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Media Update 6/7/18

June 7, 2018


Deadpool 2

I have been looking forward to this movie since the credits were rolling on the first Deadpool. The first one was just so much of what a Deadpool movie should be with the self-awareness, hyper-violence, and comedy. They stayed true enough to the source material (at least from what I’ve read). The second movie was more of the same which is exactly what I wanted. They had a bigger budget so they were able to add a few more characters. However, the movie still messed with your expectations and they were masters of playing around with their trailers. I have always appreciated Ryan Reynolds’ sense of humor and he is at the top of his game in this one. As with most sequels, this one is better if you have seen the first one but why have you not seen the first one yet? Josh Brolin was a great Cable and a great straight man for Reynolds to play off of. Once again, the movie has some hidden heart to it as it explores how we treat people and the consequences of our actions. The movie was so funny and just plain fun. It made me look forward to what the Deadpool/X-Force/X-Men franchise might do in the future. I definitely recommend this one as I will probably give this one a rare second watch. (For those who don’t know, I have a loose policy of not watching things more than once as there is too much to watch out there.)


Sicario

So I really did not know anything about this one other than it had a high score on Rotten Tomatoes. After a little research, I realized that it starred Daniel Kaluuya, Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Victor Garber, and Josh Brolin (third movie in three weeks!). To me, it looked like every other military movie that all seem to blend together. I am not really a fan of the rah rah ‘Merica military movie because they creep me out (American Sniper for example). This is not that. This is a movie that shows how complicated the war on drugs can be and how our government can be tainted while trying to win a largely pointless war. The movie is full of tense scenes punctuated by great, largely realistic action scenes. It also covers some of the psychological effects of being in combat situations for so long and so often. Blunt is impressive as usual but she shares the main character role with a silent but intense Benicio Del Toro. While it is probably not an accurate depiction of the actual war on drugs, it definitely nailed my general feelings on the subject. Everybody is covered in shades of gray and nobody is innocent and there is far too much violence. It was a surprisingly good movie and I was hooked minutes in. I definitely recommend it.


Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell

After last week’s weird, harrowing journey through some crazy movies, I felt I had to watch something a little lighter to reset. Marvel animation has been on a pretty good roll. Their animated movies use a different continuity from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They lean into the cartoony nature of things without losing the sense of adventure in the live action movies. This movie teams up The Hulk, Doctor Strange, and the modern incarnation of the Howling Commandos. For those who don’t know (because I didn’t), the Howling Commandos are a SHIELD-sponsored group of monsters. In this case, it included Warwolf, Vampire by Night, Zombie Jasper Sitwell, and Man-Thing. The big selling point for me is that Doctor Strange is voiced by accomplished voice actor Liam O’Brien (of Critical Role fame). Also, Doctor Strange has recently become a Marvel character I am interested in and I have always been into the Hulk. This one deals with dreams, nightmares, and Hulk’s duality so we get a lot of both Hulk and Banner in a more meaningful way. This includes the two of them actually interacting. While this short movie is nothing to write home about, this was a solid story with some solid voice work. I recommend it if you want to watch a good comic book story.

Music of the Week:
Pay Homage – Windchill

Yungtown & Garrett Williamson – I Will Make It

Parquet Courts – Wide Awake

Fugazi – Waiting Room

Pantera – 5 Minutes Alone

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”
– I started watching Supernatural Season 13
– I started watching The Flash Season 4
– I started watching Arrow Season 6
– I watched more Gurren Lagann
– I watched more Glitter Force Doki Doki Season 1
– I watched more Barry Kramer on YouTube
– I finished iZombie Season 4
– I started the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4
– I finished Season 3 of Better Call Saul

Media Update 7/14/2016

July 14, 2016


Hail, Caesar!

