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Media Update 7/2/20

July 2, 2020


Cosmic Slop

When I was doing research for this week’s theme (because I was suddenly insanely curious), I stumbled upon this obscure movie and I was immediately interested. This actually has a really interesting history. It was originally supposed to be a show similar to Twilight Zone but only three episodes were produced and formed into a makeshift movie. The three segments are introduced by funk legend George Clinton acting like an alien. In fact, the title of the show is the name of a Funkadelic album. What caught my attention was the segment called “Space Traders” which is the most famous story. Basically, aliens come to Earth and promise to fix all of the United States’ problems if they will allow the aliens to take all of America’s black people. It is as heartbreaking as it sounds. All of the segments are intensely interesting and say a lot about African American culture. The special effects are incredibly cheap (which tracks with it being CGI from 1994) but the drama and acting are both so good. The stories are also well-written because they adapted successful short stories. The third segment “Tang” has especially good acting and I want to see it adapted to live theater. I really recommend this movie. (It’s free on Youtube currently)


Space is the Place

This was a movie basically created by the famous jazz/funk musician Sun Ra. He wanted to relay his philosophy surrounding the African American people. It ends up being a sort of Afrofuturist fable about the conflict between capitalism and spiritualism for the soul of the black man. A lot of it is very symbolic but some parts are a bit more literal. Sun Ra is the hero, returned from space to get black people to come with him in his space ship to a new land. He is up against basically the devil, played incredibly charismatically by Raymond Johnson. Seriously, he was the best part. The movie definitely dips into blaxploitation (with some full-frontal nudity) but it is mostly an odd yet entertaining movie. I would suggest holding onto a plot synopsis because the movie can get a bit weird at places. However, I think it is followable. It is a fascinating movie but not for everybody. I recommend it. (It is also free on YouTube)


The Brother from Another Planet

I was drawn to this movie because it stars Joe Morton, an actor that I have loved ever since I first saw him in the show Eureka. He is a great actor and is just instantly recognizable and likable. The movie is about an alien who arrives on Earth and stumbles into Harlem. He is from another planet yet he appears to be a black man. The movie does not so much have a plot arc but instead is driven by the main character’s interactions with earth customs in the early eighties. Adding to the intrigue is that Joe Morton’s unnamed character is completely mute. All of his acting is through gestures and facial expressions. It makes for interesting dialogue as characters around him end up revealing more of themselves than they probably would normally because he is silent and the conversations are lopsided. Morton interacts with many interesting characters and is flustered by capitalism, racism, and the ordinary goings-on of New York City. I definitely recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:
Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop

Sun Ra Arkestra – Seductive Fantasy

The Bright Light Social Hour – Ghost Dance

Cherae Leri – Feel

Indigo Mak – Ecstasy

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Black Science Fiction”
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Flash Season 6
– I watched more Arrow Season 8
– I watched more Watcher videos
– I watched more Supergirl Season 5
– I watched more Riverdale Season 4
– I watched more Black Lightning Season 3
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 4
– I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 5
– I watched more Supernatural Season 15
– I watched more Doom Patrol Season 1

Media Update 6/25/20

June 25, 2020


Sleepaway Camp II (HBO Max)

I previously reviewed the first movie in the series during Halloween. The first movie is problematic but actually masterfully done. This movie shifts to being less problematic and also shifts to a more comedic horror movie. The movie is a great little parody of other eighties horror movies while still being a good little horror movie itself. I have included it here because the killer is a fully transitioned transwoman. The franchise covers the mental abuse that people with gender issues have and how gender issues can be caused by extreme trauma. The cast is really good at being bumbling teenage hormone monsters acting up at summer camp. There are a lot of fun subplots for each camper that run throughout the movie. The gore is really good without being over the top. The offbeat humor really works. Pamela Springsteen really works as the perpetually cheery serial killer with who has one solution to all of her problems. I really like this franchise and I am excited to see the third one. I recommend it.


