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Media Update 3/15/18

March 15, 2018

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

I love fairy tales, folktales, and mythology and I really should buckle down and read more of the 1001 Nights. I am not extremely familiar with Arabian/Muslim lore beyond Ali Baba, Aladdin, and djinn. Lucky for me, those three are what this anime is about. Basically, Ali Baba is a fruit peddler/shipping working who dreams of making his way into and through a legendary magic dungeon to get at the riches and magic items inside. Aladdin is a naive little boy who has made friends with a djinn who resides in a magic flute. Together, they set out to accomplish their dreams. I love media where different stories are reimagined and mashed together (see Once Upon a Time). This series is pretty zany and a little bit adult kind of like Kill la Kill. Similarly, all of the adult humor is in good fun and there is nothing malicious or too racy or the average viewer. I am excited to see where this leads as I like stories that have strong archetypes who are fleshed out into real characters (like American McGee’s Alice or various Oz adaptations). The animation is beautiful but also unexpected at times, kind of like FLCL. I have watched very little so far and I imagine that soon it will really pick up. I definitely recommend it. Besides, watching the trailer just now, I have to at least get to the part with Matt Mercer in it.

Sword Art Online

I had heard that many people did not like this anime but I did not want to research why because of possible spoilers. I decided to check it out for myself and I at least found a reason for myself. Without major spoilers, I did not like how there were huge time jumps going to episodes 2 and 3. I felt like I missed a lot of interesting adventures. However, from what I have seen so far, it is a fairly good anime. The premise is that a whole bunch of people sign up for a virtual reality MMORPG and the programmer traps them in it. If they die in the game, they die in real life and they cannot log out or be removed from the VR apparatus. The whole game operates in a fantasy setting that focuses on (wait for it) swords and the art of using them. The animation is very pretty and the character design is interesting. As expected, the anime is not light-hearted in the least as it deals with mostly young people dreading the next battle which might cause their death. I hope the series slows down a bit so I can really get into it. I guess I recommend it although it is a bit dark and there are plenty of other good anime series out there.

The Irregular at Magic High School

When I hear ‘magic school’, my interest is immediately piqued. I wish I could have gone to magic school and, somewhat related, I wish that magic was real. I guess I was expecting somewhat of a more grown-up version of Little Witch Academia (which was whimsical and dramatic) but instead I got something else. Something else that was not exactly bad once I started to settle in. In the world of the anime, magic is known to be real the world over and it is readily combined with technology to improve its use. This and other details make magic a very specialized thing where people almost have magical majors that they focus on. Families are known for certain techniques and magic is intimately connected with intellectual aptitude and studying. I definitely immediately got a Naruto vibe because of this but it is way slower and more drama-based. Still, I am very interested to find more about the seemingly complicated system of magic. I do have to drop a spoiler here because something really bothered me. The show centers on a brother and sister and the sister totally has the hots for her brother. I thought it was my imagination at first but yeah, it is made clear in the second episode. Based on Internet comments, it is one-sided and neither makes a move but it is fairly disturbing to me. Just a friendly warning. Because of that, I would not recommend it but also because it just did not grab me. There are plenty of high school dramas in English that I could watch.

Music of the Week:
Red Velvet – Stupid Cupid

The Regrettes – Come Through

Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still

Foo Fighters w/Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

Attila – Bulletproof

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Anime Magic and Fantasy”
– I started watching Jessica Jones Season 2
– I continued watching iZombie Season 4
– I continued watching the Joel McHale Show
– I continued watching Fate/Apocrypha
– I continued watching Freaks and Geeks
– I watched a ton of Barry Kramer on YouTube
– As usual, I watched Game Grumps, GT Live, and Critical Role on YouTube
– I am so proud of those who participated in the National Student Walkout Day


