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Media Update 1/21/21

January 21, 2021

Soul

I have been a fan of Pixar since they premiered their first feature film in 1995. Toy Story made me consider a job in animation for a short while as a teen. The company has a lot of hits and very few misses. When I saw advertisements for Soul, I was absolutely excited because people of color are still underrepresented in Disney fiction. This movie also corrected a lot of earlier mistakes by actually hiring on writers, consultants, and eventually a co-director who experienced and therefore understood black culture. That way they could tell a truly nuanced and authentic story and they succeeded. Jamie Foxx stars as a music teacher who is questioning his life. Tina Fey plays an unborn soul who has grown cynical. Graham Norton plays a hippie with a strange mystic background. The cast is rounded out by brilliant performances from Angela Bassett, Questlove, Richard Ayoade, Rachel House, Alice Braga, Donnell Rawlings and more. It is such a poignant story about what we do with our lives and how our plans change when life happens. I have heard people say that this was “Mid-Life Crisis: The Movie” but it is so much more. It is about culture, love, creativity, desire, and so many other things. I definitely recommend this movie.

Trolls World Tour

Dreamworks feels to me like it has more misses than hits but they are starting to pick things up in the past few years. Trolls was a movie that completely took me off guard. I was expecting a fun poppy movie (pun intended) with colorful animation and good music. The movie ended up being smarter than I expected. Trolls World Tour was a repeat of that phenomenon but to an even greater magnitude. This movie was way heavier than I thought it would be and had a great message. Ana Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return to anchor the movie again and are given a lot more to work with as it relates to emotional depth. Ron Funches returns with a much expanded role. Newcomers Anderson .Paak, Sam Rockwell, Kelly Clarkson, and Kenan Thompson really knocked it out of the park as new characters. Rachel Bloom plays the antagonist and does great as a heavy metal goddess. A special shout out to legends George Clinton and Mary J. Blige for rocking small but very important roles in the movie. The movie also displays more of a musical range as Pop is joined by Funk, Hip Hop, Rock, Country, Classical, Techno, Yodeling, Reggaeton, KPop, and even Smooth Jazz. It makes for a very interesting soundtrack which is mostly made up of good covers. I recommend this movie.

Over the Moon

Glen Keane has been an animator since the seventies and particularly worked for Disney on legendary projects like Beauty & The Beast, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Frozen and more. He recently left Disney and this is first time in the Director’s chair. He was joined by Audrey Wells, Jennifer Yee McDevitt, Alice Wu, and John Kahrs to create an authentically Chinese and human story. The movie follows a young girl played by relative newcomer Cathy Ang. She does such a great job of portraying a vulnerable yet headstrong preteen girl. Another relative newcomer plays a lovably annoying young kid who she is thrown together with. She has great chemistry with her family played by John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Sandra Oh, Margaret Cho, and Kimiko Glenn. They all give such warm performances that I wanted to hang out at their dinner table. Ken Jeong plays a lovable yet fairly annoying goofball (really a Dreamworks staple). Finally, the great Phillipa Soo plays a headstrong woman who is hiding vulnerability and she is so, so good at it. The original songs are all very beautiful and/or catchy. I definitely recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Aunty Donna – Chuffed (Dad Song)

Megan Thee Stallion – Girls in the Hood

Phillipa Soo – Ultraluminary

Seven Lions Feat. Runn – Calling You Home

Mashup of the Week:

Oneboredjeu – X Gon Give It To Ya Maybe

Weekly Update
This week’s theme is “Loss and Music in Animation”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
Special Shoutout to Jenny Nicholson’s 2 hour and 30 min video on The Vampire Diaries
I watched more AGDQ 2020
i watched more Elementary Season 3
I finished watching Numbers Season 5
I watched City of the Dead (Rifftrax Version)
I watched House on Haunted Hill (Rifftrax Version)
I watched The Hideous Sun Demon (Rifftrax Version)