Tragedy Girls (Hulu)

High School is a chaotic time under normal circumstances but when there is a killer loose, it can be even crazier. On top of that high schoolers already pretty much act like sociopaths no matter how you slice it. Add in an unhealthy fixation on social media and a need to be seen in the way you want rather than the way you are and it’s a recipe for disaster. This movie is a great look at how the media and society work around sensational death and also how the political machine messes up its response. The two leads, Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp are so good at playing best friends who very well might be more than friends. They are so likable which is important for the kind of characters they play. I loved them so much. The movie is so darkly comic and easy to watch. I recommend this movie.


Knife and Heart (Prime)

This movie is set in the early 1970s within the culture of gay clubs and gay porn. The main characters are a lesbian couple who work together to make male on male porn. The movie is ostensibly a slasher film but it is also a drama about mental illness, art, commercialism, relationships, and the underground culture of homosexuality. It is set in France and as such, all dialogue is in French. It is also incredibly risque although there is nothing explicit but let us be real, there are a lot of scenes of guy on guy action artfully filmed. Online I have seen it compared to de Palma and Argento and I have to agree. It has a slow burn, dramatic horror to it which is interesting because, in my experience, slashers are more frantic. It allows the movie to really flesh out the characters so we get to know them on a personal level. The star, Vanessa Paradis, is so good as the often manic porn director who is just trying to make her life work when she is caught up in a mystery. Her charisma is inescapable and she brightens up what could be a dirge of a movie (which is also helped by some quirky moments). I recommend it but it is not for everybody.

Music of the Week:

Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

Girl Gang- Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Khruangbin – Pelota

Kendrick Lamar – Alright

Vanessa Paradis – Love Song

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Pride Horror 2”
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Flash Season 6
– I watched more Arrow Season 8
– I watched more Buzzfeed Unsolved
– I watched more Supergirl Season 5
– I watched more The Good Wife Season 1
– I watched more Riverdale Season 4
– I watched more Black Lightning Season 3
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 4
– I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 5
– I watched The Last Slumber Party(Rifftrax Version)
– I watched Pressure Point (Rifftrax Version)
– I watched Oblivion (Rifftrax Version)

Media Update 6/18/20

June 18, 2020


Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II

I watched the original Prom Night in the past few years and it was alright. It was part of Jamie Lee Curtis’ original tour of horror movies after Halloween. It was a fairly good slasher flick set in a high school. This movie has so little to do with the first movie except its setting and the titular prom night. I am so glad that they rebranded it because it ensured that it got made. Whereas the first movie had no supernatural elements, the sequel goes hard into the supernatural realm. I would basically call it A Nightmare on Elm Street except Freddy is a very sassy prom queen. It is kind of like A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, in a way. The movie is super horny (but harmless) and has a lot of pretty gay situations. I was surprised by how funny and interesting the movie was. The effects are so good and I was often astonished by some trippy and startling special effects. Wendi Lyon is very good in a dual role as the good girl and evil spirit. Michael Ironside plays the principal who is the actual target of the spirit’s vengeance. I definitely recommend this movie.


Witchboard

I was told that this movie had a lot of homosexual undertones and I was not disappointed. Two ex-friends who fell out over a girl meet up again just as a spirit starts to haunt the girl in question. There is so much raw chemistry between the two guys that is crazy. I found myself thinking ‘just kiss!’ over and over. Todd Allen and Stephen Nichols play the two lead characters with such white-hot hatred for each other that it must be more than just the girl. Tawny Kitaen plays the young woman and while she does good, she’s mostly just a prop. Kathleen Wilhoite plays a psychic with some queer energy of her own. It is unclear if all of the queer-coding is intentional or not but it is incredibly hard to ignore. I saw it all over so many lists online. The movie is very melodramatic like a horror movie soap opera but it is definitely quirky enough to be plenty of fun. I recommend it as well.