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 3/1/18

March 1, 2018

Lady Bird

Seeing this movie this past week was fortuitous as I have reconnected with the alumni association of the school I went to from first grade through twelfth. This was a fantastic movie that kind of covered the spectrum of human emotion. The movie is about a young girl who calls herself Lady Bird who is on the verge of becoming a woman in the last years of high school. It is also about Lady Bird’s mother and a good portion of the movie is about their relationship. However, this is a movie without a traditional plot. There are a lot of stories that cover Lady Bird, her mother, and all of the other characters in their life. Much like Moonlight, it is a slice of life movie that covers more character arcs than story arcs. Except that this movie covers two years in a young girl’s life as she rages against the machine while also trying desperately to fit in somewhere. It is a love letter to Sacramento, a city that I knew next to nothing about. It was so easy for me to get caught up in the lives of the characters from the first few minutes. I laughed at the great humor, cheered on the characters, and then I was crying at the end but there was some joy in those tears. The movie belongs to Saoirse Ronan who plays the title role in such a way that I saw a lot of girls and women and people in general that I have known through her. Laurie Metcalf evoked a lot of older women I have known, the authority figure who shoulders that burden beautifully. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie.

Shape of Water

Guillermo Del Toro is a magnificent filmmaker when it comes to creating compelling characters who operate in fantastically crafted worlds. On top of that, his penchant for spectacular visual effects is well known at this point especially when he is creating creatures. He goes back and forth between fantastic dramas and more blockbuster-y action movies but no matter what he is doing, it has a lot of heart and thought behind it. This movie is no different. This movie is a modern-day fairytale that comes at the right time. It is a great story of accepting The Other and also accepting ourselves. The heroes of the movie are a disabled orphan, a black woman, an illegal immigrant/communist, a gay man, and an aquatic creature. It is set in the sixties in Baltimore (!!!) and all these people are definitely marginalized in society. I mean, a lot of them would still be marginalized but we have made a little progress. While the movie is definitely out there, it is a beautiful story as soon as you let go and compare it to fairytale stories like older versions of Beauty and the Beast. To me, the story was about The Other, connection between people, reclaiming one’s power, fighting the system, and doing what is right instead of what is safe. On top of that, the movie has great jazz music. I definitely recommend this but leave your hangups at the door and just enjoy it.

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbings, MO

This movie is another Oscar contender with strong social messages and like Lady Bird, it has a lot to do with following the lives of characters around one location over a period of time. Legendary actress Frances McDormand plays a mother who is hurting and tries to take the police to task, something we as a society are trying to do more and more of. The movie is about grieving, it is about accountability, and it is about how a community deals with criticism and a whole bunch of other interesting themes. Sam Rockwell kind of plays the villain but things are not so black and white as they are not in life. Woody Harrelson is his usual charming self and plays a major character that moves the plot along. While Ebbing, MO is not a real place, they did a great job of making it feel like a real place with a real heart. Even the so-called bad guys were people that I remember from my life. The movie was funny, sad, and it had a lot of great messages. I definitely recommend it.

Music of the Week:
Gin Wigmore – Black Sheep

Tonight Alive – Breaking & Entering

Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel

Metric – Gimme Sympathy

The Ting Tings – Do It Again

Weekly Update:
– This Week’s Theme is “Female Empowerment During Awards Season”
– I finished watching The Librarians Season 3
– I continued watching Criminal Minds Season 11
– I continued watching Mad Men Season 1
– I continued watching Peaky Blinders Season 1
– I continued watching Black Lightning Season 1
– I watched Game Grumps, KittyKat Gaming, and Barry Kramer on YouTube
– This week included a double feature at the Charles Theater


Media Update 2/22/18

February 22, 2018

Black Panther

When my friend texted me saying that they had gotten our group tickets for a Friday showing of Black Panther, I was excited all week to see it. I had heard such good things not only from critics but also from celebrities whose tastes are aligned with mine who got to see it early. Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther was one of the best parts of Captain America: Civil War. The intelligence and emotion of the character were just as important of all the cool flippy stuff he did in battles. His movie is an even deeper dive into the character and his world and it also confronts a lot of social issues that always need confronting. It explores a lot of themes that include but are not limited to the black experience in the United States, the black experience in Africa, imperialism, isolationism, and foreign aid. There are also more intimate themes of family, doing what is right, honoring your past while looking to the future, dealing with the sins of the past, and so on. Boseman was even better than he was in Civil War. He was joined by the powerhouse team of Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett as possibly the strongest female characters I have seen on film. I am talking physical, emotional, and mental strengths by the way. It was awesome to see Daniel Kaluuya again and he gave a great raw, vulnerable performance. Michael B. Jordan earned his place as one the best Marvel villains so far if not the best. Andy Serkis was really fun (and not mo-capped!) and it is always nice to see Martin Freeman. The movie is nonstop enjoyment and I definitely recommend it.

