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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

Media Update 5/20/21

May 20, 2021

Annabelle Comes Home

This is kind of the culmination of the Conjuring movies that I admittedly have not watched yet. This is the equivalent of the Conjuring Avengers. The plot follows the eponymous doll being brought back to be stored at the Warren’s house and interacting with their collection of haunted items. I thought it was actually a pretty interesting movie especially if you like things like Warehouse 13 or SCP. The movie stars Madison Iseman as a babysitter who works for the Warrens, she is earnest and immediately easy to like. McKenna Grace plays the Warren’s daughter and is good at playing a put upon, depressed, yet very clever young girl. Katie Sarife plays the impetuous best friend who crashes the party and provides comic relief and moves the plot along. I really liked the acting and the story of magic items being far too concentrated together. I recommend this movie even though, as I will continue to point out, the Warrens were parasites.

Annabelle: Creation

No Warrens in this one. This flashes back and gives a bit of Annabelle’s origin story (sort of). The movie follows a group of orphans and their nun caretaker who are taken in by a couple. It turns out the couple has a terrible secret and that causes the orphans to be terrorized by the titular demon. I actually liked this one a lot better as it felt tighter and it was easier to get to know and care about the characters. The special effects are brilliant and there were a lot of surprising moments for me. Talitha Batema stars as the one girl who is more of a misfit than the others because of her handicap. Her best friend is played by Lulu Wilson, a somewhat flippant but likable kid. Stephanie Sigman plays the nun who is their caretaker, a no- nonsense, tough woman who is also very loving. Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto play the couple who let the children into their house and do very well at playing vaguely sinister but also very sad. The rest of the cast is spot on as well. I recommend this movie as well.

Insidious

This movie follows a family who moves into a house and are suddenly haunted by all sorts of weird spooks and demons. It causes a rift in the family and everybody is at their wit’s end before they call a medium. I felt like this movie could have been done better. It is definitely creative but messy and paced weirdly. I have read that director James Wan was already thinking of the Conjuring movies while he made this movie and it shows. They could be a shared universe if the stars aligned. It is a shame because the movie is written by Leigh Whannell who has written some good movies in Upgrade and The Invisible Man. The movie stars Rose Byrne who plays a mother who is a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown even before the spooky stuff starts. Patrick Wilson plays her inconsistent and standoffish husband. Lin Shaye eventually comes in as a kindly and wisecracking medium who immediately made the movie better. I abandoned this movie about 3/4s through and I do not know if I will watch the sequels/prequels. I do not recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Bowling For Soup – Getting Old Sucks (But Everybody’s Doing It)

Evanescence – Feeding The Dark

Witch – Good Girl

Mungo’s Hi Fi, Eva Lazarus Ft. Max Romeo – Babylon Raid

Mashup of the Week:

Bronze is Bored – The Kid’s Don’t Lie

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is James Wan does Possessions
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 Bob’s Burgers Season 11
I watched more Conspiracies
I started watching The Sons of Sam

Media Update 5/6/20

May 6, 2021

The Nevers

This show kind of felt like it was made for me. The show takes place sometime in the 18th century with some steampunk flair. Some sort of event has happened that awakens powers in people, causing them to be ostracized by society. These “touched” are mostly women and nobody seems to have similar powers and the powers range from very useful to frustrating. It feels a lot like Steampunk X-Men meets Sherlock Holmes. Although the show feels like an ensemble piece, it arguably stars Laura Donnelly as a detective who runs an orphanage for the touched. Her partner in crime is a bright-eyed optimist played by Ann Skelly. Both are delightful to watch for different reasons. Amy Manson plays an insane villain who is fascinating to watch. Ben Chaplin plays a human police detective who is hilariously gruff. I am also really enjoying Anna Devlin, Rochelle Neil, and Kiran Sonia Sawar who each add a lot to the show. I am really looking forward to where this goes. I recommend this show.