The Slumber Party Massacre

This movie was written by queer activist and novelist Rita Mae Brown, the only horror movie she ever wrote. She wrote the script as satire but the studio decided to produce it seriously. What came of that process is a movie with a lot of humor that is both intentional but probably also unintentional. The movie comes out way more subversive than the studio probably realized. There are a few bisexual or lesbian-coded college girls and a next-door neighbor who comes off fairly gay. The movie is exciting and contains a lot more moving parts than I expected from a slasher film set in a small area. The actresses are all great but a special shoutout to Robin Stille who plays the new girl in school. The villain Michael Villella is super interesting too because he could very well have been a faceless villain but ends up giving the movie wild energy through his physical acting. I recommend this movie as well.

Music of the Week:
IDLES – GROUNDS

The Orange Constant – Fadin’ the Line

Brzask – Brzask

George Seven – ICYTWAT GYAL

TUCURUVI (MADALENA) – Laurent Lucas x Oliver Hirondelle

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “LGBT Horror”
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Flash Season 6
– I watched more Arrow Season 8
– I watched more Buzzfeed Unsolved
– I started watching Supergirl Season 5
– I watched more The Good Wife Season 1
– I watched more Riverdale Season 4
– I watched more Supernatural Season 15
– I watched more Batwoman Season 1
– I watched more Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated Season 1
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 4
– I watched The Miami Connection (Rifftrax Version)
– I started watching Legends of Tomorrow Season 5

Media Update 6/11/20

June 11, 2020


Batwoman

I have been excited about this show since the title character made a guest appearance on the other Arrowverse shows. I have also loved the action movies that I have seen Ruby Rose in so far. She has a strength of personality that really suits her as an action star. I expected the show to be another Arrowverse extension (which is not a bad thing). However, this show ended up feeling a lot deeper. First, they did not shy away from Kate Kane being a lesbian. She has a prominent ex on the show and they do not shy away from LGBT themes. It also has a lot of fun psychological thriller themes concerning Batwoman and her arch-nemesis Alice. Ruby Rose plays Kate Kane aka Batwoman and she is perfect for the role. She is funny but can go cold and hard at the drop of a hat. Rachel Skarsten is delightfully mad as Alice, the Wonderland themed villain who is brilliant and has a personal stake in things. The show is a lot of fun but they definitely hit some deeper, darker themes (similar to Black Lightning and Doom Patrol). I am looking forward to watching the rest of this but I am sad that Ruby Rose has already bowed out of the show. Still, I look forward to season 2. I really recommend it.


Doom Patrol

I have definitely been a Grant Morrison fan and this show definitely follows the Grant Morrison sort of comic books. This show is wonderfully weird and it is hard to predict what will happen next. Part of why that is is because the main villain is a being of chaos (played brilliantly by Alan Tudyk) who is absolutely omnipresent and hilarious. The series features the grand return of Brendan Fraser who plays Robotman, a racecar driver who is now a brain in a robot body due to a bad accident. Diane Guerrero plays Crazy Jane, a young woman with 64 personalities each with their own superpower. Matt Bomer plays a tortured man who is more tortured by having been gay in the sixties than his condition. April Bowlby plays a former Hollywood starlet who had her career ended by gaining shapechanging powers. Joivan Wade plays Cyborg, a young hero who is trying to show the world how good he can be while figuring out who he is. Finally, Timothy Dalton plays their boss and caretaker. I really love the show and how I cannot predict anything that happens. Between chaos magic, 64 randomly appearing personalities, and the collective emotional baggage of the cast, it is hard to know what is going to happen each episode. I definitely recommend the show.


Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors

Disney taking over Marvel allowed them to create some new shows. This show uses mostly previously untapped Marvel characters and throws them together. The cast of the origin movie has Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Patriot, Squirrel Girl, Quake, America Chavez, and Inferno. I never thought Squirrel Girl would ever be adapted but they got her pitch-perfect as the hyperactive but insanely smart member of the team. They do not shy away from Kamala Khan’s Muslim heritage and culture. Quake is once again voiced by Chloe Bennett (reprising her role from Agents of Shield. America Chavez is accurately portrayed as the Latinx that she is and they may go on to let her be gay. They definitely kept her two moms in her story which was great. The movie is about trusting the right people and actually gets into a bit of a racism allegory. It partly focuses on distrust between the Inhumans and humans. It is a lighthearted bit of superheroism and I was happy to see how naturally diverse it was. I definitely recommend it and I hope they do more with it (beyond the shorts already on Disney+).

