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Media Update 9/2/21

September 1, 2021

Summer of ’84

This had been on my list for a while and I was happy to finally get to it. This is a great character study movie that feels a lot like Stephen King. There are a lot of clichés but they feel like such good clichés. This is billed as horror but it is more of a mystery/suspense movie that tackles what it is like to be a kid in the middle of summer in the suburbs. Graham Verchere really carries the movie as the lead kid, a conspiracy theory hobbyist who has a good heart. Judah Lewis, Cory Gruter-Andrew, and especially Caleb Emery are great as his best friends. Their friendship feels like a mix of Sandlot, Stand By Me, and IT. Rich Sommer plays a very compelling and intense cop character. Tiera Skovbye plays the playful girl next door really well. The movie is very interesting and well-paced from beginning to end. I recommend this movie.

Head Count

I really gave this movie a chance but I ended up turning it off before it finished. Billed by some as a combination of The Thing and It Follows, it ended up being more of the latter but lesser in general. The movie attempted a slow burn but it felt like nothing was happening. In addition, the writing for all of the characters forgot to make them actual characters so I found them a bit boring and two-dimensional. There were some good bits of suspense. I saw a lot of comments online about how the director Elle Callahan could do great with better material but she was a writer on the movie too so I’m not sure. Some of the cinematography is pretty, though. I do not recommend this movie.

Piranha 2: The Spawning

When I found out through Atomic Trivia that this was technically James Cameron’s first directing experience. He was fired after only a few weeks and was paid so little that he ended up seeing a hallucination from malnutrition that inspired Terminator. The movie is low-budget and largely helmed by Europeans who never did much else and it had to be distributed through a porn company. Still, I had fun watching this very silly movie. The special effects are laughably bad and a lot of the acting is cartoony as heck but it made me laugh. The movie is a straight rip off of Jaws but it was hard to be too mad at it. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

G.bit – WTF

MC Abdul – Shouting At The Wall

WILD RED – ONSET

Gawr Gura – REFLECT

Mashup of the Week:

Jeff Kealy – Baby One More King Without a Crown

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “One Last Bit of Summer”
I started watching Titans Season 2
I finished watching Doom Patrol Season 2
I finished watching The Flash Season 7
I watched Nail Bomber: Manhunt
I watched Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

Media Update 8/19/21

August 19, 2021

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OnstaMonsta

I became aware of who Onsta is through her guest spots on other Twitch streams. However, I actually met Onsta briefly at MagFest when she handed me some of her art for free at a signing for Barry Kramer. The moment was extremely fleeting but I admired her art from the moment I first saw it. I was sold on her as a streamer when she told a story about her reaction to Disney movies as a kid. She was frustrated by all of the happy white people. Onsta does play games but she is an artist first and foremost. There are two main things that I love about her. One, she is so positive and so willing to go along with the joke. Two, she is incredibly chaotic and weird and I love that. Onsta streams regularly as a VTuber and is absolutely delightful. I recommend her stream.

https://www.twitch.tv/rinadecoro/clip/ExpensiveYawningMallardSmoocherZ-ZqVClfAcqO-C4GO

RinaDeCoro

I similarly got to know Rina through Barry Kramer’s streams. Rina was the Twitch staff member who hung around Barry’s streams before starting to stream herself. I got into her more when she became a VTuber. She is absolutely delightful and is very good at making video games fun even when she is frustrated. She has been playing through a lot of Mario games which she plays under the guise of Bowsette. She also plays a lot of games with her girlfriend Spoot at her side. The two of them have even played a lot of Minecraft together which leads to hilarious meltdowns. She is very knowledgeable about video game and online culture and that really shows in her streams. I recommend her stream.

Scary Game Squad

This is actually a show on the YouTube channel belonging to Jesse Cox. However, it is the part of his channel that I watch the most. As the name implies, these are videos where gameplay and commentary of horror games are on display. Jesse Cox, Alex Faciane, Jirard Khalil, and Michael Davis. They are a group of friends who decided to play horror games because they were too scary to play alone. They have gone through a lot of games together while being terrified and razzing each other. They each have different personalities that shine through. Jesse tends to laugh a lot. Alex likes to stir the pot. Jirard tries to reason through things and tries to help with any exploration or collection tasks (he is known as The Completionist). Davis is a scaredy cat but becomes The Alpha when he is playing as a character with weapons. They are really fun to watch and their commentary on the games is always fascinating. I recommend this show.