Shadow and Bone

I had to hop on this show because a lot of people are raving about it. The show feels like the 18th century but in a complete fantasy world. In this world, some people have magic which basically allows them to do one specific thing. Most of them have elemental powers. The follows two storylines. The first and main storyline stars Jessie Mei Li, a lower caste character suddenly thrust into the spotlight by the emergence of her own magical powers. Her costar is Ben Barnes who is an amusingly dark character. The B plot is more of an ensemble thing with a ragtag group of criminals on a mission. Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, and Kit Young are all delightful comic relief and give more perspective on the world they have built. This show is quite a bit more grim but they include enough comic relief to keep it light and moving. I recommend it.

The Shadowhunters

The most modern of these three shows, this is about a young girl who discovers she may not be as human as she thought. She is thrown into a chaotic new world just beyond the one she used to know. The show feels like if you took the Industrial Metal scene, urban fantasy, and White Wolf roleplaying games and threw them into a blender. Katherine McNamara is an instantly likable heroine. Dominic Sherwood adn Emeraude Toubia are great as battle-hardened but playful warriors. Alberto Rosende plays the normal human and the audience surrogate. I really like the imagery of the show and the show’s sense of humor. There is a lot of mystery to the show as they keep throwing out terms that make me want to learn more about the worldbuilding. I recommend this show too.

Music of the Week:

The All-American Rejects – Send Her To Heaven

Kita Menari – Pretty Sure

Лена Катина – моно

Pleasure Venom – Deth

Mashup of the Week

One Bored Jeu – Feel Good in Black and Yellow

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Dark YA Stuff”
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

Media Update 4/29/21

April 29, 2021

Mortal Kombat

My friends and I fell in love with the Mortal Kombat video game franchise back in the day. We even created our own characters. Mine was not that imaginative at the time (another Scorpion recolor). The original movies were dumb but good fun and I am happy to say that this movie follows that tradition. The movie follows a group of strangers who are tapped to be champions of Earth against the Outworld. The movie felt more focused than previous outings by framing the movie around the very cool Subzero/Scorpion rivalry from the games. The movie follows Lewis Tan as an original character who would definitely fit into any of the games. Jessica McNamee plays Sonya Blade, for once not a damsel in distress and with an actual character arc. Kano is played by Josh Lawson and provides much of the comic relief. Ludi Lin and Max Huang do an excellent job of bringing in that classic Mortal Kombat feel as Liu Kang and Kung Lao. The movie has really fun (and sometimes surprisingly violent) special effects and I loved the character designs. The characters all felt like their video game counterparts but they allowed for little updates and twists that made it into its own thing. The movie is also gloriously peppered with quotes from the original games, easter eggs, shout outs, and a banging soundtrack. I recommend the movie a lot.

Superman and Lois

I was actually kind of skeptical when I saw an announcement for this show. I felt that Superman was a great side character on Supergirl but I wondered if he actually merited his own show. I was wrong. This show feels like a throwback to Lois and Clark with a slightly more serious CW bent to it. This show is not just a Superman show. It equally focuses on Superman, Lois Lane, and their twin sons, Jonathan and Jordan. We get the superheroics of Superman, the hard-hitting journalism of Lois Lane at her best, and how two kids deal with their dad being Superman. We also get to see their family dynamic in what feels like a fresh way. Each are allowed room to pursue their own plot threads but also come together organically when those threads intersect. Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch return as Clark and Lois and really pull out all of the stops in the acting department. Alex Garfin and Jordan Elsass do a really god job as the super twins, really exploring the teenage years in an interesting way. The cast around them is absolutely great as we see a lot of great characters from the comics and other CW shows. I am very interested to see where this goes. I recommend this show especially if you have liked the other DC Comics offerings on the CW.