Black Lightning

I was inspired to check out this show after coming home all jazzed from seeing Black Panther. I had heard good things and I love the relatively recent trend of good DC Comics shows. This show is more similar to Black Panther or Luke Cage than it is to the Arrowverse. The show is an adaptation of DC Comics’ first African-American superhero. Jefferson Pierce is a school principal by day and a superhero by night. The show explores a lot of what it means to be Black in an urban setting with all of the traps laid in the paths of America’s Black youth. Within the first few episodes, the show introduces a lot of great characters from the comic books. There are even Outsiders references as a nod to Black Lightning’s association with Batman and his daughter’s association with future iterations of the team. While the superhero stuff is compelling, watching Pierce and his family try to navigate personal relationships is just as interesting. I cannot remember another television show that attempts to capture the experiences of a school principal, at least not with the strong community connections Pierce has. Every character so far is deep and nobody is completely good or evil. I definitely recommend this one as it is just getting started and it is self-contained for now.


I was not sure what to expect with this movie but I did know that it shared a producer with Get Out. Of course, producers are facilitators, not artists themselves. I knew that it was kind of heralded as a new kind of superhero movie. What it ended up being was much more than that. It definitely feels like a superhero origin story in certain ways. It has science fiction/science fantasy elements but it is really about a kid who has to take care of his little sister after their parents die. It felt a little bit like a Miles Morales/Peter Parker story because of that. The kid gets caught up in a bad scene and has to figure it out. Aside from the fantasy elements, the movie really felt like a great story about surviving as a young black man on the streets of Los Angeles. There are drug dealers, cops, and gangsters all around. Jacob Latimore plays the main character and he just obviously has a good heart and I found myself really rooting for him. Dule Hill plays the villain of the movie which was really cool because I have never seen him play a bad guy before that I can remember. I really liked the movie as it was and I would not be mad if this ‘superhero origin story’ was just a one shot. However, if they could come up with a good sequel I would be hungry for that as well. I definitely recommend it.

Music of the Week:
George Clinton – Atomic Dog

Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars

Migos – Stir Fry

Future – You Da Baddest ft. Nicki Minaj

Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Black Superheroes”
– I watched more of Happy! Season 1
– I watched more of Criminal Minds Season 11
– I watched more of Peaky Blinders Season 1
– I watched more of Mad Men Season 1
– I watched more of The Librarians Season 4
– I watched GT Live, Critical Role, Game Grumps, and KittyKat Gaming


Media Update 2/15/18

February 15, 2018


I have been a Christopher Meloni fan for years. I became a fan when I first watched Law and Order SVU but I had a feeling that he could do more than that character. I was right. I had watched Wet Hot American Summer long before SVU but I never made the connection. When I recently rediscovered WHAS, I was astonished to see Meloni in a quirky and funny role. This show has him in a darkly comic, weird role that really makes me laugh but I also feel for the character. He plays an ex-cop who is now basically a homeless hitman who is being given a second chance to be a hero. He has a death wish so his nonplussed reactions to danger are both scary and funny. He is guided on his mission by a little girl’s imaginary friend played by Patton Oswalt. Patton’s character (the titular Happy) is a pure innocent who is slowly corrupted by traveling through the bowels of society all while struggling to stay good and loyal. Patton must have drawn on both his stand up’s dark humor and his experience doing kids animated movies. I am only a few episodes in but I really want to see where this is going. I wholeheartedly recommend it but it is dark.

Cloak and Dagger

I stumbled upon this now-obscure movie because I was suddenly interested in imaginary friends after watching some episodes of Happy!. I consulted TV Tropes and I was intrigued by the basic premise of this movie. Also, I found out that it was written by Tom Holland (who would go on to direct such great movies such as Fright Night). Holland and the director’s intention was to create a suspense/thriller that is for kids. The movie is about a young boy named Davey whose mother recently died and he is being somewhat neglected by his hardworking father. He is obsessed with a game about a spy and he has gotten a little girl and a game store owner obsessed with the game too. You might already see where this is going. He stumbles upon a real spy plot and finds out what that world is actually like. Along the way, he is guided by the fictional spy he idolized (and played as). The boy is played by Henry Thomas and he plays the internal conflict between excitement and fear really well. His neighbor and best friend is played by Christina Nigra and she is appropriate sassy and surprisingly capable for a really little kid. Dabney Coleman plays both the boy’s father and the spy the boy idolizes forming obvious but charming symbolism. The movie is very suspenseful but it is also very charming and I really enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. I definitely recommend it.