Music of the Week:

Octave Cat – Koji

Orchards – Leave Us Here, We’re Fine

Kabul Dreams – Butcher Of The City

Kaidi Tatham – Insight to All Minds

Mashup of the Week:

Lewis Wake – Hello, Give Me Toxic Love Baby

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “YouTube and Twitch”
I watched more Batwoman Season 2
I watched more Titans Season 1
I watched more Doom Patrol Season 2
I finished Nancy Drew Season 2
I watched more The Flash Season 7
I started watching Charmed (2019) Season 2
I watched a lot of YouTube and Twitch

Media Update 8/12/21

August 12, 2021

The Suicide Squad

The 2011 film was disappointing even though it could have been good. When James Gunn departed (was kicked out of) Marvel and was snapped up to Direct this, I was excited. Apparently, Warner Brothers made the correct choice and gave Gunn plenty of creative freedom and he churned out a really great movie. The movie is part sequel and part reboot of the franchise. Gunn purposefully picked a lot of relatively unknown or C-tier DC villains for the movie and worked closely with comic writer John Ostrander (one of the creators of the Deadpool). The cast is absolutely mind-blowing. Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn and they had the good sense to continue her throughline from Birds of Prey. Idris Elba is a great foundation for the movie as Bloodsport with a great world weary but humorous portrayal. John Cena continues to wow me as a comedic actor and a great physical presence. Viola Davis is once again magnetic as Amanda Waller. Daniela Melchior has been rightly praised as the heart of the movie. I cannot recommend this movie enough.

Snake Eyes

I really enjoyed the two GI Joe movies (The Rise of Cobra and Retaliation) as they felt like big dumb action movies with plenty of comedy. The first one was even directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) and the second one was directed by John Chu (Crazy Rich Asians). This movie felt in the same vein as the other GI Joe movies but was even better. Henry Golding plays the lead and he has so much charisma that it is insane. He spends much of his time working with Andrew Koji who is great at being earnest and somewhat menacing. Haruka Abe plays a great nuanced character. The cast is really good and the story has a great slow burn story with brilliant action scenes. I really hope this movie leads to more GI Joe content because there is a lot of potential for stories to be mined from the franchise. I recommend this movie.

Doom: Annihilation

This was a pretty run of the mill action/science fantasy movie. As the movie itself points out, it is very much a ripoff of Alien but without the suspense and more action. A lot of relentless action. The gunplay is pretty neat but you are not given much chance to get to know any of the characters until well into the movie. Still, the movie does feel like a somewhat accurate adaptation of the world of Doom (but without Doomguy). The movie is interesting enough but not great. Amy Manson is the obvious standout of the film as the lead, a UAC marine leader. She is the most interesting character by far so it’s good that she is the lead. The rest of the characters are neat and have interesting stories but the movie does not dive very deeply into them or allow them to be too interesting. The monster design is pretty game accurate and interesting. I do not recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

King Garbage – Piper

Joji – Run

Rekcahdam – I’m Better Than You

Snapped Ankles – Rhythm Is Our Business

Mashup of the Week:

There I Ruined It – Hey-Lo

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Special Ops”
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more Forensic Files
I watched more SGDQ 2021
I finished watching Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes
I watched Fear Street 1978
I started to watch Batwoman Season 2

Media Update 7/22/21

July 22, 2021

Luca

I am always up for a Pixar movie and I was overjoyed to see another original property instead of a sequel. The sequels are not bad but when Pixar brings something brand new, it never fails. This is a story of sea monsters mingling with Italian port life. I immediately loved the character designs and humor. The movie’s core is made up of the interactions between the main characters played by Jacob Tremblay, Emma Berman, and Jack Dylan Grazer. As usual, Pixar’s writing does not create any character or element that is not used. Every character delivers. Special shoutout to Saverio Raimundo who plays an excellent villain. As usual, I laughed and I cried and I was sucked in for the entire running time. The movie really felt like Pixar’s salute to the works of Hayao Miyazaki. I recommend this movie.