Media Update 1/14/21

January 14, 2021

Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun

I had never heard of this Australian comedy group before so I did not know what to expect beyond the above trailer. Whatever they were doing looked fun but I had no idea what I was really in for. The show is legitimately insanely funny and it is one of the rare comedy series where I legitimately did not know what was going to happen next and was blindsided repeatedly. Each of the six episodes gets a theme and a series of sketches follow that theme at least tangentially. Broden Kelly, Mark Bonnano, and Zachary Ruane are the three rambunctious guys who are equally at home being zany as they are being each others straight man. As they throw on different personas they change in unexpected ways. They are really good at parody, satire, and surreal humor. They also have a host of guest stars like Ed Helms, Michelle Brasier, Kia Stevens, Weird Al, Karan Soni, Scott Aukerman, Paul F. Thompkins, Antony Starr, Ronny Chieng, Kristen Schaal and more. The boys are almost always on screen and dominate the show, of course. I cannot recommend this show enough.

My Brother, My Brother, and Me

If you know me in realspace, you would have heard me rave aout the podcast with the above nname. It is a comedy advice show where the three McElroy brothers (Justin, Travis, Griffin) dispense horrible advice to half-serious questions from listeners and insane questions from Yahoo! Answers. This show is an extension of that while putting the zany yet awkward comedy stylings of the boys on screen. Each episode is devoted to answering a single viewer question. They get the question and then they run around their hometown of Huntington, WV to try to research the problem or try to prove something to themselves and each other. The three brothers have chemistry not only from growing up together but also from being on a weekly podcast together for several years. (Also, two of them worked together for Polygon). The show also features their father Clint McElroy, a DJ for a local Country station who tries to give them advice. It also introduces the comic stylings of the Mayor of Huntington, Stephen Williams. The boys often visit him to get permission for some stunt or another and he does a really good job of keeping up with their improv comedy while getting in a few lines of his own. I recommend both the podcast and this show.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

I was a fan of the View Askewnaverse and I own a lot of the movies on DVD. I was a big fan of Kevin Smith but I feel lately that I have parted ways with what he is doing. Still, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back still has a place in my heart. This movie was a callback to the heyday of Kevin Smith’s career from his present day. It had cameos from a lot of Smith’s old friends and coworkers and his family. The movie attempts to tackle what it is to be middle-aged and a father. Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith return as the main characters and they have a lot of the same chemistry as they always did. Harley Quinn Smith (Smith’s daughter) plays Jay’s estranged daughter and really proves that she is taking this acting thing seriously. She is surrounded by delightful original characters played by Aparna Brielle and Treshelle Edmond. Cameos appear from Dogma, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and a few new additions. The movie was alright as a shot of nostalgia but lacked the quality of the movies it is calling back to. It also winked too much at the audience to focus on actually entertaining. I do not recommend this movie except for huge fans.

Music of the Week

Missy Elliott – Why I Still Love You

Poppy – I Disagree

FiSHBORN 『夜を抜けて』

Nasty Cherry – Win

Mashup of the Week

Angel Munoz – Boys Bringing Sexyback (Lizzo/Justin Timberlake Mashup)

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Them Boys”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more AGDQ 2020
i watched more Elementary Season 3
I watched Rollergator (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Sharkado 2 (Rifftrax Version)
I watched A Talking Cat!?! (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Terror at Tenkiller (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Ator the Fighting Eagle (Rifftrax Version)
I finished Numbers Season 6
I finished Marvel Agents of Shield Season 7 (and thus the series)

Media Update 1/7/21

January 7, 2021

Wonder Woman 1984

I really liked Wonder Woman. Even though it was a bit of a flawed movie, it was still fun. DC received a lot of criticism for their movies being dark so I think they over corrected with this movie. I really wanted to like this movie but it felt like it had absolutely nothing to do with the first movie. This is not necessarily a bad thing but the movie also had very little internal logic in it either. Gal Gadot is once again Wonder Woman/Diana Prince who is personable and charming yet has had no friends for about 65 years. Chris Pine has an unnecessary return as Steve Trevor. He’s fine but why? Kristen Wiig was miscast as an “ugly duckling” character when she is not even Hollywood ugly and she did her usual mugging and running her mouth. Pedro Pascal plays the villain as basically the love child of Nathan Fillion and Kyle MacLachlan. Nothing makes sense within the movie, the pacing is off, and the tone is weird. There are a lot of good parts to this movie but they just did not fit it together well. I do not recommend this movie. Watch Birds of Prey again instead.