Music of the Week:
Kate NV – Plans

Goodnight Goodbye – Dad Dancing

Tetrarch – I’m Not Right

Disco Inferno – In Sharky Water

My Fault – Christine Nguyen

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is Pride Superheroes
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Flash Season 6
– I watched more Arrow Season 8
– I watched more Buzzfeed Unsolved
– I started watching Supergirl Season 5
– I watched more The Good Wife Season 1
– I watched more Riverdale Season 4
– I started Supernatural Season 15

Media Update 6/4/20

June 4, 2020


The Good Wife

My mom had told me about this series ages ago but I do not always rush to watch what she is watching. However, I was watching a YouTube series (mentioned below) that went over the first episode and I was intrigued. The show is about the wife of a District Attorney who put her law career on hold when she had kids with her husband. However, when her husband is imprisoned, she must return to working for a big firm. I really love the cases that they take as each is a bit of a good mystery and usually has a fair bit of intrigue. Juliana Margulies plays the title character and she is instantly likable and fun to follow. Josh Charles and Christine Baranski play the two name partners of the firm and often mentor or advise the main character. My favorite character is the in house investigator played by Archie Panjabi who is snarky and very cunning. I am excited that the show goes a full five seasons and that there is a sequel spinoff. The characters and writing are both very good and it is easy to watch episode after episode. I recommend this show.


LegalEagle

I love YouTube because you get all of these great niche shows made by enthusiastic content creators. In passing, I saw this show pop up on my feed but I was wary of this particular thing. What caught my interest but also triggered my alarms was the term “Lawyer Reacts”. I was worried that this would be a sarcastic series about how horrible shows and movies about legal issues are because they are “not accurate”. Instead, I found out that the host of the show is really entertaining and absolutely loves to watch fiction with the law in it. He enthusiastically examines each movie or television episode (and even a music video) and helpfully points out how things would really go. He freely recognizes that most shows get things wrong because of dramatic license or on purpose. Also, most shows and movies do not tend to follow the most ethical attorneys. He also sometimes relates real-life weird cases (something I have done here as well). I have posted his episode on The Bee Movie above (he and I are agreed that it is a horrible and weird movie). I definitely recommend this show (and it’s free!)


Damages

I watched this show because I had heard some rumblings about it and it has a pretty good cast on paper. The show is about a young attorney who joins the firm run by a cut-throat attorney. The main draw of the show is Glenn Close who plays the name partner of the firm who gets to act like Cruella de Ville got a law degree. We also get Ted Danson who plays the billionaire who Close is trying to crush through a class action suit. Both of them are deliciously evil and take turns just being the worst. The actual star of the show is supposed to be Rose Byrne but, at least in early episodes, she feels a bit like a blank slate for everyone to use as a prop. I am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt but the show feels a little bit overdramatic but there is a sort of mystery that somewhat intrigues me. I am not sure I can recommend the show but if you see that I am still watching it, it’s probably gotten good.

Music of the Week:
Slutever – Teen Mom

Avril Lavigne – We Are Warriors

Flatbush Zombies – Monica

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – Rain on Me

Dawn Ray’d – Black Cloth

 

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “To the Courtroom”
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 3
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 10
– I watched more Riverdale Season 4
– I watched more What We Do In the Shadows Season 2
– I watched more Flash Season 6
– I watched more Arrow Season 8
– I watched more Buzzfeed Unsolved
– I started watching Supergirl Season 5

Media Update 5/28/20

May 28, 2020


Charlie’s Angels (2019)

