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30 Day Challenge – Film Pt. 2

June 8, 2020

7 – A film that you will never get tired of

I never really get tired of Fifth Element. It is one of the most quotable movies that I have ever watched. The movie is unashamedly wacky and does not get hung up on taking itself too seriously. The world-building is wild and instantly made me want to know so much more about it. The comedy is strong and plays off of the characters and the plot in a very natural way. This might be low key one of the best movies that Bruce Willis was ever in as it allows him to exercise his comedy and drama chops. Milla Jovovich is a true action star and she really nails the role of a strange but wonderful alien. Some people find Chris Tucker annoying but somehow his character absolutely works for me. Ian Holm is underrated in this but great. The chameleon Gary Oldman is absolutely great as a melodramatic villain. It is still probably my favorite movie soundtrack, full of brilliant techno and a two-part opera piece that is legendary. The director Luc Besson still remains one of my favorites and this is the movie that made me always give him the benefit of the doubt.

8 – A film where you liked the soundtrack more

City of Angels sounded like an interesting concept when it came out but it turned out to be a pretty boring movie. You would think that Nicholas Cage is an earthbound angel who falls in love would be a recipe for a weird but fun movie. It was not even wacky and strange like a lot of so bad that they are good Nicholas Cage movies. It kind of once again proved that Nicholas Cage is at his worst when he is playing a romantic lead instead of a weirdo. However, it does have an absolutely great soundtrack full of bangers. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Goo Goo Dolls, Alanis Morisette, and Frank Sinatra are all excellent. Sarah MacLachlan, Peter Gabriel, and U2 are not as good but still alright. An absolutely forgettable movie that spawned a great soundtrack that it never deserved.

9 – A film you hate that everyone else liked

I just never really liked A Christmas Story. I have only recently started to like Christmas movies again period but this one was particularly dismal. Everybody seems to go crazy over this movie every holiday season but I never got it. First, the movie has no coherent plot. It is instead a collection of meandering stories that really do not amount to much. The whole movie feels depressing to me. It follows a family that does not really seem to like each other as they try to get through the holidays. Many of the stories have little to no effect on the rest of the movie and are forgotten as soon as they are done. The pacing is off because the movie is constantly narrated and cuts away to the main character’s fantasies. The narration is often unnecessary as it explains things and character motivation seconds before the movie shows what the narration just said. It is not a happy movie to watch during the holidays or any other time. People seem to love it but it is definitely not my cup of tea.

10 – Your favorite superhero film

This is a really tough one. This is my favorite genre currently and I have not watched a lot of superhero movies that I did not like. I particularly like the Marvel Cinematic Universe as anybody who has read this blog can attest to. However, I think I am going to have to go with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. The movie came out of left field to create a beautiful and nuanced superhero origin story. Miles Morales was a really great innovation on the Spider-Man mythos in the comic books and the character is infused with both Latino and Black culture. This movie did not shy away from that. Miles is an instantly likable character and his journey to become Spider-Man is beautiful. It is also extremely accessible as I have talked to many who are not exactly superhero fans who fell in love with the movie. The animation is some of the most fluid and beautiful that I have seen. They also managed to bring in Spider-Gwen (aka Ghost Spider) and make her not just “the girl”. She is strong, competent but a full character. There is also one of my favorite versions of Peter Parker in the over the hill, dad Spidey who has been around the block. The movie is just so good.

11 – A film you like from your least favorite genre

I do not dismiss any genre offhand but I think the genre that I watch the least is the Romantic Comedy. I think I am still going to go with Trainwreck. Written by and starring Amy Schumer, it is a very real and dark version of a romantic comedy. A lot of romantic comedies follow two horrible people who try to trick each other into a relationship or try to destroy each other. In this, they lean into it by making Schumer’s character into a horrible person and have her truly seek to change. Additionally, she is joined by the genius Bill Hader who is also a somewhat flawed character. The movie includes an honest character arc that is not finished over the course of a day or two but instead goes on for a much longer period. It also confronts alcoholism and more deep-seated emotional problems than most romantic comedies. On top of that, it has Brie Larson in an excellent role. It also has actual comedy which is surprising since it is directed by Judd Apatow. It is not an easy movie to watch but it was so rewarding.