Stargirl

I fell in love with the Justice Society of America comics and absolutely loved the revival in 1999 which showed more of a merging of the older JSA with a new generation. Those books popularized Courtney Whitmore being passed the torch from Starman and the Star-Spangled Kid. This show is an adaptation of that story. Brec Bassinger is great as Courtney, a girl kind of lost in life who finds superheroics and a purpose to carry her through. Luke Wilson plays her stepfather, a link to the past and an all-around good guy. Courtney’s mom and her stepbrother (played by Amy Smart and Trae Romano) are great comic relief. There is an ensemble cast which is just starting to play a role three episodes in. The show has a great throwback feel to it while still being modern. It helps to bridge the feel of the old days and the new generation. The chemistry between Wilson and Bassinger is so good as well. I definitely recommend this show.

Titans

I have read every incarnation of the Teen Titans and I will continue to watch any adaptation of them. This show seemed to be kind of an adaptation of when the original Teen Titans reformed in their adult years mixed with an origin story. The show follows Robin (Dick Grayson), Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Hawk, Dove, and more. I am only three episodes in but the show has a manageably dark tone with a fun cast. Brenton Thwaites is a great Dick Grayson, a little dark but with a good heart much like the early Nightwing days. Teagan Croft plays a sarcastic yet vulnerable Raven who feels like the heart of the show. Anna Diop plays Starfire, more of the badass she was in the comics than the carefree spirit in other adaptations. Minka Kelly and Alan Ritchson play Dove and Hawk, a pair of hardened superheroes. I like how the story is turning and twisting and slowly weaving together so far and I look forward to three whole seasons of it. I recommend this show as well.

Music of the Week:

MF DOOM – One Beer

Public Service Broadcasting – Spitfire

Carpenter Brut – Beware the Beast

Billie Eilish – Therefore I Am

Mashup of the Week

DJ Cummerbund – Play That Funky Music Rammstein

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “A Heroic New Year”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I started watching AGDQ 2020
I watched more Marvel Agents of Shield Season 7
I watched more Doctor Who Season 12
I watched When a Stranger Calls Back (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Hillbillys in a Haunted House (Rifftrax Version)

Media Update 12/31/20

December 31, 2020

Letters to Satan Claus

This movie is a parody of Hallmark Christmas movies in the best way. A reporter, Holly Frost, must return to her hometown of Ornaments to cover the annual Christmas hullabaloo. Holly is bitter about Christmas after her parents were murdered on Christmas morning when she was a kid. However, the town of Ornaments has plenty of sexy guys and booze to pass the time. However, her past is rising up to haunt her and a simple transposition of letters may spell doom for Holly and Ornaments. The movie touches on all of the annoying cliches by either playing them straight or turning them on their ear. Karen Knox is great as the embittered yet ambitious reporter. Joseph Cannata plays a somewhat oblivious ruggedly handsome attorney. His cute yet dumb daughter is played brilliantly by Jessica Clement. Jana Peck is delightfully dark as the title character, cracking one liners as she stalks her victims. The rest of the cast does great as too dumb to live small town denizens. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie.

Black Christmas

I remember liking the original Black Christmas but the 2006 version was not very exciting. I wanted to see this version because Blumhouse is really knocking it out the park with their remakes and reimaginings. This movie took the basic premise but fleshes the characters out more and adds more to the story. The sorority getting stalked is now a feminist sorority with a bone to pick with the biggest frat on campus. The movie has a great air of mystery as we watch the young ladies get stalked by unseen predators. Imogeen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Brittany O’Grady, and more are all great as very likable college students. Director and writer Sophia Takal does a really good job of staging the movie to make me feel anxious during every scene. The movie is beautifully shot and a lot is left up to the imagination to make you worry more for these girls. I defintiely recommend this movie.