Creed II

I was a huge fan of Creed because it really breathed new life into the Rocky franchise. In fact, I see Creed as way better than any of the Rocky movies. This one takes the first movie and adds so much more to it. It follows the first movie a couple of months later and has Adonis Creed dealing with his own legacy and his father’s legacy. Michael B. Jordan has so much heart in the lead role and is so much fun to watch. The movie just could not happen without Tessa Thompson along for the ride again. She is not only a great actress but her music adds a lot to an already great soundtrack. Sylvestor Stallone has really relaxed in his old age into a really good actor. Dolph Lundgren returns as Ivan Drago and also is a much better actor than he was decades ago. Florian Munteau appears as Viktor Drago and does a lot with his physicality and very few lines. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Lauren Ruth Ward – Well, Hell

Trivium – Drowning in the Sound

Rita Ora – Soul Survivor

Watsky – Limo 4 Emos

Mashup of the Week:

Mashed Potatoes – Bye Bye O B

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Legendary Lineage”
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 Bob’s Burgers Season 11
I watched more A Crime to Remember
I started watching Conspiracies
I finished The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Media Update 4/22/21

April 22, 2021

Unorthodox

I had heard of this show through my new job where some of our clients are Orthodox Jews. It is a culture that I have always been curious about. I learned a bit because my high school was open-minded but it is a very insular community. This show is supposed to be the most accurate look at the culture on film so far since it is based on a true story. The show follows a young woman who leaves her Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community with dreams of a different life. It is a great fish out of water story as a sheltered New Yorker moves to Berlin to follow her dreams. The show constantly cuts back and forth between the present in Berlin and the past in New York, contrasting the two lifestyles. Shira Haas plays the lead and she is fantastic and so fun to watch. She is backed by a fantastic ensemble cast and a superb production team that makes everything so visceral and raw. I thought that the show was going to be too depressing but I have stuck with it and I want to see the rest. I recommend this show.

Hunters

This show has been on my list for quite a while. The cast immediately grabbed my attention. I sat down and watched the first episode which was the length of a movie. The show is set in the 1970s and follows a secret non-governmental organization hunting Nazis living in the United States. The show arguably stars Logan Lerman who is a young and clever man discovering a new part of his life. He is backed by Al Pacino in probably one of the best roles of his late career, an aging Jewish philanthropist. They are backed up by a great ensemble played by Saul Rubinek, Carol Kane, Josh Radnor, Tiffany Boone, Louis Ozawa, and Kate Mulvaney. I also really love the insidiousness of Greg Austin and Dylan Baker who play such great villains. I am really excited to see where this goes since, at the end of the first episode, it felt like it was just picking up. I recommend this show.

Operation Finale

I watched this movie on a whim because of the subject matter but I realized as I watched that this should have already been on my list. The movie is about the capture of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Holocaust. It follows a group of Mossad agents who travel to Buenos Aires to capture Eichmann. The movie stars Oscar Isaac as a young but burntout agent who is dedicated to the cause. Ben Kingsley plays Eichmann as a perfect villain, one who believes he was right even though the world knows he was wrong. They are backed up by a great cast including Nick Kroll, Lior Raz, Melanie Laurent, Joe Alwyn, and more. The movie is a fascinating look at the relationship between victim and villain and how we deal with that dynamic. The scenes between Isaac and Kingsley are especially captivating. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

POWERWOLF – Fire & Forgive

Buddy – Hey Up There

Halsey – Alone

Parov Stelar – The Voodoo Engine

Mashup of the Week

Lewis Wake – I Survived, You’re Welcome

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Jewish Matters”
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 Bob’s Burgers Season 11
I started watching This is a Robbery

Media Update 4/15/21

April 15, 2021

The Irregulars

I am a sucker for both Sherlock Holmes content and period supernatural stuff. This show immediately looked attractive to me. The show follows a handful of homeless kids in Victorian England who get swept up into an epic supernatural mystery thanks to a brush with Holmes and Watson. The show is an ensemble show much like great shows like Leverage and the Librarians. The kids are all great. Thaddea Graham plays the tough young girl who is the de facto leader of the group. Her sister is played by Darci Shaw, a dreamy but excited young woman who is starting to push past her previous limitations. McKell David plays the eternally plucky and optimistic young boy of the group. Jojo Macari plays the group’s muscle with a chip on his shoulder. Harrison Osterfield plays the outsider of the group. There are plenty of great actors who play interesting characters related to the Holmes mythos or a fictional version of the Order of the Golden Dawn (an organization that Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle was a part of). I am really invested in the characters and the mystery. I recommend this show.