12 – A film that you hate from your favorite genre

That’s a tough one but I think I’ll go with Justice League because it was the culmination of a long project built on rotten foundations. I loathed Man of Steel because it took a potentially interesting character and wasted them. It made me actively like Superman less. This is why I never watched Batman v. Superman which apparently managed to screw up Batman and Lex Luthor. I knew for sure that was true after watching Justice League. It was not a matter of accuracy for me. I grew up with these legendary characters so I have seen so many iterations and versions of them. The problem was that the writing and direction sucked all of the life out of them. They were all assholes but not likable assholes. The attempts at comedy were either cliche or just too colorless. The dialogue is just awkward and clunky. There are a ton of plot lines that just end without being resolved. It poisoned the well to the point where I definitely did not want to see Aquaman after experiencing him in that movie. I am wary of anything that DC produces from here on out. (Birds of Prey rocked, though). Hopefully they change their plan and actually try to make good standalone movies. Now that Snyder is out, they may be able to find better and more diverse directors and writers.

Media Update 2/28/19

February 28, 2019


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

I have been a big fan of Spider-Man comics since I was little. The idea that anybody could be under that mask was an important thought even at a young age. When Marvel kind of ruined Peter Parker with the One More Day storyline, I was excited when they created first Miles Morales and then Spider-Gwen. Both are fresh new takes on Spider-Man while staying true to the basic principles of the mythos. The movie is mostly an exploration of Mile Morales, the young Brooklyn boy with both Latino and Black heritage. He struggles with going to a private school when he really connects to the street culture he grew up in. When he gains powers, he struggles with yet another burden. The movie explores his relationship with his family (mostly his Dad and his Uncle) and how each person we are raised by effects who we are. The Peter Parker in the movie is the best version which is the one with the dad bod who has seen just about everything. Gwen Stacy (aka Spider-Woman) is as much fun as she was in the comics. We also get appearances from Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, and Peni Parker. A lot of praise has to be given to newcomer Shameik Moore who had to literally introduce himself at the Academy Awards. Except I already knew him from The Get Down. The rest of the cast was superb but he had so much heart that it would be difficult not to fall in love with the character. The movie is funny as well and includes quite a few easter eggs and references for comic book fans. I wholeheartedly recommend this.


Umbrella Academy

I am a sucker for retro “mystery man” type of superhero stories. This is about a team of young superheroes who have grown up into dysfunctional adults. They all have problems stemming from being both crimefighters and famous as children. The show is also full of a lot of weirdness. Besides masked hitmen, time travel shenanigans, talking to the dead, and otherworldly creatures, there are plenty of other weird things going on. Some of it is funny and some of it is tragic but it is all entertaining. The grown-up kids are played by Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castaneda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, and Aidan Gallagher. There are also great performances from Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, and Adam Godley. The show is wonderfully strange and I never know where the plot is going to go. I recommend it a lot.


Astroboy

I never really watched the anime but I always saw pictures from it in magazines and online. When I was looking for a movie to complete this week, I was originally gunning for Battle Angel Alita but I did not get out to the theater to see it yet. Then I realized that I had not seen this movie yet and it definitely formed a good theme. This was a surprisingly good movie. The movie follows a little robot boy who goes on a quest that involves robot rights and economic disparity. I really liked the world building of the movie. They created two very different worlds that still worked together well. I also really liked the art design and especially the character designs. It also has great voices from Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Samuel L. Jackson, and Eugene Levy. They all played characters that were instantly clear, fully formed, and entertaining. I especially loved Freddie Highmore (Astroboy) and Kristen Bell (Cora). Although, it should come as no surprise that I adored Kristen Bell once again. The movie was pretty deep and endearing for what looked like a throwaway PG animated movie. I recommend it.

Music of the Week:
While She Sleeps – ELEPHANT

Cardi B & Bruno Mars – Please Me

Jennifer Hudson – I’ll Fight

Alex Lahey – Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

Blackbriar – Arms of the Ocean

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Young Heroes”
– I finished The Punisher Season 2
– I finished Wynonna Earp Season 2
– I watched more Lucifer Season 3
– I watched more Fate/Apocrypha Season 2
– I watched more Carmen Sandiego Season 1
– I watched more The Seven Deadly Sins Season 3
– I watched more Russian Doll Season 1


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