Better Watch Out

I had heard a lot of good things about this movie so it was time to finally watch it. This movie is a babysitter home invasion story set during the holidays. However, there are some touches that really made this different from standard faire like When A Stranger Calls or The Strangers. The Christmas season does not have much impact on the story but it does make for some fun props and a pretty background. Olivia DeJonge plays the babysitter who is taking one last job before she goes off to college and is definitely a confident and cool young lady. Levi Miller plays her charge, a young boy almost too old to need a babysitter but his parents worry about him. Ed Oxenbould plays the stoner friend of Miller’s character who decides to visit and add more on DeJonge’s shoulders. The movie is very playful and had a lot of twists and turns that I did not expect. The acting was spot on and the action sequences really delighted me. There is also an undercurrent of dark humor and an actually interesting message. I definitely recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Psychostick – Zombie Claus

New Years Day – Kill or Be Killed

Pop Smoke ft. Dread Woo – Woo Year

Scrawl – 11:59 It’s January

Run The Jewels – Out Of Sight

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Christmas Horror 2020”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more Doctor Who Season 12
I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 11
I finished Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults
I finished EVIL Season 1

Media Update 12/24/20

December 24, 2020

The Princess Switch 2: Switched Again

Two years ago I was enchanted by a simple Christmas version of The Prince and Pauper starring Vanessa Hudgens. Hudgens was so good at playing two distinct characters, one who felt like they had emerged from The Crown and the other who felt at home in Riverdale. This movie revisits the characters from the first movie while upping the ante as all great sequels do. This time there are three identical people played by Vanessa Hudgens and the swapping leads to a very fun and interesting Christmas story. Hudgens uses about four or five accents in this movie and it is delightful. She is so good at it that I felt like I immediately knew who was in each scene without getting confused about which of the three was present. Sam Palladio and Mark Fleischmann return as the love interests and are given more to do to flesh out their characters. It also shows how happily ever after is not so simple as kissing just before the credits and that you really have to put in the work to make relationships that matter and last. I definitely recommend this movie.

The Shop Around the Corner

This is a Christmas classic that I had heard about before but it took my cousins for me to actually check it out. This movie was later remade as You’ve Got Mail but honestly the movies are fairly different. The movie is about two strong-willed workers at a department store who start a correspondence relationship. There is also an intrigue plot but it focuses mainly on the two. The guy is played by James Stewart and his earnest delivery really serves him well as the ultimate good guy with a playful streak. The gal is played by Margaret Sullavan, she plays the epitome of the fast-talking go-getter who is able to turn any situation in her favor. Frank Morgan plays their boss, a kindly old department store owner. The movie is very sweet and much of it falls on the shoulders of Stewart and Sullavan whose chemistry is electric. The main draw of the movie is watching a cat and mouse game with kind of an old sitcom comedy style. The movie does not go as heavy on the holiday stuff and instead focuses on the interactions between the characters with Christmas as more of a backdrop. I recommend this movie.

The Bishop’s Wife

This is an odd sort of movie that goes hard in the paint for the holidays. The basic premise is that a bishop asks for holy guidance for how to raise money to build a new cathedral. His prayers are answered with the appearance of an unassuming angel who does not directly answer the bishop’s question. Instead, he moves into the bishop’s house and cozies up to the bishop’s wife and daughter. As the bishop is busy with work, he is frustrated that this stranger is suddenly very chummy with his family. David Niven plays the bishop, a frustrated and somewhat uptight individual. The wife is played by Loretta Young who is good at being the dutiful yet neglected wife. Cary Grant plays the goofy yet debonair angel. This movie actually rubbed me the wrong way. Cary Grant’s character came off as kind of sadistic and I felt that the plot was made needlessly cruel for that reason. Your mileage may vary. At least Elsa Lanchester was in it. I do not recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Kurt Russell and Darlene Love – The Spirit of Christmas