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting

This seemed like a fun little idea and this movie exceeded my expectations. The movie follows a rookie babysitter who gets sucked into a supernatural world just beneath the surface and a personal and potentially global crisis. Tamara Smart does a great job as the clever and relatable babysitter over her head. Oona Laurence is great as the more experience monster hunter who becomes the main character’s mentor. Tom Felton is a scene-stealer as the movie’s villain, a creepy but funny boogeyman. There is a lot of fun and offbeat humor and just enough action to keep things exciting. The movie tackles some creepy ideas but does it with enough humor to keep things light. It reminded me somewhat of the first Spy Kids movie. Apparently, this is based on a series of books so I look forward to the upcoming sequels. I recommend this movie.

The Lost Room

I was poking around looking for a show to watch and stumbled on this show on a list on IMDB and I was intrigued. The show follows a cop who gets involved in a strange underground supernatural where mysterious magical items are being sought by forces beyond his understanding. The show is built as a mini-series in three parts with each part being movie-length. I have only watched part one. The star is Peter Krause, a very charismatic and funny guy who also has the chops for drama. His daughter is played by Elle Fanning and she is cute beyond words. Character actors Peter Jacobson, Kevin Pollak, Roger Bart, and more play great parts in the first section and I can see that there are even more actors in future parts. The mystery is fascinating and I like the world that is forming beyond the normal world. I recommend this show.

Music of the Week:

Zack de la Rocha – Digging For Windows

Au/Ra – Panic Room

Sabrina Carpenter, Jonas Blue – Alien

Caravan Palace – Lone Digger

Mashup of the Week:

Octo – Bring Montero to Life

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Magical Mystery”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I finished watching Q: Into the Storm

Media Update 4/8/21

April 11, 2021

Godzilla vs. Kong

I really liked King Kong: Skull Island and I have a lot of nostalgia for the Godzilla movies whne I was a kid. I watched every single one that I could get a hold of. This is the continuation of a franchise so there is a lot going on. This movie covers the inevitable clash of King Kong and Godzilla and I’ve become a fan of these versions of the monsters. The movie largely follows two intersecting plotlines. The first plot line is helmed by Rebecca Hall, a linguist working with Kong who is great as an insightful advocate. She is joined by Alexander Skarsgård who is great as a scholarly good guy trying to do the right thing. Kaylee Hottle plays a great character, one of the best child actors I have seen in a while. The other plot follows Millie Bobbie Brown, an inquisitive young woman, and Brian Tyree Henry, a paranoid engineer. They are dealing with Demián Bichir and Shun Oguri who are great as villains. The movie went along at a great pace and the human story never stood in the way of the monster story. The special effects and monster design were both really good. I recommend this movie.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Since I liked Kong vs. Godzilla, I decided to check this one out as well. I had not watched it yet because I disliked Godzilla (2014) so much. This was a mistake. The movie has a huge ensemble cast but we mainly follow two characters. The first is Millie Bobbie Brown, who is great as a troubled but highly intelligent young woman. The second is Kyle Chandler who is great as a man trying to pull his life back together. We also get Vera Farmiga who plays a brilliant but misguided scientist. We get other great performances from Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, David Straitharn, Ken Watanabe, and Zhang Ziyi. Somehow, the human parts flow without being too much and they all work to serve the Godzilla plot. Nothing gets in the way of the Godzilla and the monster plot. Again, I really loved the monster design and the fight choreography. I recommend this movie.