I was not really young enough to watch the show but I enjoyed the nineties reboot pretty well. This movie is a full-on reboot done with purpose. The concept of the movie is that the Charles Donovan Agency has now gone global and there are numerous cells of Angel agents all over the place. Each cell is paired with its own Bosley which is now a rank and not so much a name. I really loved this movie from the first few minutes until the end. Part of that really had to do with bringing in Kristen Stewart. I was definitely one of the people who bagged on her in her Twilight and Huntsman days but I now realize that she is great if she is allowed to show some charisma. She was an absolute delight and, as one of the more comic voices of the main trio, she really helped keep things light and fun. I was really pleased to see Naomi Scott as one of the leads because she is really knocking it out of the park lately and in this, she was basically the comic relief while still being a great dramatic character. Ella Balinska plays the heavy of the group and she is great with the deadpan humor. They are joined by Patrick Stewart and Elizabeth Banks (who also directed). I would actually liken this movie to the Mission Impossible film franchise with a slightly lighter tone. It also does not try to sweep the franchise’s history away and instead builds on what they can. It also has a banger soundtrack. I definitely recommend it and I hope that it gets a sequel.


Mystery Incorporated

I watched a heck of a lot of Scooby-Doo reruns when I was a kid and I have definitely been caught up in waves of the franchise’s nostalgia over and over. I watched so many adaptations over the years. I even enjoyed the hell out of the Scooby-Doo live-action movies. I had watched a little bit of this show when it first came out but I got distracted and never continued. The show is somewhat famous for actually giving the regular cast more character arcs and allow them to be a little closer to people rather than cartoons. There is also an overarching mystery that connects the episodes of each season. Some of it feels like Sherlock Holmes and some of it feels a bit Lovecraftian. The art style is a little darker and sharper as well. I love that the cast still is very much like old incarnations but with additional soul. All of this makes each episode less interchangeable and on top of that, the villains feel less iconic but more memorable. I recommend the show and it makes me want to consume more Scooby stuff.


6 Underground

I have become a huge fan of Ryan Reynolds in the past few years so I knew that I would eventually catch this one. The movie follows Ryan Reynolds as the bankroll and leader of a secret squad that eliminates dictators and evil people in power. The movie is very pretty with great sweeping shots and great cinematography. Ryan Reynolds is glib and funny as usual and often the best part of the movie. The problem was that I was just not feeling this one. It has exciting action scenes, fun characters, and a neat idea. However, I feel like it lost me in the editing and some of the writing. From the beginning, there were long scenes that went too long, too many cuts, and the plot meanders a bit. I actually don’t recommend the movie.

Music of the Week:
Lowen – Just Fucking Let Me Love You

Mom / ハッピーニュースペーパー

Caravan Palace – Moonshine

Dead Pirates – UGO

Hockey Dad – I Missed Out

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Secret Organizations”
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 3
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 10
– I watched more Black Lightning Season 3
– I watched more What We Do In the Shadows Season 1
– I watched more Riverdale Season 4
– I watched more What We Do In the Shadows Season 2
– I watched Resident Evil 5
– I watched Police Academy 7
– I watched Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
– I started watching The Flash Season 6
– I started watching Arrow Season 8

Media Update 5/21/20

May 21, 2020


Dora the Explorer

When I was unemployed for a long period of time years ago, I watched a lot of Dora the Explorer and Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (which is why I wrote a gritty reboot last month). There’s something very wholesome and calming about those shows. When I saw the poster for this movie, I was all in and I previously wanted to watch it in theaters or as a double feature with Sonic the Hedgehog. Anyway, the movie is sort of a sequel to the series but also reimagining the original series. It stars Isabella Merced as high school-aged Dora who is eternally optimistic and super smart. She is such a delight and she has an unironic sweetness that is so good. Jeff Wahlberg plays Diego, her now sullen and moody cousin Diego. Madeleine Madden plays Sammy, a type-A valedictorian who is threatened by Dora’s intelligence and baffled by her optimism. Nicholas Coombe plays the token white kid, awkward but intelligent and with a good heart. The adults are all great but a special shout out to Dora’s parents who are played by superstars Michael Pena and Eva Longoria. The movie is a fun adventure in the vein of Spy Kids and Temple of Doom. I also like how they were able to keep the cast Hispanic. I definitely recommend this movie.