Sarah Jeffery, Jadah Marie – Audrey’s Christmas Rewind

Sabrina Carpenter – It’s Finally Christmas

Panic! At The Disco – Feels Like Christmas

China Anne McClain – This Christmas

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Misrepresentation on the Holidays”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more Doctor Who Season 12
I watched more Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults
I watched more EVIL Season 1
I started watching Bob’s Burgers Season 11
I watched My Little Pony: The Best Gift Ever
I watched The Last Shark (Rifftrax Version)

Media Update 12/17/20

December 17, 2020

Christmas Chronicles 2

I enjoyed last year’s Christmas Chronicles very much as a genuinely sweet Christmas movie that just happens to have good worldbuilding. In this movie, we get even more and it did not feel like they were just returning to the same well. Kurt Russell returns as one of the coolest Santa Clauses in film history. He is action hero with a lot of heart and ten tons of charisma. This movie adds in Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus, a whip smart and determined healer and magician. She is such a delight and really helps to drive the movie along. Darby Camp returns as Kate but is now an adolescent reeling from all of the changes in her life and wanting to go back. Jahzir Bruno is great as the new kid, a bit of an outsider who is anxious but with a lot of enthusiasm. Julian Dennison is new as the boyish yet bitter villain Belsnickel. The movie involves and reveals the inner workings of the North Pole. It allows Santa and Mrs. Claus and the elves to be more of a character instead of a supporting player. Still, there are very human stories about love, loss, and the courage to move on. I recommend this movie and you do not need to see the first one (but it helps).

Alien Xmas

When I learned that the Chiodo Brothers who are legendary animators were creating a Christmas special, I was excited. Among other things, the brothers were directly responsible for Killer Klowns From Outer Space. The special was also executive produced by Jon Favreau. The short film really felt like classic stop motion specials from my childhood like Rudolph, The Year Without Santa Claus, and many others. The animation looks so cute and smooth and I love that the Chiodos can do heartwarming and scary in different projects. The music by veteran composer Adam Schiff fit the piece perfectly. At only 42 minutes, the piece does not overstay its welcome and provides plenty of heartwarming moments while still having a bit of a modern tweak. I definitely recommend this short movie.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Sometimes you just want to watch a movie with a heartwarming yet exciting story with batshit insane visuals. I knew that this movie would have a lot of worldbuilding and interesting set and character design and I was not led astray. The movie is an interesting take on the traditional Nutcracker story as we are shown a young girl being flung into a fantasy world in order to process the death of her mother. Mackenzie Foy plays the young woman in question who is a brilliant inventor like her mother and her uncle. She was very good at playing somebody on the edge between child and adult who is struggling with her emotions. Her uncle is played by the always charismatic Morgan Freeman. The title character is played by Jayden Fowora-Knight, a military man who is impressed by this new face. Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren play denizens of this strange new world. Both were practically unrecognizable in the best way. Special shout out to Jack Whitehall who was creepy as hell. The movie has a lot of really cool effects and interesting design and everything is baked by the music of the ballet. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Big Freedia – Make It Jingle

DJ Cummerbund – All I Want For Christmas Is To Bury A Friend

No Doubt – Oi To The World

Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me

Hava Nagila – Techno Remix

Weekly Update:

This Week’s Them is “The Young Finding Their Way at Christmas”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more Doctor Who Season 12
I watched No Retreat, No Surrender (Rifftrax Version)
I watched The Girl from Rio (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Firehead (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Laser Mission (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Arachnia (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Planet of Dinosaurs (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Future Force (Rifftrax Version)
I started watching Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults

Media Update 12/10/20

December 10, 2020

Enola Holmes

When I heard about a Sherlock Holmes-related movie starring Millie Bobby Brown, I got excited and when I saw the trailer I was even more excited. I had no idea that it was based on a series of books. The story is that Enola Holmes, the younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft, is stunned to discover her mother has disappeared from their family home. She summons her estranged brothers to help but feels forced to solve the mystery herself which pits her against both of her brothers and a shadowy conspiracy. Millie Bobby Brown is so fun in this. She is manic and excitable and so much fun as the clever yet untried Enola. Henry Cavill is devilish and fun as Sherlock. Sam Claflin was frustrating and easy to dislike as Mycroft. Louis Partridge was goofy and likable as the untested noble Enola meets. The movie felt like a fun ride from start to finish and there was not a moment that I did not like. I definitely recommend this movie.