Space Jam 2

The original Space Jam was quite a movie and although it is not seen as “good”, it was definitely enjoyable. I was skeptical when a sequel was announced. When I saw the first trailer, I was in. LeBron James as an actor is charming and fun and his energy is definitely infectious. Cedric Jones plays his son and is great as a young man struggling to find his way in the world. Don Cheadle is such a good insane villain and is always entertaining to watch. Of course, there are all of the classic Looney Tunes characters who are not only nostalgic but iconic. The story of the movie felt way more fleshed out than the original and I ended up liking this one better than the original. The humor was very meta but very Looney Tunes as well. I recommend this movie.

Gunpowder Milkshake

Of course, the title of this one intrigued me when it dropped on Netflix. When I saw the cast, I really wanted to check it out. This movie is about a young assassin who must protect a small child while surviving an onslaught of evil men. The movie stars Karen Gillan as the cold but funny killer. Lena Headey plays her assassin mother. Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, and Angela Bassett play some badass women. Paul Giamatti plays the same wisecracking, sarcastic guy he usually plays. I have to give kudos to child actor Chloe Coleman who does a great job playing a scared but excited little girl in the middle of chaos. The soundtrack is absolutely a list of bangers with mostly classic rock. The fight choreography is absolutely awesome with plenty of innovative sequences with a mix of gore, excitement, pathos, and comedy. It felt a bit like a lighter, female-led John Wick. I would love to see more like this. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Akintoye – Overload

DHÄRÄ – Yuri Gargantuan

SIMONE ISTWA – Kiss Everyone

Angel – Miedo

Mashup of the Week:

Doug Ferguson – Smoke Is On The Heart

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Teamwork”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more Forensic Files
I watched more SGDQ 2021
I watched more Nancy Drew Season 2
I started watching Doom Patrol Season 2

Media Update 7/15/21

July 15, 2021

Black Widow

This is a movie ten years in the making. That is when Scarlet Johannson first played the character of Natasha Romanoff. Since that time, people have been crying out for a Black Widow film as she was the only female superhero character in the franchise at the time. The crumbs that have been dropped since Avengers (2011), were very interesting and it made me want to see more of Natasha’s world. This movie is an origin movie without being an origin movie and it could not have been made ten years ago. Johannson has grown so much into the role and really made it hers with gravitas and comedy. Florence Pugh is a breath of fresh air to the franchise, just as funny and strong as Johannson and the perfect partner for her. David Harbour largely plays comic relief but he is really good at that. Rachel Weisz is so good at being just iconic and oh so interesting. The story is really good and confronts a lot of difficult emotions that the franchise had to earn through years of good storytelling. I recommend it completely.

Loki

Disney+ has been killing it with their Marvel shows so far. I never know what to expect and I am always more than pleased with the surprises that I find. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki continues to be a revelation of a character. He is written and acted so well that it is virtually impossible not to be entertained by him. I was surprised by how good Owen Wilson is in this considering how many bad movies he has been in but he does commit fully. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a great character. Look, I do not want to talk about this too much. One more, Sophia Di Martino is damn near perfect. Alright, that’s it. I recommend this show.

Tenet

I know that I do not fully understand this movie but I really enjoyed it. I feel like this movie is almost impossible to really spoil because it is more about the journey than any destination. Like Interstellar, it plays with concepts of time travel but in ways that reminded me more of Inception. This movie felt like a more finely honed version of the concepts explored in Inception and Interstellar and I enjoyed it more. John David Washington is a very strong lead character. He plays a combination of a suave secret agent and a fish out of water in such a seamless way. Elizabeth Debicki has such raw emotion in her performance that it was fascinating. Robert Pattinson completely and utterly won me over as a great actor so much that I want to seek out more non-Twilight stuff that he has done. Of course, Kenneth Branagh is superb as the villain. My mind was reeling throughout the movie but there were so many awesome moments from both a technical and storytelling perspective. I went in feeling that I might not like it but I recommend it now.