Judy

This is an absolutely devastating movie but it has a lot of comedy to try to bring it up. The movie covers the last year of Judy Garland’s life when she had burned all of her bridges in the United States and briefly reignited her career with a series of concerts in England. It is such a fascinating look at somebody who has been utterly crushed by life and herself. I thought I knew about Garland’s life but I was immediately surprised by how much the movie taught me. I knew about the pills and I knew some of how the Hollywood system messed with young Judy’s head but this really laid it all out there. It also shows her relationship with her kids who she loved desperately. It mostly focuses on the younger children (Lorena and Joey Luft) probably because Liza Minelli disavowed the production. Also, they are portrayed as somewhat estranged in the movie. Renee Zellweger is really great as the confident yet anxiety-ridden Judy. Jessie Buckley plays her British handler, a young woman who tries her best to support Garland even as she is falling apart. Darci Shaw is really good as the young Judy Garland in the crushing hands of Hollywood. I recommend the movie although it is very dark and parts of it are creepy.


I Am Not Okay With This

I had heard really good things about this show. Adolescence and superpowers have long been linked in fiction and I was looking forward to an honest take on it. Being a teenager sucked for me and I like dipping into fiction that shows how awkward and weird being young is. Sophia Lillis is immediately likable and relatable as an awkward and ‘unremarkable’ teenage girl, Syd. Her inner monologue (which we hear constantly) is entertaining and feels both dark and funny. Wyatt Olef plays her awkward and hippie-ish neighbor and he is fun. Sofia Bryant plays Syd’s no-nonsense, badass best friend. I also really liked Aidan Wojtak-Hissong who plays Syd’s younger brother. He is a really well-done version of the kid prodigy and his chemistry with Lillis is so good. The show was instantly charming when it could have been overly dark. It also tackles LGBTQ+ issues well in that it makes it no big deal as it should be. I definitely recommend the series.

Music of the Week:
Deltron 3030 – Virus

Simple Kid – Serotonin

Quichenight – If I Get Corona

goomiey – ステレオタイプ

Sedona – Closer

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “This is Her Story”
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 3
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural Season 5
– I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 10
– I watched more Black Lightning Season 3
– I watched more What We Do In the Shadows Season 1
– I started watching Riverdale Season 4
– I started watching She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 4

Media Update 5/14/20

May 14, 2020

Ozark

My boss had really been pushing this show, as it is one of his favorites. Other than starring Jason Bateman, I had no interest in the show or any idea what it was about. But I knew my boss was not going to be quiet about it so I decided to finally check it out. The show is super dark from the very first episode but it has really good dialogue. The show is about a financial investor who is forced to take his family to the Ozark Mountains in order to launder money for a criminal cartel. Bateman plays the father, a fast-talking but hapless financial wizard. Laura Linney plays his troubled wife, a woman on the verge of a breakdown but determined to do what she can for her family. The kids are really good actors and are written to be believable kids. There is an interesting cast of characters in addition but my favorite so far is Julia Garner as a young woman from a meth-dealing, backwoods criminal family. She is so interesting and cunning and I want to see her story specifically. I recommend the show but, again, it is very dark.


Angel Has Fallen

I loved the first two movies in this trilogy. They are just the right mix of crazy action and appropriate gravitas. The movie is about a hotshot secret service agent who must fight against the US Government and domestic terrorists after being framed for an attempt on the President’s life. Gerard Butler is once again great as the fusion of an everyman and a superman, Mike Banning, Secret Service Agent. Morgan Freeman once again plays the President with all the gravitas he can summon. We also get the introduction of Nick Nolte as a grizzled off-the-grid Vietnam vet. Danny Huston plays a very charismatic villain, clearly a villain from the start but a sort 0f blue-collar bad guy. I really loved the addition of Jada Pinkett Smith as an intuitive FBI agent. Of course, Lance Reddick is always welcome in any movie or show that I have seen him in. The movie felt more driven by story and character than the past two movies. We really got to dive deep into what makes the characters tick. The lower budget on this one actually made the movie feel a little more grounded. I definitely recommend this movie.