Donnie Darko

This is a weird movie but I knew that going in. I have wanted to watch this movie ever since it came out but I just never have for reasons. The movie largely deals with issues of time travel through supernatural and not science fiction means. It also deals with human psychology, sociology, and religion. The movie also deals with the rising anti-intellectualism that was sweeping the United States during the early 2000s and still takes root today. The main character is played by Jake Gyllenhaal who is great at playing a disaffected youth who is caught in the middle of insanity and forces beyond his control. Along the way, he is shepherded by teachers played by Drew Barrymore and Noah Wyle. He is opposed by ignorance in the form of Betty Grant and Patrick Swayze. He has allies in sassy Maggie Gyllenhaal and intelligent Jena Malone. This is the kind of movie that is hard to describe without spoiling it. It is also hard to capture with just a description because this movie is just a lot to take in. The movie puts forward a lot of interesting ideas about a lot of subjects, most importantly causality and time travel. Along the way, there is a lot of dark, offbeat humor mostly from characters who are easy to hate and characters who are very warm and inviting. Of course, it does not hurt that the movie is set in my favorite month. I definitely recommend this movie as it is something you kind of have to see yourself.

Music of the Week:
Metric (and Brie Larson) – Black Sheep

Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension

Nate Wants to Battle – Delete Me

The Black Satans – The Satan Of Hell

The Struts – Kiss This

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Imaginary Friends”
– I started watching Criminal Minds Season 11
– I started watching The Good Place Season 2
– I started watching The Librarians Season 4

– I watched more Mad Men Season 1
– As usual, I watched some of my YouTube shows like Game Grumps, DCA, GTLive, KittyKatGaming, and Critical Role
– I have also watched some Barry Kramer and RubberRoss on Twitch


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


Media Update 2/1/18

February 1, 2018

Blade Runner 2049

I had heard mixed reviews of this movie but then I remembered the one really bad review I got was from somebody who does not seem to like movies in general. I love the original Blade Runner for its world-building, characters, and settings. I did not like its pacing but it was really my one issue with the movie. That is actually my big issue with this movie. Well, pacing and also length. I watched the movie in two installments because my schedule has gotten tighter on a regular basis. That is not to say that the movie is boring, though. Far from it. If I had been in theaters, I probably could have made it in one shot. The two movies gave me the same feeling. There is kind of a hopeless feeling to watching things that look like humans try to survive being killed off by somebody just doing their job. Ryan Gosling plays the titular blade runner this time and he has a great subtle performance as he tries to solve a big mystery. Robin Wright plays his boss, a woman who does not suffer fools. Ana de Armas was one of my favorite parts of the movie, as a very interesting character that made me smile but also made me sad. I also really loved the technology and implications of Carla Juri’s character. Finally, of course, there was Harrison Ford who felt like he fell right back into his role from the original but properly aged as he would be. If it feels like I am talking too vaguely, it is because I do not want to spoil anything for you. That is because I definitely recommend this one.

Peaky Blinders

I had heard about this show off and on for a while now but the name threw me a bit. After three episodes, I am sure not sure what that name actually means. It is largely immaterial. The show is about a small gang in England who are trying to move up in the world. They are a band of brothers back from World War I and still feeling the effects of the trenches but believing they have something left to prove. They have a lot of obstacles. The IRA is around, still stinging from recent losses to the English government. Communism is starting to take hold and workers are threatening to strike. There other British gangs both ones that pretend to be gentlemen and gypsies. Above all, there is a new chief inspector brought over from Ireland, formerly an IRA hunter and he tolerates no nonsense. The head of the gang is played with a lot of good layers by Cillian Murphy. His chief rival, the no-nonsense inspector, is played by Sam Neill. The show is gritty and dramatic but definitely without a sense of humor. The interplay between the different factions of Birmingham, England make for a very volatile plot that could shift at any moment. I definitely recommend watching this one.