Queen’s Gambit

I had had this show recommended to me several times so I decided it was finally time to dive in. The show is really well put together as kind of a period piece set back in the 1960s and everything looks so great. Anya Taylor-Joy plays the stoic Beth Harmon, an orphan who shows a penchant for chess and starts entering competitions. Chloe Pirrie plays her boozy mother, a bit of a mess who is trying to pull herself together. Moses Ingram plays the sassy Jolene, a fellow orphan. Isla Johnston plays young Beth and is absolutely great at being a quiet mouse whose gears you can see moving in her eyes. The show is pretty good but it moves too fast, in my opinion. A lot of moments are not given time to land and the stoicism of the main character means that we barely see a reaction to her. Obstacles appear in the main character’s path and she easily demolishes them and then everybody shrugs and moves on. I am about a quarter through it and I am open to it getting better but I may quit. I do not recommend this show.

Aeon Flux

I love a good cheesy mid-2000s action movie and many of them are inspired by The Matrix. Aeon Flux was a cartoon that was aired on MTV during their Liquid Television that my friends and I watched. The cartoon started as a series of short films, many of which were rather avant garde. There was not much of a story and the viewer was left to interpret a lot of it. The animation and design was also really interesting. They adapted it into a big budget film in the style of Lara Croft and Resident Evil. The movie stars Charlize Theron as Aeon Flux, an impossibly talented assassin. She is great as the action hero who is confused when the world around her is not what it seemed. Marton Csokas plays the member of the elite who may not be the villain he is painted as and is good at being slightly smarmy but also interesting. The real star of the movie are the interesting architecture, wild traps, and crazy action scenes. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

the tenth – Hymns and Hieroglyphs

Eleven – Monster

BiSH / NON TiE-UP

Katy Perry – Small Talk

Joywave – Like a Kennedy

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Women Not to Be Messed With”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more Elementary Season 3
I watched more Castle Rock Season 1
I watched more The Haunting of Bly Manor
I watched more Agents of Shield Season 7
I watched Sword and the Sorcerer (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Spiker (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Honor and Glory (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Prisoners of the Lost Universe (Rifftrax)
I finished Young Justice Season 3

Media Update 12/3/20

December 3, 2020

ThanksKilling

There are not a ton of Thanksgiving horror movies out there so when I saw that this was an option, I was intrigued. This is peak cheesy comedy horror. A couple of college kids’ car breaks down on their way home for Thanksgiving break and they happen to camp at the resting place of an evil demonic turkey. The turkey gets disturbed and now wants to kill everybody. All of the kids are dumb as rocks and the turkey is a classic snarky horror villain. Seriously, the turkey (who is a puppet) is the highlight of this movie. He is rude and crude and extremely violent. He sounds a bit like Chucky. The kids’ dialogue is almost nonsensically dumb but it works somehow. It is definitely a low budget movie but they did the best they can with what they had. The result is a goofy, violent little movie with plenty of Thanksgiving puns and white people getting murdered. I recommend the movie as it is not very long.

Chopping Mall

I had first heard of this movie when it was referenced on Marvel Agent’s of Shield. The movie is about three robots used for mall security that go haywire and cause chaos. The mall is inhabited after hours by a group of mall employees who decide to lock themselves in to have a party at the furniture store. The youngsters are your fairly standard horned-up gang of party animals down for sex and/or make outs. The two standouts are the token nerd (played by Tony O’Dell) and the girl whose father was in the marine corps (played by Kelli Maroney). The movie is both intentionally and unintentionally comedic with weird mistakes and slapstick. The movie feels like a good cheesy horror classic in the heart of consumerism, perfect for Turkey Day Weekend. I reccommend it for its supreme cheesiness.

