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Media Update 11/10/2016

November 10, 2016


I had seen ads for this show when I first got into Once Upon a Time and since they were both on ABC I mistakenly thought they were connected further. I never watched it while it was on television and that seems to have been a trend because it was canceled after two seasons. What attracted me to it when I saw it show up on Netflix is Timothy Odmundson of Psych and Supernatural fame. While he may not be a big star to you, he is an actor that I am always glad to see. The show is a musical adventure following a knight down on his luck and trying to regain his former glory and take out the king who stole his lady love away. Every episode is a mini-musical with plenty of comedy and the lyrics kind of stray into the adult territory. The show definitely does not take itself seriously and while it seems dumb a lot of the time, it is very charming. Legendary composer Alan Menken does all of the music and Tangled lyricist Glenn Slater does all of the lyrics. The songs are all great and the choreography is often simple but really fun. The strength of the show is Omundson as weak-willed King Richard but we also get a brilliant Mallory Jansen as Madalena, Galavant’s now ex-girlfriend. The rest of the cast is absolutely on point and we actually get a great performance out of Vinnie Jones and a guest spot from Weird Al. I definitely recommend this and so do the critics since both seasons got 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again

I know that this movie was walking on some sacred ground for a lot of people. While I was not part of the initial craze (I was too young), I definitely picked this movie up later in life. I own the movie on DVD but it is obviously not the same experience as seeing it in theaters. There is no way that this movie could ever live up to the original experience of seeing the original movie with its iconic performances and otherworldly weirdness. Frankly, these days we have become much more accepting of LGBTQ issues and there is no way this movie could shock and delight like the original. Of course, this was created as a television event to pay tribute to the original and that was so clear while watching this. For instance, they added a framing device of the movie being shown at a theater in the style of the famous midnight showings. There are so many little winks and nods to the original series that I could not help but smile a bit at the homage. I really liked the new performances at least from a vocal performance point of view. Beyond the singing, the performances are more like a high school performance of Rocky Horror but whatever. Of course, most people praise Laverne Cox’ performance and rightfully so. She is absolutely electric. Overall, it is a little too sanitized and too slick but I still found it fun. The only thing they improved from the original is that the cast is more diverse. I recommend it for those looking for a fun little movie but are alright with a little remake.


This is one of those movies that I had not seen but I feel like I knew what it was about. The widely known premise seemed strange to me. A town that outlaws dancing sounds more like a fairytale than a famous movie from the 1980s. I have been curious to actually watch it since it was mentioned heavily in Guardians of the Galaxy. I had only seen the one big famous solo Kevin Bacon scene. The movie is weird because immediately the town that Kevin Bacon has moved is full of assholes. I hesitated to use that word but that is what they are. The adults are all very pissy about music and anything rebellious or different being shunned. The kids are very brazen about indulging in everything that their parents have banned. They make a big deal of comparing Kevin Bacon to David Bowie and I have to admit he has the hair and the build down if not the spectacular voice. Of course, the highlight of the movie is the music. There are some great eighties standards but there was surprisingly a little bit of metal. None of the characters except for Kevin Bacon and Chris Penn are likable. John Lithgow is not supposed to be likable and he is a very welcome break from the teen drama.  I would not recommend it and you should just listen to the soundtrack.

Music of the Week:
Die Antwoord – Banana Brains

Kurtis Blow – America

Korn – A Different World

Kehlani – CRZY

Garth Brooks and George Jones – Beer Run

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “The Power of Music”
– I started watching Lucifer Season 2
– I started watching Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 2
– I continued watching Once Upon a Time Season 6
– I started Dark Matter Season 2
– I continued watching The Get Down

Media Update 8/25/2016

August 25, 2016

The Nice Guys

As I stated in past editions, I have wanted to see this since I saw the first trailer. Early reports from friends said that the movie was great and that everyone should see it. I never lived through the seventies so it only lives for me in social studies textbooks, movies and stories from my parents and friends who were there. This makes it (and several other iconic eras) kind of magical to me because they are largely fictional and exciting. Buddy detective films are a great formula as well. I mean, the lone detective is good but you get a lot more actual dialogue when two characters are on the case. So we get a Russel Crowe who (surprise surprise) is able to beat people up but is uncharacteristically sheepish. Ryan Gosling is a deadbeat private detective with a heart of gold but hilariously bad habits. What trailers will not tell you is that Gosling’s character has a daughter played by Angourie Rice who steals the show several times in the movie in the best ways. One thing that I should say is that the trailer presents the film as being much more high energy than it is. While it has a lot of awesome action scenes, there is a lot of actual detective work as well. This is actually better because there is more room for comedy and a great story to go with great characters. I definitely recommend it.


The Following

My dad recommended this to me a long time ago but that was when this show was only on network television. There is always a ton of things to watch and since I do not have a DVR, I tend to gravitate towards things that are On Demand or on Netflix. Recently as I was working on my homework for Accounting 101, I wanted something new to binge while I worked on all of the math. The Gods of Netflix provided for me and several seasons of The Following were available. I am angry at myself for not watching this earlier. I thought about saving this entry for Halloween but I have already watched a season and a half.  I kind of feel bad waiting until October. The show follows a Detective dealing with a cult created by a notorious serial killer. In a lot of ways, it is a lot like how the FBI would deal with The Joker if there was no Batman. In fact, the villain is almost like The Joker mixed with The Riddler. There is also a lot of Edgar Allen Poe imagery and allusions which always makes me happy. Kevin Bacon is fantastic as the detective with a vendetta.


The Usual Suspects

I am way late to this one. Unfortunately, quite a bit of the meat of it was spoiled for me a long time ago in the same way that the Sixth Sense is spoiled for people now. It is completely my fault, I should have seen the movie way earlier because it comes highly recommended. I am pretty sure that all of my friends back in high school saw this one. Hell, I am sure they all saw it in Middle School. This was made during the period where it felt like Kevin Spacey was in everything. Kevin Spacey will always be good in stuff even if he is playing Lex Luthor. Stephen Baldwin is in it at the height of the heyday of the Baldwin Dynasty. Benicio Del Toro was great as well. We also get a great appearance from Kevin Pollak who is great at playing a prick. There is even a great cameo from Clark Gregg. It was directed by a younger Bryan Singer long before he did stuff like the X-Men franchise. A lot of the movie really felt like a Tabletop RPG campaign. Each of the characters had a specialty and different connections and knowledge. It had the feel of instant togetherness even without working together long. I recommend the movie if you are one of the few who have not seen it and especially if it has not been spoiled for you.

Music of the Week:
Descendents – I’m the One

Punchnello – Birthday

The Used – All That I’ve Got

The Growlers – Someday

Kate Bush – Babooshka


Weekly Updates:
– I’m into Season 4 of Person of Interest now
– I watched a lot of The Following. A lot.
– I continued to watch Dark Matter and it just gets better and better
– I watched some Criminal Minds with Mark Hamill in it
– I picked Castle back up
– This week’s theme is “Detective Work”

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