The Foreigner

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I was all in. Jackie Chan does not so much get better as age but evolves into something just as good but almost an entirely different animal. When he was young, Chan was flashy, funny, and amazingly athletic. I am definitely becoming a fan of this new Jackie Chan. He is no longer the plucky and agile fighter and is now more of a predatory, methodical being. He is just as effective but gives off different energy which is refreshing. Pierce Brosnan plays an aging IRA leader who is now a politician. I really liked Charlie Murphy (not that Charlie Murphy) as a crafty operator, she was just so interesting. The movie is a great revenge flick but it is also a political mystery that hearkens back to the historic Troubles. It plays on British and Irish history very well. I recommend this movie as well.

Music of the Week:
The HU – Song of Women feat. Lzzy Hale

The Regrettes “What Am I Gonna Do Today

Seizure Machine – Culito

Aesthetic Perfection – Gods & Gold

Megan Thee Stallion – Captain Hook

 

Weekly Updated:
– This week’s theme is “You Messed With the Wrong Person”
– I finished Bojack Horseman
– I watched more Scream Queens Season 1
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 3
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural Season 5
– I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 10
– I watched more Black Lightning Season 3

Media Update 5/7/20

May 7, 2020


Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural

I was thinking about John Keel’s descriptions of Men in Black and I started to poke around for amusing alien docuseries. The first one I found was way too earnest and forceful. This one is lighter fare and a lot funnier. The series follows Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej of Buzzfeed as they travel and explore allegedly supernatural locales. They seem to focus on three major areas which are ghosts, demons, and extraterrestrials. Ryan is a true believer who freaks out a lot on location and works hard to try to convince himself and Shane. Shane is a skeptic and an adherent of science and practical application of facts. The only area that they are even remotely close to overlapping is with extraterrestrials. Shane believes that aliens are out there but doubts that they have visited Earth. The great thing is their chemistry. Ryan is excitable but not put out when Shane does not believe him. Shane is not a stick in the mud and is very willing to go along on any adventure that Ryan dreams up. They are a great team and allow the user to figure out which side they land on. Each episode is only about 10 minutes at most. I definitely recommend it and I will be following up on their other series.


DEVS

I had heard good things about this series from friends on Twitter and I am a big fan of both weirdness and Nick Offerman. The first thing I noticed about the show is how cool the visuals are from an art design direction. The show is beautiful but also eerie in its alienness. I was not disappointed if I wanted weird because I definitely got it. The show deals with bleeding-edge technology, some of which is stuff that maybe humans should not really dabble in. The show follows a mystery of a disappearance from a cult-like technology company. The show has an almost unbearable tension and a maddening mystery that I really want to get to the bottom of. Offerman is great as the charismatic yet creepy leader of the company, a shaggy-looking digital messiah and/or demon. Sonoya Mizuno is so excellent as an extremely bright young woman who is trying to parse what happened to her missing boyfriend. I definitely recommend this movie but it is not for the faint of heart.