Destroy All Monsters

It was intensely interesting to go back and watch this movie. While it is by far not a perfect film, you can see direct through lines to the above movies (and other movies throughout the years). In fact, the movie came up with a lot of interesting plot points even if they are somewhat clumsily crafted. I like a lot of the interesting takes on global politics that this movie deals with. I really loved that this became more of a thing into the Godzilla movies of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and onward. Shin Godzilla in particular did a really good job on that sort of commentary. The special effects are, of course, not super great but still fun. This is “guys in rubber suits” era of Godzilla so all of the monsters move a little weird. You get weird frames where Rodan is doing the Shimmy and Godzilla is shadow boxing. Later films would do better with giving the humans more stakes by putting them in the same shot as the monsters and have better models for the monsters to destroy. I won’t really talk about the acting because it was all melodramatic dubbed over English and I imagine the Japanese is much better but I do not know. Still, I recommend this movie as something fun to put on in the background.

Music of the Week:

ParkingLotGrass -Rain Man

Yat-Kha – Charash Karaa

Playboy Manbaby – I Wish My Brain Was A Computer

dodie – Guiltless

Mashup of the Week:

Allen Riley – Surfin’ With Butterfly Wings

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Go Go Godzilla!”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I watched more Teen Wolf Season 1
I started watching Q: Into the Storm
I watched more Allen v. Farrow

I also got vaccinated on Tuesday so that’s why this post is late!

Media Update 4/1/31

April 1, 2021

Falcon and Winter Soldier

Coming off of WandaVision, I was interested where they would go with Marvel television. This story already feels a bit more political and connected to the world at large (which is different not better or worse). Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan return as the title characters and do a great job continuing those characters’ stories. Since we are not focusing on Steve Rogers anymore, we get to see more of the personal life of both characters and how they fit in to society. We also get to see a lot more of the realities of a post-blip world. Adepero Oduye is a scene-stealer as Falcon’s sister. Emily VanCamp gets to return as the criminally underused Sharon Carter. The whole cast is really interesting and it seems that they are able to tell a meaningful, deep story while also having a lot of exciting action scenes. I definitely recommend this show.

Operation Varsity Blues

Since I followed the scandal in the news, I was definitely going to check out this documentary. This documentary obviously follows the high-profile conspiracy investigation that busted a college admissions cheating operation. It exposed many wealthy people who were able to cheat to get their kids into prestigious universities and colleges. The movie is told in reenactments which are leagues ahead of your average reenactments. Part of that is that Matthew Modine plays Rick Singer, the charismatic and morally bankrupt ringleader behind the whole scheme. The movie does a good job breaking down possible motives for the parents who eagerly cooperated with the schemes. The documentary also goes into some interesting discussions about what makes a college desirable and how broken the college admission process has become. It never excuses the people who were guilty in this but it does bring some understanding into it. I recommend this as well.

Icarus

This is an award-winning documentary about steroid doping in athletics. The director, Bryan Fogel, started out his story with frustration about always being toward the middle of the pack during marathon bike races. Partially spurred on by the Lance Armstrong scandal, he starts to investigate a bit. He is told that far more people than we know are using drugs to gain an unfair edge. He decides to try doping and see if he can pass drug tests like Lance Armstrong. He starts a regiment and is coached by an eccentric Russian scientist who is in charge of a huge lab in Russia. When a larger scandal breaks in Russia, the movie suddenly changes from medical scandal investigation to political thriller. The movie took turns that I did not expect but it manages to stay light even in its darkest moments. It exposes a lot of the worst of the sports world and how easily people turn a blind eye to it. I recommend this as well.

Music of the Week:


Lil Nas X – MONTERO

Jessi (제시) – ‘어떤X

Devour – No Escape

Apocalyptica feat. Lacey – Broken Pieces

Mashup of the Week

Wantwon – Sexy Like a Hole

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Feeling Like a Fake”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I watched American Murder: Family Next Door


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