ThanksKilling 3

Uh, this movie is super strange. The premise is that there was no ThanksKilling 2 released because the movie was so awful. The movie was awful because Turkie (the turkey from the first film) cursed it with evil magic. It is now his one ring and he must retrieve it to unlock limitless dark magic. The movie mostly eliminates the pesky problem of using human actors and instead mostly uses puppets. The movie takes on a weird science-fiction/fantasy epic quality while still wallowing in low budget grime. The movie follows a young puppet girl who must stop Turkie from accomplishing his plan while recovering her memory. The movie gets oddly sexual, violent, and very much insane but it definitely felt inventive. The movie felt a bit more Thanksgiving themed and the puppetry was much improved. I do not recommend the movie only because it is super weird. If you like that kind of thing, go ahead.

Music of the Week:

The Moth & The Flame – Only Just Begun

Rich Brian – 100 Degrees

Vin Jay- Get Down

Missy Elliott – Throw It Back

Thomas Wesley – Heartless

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is Turkey Day Terror
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched more Doctor Who Season 11
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more Young Justice Season 3
I watched more EVIL Season 1
I watched more Elementary Season 3
I watched more Castle Rock Season 1
I watched more The Haunting of Bly Manor
I watched more Agents of Shield Season 7
I finished Cults and Extreme Beliefs Season 1

Media Update 11/26/20

November 26, 2020

Blood Simple

This is the Coen Brothers’ first movie which they were able to both direct and write. It is a simmering crime movie with a small cast. John Getz plays a quiet but reckless bartender who gets into trouble for sleeping with the wrong woman. Dan Madaya plays the paranoid bar owner, a rich man who thinks he can buy anything. Frances McDormand plays a somewhat mousy but extremely likable woman who gets mixed up in things. Finally, M. Emmet Walsh plays the corrupt and silly private detective who acts as comic relief and to move the plot along. The movie is an interesting character study about what happens when a single act of violence eventually drives everybody crazy. It is a brilliant movie especially with its use of silence. There is a 14 minute sequence without any dialogue and it is the best. The movie is amazing for a first attempt and really just a good movie period. You can see how Frances McDormand was going to become a superstar actress even then. I recommend this movie.

Miller’s Crossing

This is a straight up neo-noir film about a clash between the Italian and Irish mobs during prohibition. Gabriel Byrne plays a straight shooter and strategist behind the throne of the largest mobster in town who gets mixed up in a lot of intrigue. John Turturro plays the Jewish gangster who sparks the whole conflict and he is so likable and weaselly. Albert Finney plays the big shot Irish mob boss. Jon Polito steals every scene he was in as the hot-headed Italian gangster with a bit of a Napoleon complex. Finally, Marcia Gay Harden plays the fickle love interest, a classic femme fatale in a noir story. The movie is a classic gangster story with that layered story that the Coen Brothers do so well. I would liken it to movies like No Country For Old Men, Burn After Reading, and a little of The Big Lebowski. The story has a lot of good twists and turns that I was not expecting. Nobody comes off as a hero but you meet a lot of interesting characters. I definitely recommend this movie.

The Man Who Wasn’t There

This is definitely a weird movie and the Coen brothers like to ocassionally make this kind of movie. It is similar to Barton Fink and A Simple Man in that we follow one character as he tries to navigate increasingly chaotic events. Billy Bob Thornton plays the main character, a very low key and taciturn barber who wants to get ahead in life. Frances McDormand plays his spitfire wife who is a social climber. James Gandolfini plays her boss, a gruff but nice man. John Polito plays a travelling salesman who has the gift for gab. Tony Shalhoub plays an eccentric defense attorney who has a motormouth. A pretty young Scarlett Johansson plays a naïve young girl. The story moves pretty slowly but at some point it gains momentum and kicks into a higher gear. I really loved Thornton’s monotone performance as it was an interesting choice and he also narrates the movie like a film noir piece. The movie is also in black and white and feels like a throwback to earlier cinema. I recommend this movie with the caveat that it is weird and moves slowly at first.