The Endless

I had seen this movie sitting on my Netflix queue for a long time now. I had thought about using it for my yearly Halloween event but I kept setting aside. It is also not as much a horror movie as it is a science fiction thriller. There are definitely horror elements but it would not fit in as well with the usual October fare. This movie is about two young men who survived a UFO death cult but now want to investigate to see what exactly happened back then. The movie is very low budget which actually really adds to the creepiness. Writer/Director/Actor Justin Benson and Director/Actor Aaron Moorehead are great as the two brothers whose lives did not get any better after leaving a cult. The rest of the cast is full of eccentric weirdos who slowly reveal a bigger mystery to the brothers. The movie is also darkly comedic at times, blowing off a little tension here and there with some welcome humor. The music, cast, writing, and imagery lead to a crazy mystery that I found myself desperately curious about. I definitely recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:
High Visions – When I’m Dead, Just Throw Me in the Trash

Atsuko Chiba – Fata Morgana

Scary Potter – Wey

Lil Pøøch – Drag Me Down

Shampoos – Nightrider

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Exploring the Strange”
– I watched more Prodigal Son Season 1
– I watched more Bojack Horseman Season 6
– I watched more Scream Queens Season 1
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 3
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 10

Media Update 4/30/20

April 30, 2020


Terminator: Dark Fate

They have tried many soft reboots for the Terminator franchise to varying degrees of success. To be fair, I loved the first two movies and liked the third. Salvation was just too dark for me and I have yet to see Genisys. This movie followed the same formula as Halloween (2019) and just created a sequel to T2. It actually makes more sense because of time travel. Now that Skynet has been thwarted, a new threat arises. Natalia Reyes is great as the normal person character caught up in the madness but finding her power throughout. Her arc is so satisfying and believable. Mackenzie Davis plays her dedicated protector with toughness but a lot of good depth. Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Connor and she is so good. She combines her toughness from T2 with a new sassy broad energy that I loved. The Terminator himself returns and I enjoyed his offbeat comedy and the character surprised me by being really touching. Gabriel Luna makes for a really creepy villain and I love the new design for Terminators. The story brought something new to the franchise while still feeling like it was part of the chain of the franchise. It also feels good to not be ping-ponging back and forth between Skynet being a threat and being defeated. I recommend this movie.


Robocop 3

This seems to be a month where I realize that I have not seen the third movie in a franchise. I love the goofy sentimentality of the Robocop franchise. Each movie explores what it is to be human and the dystopian future that our cities are surely becoming. For those who do not know, the Robocop franchise explores a world where a corporation is able to literally purchase Detroit’s police force. Along the way, there is almost comical cartoon violence with plenty of gunfire. Robert John Burke takes over the role of Robocop and does a great job emoting as a robotic character. Remy Ryan plays his new child sidekick and it actually works. She’s precocious but in a way that’s fun and not annoying. Jill Hennesy plays the tech the wizard who helps Robocop enter a new phase in his development. They are joined by a whole group of fun character actors led by CCH Pounder. They are opposed by fun villains Rip Torn, Mako, Bruce Locke, Bradley Whitford, and John Castle. I recommend this movie too.


Bloodshot

I have been a fan of Vin Diesel since the release of XXX. He is a surprisingly good actor and he tends to pick interesting projects. This movie is a comic book adaptation about a hero who uses nanites to instantly heal massive damage and have other superhuman powers. It is definitely an interesting look at creating superpower people through the mix of technology and biology. It would fit in well with Upgrade (2018) but apparently, it is the start of a new shared universe. Vin Diesel is great as the driven former military man who has been infused with nanites. Eiza González plays a complicated heroine. Guy Pearce is very convincing as an Elon Musk-type douchebag CEO. Lamorne Morris plays the comic relief scientist, he is a very bright spot in an otherwise somewhat dark movie. The movie plays with reality and memory. The action scenes are really good although a lot of them are not for the faint of heart due to the gore and the implied gore. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:
Rina Sawayama – XS

Danny Brown – 3 Tearz

BRADIO – 幸せのシャナナ

Rattlesnake Milk – Bank Robber

Donny Benét – Mr. Experience

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Machine Parts”
– I watched more Prodigal Son Season 1
– I watched more Bojack Horseman Season 6
– I watched more Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Season 2
– I watched more My Hero Academia Season 1
– I watched more Scream Queens Season 1
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 3
– I watched more Schitt’s Creek Season 3
– I started Elementary Season 2
– I watched Gingerdead Man
– I watched Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich


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