The Pinkertons

I have heard about the historical Pinkertons for a long time. From what I had heard, they mostly helped to protect trains but I did some research and found out that they are security guards and private detectives. The show follows that narrative. In the show, Allan Pinkerton (the founder of the nationwide company) teams his son up with a female agent in Kansas City. William Pinkerton is a ne’er-do-well who gets by on his street smarts, likability, and physical toughness. He is assigned a new supervising partner in Kate Warne, a by-the-book agent who loves science and it feels like she operates a bit like Holmes. The show deals with dark subjects like murder and the aftermath of the Civil War but it does so with a light touch. I would liken the show to stuff like Warehouse 13 or Brisco County Jr. The chemistry between the two stars is fun to watch. Yes, the story is set in the south during the reconstruction period and that is addressed. People are still very hurt and angry. People are also still rocked by the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. This is the landscape in which the two heroes are trying to solve crimes while also not being official law enforcement. I recommend it as I will be checking out the rest at some point.

Music of the Week:
The Fall – Telephone Thing

Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe

Becky G – Todo Cambio

Vince Staples – Norf Norf

Red Sun Rising – Amnesia

Weekly Updates:
– This week’s theme is “Detectives and Criminals”
– I watched more Glitter Force Doki Doki Season 1
– I watched more Gurren Lagann
– I watched more K
– I finished Season 2 of Schitt’s Creek
– I watched more Little Witch Academia Season 2
– As usual, I watched more Game Grumps and Critical Role
– I also watched the Royal Rumble and Takeover: Philadelphia


Media Update 1/18/18

January 18, 2018


I have loved Mexican culture for a long time and, as I stated when reviewing The Book of Life, I love Day of the Dead most of all. I do not love it because I love Halloween because I have studied it enough to know how different the customs are. Both have magical origins but The Day of the Dead is primarily about remembering loved ones who passed away. The traditions are both touching and inspiring and I kind of wish we did more of it in the United States. It is akin to Japan’s culture of respect for their ancestors. The movie is about the balance between living your life and your family. The central message is Family Above All Else but also that your family should reciprocate that sentiment and support your dreams. The movie is also about music and is thus a musical film but not a Musical, more in the style of Oh Brother Where Art Thou? and Sing! than a traditional Disney musical. The Day of the Dead is a respectful but jubilant holiday and, from what I can see as an outsider, is about being happy about the memories you have of your departed family members. So, there is plenty of good food, candy, games, and music. That is what this movie feels like. There is the usual Disney/Pixar sweet sadness but there is also an air of celebration and togetherness that just feels really warm. I cannot recommend this movie enough.

Get Out

I had heard so many good things about this movie. I was such a fan of Jordan Peele on Key & Peele that I was intrigued by any horror movie he might have written. Comedians are all about timing and timing is also a huge element in horror as well. Also, I knew from the trailers that the plot had something to do with the black experience. The only reason that I have waited this long to watch the movie is that hypnosis is a large part of the movie. Hypnosis terrifies me and it really did a number on me while watching this movie. I was also more than correct about the movie confronting racial and cultural issues. It does so in such a new and horrific way that I think it is important for people to watch. The plot points of the movie took me by surprise as they unfolded but each of them made so much sense. There is a mystery in this movie and I will not ruin the suspense by revealing any of it here. The acting was so great but most of all I have to shout out Daniel Kaluuya who is rightfully getting nominated for his starring role. He was a fantastic character to follow around. I definitely recommend this one as it is scary but important.

The Disaster Artist

First, yes James Franco is definitely at best a problematic person. I felt that I had to push past that to watch this movie because I have been on a journey ever since I first caught The Room on Adult Swim. I clued into the Internet buzz and I was excited when Greg Sestero published a book on his experiences surrounding the movie. By the way, the movie actually cuts out some crazy bits from the book so I recommend that you pick up the book. It is not often that a truly horrible movie inspires people quite as much as The Room did. This movie goes to painstaking lengths to capture the insanity from the book and The Room itself. It recreates the look of the actors and the weird culture that Tommy Wiseau created. The Franco brothers play Wiseau and Sestero and they really do capture their weird friendship. They detail the arduous, torturous, and nonsensical path that they dragged other human beings down in order to put out a mediocre movie. The movie was interesting to me because I had only read or imagined excerpts from the book but seeing it in motion was fun. The movie is at the same time funny and horrifying as everything goes wrong. The movie celebrates Wiseau and probably lets him off the hook too much but at this point, he has probably been tortured enough. I also recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:
Jan Terri – Journey To Mars

