’s only 12 episodes so I’ll probably watch the whole thing.

Fallout 3

I definitely feel more comfortable writing about this game now that I’ve finished the main story. Also, I’m playing it at a time that everybody is playing the sequel. From what I can gather, the world of the game is eternally stuck in 1961 because that’s when the Chinese infiltrated and bombed the United States. You emerge from a sealed vault northwest of what was once Washington DC and try to survive. Many things are different from our Washington DC but all of the important landmarks are there and it’s creepy to walk past it all and see it completely rekt. The world has become a pretty nasty but simple place where you try to survive roving raiders, irradiated animals, super mutants and the politics of native armies trying to prove their superiority. You have the choice to be a good guy, a bad guy and everything in between. As a friend of mine wisely said, the fun in the game comes from exploring. Even after finishing the main story and hitting the level cap I’m still finding new areas. The game doesn’t spoon feed you all of the plot either, it lets you discover bits and pieces from journal entries and dialogue choices. The gameplay is really good too once you get used to it. The only caveat I have is that the game is really dark (both emotionally and also it’s hard to see sometimes).

Links of the Week:
Lindsey Stirling – Roundtable Rival
Llamas with Hats (Thanks Abe!)
Heat Vision and Jack
Hell’s Bells (1929)
Canceled Avengers Game 

– Peter Jackson will direct an episode of Doctor Who
– I realize I still need to see SPECTRE
– But Krampus comes out this weekend…
– Jessica Jones is so, so good (Yes I got the title wrong last week)
– Twin Peaks kind of craps out a certain point
– Fran Bow is a weird, weird game

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