Music of the Week:

Jacob the Horse – 12 Miles

Stiff Richards – Got it to Go

Kenta Kofot – Kom Igen

Bus15 – Marta

Mashup of the Week:

Dilly Tante, Jiko Sama – Mona Lisa, Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time

Weekly Update
This week’s theme is “Looking into the Past for the Future”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched Crytal Lake Memories
I started watching Forensic Files
I started watching SGDQ 2021
I need to do a YouTube rundown or ten because these creators deserve shoutouts

#FreeBritney

Media Update 7/1/21

July 1, 2021

Parasite

I have put off watching this movie for far too long. I have been a big fan of the other three movies from the same writer/director Bong Joon Ho. Like his other movies, it is in Korean and subtitled in English (and the director works closely with translators). This is the first movie of his that I have seen that does not have any science fiction elements. The movie is a dark comedy/thriller. Much like his other films, the movie starts lighter and gets darker as it goes. Kang-ho Song (who is a regular) is strong as the goofy father. So-dam Park was a real standout as the brash, badass daughter. A lot of scenes were absolutely stolen by Cho Yeo-jeong who plays a great anxious young wife. However, the whole cast was absolutely great. The movie was riveting and every moment was something I waited for with anticipation. In fact, I do not want to talk too much about the movie because I do not want to spoil anything. I loved the movie. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Malevolent

I watched this movie on a whim. The movie is about a brother and sister who lead a team of fake ghost hunters who are summoned to a very different gig. The movie is very atmospheric and dark as you would expect. It is about dealing with the aftermath of violent death. The star of the movie was Florence Pugh, a fake psychic who is dealing with a lot of other psychological issues. Her brother is played by Ben Lloyd-Hughes and is great at being a world weary con man. The chemistry between the two are the highlight of the movie. The special effects are great and very subtly done. However, the movie was a bit too moody for me and paced to be kind of boring. There were other issues that I do not want to spoil that made it interesting but I kind of checked out. I do not recommend the movie.

The McPherson Tape

This film has a pretty interesting history since its release in 1989. It is one of the first found footage movies and covers a rural UFO experience. The story follows a family who have gotten together for a birthday party. Through the night, things begin to get weird and then terrifying. It is definitely interesting as one of the first of its kind and there is actually a lot of subtle work done with practical effects and acting. It really does come off as a home video gone wrong. There were no real standouts acting-wise but it was a real group effort. I recommend this movie as a piece of history and it is not very long.

Music of the Week:

Nuclear Bubble Wrap – Eternal Shopping Mall

Megan McDuffee – Wicked Thing

Welcome Waves – Diamond Hands

BouKhepra. | Boy, Man, Black.

Mashup of the Week

iWillBattle Mashups – Brutal It Up

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Family Tension”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched Amanda Knox
I started watching The Innocent Man Season 1

Media Update 6/24/21

June 24, 2021

Ali

This movie had been on my list for a long time and it was time to finally watch it. The story of Muhammad Ali’s life has always been fascinating to me. I have always had an interest in the sport of boxing despite the health problems involved. Ali was a genius in the ring and his life had a lot of high points but a lot of low points as well. This movie covers Ali winning his first heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston until his championship victory against George Foreman. Throughout, the movie also covers Ali’s conversion to Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Cassius X and then changing it again to Muhammad Ali. It also covers the legal battle he faced when he refused to be drafted to the army to fight in Vietnam. It deals with his friendship with Malcolm X and the eventual falling out with the Nation of Islam. It deals with his friendships and work relationships with Howard Cossell, trainers Angelo Dundee and Drew Bundini Brown, and his father. They also did not shy away with his disastrous marriages. Will Smith did a great job as Ali and his supporting cast was just as excellent. My only real problem with the movie is that it is very long at 2 hours and 37 minutes. I recommend this movie.

Ruby Bridges

I am surprised that I did not see this movie growing up. It is a Disney Channel original movie under an educational label and would have aired during the Magical World of Disney. The movie covers the real life story of Ruby Bridges who was the first African-American to desegregate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans. It covers her first day at school through the end of her first year in school. I was pleasantly surprised that the movie felt very accurate to what my research showed from interviews with the real Ruby Bridges. Chaz Money was one of the best child actors I have seen as the almost beatific Bridges. Lela Rochon had a heck of deserved spotlight as Ruby’s mom, Lucy. Michael Beach also shined as her father, Abon. Penelope Ann Miller was sweet and likable as the only white teacher willing to teach Ruby for an entire year. Kevin Pollak plays a psychologist, an actual figure from the history who donated his time to study and assist Ruby. I recommend this movie.

A Ballerina’s Tale

This is a documentary about ballerina Misty Copeland who broke barriers as a black ballerina in an astonishingly recent story. This documentary follows a day in the life of Copeland as it tells her story. It also interviews all of her friends, past cast members, and plenty of professionals. The documentary is very well done and while it is not super educational, it does feel really good. I recommend it as well.