Marlon Craft – Workin’

That Poppy – Lowlife

Bad Seed Rising – Hey Kid

Red Warszawa – Technoparty

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is Award Season 2018
– I started watching Season 6 of Longmire
– I continued watching Season 2 of The Magicians
– I continued watching Season 1 of Gurren Lagann
– I continued watching Season 1 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica
– I continued watching Season 2 of Schitt’s Creek
– I continued watching Season 2 of Little Witch Academia
– I continued watching Season 1 of DuckTales
– As usual, I watched Game Grumps, GTLive and Critical Role


Media Update 1/11/18

January 11, 2018

Ducktales (2017)

As an old-school Disney nerd, I loved the first series of Ducktales which featured Uncle Scrooge having to deal with nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. The adventures were fun as the show had a curmudgeonly yet lovable hero with a great supporting cast. Of course, it also had one of the catchiest theme songs in the history of children’s television. Last year (still weird to refer to 2017 that way), Disney decided to resurrect this show. I was a little skeptical until they announced that David Tennant would be playing Scrooge McDuck and then I was sold. I was right. This show was able to capture the charm of the original show and they even improved on a few things. The new series has more dynamic animation and each character has more detail. The three nephews actually look different from one another and have different voices. Webby is both not annoying and is actually allowed to be a cool, interesting character. They added Donald Duck to the cast instead of just being MIA. The show is funny and exciting and it still has that awesome theme song. Best of all, it feels like they have added some central lore that will tie all of the episodes together as it is slowly revealed. I will be digging up all of the episodes so far of this as soon as possible and I recommend it.

The Magic School Bus Rides Again

As a kid, I had a couple of sources for science beyond school. I was a big fan of Beakman’s World and I also occasionally watched Mr. Wizard and Bill Nye The Science Guy. However, few things got me as excited about science as The Magic School Bus. I read all the books as they were released (and even met the author) and when the television show premiered I was very into it. The books and show were somewhat formulaic but the characters were excited about science and the writing was clever. This new show is basically a continuation of the original series, picking up as the kids start a new school year. The show adds two new characters in new teacher Fiona Frizzle, the original Friz’ sister and new student Jyoti Kaur. The new additions help the new viewer but also make the new show a little fresher for those who absorbed the original show. Basically, the show has the same formula as the old one. Ms. Frizzle goes on a field trip with her students to show them something new about science and often a lesson about dealing with life as well. The original Friz (voiced by Lily Tomlin) is still on the show and she finishes each episode by explaining a few further things about the episode. Finally, the show’s great theme song is actually sung by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I definitely recommend this especially if you have a child in your life who is excited about science.

Danger Mouse (2015)

Danger Mouse is a British cartoon which is basically a 007 parody starring a mouse with a hamster sidekick trying to save the world. I watched the original show when it was rebroadcast on Nickelodeon not long after it premiered in England. The creators made a great choice to give the show a license to get silly and therefore puns and absurdity ruled the original show. More than that, the show was also fairly meta and the narrator was constantly accidentally breaking the fourth wall. The new show is really just more of the same with leaner, more exciting animation. The new show also has an expanded budget which is lampshaded in the very first episode. The original was forced to cut whole sequences (literally plunging scenes into total darkness) in order to come in under budget. The new show does not have that problem although they do bring it back once or twice for fun. Something new for American audiences is that they took away a lot of the localization changes such as restoring an Italian villain. The show is fun and I can’t wait to see how they treat some of the old characters as they return. (Count Duckula!) The show feels fresh to me and more accessible now that I have indulged so much in English television since I first watched the show. I definitely recommend this one too.