Music of the Week:


MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS – DANCE OFF

Qveen Herby – ALL THESE HOES

Surfaces – Bloom

French 79 – Hometown

Killer Mike – Reagan

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “The Coen Brothers Period Pieces”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched more Doctor Who Season 11
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more Young Justice Season 3
I watched more EVIL Season 1
I watched more The Haunting of Bly Manor
I watched more Agents of Shield Season 7
I watched more Cults and Extreme Belief Season 1

Media Update 11/19/20

November 19, 2020

Doctor Sleep

When I read and then saw The Shining as a kid, I never thought there would be a sequel nor did I want one. It was a chilling tale filled with ghosts and mental illness. However, I am happy to report that I was wrong and that this was a pretty good movie. Set decades after the Overlook Hotel incident, the movie follows Dan Torrance and a little girl named Abra . The movie does a deeper dive into what it means to have the Shining and the different things you can do with it. This really felt like it was trying (and succeeding) to marry the plot of The Shining to The Dark Tower series. Director Mike Flanagan was able to accomplish a balancing act by making the movie a sequel and homage to both the movie and the book. He also cut a lot from the book that was a little too weird and simplified the story a bit. Ewan McGregor is great as the grown up Danny Torrance, struggling with the negative traits he inherited from his father. Kyliegh Curran plays a bright young girl who is in much the same position as Danny was with even more potential. Many scenes are stolen by the villain played by Rebecca Ferguson, probably one of the most dynamic performances in a Stephen King adaptation. I recommend this movie.

Castle Rock

When I heard about this show I was intrigued because it is not actually an adaptation of any one Stephen King book or story. This show takes a lot of the characters (or their relatives) from different books and stories and drops them in the familiar setting of Castle Rock, Maine. It feels like an extension of King’s writing in the same way that the TV show Haven was. It takes a lot of the concepts from earlier works and continues the Stephen King extended universe. Andre Holland plays a death row criminal attorney who returns home after a strange childhood event. Bill Skarsgard plays a strange mystery person who is the central mystery of the first season. Melanie Lynskey plays a reclusive woman with psychic abilities who convincingly plays a little crazy. Scott Glenn plays retired sheriff Alan Pangborn (from Needful Things and The Dark Half). Jane Levy plays the younger sister of Jack Torrance (from The Shining) and she is snarky. The show does a good job of invoking the feeling of King’s works and sliding into that world. I recommend the show although it moves fairly slowly.

‘Salem’s Lot (1979)

I decided to watch this because it is apparently somewhat connected to the show Castle Rock. This was a television miniseries but the version I watched on Shudder was without commercial interruption and was basically a three hour movie. In this, a writer returns home to write about an evil house in his hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot, Maine. Something evil is arising in town. Like a lot of King works of this type, the movie has a huge cast of small town characters who all somehow meet each other. It somehow works organically. David Soul plays the inquisitive writer (a common King character) who is at the center of the mystery. James Mason plays the incredibly sinister villain, a very charismatic figure. A young Lance Kerwin plays the nerdy horror-obsessed teen who gets wise to things early. The movie is a fun take on a familiar story with a lot of tropes that would become prevalent in the eighties. I recommend this somewhat goofy adaptation.

Music of the Week:

Halestorm – Do Not Disturb

Avril Lavigne – I Fell In Love With The Devil

Masego – Queen Tings

Lil Tjay – 20/20

the tenth – I Saw A Ghost

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Stephen King Deep Lore”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched more Doctor Who Season 11
I watched more Elementary Season 3
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I watched more Young Justice Season 3
I watched more EVIL Season 1
I finished Harley Quinn Season 2
I watched the Rifftrax versions of Breaker! Breaker!, Star Games, Dark Future, Trucker’s Woman and Attack from Space.


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