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Media Update 5/30/19

May 30, 2019


John Wick 3: Parabellum

The John Wick series caught me off guard when it first came out and I was instantly enamored of it. I have been a Keanu Reeves fan since Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and he has only gotten better with age. The John Wick franchise is the best of both worlds when it comes to action movies. If you want to tune out and watch awesomely spectacular action scenes then this movie accommodates you. If you want a whole world and tons of lore that you can explore and read deeply into, this movie is also for you. I have seen both reactions based on what that person chose to see in the movie. I am a huge fan of both sides of the coin. The fight scenes in this movie continue to be innovative and surprising. The movie is full of them. There are excellent martial arts scenes and there are gunplay scenes that are absolutely insane. Also, the movie dives into a hidden world behind our own. Each movie continues to peel away layers and there are still new layers underneath. Keanu Reeves is so good. This feels like the role that he has evolved to fit in perfectly. The movie also has an all-star cast each at the top of their game including Ian McShane, Halle Berry, Lawrence Fishburne, Lance Reddick, and Anjelica Huston. I am looking forward to what further sequels will yield as the next movie is already scheduled. I definitely recommend it.


Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile

A few months ago, I watched the latest documentary on Ted Bundy and I was fascinated since it was not something I lived through. At the time, Netflix was advertising a controversial movie (this movie) which would dramatize parts of the Ted Bundy story. The main complaint was that they cast Zac Effron as Ted Bundy and Effron is a well known hunky and adorable actor. I felt like people were missing the point. The insidious part of the Bundy story was that he was so handsome and charismatic that people dismissed red flags and let him kill way longer than a less attractive person would have gotten away with. This movie focused on Ted Bundy and the woman who fell in love with him. As women were turning up dead, Ted Bundy was dating and then became engaged to a woman who already had a daughter. Elizabeth Kloepfer (in the movie they used her pseudonym of Liz Kendall) stuck by Bundy even after he was accused (and after she reported him the police as a possible suspect several times). In the movie, they play all the big moments of the story and it is hard not sympathize with Liz as she tries to navigate a relationship as her world keeps crashing down. Part of that is how well Lily Collins portrays a fragile and complex character based on a real complex person. Zac Effron is amazing and unnerving as Bundy, acting like a smiling shark. The movie also follows him trying to use his time in law school to work on his own cases and appeals. It is a fascinating movie that encapsulates the weird position that Elizabeth found herself in during an entirely weird and terrifying case.


Highlander: The Raven

The Highlander series is so strange. It has a long history of disjointed sequels to a pretty good fantasy movie. At some point, they sort of rebooted everything by creating a television series that I remember watching a bit of. In the late nineties, this show was created as a spinoff. The premise of the show is that an immortal thief named Amanda has led a long life of crime and adventure. Now she is bored with it all and seeks atonement by helping to solve crimes. Coincidentally enough, most of the crimes involve immortals somehow. Still, I found the concepts interesting. At least they did not introduce the concept of immortality and then forget it. Each immortal has spent their infinite life differently but each seems stuck in a loop, a sort of limbo. It is an interesting contrast to Amanda’s search for change and meaning. Still, Elizabeth Gracen does a great job with the character. Paul Johannson plays an ex-cop that works with Amanda to solve crimes. He is alright but, as you might see in the trailer, he is kind of bland. The show is late nineties as heck and feels kind of like the production values of shows like the original Charmed. I liked it well enough but I do not really recommend it. It also only went one season because the stars hated each other and nobody watched.

Music of the Week:
Interpol – Evil

Czarface X Ghostface Killah – Mongolian Beef

Lord Of The Lost – Loreley

Ava Max – Sweet but Psycho

Don Broco – Greatness

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Killers”
– I watched more Supernatural Season 14
– I watched more Star Trek: Voyager Season 2
– I watched more Ash vs. The Evil Dead Season 3
– I watched more Tuca and Bertie Season 1
– I started watching Game of Thrones Season 2
– I started watching Arrow Season 7
– I started watching Riverdale Season 3
– I started watching The Flash Season 5

Media Update 10/8/2015

October 8, 2015

Scream Queens

Things are kind of a mixed bag when it comes to series created by Ryan Murphy. I actually liked Glee for the first season and a half. I liked the first few episodes of each season of American Horror Story until I lost interest and walked off. I didn’t know what to expect from this one. The title comes from a phrase that Wes Craven seemed to invent in the movie Scream and I’ve only heard it applied to Jamie Lee Curtis who shows up on he show. I guess you could apply the term to people like Janet Leigh and Heather Langenkamp but I can’t think of anybody else. I definitely wasn’t expecting the show to be pretty funny. I was expecting the show to be darkly humorous and scary but it’s not scary at all unless you count the occasional telegraphed jump scare. I found that I don’t care if it’s scary or not. I’m willing to give it a shot for the dark humor and the cartoon violence. The best part is that like Glee I’ve grown to hate all the characters but unlike Glee, they’re all going to die anyway. Check it out if you’re in a Halloween mood.

 


Hotel Transylvania

I wanted to give this one a fair shake because I know I have a bias against Adam Sandler because he is a horrible actor/director/producer/whatever. He was briefly funny in the nineties but looking back he wasn’t really that funny. His movies have grown dumber and more mean-spirited as has anything that has come from his production company. Still, I heard that this was the exception so I felt like it was worth a shot. Besides, the concept appealed to me. The first thing I noticed is how fluid the animation is and how interesting the character models are. I also like the story being told from the monster’s perspective even if that’s been done before (see Aaah Real Monsters, Nightmare Before Christmas, etc.) Of course it should be pretty decent as it was directed by Genndy Tartakovksy who was involved in like half of my childhood. Overall it was a prettty cute movie that had some good laughs in it. Everybody did a good job and besides a few dull moments it was a good movie. I’m glad I gave it a shot.

 


John Wick

I think Keanu Reeve gets too much of a bad rap from people. Maybe it’s because he has a distinctive acting style he almost always uses (which doesn’t hurt Bruce Willis or Christopher Walken). I think it is probably because he was pushed too hard on the public and the market was oversaturated with Keanu. Whatever the case may be, I decided to check out his “comeback” film because people raved that it was “actually good!” I liked him in the Matrix movies (even if they were poorly written), Constantine and The Devil’s Advocate. John Wick is pretty good. It’s a revenge film so a lot of it is Keanu rampaging through bad guys. The action scenes kind of remind me of Shoot ‘Em Up mixed with Taken but that’s not a bad thing. The movie moves along at a good pace once it gets started and there’s definitely some subtle humor at work. The only real problems I have with the movie is that there’s an overly artsy opening and that everybody talks so softly. Other than that, it’s worth watching once it kicks into gear.

 

Awesome Links:

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Markiplier – A Touching Return
Immortal – All Shall Fall

 

Updates:

– Four Halloween reviews posted, twelve to go.
– I’m liking Bones season 10 so far
– Supernatural Season 10 has dropped on Netflix!
– There’s a billion movies in theaters that I want to see this weekend
– Dean Winters is an underrated actor
– Another season of Rick and Morty is done. I am sad.


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