I had been looking forward to this movie as I am slowly working my way through The Coen Brothers’ collection of films. I have yet to see a movie they made which was bad and pretty much all of them are beyond excellent. Some of my top favorite movies were written and directed by the Coen Brothers. This film takes us back to the almost mythic studio system in the 1950s. It was during this period that a lot of great movies were made, some of them now forgotten in the sheer volume that Hollywood puts out. You had a lot of post-war musicals like Singin in the Rain, huge period epics like Ben-Hur, quiet parlor films like Pride and Prejudice, cowboy films like Lone Star and all sorts of niche films you would not see today. It is definitely a very revered period of time but it was definitely not perfect. That is one of the points of this movie. The Coen Brothers were very young during the fifties and now they want to take the piss out of that period a little bit. We need that sometimes. I think that we need our legends to be reduced to everyday heroes so that they are a little more attainable and inspiring. Anyway, this movie follows a day in the life of a fixer for a Hollywood studio as he tries to keep the ship afloat and sailing for another day. It shows the very real tensions and issues that were present in the entertainment industry that we can read about today. However, as dark as the movie could have gotten, the Coen Brothers and their all-star cast manage to make the story funny and easy to swallow. Josh Brolin, in particular, did an amazing job as a Hollywood fixer trapped in his own personal film noir story. I definitely recommend this as it was excellent.


Ed Wood

Tim Burton is fueled at least partly by quirkiness and strangeness. He thrives on the juxtaposition of the normal with the weird and that could also describe filmmaker Ed Wood. Wood was not a great artist but he had some sort of vision that he awkwardly fumbled to the masses in now legendary movies. His films are full of continuity errors, production flaws, bad acting, cross-dressing, stock footage and strangely memorable moments. While I have no praise to offer for Ed Wood, I will say he was dedicated and worked hard. The action in this movie is disjointed and exaggerated. It is similar to the above film but it is even more alien, reflecting the strangeness of both the subject and Tim Burton’s style. The whole thing is in black and white to compliment both the fifties setting and most of Ed Wood’s movies. A lot of the comedy comes from the alien behavior of Johnny Depp as Ed Wood dealing with more down to Earth characters. The weird characters he surrounded himself in life are portrayed by people like Bill Murray, Martin Landau and Jeffery Jones. The weirdest is always Ed Wood and underneath the can-do moxie and confident tone it feels like there is also a desperation to be heard and accepted. The movie is funny, interesting and sometimes a little sad but it did not fail to entertain at any point. I recommend this especially for fans of horrible classic cinema.

 


Roman Holiday

Last this week, we have a movie actually filmed and released in the fifties. I had heard about this movie a while back but never really intended to watch it. I have a huge list of things to watch and that list shifts and moves as things catch my attention. Watching Hail Caesar made me want to watch a movie from that era that I had not seen before as I have seen quite a few. Lo and behold, Netflix provided as it always does and Roman Holiday popped up and I realized I had no information on it beyond the title. A title I had actually first seen while reading Batman: The Long Halloween. That made me even more interested. The movie is about a princess who is fed up with her seemingly interchangeable days of spouting policy and meeting dignitaries. She runs away and meets a tabloid reporter who smells a story and that is just where the fun begins. The movie does not have much in the way of plot. There are not many twists and turns but there is a lot of great character work and a lot of scenes of two or three characters just talking. The two main characters, played by Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, are just oozing with charisma. I believed everything they said and I was not expecting to be as moved by the movie as I was. It is not very funny or very sad but it is a surprisingly pleasant ride. It looks at depression, finding your life direction, romance and journalism and it does it all without hitting you over the head with it. In addition, the backdrop is the beauty of Rome. If you are a fan of classic cinema, please check this one out.

Music of the Week:
Skarr-Akbar – Circle Of Success
Wild Belle – Giving Up On You
Oscar Benton – Woolly Boolly Boogie
Lea Delaria – Welcome to My Party
Mindless Self Indulgence – Shut me up

 

Weekly Updates:
– This week’s theme “Movies set in the Fifties”
– I watched a ton more Person of Interest and I love it
– I finished Series 2 of The IT Crowd and it gets way better
– The Seven Deadly Sins continues to be great
– I watched a ton of JackSepticEye, Commander Holly and Game Grumps
– Ninja Sex Party is working on another cover album!
– I want to watch Preacher.  I need to watch it before it is spoiled
– The holiday is finally over so maybe I can watch more stuff


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