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Media Update 3/8/18

March 8, 2018

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

I was not really planning on watching this show and when I decided to watch it, I expected to let it play in the background while I did other things. I had never watched The Soup and I was instead familiar with Joel McHale from Community mostly. McHale has a fun arrogant charm in his delivery that ends up making as much fun of him as his targets. The show is a continuation of The Soup as it makes fun of media on a week to week schedule. It mainly targets reality television (McHale seems to have sworn an oath of enmity against The Bachelor) but there are plenty of other clips he makes fun of. He pokes fun at his new bosses (Netflix), soap operas from around the world, daytime television, and even pro-wrestling. He plays clips which he comments on but he also does plenty of lighthearted skits with cameos from the kind of celebrities who don’t take themselves too seriously. (Kristen Bell!) The show is light humor and a nice break from a lot of the more political humor that I watch elsewhere. I am eagerly awaiting the next episode after shotgunning the first three. I definitely recommend it for the surreal skits mixed with crazy TV clips.

Other Space

I got really curious about Paul Feig after watching him make cameos on the Joel McHale show. I decided to look up some of his other television shows since I have not been overjoyed over his movies so far. And so it was that I stumbled upon this show he made that probably very few people watched because it is only on Yahoo Screens. The show is about a crew who accidentally get transported to another universe that is unexplored. In a way, it is kind of a parody of Star Trek Voyager combined with The Office. It focuses on a small group of characters who are trapped on a ship and thrown together in different situations and forced to interact. The ship is captained by a character played by Karan Soni who most moviegoers may know as Dopinder from Deadpool. His weak-willed but kind character is in charge of a group of misfits and tries his best. He is backed by his abrasive and by-the-book sister played by Bess Rous. The ship’s navigator is Milana Vayntrub, probably most known for her AT&T commercials. The ship’s computer is basically a flighty model (played by Conor Leslie), more interested in people liking her than doing her job. The crew is rounded out by the comedy talents of Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, and Neil Casey. It is a really quirky, offbeat show that was canceled quickly but I recommend it.

Freaks and Geeks

I had heard a lot about how great this show is and how sad that it was canceled after one season. It started the careers of a lot of people who would go on to become very famous. This is a union of two of the most popular current Hollywood directors. Paul Feig (the reason for the season this week) was the writer and creator of the show. He obviously went on to create other TV shows but also hit movies like Bridesmaids, The Heat, and the Ghostbusters remake. Judd Apatow was the executive producer on the show and directed a few episodes and he went on to do all the stuff you already know about. The show is largely about two kids growing up in 1980. The first is played by Linda Cardellini and she is a high schooler who is tired of being a good girl and starts hanging out with the resident high school burnouts (Freaks). The other major character is her brother played by John Francis Daley who is a nerdy kid just trying to survive freshman year in high school and maybe get a date with his crush (Geeks). Each of their plots intersects in each episode since they live in the same house and go to the same school. The Freaks are played by James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel. The rest of the Geeks are played by Martin Starr and Samm Levine. The show is really fun and the dialogue and the characters are believable. They capture the ridiculousness and the ennui of high school but also the bond between school friends. I will definitely be watching more of this and I recommend it.

Music of the Week:
Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You

Red Handed Denial – Trespasser

Yours Truly – High Hopes

CL – The Baddest Female

She & Him – In The Sun

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Paul Feig Television”
– I finished Criminal Minds Season 11
– I watched more Peaky Blinders Season 1
– I continued watching Black Lightning Season 1
– I started watching iZombie Season 4
– I started watching Schitt’s Creek Season 3
– I watched Game Grumps, Barry Kramer, LordMinion777, KittyKat Gaming, and Critical Role on YouTube.
– I think I will eventually have to give Bridesmaids and The Heat a shot.

Media Update 2/8/18

February 8, 2018

Mad Men

I let the craze for this show pass me by. I don’t watch a lot of live television and I do not own any DVR device so the shows I watch are limited. In fact, I just cut the cord and I am without cable and feeling fine. Once again, Netflix has my back and delivers a lot of the shows and movies that I missed. (Not sponsored) Jon Hamm is a heck of a charismatic actor, of course, and I had heard so much about how real this show is. Readers of this blog know that I have been enjoying a lot of period shows lately but this is a different animal. This show is about advertising workers on Madison Avenue (hence “Mad” Men) trying to climb the ladder or hold on to the ladder. It is also about the women in the business (mostly in the secretarial pool) who have a much more brutal path to survival. It is the sixties. Everybody drinks and smokes, everybody wears a suit or a dress. Everybody is also hiding something or working a secret angle to get either what they deserve or what they should have never had. So far, there are no heroes. There are no good people to root for as everybody comes across as cynical and sinister but we shall see how that shakes out. I recommend this one but know that it is a pretty dark show.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

I remember watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation without knowing exactly what “National Lampoon” was. Because I did not know, it was just something my eyes slid over whenever I encountered it after that. When I heard interviews with guys like Conan O’Brien and other Simpsons writers, I had heard of the Harvard Lampoon but never connected the dots. This movie is the story about how two former editors of the Harvard Lampoon (a comedy publication at Harvard) created a national version. It was a mix of clever humor and extremely crass humor and it eventually employed most of the first staff and cast of Saturday Night Live (who had to tone it down a bit for television). Primarily, the movie is about Doug Kenney who seemed to be the driving force and the heart of the magazine. He was a man who thought the world was one big joke and it led him to high highs and low lows. He had a brief life and he created a magazine and two movies (Animal House, Caddyshack) that helped change the face of comedy. The movie includes many of the funniest people of the current era of comedy playing a lot of the funniest people of the seventies. Will Forte plays Doug Kenney and he portrayed why Kenney was both so likable and so frustrating to those around him. I recommend this as it was a funny and sweet movie.

American Made

I have liked pretty much everything I have seen Tom Cruise in. His personal eccentricities aside, he is a highly charismatic actor. He also has seen the writing on the wall and has started to take roles aside from action again because he knows he’s getting older and maybe he got bored of those sorts of roles. This movie is a comedy/ drama about a pilot who gets caught up with the CIA, the Contras, and Pablo Escobar in the middle of the eighties. He is just a regular joe who tries to navigate difficult political waters to make a living for his family while also trying to actually survive. This is a great look at the dumb and dangerous sorts of things that were happening under Reagan. Heck, they could still be happening for all I know. Tom Cruise plays Barry Seal, a TWA pilot who gets bored and jumps at a dangerous new career. Domnhall Gleeson plays his CIA contact and shows that the CIA are not the mysterious, cool guys that are usually depicted in movies. I also really loved Sarah Wright as Seal’s wife who will do whatever it takes to keep her family together through a very tumultuous period. I definitely recommend this one as it was a lot of fun and did not go exactly where I expected.

Music of the Week:
Marilyn Manson – KILL4ME

Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still


Toots & The Maytals – Premature

LCD Soundsystem- Daft Punk Is Playing At My House

Weekly Updates:
– This week’s theme is “Outrageous Behavior”
– I continued watching Glitter Force Doki Doki Season 1
– I continued watching Gurren Lagann
– I continued watching Little Witch Academia Season 2
– I continued watching Peaky Blinders Season 1
– I continued watching K Season 1
– I am so hyped for Black Panther

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