Music of the Week:
The Regrettes – Hey Now

Saint Motel – My Type

DOOMTREE – Final Boss

Tiger Lillies – Crack of Doom

Animadness – Kizuna

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Childhood Cartoons Rebooted”
– I finished Season 5 of Longmire
– I watched more Season 2 of Little Witch Academia
– I continued watching Season of The Magicians
– I finished Season 1 of Blue Exorcist
– I started Season 2 of Schitt’s Creek
– As usual, I watched Game Grumps, GTLive, Critical Role, and DCA on Youtube


Media Update 1/4/18

January 4, 2018

I, Tonya

I was ten years old when Tonya Harding shocked the world by hitting not one but two triple axels in competition. I was twelve when the world was shocked again by an attack on Tonya’s rival Nancy Kerrigan. After that, Tonya Harding became a national punchline that I remember hearing for quite some time in the mid to late nineties. This movie does not attempt to excuse Tonya Harding for her part in the incident, but it does try to explain it better. It makes a good point that most people do not picture the actual incident correctly. Tonya’s Ex-Husband, Jeff Gilooly, hired a pair of guys through his best friend who smacked Nancy in the leg with a police baton. This movie paints Tonya Harding in a more sympathetic light and it was interesting to learn more about somebody who was the target of so many comedy bits. Margot Robbie was brilliant as Tonya Harding and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite current actors. Allison Janney played Tonya’s famously caustic mother and she did so well that I was surprised to see her name in the credits. Sebastian Stan was great as the super pathetic Gilooly who can’t seem to do anything right. These are not heroes but I understand them a little better and I sympathize with Tonya more. I wholeheartedly recommend this.

Schitt’s Creek

I have a somewhat complicated history with Eugene Levy. He was in some great mockumentaries, stuff like Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. Then he did the American Pie movies, the first of which was awful and the rest looked even worse. So when I saw this show advertised, I  thought of American Pie instead of Christopher Guest. I should have known because the fabulous Catherine O’Hara plays his wife on the show hearkening back to their pairing in previous Christopher Guest films. The show is about a family of super wealthy people who get screwed by their money manager and get everything repossessed by the IRS. They have to live in a small town they own because the IRS deemed it had no value and did not take it as well. The show has that magic that Always Sunny in Philadelphia has and Seinfeld does not. It is a show about terrible people who are somehow also likable. Their main flaws stem from the alien quality of being super rich most of their lives so it is both easy and difficult to fully hate them. Levy and O’Hara feel like they have been married forever and both have dynamite comic timing. The show’s real shining star is Dan Levy (Eugene’s real-life son) who has never been in anything big prior but he is incredibly funny. My hat is also off to Annie Murphy who plays a great spoiled rich princess who is in the process of getting knocked down several pegs. The cast of characters in the town are great and there are too many of them to name. I fell in love with this show thanks to my brother and I cannot recommend it enough.


I was a big fan of Monty Python when I was a kid. My first exposure was when my friend Arthur brought a book of episode scripts from the show on a camping trip and he let me read it a bit. Then we watched the show together and then I watched as much as I could on my own and then I bought their albums. They were a superstar sketch comedy troupe who worked to bring absurdity and weirdness to the comedy world. Their movies were also fun, weird, and memorable. This movie was not really any of those things. This movie reunited half of Monty Python as it gave Graham Chapman the title role, Eric Idle a role as the secondary villain, and John Cleese a minor comic role. It is a pirate comedy that startled me by not being very funny. It was obvious that everybody was trying but the script and the energy were just not where they needed to be. There were also far too many rape jokes in it. There were an absolutely absurd amount of rape jokes. I was sad that this was the last movie for comedy greats Graham Chapman, Spike Milligan, and Marty Feldman. The movie was strangely boring to me but both John Cleese and Eric Idle are on record saying that it was bad so I should not be surprised. At least there was a great David Bowie cameo. I do not recommend this one.  Go watch The Life of Brian and Young Frankenstein back to back instead.

Music of the Week:
Half Japanese – Put Some Sugar On It

Tokyo Bon – Makudonarudo

Ariana Grande – The Way

Gucci Mane – First Day Out Tha Feds

Rock Goddess – Heavy Metal Rock’n’Roll

Weekly Updates:
– This week’s theme is “How the Mighty Have Fallen”
– I started Season 4 of Longmire
– I watched more Little Witch Academia Season 2
– I watched more Blue Exorcist
– I continued watching The Magicians Season 2
– I caught up on NXT
– I watched more GTLive, Game Grumps, Critical Role, DCA, and other YouTube shows
– Welcome to 2018


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