Music of the Week:

Rico Nasty – Check Me Out

Nao – Another Lifetime

Masego, Don Toliver – Mystery Lady

Zoe Wees – Girls Like Us

Mashup of the Week:

decentwifi – TELL EM + BEAT BOX

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Juneteenth”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I finished watching Trial By Media Season 1
I watched The Devil Next Door
I watched more Sex Education Season 1

Media Update 6/17/21

June 17, 2021

Rachel Gets Strange

Strange indeed. This movie is a very awkward but intensely interesting low-budget movie. The story is that the titular Rachel is still dealing with being left at the altar by her fiance and is suddenly ready to shake out of it. What follows are spoilers but frankly, there is no spoiling this movie. It is about the journey and not the destination. She is convinced that she needs to sleep with somebody to reenter her life. Much of the movie is spent with her trying to find a stranger to have sex with. Awkwardly. Then, at the 11th hour, vampires attack. Yes. Vampires. Jennifer June Ross plays the lead and she owns the role and the movie as she embodies a very awkward and sarcastic character. Ben Huber plays one of the possible men and has a lot of sitcom humor energy. The rest of the cast is pretty quirky and weird and very captivating. The movie really sucked me in and I did not even care that the promised vampires had not arrived yet. I was just taken in. I recommend this movie.

Sex Education

This had been on my list for quite some time. This show is a British production about a young man whose mother is a sex therapist and how that impacts his social standing and changes the school he attends. The show stars Asa Butterfield who is great at playing a deeply troubled yet intelligent and good guy. Gillian Anderson is, of course, brilliant as the sex therapist mother and just really makes the show. Emma Mackey plays the tough, resourceful partner in crime of the main character. I really liked the performances of a lot of the other kids in the school as well. I especially liked Ncuti Gatwa, Connor Swindells, and Aimee Lou Wood. The humor in the show is great offbeat and purposefully awkward but it feels very real to how teenage life felt. As you would expect, it hinges a lot on sex so if that is not your cup of tea then it might be too awkward. I recommend this show.

Bonding

I was interested in this show as part of an ongoing search for accurate shows or movies about the BDSM community. Unfortunately, this is yet another production that is not really all that accurate. However, it is pretty funny. The episodes are also about 15 to 17 minutes long so it is easy to binge. Zoe Levin is very funny as a professional dominatrix who is also a graduate student in psychology. Brendlan Scannell is arguably the star of the show as the nervous failed standup who signs on to be a dominatrix’s assistant. The comedy is very good but I think I will give it a pass because the sex humor is very juvenile and the BDSM is innacurate.

Music of the Week:


The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down

Seether – Betray And Degrade

The Sunday Estate – Fight Me

Illogic x Odd Nosdam – Right the Ship

Mashup of the Week

iWillBattle – Don’t Bring Me Down, I’m Levitating

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Sex and Comedy”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I started watching Trial By Media Season 1
I watched Longshot

Media Update 6/3/21

June 3, 2021

Hell House LLC

I do not usually watch found footage movies but this one was definitely worth it. The movie is about a crew of young people who run a business called Hell House LLC. They travel around the country and set up haunted houses in rundown real estate. They are working in the town of Abaddon, New York when their fake haunted house turns out to maybe be actually haunted. I liked how understated all of the scares were and everything seemed to be practical effects. Our cameraman is played by Gore Abrams who is witty enough to like and genre savvy enough to show us stuff we should be worried about. The other stand out was Ryan Jennifer who plays the main female cast member who gets to act super weird and gets the bulk of the actual acting scenes. The story is pretty straightforward and the tension gets ratcheted up at a very good pace. The characters are dumb as doornails but sometimes that just makes for a great horror movie. I recommend this movie.

Haunt

A bunch of bored college students decide to head out to a haunted house on Halloween and find one in the middle of nowhere. Everything seems fine at first as they are asked to sign releases before entering but things are not as they seem. The movie stars Katie Stevens, a young woman with a dark past who has to lead her friends out of danger. Lauryn McClain is a standout as more of a party girl friend who is also a strong leader. Will Brittain is very good as the strapping young good guy who just wants to protect everyone. The villains are great at being absolutely sinister but also a little offbeat comedic. The movie was executive produced by Eli Roth but thankfully his stink is not on it too much but I can definitely see a little of his torture porn in the mix. There is a thick tension all of the way through the movie and it takes a while for the reveal to fully land. I recommend this movie.

Waxwork

This one was more of a horror/comedy movie. A couple of bored college kids decide to attend the opening of a Waxwork in town. (Here that term means a spooky house with wax figures in horror tableaus). However, it turns out that the exhibits are portals to realms where some of the worst figures in horror are real and dangerous. The movie stars Zach Gilligan who is a troubled yet good-hearted young man and kind of the leader of his group. Deborah Foreman plays the nerdy girl with hidden depths. Michelle Johnson plays the hot yet icy young flirt. David Warner is great as the creepy waxwork owner. Among other monsters, Miles O’Keefe’s Dracula and John Rhys-Davies’ werewolf definitely stand out with powerful performances. The movie is delightfully goofy but also pretty scary in places, a perfect blend. The movie is written and directed by Anthony Hickox and does well as a second-generation director. It is a classic eighties horror movie. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Cissie Redgwick – Gimme That Swing

Stolas – Bellwether

Ladybeard – Deadlift Lolita

Clean Bandit – Baby

Mashup of the Week:

Ruined Music – Mr. Brightside, You Know It’s True

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Scary Attractions”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I finished Conspiracies

Media Update 5/27/21

May 27, 2021

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

When I heard that the Producers who worked on Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse were making a new movie, I got excited. Those are Producer/Writer/Directors Lord and Miller who previously created the Lego Movie among other things. Add on to that Mike Mianda was getting to direct his first feature film after previously writing and directing episodes of Gravity Falls. The movie is about a dysfunctional family who decides to take a road trip across the country to deliver the daughter to college and to heal the rifts in their family. Unfortunately, they are in the middle of a global machine uprising. The movie is glorious quirky, heartwarming, and really funny. Abbi Jacobson is the star of the movie as the daughter going off to college and the artsy, confident young woman. Danny McBride plays the dad, out of touch but with a good heart. Maya Rudolph plays the mom, an awkward but fun woman who is just trying to keep the peace in her family. Mike Rianda himself plays the little brother, a shy lover of dinosaurs who has a really kind heart. Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, and Beck Bennett steal a lot of scenes as robot voices. I recommend this movie a lot.

Psycho Goreman

This movie kind of defies explanation and even the trailer kind of does not do it justice. The movie is about a brother and sister who are digging a hole in their backyard when they find a glowing gem which they take. However, the object under their feet starts acting up causing them to flee. The next day they discover an actual alien in the warehouse near their house who has just finished murdering criminals. The alien is a hyper-violent warlord but the kids are saved when they discover that the gem allows them to control him. From there we get a story that I found hard to predict. The movie is hilarious but also extremely gory. A lot of the humor comes from the hyper-violence and the awkward humor of having somebody who calls for your blood under your magical control. The special effects, costuming, and some of the music reminded me of Power Rangers production design which made it all the funnier. This movie is definitely not for the faint of heart but if you can stomach gore, this offbeat comedy is for you. I really love the Director and want to see more of his stuff. I recommend it.

Suburban Gothic

I decided to watch this movie on a whim on the strenghth of the cast and I was not disappointed. The movie is about a young man who moves back into his childhood home with his parents only to find that the ghosts he remembered from his childhood might be real. The main character is played by Matthew Gray Gubler who does a great job as a sarcastic, eccentric guy with a good heart and a sharp wit. He joins forces with the always delightful Kat Dennings who is her usual deadpan, sarcastic self and has great chemistry with Gubler. Gubler’s parents are played Ray Wise and Barbara Niven and are absolute psychotic fun. They are joined by a really fun cast including appearances by genre actors Jeffrey Combs, John Waters, and Ray Santiago. The movie is offbeat and fun. The movie is just as much about having to deal with your parents and your life when things don’t work out as it is about ghosts. The hauntings are not very scary and are instead experimental film strange. The movie definitely works and I recommend it.

Music of the Week:

Alex Lahey – On My Way

Mimi’s Band – I’m the Heckin’ Best

Morcheeba – Big Calm

Yungeen Ace – Demons

Mashup of the Week:

Meadow Stargazer – Something About 21 Guns

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Inhuman Danger and Comedy”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I watched more Prodigal Son Season 2
I watched more Conspiracies
I finished watching The Sons of Sam


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